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ABBA Round 2 of Finals. Baldwin Braves post victory - by Eurobasket News

Flyers - Baldwin Braves 76-79

Baldwin Braves evened the championship series. They edged Flyers on the road to draw things level at 1-1. Flyers enjoyed a 39:36 halftime lead. They extended the margin heading into the fourth quarter. But Baldwin Braves used a strong fourth quarter rally to eke out a vital win in Game 2. The third game is scheduled for Thursday.
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Beltway Bombers win 2016-2017 Championship - by Eurobasket News

The #1 ranked Bombers closed out the #2 ranked APBL United 123 -105 to win the American Professional Basketball League championship. Bombers had seven players who scored in double-figures led by the championship game MVP - Derrell Armstrong (6'1''-G-91, college: NC-Greensboro)'s 24pts. It was a total team contribution, with Danny Sumner (6'7''-F-87, college: William & Mary), Boo Jackson, Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F), Stretch Veney and Tim Steed (6'5''-G) all scoring in double-figures. It was a tough hard fought win against a very talented United team. This is the Bombers 2nd APBL chip within the last 4 years.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.0 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.9 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.6 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.1 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Arese, Estudian.4.2 
 10. Franco, Alianza .4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 3. Pais, Platense2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Stibbins, Union SF1.2 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 9. Moya, Hindu1.0 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 


TNA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Comunicaciones complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones - Union SF 73-71

Comunicaciones overcame Union SF in the decisive fifth game of the series to reach the semifinal stage. Union SF was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Comunicaciones forced 19 Union SF turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Union SF helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) added 15 points in the effort for Union SF.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 21+13reb+3ast, M.Aristu 17+2reb+1ast, G.Essengue 16+7reb+1ast, F.Vietta Stechina 10+5reb+1ast, G.Torres 6+1reb+2ast, C.Romero 3+2reb+1ast
Union SF: B.Barovero 18+9reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 15+4reb+1ast, J.Godoy 9+2reb+1ast, M.Borsatti 7, F.Podesta 6+1reb+1ast, M.Isola 6
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Andres Nocioni selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to an overtime victory over the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-16) 88-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Nocioni was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Nocioni averages: 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 42.0% in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). Laprovittola led Baskonia to a victory over the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) crushing them 103-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Laprovittola recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (23-9) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Laprovittola's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 31.3%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (5-27) crushing them 84-51 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and added 6 passes in 22 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (22-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Richotti's seventh season with the team. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 40.4%, 3FGP: 22.9% and FT: 73.9% in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #4. Point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain) could not help UCAM Murcia (14-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). Campazzo was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Campazzo has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.6spg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #5. International guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) were edged 113-111 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. Ginobili recorded 17 points and had 3 steals. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Ginobili has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (14-18) in their game against Gran Canaria (21-11). He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. UCAM Murcia lost 64-74 in Las Palmas to the higher-ranked (#7) Gran Canaria. It's Delia's first season with the team. This year Delia's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg in 32 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (24-10) in their last game. Despite Fernandez's very good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 94-99 in S'Arenal to the lower-ranked (#8) Palma. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.8apg in 38 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (14-16) crushing them 86-65 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Filloy scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg in 28 games he played so far. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite his Argentinian passport, Filloy previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 74-68 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Forray scored 11 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (18-12) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season his total stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in 32 games. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to Paulistano's victory against the closely-ranked Universo/Vitoria (16-12) 82-72 in the Brazilian NBB last Friday. He scored 6 points. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. It's Hure's first season with the team. Hure's total stats this year are: 7.1ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #4. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 98-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fabi recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Fabi has reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela). Cobos could not help Bucaneros (16-15) to beat Guaros (19-11). He recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. The second-placed Bucaneros (16-15) was edged 91-88 at home by the second-ranked Guaros in the Eastern Conference. Cobos has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games.

   #6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano to win against the 14th-ranked AV Cantu 89-71 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points. This season Cerella averages just 1.2ppg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Juan Martin Cardenas (91, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Stadio Italiano (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cardenas' very good performance Stadio Italiano was badly defeated 92-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Arturo Prat (#5). He was the top scorer with 30 points. Cardenas also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Cardenas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg.

   #8. Ernesto Rodriguez (178-G-90, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to secure a victory for Piratas in their game against Santeros in the Puerto Rican BSN. Rodriguez cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team was edged 93-92. Rodriguez has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.5apg in 10 games.

   #9. Albano Chiarastella (199-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Agrigento (17-13) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Agrigento was crushed 80-58 in Bologna by the lower-ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in the West group. Chiarastella was the second best scorer with 10 points. Chiarastella has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #10. Diego Corral (205-C-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Omegna's victory against the 11th-ranked Piacenza 68-61 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. Corral recorded 10 points in 26 minutes. Corral has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg in 24 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



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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Ryan Broekhoff's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Australians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 92-76 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Broekhoff had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Broekhoff averages: 8.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 83.9% in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Iran). Ogilvy could not help Azad (5-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Azad (5-3) lost 74-80 on the road to the leading Naft Abadan in the Group 2. Ogilvy was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Ogilvy has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(67-118), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 69.9% in 12 games. Ogilvy is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Australian. Former Sydney Kings starter played for the Australian national team in 2013.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France). He led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-18) 91-80 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Andersen scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-15) is placed eighth in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Andersen's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 69.2%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #4. Power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (21-15) crushing them 83-54 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Motum recorded 14 points in only a mere 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Motum's overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 2.4rpg in 39 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #5. Former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lietkabelis (25-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Madgen's very good performance Lietkabelis was defeated 96-85 in Vilnius by the second-ranked Lietuvos rytas. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Madgen has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #6. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Houston Rockets (55-27) 110-107 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mills scored 20 points and added 4 assists in 43 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. It's Mills' fifth year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 9.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg in 93 games. Mills is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #7. Former U19 international forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams FMP (5-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance FMP was defeated 82-71 in a derby game by the second-ranked Partizan. Bolden was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Bolden's first season with the team. Bolden has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg and 2.4spg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

Dante Exum
Dante Exum
   #8. Point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Exum recorded 15 points in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. But the Utah Jazz (51-31) was crushed 121-95 at home by the Golden State Warriors. This year Exum's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in 73 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #9. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 1-point AEK Athens' victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-8) 71-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Newley scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Newley has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Daniel Dillon
Daniel Dillon
   #10. Guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (29-31) crushing them 111-77 in the Japanese B League D2 in Sunday night's game. Dillon scored 13 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. Hiroshima Dragonflies (46-14) are placed second in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Dillon's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.6apg in 62 games. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dante Exum and both played together in the last NBA game. Ingles couldn't help the Utah Jazz in their game against the Golden State Warriors. He recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. His team was crushed by 26 points 121-95 in the NBA. Ingles has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former U19 international power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Rams 93-79 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. Kay had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Kay averaged so far 13.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 3.3apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Rangers' victory against the closely-ranked Hawks 95-88 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. McCarron scored 24 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season McCarron has very high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Mitch Norton (184-93, currently plays in New Zealand) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nick Kay and both played together in the last New Zealand NBL game. Norton contributed to Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Rams 93-79. He scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 30 minutes. Norton averaged so far 12.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.3spg in 12 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former international swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Leuven Bears in their game against Liege Basket in the Belgian Euromillions League, despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 34 minutes. But his team lost 58-70. Steindl averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Toronto Raptors (51-31) 109-102 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals (made all of his five free throws). The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) led Saints to an easy victory against the league outsider Mountain Airs (3-10) 94-76 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Wellington Saints (12-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.2apg in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #3. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) could not help BC Lulea (24-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kearney's very good performance the league leader BC Lulea was defeated 96-90 on the road by the lower-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Kearney has been at the team for seven years. Kearney has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Swedish.

   #4. Bradwyn Guinto (198-F, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to Globalport's surprising victory against the second-ranked Meralco Bolts (7-2) 94-86 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Guinto recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Globalport this season. His team is placed ninth in the PBA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Guinto has both Australian and Filipino nationalities.

   #5. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 72-54 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. Jois recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (29-3) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Jois has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #6. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) managed to help SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks in a victory against the closely-ranked Rams 93-79 in the New Zealand NBL last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Hunter has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 5.0rpg in 10 games.

   #7. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Hawks (3-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Hawks were defeated 95-88 in Auckland by the higher-ranked Rangers (#3). Tolovae scored 13 points. Tolovae averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Australian and New Zealand.

   #8. Brandon Brine (198-F-91, college: Lethbridge, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Burgos' victory against the seventh-ranked Melilla Baloncesto 82-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Brine scored 6 points in 17 minutes. Brine has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.6rpg in 34 games.



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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
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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
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Al Ahli hold off Ittihad - by Eurobasket News

BAHRAIN'S Al Ahli Club eked out a come-from-behind 93-84 victory over Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad last night in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. Hussain Shaker made a handful of decisive plays down the stretch to help the home side stay undefeated after two games in the group stages of the competition, which is being played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam. Shaker buried back-to-back three-pointers with just over two minutes to play to break an 82-all deadlock and put Ahli ahead for good. The Bahrain national team guard then fed Slovenian professional Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) for an easy lay-up that made it 90-84 in the dying seconds, before Brezec fired in an uncontested triple right before the buzzer to peg the final score. Brezec finished with a game-high 23 points while also taking down 15 rebounds. American teammate Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) also played a key role in the victory. He put in an all-around effort of 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sayed Kadhem Majed chipped in with 20 markers including four three-pointers, while Shaker ended the game with 14 including three from beyond the arc. The win was the second in a row for Ahli as they remained in contention for first place in their division heading into the second round. The Saudis suffered their second straight loss and are now in the bottom half of their group. Also in group 'B', defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE overwhelmed Al Sadd of Qatar 96-70. The Emiratis led from the very beginning and took a commanding 47-25 advantage into the interval. They cruised the rest of the way, stretching their lead to more than 30 points multiple times in the second half. Ahli enjoyed their second successive win to go top of the division while Sadd suffered their second defeat. American Sam Young (198-F/G-85, college: Pittsburgh) top scored for Ahli with 28 points and he also grabbed 11 rebounds. He led five players in double-figures. Qais Alshehabi had an impressive 19-point, 13-rebound effort to go along with four steals, while Mohammed Alajmani contributed 15 points. Talal Alnuaimi chipped in with 11 off the bench while Mitchell Watt, Ahli's other import from the US, finished with 10 markers for the victors. Six-foot, 11-inch Greek centre Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) led Sadd with 30 points and 18 rebounds. American Kendrick Brown contributed 21. Both players played the full 40 minutes in the contest for the undermanned Qataris, who fielded just six players the entire game. In yesterday's other game, Al Shabab of the UAE easily disposed of Al Rayyan of Qatar 105-81. Shabab raced out to an early lead and never wavered. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) III led Al Shabab with 34 points. He had a near triple double with seven rebounds and nine assists. Fellow-American Tyler Wilkerson added 13 markers. Hussain Ahmed had 12, all of which came from three-point range. Today is a rest day in the championship. Games continue tomorrow.
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia). He was the major contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) 75-72 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Sunday night's game. Liutych scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Liutych's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(74-118), 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 76.1% in 24 games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). Parakhouski could not help Unics Kazan (15-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Unics Kazan (15-9) was badly defeated 92-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#4) in the group A of VTB United League. Parakhouski scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). This season Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 71.7%(132-184) and FT: 62.1%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Roman Rubinshteyn
Roman Rubinshteyn
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roman Rubinshteyn (195-96, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Slovenia). Rubinshteyn was not able to help Zlatorog in their game against Rogaska (7-3) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes. Zlatorog (#3) was badly defeated 74-57 in Rogaska Slatina by the second-ranked Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. This year Rubinshteyn averages: 2.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 74.1% in 28 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) led Falco KC to a victory against the second-ranked Kaposvari (19-15) 82-72 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Pustahvar recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. Falco KC Szombathely (22-12) is placed second. Pustahvar has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar is also Belarusian national team player.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Anton Astapkovich (202-F-94) plays for Avtodor in Russian VTB
Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) plays for Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League
Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) plays for Polfarmex in Polish PLK
Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Valery Gandlin (192-G-86) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Mikhail Maleyko (206-PF-96) plays for CSKA-2 in Russian U23 League

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



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Maxime De Zeeuw selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He led EWE Baskets to a victory against the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (22-10) 102-90 in the German BBL in Tuesday night's game. De Zeeuw scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes on the court. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (18-14) is placed seventh in the BBL. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(60-105), 3FGP: 45.5%(45-99) and FT: 83.9% in 31 games he played so far. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). Tabu could not help RETAbet BB (14-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 80-76 on the road by the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#5). Tabu was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 passes. The Regular Season already ended. Tabu's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 79.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (13-19) 87-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Van Rossom scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 17 minutes. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 83.3% in 28 games. Van Rossom is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #4. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle was not able to help RETAbet BB (14-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 80-76 in Tenerife by the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#5). Hervelle was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle's total stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #5. International guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Scandone AV (19-11) in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) in the Italian Serie A. Obasohan scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Scandone AV was edged 77-75 in Trento by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #6. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-17) in their game against Cholet Basket (14-19) in the French ProA. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Serron also added 7 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Serron has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #7. International swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Le Portel (18-15) in their game against Strasbourg IG (23-10) in the French ProA. Lasisi scored 9 points. But Le Portel was defeated 77-70 at home by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#4). It was Le Portel's first loss after four consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Lasisi has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #8. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (14-18) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (22-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. UCAM Murcia was defeated 95-88 on their home court in Murcia by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#4). The Regular Season already ended. Tumba has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Lecco (19-11) 79-60 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Lauwers recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bergamo Basket 2014 (24-6) is placed second in Group B. Lauwers has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the third-ranked Lugano Tigers (15-10) 90-78 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Dubas was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland). Haws could not help Anwil (25-7) to beat Energa Czarni (19-13). He recorded 5 points in 13 minutes. The league leader Anwil lost 76-83 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) Energa Czarni. Haws has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 1.9rpg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in the French NM1 (third division). Kayembe recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. Souffelweyersheim was edged 66-63 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#8) Lourdes-Tarbes. Kayembe has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 36 games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #4. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Leiden (19-9) in their game against Zwolle (20-8) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Enobakhare cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. Leiden was crushed 83-56 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Zwolle. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an ADA Blois' victory against the league outsider Aix-Maurienne (12-21) 77-67 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Pontens scored 7 points in 21 minutes. ADA Blois Basket 41 (17-16) is placed seventh in the ProB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Pontens has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.5apg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and French. Despite Pontens' Belgian nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.



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NEBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. San Pedro enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

San Pedro T. - Cayo Western B. 82-69

San Pedro Tiger Sharks reached NEBL Finals. They held off Cayo Western in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by San Pedro T.. Cayo Western B. managed to win fourth quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. George Williams (198-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) stepped up with 23 points to lead the winners. Ray Cruz responded with 13 points for the Ballaz.
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Marko Sutalo (ex Dinamo B.) joins Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Bosnian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: PEPI SPORT). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Sutalo He moved there from CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala where he played this season. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. The last season Sutalo played also at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala). In 36 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Sutalo's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Sutalo is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK_Zadar), Serbia (Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Vrsac and Signal) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Milan Milosevic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece). He led AEK Athens to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-8) 71-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Milosevic was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. This year Milosevic averages: 8.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(47-78), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 63.8% in 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in Serbia). Vrabac was the major contributor in Partizan's victory against the closely-ranked FMP (5-2) 82-71 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS last Tuesday. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (6-1) is placed second in the KLS. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Vrabac's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 67.9%(19-28) and FT: 54.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Vrabac is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-26) 97-89 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Wright scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 17 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (29-4) is placed first in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Wright's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.6% in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) could not help Bayern Muenchen (28-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Djedovic's good performance Bayern Muenchen was defeated 83-76 on the road by the lower-ranked ALBA Berlin (#5). He scored 12 points. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. Djedovic's total stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. Djedovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #5. Former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Borac (2-5) crushing them 85-65 in the Serbian KLS last Tuesday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (7-0) is placed first in the KLS. So far his team won all seven games in the Second Stage. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. This year Kuzmic's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in six games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Kuzmic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #6. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) was not able to help GKK Sibenik (21-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader GKK Sibenik lost 66-72 in Zagreb to the lower-ranked (#4) Cibona. Halilovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Halilovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #7. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin (18-14) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (28-4) in the German BBL, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Kikanovic also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. But ALBA Berlin lost 73-80 in Muenchen to the higher-ranked (#3) Bayern. It was ALBA Berlin's third consecutive loss in a row. Kikanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in 35 games. Kikanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #8. Center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB (9-21) in their game against Galatasaray (18-12) in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance last Friday. Stipanovic scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. But Demir IBB lost 79-86 in Istanbul to the much higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray. It was Demir IBB's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Stipanovic has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg in 30 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Filip Adamovic
Filip Adamovic
   #9. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to a victory against the fifth-ranked Oradea (2-7) 84-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Adamovic scored 16 points, made 8 passes and 5 steals. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Adamovic has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.1apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #10. Point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 13th-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-21) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Renfroe recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.1apg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Todorovic recorded 10 points and added 3 passes. Todorovic has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

   #12. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Dynamic BG in their game against Crvena Zvezda in the Serbian KLS. Lazic recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 87-68. Lazic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 30 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

   #13. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Romania) faced previously mentioned Filip Adamovic in the Romanian Liga Nationala last game. Pasalic couldn't help Oradea in their game against UBT Cluj Napoca, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 12 points in 23 minutes. But his team lost 78-84. Pasalic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg in 34 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Eldin Camdzic (195-90, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Rogaska Crystal to win against the third-ranked Zlatorog 74-57 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Friday night's game. Camdzic scored 5 points and had 3 steals. This season Camdzic averages only 1.8ppg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense in their game against Oviedo CB in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. Kapelan was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 66-74. Kapelan averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 38 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Zlatorog (5-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zlatorog (5-5) was badly defeated 74-57 on the road by the second-ranked Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. Rizvic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Rizvic has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Borac (2-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Todorovic's very good performance Borac was badly defeated 85-65 at home by the leading Crvena Zvezda. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Todorovic also added 6 rebounds. This season Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 6.5rpg.

   #3. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) led Movil Estudiantes to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-23) 90-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Suton recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Movistar Estudiantes (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. Suton has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #4. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a 3-point Cibona's victory against the league leader GKK Sibenik (21-5) 70-67 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. Bosnjak recorded 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bosnjak has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg.

   #5. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in a PVSK Pannon's victory against the third-ranked Kormend (22-12) 95-81 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Sejfic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 6-10. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (20-14) is placed first. Sejfic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg and 8.2rpg in 35 games he played so far.

   #6. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Djuranovic contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Zlatorog 74-57. He scored 8 points. Djuranovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg.

   #7. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Eilat in their game against Maccabi K/G in the Israeli Winner League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 9 minutes. His team lost 81-90. Rothbart has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.9rpg in 32 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #8. Experienced Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lamesic's very good performance Raiffeisen Wels were defeated 89-83 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Lamesic also added 7 rebounds. This season Lamesic has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.7apg. Lamesic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austrian nationalities.

   #9. Stefan Matic (196-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Spartak in their game against Mega Leks in the Serbian KLS. Matic scored 7 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 88-72. Matic has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #10. Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Kilsyth Cobras 89-72 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Hadziomerovic scored 21 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Hadziomerovic averaged so far 14.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Australian.



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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, Pinheiros19.2 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 8. Andrade, Bauru18.4 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.4 
 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, Bauru5.2 
 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
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 8. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 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. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 2. Sena, 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 


Liga Ouro Round 10: Joinville defeats Contagem in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Joinville (10-7) which hosted in Joinville their biggest opponent Contagem (13-5). Third ranked Joinville had an easy win 76-59. Joinville made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) contributed with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) replied with 15 points for Contagem. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having just three points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Contagem lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contagem will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Joinville (10-7) which hosted in Joinville their biggest opponent Contagem (13-5). Third ranked Joinville managed to get a 10-point victory 65-55. Naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Felipe Vezaro chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having just three points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Contagem lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Joinville will play against league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contagem will have a break next round.

Joinville - Contagem 76-59

An interesting game for Joinville (10-7) which hosted in Joinville their biggest opponent Contagem (13-5). Third ranked Joinville had an easy win 76-59. Joinville made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) contributed with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) replied with 15 points and Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Contagem. Four Contagem players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having just three points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Contagem lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contagem will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Joinville: F.Vezaro 21+8reb+1ast, M.Dias 12+5reb+1ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 11+5reb+2ast, H.Medeiros 8+1reb+1ast, L.Vezaro 7+1reb, W.Vinicius 6+1reb
Contagem: T.Perez 15+4reb+1ast, W.Sena 13+4reb, R.Maistro 10+8reb+1ast, F.Alvim 10+3reb+1ast, J.Dos Santos 7+2reb+2ast, R.Oliveira 4+1reb
gschID: 538644


Joinville - Contagem 65-55

An interesting game for Joinville (10-7) which hosted in Joinville their biggest opponent Contagem (13-5). Third ranked Joinville managed to get a 10-point victory 65-55. Joinville forced 22 Contagem turnovers. Naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and guard Junio Dos-Santos (192-95) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having just three points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Contagem lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with five games lost. Joinville will play against league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Contagem will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Joinville: F.Vezaro 15+2reb+2ast, M.Dias 13+6reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 10+11reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 8+2reb+3ast, H.Medeiros 6+1ast, J.Burger 6+4reb+5ast
Contagem: W.Sena 15+13reb, R.Maistro 9+3reb+2ast, A.Alves 7+2reb+3ast, F.Alvim 7+2ast, R.Oliveira 6+2reb, J.Dos Santos 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 538642





Vitor Benite selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He could not help UCAM Murcia (14-18) in their last game. Despite Benite's very good performance UCAM Murcia lost 88-95 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja Malaga. He was the top scorer with 25 points in 24 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended. Benite has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 40.1% and FT: 79.7% in 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania). Lima contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (21-15) crushing them 83-54 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Lima averages: 6.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 71.5%(93-130) and FT: 48.0%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain). Machado led La ICL Manresa to an overtime victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-23) 94-91 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points and added 9 assists in 35 minutes. ICL Manresa (5-27) is located at the very bottom in the Liga Endesa. The Regular Season already ended. This year Machado's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 68.5% in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Machado played for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Hettsheimer's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 75-63 on the road by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). He scored 10 points. The Regular Season already ended. Hettsheimer's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Hettsheimer is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #5. International point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (23-9) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Freire Luz's total stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #6. Point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA. He recorded only 4 points. The Utah Jazz (51-31) was crushed 121-95 on their home court in Salt Lake City by the Golden State Warriors. This season Neto averages just 2.5ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #7. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada (20-10) in their game against Zornotza (17-13) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes. CB Granada was edged 84-81 in Amorebieta-Echano by the lower-ranked (#6) Zornotza. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Cobos' first season with the team. Cobos has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 33 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ourense (18-16) crushing them 73-39 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (22-12) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 5.9rpg in 36 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan). He could not help Ryukyu GK (29-31) to beat Aishin Sea Horses (46-14). Hatano scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The second-placed Ryukyu GK (29-31) was defeated 81-75 at home by the leading Aishin Sea Horses in the West group. It's Hatano's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.5rpg. Hatano has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese. Despite his Brazilian passport, Hatano previously played for the Japanese U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help FC Porto to win against the second-ranked Ovarense (18-13) crushing them 97-68 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. Gallina scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. FC Porto (26-6) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gallina has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.



Vezaro's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Liga Ouro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Felipe Vezaro (193-G-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Joinville and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for Joinville in his team's victory, helping them to crush Contagem (#2, 13-5) with 17-point margin 76-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Joinville maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Joinville will need more victories to improve their 10-7 record. In the team's last game Vezaro had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Texas A&M International University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vezaro is in league's top in points (3rd best: 8.9ppg) and averages solid 41.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of league's second-best Contagem. He is a in his first season at Contagem. In the last game Sena recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Contagem lost that game 55-65 to slightly lower-ranked Joinville (#3, 10-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Contagem still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Sena is one of the most experienced players at Contagem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#2). He also registered 7.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Joinville's star - Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91). Dias scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Joinville, helping his team with a 65-55 win against #2 ranked Contagem. Joinville needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Dias has a very solid season. In 16 games in Brazil he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 62.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fernando Alvim (201-F-80) of Contagem - 10 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91) of Joinville - 10 points and 11 rebounds
7. Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem - 10 points and 8 rebounds
8. Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Henrique Medeiros (182-PG-89) of Joinville - 8 points
10. Alef Alves (185-G-95) of Contagem - 7 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NBB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Paulistano advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bauru - Pinheiros 94-77

Bauru overcame Pinheiros to narrow the deficit in the series. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Bauru: J.Andrade 31+5reb+2ast, A.Garcia 22+8reb+5ast, L.Meindl 17+5reb+5ast, V.Silva 11+1reb+4ast, G.Santos 6+3reb+1ast, S.Santos 5+4reb+1ast
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 23+5reb+3ast, R.Lenz 13+2reb, R.Ansaloni 10+4reb, G.Barbosa 9+2reb, A.Neto 9+5ast, C.Bennett 9+6reb+3ast
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Paulistano - Vitoria 70-67

Paulistano rallied past Vitoria to sweep the semifinal series. It was a good game for point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 4 assists. Point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Universo/Vitoria. Four Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: Y.Dos Santos 20+1reb+2ast, A.Pecos 19+4reb+4ast, R.Carbonari 13+9reb, L.Dias Silva 9+6reb, E.Carvalho 3+3reb+1ast, G.Hubner 3+5reb
Vitoria: C.Hayes 25+13reb+1ast, A.Silva 13+2reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 11+5reb+1ast, K.Sheard 10+3reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 4+5reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 4+1reb
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Dee Bost's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-26) 97-89 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Bost had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 13 passes. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (29-4) is placed first in the ProA. Bost's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 81.3% in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Iran). Videnov could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was badly defeated 90-70 on the road by the leading Petrochimi in the Group 1. Videnov scored 16 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 40 minutes. It was Arak's third consecutive loss in a row. Videnov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 65.5% in eight games. Videnov played for the Bulgarian national team in 2012.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia). He led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) crushing them 72-52 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Friday night's game. Simmons was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Simmons also added 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Simmons has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(83-133) and FT: 68.1%. He is a naturalized American. Simmons played for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #4. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona in their game against CB Canarias (22-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Vezenkov scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. FC Barcelona lost 65-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) CB Canarias. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 3.2rpg in 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Simmons and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Mirkovic was the major contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) crushing them 72-52. He recorded 14 points and added 5 assists. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #6. Point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 89-68 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. Rowland's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.9apg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #7. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Vrsac (14-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite Minchev's good performance Vrsac was defeated 81-74 on their home court in Vrsac by the second-ranked Partizan. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Minchev also added 4 rebounds. Minchev's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also Bulgarian U18 national team player.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #8. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK (11-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Istanbul BBSK was badly defeated 92-76 on their home court in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#7) Gaziantep. Calloway was the second best scorer with 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. It was Istanbul BBSK's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Calloway's first season with the team. He averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in 28 games. Calloway is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. However Calloway has never played in Bulgaria.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #9. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Lille Metropole's victory against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen (16-17) 72-59 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Marinov scored 27 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lille Metropole Basket (20-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Marinov has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.8apg. Marinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #10. Center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (16-44) in their game against Akita Happinets (18-42) in the Japanese B League. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Washburn was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Washburn averaged so far 14.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 85-76 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Nikolov scored 5 points in 14 minutes. This year Nikolov's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg in 33 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld in their game against Banvit in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 5 points. His team was defeated 88-77. Ivanov has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka 88-82 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Ivanov scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Ivanov averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-28) crushing them 101-55 in the Turkish BSL last Friday. Antic scored 6 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Antic averages: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 100-68 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. Deane scored 10 points in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (27-5) is placed first in the LBL. This year Deane's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg in 34 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) led Cholet Basket to a surprising victory over the league leader Monaco (29-4) 81-75 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Evtimov scored 18 points. Cholet Basket (14-19) is placed 11th in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Evtimov's first season with the team. He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Evtimov is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) could not help Kumanovo (3-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kumanovo (#4) was badly defeated 84-64 on the road by the leading MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. Karadzovski was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Karadzovski averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.3apg in 24 games. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.



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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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Libcentro Pro Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Libcentro Pro and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

First defeat of Brisas (2-1) against Liceo Curico (2-1) 66-52 was the most important game of the last round. It was a good game for guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Mauricio Rebolledo (-94) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Brisas. Brisas' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brisas will play next round against Sergio Ceppi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liceo Curico will try to continue on its current victory against Stadio Italiano in Santiago.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Puente Alto (3-0) played at the court of Sergio Ceppi (0-3). Puente Alto defeated Sergio Ceppi 54-44. It was a great evening for swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 6 rebounds. Jose-Ignacio Collao helped adding 8 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Elias Donoso (-86) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Sergio Ceppi's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Puente Alto will play against Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sergio Ceppi will play against Brisas (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in San Felipe supposed to be also quite interesting. Stadio Italiano (1-2) played at the court of Arturo Prat (1-2). Arturo Prat did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-72 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Paulo Andrade who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Juan-Martin Cardenas came up with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Stadio Italiano in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Arturo Prat will meet Aleman (#7) in the next round. Stadio Italiano will play against Liceo Curico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 winless Aleman lost to undefeated Sportiva Italiana on the road 62-81.

Sergio Ceppi - Puente Alto 44-54

The game in was also worth to mention about. Puente Alto (3-0) played at the court of Sergio Ceppi (0-3). Puente Alto defeated Sergio Ceppi 54-44. Puente Alto forced 19 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. It was a great evening for swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Jose-Ignacio Collao (194-87) helped adding 8 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Elias Donoso (-86) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and guard Angelo Olivares (185-82) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. Sergio Ceppi's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Puente Alto will play against Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sergio Ceppi will play against Brisas (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Puente Alto: D.Valenzuela 9+6reb+2ast, A.Pinedo 8+3reb+3ast, A.Guzman 8+2reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Collao 8+6reb, E.Munoz 8+3reb, M.Sepulveda 7+4reb
Sergio Ceppi: E.Donoso 14+16reb, C.Silva 7+2reb+1ast, A.Olivares 6+5reb+1ast, J.Sotelo 4+3reb, D.Andrade 3+1ast, F.Latorre 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544548


Arturo Prat - Stadio Italiano 92-72

The game in San Felipe supposed to be also quite interesting. Stadio Italiano (1-2) played at the court of Arturo Prat (1-2). Arturo Prat did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-72 on Saturday. Arturo Prat made 34-of-42 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Arturo Prat outrebounded Stadio Italiano 41-21 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Boris Guerra (-87) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Four Arturo Prat players scored in double figures. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) came up with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Piero Simonetti (-93) added 10 points respectively for Stadio Italiano in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Arturo Prat will meet Aleman (#7) in the next round. Stadio Italiano will play against Liceo Curico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 29+10reb+1ast, B.Guerra 15+8reb+2ast, F.Ortega 15+7reb+1ast, E.Garrido 11+1reb+2ast, R.Rojas 10+2reb, R.Galvez 5+6reb+4ast
Stadio Italiano: J.Martin Cardenas 30+6reb+5ast, P.Simonetti 10+1reb, G.Vukasovic 9+1ast, J.Ulloa 7+1reb+2ast, S.Alvarez 6+4reb, C.Asenjo 4+4reb
gschID: 544550


Sportiva Italiana - Aleman 81-62

No shocking result in a game when Sportiva Italiana (3-0) crushed Aleman (0-3) in Valparaiso 81-62 on Saturday. Sportiva Italiana forced 22 Aleman turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for Diego Castillo (-99) who led the winners and scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Cristobal Rios (-94) accounted for 11 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Francisco Garrido (-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Marko Castro (192-88) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Aleman in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Sportiva Italiana will meet Puente Alto on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aleman will play against Arturo Prat (#5) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sportiva Italiana: G.Araya 12+3reb+2ast, C.Rios 11+1reb+6ast, F.Diaz 9+3reb+1ast, B.Toledo 9+1reb+1ast, C.Culun 8+1reb, D.Castillo 8+7reb+3ast
Aleman: F.Garrido 21+12reb+4ast, M.Castro 14+7reb, M.Villagran 9+3reb+4ast, M.Grandon 5+5reb+1ast, R.Caceres 5+5reb+4ast, P.Montecinos 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 544549


Liceo Curico - Brisas 66-52

First defeat of Brisas (2-1) against Liceo Curico (2-1) 66-52 was the most important game of the last round. It was a good game for guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Mauricio Rebolledo (-94) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Felipe Oyarzun (187-89) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Ruben Molina (192-88) added 10 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Brisas. Brisas' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brisas will play next round against Sergio Ceppi trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liceo Curico will try to continue on its current victory against Stadio Italiano in Santiago.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 28+11reb+1ast, M.Rebolledo 11+5reb, M.Zerene 6+2reb, C.Iturriaga 6+3reb+2ast, S.Munoz 5+3reb+1ast, B.Acuna 5+3reb+3ast
Brisas: F.Oyarzun 21+9reb, R.Molina 10+16reb+3ast, S.Roa 6+3reb, C.Ramirez 5+3reb+1ast, I.Riquelme 4+1reb, A.Jara 2+1reb+2ast
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  COLOMBIA  


CIMARRONES INKS, JAY HARDY, TREVONE WILLIAMS AND AMIR CARRAWAY - by Victor Garcia

Cimarrones de Choco has inked three americans to be their imports in the upcoming Professional Championship to start on May 20.

Cimarrones always likes young and athletic players, for this season has inked the 1,96 guard/forward Jay Hardy (196-G/F, college: Shippensburg) out of the Shippensburg University in the NCAA DivII,, a 4 years player at the College level Hardy averaged in the senior year 6PPG, 2RPG while making 35% FG , 27% 3pt FG and 68% FT.

Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91, college: Chico St.) is the second import, a 1,98 versatile wing player, with experience in the Germany second and first division, Carraway played until january at the Wohnbau Baskets Essen, averaging 4,5 PPG and 2 RPG in 13 games, Carraway had a nice career at Chico St in the NCAA Div II averaging 13 PPG, 5 PPG and 2 APG with 50% FG, 37% 3pt FG and 82% FT.

the third import is Trevone Williams (198-F-93).a 1,98 combo forward out of Califonia Baptist in the NCAA Div II averagin during his senior season 8PPG, 6RPG, 44% FG , 33% 3pt FG and 77% FT.

The three americans completes a powerful roster in Quibdo.



CIMARRONES HITS THE MARKET, INKS RODRIGO CAICEDO AND JOHN HERNANDEZ - by Victor Garcia

Cimarrones wants to get a secong tittle in the Colombian Professional Basketball, towards this goal has inked two starters of the Colombian National Team:

Rodrigo Caicedo (180-PG-88) who played in Choco before agreed terms with Cimarrones and is currently in Quido working out with the team , Caicedo will be the starting poing guard of the green and yellow team.

John Hernandez (207-C-84) also agreed terms and will be the starting center in Quibdo, Hernandez a veteran of the Colombian professional basketball wants to add another tittle to his profile.

Cimarrones debut will be in Bogota against Piratas.



TITUS MIMS, CHARLESTON DOBBS AND ISAIAH THOMAS ARE THE PIRATAS IMPORTS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas inked three americans as their imports for the upcoming Prefessional Championship to start on May 20.

Piaratas managemente made a big move hiring Titus Mims (201-F, college: Hardin-Simmons) to be their first import, Mims left a nice image in Colombia thanks to his good performance in the 2016 wearing the Aguilas de Tunja jersey,Mims averaged 23 PPG and 10 RPG and was Latinbasket.com all imports team 2016.

Charleston Dobbs (203-F) a 2,03 forward out of Praire and View A&M is the second import, Dobbs averaged 1,1 PPG and 1,5 RPG during his senior year, fills the 4 and 5 spots

The third one is very promising, Isaiah Thomas (188-PG) a 1,88 flashy guard, who comes after left good averages in the Nicaraguas league, 28,5 PPG and 6 APG with the Tiburones.

Piratas has a roster to challenge in the upcoming league.



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  COSTA RICA  


LBS Round 8: Leader ARBA gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the sixth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Liberia (1-5) 87-53 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liberia's 26. ARBA forced 20 Liberia turnovers and outrebounded them 74-33 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. International forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Marcos Decarlo produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated ARBA (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Liberia at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face Perez Zeledon (#4) in the next round. Liberia will play against the league's second-placed Barva (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Abogados (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-55 loss to second ranked Barva (6-1) in . But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Barva have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-1 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Abogados at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Barva will play against Liberia (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Abogados will play against Grecia and hope to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 8 Grecia was defeated by Escazu in San Jose 90-82. Perez Zeledon beat U Costa Rica at home 82-66.
The best stats of 8th round was 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by Duelle Gore of Grecia.

ARBA - Liberia 87-53

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the sixth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Liberia (1-5) 87-53 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liberia's 26. ARBA forced 20 Liberia turnovers and outrebounded them 74-33 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. International forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four ARBA players scored in double figures. Marcos Decarlo produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Cory Bradford (191-78, college: Illinois) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ARBA (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Liberia at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face Perez Zeledon (#4) in the next round. Liberia will play against the league's second-placed Barva (#2) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
ARBA: A.Ripool 19+7reb+2ast, I.Conejo 16+5reb+7ast, D.Lynch 13+3reb, D.Wiggins 13+7reb+3ast, T.Armstrong 11+11reb, G.Allen 5+7reb
Liberia: M.Decarlo 20+12reb, C.Bradford 15+9reb+3ast, D.Rodriguez 9+3reb+1ast, F.Lixmark 5+5reb+2ast, A.Carmona 2, J.Zuniga 2
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Escazu - Grecia 90-82

There was no surprise in San Jose where 5th ranked Grecia (2-3) was defeated by third ranked Escazu (5-2) 90-82. They made 31-of-35 charity shots (88.6 percent) during the game. Escazu forced 19 Grecia turnovers and outrebounded them 59-42 including a 46-33 advantage in defensive rebounds. Grecia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Julius Brooks (206-90, college: Loyola, MD) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. International power forward Rohel Wilson (197-89) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Escazu players scored in double figures. American swingman Duelle Gore (196, college: Haskell) replied with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and international swingman George Letford (185-91) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Grecia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Escazu maintains third position with 5-2 record behind leader ARBA. Grecia at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with U Latina. Escazu's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Jose to the arena U Latina.
Top scorers:
Escazu: K.Martinez 16+1reb+4ast, A.Sanchez 15+6reb+2ast, J.Brooks 14+16reb+1ast, V.Arias 10+7reb+2ast, R.Wilson 9+14reb+2ast, M.Jackson 9+7reb+2ast
Grecia: D.Gore 26+8reb+4ast, G.Letford 20+8reb+6ast, M.Castillo 15+4reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 8+8reb+5ast, J.Lynch 7+1ast, M.Bogantes 4+4reb+1ast
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Abogados - Barva 55-84

Bottom-ranked Abogados (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-55 loss to second ranked Barva (6-1) in . But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Barva have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-1 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Abogados at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Barva will play against Liberia (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Abogados will play against Grecia and hope to get finally their first victory.
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Perez Zeledon - U Costa Rica 82-66

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Perez Zeledon (4-3) defeated at home 7th ranked U Costa Rica (2-5) 82-66. Perez Zeledon maintains fourth position with 4-3 record. U Costa Rica at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Perez Zeledon will play against league's leader ARBA in San Jose in the next round and it may be the game of the week. U Costa Rica will have a break next round.
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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


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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  DENMARK  


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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LA Clippers bring NBA Development League team to Ontario, CA - by Eurobasket News

The L.A. Clippers and the NBA Development League today announced that the Clippers have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will begin play in Ontario, Calif. for the 2017-18 season when the league will be called the NBA Gatorade League. The team's name will be the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. The team is named for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Tribe located in Palm Springs, Calif. The Tribe owns and operates the Agua Caliente Casino Resorts, which includes the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. Agua Caliente Resorts is the Clippers' Presenting Sponsor as well as the team's Official Tribal Casino partner. With 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains, the Tribe also owns Tahquitz and Indian Canyons recreational areas, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. With today's announcement, the NBA D-League grows to a record 26 teams for the 2017-18 season, all of which are owned or operated by an NBA club. 'This is another exciting day for the NBA D-League as we add a record 26th team and continue to move closer to our 30-team vision,' said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. 'Today's announcement is the latest example of the value NBA teams place on developing young talent on and off the court. I'm thrilled to welcome Steve Ballmer and the Clippers, in partnership with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, to the NBA D-League family.' The Clippers' new D-League affiliate will play its 24 home games at Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena, which is located 40 miles west of Los Angeles. Opened in 2008, Citizens Business Bank Arena is the largest arena in the Inland Empire and is also home to the Ontario Reign AHL ice hockey, concerts and family events. 'This is a great day for the Clippers,' said Clippers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers. 'Having our own development team in the Inland Empire is another example of the dedication and investment to winning and creating a first-class organization that Steve Ballmer brings to this franchise. We now have a place close to home where our young players and staff members have the ability to develop and gain important experience.' The NBA D-League recently completed a landmark season, establishing records for unique NBA players assigned with 92 and players on end-of-regular-season NBA rosters having NBA D-League experience with 199 (44% of NBA players). 'We are proud to team-up with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to bring highly competitive professional basketball to the Inland Empire,' said Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker. 'This region has already demonstrated enormous passion for the Clippers. Locating our team in Ontario allows us to reward that enthusiasm and continue to build a deep connection with these fans by offering affordable, family fun right in their backyard.' 'We're very excited about this partnership with the Clippers in the formation of a new basketball team,' Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. 'Having a sports team named after our people is a great honor that recognizes the relevance of our history and culture as well as our existence today. Naming a team after a Tribe is a first for the NBA and the D-League.' Two current Clippers have NBA D-League experience. Brice Johnson (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Carolina) appeared in six games last season for the Salt Lake City Stars over two assignments with averages of 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes of action, while Diamond Stone (6'11''-C/F-97, college: Maryland) appeared in 13 games with the Stars and Santa Cruz Warriors averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes of play.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Caneros de La Romana signs Solomon Jones - by Eurobasket News

Caneros de La Romana (LNB) signed 33-year old American power forward Solomon Jones (208-111kg-84, college: S.Florida). He moved there from Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S. where he started the season. In 8 games he had 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg this season. Jones helped them to win the Southwest Division title (twice) (also twice).
In 2006 he was drafted by Kansas Cagerz (USBL) in third round (19th overall).
Jones attended University of South Florida and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Jones has played also professionally in China (Flying Leopards, Leopards and Changsha Bank), NBA (Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, LA Clippers, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
He could be described: Very fluid athlete who runs the court exceptionally well ... His speed running the floor is very good for a 6-10 player ... Has very nice touch on his shot from 15 feet and in ... Face up jump shot is good ...
Lacks great basketball instincts and post fundamentals ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga Superior round 16 best performance: Marcus Thomas - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for Izalco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 50 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed ADB (#7, 4-11) with 22-point margin 107-85. Izalco maintains the 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. 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 56.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rosemont College star has very solid 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 impressive 3.1spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Hector Landaverde (92) of ADB. Landaverde had a very good evening with 45 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as ADB lost that game 85-107 to the higher-ranked Izalco (#3, 11-2). ADB managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories ADB managed to get this year. Landaverde is well-known at ADB and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.4ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 4.4rpg and 3.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another ADB's star - Jose Gonzalez (83). Gonzalez scored 18 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Gonzalez's great performance ADB lost 85-107 to the higher-ranked Izalco (#3, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. 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 Gonzalez he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gonzalez has a very solid season. In 6 games in El Salvador he scored 15.2ppg. He also has 11.7rpg, 2.2spg and 2.3bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rene Miranda (182-G-87) of Ausoles - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Jose Orellana (177-G) of Ausoles - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of ABA - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcos Baltrons (189-F-81) of Ausoles - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mauricio Sosa (90) of San Marcos - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ruben Palacios (171-G-84) of Ausoles - 29 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)



Anthony Moe claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony Moe (206-F/C) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cojute and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 40.
The power forward had a double-double of 39 points and twenty one rebounds, while his team crushed Santa Ana (#14, 7-21) with 17-point margin 106-89. Cojute maintains the 6th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cojute will need more victories to improve their 15-12 record. In the team's last game Moe had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cojute, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Millersville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moe is in league's top in points (6th best: 27.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 14.6rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana. Dowdell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 40 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Santa Ana lost that game 89-106 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#6, 15-12). This loss caused Santa Ana to drop to 14th position in the standings. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Santa Ana managed to get this year. Dowdell is one of the most experienced players at Santa Ana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Santa Ana's star - American Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88). Butler got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds and six assists. Despite Butler's great performance Santa Ana lost 89-106 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#6, 15-12). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Santa Ana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Butler he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Butler has a very solid season. In 14 games in El Salvador he scored 17.7ppg. He also has 10.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 25 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jose Colorado (201-F-90) of Isidro Metapan - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Luis Escoto (180-G-96) of Giants - 40 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Robert Sandoval (183-PG-91) of Isidro Metapan - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) of El Rapido - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 20 points, 8 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)



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
gschID: 537141


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 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Chalchuapa supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked San Marcos (12-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Chalchuapa (4-11). San Marcos smashed Chalchuapa 85-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. San Marcos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. San Marcos outrebounded Chalchuapa 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Chalchuapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Leonardo Gomez who helped to win the game recording 20 points and Aldo Cantor (-99) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) responded with 14 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. San Marcos have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-3 record behind leader Marquense. Chalchuapa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with ADB. San Marcos are looking forward to face ExSAL ST (#5) in Santa Tecla in the next round. Chalchuapa will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 16 ADB were destroyed by Izalco on the opponent's court 107-85. Bottom-ranked Ausoles unfortunately lost to ABA in a home game 93-99.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 50 points (!!!), 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals by Marcus Thomas of Izalco.

Izalco - ADB 107-85

Very expected game when 7th ranked ADB (4-11) was crushed on the road by third ranked Izalco (11-2) 107-85 on Sunday. Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to ADB's 46. They outrebounded ADB 63-50 including 21 on the offensive glass. Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!), 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 45 points (!!!) and Jose Gonzalez (-83) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Izalco maintains third position with 11-2 record having just three points less than leader Marquense. ADB at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Chalchuapa. Izalco are looking forward to face league's leader Marquense in San Marcos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ADB will play against Biomedical (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 45+4reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 18+16reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 6+5reb+3ast, M.Marroquin 5+1reb+2ast, F.Pineda 5+6reb+1ast, G.Guadron 4+4reb+4ast
Izalco: M.Thomas 50+15reb+9ast, J.Crespin 18+4reb+3ast, G.Galdamez 10+8reb+5ast, S.Leon 6+4reb+3ast, P.Barillas 6+6reb+1ast, G.Lovato 4+7reb
gschID: 544857


Chalchuapa - San Marcos 53-85

The game in Chalchuapa supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked San Marcos (12-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Chalchuapa (4-11). San Marcos smashed Chalchuapa 85-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. San Marcos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. San Marcos outrebounded Chalchuapa 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Chalchuapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Leonardo Gomez who helped to win the game recording 20 points and Aldo Cantor (-99) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four San Marcos players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Luis Castillo scored 8 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. San Marcos have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-3 record behind leader Marquense. Chalchuapa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with ADB. San Marcos are looking forward to face ExSAL ST (#5) in Santa Tecla in the next round. Chalchuapa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: F.Carcamo 14+5reb+2ast, M.Rodriguez 8+3reb, F.Ramos 8+4reb, L.Castillo 8+5reb, D.Paiz 7+4reb+1ast, G.Cordero 4
San Marcos: L.Gomez 20+2reb+2ast, M.Sosa 16+2reb+2ast, A.Cantor 11+8reb+3ast, E.Recinos 10+7reb, F.Escobar 8+3reb+1ast, V.Artiga 6+1reb
gschID: 544854


Ausoles - ABA 93-99

Rather predictable result in Ahuachapan where sixth ranked ABA (7-8) defeated bottom-ranked Ausoles (2-11) 99-93 on Sunday. ABA looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Jonathan Roque who added 26 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Rene Miranda (182-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Ruben Palacios (171-84) scored 29 points. Four Ausoles players scored in double figures. ABA maintains sixth position with 7-8 record. Ausoles lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. ABA are looking forward to face Biomedical (#9) in the next round. Ausoles will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: R.Palacios 29+4reb+2ast, J.Orellana 22+9reb+1ast, M.Baltrons 19+9reb+3ast, R.Miranda 17+11reb+8ast, C.Aguilar 6+5reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 0
ABA: S.Brackett 34+7reb+2ast, J.Zometa 27+5reb+3ast, J.Roque 26+4reb+7ast, E.Sosa 8+8reb+3ast, M.Vasquez 4+7reb+9ast, C.Javier Antonio 0+12reb+1ast
gschID: 544856





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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, Parnu16.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.6 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
 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, Parnu8.0 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 7. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.3 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.5 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 3. Kabin, Parnu4.1 
 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. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.6 
 7. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
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. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Jois, Tartu Ulikool0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 


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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Amath M'Baye agreed terms with EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) inked 28-year old French-Senegalese forward Amath M'Baye (206-98kg-89, college: Oklahoma) from Enel Brindisi. In 30 Serie A games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg this season. The last season M'Baye played at Nagoya Diamond Dolphins (B League) in Japan where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements M'Baye's team was regular season runner-up in Japanese NBL Western Division in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese NBL 1st Team award in 2015.
M'Baye represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg.
M'Baye has played previously professionally in France (STB Le Havre) and Canada (High School).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv hire coach Arik Shivek - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) hired experienced 61-year old coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman) from Maccabi Rishon. The last season Shivek coached at Hapoel Eilat. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Coach of the Year.
Shivek was coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and coached also U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has coached also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Holland and Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA Pres Andrey Vatutin talks Teodosic, Spanoulis, Euroleague format - by David Pick

Andrey Vatutin has multiple accolades as President and CEO of European power-club CSKA Moscow. But winning back-to-back Euroleague titles isn't on his resume. However, a gold medal this weekend in Istanbul will carve his name as the all-time greatest front office executive in Russian hoops.

He never takes credit, though. For the same reasons, Vatutin has no desire to pursue current and former NBA interest. "The NBA was never a dream of mine. Besides, I couldn't leave CSKA without winning the Euroleague title after what we had gone through in Istanbul in 2012. I feel comfortable here, there's always a challenge of reaching the highest goals and handling pressure, it's like a drug-addiction," he tells me in a revealing Q&A.

Vatutin celebrated his tenth season at CSKA winning the 2016 Euroleague trophy, and is now headed back to Turkey for another swing at his Greek arch-rivals, Olympiacos. This time, there is no chance he returns to Moscow empty-handed. "0-3 against Olympiacos in Final Fouls? Bad stats are for fans and journalists. I'm more pragmatic: each team lives one season, so my entire focus is on our game against Olympiacos on Friday, not on games from the past. I was asked if I had a preference to play Anadolu Efes instead, but I don't. Champions should be able to beat any opponent," said Vatutin, architect of Russian Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2016.

Do you see Vassilis Spanoulis is your nightmares?

"I prefer not to have male figures in my dreams," he said with a chuckle. "I have huge respect for Vassilis (Spanoulis), and I cherish our personal relationship, as I do the influence of Olympiacos owners Angelopoulos brothers, Panagiotis and Giorgos, on basketball."

Vatutin and Vice President Natalia Furaeva juggle one of the biggest budgets in Europe estimated at over 42 million Euros. Per Vatutin: "50% of his budget goes to players salaries." According to VTB League regulations, budgets are exposed much like the NBA, but the Russian muggle is under constant scrutiny of ballooning salaries to attract the best players on the market. "CSKA is the only Euroleague club with open books while our competitors behave differently, though their budgets are sometimes comparable to ours. But CSKA is still the center of attention."

How does that feed into signing star-power? It doesn't. "I think Ramunas Siskauskas and Milos Teodosic were the last well-known stars to leave high level clubs for CSKA. Kyle Hines came to CSKA as a two-time Euroleague champion, but he embraced a role player's gig for Olympiacos (averaging under 10 points and 5 rebounds per game). Signing great players doesn't guarantee success," Vatutin says.

CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic - NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general. With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he'll push for a deal in 3-years $25-30 million range.

"I'm proud to have elite NBA GMs from Brooklyn, San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma, Houston and others as friends. Teams that want to scout Milos are able to do so with or without CSKA's assistance. I think the teams that have concrete interest in Teodosic weren't mentioned in the media."

Did NBA teams talk to you about Milos Teodosic?

"I don't discuss such kind of scouting with them. I definitely know Milos better than any GM in the world, but my knowledge is used for CSKA alone."

Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans?

"I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn't left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer - it will be impossible to compete with."

There are unconfirmed rumors that Vassilis Spanoulis left Panathinaikos because he was out-paid by Dimitris Diamantidis. De Colo is the reigning Euroleague MVP, but Milos Teodosic can end up earning more on his next contract. Do you give Milos an identical contract as De Colo or less?

"This is an interesting myth about Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis. I've heard it before of course, but no one has ever confirmed it. CSKA salaries are confidential. If players haven't shown each other their contracts, I don't see reason to be financially jealous."

How has CSKA been so successful in building teams without the fingerprints of a General Manager, rather administrative executives?

"There are different models of management, each one has pluses and minuses. Hiring a former player for example, doesn't guarantee the solution to problems. Knowing what to do with the ball on the court isn't enough in our line of work. The market is most important, so one must establish business connections, influence and management experience. Still, it's possible that in the future CSKA will hire a retired athlete."

CSKA, of the elite Euroleague teams, has troubles filling its arena with fans. Why?

"We had approximately 8500 spectators for Euroleague games and 3000 for VTB League games this season. The main problem is that basketball is not a popular sports in Russia. We do a lot for our fans from ticket prices, to food to entertainment, and I'm sure we can do more, but are resources are limited because we don't have our own arena. Unlike other basketball countries like Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Israel where the fans come just to see the games and support their teams. Moscow also has a wide range of entertainment opportunities and fans need to spend a lot of time getting to the arena in such a huge city. I should admit that CSKA's dominance in Europe and Russia has a negative outcome: some fans don't come because the team will win even without their support. The wildest thing I heard was recent from a fan that said, 'start losing and we'll come to games, otherwise it's not intriguing enough.'"

How would you summarize Euroleague's transition from brackets to a league format?

"This was the most interesting and unpredictable season ever; it exceeded the expectations of organizers and participants. Obviously, the 16 teams format proved to be beneficial. More than half the games were decided in the final seconds and others were huge surprises. We got a legit chance to evaluate team's' strength because the pools format couldn't provide a clear understanding of that. Besides, clubs began to earn money."

There are talks of expanding the league to 18-24 teams. Do you think that's a smart strategy?

"The high level of basketball and financial growth allow it, but the Euroleague schedule is tough and forces clubs to use charter flights more often. Thus, I doubt we see a line of teams pushing to join the league. From a financial standpoint, I think only two Russian clubs, one Spanish and one German teams are ready to make the jump into the tournament. Then there's another angle - NBA contracts force us to spend more money and players demand an increase in salaries to give them a reason to stay on this side of the pond."

Which team do you think should earn the final WILD CARD ticket for 2017-18?

"If the wild card is given, I'll support one of the Russian teams willing to join because the top Russian clubs are good enough on the hardwood and off it to partake in the Euroleague."

How about a FIFTH Spanish ACB team in the Euroleague next season?

"The clubs agreed that Jordi Bertomeu will take the final decision on that."

Euroleague rules read that no more than four teams per country, but we might see five Spanish club next season. Vatutin: "Definitely the bylaws need to be respect. I am sure the Euroleague Board committee will make a well-weighted and fair decision."

Vatutin also has some troublesome issues and suggestions to generate more Euroleague games and increase in teams, but that means less domestic challenge. "We need more European games and less domestic games. An increase in EuroLeague teams not heavily involved in other competitions will create a logical and dynamic schedule, allowing an easy expansion to 20-24 teams. We can find the windows for playoffs series and might even allow FIBA's craving for National Team windows. Also, it's not only about the teams, but about the fans. More Euroleague teams means more fans and interest in games. That will lead to an increase of revenues from tickets and merchandize, clubs will be more attractive for sponsors and TV. The only model that generates real money is an independent closed leagues."

CSKA's president offers more strategies to better the European competitions. 'If we decide to increase the number of participants, it is necessary to decide on the qualification system. The main problem is having multiple lanes to join the Euroleague. It's too complicated and often illogical, even for the specialist. Maybe we should raise the number of A-Licensed clubs, or use the domestic ranking system from various leagues - This is something we have to discuss."

Had Vatutin's idea been executed, teams like Maccabi Rishon Lezion or Hapoel Jerusalem, recent Israeli League champions, would have received Euroleague tickets.

"We should not approve to constant changing of rules every season, but allow ourselves long-term planning. Most of the league winners around Europe aren't being rewarded with Euroleague spots, so there is a decrease in motivation. In fact, the lone leagues that do provide such tickets are the VTB League, the Adriatic League and the German Bundesliga," Vatutin concluded.




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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 


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)



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





Marko Sutalo (ex Dinamo B.) joins Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Bosnian guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: PEPI SPORT). He is a dual citizen owning also Serbian passport. Sutalo He moved there from CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala where he played this season. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. The last season Sutalo played also at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala). In 36 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Sutalo's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 80.0%.
Sutalo is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK_Zadar), Serbia (Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Vrsac and Signal) and Bosnia (Siroki Primorka).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Dijon keep Laurent Legname at helm - by Eurobasket News

Dijon secured the services of head coach Laurent Legname . The head coach has agreed on terms of a two-year contract extension with the team. Laurent Legname took over Dijon back in 2015. Previously he worked with Hyeres-Toulon. Earlier Laurent Legname worked as assistant coach with the French U20 National Team.



French ProA round 33 best performance: Brandon Peterson - by Eurobasket News

American Brandon Peterson (204-C/F-90, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dijon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Orleans (#17, 8-25) 86-76. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Dijon is placed at 13th position in French ProA. Dijon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-22 record. Peterson just recently signed at Dijon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brandon Peterson averages this season 10.1ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88) of Le Portel. Hassell had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Le Portel lost that game 70-77 to the higher-ranked Strasbourg (#4, 23-10). Le Portel managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hassell is a newcomer at Le Portel, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Cain (203-F/C-88) of Chalons-Reims (#16). Cain showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Cain's great performance Chalons-Reims lost 83-91 to the higher-ranked Le Mans (#12, 14-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chalons-Reims not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cain could try to bring Chalons-Reims' a little bit higher in the standings. Cain has a very solid season. In 33 games in France he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 54.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brion Rush (186-PG-84) of Nancy - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) of Nanterre - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Kyle McAlarney (183-PG-87) of Orleans - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Alain Koffi (207-C-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Isaiah Miles (201-F-94) of Dijon - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon - 18 points and 6 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)



Solomon left Antibes - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 39-year old American point guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson, agency: Interperformances) left Sharks Antibes (ProA). Solomon has played there for the last four years. In 25 ProA games he recorded 8.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season. He played there also last season where in 32 ProA games he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game.
In 2001 Solomon was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). He attended Clemson University and it is his 16th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Solomon's team won French ProB Leaders Cup in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2015.
Solomon is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Aris), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem), Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), Ukraine (Cherkasy) and NBA (Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors).
On Solomon: Has 33 1/2 inch vertical jump. Great shooter and overall scorer, but not a pure point. Decent defender with good hops and ability to make things happen in a flash.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amath M'Baye agreed terms with EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) inked 28-year old French-Senegalese forward Amath M'Baye (206-98kg-89, college: Oklahoma) from Enel Brindisi. In 30 Serie A games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg this season. The last season M'Baye played at Nagoya Diamond Dolphins (B League) in Japan where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements M'Baye's team was regular season runner-up in Japanese NBL Western Division in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese NBL 1st Team award in 2015.
M'Baye represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg.
M'Baye has played previously professionally in France (STB Le Havre) and Canada (High School).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Efe Odigie (ex ES Sahel) is a newcomer at Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Efe Odigie (203). He moved there from ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I where he played this season. Odigie helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He also played earlier that season for Al Ansar (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
Thanks to Odigie's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Odigie has played previously professionally in Argentina (Ameghino).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ParlonsBasket)

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  FYR MACEDONIA  

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
gschID: 546614





Sixth trophy for MZT or first for Karpos ? - by Dragan Ristov


After the first game in Macedonian basketball final, it seems that KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom is on it's way of defending the championship title. It was their 6th game this season. Both teams met at beginning, when MZT won the Supercup. Also both team made serious changes, they met two times in the ABA League, when each of them won their home match, but not more than 3 points difference. In the Superleague Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje lost by two points at their home match, and in the second they were defeated by 22 points difference. Last match says that we will have interesting final matches. We've seen some good moments from both teams. Both teams had almost double digit leads. At the end Xavier Thames made one free throw, and Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) missed three point clutch shoot in the last second. Next match is scheduled for Tuesday night at 20:00.


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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.1 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.3 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.0 
 4. Ransom, Mgzavrebi16.2 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.1 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi16.0 
 7. Shemosiuk, Batumi15.9 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.6 
 9. Florveus, Cactus T.14.8 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.3 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi9.0 
 5. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.4 
 7. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.7 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.7 
 9. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.7 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.8 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.7 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.5 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.4 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.3 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.2 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.8 
 10. Woodson, Sokhumi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.1 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.4 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.1 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.7 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.6 
 9. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.6 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi1.0 


Dinamo Tbilisi make it through into Superleague Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rustavi - Dinamo Tbilisi 86-112

Dinamo Tbilisi rallied past Rustavi on the road to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Energy Invest managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 36 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Dinamo Tbilisi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Five Dinamo Tbilisi and four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 22+6reb+7ast, L.Patsatsia 19+3reb+4ast, N.Gogodze 17+4ast, I.Londaridze 16+5reb, M.Tchotchua 16+1reb+5ast, N.Maravic 14+11reb+2ast
Rustavi: M.Lewis-Briggs 20+9reb+3ast, C.Lee 18+2reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 16+4reb+4ast, C.Kasperbauer 13+1reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 7+7reb+2ast, G.Gogoberishvili 7+3ast
gschID: 545990





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.0 
 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 


The Father Son Duo Kuczmann Remain Together In Leverkusen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The father and son duo will remain together with the Bayer Giants Leverksuen as the club gave Michael Kuczmann (193-PG-93) a contract extension. The German may only be 24, but played his first Pro B game at age 18 in the 2011 season and will go into his seventh season with the club and add on to his 163 games.. Last season the German who has blood on the bench with his dad Achim who is a German coaching legend played 24 games averaging 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 92.0%. "Michael has moved step by step into becoming a key player and is a leader with Gotz Twiehoff. With his vast experience, he is also an important player for the young players that come from the NBBL to the Pro B. It is great that he will remain", added head coach Achim Kuczmann. Last season the German scored in double figures five times including a 16 point game against Bochum and 15 point games against Lich and Frankfurt. "I am happy to remain in Leverkusen. We have to continue to attack and be better than last season. I had a lot of fun with last years team and am happy to stay. It is something very special to continue to play for the team I grew up with", stressed Michael Kuczmann.

Source:Bayer Giants Leverkusen




Kyan Anderson (medi Bayreuth) Is Way More Than Just A Scorer And Wants To Pass John Wall Further On The Playoff Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

At first glance when you look at top point guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards and up and coming point guard Kyan Anderson (180-PG-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) of German easyCredit BBL team medi Bayreuth from top to bottom, the NBA superstar is 13 centimeters taller, 10 kilo's taller and this season a little more than 15 million dollars richer, but at the end of the day they are both point guards and both going through a Cinderella season story with one having ended last night and the other continuing tonight. Last night basketball Boston was back to where it once was in the 80's where the legendary Larry Bird teams were involved as much in typical game 7 affairs against their two most hated rivals Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers almost as much as Russell Westbrook served up a triple double this season as it seemed facing the surprising Washington Wizards as both were going through their own special Cinderella season. Many were asking could this game become one of those epic games that will be remembered almost 20 years later like that epic Celtics-Hawks playoff game in the late 80 where Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins owned the fourth quarter and played like two basketball starved kids on a basketball court trying to get the attention of a Red Auerbach and could easily have had a Robert Parish mumbling 'Ok let Larry go to work and get us this win'. Bird and Wilkins combined for 81 points while Bird scored 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics got the win then and again last night 115-105 as fans didn't see as many points from their two star players Isaiah Thomas and John Wall like Bird and Wilkins served up, but both top point guards played their hearts out as the Celtic dropped 29 points and dished out 12 assists while his opponent Wall scored 18 points, gave 11 dimes and hauled down 7 rebounds. Of course there were two other guys who left it all on the court with Bradley Beal scoring 38 points and Canadian national player and ex Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk exploded for 26 points. A few hours before tip off, Kyan Anderson was shacked up in a tiny hotel room in Oldenburg preparing for another do or die playoff game and had this do or die game in Boston on his mind. 'I hope that it will be one of these games that will always be remembered. I want to say that Boston will win at home, but John Wall has been playing very well. I think that Wall and Beal will have major games. It will be a good game and close', warned Kyan Anderson. The diminutive 180cm point guard was right in his prediction and only laughed when warned to get a good night sleep and refrain from watching the game. If he watched the game was unknown, but the Texas native surely was a good boy and crashed and checked out the highlights in the morning.

With Wall's Cinderella story squashed in Boston, Kyan Anderson is still alive in the German easyCredit BBL playoffs even if only barely as medi Bayreuth blocked the first EWE Baskets Oldenburg match ball, but still need to do it twice more as they are down 2-1 in the best of five series. The EWE Baskets came out strong winning the first two games and medi Bayreuth experienced a bitter 85-83 home loss in game one that they should of won and then lost a shootout in Oldenburg 102-90 as the game was a lot tighter stat wise then what the score showed and they couldn't handle the outside shooting of Franz Massenat who dropped 22 points and the inside game of Brian Qvale who hit his ex team with 19 points and 9 boards. In game three, medi Bayreuth dominated the first three quarters, but were fortunate to survive a 35 point fourth quarter Oldenburg onslaught as Franz Massenat got hot again netting 28 points. The season seemed a bit on the line in crunch time, but Anderson wasn't fearing the season would end. 'I wouldn't say that I feared our season could end. We were just very disappointed after the loss that we had given up such a big lead. We know now that they can run off many points and now we know what we are up against and can't take a lead for granted. We have to keep pounding and pushing forward and put them away', added Kyan Anderson. Was it only defensive break downs or had medi Bayreuth totally lost their defensive discipline? 'It was a little of both. We made a few mistakes at the start of the fourth quarter where we were impatient and led to some easy baskets for them. We had problems with the pick and roll and it was really just the little things that hurt us', stated Kyan Anderson. Despite still needing to win two more games including game four tonight in Oldenburg, Anderson is confident that his team will return back to Bayreuth and go to work again on Thursday. 'We are really excited for game 4. It has been a tough series with our injury to one of our bigs. But we are very positive going into game 4 in Oldenburg and want to come back to Bayreuth for game 5. If there is any team that come back down 2-0 then it's us. We have been facing adversity all season long. We are a young team, but we are definitely capable of coming back and winning the series. We have a few guys that have been in these kind of situations. We have to keep bringing intensity and just take it one game at a time', stressed Kyan Anderson. Even though Anderson has been a bit under par averaging 8,3ppg, 3,0apg and 1,0spg in the three games so far, he is a guy that can turn it up at any time like a John Wall and still remembers his game five performance in Belgium last season as a rookie where he dropped 22 points in 26 minutes against Brussels to reach the final and knows that his experience in those kind of situations can happen at anytime. 'I am the kind of player that takes the game just how it comes to me. Teams are always trying to take me out of the game and not letting me touch the ball. I know that if the team needs me then I will do my best to be extra aggressive and help team be patient and get open looks. I also focus much on the defensive end and doing well there and impacting the game and let the rest come to me', warned Kyan Anderson.

For years medi Bayreuth has been known to be a club that is always somewhere in no mans land in the standings and always watching the playoffs from home in May and are most known for having flirted with the ridiculous idea that Kevin Durant would sign with the team in 2011 which put the small Bavarian university town on the basketball map for a few weeks. However this season started like any other season where they lost their first game to ratiopharm Ulm, but then reeled off an unforgetable 10 game winning streak and won 12 of 13 games that probably had ex Bamberg coach Chris Fleming in New Jersey wondering how Bayreuth could ever be so close in the standings to his ex team. For once, the roster was put together with the right pieces and had no real star, but with players that each did once thing correctly and very well and the leadership of head coach Raoul Korner was able to guide the team on the right path to success that they kept for the whole season. Nobody in basketball Germany would have thought after a week of training camp that this team would be one of the top four teams at the end of the regular season. 'We talk about this a lot. If you looked on paper at the start of the season nobody could of called the kind of season that we have had. I had faith in the team from the start and I knew after a few results that we had something very special with this team', warned Kyan Anderson. Every player has done their part with experienced Nate Linhart being the glue guy and best pickup for the organization in years while Trey Lewis has been the teams top scorer and guy who has been the reliable rookie that teams aren't always fortunate of getting. Lewis's world broke apart late last season when Louisville didn't play in the NCAA tournament on account of politics and it seems like Lewis has been playing with a chip on his shoulder 'Yes for sure he has been playing with a chip on his shoulder. He is a rookie and has showed the ambition and drive. He is a great player. He has been very receptive and wanting to learn. Often when a player is successful quickly, he tends to get a head of himself, but that hasn't been the case with Trey. He is a very good listener and has transitioned well to the professional ranks from college.

Last season Anderson started his professional career with Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 39 games averaging 15.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 84.5%. He demonstrated that he could make the transitions from the NCAA to the professional ranks in Europe and keep that scoring point guard image alive as he scored 20 points or more 14 times including a 39 point explosion against Ostende where he dropped seven trey's and scored 33 points against Mons Hainaut. He was very consistent and that was aided by the continuing reminders from his teammate Samoan John Tofi would carve into his mentality the whole season. 'Tof was a big help for me as a rookie. He always reminded me what kind of player I was and what I needed to be doing. When I got passive on the court and was shying away from taking a big shot, he would make sure to always tell me what I needed to do and be the player I was. He always stuck with me telling me when I got away from my game', warned Kyan Anderson. Coming into the more skilled and more competitive easyCredit BBL has been a challenge for the Fort Worth native as his stats are down currently at 11,9ppg, 1,7rpg and 3,7apg, but he knows that this season his game has developed further because it isn't all about scoring anymore. 'The competition level in Germany is different from Belgium. I have realized this season that I need to be able to do other things than only scoring. I don't have to be a scorer every night and can focus more on the point guard role. I have to make sure all are in the groove and incorporate that into what the team has to do at that moment. I had some big games this season where I scored a lot, but that is something that I already knew how to do. This season I am figuring out how to put it all together', warned Kyan Anderson. He also is a firm believer that he can do more than just score and is very focused in wanting to improve his playmaking and get his assist stat up. ' It has to do with how I take the game knowing when I have to score and when needing to make the right pass. When teams are taking me out of the game scoring wise, then it's time to incorporate the other things a point guard needs to do like making the right plays and passes', explained Kyan Anderson. A big part of the success that medi Bayreuth have had lies on the shoulders of head coach Raoul Korner and Anderson knows that he has also profited from his existence behind the bench. 'Coach Korner has really helped me with the mental side of the game. He has done a good job helping me through the ups and downs of the season to always stay positive and keep a smile. Coach also has helped me stay patient and reminded me that I am way more than just a scorer', added Kyan Anderson.

Before being able to dazzle fans at the professional ranks, Anderson who ranks Monte Morris and Buddy Hield as the toughest guards that he faced in the NCAA had to learn his trade with TCU. He had an uneventful freshman season where he played 30 games averaging 7.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.2%. He didn't see eye to eye with head coach Jim Christian and didn't have many highlights to remember that season except for maybe his 20 point game against UNLV where he was the only bright spot in the 101-78 drubbing. However his luck changed in his sophomore season where he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 71.6%. A new head coach was on board with Trent Johnson and Anderson was more of a focal point of the team and that grew even more his junior season where he played 31games averaging 17.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85.0%. That season he scored in double figures in 26 of 31 games including in his last 14 games and had his best four games in a row when he dropped 27 points against Iowa State shutting down potential 2017 NBA first round draft pick Monte Morris and holding him to five points, hitting Baylor for 29 points, nailing Kansas for 25 points and showing Kansas State 23 points. Against Kansas he played against future NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Seldon and 2017 likely NBA Draft Pick Frank Mason. He held his own against them, but the difference today is millions and hotel rooms in Miami and Oldenburg. What separates one player from another from the NBA isn't always much, but the clout a school plays always plays a big role. 'I always knew that Wiggins would be great there was no denying him. He separated himself from a lot simply because of his athletic frame and NBA scouts loved the potential he had. Seldon was a decent hard defender that had some big games and Mason was also solid. It all has to do with getting the right opportunities. Kansas was a power house school compared to TCU. It was all a little different for them coming from Kansas concerning the NBA', warned Kyan Anderson. As a senior he played 33 games: averaging 13.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 87.0%. His stats were a bit down as a senior, but he played another consistent season and was thankful for the guidance that head coach Trent Johnson gave him for three seasons. 'Coach Johnson taught me too patient and sticking through the process. He taught me that no matter what the adversity was to keep fighting through it and controlling what I could control', added Kyan Anderson. Anderson also remembers his intense relationships with his teammates like Garlon Green who he met again this season for the first time as a professional as medi Bayreuth beat the Walter Tigers Tuebingen 87-77 as Anderson dropped 17 points and Green had 12 points as both made TCU proud. 'Garlon and I had a great relationship at TCU. We were roommates my second year at TCU. Even though we were two totally different players, we both kept motivating each other. It was crazy seeing him this season. I didn't think that I would see him again. He is a very athletic and talented player. He would always challenge me after practice. He was a bigger guard, but all the battles we had helped me to get used to having to play against bigger athletic guards', warned Kyan Anderson. Anderson has had his indirect dealings with the NBA in that he has battled countless great future NBA players in his time at TCU (NCAA) and possibly even heard the one or other special anecdote about ex NBA slam dunk winner Gerald Green from his brother Garlon, but at the moment the NBA is very far away for the Texas native, but then again close in an indirect way as his main focus is keeping the medi Bayreuth Cinderella season going and going further in the playoffs than John Wall



Harris left Iserlohn - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American guard Terrell Harris (191-84kg-93, college: Georgia & State) left Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB). In 26 games in Germany he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 3rd Team.
He was voted All-PeachBelt Player of the Year in 2016 at his college time.
Harris graduated from Georgia & State in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moussa Kone leaves Iserlohn - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American (has also Ivorian passport) forward Moussa Kone (203-104kg-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) left Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB) from Kone played there also last season. In 27 games in Germany he recorded 14.6ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.3apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Zornotza (LEB Silver) in Spanish league.
Kone's team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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The Hamburg Towers Resign Lars Kamp - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Hamburg Towers have announced the contract extension of Lars Kamp (187-G-96, agency: Octagon Europe). Kamp is a 21 year old 187cm guard that started his career with the Paderborn Baskets junior team and took three seasons and 39 Pro A games experience to Hamburg and played a solid season in his fourth Pro A year. He played 26 games avergaing 6.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 65.1%, played also at SC Rist Wedel (ProB): 12 games: 12.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 72.7%. "Lars convinced us with his talent and attitude. He should become a solid part of our rotation next season. Last season he was always able to make us aware of his great performances and we hope he can build off that", stressed Marvin Willoughby.In the Pro A he scored in double figures in seven games including a 25 point game against Ehingen and in the Pro B had some super games against Rostock with 26 points and 23 points against Artland. "I am happy that I can continue to play for the Hamburg Towers. I got my chance here after my injury to prove that I can play at this level and want to continue to attack next season", added Lars kamp.

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S.Oliver Wurzburg Keep Maurice Stuckey - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Maurice Stuckey (187-PG-90) will go into a fifth season with the s.Oliver Wurtburg as the team gave him a contract extension for two more years. Stuckey is a 26 year old 187cm guard that was able to improve his scoring average again from the pervious season as he played 33 games averaging 7,8ppg, 2,5rpg and 1,7apg. "We are happy that Maurice will remain for 2 more years. He is an important building block for our future. It was important for us to get him resigned as quickly as possible", stressed head coach Dirk Bauermann. He scored in double figures in 11 games and saved his best for the seasons biggest win against Oldenburg where he steered home 22 points. "It was an easy decision to stay. I am happy it went so quickly with the extension and feel very comfortable here", added Maurice Stuckey.




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.




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
gschID: 545857





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  GREECE  


B Round 29: #1 Kastoria is defeated by Karditsas - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Kastoria (24-5) on the court of second ranked Karditsas on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Karditsas 70-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in North. Karditsas (23-6) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North behind leader Kastoria. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Karditsas are looking forward to face Gefyra (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Agriniou (18-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Ermis Lagkada (15-14) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Agriniou. They maintain fourth place in North with 18-11 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Evropi. Agriniou will play against Anatolia (#8) in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play against Polygirou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ermis Agias (21-8) against twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (12-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Ermis Agias was defeated by Periko/Arhelaos in a tough game in Perikos 80-86. Periko/Arhelaos maintains twelfth place in North with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Ermis Agias keeps the third position with eight games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will meet league's leader Kastoria on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ermis Agias will play against Filippos Veroias and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panerythraikos (19-10) against twelfth ranked Tritonas S. (13-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Panerythraikos was edged by Tritonas S. in a tough game on the road 71-73. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tritonas S.. They moved-up to eleventh place in South. Panerythraikos at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Tritonas S.'s next round opponent will be Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis. Panerythraikos will play against Koropi (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Marousi. Second-ranked host Marousi (20-7) lost to first ranked Peristeri GS (25-4) 81-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Marousi. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 25-4 record. Newly promoted Marousi keeps the second position with seven games lost. Peristeri GS will face Mandraikos (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29:
In North Aias Evosmou won against Polygirou on the opponent's court 76-72. Evropi unfortunately lost to Gefyra in a home game 83-86. Charilaos TM rolled over Filippos Veroias on the road 81-57. Stratoni defeated HANTH on its own court 69-65. Anatolia beat Xanthis in a road game 82-78.
In South Ergotelis won against Panelefsiniakos at home 80-71. Apollon Sm. unfortunately lost to Papagou on the opponent's court 62-75. Koropi managed to beat KAP in a home game 78-66. Nea Kifisia was defeated by Ionikos Nikaias on the road 83-67. Zografou was beaten by Proteas V. on its own court 60-63. Kronos AD won against Mandraikos in a road game 83-69.

North
Agriniou - Ermis Lagkada 77-74

Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Agriniou (18-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Ermis Lagkada (15-14) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Agriniou. They maintain fourth place in North with 18-11 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Evropi. Agriniou will play against Anatolia (#8) in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play against Polygirou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 496844


Polygirou - Aias Evosmou 72-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-22) was defeated at home by sixteenth ranked Aias Evosmou (5-24) 76-72 on Sunday. Newly promoted Aias Evosmou maintains sixteenth place in North with 5-24 record. Polygirou lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Aias Evosmou will face higher ranked Evropi (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496845


Evropi - Gefyra 83-86

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Gefyra (14-15) edged on the road higher ranked Evropi (15-14) 86-83 on Sunday. Gefyra moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with 3 other teams. Evropi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Gefyra will face league's second-placed Karditsas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496846


Filippos Veroias - Charilaos TM 57-81

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Filippos Veroias (9-20) was rolled over at home by tenth ranked Charilaos TM (14-15) 81-57 on Sunday. Charilaos TM moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with 3 other teams. Filippos Veroias lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Charilaos TM will face higher ranked Stratoni (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Filippos Veroias will play against Ermis Agias (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496841


Stratoni - HANTH 69-65

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Stratoni (17-12) beat at home 13th ranked HANTH (10-19) 69-65 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Stratoni. They maintain fifth place in North with 17-12 record. Newly promoted HANTH keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Stratoni will face Charilaos TM (#9) in the next round. HANTH will play against Xanthis (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496842


Xanthis - Anatolia 78-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Xanthis (14-15) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Anatolia (14-15) 82-78 on Sunday. Anatolia moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Xanthis. Anatolia will face higher ranked Agriniou (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496843


Periko/Arhelaos - Ermis Agias 86-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ermis Agias (21-8) against twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (12-17) on Sunday night. Visiting Ermis Agias was defeated by Periko/Arhelaos in a tough game in Perikos 80-86. Periko/Arhelaos maintains twelfth place in North with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Ermis Agias keeps the third position with eight games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will meet league's leader Kastoria on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ermis Agias will play against Filippos Veroias and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 496839


Karditsas - Kastoria 70-61

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Kastoria (24-5) on the court of second ranked Karditsas on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Karditsas 70-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in North. Karditsas (23-6) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North behind leader Kastoria. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Karditsas are looking forward to face Gefyra (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 496840


South
Ergotelis - Panelefsiniakos 80-71

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (9-18) won against at home higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (15-14) 80-71 on Sunday. Ergotelis maintains fourteenth place in South with 9-18 record. Loser Panelefsiniakos keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Ergotelis will face higher ranked Nea Kifisia (#12) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496605


Marousi - Peristeri GS 73-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Marousi. Second-ranked host Marousi (20-7) lost to first ranked Peristeri GS (25-4) 81-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Marousi. The victory was the seventeenth consecutive win for Peristeri GS. They maintain first place in South with 25-4 record. Newly promoted Marousi keeps the second position with seven games lost. Peristeri GS will face Mandraikos (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496606


Papagou - Apollon Sm. 75-62

Very expected game in Athens where 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-25) was defeated by fourth ranked Papagou (19-9) 75-62 on Sunday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Papagou. They moved-up to third place in South. Apollon Sm. lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. Papagou will face Proteas V. (#9) in Voulas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Apollon Sm. will play against Tritonas S. (#11) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496601


Tritonas S. - Panerythraikos 73-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panerythraikos (19-10) against twelfth ranked Tritonas S. (13-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Panerythraikos was edged by Tritonas S. in a tough game on the road 71-73. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tritonas S.. They moved-up to eleventh place in South. Panerythraikos at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Tritonas S.'s next round opponent will be Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis. Panerythraikos will play against Koropi (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496602


Koropi - KAP 78-66

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Koropi (17-12) defeated at home 16th ranked KAP (1-16) 78-66 on Sunday. Koropi maintains fifth place in South with 17-12 record. KAP lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 16 games lost. Koropi will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#4) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KAP will play at home against Ionikos Nikaias (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496603


Ionikos Nikaias - Nea Kifisia 83-67

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Nea Kifisia (13-16) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (16-12) 83-67 on Sunday. Ionikos Nikaias maintains sixth place in South with 16-12 record. Loser Nea Kifisia dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Ionikos Nikaias will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nea Kifisia will play against Ergotelis (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496604


Zografou - Proteas V. 60-63

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Proteas V. (14-15) edged on the road 9th ranked Zografou (14-15) 63-60 on Sunday. Proteas V. moved-up to ninth place in South, which they share with defeated Zografou. Proteas V. will face higher ranked Papagou (#3) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496599


Mandraikos - Kronos AD 69-83

There was an upset when higher ranked Mandraikos (15-14) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Kronos AD (12-17) 83-69 on Sunday. Kronos AD maintains thirteenth place in South with 12-17 record. Newly promoted Mandraikos dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kronos AD will face higher ranked Zografou (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496600





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Chi-Hi boys basketball coach Bessen steps down - by Eurobasket News

The Chi-Hi boys basketball team will have a new coach this winter after it was announced on Monday that Matt Bessen will not be returning to lead the Cardinals for a second season. Bessen was hired as coach last fall and led the program for one season. The Cardinals finished 12-12 this past season, finishing third in the Big Rivers Conference and advancing to the Division 1 regional finals before falling to eventual state champion Stevens Point. 'Thank you to the players and parents,' Bessen wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. 'It was, without question, the highlight of my coaching career to have the honor to coach this group.' Bessen took over last year for Alvin Gaddis, who stepped down as Cardinal coach eight days after being hired in August due to personal reasons. Bessen previously was an assistant coach for the UW-Stout men's basketball team and also coached girls basketball at Oshkosh North and Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs. Bessen told The Herald on Monday morning he was seeking a teaching position or other job in the district. He applied and was interviewed for two positions. However, Bessen does not currently have his teaching certificate, which he said he will receive in December, and hiring requirements stipulate that unless there are no applicants who are licensed and qualified, the school is required to hire applicants who hold a license or face possible legal action. 'We would have loved for him to stay on as a coach, with the possibility of full time employment in the future,' Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District human resources and public relations director Michelle Golden said in a press release Monday. 'With that being said, we understand that he needs to make decisions in his and his family's best interest. The district thanks him for the year of service he provided.' Bessen said he was told of the decision last Friday. He has two years of high school and four years of college teaching experience.
Courtesy of: chippewa.com



Woodruff named Effingham boys head basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

A familiar face in the Unit 40 administration will soon be on the sidelines of the Effingham High School gym, with Monday's decision to hire Assistant Superintendent Rem Woodruff as head boys basketball coach. Scheduled to retire in June, Woodruff has been with the district 23 years, after joining the staff in 1994 as director of information technology. He became assistant superintendent in 2012. He replaces Ron Reed who coached the Effingham Hearts for 15 seasons before resigning in March. During his 15-year tenure at Effingham, Reed compiled 268 wins and 154 losses. For his career, Reed went 484-307 with six Apollo Conference championships and three regional championships. Woodruff has 24 years experience in coaching high school basketball, including four years as head coach at Casey-Westfield, where he came away with a 63-42 overall record, according to a press release. He will waste no time getting started at EHS and has scheduled a team meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday. 'Essentially what we will do from here is hold a 'meet the coaches' night in order to meet the parents and the players,' said Woodruff following the special board meeting. 'We'll outline in that meeting the plan for the summer and that's when we'll start.' Woodruff said a part of his retirement plan was to return to coaching. The meeting for players and parents will be at EHS' office conference room this week. All players and community members are invited to meet the new coach. 'This was an opportunity for me to return to what I've always enjoyed doing and that's coaching basketball,' said Woodruff. The board also hired Blake Doehring as the assistant boys basketball coach at EHS, plus he will teach physical education, driver's education, and health. Woodruff has also served as a head tennis coach and assistant basketball coach while at Effingham, serving in the latter role for 10 years. 'Mr. Woodruff has a compelling passion for Effingham basketball and he looks to cultivate and continue the strong tradition of the program,' Activities Director Dave Woltman said, in the release. Woodruff said among his coaching goals, he wants to foster a culture where EHS basketball teams play with 'a high sense of urgency towards the fundementals' of the game. Among his coaching goals is to create a 'natural enthusiasm for the game' and 'establish communication and synchronization' between all levels of the program.
Courtesy of: effinghamdailynews.com



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. 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 



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Seaba U16: Guadana has triple-double, Batang Gilas routs Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

Mclaude Guadana tallied a triple-double to lead Batang Gilas Pilipinas to a 96-73 victory over Indonesia in the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The swingman from Lyceum-Cavite racked up 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds that went with four steals as the Philippines cruised to its second win in as many games. Ricky Calimag (193-F-78) set the tone for Batang Gilas, pouring nine of his 17 markers in the first quarter as the home squad started the game on a 15-2 charge to run away with the win. Kai Sotto chipped in 12 points and seven boards, while Raven Cortez had 10 markers and two rebounds for the Philippines. Though victorious once again, coach Mike Oliver chided his wards for playing with a bit of complacency as Batang Gilas saw its 36-point lead, 71-35, in the third quarter cut to 20, 77-57, with 9:21 left in the payoff period. 'We were super relaxed. We felt we could run over them because they are smaller. The intensity and aggressiveness when we got to a big lead suddenly got lost,' he said in Filipino. 'I was just pressuring them to bring that intensity back.' Felix Alexander anchored Indonesia with 18 points and three assists, while Darryl Sebastian got 16 markers and five boards.
In the first game, Malaysia needed a huge lift late to turn back Thailand, 74-62, After going scoreless on Sunday, Wong Thiam Mun exploded for 24 points and collected seven rebounds, six assists, and six steals to carry the Malaysians to a 2-0 record. John Tang got 16 markers and four boards, while Teoh Yi Kang had nine points, four dimes, and three rebounds for Malaysia. Malaysia held a precarious 66-62 lead after an undergoal stab from Thailand's Natthanon Chayapiwat with 1:49 to go. Tang, though, answered back for Malaysia with back-to-back threes to wrap up the game. Hiran Boateng topped debuting Thailand with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Chayapiwat had 12 markers and six boards.
Courtesy of: inquirer.net/



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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





Ndudi Ebi to fake his injury? - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) to fake his injury?
Shahrdari Tabriz had signed Nigerian Power Forward to their roster for play-offs make sure they have big chance to qualify to Semifinals. However, as you already know he did not play at Quarter finals for Tabriz as he told the club that he is injured and is not able to go to Tehran to play against Azad University at the road. Despite of team doctor efforts he stayed in Tabriz to recover his injury, but while the team was in Tehran, he took his way out of Iran at the midnight and has told nothing to anyone. Tabriz club had a big chance with Ndudi to be at final 4 as they lost series to Azad 3-1 in close games despite playing with one import. And it is unknown why he did like that to the team, according to our sources the club has paid all of his salary in advanced and Ebi had no reason to be unhappy and leave the club like that.Club's management following up case to find reason behind Ebi's unprofessional action.Before leaving the club with no reason and breaching his contract Ebi had impressing numbers 27.7 ppg and 11 rpg and his leaving cost team's big time. Now Tabriz club is looking to sue Ebi and follow up the case in FIBA BAT to put Suspensions on Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) because of his contract breach. Ebi have to negotiate with Tabriz to get his L.O.C. if he want to continue his career somewhere else!



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Hopson, Ironi N.17.3 
 5. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 6. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 7. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.3 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.2 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 9. Kitchen, Ironi N.7.0 
 10. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Green, Bnei H.4.5 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Vargas, Maccabi .2.0 
 3. Long, Maccabi .2.0 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 5. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 7. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 8. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.7 
 9. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 10. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.4 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 33 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Winner League just ended.

Winner League round 33 caused change at the leadership position. Twelfth defeat of league's leader Hapoel Eilat (21-12) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (18-15) 80-78 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Nahariya made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Nick Faust (198-93, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Eilat at the other side dropped to the second position with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hapoel Holon.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-14) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (13-20) on Monday night. Visiting Maccabi T-A was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 80-70. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and Jake Cohen chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) with 17 points. Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh place with 13-20 record. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Bnei Hasharon (18-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (17-16). Maccabi Rishon managed to secure a 6-point victory 110-104 on Monday. Shawn Dawson nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Jeff Adrien came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 17-16 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya.
The game between 9th ranked Galil Gilboa (15-18) and second ranked Hapoel Holon (22-11) in Rosh Pina ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Holon beat Galil Gilboa 93-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The best player for the winners was Shlomi Harush who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost.

In the last two games of round 33 Hapoel T-A was beaten by Maccabi Haifa on the road 95-79. Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G lost to Hapoel J-M on its own court 75-79.

Galil Gilboa - Hapoel Holon 76-93

The game between 9th ranked Galil Gilboa (15-18) and second ranked Hapoel Holon (22-11) in Rosh Pina ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Holon beat Galil Gilboa 93-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Galil Gilboa was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import guard Michael Qualls (197-94, college: Arkansas) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks 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. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Qualls 17+10reb+3ast, E.Griffin 17+6reb, J.Siggers 17+8reb+7ast, E.Skverer 15+2reb+3ast, J.Shuchman 8+4reb+4ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 2
Hapoel Holon: S.Harush 23+8reb+2ast, T.Holloway 17+5reb+7ast, A.Chubrevich 14+4reb, J.Taylor 11+1reb+4ast, R.Huber 8+4reb+4ast, T.Younger 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 540769


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel T-A 95-79

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Maccabi Haifa (16-17) beat at home 10th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (14-19) 95-79. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Haifa had a 27-17 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Tel-Aviv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-95. Maccabi Haifa forced 21 Hapoel Tel-Aviv turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 assists. American power forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was international Tomer Ginat (202-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Maccabi Haifa and four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi Haifa maintains eighth place with 16-17 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side keeps the tenth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: A.Banks 15+1ast, T.Ginat 13+7reb+3ast, M.Lyons 13+3reb+4ast, A.Tucker 10+3reb+3ast, T.Blatt 8+3reb+7ast, B.Dawson 8+4reb+2ast
Maccabi Haifa: K.Pinkney 23+12reb, G.Vargas 19+4reb+12ast, A.Simhon 14+6reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 13+3reb+2ast, W.Workman 11+4reb, J.DiBartolomeo 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 540770


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Eilat 80-78

Winner League round 33 caused change at the leadership position. Twelfth defeat of league's leader Hapoel Eilat (21-12) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (18-15) 80-78 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Nahariya made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Nick Faust (198-93, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Eilat. Five Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Eilat at the other side dropped to the second position with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hapoel Holon.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: P.Henry 16+5reb+4ast, R.Menco 12+4reb+5ast, R.Buckner 12+9reb+1ast, C.Colman 11+1reb+3ast, L.Milbourne 11+6reb, A.Nissim 8+1reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: N.Faust 21+5reb+3ast, S.Hopson 16+3reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 12+4reb+3ast, I.Nesterenko 8+2reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 7+3reb, D.Kitchen 7+8reb+8ast
gschID: 540768


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi T-A 80-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-14) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (13-20) on Monday night. Visiting Maccabi T-A was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maccabi T-A 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Maccabi Ashdod players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and the former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) with 17 points and the other American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) scored 16 points. Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi Ashdod maintains eleventh place with 13-20 record. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 17+4reb+1ast, A.Goudelock 16+3reb+1ast, D.Seeley 12+1reb+1ast, D.Smith 6+8reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 5+3ast, J.Alexander 4+4reb+3ast
Maccabi Ashdod: M.Little 17+5reb+2ast, B.Altit 14+2reb+1ast, J.Cohen 13+10reb+3ast, C.Simon 11+10reb+10ast, J.Carmichael 10+7reb+1ast, K.Dillard 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 540767


Maccabi K/G - Hapoel J-M 75-79

Very expected game when 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (6-27) lost to fourth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (19-14) in Kiryat Gat 75-79. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) who recorded 18 points and 7 assists and the other American import swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Maccabi K/G at the other side stay dead last with 27 lost games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 18+5reb+1ast, J.Selby 18+4reb+7ast, A.Rosenberg 14+6reb+1ast, E.Shulman 8+1reb+3ast, O.Solomon 6+12reb+2ast, N.Laish 6
Hapoel J-M: R.Howell 18+10reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 14+7reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 12+5reb+3ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb+4ast, B.Timor 8+1reb, Y.Halperin 6+4reb+8ast
gschID: 540766


Maccabi Rishon - Bnei Hertzeliyya 110-104

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Bnei Hasharon (18-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (17-16). Maccabi Rishon managed to secure a 6-point victory 110-104 on Monday. Maccabi Rishon made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 18 points and 8 assists. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Five Maccabi Rishon and four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 17-16 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 27+15reb+2ast, T.Green 20+4reb+5ast, D.Williams 17+12reb+2ast, B.Triche 16+2reb+1ast, D.Sharp 10+5reb, Y.Amiram 9+8reb
Maccabi Rishon: E.Kadir 22+3reb+1ast, C.Long 18+4reb+8ast, C.Thomas 17+8reb+4ast, J.Moore 16+4reb, S.Dawson 16+15reb+1ast, O.Brandwein 13+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540771





Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv hire coach Arik Shivek - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) hired experienced 61-year old coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman) from Maccabi Rishon. The last season Shivek coached at Hapoel Eilat. He helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Coach of the Year.
Shivek was coaching Israeli Senior National Team between 2010 and 2013 and coached also U21 National Team back in 2005.
He has coached also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Holland and Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv and Ironi Ramat Gan).

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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 .15.7 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.5 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.3 
 7. Moore, The F.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Green, Scandone AV4.5 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.5 
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. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. Carter, Enel Brindisi1.0 


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. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
 10. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 5. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Perry, Treviso .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 .6.1 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Golden, Chieti4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Tavernelli, Lighthou.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 4. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 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 


Recap of Serie A2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - Tortona 75-53

Alma Trieste overcame Tortona to take 1-0 lead. Strangely Tortona outrebounded Alma Trieste 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) chipped in 12 points. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) produced 18 points and the other American import point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Tortona: P.Greene IV 18+2reb, G.Cosey 11+8reb+1ast, V.Cucci 6+5reb, L.Garri 6+8reb+3ast, G.Ricci 5+10reb+1ast, M.Sanna 3+6reb
Alma Trieste: J.Green 14+8reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 12+2reb+3ast, L.Baldasso 12+2ast, J.Parks 11+4reb+1ast, A.Simioni 9+5reb, M.Da Ros 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546743


Treviso Basket - F.Kontatto BO 77-78

Bologna upset Treviso Basket on the road to surge ahead in the series. F.Kontatto BO dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Treviso Basket's 30. Strangely Treviso Basket outrebounded F.Kontatto BO 36-21 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 20 points. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Davide Moretti (188-98) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Treviso Basket in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: D.Moretti 22+1reb+4ast, J.Perry 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Perl 15+7reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 9, A.Ancellotti 8+6reb, M.Fantinelli 4+10reb+7ast
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 20+3reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 18+6reb+5ast, J.Knox 14+3reb+1ast, L.Candi 10+2reb+3ast, D.Cinciarini 7+2reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 4+2reb
gschID: 546742


Roseto - Virtus Bologna 92-81

Roseto held off Virtus Bologna in the opener. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marco Spissu (182-95) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 24+6reb, M.Spissu 16+7reb+3ast, S.Gentile 13+2reb+4ast, K.Ndoja 12+3reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 7+7reb+4ast, M.Umeh 6+1reb+5ast
Roseto: A.Smith 18+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 18+4reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 15+8reb+2ast, R.Fultz 13+2reb+6ast, A.Piazza 8+5reb+1ast, N.Mei 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546741


Verona - Ravenna 64-72

Ravenna upset Verona away from home to spur ahead in the series. Ravenna outrebounded Verona 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) contributed with 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Verona.
Top scorers:
Verona: D.Brkic 19+8reb+3ast, M.Frazier 15+5reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 7+1reb+1ast, A.Amato 7+1ast, M.Portannese 6+6reb+5ast, D.Robinson 4+1ast
Ravenna: M.Tambone 21+3reb+1ast, T.Smith 14+9reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 9+4reb, S.Masciadri 9+5reb+3ast, G.Sgorbati 6+6reb+1ast, A.Raschi 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546740





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

Scandone AV - Grissin Bon RE 75-67

Scandone Avellino edged Grissin Bon RE to take 2-0 lead. Grissin Bon RE was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Scandone AV, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Grissin Bon RE 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Scandone AV players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Grissin Bon RE was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Grissin Bon RE.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: D.Logan 21+3reb+2ast, K.Fesenko 13+10reb+1ast, M.Leunen 11+8reb+5ast, M.Green 9+2reb+9ast, M.Cusin 8+7reb, A.Thomas 6+4reb+1ast
Grissin Bon RE: P.Aradori 18+5reb+2ast, J.Wright 11+7reb+4ast, A.Polonara 10+6reb, R.Kaukenas 8+1reb+3ast, A.De Nicolao 7+1reb+4ast, A.Della Valle 7+3reb
gschID: 546443


Umana VE - The Flexx PT 72-68

Umana Venezia held off Pistoia to open 2-0 advantage. It looked good early as The Flexx PT took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Umana Venezia had a 14-4 second period charge getting the lead and The Flexx PT was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-72. Umana Venezia dominated on the defensive end, holding The Flexx PT to just 4 points in second quarter. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. International swingman Stefano Tonut (194-93) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for The Flexx PT. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 18+4reb+1ast, S.Tonut 13+2reb+3ast, E.Batista 10+6reb, M.Haynes 10+1reb+2ast, M.Ejim 8+6reb, M.Bramos 8+4reb+2ast
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 14+5reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 13+11reb+1ast, R.Moore 10+2reb+2ast, M.Antonutti 9+2reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 5+6reb+5ast, D.Magro 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546442


Dolomiti En. TR - Banco di Srd 74-68

Trento overcame Sassari for the second consecutive win. Banco di Srd was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Dolomiti En. TR, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. Point guard David Bell (188-81, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 17 points and guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Sutton 17+6reb, D.Hogue 12+8reb+1ast, J.Gomes 11+6reb, A.Forray 11+1reb+3ast, A.Craft 9+3reb+6ast, D.Flaccadori 7+1reb
Banco di Srd: D.Bell 17+2reb+3ast, T.Lacey 16+2reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 11+2reb+2ast, J.Carter 9+3reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 7+1reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 546441


EA7 Armani - Betaland Cdo 95-83

EA7 Armani bounced back from the opening loss and defeated Capo d'Orlando to even the series. Armani Milano dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Betaland Cdo's 38. They outrebounded Betaland Cdo 38-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Armani Milano players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists. International point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (202-87, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Montenegrin point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Betaland Cdo. Five Armani Milano and four Betaland Cdo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 17+4reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 15+4reb+2ast, K.Simon 14+6reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 14+4reb+6ast, M.Macvan 10+3reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 7+3reb+1ast
Betaland Cdo: D.Diener 13+1reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 13+3reb+2ast, M.Tepic 12+7reb+7ast, J.Berzins 10+3reb+3ast, M.Delas 8+4reb, P.Kikowski 8
gschID: 546440





Amath M'Baye agreed terms with EA7 Armani - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Defending champion EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Serie A) inked 28-year old French-Senegalese forward Amath M'Baye (206-98kg-89, college: Oklahoma) from Enel Brindisi. In 30 Serie A games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg this season. The last season M'Baye played at Nagoya Diamond Dolphins (B League) in Japan where in 33 games he averaged remarkable 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements M'Baye's team was regular season runner-up in Japanese NBL Western Division in 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese NBL 1st Team award in 2015.
M'Baye represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 0.8ppg.
M'Baye has played previously professionally in France (STB Le Havre) and Canada (High School).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Moussa Kone leaves Iserlohn - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American (has also Ivorian passport) forward Moussa Kone (203-104kg-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) left Iserlohn Kangaroos (ProB) from Kone played there also last season. In 27 games in Germany he recorded 14.6ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.3apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season he was tested by Zornotza (LEB Silver) in Spanish league.
Kone's team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2015.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The favorites reached semifinals - by Eurobasket News

The favorites reached semifinals in Kyrgyzstan. Guiness-29, Tulpar-SKIF, Alga and Politekhnik did not leave any chances for their opponents. Guiness-29 overcame Tulpar-SKIF 2 77-36 while Tulpar-SKIF edged Issyk-Kul 74-58. Alga smashed KTU Manas 102-41 with a massive 22-4 surge in the last quarter. Politekhnik rolled over Moy Telefon 73-53.


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Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Latvian LBL D2 1st Team 2017
Nauris Miezis
Miezis
Elvis Endzels
Endzels
Edgars Krumins
Krumins
Rihards Ginters
Ginters
Rihards Adins
Adins

Finals MVP: Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava
Player of the Year: Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) of Kekava
Guard of the Year: Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) of Kekava
Forward of the Year: Rihards Ginters (192-SF-93) of RSU
Center of the Year: Rihards Adins (205-F/C-94) of Turiba
Defensive Player of the Year: Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) of Kekava
Coach of the Year: Edgars Teteris of Kekava

1st Team
G: Nauris Miezis (189-G-91) of Kekava
PG: Elvis Endzels (188-PG-94) of Turiba
G/F: Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava
SF: Rihards Ginters (192-SF-93) of RSU
F/C: Rihards Adins (205-F/C-94) of Turiba

2nd Team
G: Gatis Justovics (184-G-87) of Jelgava
G: Sandis Bets (194-G-92) of BK Ogre
F: Niks Saknitis (203-F-92) of Kekava
F: Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) of Kekava
F: Andris Justovics (200-F-89) of Jelgava

Honorable Mention
Ronalds Elksnis (203-C-92) of Jelgava
Klavs Dubults (198-F-96) of ViA
Janis Engers (200-F-95) of ViA
Davids Atelbauers (182-SG-99) of BK Ogre
Janis Lasmanis (199-F/C-87) of Ogre/Kumho Tyre
Roberts Paze (193-G-95) of Marupe
Armands Senkans (200-F-90) of Marupe
Edgars Buikis (180-PG-84) of Saldus
Armands Osins (190-PG-91) of Limbazi
Roberts Mednis (205-C-89) of Gulbenes Buki
Lauris Berzins (192-G/F-97) of RTU
Denis Vikentsyeu (203-F/C-98) of VeA
Vlad Mikulskiy (192-G-98) of VeA
Oskars Hlebovickis (197-G-00) of VEF skola
Edgars Kaufmanis (185-SG-99) of Valmiera
Aivars Dambis (183-G-00) of BJBS Riga
Edijs Stiebrins (190-G/F-96) of Jekabpils II



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen25.2 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Jackson, Homen.21.6 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.5 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.0 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Sosa, Al Riyadi5.9 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.4 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.5 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 1 of Finals. Homenetmen post opening win - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen - Al Riyadi 61-57

Homenetmen outgunned Al Riyadi in the championship series opener. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-7. But Al Riyadi won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Homenetmen dominated on the defensive end, holding Al Riyadi to just 7 points in first quarter. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Homenetmen players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 21+12reb+1ast, K.Galloway 12+11reb+6ast, F.El Khatib 10+4reb+4ast, A.Majok 10+2reb, E.Chamoun 5+3reb, K.Mechref 3
Al Riyadi: A.Aminu 21+11reb, E.Sosa 11+3reb+6ast, M.Haidar 8+12reb, A.Ismail 7+5reb+2ast, A.Saoud 6+5reb+4ast, J.Abdel Nour 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546755





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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.


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
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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



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Rangers win opener; Flash blown out by Vision - by Charles Hickman

Minnesota 114 Lincoln Lions 110

The Minnesota Rangers was in a dog fight with the Lincoln Lions. It was a back and forth battle all night long. The Lions a quick team and attacked early. The Lions struggled from the outside shooting 4-24 as a team from behind the arc. The physical play of the rangers proved to be to much in the end. the Rangers won the rebound war grabbing 23 more than the Lions. The lions were lead by RRobert Clamese (6'2''-G-91, college: MCC-Penn Valley) 26 pts. The Rangers was lead by Latrell Love (6'5''-PF-93, college: Miss.Valley St.) with 24 pts. and 9 rebounds. AJ Wilson (6'9''-C/F-86) Collected a double-double with 14 pts. and 11 rebs.

Kentucky Flash 104 Fort Wayne Vision 128

Fort Wayne Vision was in a back and forth battle with the Kentucky Flash in the first half. The Vision proved to be too much on this day. They caught fire early and often. Kentucky ran out of gas late and could not stop the pace of the Vision who got behind the last years 1st team all league Reggie Lytle who scored 31 pts. The Flash was lead by Devaughn Taylor (6'5''-PG-89) who had another strong game with 34 pts. 8 rebs. and 5 ast. Jeremy Williams (6'3''-G-92) didnt typically shoot the ball well, but was 1 ast. from a triple double.



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  MOLDOVA  


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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D1 Round 22: ASS Sale edges WAC by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 just ended.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the D1 took place in Casablanca. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked WAC (13-7) to first ranked ASS Sale (17-3) 88-85 on Sunday evening. ASS Sale have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with CRA Hoceima. WAC at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with MAS Fes.
Important game to mention about took place in Rabat. Eighth ranked FUS Rabat (8-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked KACM (8-12) 67-64 in the game for the seventh place. FUS Rabat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated KACM. KACM lost fifth consecutive game.
Second ranked CRA Hoceima blasted bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-20) in Al Hoceima 84-54 on Sunday evening. RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. CRA Hoceima (17-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ASS Sale. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nador. Local IRAN (2-18) was outscored by fifth ranked MAS Fes (13-7) 104-65. MAS Fes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with WAC. IRAN lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 18 games lost.

In the last game of round 22 KAC was crushed by IRT Tanger in a road game 92-69.

Iran - MAS Fes 65-104

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nador. Local IRAN (2-18) was outscored by fifth ranked MAS Fes (13-7) 104-65. MAS Fes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with WAC. IRAN lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 18 games lost.
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WAC - ASS Sale 85-88

The most exciting game of round 22 in the D1 took place in Casablanca. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked WAC (13-7) to first ranked ASS Sale (17-3) 88-85 on Sunday evening. ASS Sale have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-3 record, which they share with CRA Hoceima. WAC at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with MAS Fes.
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CRA Hoceima - RSB Berkane 84-54

Second ranked CRA Hoceima blasted bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-20) in Al Hoceima 84-54 on Sunday evening. RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. CRA Hoceima (17-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with ASS Sale. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings.
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IRT Tanger - KAC 92-69

There was no surprise when 9th ranked KAC (5-15) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked IRT Tanger (12-8) 92-69. IRT Tanger have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-8 record. KAC lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 546771


FUS Rabat - KACM 67-64

Important game to mention about took place in Rabat. Eighth ranked FUS Rabat (8-12) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked KACM (8-12) 67-64 in the game for the seventh place. FUS Rabat moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated KACM. KACM lost fifth consecutive game.
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  MYANMAR  


Dasom's 40 points lead Thailand in blowout of Myanmar - by Eurobasket News

Thailand vented its ire on Myanmar with a 102-35 shellacking Monday in the 2017 Seaba Championship. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) uncorked a tournament-best 40 points, outscoring the whole Burmese squad, while also hauling down 11 rebounds as the Thais bounced back from their sorry 60-59 loss to Indonesia on Sunday. Thailand came out playing with a purpose, running to a 14-0 start and extending its lead to as high as 67 en route to its third win against one defeat. Nakom Jaisanuk had 15 markers, six boards, and four assists, while Naratip Boonsern had 13 in the win. Thailand coach Tim Lewis once again opted to sit out leading scorer Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) for the second time in the tournament, while also keeping bruiser Chanachon Klahan stapled on the bench. The Thais brace for a tough fight against host team Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday. Aung Wana (180-F-95) carried Myanmar (0-3) with 10 points and six rebounds.
Courtesy of: inquirer.net



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  NABL  


Defending champions continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Defending Champions Atlanta Show continue their their winning streak. They remain unbeaten and 5-0 on the season. In the latest game they smashed Panama City 163-97. DFW United meanwhile outscored Alamo City 130-112 and S.Antonio beat Austin Knights 141-126. In another games Music City overcame Savannah 119-97 and Huntsville edged RDC Vulcans 117-111.


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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 


Pelicans Retain Alvin Gentry, Dell Demps For 17-18 - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Pelicans will retain Alvin Gentry as head coach and Dell Demps as general manager for the 17-18 season. Both Gentry and Demps were already under contract for next season and have been given clarity on their job status. Demps replaced Jeff Bower as general manager in July of 2020. Demps' trade for DeMarcus Cousins in February played a significant role in him keeping his job. Cousins' arrival also helped Gentry retain his job. Gentry has developed a strong relationship with Cousins.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105 - by Eurobasket News

Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) said he didn't feel any pressure entering the first Game 7 of his career. His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91, college: Gonzaga) and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career. Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night. 'I knew it would be a big time game tonight. I knew it wouldn't be easy at all,' Thomas said. 'And we came out on top.' Led by Olynyk the Celtics got a huge lift from their bench, outscoring their Wizards' counterparts 48-5. Boston also connected on 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 13 in the second half. 'We needed it,' Olynyk said. 'That's a tough team that we played seven tough games against and they can score. We needed to help out the starters, help out Isaiah.' Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday. It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012. 'What a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them,' Boston coach Brad Stevens said. For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed. It also marked the latest big performance by Thomas, in a playoff run that began in the haze of his younger sister's death in a car accident. The 28-year-old All-Star has called the basketball court his sanctuary, and he continues to credit his teammates for giving him the strength to perform at a high level. 'That says a lot about the team we are and we believe in each other,' Thomas said. 'The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be and it wasn't a perfect game. But we kept going and stayed the course.' Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) led the Wizards - which was playing it its first Game 7 since 1979 - with 38 points, including 24 in the second half. 'I don't care how well I played,' Beal said afterward. 'I don't care if I played bad. The end resultThe only thing that matters is getting a win.' Otto Porter added 20 points. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) and Markieff Morris each finished with 18. But Washington also had 15 turnovers, leading to 17 Celtics' points. Boston trailed 76-72 late in the third quarter before ending the period on a 13-3 spurt . The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth as the Celtics' lead became 94-81. But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six. Washington stayed close as Beal continued to score, including a four-point play . But Olynyk then took over. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics stretched their advantage to 110-100. 'He just made shots,' Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) said of Olynyk. 'He was the difference today - a huge difference.' Brooks played Beal and Wall 46 and 45 minutes, respectively, but said it was necessary to try to stay in the game. 'I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game,' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. 'They had that little run at the start of the fourth quarter.' The Celtics had the largest lead of the first half at 10-2, but that gap was quickly erased by Washington as Boston started to accumulate fouls. Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.), Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5. Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points, respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime. 'It's tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had. Just came up short,' Wall said. 'Our goal was to get to Eastern Conference finals and we came up one game short. So it's a not a satisfied season to me.'
Courtesy of: boston.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



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




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  NBLCANADA  


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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  NCAA1  


Five-star point guard Trevon Duval picks Duke - by Eurobasket News

Duke has its point guard. Trevon Duval (6'3''-PG-98), the top point guard in the college basketball recruiting class, picked the Blue Devils on Monday. The 6-3, 190-pound guard, ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2017 by 247Sports, made his announcement on The Players' Tribune. He picked Duke over Arizona, Kansas and Baylor. He is the sixth player, and third in the top 20, to join Duke's incoming freshmen class. Duval fills a need and bolsters a revamped Duke lineup, which has to replace eight scholarship players from its ACC championship team. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski believes in 'positionless' basketball but Duke could have used more of a traditional playmaker last season. With senior guard Grayson Allen coming back, and top recruits shooting guard Gary Trent and forward Wendell Carter coming in, Duval gives Krzyzewski a quarterback to guide the offense. Duval averaged 16.2 points and 7.7 assists per game for IMG Academdy in Bradenton, Fla. as a high school senior and, like Trent and Carter, was a McDonald's All-American. Duke has made quick work since losing out on wing Kevin Knox (who opted for Kentucky) and then losing freshman guard Frank Jackson to the NBA draft. Four-star wing Jordan Tucker committed on Saturday and Duval followed on Monday. That gives the Blue Devils a potential lineup of Duval, Allen, Trent, Carter and big man Marques Bolden for next season, which will put them among the favorites to the win the ACC.
Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



Pitt adds graduate transfer - by Eurobasket News

Pittsburgh is getting some much-needed reinforcement. The Panthers on Monday received a commitment from Lafayette transfer Monty Boykins (6'5''-G-95), he announced via Twitter. Boykins will be immediately eligible at PItt as a graduate transfer after he missed nearly the entirety of last season with a shoulder injury. As a junior, Boykins averaged 10.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point range. The 6-foot-5 guard gives the Panthers experience and accomplishment for a team sorely missing it after graduating four players and seeing another six leave the program. Pittsburgh went 16-17 and 4-14 in the ACC, tying them for 12th in the league, in the first season with longtime Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings at the helm.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Cuonzo Martin signs four-star big man Jeremiah Tilmon - by Eurobasket News

Missouri announced on Monday that they had landed a commitment from Jeremiah Tilmon (6'11''-C-98), a top 50 prospect and a former Illinois signee. Tilmon joins a recruiting class, Cuonzo Martin 's first at Missouri, that already includes Michael Porter Jr., arguably the top player in the class, and Blake Harris, a top 100 point guard in the Class of 2017. Both were initially committed to Washington. And, potentially, Porter's brother Jontay may wind up in the class as well, as many believe he will reclassify and enroll at Missouri this season. Missouri has also added Canisius grad transfer Kassius Robertson, who averaged 16.1 points last season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Memphis transfer Keon Clergeot commits to UMass - by Eurobasket News

Former Memphis Tigers talent Keon Clergeot (6'1''-G) has committed to the UMass Minutemen, the player told FanRag Sports on Monday. Per NCAA transfer rules, he will have to sit the 2017-18 college basketball season before being eligible for the following campaign. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining. Clergeot averaged just 3.8 points and 9.9 minutes per game as a freshman last season. He would finish his first collegiate season shooting 37 percent from the floor and 31 percent from beyond the arc. He had a season-high 23 points against Incarnate Word in late December. Memphis is entering its second season under Tubby Smith. The Tigers coach has been under a lot of scrutiny this offseason after a handful of players left the program. The Tigers finished last season with an overall record of 19-13. As for UMass, the Minutemen hired Chattanooga's Matt McCall this offseason as the program's new head coach. McCall replaces Derek Kellogg. Kellogg took the Minutemen to the NCAA Tournament during the 2013-14 season, but went 46-51 the following three years. Kellogg was fired by UMass on March 9. He was the head coach of the program for nine seasons. The Minutemen finished the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 15-18.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



Montana Grizzlies add Norwegian point guard Lars Espe - by Eurobasket News

Montana head men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire has added depth to the Grizzly backcourt, signing 6-1 point guard Lars Espe (5'11''-PG-98) from the Gimle BBK club in Bergen, Norway, to a National Letter of Intent on Monday. Espe, an 18-year-old, was named Young Player of the Year last season in the BLNO, Norway's premiere professional basketball league. From 2014-2018 he has represented Norway on the international stage, first at the U-16 European-B championships in 2014. In the 2016-2017 season, he captained the Norwegian U-18 national team as well. In two seasons with Gimle BBK, Espe has played in 43 games and made 31 starts, averaging over 15 points per game. A skilled ball handler, Espe has also given out 166 assists in that time, 108 of which came in his 2016-17 season, averaging five per-game. DeCuire will look to Espe to bring that floor leader mentality to Dahlberg Arena. 'We needed someone that can manipulate the defense, get the ball where it needs to be, and also someone that allows Ahmaad to play off the ball a little bit and focus on scoring when we need to do that,' said DeCuire. 'He's a pure point. He definitely knows how to create shots for others, he knows where guys are at, he's got very good court awareness, and I think he'll be special in addition to what we have coming back.' With an average of 27 minutes per game in a professional league, DeCuire says Espe will also bring an on-court experience that is hard to find with prep recruits in the U.S. 'The other thing that's attractive about Lars is that in Norway, he's playing at a professional level. He's playing against grown men. So, for a freshman to come in and be able to play right away for you, sometimes going abroad is a pretty good option just because of the experience.'
Courtesy of: montanasports.com



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  NCAA3  


Patrick Doherty Selected as Haverford College Men's Basketball Coach - by Eurobasket News

Haverford College Director of Athletics Wendy Smith '87 has announced the hiring of Pat Doherty as head men's basketball coach. Pat Doherty comes to Haverford after spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lafayette College. He has spent the last five years as the top assistant on Fran O'Hanlon's squad, earning the promotion to associate head coach prior to the 2015-16 season. "I want to thank Wendy Smith and all the members of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Haverford College," stated Pat Doherty . "I am grateful and excited for the chance to work with talented student-athletes at one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country, and I hope to lead a program that is a source of pride for all members of the Haverford community." "After an extremely competitive national search we are excited to have Pat Doherty joining Haverford's athletic department as the next head men's basketball coach," explained Smith. "Patrick demonstrated enthusiasm for and a clear understanding of the division III student-athlete experience within an academically demanding institution. Coach Pat Doherty 's experiences have prepared him well to support our student-athletes both on and off the court and to meet the challenges of establishing a competitively successful men's basketball program that will reflect the values of Haverford College within the highly competitive Centennial Conference." Working alongside the winningest coach in both Lafayette and Patriot League history, Pat Doherty coached the Leopards to four appearances in the Patriot League Championship game, capped by winning the league title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament during a historic 2014-15 season. While in Easton, he helped guide 12 All-Patriot League Players, including five first-team all-league selections. Lafayette also had four players named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team while eight of his players were named to Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Combining academic success with his work on the court, nine of his student-athletes earned academic all-league recognition, including multiple honorees in three of the last six seasons the award was presented. Pat Doherty began his college coaching career during the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at The College of New Jersey. He also spent one year as an assistant at Williams College where he helped lead the Ephs to the conference semifinals with a 17-9 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the NESCAC. Pat Doherty started his coaching career at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pa. as the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach for two seasons. Additionally, Pat Doherty has worked with the Hoop Group as a coach and site facilitator and also served as a program director for PeacePlayers International in Northern Ireland. PeacePlayers is a non-profit organization that uses the game of basketball to unite and educate children and their communities in areas of the world that are historically characterized by strife. During his time in Northern Ireland, Pat Doherty was a player/coach for Northstar Basketball Club. Pat Doherty graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Spanish. He was selected as a Marquis Scholar - the College's highest academic scholarship - and joined the basketball team as a walk-on player during the 2000-01 season. Pat Doherty and his wife, Kristin, have two children, Maeve and Connor.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


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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  NIGERIA  


Efe Odigie (ex ES Sahel) is a newcomer at Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Nigerian passport) power forward Efe Odigie (203). He moved there from ES Sahel in Tunisian Division I where he played this season. Odigie helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He also played earlier that season for Al Ansar (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
Thanks to Odigie's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Odigie has played previously professionally in Argentina (Ameghino).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ParlonsBasket)

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  NORWAY  


Montana Grizzlies add Norwegian point guard Lars Espe - by Eurobasket News

Montana head men's basketball coach Travis DeCuire has added depth to the Grizzly backcourt, signing 6-1 point guard Lars Espe (5'11''-PG-98) from the Gimle BBK club in Bergen, Norway, to a National Letter of Intent on Monday. Espe, an 18-year-old, was named Young Player of the Year last season in the BLNO, Norway's premiere professional basketball league. From 2014-2018 he has represented Norway on the international stage, first at the U-16 European-B championships in 2014. In the 2016-2017 season, he captained the Norwegian U-18 national team as well. In two seasons with Gimle BBK, Espe has played in 43 games and made 31 starts, averaging over 15 points per game. A skilled ball handler, Espe has also given out 166 assists in that time, 108 of which came in his 2016-17 season, averaging five per-game. DeCuire will look to Espe to bring that floor leader mentality to Dahlberg Arena. 'We needed someone that can manipulate the defense, get the ball where it needs to be, and also someone that allows Ahmaad to play off the ball a little bit and focus on scoring when we need to do that,' said DeCuire. 'He's a pure point. He definitely knows how to create shots for others, he knows where guys are at, he's got very good court awareness, and I think he'll be special in addition to what we have coming back.' With an average of 27 minutes per game in a professional league, DeCuire says Espe will also bring an on-court experience that is hard to find with prep recruits in the U.S. 'The other thing that's attractive about Lars is that in Norway, he's playing at a professional level. He's playing against grown men. So, for a freshman to come in and be able to play right away for you, sometimes going abroad is a pretty good option just because of the experience.'
Courtesy of: montanasports.com



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  PERU  


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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  PHILIPPINES  


Seaba U16: Guadana has triple-double, Batang Gilas routs Indonesia - by Eurobasket News

Mclaude Guadana tallied a triple-double to lead Batang Gilas Pilipinas to a 96-73 victory over Indonesia in the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The swingman from Lyceum-Cavite racked up 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds that went with four steals as the Philippines cruised to its second win in as many games. Ricky Calimag (193-F-78) set the tone for Batang Gilas, pouring nine of his 17 markers in the first quarter as the home squad started the game on a 15-2 charge to run away with the win. Kai Sotto chipped in 12 points and seven boards, while Raven Cortez had 10 markers and two rebounds for the Philippines. Though victorious once again, coach Mike Oliver chided his wards for playing with a bit of complacency as Batang Gilas saw its 36-point lead, 71-35, in the third quarter cut to 20, 77-57, with 9:21 left in the payoff period. 'We were super relaxed. We felt we could run over them because they are smaller. The intensity and aggressiveness when we got to a big lead suddenly got lost,' he said in Filipino. 'I was just pressuring them to bring that intensity back.' Felix Alexander anchored Indonesia with 18 points and three assists, while Darryl Sebastian got 16 markers and five boards.
In the first game, Malaysia needed a huge lift late to turn back Thailand, 74-62, After going scoreless on Sunday, Wong Thiam Mun exploded for 24 points and collected seven rebounds, six assists, and six steals to carry the Malaysians to a 2-0 record. John Tang got 16 markers and four boards, while Teoh Yi Kang had nine points, four dimes, and three rebounds for Malaysia. Malaysia held a precarious 66-62 lead after an undergoal stab from Thailand's Natthanon Chayapiwat with 1:49 to go. Tang, though, answered back for Malaysia with back-to-back threes to wrap up the game. Hiran Boateng topped debuting Thailand with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Chayapiwat had 12 markers and six boards.
Courtesy of: inquirer.net/



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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 


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





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





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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





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas21.1 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.1 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo18.1 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.6 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.1 
 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, Fajardo8.1 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Samhan, Aguada7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.1 
 2. Fitch, Quebradillas6.8 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 4. Browne, San German6.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas5.2 
 9. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 6. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 9. Browne, San German1.3 
 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, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Orozco, Humacao0.9 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


Alamo number one in Puerto Rico for week 19 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Forward Angel Alamo (206-F-85) had a great game in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 19.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Bayamon (#7, 8-11) with 22-point margin 75-53. Arecibo is placed at 4th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo 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 9-9 record. In the team's last game Alamo had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Arecibo, through which he has constantly improved. Angel Alamo averages this season 9.3ppg.

The second best player in last week's games was 25-year old Cuban Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Bayamon. Romero had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayamon lost that game 73-79 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 10-5). This loss caused Bayamon to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Romero is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) of Ponce (#5). Dawson showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last week. He was a key player of Ponce, leading his team to a 91-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Humacao (#6, 8-10). The chances of Ponce ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dawson could help Ponce to bring them higher in the standings. Dawson has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.2rpg (#1 in league). Dawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Wil Martinez (188-G-92) of Humacao - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Quebradillas - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Victor Liz (188-SG-86) of Ponce - 23 points, 3 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)



BSN Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in Bayamon supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked Capitanes (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Vaqueros (8-11). Capitanes smashed Vaqueros 75-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. Capitanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Capitanes outrebounded Vaqueros 38-23 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international forward Angel Alamo (206-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Capitanes' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) responded with 13 points and 7 assists. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaqueros will play against Atleticos (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Juana Diaz was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Caciques (8-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Leones (8-9). Leones defeated Caciques 91-81. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Victor Liz accounted for 23 points and 5 assists. Leones' coach Nelson Colon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 32 points for Caciques in the defeat. Leones moved-up to fifth place. Caciques lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Leones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play against Brujos (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in San German between Indios and Atleticos. Tenth ranked Indios (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Atleticos (6-12). Indios managed to escape with a 1-point win 91-90 in the game for the ninth place. David Laury fired a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Gary Browne produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Indios moved-up to ninth place. Loser Atleticos dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play against Vaqueros (#7) in Bayamon and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 19 Bayamon lost to Quebradillas on the opponent's court 73-79. Mayaguez unfortunately lost to Guayama in a home game 71-86.

San German - Mayaguez 90-91

A very close game took place in San German between Indios and Atleticos. Tenth ranked Indios (6-10) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Atleticos (6-12). Indios managed to escape with a 1-point win 91-90 in the game for the ninth place. Atleticos were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Indios, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American-Dominican forward Jose Rodriguez (201-92, college: Texas Southern) chipped in 22 points. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Indios moved-up to ninth place. Loser Atleticos dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play against Vaqueros (#7) in Bayamon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San German: D.Ebanks 21+3reb+1ast, J.Keenan 18+6reb+3ast, A.Franklin 12+4reb+1ast, G.Browne 12+10reb+8ast, I.Sosa Carrion 11+2reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 6+6reb+1ast
Mayaguez: J.Rodriguez 22+1reb+3ast, D.Collier 13+5reb+2ast, K.Young 13+5reb+3ast, Q.Doggett 13+5reb, C.Duran 12+5reb+6ast, D.Laury 10+11reb+6ast
gschID: 540146


Bayamon - Arecibo 53-75

The game in Bayamon supposed to be quite interesting. Fifth ranked Capitanes (9-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Vaqueros (8-11). Capitanes smashed Vaqueros 75-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. Capitanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Capitanes outrebounded Vaqueros 38-23 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international forward Angel Alamo (206-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Capitanes' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) responded with 13 points and 7 assists and Mexican forward Joel Gierbolini (203-89, college: USC Aiken) scored 12 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaqueros will play against Atleticos (#10) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: J.Soto 13+7ast, B.Santiago 12+3reb, J.Gierbolini 12+3reb, J.Pellot-Rosa 7+2reb+2ast, J.Villegas 3+2ast, J.Gonzalez 2+1reb+3ast
Arecibo: A.Alamo 29+10reb, D.Clemente 16+3reb+5ast, D.Huertas 14+8reb+3ast, A.Matias 8+5reb+2ast, A.Young 5+3reb+1ast, D.Cortez 3+3reb
gschID: 540145


Quebradillas - Bayamon 79-73

Rather expected game in Quebradillas where 6th ranked Vaqueros (8-11) were defeated by third ranked Piratas (9-5) 79-73 on Saturday. Vaqueros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) chipped in 21 points. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona St. CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Piratas maintains third place with 9-5 record having eight points less than leader Aguada. Loser Vaqueros dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Piratas will meet Brujos (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vaqueros will play against Atleticos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: I.Romero 27+14reb+1ast, C.Dalmau 15+1reb+3ast, J.Soto 7+1reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 7+1reb+1ast, B.Santiago 7+6reb+1ast, J.Villegas 6+4reb+2ast
Quebradillas: D.Smith 21+3reb+3ast, R.Chaney 15+3reb, J.Bryan Diaz 13+13reb+1ast, M.Rosario 11+1reb+6ast, J.Mojica 7+4reb+3ast, A.Carmona 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540144


Mayaguez - Guayama 71-86

Rather predictable result in Mayaguez where eighth ranked Brujos (7-10) defeated 10th ranked Indios (6-10) 86-71 on Saturday. Strangely Indios outrebounded Brujos 49-36 including a 25-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos made 11 blocks. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brujos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 7-10 record. Loser Indios dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Brujos will meet higher ranked Caciques (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Laury 21+13reb+3ast, Q.Doggett 16+11reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 15+4reb+2ast, K.Young 9+6reb+3ast, N.Butler Lind 6+5reb+3ast, C.Arroyo 4+4reb+4ast
Guayama: D.Wilkins 27+6reb+2ast, K.Vinales 19+3reb+4ast, C.Behanan 10+6reb+2ast, K.Penn 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fillyaw 8+3reb+5ast, D.Hinson 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 540143


Ponce - Humacao 91-81

The game in Juana Diaz was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Caciques (8-10) played at the court of seventh ranked Leones (8-9). Leones defeated Caciques 91-81. It looked good early as Caciques took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leones had a 14-10 second period charge getting the lead and Caciques were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-91. Leones made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Caciques 37-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (188-86) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Leones' coach Nelson Colon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 32 points and American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Five Leones and four Caciques players scored in double figures. Leones moved-up to fifth place. Caciques lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Leones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play against Brujos (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Martinez 32+2reb+3ast, M.Rodriguez 14+3reb+1ast, J.Famous 12+12reb+3ast, A.Galindo 10+4ast, R.Cintron Cortes 7+3reb+2ast, F.Morales 4+3reb
Ponce: V.Liz 23+3reb+5ast, E.Dawson 18+14reb+6ast, C.Emory 18+5reb, A.Torres 13+1reb+4ast, H.Warrick 10+8reb+4ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 5+3reb+3ast
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CSKA Pres Andrey Vatutin talks Teodosic, Spanoulis, Euroleague format - by David Pick

Andrey Vatutin has multiple accolades as President and CEO of European power-club CSKA Moscow. But winning back-to-back Euroleague titles isn't on his resume. However, a gold medal this weekend in Istanbul will carve his name as the all-time greatest front office executive in Russian hoops.

He never takes credit, though. For the same reasons, Vatutin has no desire to pursue current and former NBA interest. "The NBA was never a dream of mine. Besides, I couldn't leave CSKA without winning the Euroleague title after what we had gone through in Istanbul in 2012. I feel comfortable here, there's always a challenge of reaching the highest goals and handling pressure, it's like a drug-addiction," he tells me in a revealing Q&A.

Vatutin celebrated his tenth season at CSKA winning the 2016 Euroleague trophy, and is now headed back to Turkey for another swing at his Greek arch-rivals, Olympiacos. This time, there is no chance he returns to Moscow empty-handed. "0-3 against Olympiacos in Final Fouls? Bad stats are for fans and journalists. I'm more pragmatic: each team lives one season, so my entire focus is on our game against Olympiacos on Friday, not on games from the past. I was asked if I had a preference to play Anadolu Efes instead, but I don't. Champions should be able to beat any opponent," said Vatutin, architect of Russian Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2016.

Do you see Vassilis Spanoulis is your nightmares?

"I prefer not to have male figures in my dreams," he said with a chuckle. "I have huge respect for Vassilis (Spanoulis), and I cherish our personal relationship, as I do the influence of Olympiacos owners Angelopoulos brothers, Panagiotis and Giorgos, on basketball."

Vatutin and Vice President Natalia Furaeva juggle one of the biggest budgets in Europe estimated at over 38 million Euros. Per Vatutin: "50% of his budget goes to players salaries." According to VTB League regulations, budgets are exposed much like the NBA, but the Russian muggle is under constant scrutiny of ballooning salaries to attract the best players on the market. "CSKA is the only Euroleague club with open books while our competitors behave differently, though their budgets are sometimes comparable to ours. But CSKA is still the center of attention."

How does that feed into signing star-power? It doesn't. "I think Ramunas Siskauskas and Milos Teodosic were the last well-known stars to leave high level clubs for CSKA. Kyle Hines came to CSKA as a two-time Euroleague champion, but he embraced a role player's gig for Olympiacos (averaging under 10 points and 5 rebounds per game). Signing great players doesn't guarantee success," Vatutin says.

CSKA will soon engage in one the greatest decisions the franchise had in a long time. Milos Teodosic - NBA or Europe? Several NBA GMs and scouts are eye-balling the Serbian wizard floor general. With ex-CSKA assistant Quin Snyder leading Utah into the second round of the playoffs with loads of international flavor, sources tell me the Jazz are bound to shoot Teodosic an offer-sheet. The Brooklyn Nets are also in active pursuit. People close to Teodosic estimate that he'll push for a deal in 3-years $25-30 million range.

"I'm proud to have elite NBA GMs from Brooklyn, San Antonio, Denver, Oklahoma, Houston and others as friends. Teams that want to scout Milos are able to do so with or without CSKA's assistance. I think the teams that have concrete interest in Teodosic weren't mentioned in the media."

Did NBA teams talk to you about Milos Teodosic?

"I don't discuss such kind of scouting with them. I definitely know Milos better than any GM in the world, but my knowledge is used for CSKA alone."

Are you prepared for Milos leaving for the NBA, any backup plans?

"I cannot discuss candidates to replace a player that hasn't left or might re-sign with CSKA. Milos is unique. He is as unique as Nando De Colo, Victor Khryapa and all of my players. But if an NBA team makes him an offer - it will be impossible to compete with."

There are unconfirmed rumors that Vassilis Spanoulis left Panathinaikos because he was out-paid by Dimitris Diamantidis. De Colo is the reigning Euroleague MVP, but Milos Teodosic can end up earning more on his next contract. Do you give Milos an identical contract as De Colo or less?

"This is an interesting myth about Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis. I've heard it before of course, but no one has ever confirmed it. CSKA salaries are confidential. If players haven't shown each other their contracts, I don't see reason to be financially jealous."

How has CSKA been so successful in building teams without the fingerprints of a General Manager, rather administrative executives?

"There are different models of management, each one has pluses and minuses. Hiring a former player for example, doesn't guarantee the solution to problems. Knowing what to do with the ball on the court isn't enough in our line of work. The market is most important, so one must establish business connections, influence and management experience. Still, it's possible that in the future CSKA will hire a retired athlete."

CSKA, of the elite Euroleague teams, has troubles filling its arena with fans. Why?

"We had approximately 8500 spectators for Euroleague games and 3000 for VTB League games this season. The main problem is that basketball is not a popular sports in Russia. We do a lot for our fans from ticket prices, to food to entertainment, and I'm sure we can do more, but are resources are limited because we don't have our own arena. Unlike other basketball countries like Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Israel where the fans come just to see the games and support their teams. Moscow also has a wide range of entertainment opportunities and fans need to spend a lot of time getting to the arena in such a huge city. I should admit that CSKA's dominance in Europe and Russia has a negative outcome: some fans don't come because the team will win even without their support. The wildest thing I heard was recent from a fan that said, 'start losing and we'll come to games, otherwise it's not intriguing enough.'"

How would you summarize Euroleague's transition from brackets to a league format?

"This was the most interesting and unpredictable season ever; it exceeded the expectations of organizers and participants. Obviously, the 16 teams format proved to be beneficial. More than half the games were decided in the final seconds and others were huge surprises. We got a legit chance to evaluate team's' strength because the pools format couldn't provide a clear understanding of that. Besides, clubs began to earn money."

There are talks of expanding the league to 18-24 teams. Do you think that's a smart strategy?

"The high level of basketball and financial growth allow it, but the Euroleague schedule is tough and forces clubs to use charter flights more often. Thus, I doubt we see a line of teams pushing to join the league. From a financial standpoint, I think only two Russian clubs, one Spanish and one German teams are ready to make the jump into the tournament. Then there's another angle - NBA contracts force us to spend more money and players demand an increase in salaries to give them a reason to stay on this side of the pond."

Which team do you think should earn the final WILD CARD ticket for 2017-18?

"If the wild card is given, I'll support one of the Russian teams willing to join because the top Russian clubs are good enough on the hardwood and off it to partake in the Euroleague."

How about a FIFTH Spanish ACB team in the Euroleague next season?

"The clubs agreed that Jordi Bertomeu will take the final decision on that."

Euroleague rules read that no more than four teams per country, but we might see five Spanish club next season. Vatutin: "Definitely the bylaws need to be respect. I am sure the Euroleague Board committee will make a well-weighted and fair decision."

Vatutin also has some troublesome issues and suggestions to generate more Euroleague games and increase in teams, but that means less domestic challenge. "We need more European games and less domestic games. An increase in EuroLeague teams not heavily involved in other competitions will create a logical and dynamic schedule, allowing an easy expansion to 20-24 teams. We can find the windows for playoffs series and might even allow FIBA's craving for National Team windows. Also, it's not only about the teams, but about the fans. More Euroleague teams means more fans and interest in games. That will lead to an increase of revenues from tickets and merchandize, clubs will be more attractive for sponsors and TV. The only model that generates real money is an independent closed leagues. But I understand that commercial leagues aren't a priority for everyone. These decisions aren't executed by club owners or officials, but you need to also consider not just the financial interests of teams, but several other factors as well."

CSKA's president offers more strategies to better the European competitions. 'If we decide to increase the number of participants, it is necessary to decide on the qualification system. The main problem is having multiple lanes to join the Euroleague. It's too complicated and often illogical, even for the specialist. Maybe we should raise the number of A-Licensed clubs, or use the domestic ranking system from various leagues - This is something we have to discuss."

Had Vatutin's idea been executed, teams like Maccabi Rishon Lezion or Hapoel Jerusalem, recent Israeli League champions, would have received Euroleague tickets.

"We should not approve to constant changing of rules every season, but allow ourselves long-term planning. Most of the league winners around Europe aren't being rewarded with Euroleague spots, so there is a decrease in motivation. In fact, the lone leagues that do provide such tickets are the VTB League, the Adriatic League and the German Bundesliga," Vatutin concluded.




Burevestnik tabs Konstantin Novikov - by Eurobasket News

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav (Superleague 2) inked 30-year old forward Konstantin Novikov (202-105kg-87). He played most recently at Irkut in the Superleague 1. In 36 games he averaged 8.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg last season. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Novikov helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at AltajBasket where in 47 Superleague 2 games he had 13.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Novikov contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for six other teams: Kupol-Rodniki, Neftekhimik Tobolsk, Severstal-InzhEcon Cherepovec, Dynamo-YUZGU Kursk, Tambov and Kamit-Universitet Tver.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Ahli hold off Ittihad - by Eurobasket News

BAHRAIN'S Al Ahli Club eked out a come-from-behind 93-84 victory over Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad last night in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship. Hussain Shaker made a handful of decisive plays down the stretch to help the home side stay undefeated after two games in the group stages of the competition, which is being played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam. Shaker buried back-to-back three-pointers with just over two minutes to play to break an 82-all deadlock and put Ahli ahead for good. The Bahrain national team guard then fed Slovenian professional Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) for an easy lay-up that made it 90-84 in the dying seconds, before Brezec fired in an uncontested triple right before the buzzer to peg the final score. Brezec finished with a game-high 23 points while also taking down 15 rebounds. American teammate Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) also played a key role in the victory. He put in an all-around effort of 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sayed Kadhem Majed chipped in with 20 markers including four three-pointers, while Shaker ended the game with 14 including three from beyond the arc. The win was the second in a row for Ahli as they remained in contention for first place in their division heading into the second round. The Saudis suffered their second straight loss and are now in the bottom half of their group. Also in group 'B', defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE overwhelmed Al Sadd of Qatar 96-70. The Emiratis led from the very beginning and took a commanding 47-25 advantage into the interval. They cruised the rest of the way, stretching their lead to more than 30 points multiple times in the second half. Ahli enjoyed their second successive win to go top of the division while Sadd suffered their second defeat. American Sam Young (198-F/G-85, college: Pittsburgh) top scored for Ahli with 28 points and he also grabbed 11 rebounds. He led five players in double-figures. Qais Alshehabi had an impressive 19-point, 13-rebound effort to go along with four steals, while Mohammed Alajmani contributed 15 points. Talal Alnuaimi chipped in with 11 off the bench while Mitchell Watt, Ahli's other import from the US, finished with 10 markers for the victors. Six-foot, 11-inch Greek centre Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) led Sadd with 30 points and 18 rebounds. American Kendrick Brown contributed 21. Both players played the full 40 minutes in the contest for the undermanned Qataris, who fielded just six players the entire game. In yesterday's other game, Al Shabab of the UAE easily disposed of Al Rayyan of Qatar 105-81. Shabab raced out to an early lead and never wavered. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) III led Al Shabab with 34 points. He had a near triple double with seven rebounds and nine assists. Fellow-American Tyler Wilkerson added 13 markers. Hussain Ahmed had 12, all of which came from three-point range. Today is a rest day in the championship. Games continue tomorrow.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Results and Stats from Day 4 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia - Vietnam 95-52
Indonesia extended their winning streak in Manila. They cruised past Vietnam to take 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (173-PG-92) stepped up with 19 points for the winners. Indonesia established a comfortable 41:20 halftime lead. They followed with 54 points in the second half and rallied to the win. Sandy Kurniawan (190-SG-86) had 18 points for the winners. Han Minh Trieu (178-PG-87) and Hyung Hai Nguyen answered with 12 points each for Vietnam.

Singapore - Malaysia 41-45
Malaysia outscored Singapore to open win count at the tournament. Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Malaysia established a 26:20 halftime advantage. Singapore narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avert the loss. Chee Huei Liaw (187-F-93) delivered 7 points for the winners. Kok Chiang Goh (199-C-95) responded with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Singapore.

Thailand - Myanmar 102-35
Thailand recorded the third victory in Manila. They thrashed Myanmar for 3-1 record. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) posted 40 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Thailand recorded a 47:19 halftime advantage. They unloaded 55 points in the second half and eased to the victory. Nakorn Jaisanuk (190-G-91) provided 15 points in the win. Aung Wana (180-F-95) responded with 10 points for Myanmar.




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KLS Round 8 (Superliga): FMP is upset by Mega Leks - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Sremska Mitrovica between third ranked FMP (5-3) and fifth ranked Mega Leks (4-4) on Monday night. FMP was defeated by Mega Leks on the road 83-65. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. Mega Leks made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 26 points. Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Leks moved-up to fourth place. FMP at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Mega Leks are looking forward to face Borac (#5) in Cacak in the next round. FMP will play at home against Vrsac and is hoping to win this game.
Undefeated leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Spartak (1-7) 89-60 in Beograd. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Nate Wolters contributed with 15 points for the winners. Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Spartak. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Crvena Zvezda (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Spartak lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Vrsac. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Second ranked Partizan (7-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Vrsac (1-7). Partizan managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of Stefan Bircevic who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Jeftic responded with 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Partizan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda. Loser Vrsac stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
The game in Cacak was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Dynamic BG (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Borac (3-5). Borac managed to secure a 4-point victory 91-87. The winners were led by Marko Radonjic who scored that evening 16 points. Borac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Dynamic BG. Borac's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica and it may be quite challenging game. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Mega Leks - FMP 83-65

The most important game in the last round took place in Sremska Mitrovica between third ranked FMP (5-3) and fifth ranked Mega Leks (4-4) on Monday night. FMP was defeated by Mega Leks on the road 83-65. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. Mega Leks made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 26 points. Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mega Leks moved-up to fourth place. FMP at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Mega Leks are looking forward to face Borac (#5) in Cacak in the next round. FMP will play at home against Vrsac and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: O.Jaramaz 26+3reb+3ast, S.Lesic 18+7reb+1ast, N.Rebic 9+2reb+5ast, R.Spasojevic 7, J.Novak 7+1reb+4ast, K.Mushidi 6+4reb+2ast
FMP: D.Davidovac 16+5reb+4ast, D.Apic 13+3reb+1ast, F.Covic 9+3ast, M.Ljubicic 6+5reb+1ast, R.Seslija 6+2reb, A.Bursac 4+1ast
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Vrsac - Partizan 74-81

The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Second ranked Partizan (7-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Vrsac (1-7). Partizan managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vrsac won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Partizan won last quarter 21-15. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Mihajlo Andric (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Power forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) responded with 16 points and forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Partizan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda. Loser Vrsac stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Partizan: S.Bircevic 16+7reb, W.Hatcher 16+1reb+3ast, M.Andric 13+4reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 10+3reb+7ast, D.Majstorovic 6+7reb+1ast
Vrsac: N.Jeftic 16+4reb+1ast, Y.Minchev 13+4reb+1ast, S.Fundic 12+6reb+3ast, B.Krstovic 9+2reb+6ast, M.Djeric 6+2ast, M.Pavkovic 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 544632


Crvena Zvezda - Spartak 89-60

Undefeated leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Spartak (1-7) 89-60 in Beograd. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Spartak was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak to just 7 points in second quarter. Crvena Zvezda had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spartak. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Crvena Zvezda (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Spartak lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Vrsac. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: N.Wolters 15+3reb, O.Dobric 12+8reb+5ast, M.Bjelica 11+1reb, C.Jenkins 11+2reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 8+1reb+2ast, M.Guduric 8+3reb+3ast
Spartak: I.Jelenic 14+5reb+5ast, S.Matic 11+2reb, I.Kesar 10+5reb, N.Miscevic 7+5reb+2ast, N.Jovisic 7+4reb+2ast, P.Prlja 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 544631


Borac - Dynamic BG 91-87

The game in Cacak was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Dynamic BG (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Borac (3-5). Borac managed to secure a 4-point victory 91-87. 29 personal fouls committed by Dynamic BG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by point guard Marko Radonjic (191-93) who scored that evening 16 points and Bosnian power forward Aleksandar Todorovic (206-87) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) did not help to save the game for Dynamic BG. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Borac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Dynamic BG. Borac's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica and it may be quite challenging game. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac: M.Radonjic 16+4reb+3ast, A.Todorovic 14+6reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 14+1reb+5ast, N.Todorovic 13+4reb+3ast, I.Djokovic 12+3reb+4ast, M.Milovanovic 9+3reb+1ast
Dynamic BG: M.Cakarevic 18+8reb+5ast, D.Brooks 17+7reb+5ast, M.Milisavljevic 15+3ast, S.Gavrilovic 11+4reb, A.Lazic 11+9reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 6
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Andrej Zakelj agrees to terms to become head coach of Tajfun Sentjur - by Zeljko Zule

Tajfun Sentjur and Andrej Zakelj have agreed to contract terms to allow him to become the team's head coach for the 2017-18 season.
Zakelj has served as an assistant coach with Slovan, Union Olimpija and Hopsi from 2007 through 2015. Then took over Lastovka and led the club to the 2016 Slovenian Cup finals. He began the 2016-17 season with the Polish side TBV Start Lubin, but left in November after a disappointed 0-7 start. Late in December, Zakelj took over head coaching duties at Terme Olimia and led them to a respectable record 10-11, but was not able to avoid relegation from the Slovenian League.
Zakelj also served as an assistant coach of U18 and U20 Slovenian national teams at the European Championships in 2008 and 2010.



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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, Huesca1.5 
 2. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 3. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 4. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 5. Marti, Prat1.0 
 6. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 7. Samb, Palencia1.0 
 8. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 9. Barnes, Palencia0.9 
 10. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 


LEB Gold Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Oviedo join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Coruna - Palencia 101-106

Palencia outgunned Coruna on the road to force the decider. Leyma Basquet trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 33-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 101-106 at the end of the game. Strangely Leyma Basquet outrebounded Palencia Baloncesto 44-28 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Leyma Basquet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Daniel Rodriguez (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists and forward Marc Blanch (195-82) who added 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. At the losing side American guard Zach Monaghan (188-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Duran International) responded with 20 points and 8 assists and Trinidad and Tobago center Kyle Rowley (213-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Palencia Baloncesto and five Leyma Basquet players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Coruna: Z.Monaghan 20+4reb+8ast, K.Rowley 18+10reb, S.Olmos 15+3reb+2ast, G.Zyle 13+9reb+1ast, J.Lucas 12+3reb, T.Sabonis 8+5reb+1ast
Palencia: D.Rodriguez 24+4reb+6ast, M.Blanch 17+3reb+1ast, J.Zamora 14+1reb+1ast, R.Bas 12+1ast, M.Samb 10+3reb+1ast, J.Perez 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 546794


Palma - Breogan 90-100

Breogan prevailed against Palma away from home to knot things up at 2-all. The game was mostly controlled by Leche Rio Breogan. Palma managed to win fourth quarter 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leche Rio Breogan made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Leche Rio Breogan outrebounded Palma 38-25 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Ivan Cruz-Uceda (208-91, college: Miami, FL) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Josep Franch (193-91) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Leche Rio Breogan's coach Natxo Lezcano used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian center Robertas Grabauskas (208-90, college: Northwood, agency: HMS) produced 20 points and forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Five Leche Rio Breogan and four Palma players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Palma: R.Grabauskas 20+4reb, A.Zengotitabengoa 15+3reb, C.Bivia 13+1reb+3ast, V.Serrano 10+4reb, J.Medori 9+5reb, M.Uriz 9+2reb+6ast
Breogan: I.Cruz Uceda 18+18reb, T.Bropleh 17+2reb+1ast, J.Franch 16+1reb+4ast, J.Salvador Arco 13+2reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 10+2ast, J.Gilling 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546793


Ourense - Oviedo 66-74

Oviedo upset Ourense to secure the semifinal birth. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ourense won fourth quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oviedo CB made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Ourense was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Paul Jesperson (198-92, college: N.Iowa, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 13 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Victor Perez (195-82) supported him with 16 points. Four Oviedo CB players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by Canadian-Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) did not help to save the game for Ourense. Center Francisco Guerra (214-92) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ourense: D.Kapelan 18+4reb, D.Flis 17+4reb, F.Guerra 10+7reb+5ast, D.Wright 9+9reb+1ast, K.Hittle 4+1reb, C.Diaz 3+4reb+1ast
Oviedo: V.Perez 16+3reb, P.Jesperson 13+6reb, D.Perez 10+4reb+1ast, J.Lofberg 10+3reb+2ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 9+6reb+2ast, F.Santana 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546792





LEB Silver Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Valladolid and Zornotza with victories - by Eurobasket News

Valladolid - Moron 76-73

Valladolid beat Moron to even the series at 1-1. Moron was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Blancos de Rueda, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Henri Wade-Chatman (188-92, college: Edinboro) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and center Sergio De-La-Fuente (198-89) supported him with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Even 25 points by American guard Tyler Gaffaney (193-92, college: Claremont-Mudd) did not help to save the game for Moron. Nigerian-American center Olajide Keshinro (203-90, college: Mercy, agency: Duran International) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: S.De La Fuente 24+7reb, H.Wade-Chatman 23+6reb+3ast, D.Astilleros 10+9reb+3ast, B.Sidibe 10+6reb, M.Gonzalez 5+3reb, A.Garcia 2+2reb
Moron: T.Gaffaney 25+4reb, O.Keshinro 16+10reb, L.Cizmic 10+5reb, A.Marin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 6+1reb, R.Gutierrez 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546634


Granada - Zornotza 81-84

Zornotza upset Granada away from home to bounce back from the opening loss. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 35-22. But CB Granada won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zornotza made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Strangely CB Granada outrebounded Zornotza 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by CB Granada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bahamas swingman JR Cadot (196-87, college: TCU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-Jamaican guard Khalid Mutakabbir (193-91, college: Presbyterian, agency: Duran International) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Adrian Bowie (189-89, college: Maryland) responded with 16 points and 5 assists and Jamaican forward Tyran De-Lattibeaudiere (201-91, college: Lamar) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Zornotza: J.Cadot 21+3reb+1ast, K.Mutakabbir 15+5reb+4ast, V.Vucetic 14+5reb+2ast, D.De La Rua 11+4reb+1ast, I.Salazar 9+4reb+2ast, D.Iriarte 9+3reb
Granada: J.Almeida 17+4reb, A.Bowie 16+4reb+5ast, J.Fernandez 15+5reb+2ast, T.De Lattibeaudiere 13+10reb, C.Cobos 7+3reb+4ast, A.Bortolussi 7+8reb
gschID: 546633





Adam Hanga claims Spanish Liga Endesa weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Baskonia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 27-year old had the game-high 18 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Baskonia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Fuenlabrada (#12, 12-20) with 37-point margin 103-66. Baskonia is placed at 2nd position in Spanish Liga Endesa. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Baskonia will need more victories to improve their 23-9 record. It's Hanga's second year at Baskonia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Adam Hanga averages this season 11.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old German forward Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of Zaragoza. Benzing impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Zaragoza lost that game 85-90 to the higher-ranked Estudiantes (#11, 13-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Zaragoza keeps 16th position. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Zaragoza managed to get this year. Benzing is one of the most experienced players at Zaragoza and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#9).

The third best performed player last round was Georgian Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) of Andorra (#8). Shermadini scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Shermadini's great performance Andorra lost 86-88 in overtime to the higher-ranked Real Madrid (#1, 25-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Andorra needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Shermadini has a great season in Spain. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Andorra - 16 points and 12 rebounds
5. Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Nicolas Laprovittola (193-PG-90) of Baskonia - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85) of Sevilla - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia - 16 points and 9 rebounds
9. Blagota Sekulic (210-C-82) of Fuenlabrada - 10 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ferran Bassas (183-PG-92) of Iberostar Tener. - 14 points, 7 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)



Coach Luis Guil leaves Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

46-year old coach Luis Guil left Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa). Guil also coached for Bucaneros (LPB) in Venezuelan league earlier in the season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he coached in the final of Venezuelan LPB in 2016. Guil was selected to Head Coach: Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game in 2016. He used to coach Spanish U18 National Team back in 2016.
Guil has coached previously in United Kingdom (Crusaders).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dasom's 40 points lead Thailand in blowout of Myanmar - by Eurobasket News

Thailand vented its ire on Myanmar with a 102-35 shellacking Monday in the 2017 Seaba Championship. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) uncorked a tournament-best 40 points, outscoring the whole Burmese squad, while also hauling down 11 rebounds as the Thais bounced back from their sorry 60-59 loss to Indonesia on Sunday. Thailand came out playing with a purpose, running to a 14-0 start and extending its lead to as high as 67 en route to its third win against one defeat. Nakom Jaisanuk had 15 markers, six boards, and four assists, while Naratip Boonsern had 13 in the win. Thailand coach Tim Lewis once again opted to sit out leading scorer Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) for the second time in the tournament, while also keeping bruiser Chanachon Klahan stapled on the bench. The Thais brace for a tough fight against host team Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday. Aung Wana (180-F-95) carried Myanmar (0-3) with 10 points and six rebounds.
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Higher League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Hoverla reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Krivbas-2 - Hoverla 77-96

Hoverla outgunned Krivbas-2 on the road to sweep the semifinal series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hoverla dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Krivbas-2's 34 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Krivbas-2 41-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Hoverla looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Kyrylo Podkovyrov (180-96) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Stanislav Serpilin (194-93) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hoverla players scored in double figures. Point guard Sergey Startsev (190-97) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dmitro Vasilenko (191-97) added 21 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Krivbas-2: D.Vasilenko 21+4reb+2ast, S.Startsev 19+7reb+4ast, V.Orlenko 13+4reb+3ast, A.Roskoshniy 7+2reb+1ast, E.Sergeychik 7+2reb+3ast, A.Vodolaztcky 4
Hoverla: S.Serpilin 20+7reb+2ast, Y.Koroviyakov 19+4reb+5ast, K.Podkovyrov 17+6reb+8ast, S.Yurchenko 11+4reb, O.Biella 9+2reb+1ast, O.Shostuha 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546480


Politekhn.Lvov - Khimik-2 82-92

Khimik-2 rallied past Politekhn.Lvov away from home to force the decisive third game in the series. Politekhn.Lvov was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Sergiy Pavlov (203-97, agency: AproK Sports Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Maksym Tiutiunyk (190-92) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Denys Tiutiunyk (195-92) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Politekhn.Lvov. 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:
Politekhn.Lvov: M.Tiutiunyk 22+3reb+4ast, M.Nasennik 17+3reb+1ast, A.Kobets 15+4reb+6ast, D.Tiutiunyk 13+12reb+2ast, R.Novikov 6+10reb, D.Khodov 5+6reb
Khimik-2: O.Solovyov 24+1reb+2ast, S.Pavlov 22+17reb+2ast, M.Kyrylo 19+5reb+4ast, K.Meshheryakov 15+6reb+3ast, D.Klevzunyk 6+3reb+2ast, I.Shavgarov 2+1ast
gschID: 546481





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Riders crowned champions after blowout - full report - by Dave Ryan

Leicester Riders made it a treble winning season as they hammered Newcastle Eagles 84-63 at the O2 in Sunday's play-off final.
Former Eagles Andy Thompson (180-G) led the way with 18 and eight rebounds points as Rob Paternostero's side made up for last season's loss at the London venue. Pierre Hampton picked up the MVP award as he finished with 14 points and as many rebounds
Even a scoreboard malfunction couldn't stop a dominant Riders' side as they led from tip to buzzer
Riders lost the tip but took a 6-0 lead on a pair of treys Shane Walker and Brandon Clark and 15 hit seven straight t points as they opened a 13-4 lead to force a timeout from Eagles' coach Fab Flournoy.
A timeout from the Eagles made little difference, and although Fletcher drained a trey it was 29-11 in Riders' favour at the end of the first period.
Leicester went into half-time with a comfortable lead after dominating the first 20 minutes against Eagles.
Hampton exceeded his season by half-time average with 11 points, and Rob Paternsotro's team have never looked in danger as Thompson also added 11 first half points against his old club.
A big three from Eagles' Scott Martin cut the lead to 20 but Riders went into the locker room with a comfortable half-time lead. A Shane Walker basket with 6:11 on the clock saw Riders' lead grow to 58-31 with 6:11 on the clock to force an Eagles' timeout, and a pair or Fletcher free-throws made it 58-48 at the midway stage of the third quarter.
That was as good as it got and Bernardini drained a trey to send his side into the final break ahead by 28 at 72-44.



The lead went beyond the 30-point mark in the fourth and the celebrations started early as a hat-trick of trophies were secured. Regular season MVP, Rahmon Fletcher finished with 16 points for the Eagles as they were unable to add to their BBL Cup title.






Hard work pays for the Paternostro - by Dave Ryan

Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro credited a week of hard practice after his side completed a treble with an 84-63 win against Newcastle Eagles.
"To hold them in the twenties in the first half was something special, but I loved this week of practice" he said. "We went at it and there was a couple of guys when nobody was friends and that made me feel good, because I knew we were ready.
"Today really typified what we are about. I thought defensively we were locked in from start to finish."
Final MVP Pierre Hampton agreed with his coach: "Coach had us prepared and that showed today as well" he said. "We came out prepared and locked in We're a very talented team and also very unselfish and I think that shows on the stat-sheet.
Former Eagles forward Andy Thomson couldn't hide his delight after top scoring against his old club: "I just want to say, I'm really proud of the team - not just today, but for the whole season.
"It took us a bit of time to get clicking with the new guys brought in this year, maybe December to get up to the gear we needed to."




Eagles gracious in defeat - by Dave Ryan

Newcastle Eagles' player-coach Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) praised Leicester Riders after seeing his side hammered 84-63 in the BBL play-off final.
Eagles were never really in the game, with the 21-point margin a true reflection of Riders' dominance and Fabulous Flournoy was magnanimous in his praise for the treble winners: ""You have to give them a lot of credit for the way they played this game and throughout the season.
"The occasion got to us with some of the new guys playing on this stage for the first time. We could have played a better game and we will have t