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  ANGOLA  



Libolo beat Interclube (82-71) in Angola cup final - by Eurobasket News

After having been at a disadvantage for most of the entire match, Recreativo do Libolo won the Angolan Cup in men's senior basketball, by beating Interclube 82-71. In the match played in the Multipurpose Pavilion in Luanda, in the first half, Interclube were winning the game by 44-41, but in the final phase of the match the greatest experience of Libolo stood out. With this triumph, Libolo clinched the Angola cup tile, the second most important competition of the national basketball. Next week, Libolo will try their third national trophy of the season, when they start the playoff at the best of seven games of the BIC Basket 2017 final against Petro de Luanda, since they are also the holders of the Super Cup.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  APBL  


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.
Courtesy of: theapbl.com



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  ARGENTINA  


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
gschID: 546790





Review of TFB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Talleres TV - Chivilcoy Racing 67-66

Talleres TV held off Chivilcoy Racing to surge ahead in the series. Chivilcoy Racing was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Talleres TV, which allowed them to win the game.
gschID: 546687


Ameghino - C.Espanol P. 70-63

Ameghino overcame C.Espanol to gain 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-63.
gschID: 546685


Ramos Mejia - Regatas U. 81-64

Ramos Mejia rallied past Regatas U. in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Ramos Mejia. Regatas CU was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 546686


Belgrano SN - Deportivo Norte A. 95-92

Belgrano SN shot down Deportivo Norte A. for 1-0 advantage. Deportivo Norte A. was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-44 second half run of Belgrano SN.
gschID: 546684





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama fall to Al Shabab - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA bowed to Al Shabab of the UAE 93-102 last night to close out the group stage in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championships being played in Bahrain. American professional Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) scored a game-high 31 points to spearhead the Emiratis to their third successive victory. The win earned them first place in group 'A' heading into the tournament's next round. Also yesterday, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia defeated Al Sadd of Qatar 82-69; while Al Rayyan of Qatar beat Al Ettifaq of Oman 96-81. The second phase takes place today at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. It will be a knockout stage, with the top-placed teams from each group playing the fourth-ranked teams, plus the second-ranked teams facing the third-ranked squads, from their opposing group. Group 'A' winners Shabab, therefore, take on Group 'B' bottom-placed Sadd. Manama face off with Ittihad, Bahrain's Al Ahli face off with Rayyan and defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE play Ettifaq. Following these knockout games, the winners move on to the semi-finals scheduled for Friday, while the game for third place and tournament final will both be held on Saturday. In Manama's disappointing loss, Shabab were the early aggressors and they took a commanding 27-17 lead after the first quarter. Manama tried to fight back and got to within six before the half, 33-39, but Shabab were on their game and the UAE side took a 49-40 advantage into the interval. Things got worse for Manama when court general Ahmed Abdulaziz was ejected from the game in the third quarter. Still, they continued to fight and caught a break of their own when Shabab's other American professional Tyler Wilkerson was himself disqualified from the game. Manama continued to search for a way back, but every time they would threaten, Shabab had an answer and it was oftentimes Monroe who was delivering the goods. Monroe had an all-around effort and nearly came away with a triple-double having finished with eight rebounds and eight assists. Husain Ahmed chipped in with 19 including an impressive five-of-six from beyond the three-point line. Wilkerson finished with 16 before his ejection, while Rashed Alzaabi chipped in with 14 and Khalifa Salem had 10 coming off the bench. Manama suffered their first loss in the tournament. Hussain Mohammed (PG) paced the Bahrainis with 27 points while Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23. Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby added another 19 points as the team's only other player in double-figures.
Meanwhile, Rayyan managed to claim their first win led by Mohamed Hassan, who scored 25 points, and Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem, who chipped in with 20. Both players buried four triples apiece in the game. American-Nigerian Robert Anshila led Ettifaq with 30 points in the losing effort.
In Ittihad's victory over Sadd, Mathna Almarwani led the winners with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Mohammed Almarwani contributed 16 points and nine rebounds while Quintrell Thomas has 16 points and 12 rebounds. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: Auburn) also had a great game with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Ittihad. Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) led all scorers with 30 points for Sadd while Greek Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had a monster game of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Unfortunately, they could make use of only five players the entire game.
Courtesy of:gdnonline.com



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  BELGIUM  


Matt Bingaya joins Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Matt Bingaya (193-95kg-94, agency: Lebedintsev Andriy). He just graduated from Fairmont State University (NCAA2). In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 19.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.0spg this season. Bingaya helped them to win the regular season and make it to the MEC Tournament final. Quite impressive season as he was selected All-MEC Player of the Year, named to All-MEC 1st Team and named to MEC All-Tournament Team. The last season he played also at another team Falcons in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA2 where in 30 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
As mentioned above Bingaya is just out of the college and it will be his first full season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GuidoGuida)

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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Robinson, Igokea15.0 
 9. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Milosevic, Igokea6.7 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 7. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 9. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
 10. Robinson, Igokea3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Milosevic, Igokea1.5 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar1.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Rikic, Igokea0.6 
 8. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 9. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 


Division I Round 4 of Finals. Bosna-Royal stay alive in title hunt - by Eurobasket News

Bosna-Royal - Igokea 90-81

Bosna-Royal overcame Igokea in Game 4 to force the decisive clash in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Igokea's 32 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Igokea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) who added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) scored 17 points. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: M.Sturanovic 27+11reb, G.Ikonic 15+1ast, E.Residovic 9+2ast, S.Dragicevic 9+2reb, S.Vasiljevic 8+2reb+3ast, H.Delalic 8+4reb+1ast
Igokea: J.Robinson 22+7reb+4ast, V.Radivojevic 17+2reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 10+3reb+1ast, S.Micovic 9+6reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 6+2reb+2ast, D.Albijanic 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546838





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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Sena, Contagem15.8 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville14.8 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.14.7 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.3 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.8 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau13.0 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.8 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau12.1 
 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, Blumenau8.0 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.7.9 
 4. Sena, Contagem7.7 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.9 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.6 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.6.0 
 10. Alvim, Contagem5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.4 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.1 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.1 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.6 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.2 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 2. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.6 
 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. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau0.4 


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
gschID: 546404


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
gschID: 546403





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)



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.



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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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Kenny Kadji selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He led Trabzonspor to a victory against the closely-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-22) 101-92 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Kadji scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (10-20) is placed 12th in the BSL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kadji's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kadji averages: 15.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(151-251), 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 74.4% in 28 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). Nzeulie contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against the ninth-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-17) 89-76 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (26-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 77.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a 2-point Comunicaciones' victory against the leader Union SF (24-12) 73-71 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) last Monday. Essengue scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 91.3%(105-115) in 45 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #4. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory over the closely-ranked Poitiers (17-16) 73-68 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. MBida was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. 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 very crucial. MBida's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #5. Former international point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (17-16) 82-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Njoya scored 5 points in 9 minutes. STB Le Havre (17-16) is placed ninth in the ProB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Njoya's overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 1.2apg in 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Njoya used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against the closely-ranked Rilski (14-10) 80-66 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points, 8 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gibson has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.2apg and 1.3spg in 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Narace Williams (201-F-97, currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (7-26) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Williams' good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was defeated 97-89 on the road by the leading Monaco. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Williams' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Williams' overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 4.8rpg.

   #3. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium) managed to help betFIRST Liege Basket to win against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (9-27) 70-58 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Wednesday. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. betFIRST Liege Basket (12-10) is placed sixth in the Euromillions League. The Regular Season already ended. Kamen's total stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Cameroonian.

   #4. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to help Quimper UJAP in their game against Rueil (19-15) in the French NM1 (third division). Temgoua cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. Quimper UJAP lost 73-77 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#7) Rueil. This year Temgoua's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg in 37 games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities.



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Aaron Doornekamp selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He led CB Canarias to a victory over the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) 73-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Doornekamp was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes on the court. 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 critical. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(52-90), 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 85.0% in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian senior national team two years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece). Birch contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Aris (15-11) 84-77 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (22-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all twenty two games in the Semi-Finals. It's Birch's first season with the team. This year Birch averages: 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 71.0%(71-100) and FT: 58.9%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA). Olynyk was the major contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Washington Wizards (49-33) 115-105 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Celtics' roster. This season Olynyk has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(228-368), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 71.9% in 88 games. He played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #4. Forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) was the main contributor in a Caballeros de Culiacan's victory against the second-ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-8) 111-96 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. Glaze was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 11 rebounds. Glaze also added 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Caballeros de Culiacan (11-15) is placed seventh in the CIBACOPA. Glaze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7apg. Glaze used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #5. International forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 84-71 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ejim has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 32 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #6. Center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) could not help Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) was defeated 89-75 on the road by the leading Toshiba Thunders in the Central group. Sacre was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Sacre has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg. Sacre is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Daniel Mullings
Daniel Mullings
   #7. Former international guard Daniel Mullings (189-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Salon Vilpas (28-8) crushing them 94-65 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Saturday night's game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Mullings' second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Joensuun Kataja Basket (25-11) is placed second in the Korisliiga. Mullings' stats this year are: 13.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.2apg and 2.2spg in 36 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson
   #8. Point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to a 3-point Galitos-Barreiro's victory against the fourth-ranked Vitoria SC (21-11) 81-78 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Ogungbemi-Jackson was the top player that evening. He scored 35 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Galitos-Barreiro (18-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Ogungbemi-Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg. Ogungbemi-Jackson used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2015.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #9. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Mans' victory against the 16th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-23) 91-83 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-19) is placed 12th in the ProA. Hanlan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Hanlan's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in 33 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #10. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) helped Gaziantep win their game against the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK (11-19) 92-76 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Rautins scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gaziantep Basketbol (16-14) is placed seventh in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Rautins' stats this season are: 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the league leader Anwil 83-76 in the Polish PLK last Thursday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Surmacz's total stats are: 9.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg in 34 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen 83-76 in the German BBL on Thursday night. English scored 10 points. English has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, also represented by Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Venezuela) helped Bucaneros win their game against the fourth-ranked Marinos 82-77 in the Venezuelan LPB in Friday night's game. Joseph scored 13 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 35 minutes. Joseph has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the closely-ranked Neptunas crushing them 83-54 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Pangos recorded 6 points. Pangos has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U17 international forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC, currently plays in Australia) helped Rockhampton Rockets win their game against the 14th-ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers 96-87 in the Australian State League (second division) last Friday. Wagner scored 24 points and added 9 assists in 36 minutes. Wagner has very impressive stats this year: 23.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.8bpg in four games. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon). Kanaan could not help Byblos (16-8) to beat Al Riyadi (18-6). He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Byblos (#2) lost 65-73 on the road to the leading Al Riyadi in the Group A. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. Kanaan has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #2. Experienced Ali Mahmoud (184-PG-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan and both played together in the last Lebanese Pepsi LBL game. Mahmoud was not able to help Byblos in their game against Al Riyadi (18-6). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Byblos (#2) was defeated 73-65 in Beirut by the leading Al Riyadi in the Group A. Mahmoud has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #3. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Hungary) led Vasas to a victory over the fourth-ranked MAFC (5-27) 79-73 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Wright was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Vasas Akademia Budapest (7-25) is placed third in Places 11-14 group. Wright averaged so far 13.1ppg and 7.4rpg.

   #4. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense (18-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Ourense was defeated 74-66 at home by the higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#4). Kapelan was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kapelan averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #5. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint-Quentin (13-20) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (14-19) in the French ProB (second division). Laroche scored 7 points, made 4 passes and 4 steals in 26 minutes. Saint-Quentin lost 77-81 in Roanne to the higher-ranked (#12) Chorale de. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Laroche has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg in 33 games.

   #6. Dallin Bachynski (213-C-91, college: Utah, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Energa Czarni Slupsk to win against the league leader Anwil 83-76 in the Polish PLK on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bachynski has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Polish.

   #7. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Pepsi LBL which we would like to mention. El Turk couldn't help Byblos in their game against Al Riyadi. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. El Turk recorded only 2 points in 24 minutes. His team lost 72-83. This year El Turk averages just 3.6ppg in 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #8. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) faced previously mentioned Ryan Wright in the Hungarian A Division last game. Sihota couldn't help MAFC in their game against Vasas. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-73. Sihota averaged so far 14.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.4apg. He holds both Indian and Canadian passports.

   #9. Philip Fournier (193, college: Toronto, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help Indios in their game against Fajardo in the Puerto Rican BSN. Fournier scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 104-91. Fournier has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #10. Keanau Post (211-F-92, college: Missouri, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Logan Thunder in their game against Sunshine CR in the Australian State League (second division). He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 98-84. Post has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 7.3rpg.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, 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 in Wednesday night's game. Sato scored 5 points in 14 minutes on the court. 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. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 36.1% in 30 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He could not help Olympique Antibes (11-22) to beat Le Portel (18-15). Kouguere scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Olympique Antibes was defeated 80-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked Le Portel (#7). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. Kouguere's overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 38.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Cholet Basket (14-19) in the French ProA. Djimrabaye scored 5 points in 10 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 73-78 in Cholet to the lower-ranked (#11) Basket. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 48.0% in 23 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (13-20) 62-59 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Zianveni scored 8 points. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (19-14) is placed fourth in the ProB. 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 extremely important. Zianveni's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2

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



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  CHILE  


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
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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
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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
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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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Perez's double-double lands him Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

17-year old guard Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Liceo Curico and receives a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Brisas (2-1) 66-52. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Liceo Curico is placed at 3rd position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Liceo Curico will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Perez had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Liceo Curico, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Perez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Perez is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg), assists (9th best: 2.7apg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP and 57.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat. He is a guard in his first season at Arturo Prat. In the last game Andrade recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Arturo Prat to another comfortable win outscoring Stadio Italiano (1-2) 92-72. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Andrade is one of the most experienced players at Arturo Prat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#2). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Juan Martin Cardenas (91) of Stadio Italiano (#6). Cardenas got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and five assists. Despite Cardenas' great performance Stadio Italiano lost 72-92 to Arturo Prat (1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Stadio Italiano not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cardenas could try to bring Stadio Italiano's a little bit higher in the standings. Cardenas has individually a great season in Chile. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Felipe Oyarzun (187-G-89) of Brisas - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ruben Molina (192-F-88) of Brisas - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi - 14 points and 16 rebounds
8. Diego Valenzuela (185-G/F-94) of Puente Alto - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Felipe Ortega (89) of Arturo Prat - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Cristobal Rios (94) of Sportiva Italiana - 11 points and 6 assists

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



Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 1st Team 2017
Erik Carrasco
Carrasco
Akeem Scott
Scott
Durrell Summers
Summers
Dwight McCombs
McCombs
Terrell Taylor
Taylor

Finals MVP: Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of CDE Talca
Player of the Year: Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Weber Bahia
Guard of the Year: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia
Forward of the Year: Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Weber Bahia
Center of the Year: Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Las Animas
Import Player of the Year: Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Weber Bahia
Domestic Player of the Year: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia
Defensive Player of the Year: Akeem Scott (185-G-83) of CDU Concepcion

1st Team
G: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia
G: Akeem Scott (185-G-83) of CDU Concepcion
SF: Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Weber Bahia
F/C: Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of CDE Talca
C: Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Las Animas

2nd Team
PG: Evandro Arteaga (178-PG-83) of Los Leones
G: Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) of Cocodrilos
F: Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) of Osorno
F: Reginald Larry (198-F-86) of AB Ancud
C: Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of CDU Concepcion

Honorable Mention
Reggie Okosa (207-C-80) of Osorno
Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of CD Castro
Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88) of Los Leones
Mike Phillips (201-F/C-90) of Puerto Montt
Louis Munks (190-G-90) of Nift Al-Janoub
Franco Morales (179-PG-92) of Las Animas
Dominic Cheek (198-G-91) of Tijuana
Pedro Sandoval (175-PG-89) of AB Ancud
Rodrigo Munoz (186-G/F-80) of Osorno
John Dickson (198-F-90) of CDU Catolica
Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88) of Rocamora
Darrol Jones (193-SF-94) of Los Leones
Jose Del Solar (195-F/C-90) of Las Animas

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of CD Valdivia
PG: Evandro Arteaga (178-PG-83) of Los Leones
G: Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) of Cocodrilos
SF: Darrol Jones (193-SF-94) of Los Leones
F/C: Jose Del Solar (195-F/C-90) of Las Animas

All-Imports Team
G: Akeem Scott (185-G-83) of CDU Concepcion
SF: Durrell Summers (193-SF-89) of Weber Bahia
F: Brandon Robinson (198-F-89) of Osorno
F/C: Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of CDE Talca
C: Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Las Animas



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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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  CROATIA  


Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 72-68 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 72.2% in 31 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy). Simon was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Simon scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. This season Simon has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(50-90), 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 84.8%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). Tomic could not help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (22-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance FC Barcelona lost 65-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) CB Canarias. Tomic was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. Tomic has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 64.5%(156-242) and FT: 64.3% in 32 games. He played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #4. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (7-23) crushing them 95-72 in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. Zizic scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (23-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Zizic's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.3ppg and 4.8rpg. Zizic is also Croatian national team player.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #5. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Joventut (11-21) crushing them 95-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Thursday. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. 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 important. This year Draper averages: 3.0ppg and 1.4apg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper plays currently for the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #6. Point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, 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 on Sunday night. Ukic scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Ukic's stats this season are: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #7. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Anwil's victory against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 71-68 in the Polish PLK in Tuesday night's game. Sobin had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (25-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Sobin averaged so far 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 37 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Ivan Buva
Ivan Buva
   #8. Power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB (14-18) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Buva's very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 75-64 on their home court in Bilbao by the second-ranked Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Buva also added 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Buva averaged so far 11.7ppg and 5.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #9. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Banco di Srd (17-13) in their last game. Despite Stipcevic's good performance Banco di Srd lost 69-75 on their home court in Sassari to the higher-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Stipcevic also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Stipcevic averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg in 33 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #10. Point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Popovic's very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 103-66 on the road by the second-ranked Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 16 points. The Regular Season already ended. Popovic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Parnu (4-0) in their last game. Despite Bubalo's very good performance the league leader Parnu lost 57-66 in Tartu to the leading Ulikool. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Bubalo also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Bubalo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cherno More crushing them 94-68 in the Bulgarian NBL on Wednesday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Tesija's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2007.

   #13. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets 87-71 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. Radosevic scored 8 points in 20 minutes. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 23 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 1-point Twarde Pierniki's victory against the closely-ranked Rosa 90-89 in the Polish PLK last Tuesday. Skific scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Skific averaged so far 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2006.

   #15. International point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the ninth-ranked UCAM Murcia 95-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Lafayette scored 7 points in 15 minutes. This year Lafayette's total stats are: 4.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

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

   #1. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime La ICL Manresa's victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-23) 94-91 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Cakarun had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 36 minutes. ICL Manresa (5-27) is located at the very bottom in the Liga Endesa. The Regular Season already ended. Cakarun has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 4.3rpg in 32 games he played so far.

   #2. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to a victory against the third-ranked Kormend (22-12) 95-81 in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 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. Budimir has been at the team for four years. Budimir averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 36 games.

   #3. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-7) 76-72 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. He recorded 9 points in only 13 minutes. KK Vrsac Swisslion (14-8) is placed fourth in the KLS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pavlovic has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #4. Matija Poscic (206-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Hungary) could not help MAFC (5-27) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed MAFC (5-27) was defeated 79-73 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Vasas (#3) in the Places 11-14 group. Poscic scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Poscic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2apg. Worth to mention Poscic played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Experienced Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) 92-73 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (21-11) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg in 33 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #6. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help McKinnon Cougars in their game against Knox Raiders in the Australian State League (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Platenik scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Platenik has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. Platenik has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Daniel Thomas (180-G-85, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Cougars in their game against Slammers in the Australian State League (second division). He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. His team were crushed by 23 points 92-69. Thomas has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg in 10 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #8. Goran Veg (205-C/F, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Hills Hornets in their game against Bankstown Bruins in the Australian State League (second division). Despite his good performance on Saturday night Veg scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Veg averaged so far 13.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7bpg and 1.1spg. Similarly like Thomas and Platenik above he has Croatian and Australian nationalities.



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  CUBA  


Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the ninth-ranked La Union (22-33) 81-72 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Justiz recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Estudiantes Concordia (38-18) is placed second in Norte group. The Regular Season already ended. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 13.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 18.8% and FT: 61.4%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia led San Martin Corrientes to an easy victory against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (34-22) 89-74 in a derby game in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. He scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. San Martin Corrientes (40-16) is placed first. The Regular Season already ended. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 71.9% in 48 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). Paumier could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (13-20) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 72-60 on the road by the lower-ranked Saint Chamond (#16). Paumier was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Paumier's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Paumier averages: 9.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(132-232) and FT: 50.5%. He played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #4. Forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia to win against the tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (17-39) 95-79 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (28-28) is placed fifth in Sur group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mensia's overall stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He is also Cuban national team player.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #5. Former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Telekom Baskets in their game against Brose Baskets (29-3) in the German BBL. Bartolo scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. Telekom Baskets was badly defeated 87-71 in Bamberg by the second-ranked Brose Baskets. This year Bartolo's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg in 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Leonel Batista
Leonel Batista
   #6. Center Leonel Batista (209-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Indios (6-10) 86-71 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Brujos de Guayama (7-11) is placed eighth in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Batista's total stats are: 0.7ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Vaqueros (8-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vaqueros lost 73-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Piratas. Romero had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds in 32 minutes. Romero has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg and 7.8rpg in eight games he played so far.

   #2. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) managed to help CEZ Basketball Nymburk in a victory against the fifth-ranked BK Opava (16-16) crushing them 90-54 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. Sant-Roos scored only 3 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (31-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg in 38 games.

   #3. Experienced Yudniel Perez (189-G-84, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ismael Romero. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Perez was not able to help Vaqueros in their game against Capitanes (9-9). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Perez recorded only 2 points. Vaqueros was crushed 75-53 in Arecibo by the higher-ranked Capitanes (#4). Perez's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.1rpg.

   #4. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90, another player represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Leones (8-9) crushing them 111-70 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Tuesday night's game. Pineiro scored only 2 points. Brujos de Guayama (7-11) is placed eighth in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pineiro has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg.



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.16.6 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.3 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (193-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava5.2 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 8. Kouril, BK Opava4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 9. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 


Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (23-7) crushing them 96-57 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Vesely scored only 4 points in 22 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 72.7%(117-161) and FT: 75.8% in 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain). Auda 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 last Wednesday. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. ICL Manresa (5-27) closes the standings in the Liga Endesa. The Regular Season already ended. This season Auda averages: 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 48.6%(17-35) and FT: 81.4%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France). Kyzlink led JL Bourg to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (21-12) 94-77 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JL Bourg Basket (25-8) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Kyzlink's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 85.7% in 10 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #4. An experienced swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the 13th-ranked Demir IBB (9-21) 86-79 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Schilb scored 5 points. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (20-6) is placed third in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Schilb's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is also Czech Republic national team player. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #5. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Rieker KN (24-16) in their last game. Despite Halada's very good performance Rieker KN was edged 66-64 at home by the second-ranked Inter Bratislava. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Halada also added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Halada has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg in 46 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #6. Swingman David Jelinek (195-90, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against Real Madrid (25-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Jelinek did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He recorded only 2 points. Andorra was edged in an overtime 88-86 on their home court in Andorra by the leading Real Madrid. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. Jelinek's total stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #7. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (49-33) in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. Satoransky cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only one point in 4 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards (49-33) were crushed 123-101 on the road by the Celtics. This year Satoransky's total stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in 64 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a Raiffeisen Wels' victory against the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 84-75 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Thursday. Chan recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. Chan has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) plays for Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) plays for Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vit Krejci (193-PG-0) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jiri Hubalek (208-C-82) plays for Imola in Italian Serie A2
Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) plays for Handlova in Slovakian SBL
Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86) plays for Sixers in German Regionalliga

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



Brett Roseboro stays with Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

Brett Roseboro (208-F/C-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Svitavy. The power forward has penned a new deal for the next season. Brett Roseboro joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds per game in the Czech NBL. Previously the forward had stints in Uruguay, Czech Republic and Finland.



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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 74-68 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Shields scored 7 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 29 minutes on the court. Dolomiti Energia Trento (18-12) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Shields averages: 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 71.4% in seven games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman could not help Hapoel Eilat (21-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Hapoel Eilat was edged 80-78 on the road by the lower-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#6). Colman scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Colman's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain). Gilling was the major contributor in a 2-point Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (19-15) 73-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (24-10) is placed second in the LEB Gold. This year Gilling's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.0%(60-109), 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 82.5% in 36 games. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #4. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Krka in their game against Un.Olimpija (5-5) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Jukic's contribution was not very remarkable in Tuesday's game. He scored only 3 points. The first-placed Krka (8-2) was edged 82-81 in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked Un.Olimpija (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. It's Jukic's first season with the team. Jukic's total stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Danish national team player.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #5. International forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense (18-16) in their game against Oviedo CB (22-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Jukic did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Ourense was crushed 73-39 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Oviedo_CB. It was Ourense's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Jukic's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.0rpg in 36 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Stefan Jevric (201-F-98) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) plays for Beroe in Bulgarian NBL
Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Kevin Larsen (207-PF-93) plays for Mitteldeutscher BC in German ProA
Nicolai Andersen (203-C-96) plays for Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Mads Sturup (195-F/G-97) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Sebastian Petersen (188-G-95) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Lasse Elbaek (208-C-94) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Mikkel Andersen (194-G-95) plays for Gimle BBK in Norwegian BLNO

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



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  ECBL  


PrimeTime Runs Past Showtime - by Scott Ludwig

The PrimeTime Players welcomed ECBL Southern Conference travel team Carolina Showtime to Banks Street Gym this Saturday as they got their shot at trying to take down the two-time defending champions. Showtime came out strong for the opening eight minutes of the first quarter with Quinton Floyd and Justice Oliver combining for 20 first quarter points as Showtme trailed 29-26 at the four minute mark. The last four minutes PrimeTime closed out the quarter on a 10-1 run to push the lead out to 39-27 at the end of the first.

The second quarter Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) started pushing the pace and finished the first half with 12 assists as he was able to find Danny Sanders (6'7''-SF-89, college: Jarvis Christian), Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.), and Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) open for numerous three pointers as they combined to make 16 three pointers in the half. PrimeTime Players led 86-52 at the half.

The second half Justice Oliver again started strong, scoring a quick 13 points as PrimeTime slowed down on the offensive end. Showtime wasn't able capitalize and by the end of the quarter the game was out of reach at 113-73. The final quarter Chris Moore and Danny Sanders combined for 28 points as PrimeTime scored 51 in the quarter and cruised to a 163-101 win.

The win moves PrimeTime Players to 10-0 on the season. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, which will be streamed live by Christopher Schieman Media broadcast on the East Coast Basketball League YouTube channel. Game time vs Hampton Roads Warriors (3-5) is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

PrimeTime Players - Dijuan Harris 14 pts 18 assists, PJ Heath 7 pts 7 rbs, Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) 16 pts 12 rbs, Chris Moore 33 pts 11 rbs, Thomas Pfaff (6'8''-C-87, college: Lipscomb) 12 pts 14 rbs, Danny Sanders 36 pts 7 rbs, Terell Smith 32 pts 7 rbs, Pierre Stines 13 pts 5 rbs

Carolina Showtime - Mike Dyson 14 pts 10 rbs, Quinton Floyd 14 pts 5 rbs, Maurice Livingston 14 pts 6 rbs, Travis Mack 11 pts 6 rbs, Justice Oliver 27 pts 9 rbs



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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)



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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 18-20 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: 18.6
 1. Clark, Chalon18.6 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.6 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Olaseni, Orleans8.0 
 6. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.1 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Bost, Monaco5.6 
 6. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 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, Orleans2.4 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 10. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
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, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Fair, Limoges0.8 
 9. Watkins, AS.0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.5 
 3. Bradford, St Vallier17.5 
 4. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 7. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 8. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Mitchell, Chartres15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.3 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.1 
 4. Gourari, RAC Basket8.1 
 5. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.4 
 9. Quincy-Jones, Vitre6.9 
 10. Rakocevic, Orchies6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Korac, Vitre7.6 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.4 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craion, Lorient2.8 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 4. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Monceau, Challans1.9 
 7. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 8. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Correia, Souffel1.6 
 10. Rafai, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 6. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 7. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 8. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.8 


ProA Round 34: Chalon/Saor edges Le Mans by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Twelfth-ranked Le Mans (14-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Chalon/Saor (27-7) on Tuesday. Chalon/Saor managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Mans won fourth quarter 29-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor shot 61.9 percent from the field. Chalon/Saor outrebounded Le Mans 29-17 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 17 points and 10 assists. The former international Mickael Gelabale (202-83, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points for lost side. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-7 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Cholet.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Strasbourg. First ranked Monaco faced 4th ranked Strasbourg IG. Guests from Monaco (30-4) defeated host Strasbourg IG (23-11) 92-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 9 assists. Sergii Gladyr contributed with 17 points for the winners. International center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Monaco maintains first position with 30-4 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Hyeres-Toulon 96-91. Elton Brown had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Maurice Acker responded with 17 points and 6 assists. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 8-26 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost.
Sixteenth-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-24) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15). The visitors from Villeurbanne managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. David Andersen notched 11 points to lead the effort. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Chalons-Reims lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 24 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in JDA Dijon. Thirteenth ranked JDA Dijon (12-22) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. David Holston fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. JDA Dijon maintains thirteenth position with 12-22 record, which they share with Antibes. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 34 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Paris-Levallois was defeated by Nanterre in a road game 90-81. Limoges was smashed by Orleans at home 81-101. Le Portel destroyed Cholet on the opponent's court 84-43. Antibes managed to outperform Gravelines in a home game 79-71.

Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 90-81

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (20-14) was defeated on the road by third ranked JSF Nanterre (25-9) 90-81 on Tuesday. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Paris-Levallois was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Brian Conklin (198-89, college: St.Louis) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jason Rich (191-86) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 25-9 record having five points less than leader Monaco. Loser Paris-Levallois keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: B.Conklin 22+5reb, C.Warren 17+2reb+7ast, M.Lessort 13+2ast, M.Riley 12+2reb+2ast, B.Tchouaffe 9+4reb+1ast, S.Braimoh 7+2reb
Paris-Levallois: V.Poirier 20+8reb+1ast, J.Rich 15+3reb+4ast, L.Campbell 13+1reb+2ast, L.Sane 8+1reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+3reb+4ast, T.Harris 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 487350


Strasbourg - Monaco 85-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Strasbourg. First ranked Monaco faced 4th ranked Strasbourg IG. Guests from Monaco (30-4) defeated host Strasbourg IG (23-11) 92-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-15 Strasbourg IG's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-85 at the end of the game. Monaco shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Strasbourg IG was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 9 assists. Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points for the winners. International center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Monaco maintains first position with 30-4 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Monaco: S.Gladyr 17+1reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 16+1reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 12+5reb, B.Davies 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Wright 10+3reb+5ast, D.Bost 9+3reb+9ast
Strasbourg: M.Jaiteh 20+5reb, A.Slaughter 16+4reb+4ast, R.Travis 12+2reb+3ast, E.Walker 11+1reb+7ast, E.Murphy 8+7reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 487351


Nancy - Hyeres-Toulon 96-91

Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Hyeres-Toulon 96-91. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hyeres-Toulon won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Maurice Acker (176-87, college: Marquette) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy and five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 8-26 record. Loser Hyeres-Toulon keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nancy: A.Urtasun 26+5reb+3ast, E.Brown 20+10reb+7ast, D.Hunt 12+8reb+5ast, B.Rush 11+2reb+2ast, B.Sene 9+4reb+2ast, D.Mallet 9+1reb+3ast
Hyeres-Toulon: M.Acker 17+4reb+6ast, P.Carter 15+5reb, F.Prenom 13+5reb+1ast, A.Williams 11+2reb+4ast, D.Michineau 10+1reb+6ast, R.Evans 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 487349


Limoges - Orleans 81-101

There was a surprise result when seventeenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-25) smashed on the road higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) 101-81 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Entente Orleans 45 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Limoges CSP Elite's 42. Entente Orleans 45 looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Limoges CSP Elite's players. American swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. The former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Entente Orleans 45 maintains seventeenth position with 9-25 record. Limoges CSP Elite lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orleans: J.Prince 18+5reb+10ast, A.Mendy 17+3reb+2ast, M.Downs 14+5reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 12+3reb+3ast, G.Olaseni 10+6reb+2ast, A.Kader Sylla 10+5reb+4ast
Limoges: J.Randle 14+1reb+3ast, K.Prepelic 13+1reb+5ast, O.Camara 12+8reb+1ast, C.Fair 8+5reb, D.Wood 7+2reb+2ast, S.Muninga 7+3reb
gschID: 487348


Dijon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 85-82

Important game to mention about took place in JDA Dijon. Thirteenth ranked JDA Dijon (12-22) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) 85-82 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when JDA Dijon made 7 blocks. American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (194-81, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon maintains thirteenth position with 12-22 record, which they share with Antibes. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Holston 21+2reb+5ast, I.Miles 18+7reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+5reb, R.Brooks 11+6reb+3ast, A.Julien 7+1reb+1ast, B.Peterson 6+4reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 18+5reb, J.Cox 15+8reb+6ast, A.Robinson 12+10reb+3ast, Y.Bokolo 11+3reb+4ast, D.Agbelese 8+6reb, T.Dean 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487347


Cholet - Le Portel 43-84

Very expected game when 11th ranked Cholet Basket (14-20) was rolled over at home by seventh ranked Le Portel (19-15) 84-43 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Le Portel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cholet Basket to just 4 points in second quarter. Le Portel dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Cholet Basket's 30. They outrebounded Cholet Basket 42-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Le Portel maintains seventh position with 19-15 record, which they share with ASVEL. Loser Cholet Basket keeps the eleventh place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: D.Dorsey 22+4reb+4ast, J.Donaldson 14+7reb+1ast, K.Spain 13+4reb+1ast, E.Lasisi 10+6reb+3ast, F.Hassell 8+3reb+1ast, B.Mangin 7+2reb+5ast
Cholet: J.Boutsiele 10+8reb+2ast, G.Bell 7+1reb+1ast, I.Almeida 6+3reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 6+5reb, I.Maras 4+3reb, D.Poirier 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487346


Chalon - Le Mans 97-94

Twelfth-ranked Le Mans (14-20) made lots of trouble for second ranked Chalon/Saor (27-7) on Tuesday. Chalon/Saor managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Mans won fourth quarter 29-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor shot 61.9 percent from the field. Chalon/Saor outrebounded Le Mans 29-17 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists. The former international Mickael Gelabale (202-83, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points and Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-7 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Cholet.
Top scorers:
Chalon: J.Nzeulie 20+2reb+3ast, J.Roberson 17+1reb+10ast, L.Harris 15+1reb+2ast, M.Fall 14+12reb+4ast, C.Clark 12+1reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 7+6reb+1ast
Le Mans: M.Gelabale 17+2reb+1ast, G.Watson 15+2ast, O.Hanlan 12+1reb+5ast, P.Amagou 12+4ast, W.Yeguete 11+3reb+2ast, P.Cornelie 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487345


Chalons-Reims - ASVEL 75-77

Sixteenth-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-24) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15). The visitors from Villeurbanne managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Chalons-Reims was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Australian center David Andersen (213-80) notched 11 points to lead the effort and American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) supported him with 12 points. Five ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 16 points and 4 assists by naturalized Ivorian point guard Mouloukou-Souleyman Diabate (181-87) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Chalons-Reims lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Nelson 12+3reb+3ast, C.Ware 11+2reb+3ast, D.Andersen 11+4reb+3ast, N.Lang 10+4reb+2ast, L.Jean-Charles 10+5reb, D.Watkins 7+6reb+1ast
Chalons-Reims: N.de Jong 18+6reb, M.Souleyman Diabate 16+4reb+4ast, T.Cain 14+8reb+1ast, A.Karolak 8+4reb+6ast, L.Antic 8+4reb+1ast, E.Choquet 6+6reb+8ast
gschID: 487344


Antibes - Gravelines 79-71

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (12-22) beat at home higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-18) 79-71 on Tuesday. Gravelines-Dunkerque trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-79 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 42-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) produced 16 points and American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Dijon. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 19+5reb, T.Blue 16+6reb+2ast, C.Galliou 11+3reb+1ast, K.Gaines 9+3reb+2ast, J.Tornato 6+8reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 6+2reb+1ast
Gravelines: S.Henry 16+4reb+2ast, R.Solomon 14+7reb+1ast, J.Cobbs 13+3reb+3ast, Q.Serron 10+4reb+5ast, A.Cel 7+2reb, M.Keita 5+1reb
gschID: 487343





Gregor Beugnot extends deal with Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Nancy have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Gregor Beugnot . The specialist has inked a new two-year deal. Gregor Beugnot took over Nancy in December 2016. Previously he worked with Bourg, Paris-Levallois, Chalon, Varese, Villeurbanne. Gregor Beugnot was named All-French ProA Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2012.



NM1 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Quimper and Souffel celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

RAC Basket - Quimper 73-79

Quimper overcame RAC Basket to even the semifinal series at 1-1. Rueil was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Quimper UJAP's coach Laurent Foirest used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) replied with 27 points and 6 assists and forward Karim Gourari (204-89) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Rueil.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: J.Bichard 27+4reb+6ast, R.Anderson 12+5reb, L.Sambe 10+2reb+1ast, K.Gourari 8+11reb+3ast, W.Felder 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Solle 4+3reb+1ast
Quimper: J.Bluntt 22+9reb+4ast, V.Bobrov 17+8reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 13+4reb+1ast, D.Burke 9+3reb+1ast, R.Temgoua 8+3reb+3ast, M. Hello 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 546337


Lourdes - Souffel 66-72

Souffel upset Lourdes on the road to force the decisive third game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lourdes-Tarbes won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Valentin Correia (192-93) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Mantas Virbalas (202-88) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: L.Vaty 23+7reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 14+9reb+2ast, R.Sims 13+2reb+4ast, A.Thimon 7+6reb+1ast, F.Lesca 6+3reb, F.Bondron 3+2reb
Souffel: F.Harris 15+6reb+4ast, F.Ateba 14+3reb+1ast, V.Correia 12+5reb+3ast, E.Mendy 9+3reb, G.Staniulis 8+8reb, R.Kayembe 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546336





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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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.15.9 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.8 
 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 Skopje7.2 
 4. Mijatovic, MZT S.7.0 
 5. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.9 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.6.4 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 8. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.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.4.5 
 6. Kloof, MZT Skopje4.4 
 7. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 8. Mavra, Karpos S.4.2 
 9. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 10. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 2. Kloof, MZT Skopje1.6 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 4. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 5. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 7. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Sokolov, Karpos S.1.3 
 9. Labovic, 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. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 6. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.6 
 7. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 8. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 2 of Finals. Karpos Sokoli level title series - by Eurobasket News

Karpos Sokoli - MZT Skopje 104-93

Kapros Sokoli outgunned MZT Skopje to even the championship series at 1-all. Karpos Sokoli made 27-of-29 free shots (93.1 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 19 points and 8 assists and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for MZT Skopje. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 24+10reb+4ast, D.Mavra 19+3reb+4ast, K.Perry 14+7reb+5ast, B.Trajkovski 14+2reb, D.Zekovic 13+2reb, D.Sokolov 12+2ast
MZT Skopje: C.Kloof 19+2reb+8ast, J.Lalic 16+6reb, D.Drenovac 14+3reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 12+1reb, X.Thames 10+1reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546885





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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.0 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 5. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm7.0 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 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.4.7 
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. Knight, Jena1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 5. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


BBL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. EWE Baskets, Bayern and Brose Baskets enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Bayreuth 94-86

EWE Baskets knocked down Bayreuth to advance into the semifinal stage. EWE Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The winners were led by guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who scored that evening 8 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists by Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) did not help to save the game for BBC Bayreuth. Guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) added 18 points for lost side. Four EWE Baskets and five BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: N.Linhart 19+9reb+6ast, J.Lewis 18+1reb+2ast, K.Anderson 16+2reb, R.Amaize 12+5reb, A.Marei 10+7reb, D.Brooks 9+2reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 18+2reb+6ast, M.De Zeeuw 18+1reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 16+5reb+1ast, B.Qvale 15+3reb, F.Massenat 8+1reb+5ast, C.Kramer 8+12reb+6ast
gschID: 546975


ALBA - B.Muenchen 82-87

Bayern upset ALBA in Berlin to seal their semifinal appearance. Bayern Muenchen made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) fired 19 points for the winners. International Maximilian Kleber (207-92) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. American Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: T.Gaffney 14+7reb+2ast, G.Robinson 14+1reb+6ast, E.Kikanovic 13+3reb, N.Giffey 13+5reb+1ast, E.Atsur 6+3reb+2ast, P.Siva 6+2reb+3ast
B.Muenchen: N.Djedovic 19+1reb+3ast, V.Lucic 19+2reb, M.Kleber 11+7reb+3ast, R.Redding 10+1reb+1ast, D.Barthel 7+5reb+1ast, B.Taylor 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546737


Telekom Bsk - Brose Bask. 67-76

Brose Baskets topped Telekom Baskets Bonn and reached the semifinal stage. Brose Baskets made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Telekom Baskets turnovers. It was a very good performance for Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 4 assists. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. 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 power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 18+7reb+2ast, R.Thompson 15+3reb+6ast, T.DiLeo 12+2reb+2ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 7+5reb+1ast, J.Sanders 5+1reb+1ast, F.Barovic 3+1reb
Brose Bask.: N.Zisis 15+1reb+2ast, N.Melli 15+2reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 11+3reb+3ast, D.Theis 11+8reb+2ast, F.Causeur 9+4reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 6+5reb
gschID: 546736


Ludwigsburg - Ratiopharm 84-76

Ludwigsburg held off Ratiopharm to even the series at 2-2. 25 personal fouls committed by ratiopharm Ulm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) who added 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 18+7reb+3ast, A.Rubit 14+9reb+2ast, K.Tadda 10+3reb, C.Babb 9+4reb+3ast, B.Hobbs 9+4reb+6ast, C.Prather 6+2reb+1ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 23+4reb+2ast, D.Kennedy 12+10reb+3ast, R.Trice 11+10reb+4ast, B.Loesing 10+3reb+2ast, C.Toppert 9+3reb+1ast, J.Thiemann 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546735





Marqueze Coleman (My Rookie Year Will Not Only Make Me A Stronger Professional Basketball Player But A Stronger Individual - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marqueze Coleman (193-G-93, college: Nevada) is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Mission Hills, California that completed his rookie season in Germany with the Dresden Titans (Germany-ProA) averaging 8,7ppg, 4,7rpg and 2,3apg. He played at Nevada (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 120 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 74.3%. He spoke to eurobasket after finishing his rookie season in Germany.

Marqueze thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. I don't want to start of an interview like this, but on one hand you can be very thankful of having landed 2 jobs here with Wurzburg and Dresden, but at the same time it hasn't been the easiest rookie season after leaving Wurzburg, you were 0-7 with new team Dresden. Did you ever think your rookie season could go like this as you got off the plane last summer in Germany to play for Wurzburg?

Yeah I'm very thankful to have two great opportunities to play in Germany, it is such a great country to play in. Although it hasn't been the ideal rookie season for me, I'm using it as a learning tool for myself and another obstacle for me to overcome. The experiences I've experienced my rookie year will not only make me a stronger professional basketball player throughout my career but a stronger individual aside from basketball.


Your rookie season has finally ended. You played 7 games for the Dresden Titans averaging 8,7ppg, 4,7rpg and 2,3apg. How would you summarize your short stay with this German team?

I definitely feel I could have done better with the Dresden Titans but with the circumstance given I thought I competed hard each game.


What did you learn from your rookie season that will help you in your continued path as a professional?

The style of play is one thing that will help me as I continue my professional playing career. There's a lot of new things about the way the game is played in Europe that I will continue to use and get better at.


What is the next step for you? How do your summer plans look like and where would you like to end up playing next season?

The next step for me as I head into offseason is to continue to get better and stronger as a basketball player. Also I want to continue to get mentally stronger and more educated at this game of basketball as well, so that includes watching film and things like that. As far as where I would like to end up is wherever I'm given a great opportunity for me to show my strengths as a basketball player


How beneficial was it playing together with fellow American rookie RJ Price? It is never easy for a rookie to come to a new team, but how vital has he been for you to getting adjusted quickly on and off the court?

Very beneficial, he's a good quick guard that I've learned from throughout my short stint with Dresden


How difficult was it for you between jobs in Wurzburg and Dresden. It was a few months before you got a new job. How thankful are you for having ex NBA player Toby Bailey as your agent and how important was his advice the last few months to keep your head up?

It was pretty difficult, but I stayed poised and continued to stay in the gym because I knew my time was coming. I believe I have one of the best agents, he found me 3 jobs and through all of the unfortunate situations he and the agency has always had my back and kept my head high.


You're a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't always get noticed right away?

A hidden strength about my game that doesn't get noticed right away is I'm a great teammate. I push my teammates to want to get better each and every play


What have you learned to appreciate most about the country Germany and new home Dresden since you have been here?

I've learned that Germany is a great country with great citizens. I wouldn't mind coming back to Germany to play another year of professional basketball. Dresden was a great city that truly embraced me

You got drafted by the Iowa Energy (D-League), but opted to come to Europe. Many guys start in the D-league and go to Europe later. I am sure you have friends playing in the D-league, but getting to the NBA from there is rare while the pay is not good. Did you leave school understanding that financially and getting groomed as an allaround good player is better going the European route?

I left school with the understanding that whichever route I were to take skies were the limit for me. I just have to continue to work hard on my craft every single day and things will happen for me. I was always taught that everyone's route to what they want to achieve isn't all the same so just stay poised and always work hard and your time will come.


You played at Nevada (NCAA) from 2012-2016. Was winning the CBI tournament your biggest achievement on the court there?

Yes winning the CBI championship was my biggest achievement at Nevada. Winning that capped off a great career that I had there


Many of your best scoring games came in losses with Nevada (NCAA). After looking back at your 120 game career at Nevada, what was your best game?

My best game was against Hawaii, I had 34 points with 32 points coming in the last 14 minutes of the game.


How did ex NBA head coach Eric Musselman groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career after Nevada (NCAA)?

He prepared me a lot, the terms he would use throughout the year during practices and games really translated to playing professionally


Who won a one on one in practice you or Tyron Criswell?

Me

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I'm not sure


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?

Magic, Kobe, Lebron, MJ


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

He's definitely in the conversation for being the greatest to play the game


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

I rank him right behind Tim Duncan, as a top two PF to ever play the game


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

A great performance it just shows how great he is with moving without the ball and also shows how unselfish the warriors are


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

Yes. Russ is my favorite player in the NBA. He's a guy I try to model my game after


Draymond Greene recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

He has found other ways to affect the game by scoring which is a reason him and his team are very successful


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'?

Really special, I'm always rooting for the underdog because that's what I've been all my life. Yes I feel like this was the biggest story of march madness 17'


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

Lonzo ball is a great young basketball player that has a lot of potential. Regardless of the media circus around him he still was very poised on and off the court


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 don't believe that it's fair. Russ is one of the hardest working players in this league and he wills his team to victories and now they're in playoff contention. You can discredit anything he does


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out.


Thanks Marqueze for the chat.




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 heavier 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



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.4 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.5 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Jackson, Aris1.0 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 



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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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Eredivisie Round 2 of Finals. Groningen claim second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Groningen 51-96

Groningen overwhelmed Zwolle on the road to take 2-0 lead in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Zwolle managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zwolle to just 6 points in third quarter. Groningen had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Groningen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Zwolle's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. The former international center Nick Oudendag (210-87) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: K.Hyland 11+1reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 10+6reb, C.Vette 8+7reb, O.Schaftenaar 7+3reb+1ast, M.Schilder 4+2reb+2ast, J.Yoho 3+6reb+4ast
Groningen: C.Fieler 16+8reb+1ast, D.Pasalic 15+4reb+2ast, S.Cunningham 14+3reb+3ast, J.Dourisseau 11+6reb+3ast, A.Smith 10+5reb, L.Jeter 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546732





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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 KC21.0 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.4 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.5 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.3 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.2 
 5. Szabo, ZTE K.8.1 
 6. Sihota, MAFC8.0 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.4 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.1 
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. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.1 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 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. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 3. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Keller, Alba0.8 
 7. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 


A Division Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Alba claim semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

ZTE KK - Szolnok 85-68

ZTE KK topped Szolnok to take 2-1 lead. The game without a history. ZTE KK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 40. ZTE KK looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Szilard Benke (196-95) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. ZTE KK's coach Tamas Bencze used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) came up with 7 points and 11 rebounds and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) added 12 points respectively for Szolnok in the defeat.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: Z.Szabo 16+2reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 16+6reb+8ast, S.Benke 15+7reb+5ast, A.Drungilas 15+4reb+3ast, J.Norfleet 10+2reb+2ast, J.Wright 6+5reb+1ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 12+2reb+3ast, A.Toth 11+3reb, L.Andric 9+4reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 9+4ast, N.Pavlicevic 8+3reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 7+11reb
gschID: 546541


Alba - KTE-Duna 98-69

Alba defeated KTE-Duna to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Alba. KTE-Duna managed to win fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alba dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to KTE-Duna's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alba made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Five Alba players scored in double figures. Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) came up with 24 points and 4 assists and naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points respectively for KTE-Duna in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Alba: P.Lorant 19+9reb+4ast, W.Shepard 17+5reb+10ast, A.Mohammed 16+1reb+2ast, A.Keller 14+1ast, B.Taylor 12+4reb+5ast, J.Farr 11+7reb
KTE-Duna: M.Djukanovic 24+3reb+4ast, T.Ivosev 14+3reb+3ast, K.Karahodzic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Molnar 5+2reb, M.Pongo 5+5reb+6ast, M.Djerasimovic 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546540


Kormend - PVSK Pannon 87-75

Kormend rallied past PVSK Pannon to secure 2-1 advantage. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kormend dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by PVSK Pannon's players. It was a good game for American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!). His fellow American import guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for PVSK Pannon.
Top scorers:
Kormend: T.Allen 35+4reb+1ast, L.Kromah 14+4reb+8ast, S.Gibbs 12+2reb+6ast, L.Smith Jr. 8+13reb+6ast, C.Ferencz 7+2reb+1ast, P.Petty 6+7reb+8ast
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 25+5reb+1ast, Z.Supola 17+4reb+5ast, C.Antoni 10+2reb+2ast, T.Harazin 8+3reb+1ast, A.Demeter 6+2reb, A.Nelson 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 546539


Falco KC - Kaposvari 78-76

Falco KC nipped Kaposvari to surge ahead in the series. It looked good early as Kaposvari took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco KC had a 21-10 second period charge getting the lead and Kaposvari was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-78. Kaposvari was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Kenneth Simms (205-86, college: Cumberland, agency: Promotex) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 23+9reb+7ast, L.Medford 15+1reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+7reb, B.Varadi 13+1reb+2ast, D.Barham 9+8reb+2ast, N.Toth 4+8reb+3ast
Kaposvari: K.Simms 16+8reb, M.Cooke 14+13reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 11+9reb+1ast, M.Fodor 11+4reb+8ast, W.Frazier 9+7reb, G.Baki 8+2reb
gschID: 546538


Group Play-Out
MAFC - Vasas




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Kenosha Ballers keep the perfect record in 2017 spring season - by Eurobasket News

Kenosha Ballers keep the perfect record in 2017 season as they improved to an 8-0 record. In the top game of the round they beat Milwaukee Falcons 115-102. Milwaukee Falcons is second with a 5-2 record.
Memphis Blues and Windy city Blazers have the same 4-3 records to share the third place. Memphis Blues overcame Peoria Panthers 125-100. Windy city Blazers meanwhile lost to Milwaukee Falcons 110-120.



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jones, Azad25.0 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.2 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad16.1 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.8 
 7. Kardoust, Arak8.7 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.7 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jones, Azad5.7 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.4 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
 9. Davoudi, Arak3.1 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hosley, Arak2.8 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Davoudi, Arak1.7 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 5. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


Superleague Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Naft Abadan join Petrochimi in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Naft Abadan - Azad 85-66

Naft Abadan rallied past Azad in the decisive fifth game of the series to advance into Finals. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-66. Naft Abadan forced 21 Azad turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. The former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 31 points and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 31+3reb, M.Mirzaei 22+15reb+1ast, M.Hassanzadeh 15+10reb+2ast, S.Mashayekhi 7+3reb, F.Aslani 4+5reb+4ast, D.Perkins 3+3reb+2ast
Azad: D.Jones 20+6reb+8ast, A.James Ogilvy 12+11reb+1ast, A.Doraghi 9+5reb, B.Koochoie 7+5reb, F.Sabouri 6+1reb+1ast, A.Baheran 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546884





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

30-year old forward Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bnei Hertzeliyya and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Maccabi Rishon (#7, 17-16) 104-110. Bnei Hertzeliyya maintains the 5th position in Israeli league. Bnei Hertzeliyya is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 33 games. In the team's last game Adrien had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bnei Hertzeliyya's top player in his first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Adrien is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 52.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kevinn Pinkney (207-F/C-83, agency: Pro Sports) of Maccabi Haifa. He is American forward in his first season at Maccabi Haifa. In the last game Pinkney recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Maccabi Haifa to another comfortable win 95-79 over slightly lower-ranked Hapoel T-A (#10, 14-19) being unquestionably team leader. Maccabi Haifa's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-17 record. Pinkney is one of the most experienced players at Maccabi Haifa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Maccabi Haifa's star - guard Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports). Vargas scored 19 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was another key player of Maccabi Haifa, helping his team with a 95-79 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Hapoel T-A (#10, 14-19). The chances of Maccabi Haifa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vargas could help Maccabi Haifa to bring them higher in the standings. Vargas has a great season in Israel. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel J-M - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michael Qualls (197-G-94) of Galil Gilboa - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Cameron Long (193-G-88) of Maccabi Rishon - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87) of Maccabi Rishon - 22 points and 3 rebounds

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



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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. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.5 
 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.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.1 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 10. Forray, Dolomiti.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Archie, Betaland.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto24.0 
 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, Chieti9.7 
 5. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 6. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 7. Smith, Ravenna9.2 
 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. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.1 
 4. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 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. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 4. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 6. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 7. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 8. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.5 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.5 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.2 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona17.9 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino10.4 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.3 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.2 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.0 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 9. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.8 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Corral, Omegna1.1 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 8. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 9. Varrone, Sestu0.8 
 10. Balanzoni, Lecco0.8 


Results and Stats from Serie B Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Palestrina - Bisceglie 61-72

Bisceglie overcame Palestrina on the road to even the semifinal series. Forward Andrea Chiriatti (198-93) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Cucco (188-94, agency: Players Group) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) scored 9 points. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: S.Rischia 14+1ast, D.Serino 10+6reb, G.Rossi 9+4reb+3ast, R.Pederzini 8+5reb+3ast, M.Drigo 6+6reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 5+5reb+2ast
Bisceglie: A.Chiriatti 18+3reb+2ast, E.Damian Cena 13+4reb+2ast, M.Cucco 11+1reb+7ast, A.Poti 9+4reb, A.Riccardo 6+7reb+1ast, G.Leggio 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546555


Napoli Cuore - Cassino 85-78

Napoli Cuore bounced back from the opening loss and held off Cassino at home court. Cassino was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Mattia Mastroianni (200-94, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Argentinian forward Duilio Birindelli (200-84) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) added 15 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Cassino: D.Birindelli 25+11reb+2ast, N.Petrucci 15+2reb+3ast, S.Bagnoli 13+3reb, B.Sergio 9+5reb+2ast, L.Panzini 9+6reb+3ast, M.Del Testa 7+1reb+4ast
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 17+3reb+3ast, N.Visnjic 16+12reb+3ast, M.Mastroianni 15+4reb+4ast, D.Marzaioli 10+3reb+1ast, A.Murolo 9+2reb, A.Barsanti 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546554


Montegrano - Pescara 46-44

Montegranaro celebrated the second victory in a row versus Pescara. Pescara was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and guard Stefano Rajola (186-72) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pescara. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pescara: E.Di Donato 11+11reb, S.Rajola 9+5reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 8+4reb, P.Battaglia 5+1reb, J.Valentini 4+8reb+1ast, A.Grosso 3
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 11+9reb, M.Dip 8+8reb+1ast, V.Di Viccaro 7+3reb+2ast, G.Broglia 7+5reb+3ast, O.Gueye 5+1reb+2ast, M.Diomede 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546556


Barcellona - Campli 56-63

Campli evened the series versus Barcellona. The best player for the winners was point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) who scored 16 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Bruno Duranti (197-93) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Campli's coach Piero Millina used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian power forward Bogdan Milojevic (200-98) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 15+5reb, B.Milojevic 12+6reb+2ast, M.Teghini 9, L.Brunetti 6+8reb+1ast, F.Stefanini 6+4reb+1ast, D.Grilli 4+1reb
Campli: R.Bottioni 16+2reb+5ast, D.Petrucci 11+2reb, R.Ponziani 10+6reb, O.Petrazzuoli 9+2reb, B.Duranti 7+5reb+6ast, A.Serafini 4+2reb
gschID: 546557


Omegna - Piacenza 64-53

Omegna rolled past Piacenza for 2-0 lead. Omegna outrebounded Piacenza 43-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Piacenza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Alexander Simoncelli (186-86, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 19 points to lead the effort and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by point guard Giovanni Bruni (185-82, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Piacenza. Swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) added 12 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: G.Bruni 13+5reb, M.Magrini 12+3reb, G.Sanguinetti 8+2reb+3ast, M.Samoggia 6+5reb, T.Tempestini 5+3reb+2ast, D.Banti 4+2reb
Omegna: A.Simoncelli 19+3reb+3ast, M.Arrigoni 9+4reb+1ast, D.Corral 8+11reb+1ast, A.Dagnello 8+3reb+2ast, G.Gasparin 6+5reb+2ast, G.Gurini 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546552


Orzinuovi GaGa - Firenze All Foods 82-70

Orzinuovi topped Firenze for the second consecutive win. Firenze All Foods were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Giorgio Piunti (206-90) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. Orzinuovi GaGa's coach Alessandro Crotti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Bulgarian guard Georgi Sirakov (187-92, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: G.Sirakov 18+1reb, J.Lucarelli 14+6reb, D.Poltroneri 9+5reb+1ast, G.Bloise 8+4reb+2ast, A.Longobardi 8+4reb+1ast, A.Mazzucchelli 5+1reb+1ast
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Valenti 14+7reb+3ast, G.Piunti 12+10reb+2ast, A.Scanzi 12+4reb+2ast, R.Perego 10+4reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 10+5reb+3ast, M.Toure 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 546551


Lecco - Bergamo 61-68

Bergamo snatched the second road win over Lecco at the start of the series. Bergamo made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian Mario-Jose Ghersetti (201-81) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Belgian point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) chipped in 17 points. Power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Lecco: J.Balanzoni 16+2reb+1ast, G.Spera 14+7reb+2ast, G.Siberna 7+2reb, D.Quartieri 7+6reb+4ast, C.Fumagalli 6+4reb+3ast, D.Todeschini 3+4reb
Bergamo: D.Lauwers 17+3reb+2ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 14+6reb+3ast, R.Pullazi 12+6reb+1ast, M.Planezio 7+10reb+1ast, S.Berti 6+7reb+2ast, A.Panni 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546553


Moncalieri - Cento 52-82

Cento beat Moncalieri to level the series at 1-1. Cento made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Cento outrebounded Moncalieri 42-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Five Cento players scored in double figures. Guard Antonio-Fabrizio Smorto (192-95) produced 18 points and swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 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:
Moncalieri: A.Fabrizio Smorto 18+3reb+1ast, L.Gioria 9+6reb, F.Conti 8+5reb+1ast, R.Cattapan 4+3reb, A.Agbogan 3+2reb, R.Coviello 3+3reb
Cento: A.Chiera 17+4reb+2ast, L.Pignatti 13+2reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 13+2reb, L.Bedetti 10+5reb+3ast, M.Benfatto 10+11reb+2ast, L.D'Alessandro 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546662





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





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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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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.6 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.3 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.3 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.5 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.4 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 5. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 10. Sulskis, Juventus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Juventus
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 8. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 



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  MBL  


2016 championship game rematch is set with 1vs2 - by Eurobasket News

After some great basketball last weekend the MBL is now getting ready for this weekends high profiled game futuring #1 Cedar Valley CourtKings (6-0) vs #2 Minnesota Rangers (6-0). The CourtKings are coming off a win against the MBL East #1 ranked Ft Wayne Vision 108-101 in which the champs were pushed to the limits. The Rangers are coming into this contest off a win against Steve Smiths Indiana Dream who also gave the defending western conference champions a run for their money before pulling off a 128-120 in Indiana.
Courtesy of: officialmbl.com



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.3 
 2. Yeager, Guasave24.9 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis24.5 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.8 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.6 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan21.8 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan21.4 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ammons, Navolato21.1 
 10. Mitchell, Navolato21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Forte, Los Mochis11.9 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.3 
 3. Ammons, Navolato11.0 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.0 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 7. Early, Los Mochis7.6 
 8. Rogers, Navolato7.4 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Lathan, Tijuana7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.5 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.6 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana4.9 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.9 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.5 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Casillas, Mazatlan3.7 
 10. Provost, Guaymas3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.7 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 4. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
 6. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
 7. Thomas, Mazatlan1.2 
 8. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 10. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Pittman, Guasave1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Maxwell, Culiacan1.2 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 7. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 8. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 
 9. Keller, Durango0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


Mazatlan signs Christopher Duran - by Eurobasket News

Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) signed Christopher Duran. He moved there from Correcaminos in the LNBP where he started the season. In 22 games he had 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg this season. The last season Duran played also at Correcaminos (also in LNBP). In 39 games he recorded 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.
He represented Mexico at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago. Duran's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Duran previously for Gansos.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pe'shon Howard joins Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Pe'shon Howard (190-84kg-90, college: USC). He moved there from Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S. where he started the season. In 40 games he had 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last summer Howard played at Rayos de Hermosillo. In 37 CIBACOPA games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg.
He has played also professionally in Germany (Weissenhorn Youngstars).
Howard attended University of Southern California until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
On Howard: Powerful perimeter player that can be productive at both guard positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.4 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.7 
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. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 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 


Steph Curry and Warriors trounce Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, for 2-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News

Steve Kerr provided a strong message, just not from his usual spot on the bench: Play with urgency from the opening tip this time. The Golden State Warriors did just that for their ailing coach watching from the locker room, and left Gregg Popovich questioning and criticizing his Spurs players for a lack of belief and feeling sorry for themselves without injured superstar Kawhi Leonard. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Warriors trounced on the short-handed Spurs, running away from San Antonio for a 136-100 rout Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) added 16 points and Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) provided another impressive all-around performance with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Rookie Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV) had 18 points and five assists off the bench shooting 6 for 8 as Golden State earned its most lopsided victory of the playoffs to go to 10-0. "That's just been the message all year, just play with urgency and start the game off with some energy and throw the first punch," Durant said. "Unlike Game 1 we did that tonight. We know they're a little undermanned but they still play extremely hard, so we knew we couldn't come out here and relax and think they were just going to give us the game. We had to go take it." Jonathan Simmons (6'6''-G-89, college: Houston) scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half as the lone bright spot for the Spurs. "It looked pretty collective to me. I don't think it was one guy who didn't believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. As a group they just let themselves down," Popovich said. "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free. You can't sugarcoat it or say 'if we had just made a couple shots we'd have been right there. That's pretty lame. So, call it like it is. We didn't come to play. We felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are." Leonard re-injured his left ankle in Sunday's 113-111 Game 1 loss after coming down on Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84)'s foot. Popovich on Monday called out the Warriors starting center for the "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike" closeout - which had Pachulia insisting he is not a dirty player, was only playing hard, and felt badly that the All-Star forward was injured. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday in San Antonio. Pachulia left the game injured for a Warriors team already without key reserve forward Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona), held out because of soreness in his left knee that limited him to 10 minutes in Game 1. An X-ray on Pachulia's bruised right heel was clear but he was scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday. Golden State quickly established its pass-happy, up-tempo style to take the Spurs out from the opening tip. It was a drastic difference from a game of catch-up two days earlier when the Warriors rallied from 25 down and a 20-point halftime deficit. The bench contributed a season-best 63 points. "They came out with a sense of urgency from the beginning and they played that way for 48 minutes," acting Warriors coach Mike Brown said. Klay Thompson, still struggling to find his steady shooting touch, had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Warriors had 39 assists - the most by any team this postseason - including 30 on their initial 38 baskets. Shaun Livingston scored in double figures for the first time this postseason with 10 points for Golden State. Jonathan Simmons started in Leonard's place and made 6 of 9 shots to begin the game while the rest of the Spurs were 3 for 22.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com




N.B.A. Draft Lottery: Celtics, Already No. 1 in the East, Add Pick No. 1 - by Eurobasket News

When the Boston Celtics were announced as the recipient of the No. 1 overall N.B.A. draft pick Tuesday night, the owner Wyc Grousbeck did not celebrate wildly or pump a fist. Boston had just claimed one of the most prized assets in the league, yet Grousbeck remained calm. The team's fortunes were already among the highest in the N.B.A., and the pick was just the latest coup. In 2013, the Celtics traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets for a bounty of first-round picks as Boston chose the future over its aging present. While the Nets hoped to turn into instant contenders, Boston had to wait its turn. That deal has already paid off - the Celtics received the third overall pick from the Nets last year - and the riches have only continued to pile up. With the top selection in next month's draft, the result of a pick swap with the Nets made possible by that 2013 trade, the Celtics will get their pick of a guard-heavy bunch. Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98), the presumptive top pick, out of Washington, is theirs if they want him, although point guard Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of U.C.L.A. could be a tempting option. Whomever they choose, the Celtics will be adding to a team that won 53 games in the regular season and is set to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. 'It's a good time to be a Celtics fan,' Grousbeck said. 'I wish the draft were today. We could get a little help for tomorrow night.' The Los Angeles Lakers, who were at risk of leaving the lottery empty-handed despite having the third-worst record in the league, landed the second overall pick. If they had fallen outside the top three, their pick would have gone to the 76ers as a result of a Philadelphia trade with Phoenix two years ago. When the league's deputy commissioner, Mark Tatum, announced that the Suns, who had the second-best odds for the top pick, had fallen to fourth, Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president for basketball operations, pumped his fist from the podium at the New York Hilton Midtown. The 76ers claimed the third overall slot after activating a swap with the Sacramento Kings, who will choose fifth. The Orlando Magic will pick sixth, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks, the Mavericks, the Kings again, the Hornets, the Pistons, the Nuggets and the Heat. The Knicks had the seventh-best odds at landing the top pick after losing a coin flip with Minnesota last month, but they fell a spot when the Kings jumped past them. Phil Jackson, the Knicks' president, was dealt a small blow even before the lottery when Bruce Bowen, an ESPN broadcaster and a former San Antonio Spurs role player, took a shot at him. Bowen flubbed a line while interviewing Jonathan Isaac, a possible lottery pick, but admitted his error. 'We make mistakes,' Bowen said, adding, 'Ain't that right, Coach Jackson?' Jackson expressed confidence that the Knicks could find a capable player at No. 8. The Knicks struck gold with the fourth overall pick in 2015 when they chose Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95), and they traded for Willy Hernangomez, the 35th pick, that same night. 'Our opportunity could have been 7, could have been 10, so 8, we'll live with it,' Jackson said. 'I think we're good with what we do.' The Knicks will wade into a draft featuring several talented point guards and wing players - two of the team's needs. Fultz, a 6-foot-4 freshman guard, and Ball, whose father, Lavar, has already found a liking for news media attention, are expected to be the first two players taken. De'Aaron Fox (6'4''-G-97) is a smooth playmaker who helped take Kentucky to the round of 8 in the N.C.A.A. tournament this season alongside Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98), a guard who could also be a top-10 pick. Among the other top lottery options are Frank Ntilikina (6'5''-PG-98), an 18-year-old from France, and Duke's Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) and Kansas' Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97), both of whom could help teams in the frontcourt. Who goes where will all depend on what the Celtics do. The organization could choose to add another promising young player or trade the pick to add a bona fide star to a team on the cusp of being a championship contender. 'People will make us offers for the pick,' Grousbeck said. 'We're just not going to decide that today.' The Celtics entered the night with a 25 percent chance at the top spot, and the opportunity to build an Eastern Conference giant, because of the pick swap rights. Their trade continues to haunt the Nets, who dealt away their 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, along with the right to trade picks this year. While Pierce and Garnett, two virtual locks for the Hall of Fame, have ended their playing careers, the Celtics have continued to build a contender with the assets they yielded. The Nets will pick at No. 27, and the team's long-term situation remains a quagmire.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



Lakers part ways with Rudy Tomjanovich - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Tomjanovich is known mostly for two things regarding the Los Angeles Lakers: He lasted 43 games into a 5-year, $30 million contract in 2004-'05 to coach the team and the Kermit Washington punch. Tomjanovich has remained with the Lakers in some capacity since resigning mid-season for personal and mental health reasons but was let go amidst the sweeping changes that have been taking place since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka took over, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. Medina also reports that Tomjanovich's son, Trey Tomjanovich, also will no longer remain employed by the organization. Together, the two Tomjanovichs made up a part of the scouting and analytical analysis departments. As Yuju Lee, the former director of analytics, resigned, it was probably a pretty safe assumption that more changes within that department were coming. To go with the analytics team, Johnson and Pelinka have been responsible for overhauling the scouting department as well. With the lottery just over 24 hours away, those teams will have to start getting filled out in short order.
Courtesy of: silverscreenandroll.com



Magic Await Permission To Talk To David Griffin - by Eurobasket News

The Magic have submitted a formal request to the Cavaliers to speak with GM David Griffin , reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Griffin is believed to be the front-runner to become Orlando's president of basketball operations, with a report last month saying he will be offered the job when he becomes available. The Cavaliers have not responded to the request, Wojnarowski adds, and have the option of holding onto Griffin until his contract expires at the end of June. With free agency starting July 1st, it's possible that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will deny the interview request as a stall tactic to see if Orlando turns to someone else. Sources tell Wojnarowski that Gilbert hasn't made a substantive offer to try to keep Griffin, who built the Cavaliers into a championship team after LeBron James returned in 2014. James has been an outspoken advocate of keeping the GM, but his public comments seem to have had little effect on negotiations. The Magic are getting ready to start interviewing other candidates for the position, including Hall of Famer Kevin McHale and Bucks GM John Hammond, who still has a year left on his contract in Milwaukee. Interim Magic GM Matt Lloyd has already been through the interview process and is highly thought of in the organization, according to Wojnarowski. Orlando launched a front-office shakeup when the season ended, firing GM Rob Hennigan and assistant GM Scott Perry . The Magic plan to put control of the front office in the hands of a president, who will then hire the next GM. The team faces competition from the Hawks, who recently relieved Wes Wilcox of GM duties. Griffin is seen as a candidate in Atlanta, along with former Pistons executive Joe Dumars, Rockets VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, Knicks director of player personnel Mark Hughes and former players and current TV analysts Chauncey Billups and Brent Barry. Wojnarowski reports that the Hawks have received permission to interview Rosas and Hughes.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Hawks Interested In Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry For GM Job - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks plan on discussing their general manager opportunity with Chauncey Billups and Brent Barry. Billups and Barry are both currently in broadcasting but have interest in working on the team side in the future. David Griffin, Joe Dumars, Gersson Rosas and Mark Hughes are also candidates. The Hawks have received permission from the Rockets to interview Rosas, while New York has granted permission for Hughes to be interviewed.
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



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  NBLCANADA  


Hurricanes even series with overtime win over Island Storm - by Eurobasket News

There's a reason why they call Clifford Clinkscales 'The General' around these neck of the woods. Paced by the veteran point guard's late-game heroics and Billy White's monstrous double-double effort of 28 points and 11 rebounds, the Halifax Hurricanes squeaked by the Island Storm to salvage a split at home in the Atlantic Division finals with a 122-118 win Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Centre. Terry Thomas led the visiting Island Storm with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Having sent the game to overtime earlier on a three-point heave from nearly the hash mark of the Scotiabank Centre, Clinkscales drove to the basket and connected on the game's deciding go-ahead basket with an over-the-shoulder lay-up with 18 seconds left. With the home team up 120-118, 'The General' stripped Storm guard Al Stewart, was fouled and put the cherry on top with a pair of free throws. He earned his stripes according to opposing bench boss Joe Salerno. 'We were a little small because of foul trouble and we didn't have much rim protection but hats off to Cliff, he made some huge shots for them tonight,' Salerno said. Already down Ta'Quan Zimmerman (bruised heel) and Mike Poole (hamstring), the Hurricanes may have received its most devastating blow when C.J. Washington (23 points, 12 rebounds) had to be helped off the court at the 4:36 mark of the fourth. Come overtime it was White who was gone, via six fouls, at the 2:48 mark. And with the Hurricanes usually dominant bench being shredded once again with a 57-33 scoring deficit, Salerno knew an opportunity slipped away. 'I think both the games have given us confidence but we had confidence to begin with. Tonight, obviously was an opportunity we missed to put ourselves in a very good position,' he said. 'But we knew it wasn't going to be easy. Now it's just about seeing what we're made of and how we bounce back.' To open the game, the No. 1-ranked Hurricanes came out of the tipoff like a bat out of hell. They stormed out to a 17-8 lead with 6:03 to play in the opening frame with a relentless attitude on the glass and defence doing the damage. An ensuing timeout by Salerno, a throw down of Storm player Bradley States by C.J. Washington, and an ensuing scuffle was the alarm clock needed for the Storm. The Storm responded with a 20-11 run the rest of the quarter. Clearly energized from the incident, by halftime the Storm had already caused 11 Hurricanes turnovers and forced the home team into a 40.82 shooting percentage through a stingy 3-2 zone trapping zone. Despite the split Halifax must stay alert, especially if they are without Washington, heading to Charlottetown as the Island Storm captured its lone two victories against the Hurricanes this past regular season at Eastlink Centre. Games 3 goes Thursday at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



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  NCAA1  


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



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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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  NIGERIA  


Lagos Warriors suffer 38-point blowout on the opening night of the Continental Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

The much anticipated Continental Basketball League (CBL) tipped of yesterday at the Indoor Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium with a game between Lagos Warriors and Yaounde Giants. It was a game the Warriors would like to forget in a hurry as they were trumped by the Cameroonian side, losing the game by 38 points. Christian Bayang (194-SG-87, agency: Promotex) made the first basketball of the tournament with his free throw 1.22 mins into the first quarter. The Warriors took the lead in the 6th minutes of the first quarter with Scott's three point shot. The two teams exchange leads couple of time in the first quarter,after which the Giants pulled away and dominated till the end of the game. Giants' Felix Bogmis (192-G-92) had a tournament high 26 points. He made more 3 points field goals (7) that the entire Lagos Warriors team (2). He made 15 of his 26 points in the last quarter all from 3 point shots. Five other Giants had double digits points; Bayang (10), Esters (16), Ayangma (11), Ngwese (10), Bileg (11). The May Madness continues today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium as follows;
Izobe Dragons vs Abidjan Raiders - 4pm
Yaounde Giants vs Eko Kings - 7pm.
Courtesy of: bballnaija.com



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  PHILIPPINES  


Batang Gilas still unbeaten, clobbers Thailand by 67 points in SEABA U16 - by Eurobasket News

Batang Gilas is back in shape as they conquered Thailand, 113-46, in the SEABA Under-16 tournament on Wednesday, May 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win gave Batang Gilas a flawless 3-0 record, and they are now just a win away from securing a slot in the FIBA Asia tourney. Team Philippines leaned on Christian Calimag and Rafael Go's 20 points apiece while Mclaude Guadana poured all his 16 points, 6 dimes and 3 rebounds. Angelo Cortez also shone bright with his double-double stint, 10 markers and 10 boards as well as big man Geo Chiu who contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Batang Gilas. Forthsky Padrigao erupted early in the first quarter with two treys and 3 steals to clinch a 9-0 rally. The Zamboanga-native Padrigao finished with 13 points, 8 steals and 8 assits for Team Pilipinas. 6-foot-11 center Kai Sotto also put on a show as he went for a slam with 6 minutes remaining in the second quarter to give Batang Gilas a 45-15 advantage. Miguel Pascual closed the third quarter with a three-pointer to keep Batang Gilas ahead, 80-48. Batang Gilas' also defense limited the Thai's to only making 14-out-43 two-point attempts while pushed them to commiting 32 turnovers in the entire game. "We talked about defense in the dugout because we became lax in our previous game so to keep the intensity going, from the start we instructed our players to go fullcourt man-to-man instead of a formation (play)," said a satisfied coach Mike Oliver. According to coach Oliver, Sotto's presence in the court paved way for the guards to work on their outside shooting. Since he wasn't a starter for the past two games, it is high-time to put the big man into work. "We had several three-point shots because the attraction of defense is focused on him (Sotto) which is good for us," said Oliver. True enough, Sotto's presence was felt as Calimag's overwhelming 20 points came from the rainbow territory when he connected 4-out-of-6 three point attempts. Despite the big win, the game's best players Go and Calimag shared the team won't commit the same mistake they did during their match with Indonesia, "We still need to focus, we'll need to follow the system and be consistent. We need to be aggresisve." Batang Gilas also displayed improvement in terms of turnovers as the Philippines only posted 17 errors compared to their last game which they committed a total of 27 turnovers. On the other hand, Thannatorn Kamwised chipped in 9 points while Chatabodin Kinnaret had 8 markers for Thailand. Batang Gilas will face Malaysia for their final game in the tournament on on Thursday, May 18.
Courtesy of: rappler.com



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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, Guayama19.7 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo17.9 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.6 
 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, Fajardo8.8 
 7. James, Fajardo8.4 
 8. Romero, Bayamon8.0 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.1 
 2. Fitch, Quebradillas6.8 
 3. Browne, San German6.7 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 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. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 6. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 8. Browne, San German1.3 
 9. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 10. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
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. Smith, Quebradillas1.1 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Romero, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


BSN Round 20: Leader Santeros lose to Fajardo - by Eurobasket News

BSN is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 20 rounds left. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Santeros (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of second ranked Fajardo on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Fajardo 71-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santeros. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fajardo dominated on the defensive end, holding Santeros to just 6 points in second quarter. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Fajardo 46-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. Fajardo are looking forward to face Atleticos (#9) in San German in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santeros will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Humacao. Eighth ranked Brujos (8-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Caciques (8-11) 80-79 in the game for the sixth place. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Chane Behanan contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for Caciques. Brujos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Humacao. Caciques lost sixth consecutive game. Brujos will play against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arecibo. Second ranked Fajardo faced 4th ranked Capitanes. Guests from (12-6) defeated host Capitanes (9-10) 100-95. Worth to mention a great performance of Damion James who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. David Huertas responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Fajardo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Fajardo will meet Atleticos (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Capitanes will play against Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Guayama was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Piratas (10-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Brujos (8-11). Piratas defeated Brujos 92-79. The winners were led by Jorge-Bryan Diaz who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Piratas maintains third position with 10-5 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Brujos at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Piratas' next round opponent will be Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and are hoping to win another game. Brujos will play on the road against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayamon, where 7th ranked Vaqueros (8-12) lost at home to tenth ranked Atleticos (7-12) 83-89 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Gary Browne who scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Vaqueros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Atleticos will face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Bayamon - San German 83-89

We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayamon, where 7th ranked Vaqueros (8-12) lost at home to tenth ranked Atleticos (7-12) 83-89 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-83. Atleticos made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Vaqueros only scored six points from the stripe. Atleticos had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) chipped in 21 points. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and Mexican Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Four Atleticos and five Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Vaqueros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Atleticos will face league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: I.Romero 24+10reb, J.Villegas 12+2reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 11+4ast, H.Hernandez 11+4reb+2ast, J.Soto 10+1reb+5ast, B.Santiago 5+2reb+4ast
San German: J.Keenan 21+3reb+2ast, D.Ebanks 18+6reb+1ast, P.Graham 14+1reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 11+9reb+4ast, G.Browne 8+8reb+11ast, I.Sosa Carrion 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540150


Humacao - Guayama 79-80

Important game to mention about took place in Humacao. Eighth ranked Brujos (8-11) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Caciques (8-11) 80-79 in the game for the sixth place. Caciques were ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 28-15 charge of Brujos, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) saved the victory by scoring 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Caciques. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brujos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Humacao. Caciques lost sixth consecutive game. Brujos will play against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon in the next round. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Martinez 33+5reb+1ast, J.Famous 17+8reb+4ast, R.Cintron Cortes 12+3reb+4ast, W.Orozco 12+7reb+1ast, A.Galindo 5+5reb+2ast, F.Morales 0+1ast
Guayama: D.Wilkins 28+7reb+5ast, C.Behanan 14+6reb+2ast, D.Hinson 12+3reb+2ast, K.Vinales 10+1reb+3ast, K.Penn 8+3reb, J.Nieves 6+1reb
gschID: 540149


Arecibo - Fajardo 95-100

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arecibo. Second ranked Fajardo faced 4th ranked Capitanes. Guests from (12-6) defeated host Capitanes (9-10) 100-95. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) who added 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fajardo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Fajardo will meet Atleticos (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Capitanes will play against Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 24+7reb+3ast, A.Young 22+7reb+1ast, A.Alamo 17+8reb+3ast, D.Clemente 13+2reb+5ast, A.Cruz 8+5reb+3ast, D.Cortez 7+1ast
Fajardo: D.James 27+15reb+5ast, C.Ortiz 17+1ast, S.James 17+14reb+5ast, M.Ali Berdiel 15+6reb+2ast, C.Arroyo 9+2reb+7ast, E.Ayuso 7+2ast
gschID: 540151


Fajardo - Aguada 71-64

Top ranked Santeros (14-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of second ranked Fajardo on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Fajardo 71-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santeros. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fajardo dominated on the defensive end, holding Santeros to just 6 points in second quarter. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Fajardo 46-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-6 record having just two points less than leader Aguada. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with four games lost. Fajardo are looking forward to face Atleticos (#9) in San German in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santeros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aguada: G.Clavell 17+4reb+1ast, A.Abreu 15+3reb+4ast, O.Samhan 14+14reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 8+9reb+6ast, R.Orta 3, M.Lopez 2+2reb
Fajardo: D.James 23+8reb+1ast, C.Arroyo 17+4reb+7ast, S.James 8+6reb+1ast, F.Rivera 7+3ast, E.Ayuso 6+1reb, N.Peavy 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 540148


Guayama - Quebradillas 79-92

The game in Guayama was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Piratas (10-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Brujos (8-11). Piratas defeated Brujos 92-79. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Brujos was better in third quarter 29-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Brujos' players. The winners were led by the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) supported him with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Even 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) did not help to save the game for Brujos. His fellow American import forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Four Brujos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Piratas maintains third position with 10-5 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Brujos at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. Piratas' next round opponent will be Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and are hoping to win another game. Brujos will play on the road against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guayama: D.Wilkins 25+8reb+5ast, K.Vinales 17+2reb+2ast, C.Behanan 13+10reb+1ast, D.Hinson 11+3reb+1ast, K.Penn 9+9reb+2ast, D.Marrero 4+2reb
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 30+8reb+1ast, A.Carmona 27+5reb+1ast, M.Rosario 10+8reb+4ast, J.Mojica 9+5reb+7ast, D.Smith 9+2reb+5ast, G.Fitch 5+3reb+8ast
gschID: 540147





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)



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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 18-20 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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REG beat APR to remain in pole position - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Benjamin Mukengerwa (G) scored a game high 18 points and Kami Kabange added 13 points as Rwanda Energy Group (REG) basketball club maintained their irresistible form in overcoming APR 81-61 to take another stride towards the league title. Kabange, Patrick Nshizirungu (194-SG-99) and Bienvenue Ngandu (204-F/C) combined for 39 points as Jean Bahufite's high-flying side picked two crucial points against the former champions on Friday night at Amahoro Indoor Stadium. REG remain on top of the league table with 29 points, one ahead of defending champions Patriots, who beat United Generation Basketball (UGB) club 73-61 on Friday, are in second place with four games remaining. APR, who have played a game less, remain in the fifth place with 21 points, level with seventh-placed UGB as the battle for playoff spots rages on. Cliff Owuor's APR were looking to win the game to boost their chances of finishing in the top four, while REG went into the game knowing only victory would restore their one-point lead at the summit given the fact that their closest challengers Patriots had played earlier and won. Led by Benjamin Mukengerwa and Kabange, REG comfortably dominated the first three quarters; 21-12, 23-8 and 23-20 respectively before Owuor's youthful APR fought back to claim the fourth 21-14 but it was a case of too little too late to turn the game back in their favour. The trio of Kabange, Nshizirungu and Bienvenue Ngandu contributed 13 points each for REG, while Eric Munyaneza (PF) was APR's top scorer with 14 points while Parfait Ishimwe dropped 11 points. On Sunday, third-placed Espoir have a tricky away game against IPRC-South, who are sixth, in Huye, while Rusizi basketball club (8th) will host ninth-placed 30-Plus in Rusizi.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Results and Stats from Day 5 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Thailand 108-53
Philippines registered the fourth straight win in Manila. The hosts dropped Thailand to stay undefeated. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) provided 23 points to lead the winners. Philippines jumped to a 51:26 halftime lead. They poured in 57 points in the second half to race to the victory. Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) delivered 15 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Teerawat Chantchachon responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Thailand.

Malaysia - Vietnam 86-85 OT
Malaysia outlasted Vietnam in overtime. Chung Hong Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) came up with 28 points to pace the winners as they improved at 2-3 record. Vietnam enjoyed a 35:30 halftime lead. Malaysia though exploded with 46 points in the second half and forced overtime. They sank 10 points in the extra period to snatch win. Wei Hong Choo (197-C-92) accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Han Minh Trieu (178-PG-87) responded with 20 points for Vietnam.

Myanmar - Singapore 32-85
Singapore snapped three-game losing skid at the tournament and beat Myanmar to open win count. Raj V Lavin (200-C-00) came up with 19 points to pace the winners. Singapore recorded a 44:9 halftime lead. They held Myanmar to just 6 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Chia Zao Liang (188-F-96) delivered 12 points for the winners. Han Thein (187-C-98) and Aung Wana (180-F-95) responded with 11 points each 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
gschID: 544633


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
gschID: 544630





Ognjen Jaramaz gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian KLS (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Talented International Guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Leks and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Mega Leks in his team's victory, helping them to crush FMP (#3, 5-3) with 18-point margin 83-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Mega Leks is placed at 4th position in Serbian KLS. Mega Leks is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Jaramaz had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Mega Leks, through which he has constantly improved. Ognjen Jaramaz averages this season 14.3ppg and 4.4apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old point guard Milos Milisavljevic (193-PG-93) of Dynamic BG. Milisavljevic impressed basketball fans with 15 points and 3 assists. Bad luck as Dynamic BG was edged by slightly higher-ranked Borac (3-5) 91-87. This loss caused Dynamic BG to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Milisavljevic is one of the most experienced players at Dynamic BG and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac (#8). Fundic scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Fundic's great performance Vrsac lost 74-81 to the higher-ranked Partizan (#2, 7-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vrsac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Fundic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Fundic has individually a great season in Serbia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.1ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 5.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) of Crvena Zvezda - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Dynamic BG - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Aleksandar Lazic (201-F/G-96) of Dynamic BG - 11 points and 9 rebounds
7. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan - 16 points and 3 assists
8. Sava Lesic (205-PF-88) of Mega Leks - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG - 18 points, 8 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)



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  KK Primo.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Sanadze, KK Primo.17.2 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog16.6 
 3. Davis, Rogaska16.1 
 4. Span, Zlatorog15.9 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija15.5 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 7. Ferme, Rogaska15.0 
 8. Cup, Hopsi Polzela14.6 
 9. Robbins, LTH C.14.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob CEBASEK
  Hopsi P.
  (200-G/F-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Cebasek, Hopsi P.8.6 
 2. Johns, Rogaska8.2 
 3. Spicer, Tajfun7.9 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Tratnik, Zlatorog7.4 
 6. Cerkovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 7. Pavic, Sencur Gor.6.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Bolcina, Helios6.2 
 10. Atanackovic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Tajfun
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vujasinovic, Tajfun8.3 
 2. Mocnik, Helios6.1 
 3. Curry, Helios5.6 
 4. Baric, Zlatorog5.0 
 5. Davis, Rogaska4.9 
 6. Sajevic, LTH C.4.9 
 7. Collins, Sencur Gor.4.8 
 8. Rebec, Krka4.8 
 9. Ferme, Rogaska4.7 
 10. Kosic, Hopsi Polzela4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  Un.Olimpija
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija2.3 
 2. Franklin, KK Primo.1.9 
 3. Curry, Helios1.7 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Vujasinovic, Tajfun1.7 
 6. Davis, Rogaska1.6 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.1.5 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Gajic, KK Primo.1.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Khaliq SPICER
  Tajfun
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Spicer, Tajfun1.7 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Djuranovic, Rogaska1.2 
 4. Radulovic, KK Primo.1.1 
 5. Pavic, Sencur Gor.0.8 
 6. Johns, Rogaska0.8 
 7. Fifolt, Tajfun0.8 
 8. Besedic, Portoroz0.7 
 9. Cup, Hopsi Polzela0.6 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun0.6 


Jankovic drains 3-pointer to force overtime, then uses tip-in at the buzzer to lead Olimpija over Rogaska in Game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) drilled a 3-pointer with 0.3 left in regulation to send the game into overtime he made a game-winning tip-in at the buzzer as Union Olimpija beat Rogaska 89-87 on road in Game 1 of the best-of-the five 2017 Slovenian League Finals. Jankovic finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) scored 25 points including four 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds, Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) had 21 points and 7 assists, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) poured in 16 points including five 3-pointers.
Only starters scored for Rogaska who shot just 45-percent (10-of-22) from free throw line. Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) posted 26 points including five 3-pointers and handed out 8 assists,Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) finished with 25 points including four 3-pointers, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 19 points, but he missed seven free throws and Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88) had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Olimpija opened the game with five straight points by Oliver and Hrovat added a 3-pointer for an 8-2 lead. Rogaska took their first lead of the contest at 13-12 and later the visitors used an 8-0 run to go up 32-24, the largest advantage of the night and led until midway through the third quarter, when Davis drained a 3-pointer that put Rogaska ahead 52-51.
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) made his lone 3-pointer of the game to put the home team back in front, 71-70 with 1:13 left. Jankovic then made just one his two free throws for Olimpija going into the final minute. Rogaska's Djuranovic made a jumper and, on the next possession, Jankovic hit a lay-up to tie the score with 14 seconds to go. With just three seconds remaining in regulation, Ferme made a jumper after being fouled. He complete the three-point play to give Rogaska a 76-73 lead. Olimpija called a time-out to set up a play. Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) found Jankovic wide open on a skip pass and he drained a three with 0.3 left and sent the game into overtime.
Rogaska opened overtime with straight 3-pointers by Davis and Ferme for a 82-76 lead. Djuranovic hit one of his two foul shots to make it 87-83 going into the final minute. Oliver drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one and, on the next possession Rogaska had two shot. Davis missed floater and then Djuranovic was blocked by Oliver. American player was fouled with eight seconds to go. He missed the first free throw and made the second one to tie the score at 87-87. Drobnjak's inbound alley-oop pass was stolen by Hrovat, who started a fastbreak. He missed a lay-up, but Jankovic was there for the tip-in at the buzzer to give Olimpija an 89-87 win.
Game 2 will be played in Ljubljana on Friday.



Sencur announce that Radomir Mijanovic is a new coach - by Zeljko Zule

Sencur GGD announced that Radomir Mijanovic will be their next head coach. The 48-year old Radomir Mijanovic, who spent last season with the last but one placed LTH Castings and posted a 6-23 record, has previously coached Nova Gorica, Krka and Helios plus Austrian sides Gussing Knights and Furstenfeld Panthers. He also served as an assistant coach in Union Olimpija and Anwil in Poland.
Radomir Mijanovic inherits a team led by coach Gregor Vodenik who led Sencur GGD to the 9th place as the team avoided relegation in the last day of the season.



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  SPAIN  

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, Palma14.3 
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. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
 10. Ortega, Prat6.4 
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, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 9. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 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. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 6. Faner, Castello1.6 
 7. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 8. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Lafuente, Huesca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Samb, Palencia1.1 
 3. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 4. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 5. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 6. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 7. Marti, Prat1.0 
 8. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 9. Barnes, Palencia0.9 
 10. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 


LEB Gold Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Palencia and Breogan into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Palencia - Coruna 83-77

Palencia overcame Coruna in the fifth decisive game of the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-18 Leyma Basquet's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-77 at the end of the game. Power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and forward Marc Blanch (195-82) accounted for 18 points. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Center Sergio Olmos (213-86, college: Temple) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Javier Lucas (207-87) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Leyma Basquet in the defeat. Leyma Basquet's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Palencia: M.Blanch 18+3reb+2ast, U.Otegui 16+7reb, J.Perez 12+4reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 11+5ast, M.Samb 8+5reb, R.Bas 7+4reb+4ast
Coruna: G.Zyle 13+3reb, S.Olmos 13+8reb+1ast, J.Lucas 13+6reb, Z.Monaghan 11+2reb+5ast, A.Hernandez 9+6reb+1ast, F.Djuran 9+6reb+3ast
gschID: 546901


Breogan - Palma 73-71

Breogan nipped Palma to seal their semifinal appearance. Palma was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American-Liberian guard Thomas Bropleh (196-91, college: Boise St., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Danish forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 13 points. Leche Rio Breogan's coach Natxo Lezcano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Mikel Uriz (182-89) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and point guard Carles Bivia (189-85) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Breogan: T.Bropleh 23+7reb+1ast, J.Gilling 13+4reb+2ast, R.Huertas 9, I.Cruz Uceda 8+6reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 7+2reb+3ast, J.Franch 5+1reb+4ast
Palma: M.Uriz 22+1reb+4ast, C.Bivia 19+4reb+1ast, R.Fornas 12+6reb+1ast, V.Serrano 9+10reb+1ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 3+3reb+3ast, J.Medori 3+5reb
gschID: 546900





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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  SWEDEN  


Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team 2017
Brandon Rozzell
Rozzell
Jabril Durham
Durham
Toni Bizaca
Bizaca
Yannick Anzuluni
Anzuluni
Joakim Kjellbom
Kjellbom

Finals MVP: Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea
Player of the Year: Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) of BC Lulea
Guard of the Year: Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) of BC Lulea
Forward of the Year: Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea
Center of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79) of Norrkoping
Import Player of the Year: Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) of BC Lulea
Domestic Player of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79) of Norrkoping
Bosman Player of the Year: Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje
Defensive Player of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79) of Norrkoping
Coach of the Year: Peter Oqvist of BC Lulea

1st Team
G: Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) of BC Lulea
G: Jabril Durham (185-G-94) of Jamtland
F: Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje
F: Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea
C: Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79) of Norrkoping

2nd Team
PG: Thomas Massamba (183-PG-85) of Sodertalje
F/G: Axel Nordstrom (193-F/G-91) of Uppsala
F: Mike Bruesewitz (201-F-90) of Jamtland
SG: Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83) of Norrkoping
C: Dartaye Ruffin (205-C-91) of Nassjo

Honorable Mention
Adam Ronnqvist (181-PG-90) of BC Lulea
Davis Lejasmeiers (192-G-91) of Sodertalje
Dejan Jeftic (200-F-89) of Norrkoping
Andreas Person (190-PG-91) of Uppsala
Dino Cinac (201-F-88) of Jamtland
Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) of Umea
Adrian Rodgers (194-G-92) of Malbas
Christian Maraker (207-PF-82) of Boras
Cole Darling (203-F-91) of Norrkoping
Sebastian Petersen (188-G-95) of Malbas

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Adam Ronnqvist (181-PG-90) of BC Lulea
PG: Thomas Massamba (183-PG-85) of Sodertalje
SG: Mikael Lindquist (193-SG-83) of Norrkoping
F/G: Axel Nordstrom (193-F/G-91) of Uppsala
C: Joakim Kjellbom (212-C-79) of Norrkoping

All-Imports Team
G: Brandon Rozzell (188-G-89) of BC Lulea
G: Jabril Durham (185-G-94) of Jamtland
F: Cole Darling (203-F-91) of Norrkoping
F: Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87) of BC Lulea
F: Mike Bruesewitz (201-F-90) of Jamtland

All-Bosmans Team
G: Davis Lejasmeiers (192-G-91) of Sodertalje
PG: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) of Boras
F: Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Sodertalje
F: Dejan Jeftic (200-F-89) of Norrkoping
F: Dino Cinac (201-F-88) of Jamtland



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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Rashad WHACK
  Winterthur
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Whack, Winterthur21.5 
 2. Cochran, Lausanne21.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings19.8 
 4. Niles, Massagno19.6 
 5. Day, Massagno18.7 
 6. Wilson, Lausanne18.6 
 7. Ballard, Geneve Lions18.4 
 8. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 9. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 10. Carter, Boncourt17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Starwings
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Vinson, Starwings12.6 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 3. Heath, Monthey9.5 
 4. Bergstedt, Massa.9.1 
 5. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 6. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
 7. Taylor, Fribourg8.2 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Ballard, Geneve Lions7.9 
 10. Braswell, Geneve L.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.2 
 2. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 3. Young, Monthey5.6 
 4. Williams, Geneve L.4.6 
 5. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 6. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 7. Wright, Fribourg4.5 
 8. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 9. Savoy, Neuchatel4.1 
 10. Southwell, Winterthur3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cochran, Lausanne2.7 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.8 
 6. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 7. Carey, Lugano T.1.6 
 8. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 9. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
 10. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.6 
 3. James, Neuchatel1.0 
 4. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 5. Cotture, Fribourg1.0 
 6. Monteiro, Winte.0.8 
 7. Bergstedt, Massa.0.8 
 8. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.7 
 9. Voss, Swiss C.0.6 
 10. Cochran, Lausanne0.5 


LNA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Geneve Lions and Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Fribourg - Geneve Lions 88-96

Geneve Lions upset Fribourg on the road to claim the first win in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 32-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Fribourg 37-20 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Roberto Kovac (189-90) chipped in 30 points during the contest. The former international Arnaud Cotture (203-95) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Geneve Lions and five Fribourg players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: D.Mladjan 20+1reb, A.Cotture 16+7reb+2ast, D.Wright 14+3reb+5ast, J.Roberson 14+2reb+3ast, T.Taylor 10+2reb+2ast, N.Jurkovitz 8+2reb+4ast
Geneve Lions: R.Kovac 30+1reb+2ast, M.Mladjan 22+7reb+6ast, A.Ballard 13+11reb+1ast, S.Louissaint 10+2ast, C.Braswell 10+2reb+1ast, C.Timberlake 9+5reb+6ast
gschID: 546622


Monthey - Lugano Tigers 69-81

Lugano Tigers overcame Monthey to bounce back from the opening loss. Monthey was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lugano Tigers shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard Tristan Carey (193-91, college: Longwood) notched 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Diamond Sports) supported him with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Jordan Heath (208-91, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Monthey. The former international power forward Jonathan Dubas (204-91) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Monthey: J.Heath 23+10reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 14+8reb+2ast, J.Dubas 12+12reb+7ast, M.Efevberha 10+3reb+6ast, M.Maruotto 7+3reb+3ast, B.Young 3+1reb+3ast
Lugano Tigers: T.Carey 23+5reb+1ast, D.Stockalper 14+1reb+8ast, T.Everett 13+8reb+4ast, A.Louissaint 12+1reb, E.Williams 7+8reb+2ast, N.West 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546621





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  THAILAND  


Batang Gilas still unbeaten, clobbers Thailand by 67 points in SEABA U16 - by Eurobasket News

Batang Gilas is back in shape as they conquered Thailand, 113-46, in the SEABA Under-16 tournament on Wednesday, May 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The win gave Batang Gilas a flawless 3-0 record, and they are now just a win away from securing a slot in the FIBA Asia tourney. Team Philippines leaned on Christian Calimag and Rafael Go's 20 points apiece while Mclaude Guadana poured all his 16 points, 6 dimes and 3 rebounds. Angelo Cortez also shone bright with his double-double stint, 10 markers and 10 boards as well as big man Geo Chiu who contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Batang Gilas. Forthsky Padrigao erupted early in the first quarter with two treys and 3 steals to clinch a 9-0 rally. The Zamboanga-native Padrigao finished with 13 points, 8 steals and 8 assits for Team Pilipinas. 6-foot-11 center Kai Sotto also put on a show as he went for a slam with 6 minutes remaining in the second quarter to give Batang Gilas a 45-15 advantage. Miguel Pascual closed the third quarter with a three-pointer to keep Batang Gilas ahead, 80-48. Batang Gilas' also defense limited the Thai's to only making 14-out-43 two-point attempts while pushed them to commiting 32 turnovers in the entire game. "We talked about defense in the dugout because we became lax in our previous game so to keep the intensity going, from the start we instructed our players to go fullcourt man-to-man instead of a formation (play)," said a satisfied coach Mike Oliver. According to coach Oliver, Sotto's presence in the court paved way for the guards to work on their outside shooting. Since he wasn't a starter for the past two games, it is high-time to put the big man into work. "We had several three-point shots because the attraction of defense is focused on him (Sotto) which is good for us," said Oliver. True enough, Sotto's presence was felt as Calimag's overwhelming 20 points came from the rainbow territory when he connected 4-out-of-6 three point attempts. Despite the big win, the game's best players Go and Calimag shared the team won't commit the same mistake they did during their match with Indonesia, "We still need to focus, we'll need to follow the system and be consistent. We need to be aggresisve." Batang Gilas also displayed improvement in terms of turnovers as the Philippines only posted 17 errors compared to their last game which they committed a total of 27 turnovers. On the other hand, Thannatorn Kamwised chipped in 9 points while Chatabodin Kinnaret had 8 markers for Thailand. Batang Gilas will face Malaysia for their final game in the tournament on on Thursday, May 18.
Courtesy of: rappler.com



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  TURKEY  

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.18.9 
 4. Theodore, Banvit BK18.5 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep15.9 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.6 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.2 
 4. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 5. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 9. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.1 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .7.0 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Granger, Anadolu .5.1 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.0 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.9 
 9. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
 10. Sloukas, Fenerbahce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Banvit BK
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 2. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Guler, Galatasaray1.7 
 5. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 7. Osman, Anadolu .1.6 
 8. Cherry, Gaziantep1.6 
 9. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 10. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.9 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.3 
 5. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elijah JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.22.2 
 2. Coleman, Yalova Bld21.2 
 3. Holmes, Mamak DSI21.0 
 4. Monroe, Turk T.20.6 
 5. Smith, Samsun20.1 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.20.1 
 7. Tucker, Final Genclik19.6 
 8. Wright, Acibadem19.4 
 9. Harris, Mugla O.18.9 
 10. Brown, Istanbul.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenny ADELEKE
  Final G.
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Adeleke, Final G.13.8 
 2. Monroe, Turk T.12.2 
 3. Drame, Samsun11.5 
 4. Hopkins, Samsun10.8 
 5. Arar, Pertevniyal10.6 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.9.8 
 7. Brown, Istanbul.9.7 
 8. Yucel, Pertevniyal9.6 
 9. Smith, Akhisar Bld9.4 
 10. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tyshawn TAYLOR
  Mamak DSI
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Taylor, Mamak DSI7.2 
 2. McKee, Turk T.6.2 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Final G.5.8 
 4. Campbell, Socar P.5.4 
 5. Gen, Mamak DSI5.3 
 6. Erdogan, Pertevni.5.0 
 7. Smith, Samsun5.0 
 8. Tuncer, Eskisehi.4.9 
 9. Gedikli, Afyon4.9 
 10. Wright, Acibadem4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Turk T.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McKee, Turk T.2.5 
 2. Hughes, Duzce Bld.2.2 
 3. Holmes, Mamak DSI1.8 
 4. Cantitiz, Turk T.1.8 
 5. Coleman, Yalova Bld1.8 
 6. Brown, Istanbul.1.8 
 7. Turna, Sakarya BSB1.6 
 8. Wright, Acibadem1.6 
 9. Ulusoy, Bandirma Kir.1.5 
 10. Yilmaz, Bandirma Kir.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Mugla O.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jefferson, Mugla O.1.9 
 2. Rizvic, Gelisim1.6 
 3. Ford, Acibadem1.5 
 4. Brown, Istanbul.1.4 
 5. Arar, Pertevniyal1.4 
 6. Dendy, Duzce Bld.1.3 
 7. Hopkins, Samsun1.0 
 8. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.0.9 
 9. Drame, Samsun0.9 
 10. Harris, Final Genclik0.9 


BSL Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BSL just ended.

The most interesting game of round 30 was only one-point a home defeat of 3rd ranked Anadolu Efes (23-7) to second ranked Besiktas (24-6) 91-90 in the game for the second place. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) with 25 points and 4 assists. Besiktas maintains second position with 24-6 record having four points less than leader Fenerbahce. Anadolu Efes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#1) and Anadolu Efes (#3). Anadolu Efes was smashed at home by 39 points 57-96 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Bogdan Bogdanovic supported him with 15 points and 8 assists. Fenerbahce's coach Zeljko Obradovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 12 points by American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) did not help to save the game for Anadolu Efes. Fenerbahce (28-2) have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Anadolu Efes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka.
BSL top team - Fenerbahce (28-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked TED Kolejliler (2-28) in Ankara 101-55. The best player for the winners was James Nunnally who scored 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Devin Thomas who recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-2 record. TED Kolejliler lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Best Balikesir was destroyed by Darussafaka on the opponent's court 95-72. Yesilgiresun unfortunately lost to Banvit BK in a home game 77-88. Tofas managed to beat Pinar Karsiyaka on the road 88-82. Istanbul BBSK was defeated by Gaziantep on its own court 76-92. Trabzonspor beat Usak in a road game 101-92. Galatasaray won against Demir IBB at home 86-79.

Anadolu Efes - Besiktas 90-91

The most interesting game of round 30 was only one-point a home defeat of 3rd ranked Anadolu Efes (23-7) to second ranked Besiktas (24-6) 91-90 in the game for the second place. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) with 25 points and 4 assists and American forward DeShaun Thomas (201-91, college: Ohio St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five Besiktas and four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Besiktas maintains second position with 24-6 record having four points less than leader Fenerbahce. Anadolu Efes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 25+2reb+4ast, D.Thomas 19+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 15+5reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 14+3ast, B.Dunston 7+7reb+2ast, C.Osman 5+2reb+3ast
Besiktas: V.Stimac 22+10reb+1ast, M.Roll 17+6reb+9ast, M.Thompson 17+1reb+1ast, E.Clark 11+5reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 11+6reb+2ast, K.Sipahi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482409


Darussafaka - Best Balikesir 95-72

Very expected game in Istanbul where 15th ranked Balikesir (7-23) was crushed by fourth ranked Darussafaka (23-7) 95-72 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Darussafaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian Dairis Bertans (194-89) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joey Dorsey (206-83, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Alfrie Kelley (183-85, college: S.Carolina) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Darussafaka and four Balikesir 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. Darussafaka have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Anadolu Efes. Newly promoted Balikesir keeps the fifteenth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Best Balikesir: A.Kelley 22+2reb+4ast, J.Dorsey 12+19reb+2ast, A.Andrews 12+1reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 11+2reb, D.James 7+5reb+3ast, A.Nichols 6+2reb+1ast
Darussafaka: D.Bertans 17+8ast, W.Clyburn 17+9reb+4ast, L.Harangody 16+3reb+2ast, B.Batuk 14+3reb+2ast, A.Zizic 10+8reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 8+6reb
gschID: 482411


Yesilgiresun - Banvit BK 77-88

Very predictable result in Giresun where fifth ranked Banvit (21-9) defeated 11th ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-20) 88-77 on Saturday. Banvit forced 25 Yesilgiresun Bld turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Yesilgiresun Bld's players. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Banvit players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Ricky Ledo (201-92, college: Providence) who recorded 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Anthony Gill (203-92, college: Virginia) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Banvit have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-9 record. Yesilgiresun Bld at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Trabzonspor.
Top scorers:
Yesilgiresun: R.Ledo 40+6reb+1ast, A.Gill 12+6reb+3ast, E.Kosut 10+7reb, D.Ozdemiroglu 6+3reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+3reb+1ast, M.Turen 2+3reb
Banvit BK: F.Korkmaz 19+2reb+3ast, J.Chappell 13+7reb+5ast, G.Orelik 13+1reb+3ast, D.Kulig 11+2reb, J.Theodore 11+5reb+10ast, G.Vidmar 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482416


Pinar Karsiyaka - Tofas 82-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (15-15) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Tofas (15-15) 88-82 on Saturday. Tofas forced 19 Pinar Karsiyaka turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Dominican-American swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Muhammed Baygul (191-92) who recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tofas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Pinar Karsiyaka.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 22+3reb+4ast, M.Ponitka 20+7reb+3ast, M.Baygul 16+8reb+9ast, J.Owens 11+8reb, D.Summers 4+4reb, B.Petway 4+2reb+1ast
Tofas: S.Mejia 23+7reb+3ast, K.Peker 21+9reb, C.Copeland 17+3reb+3ast, V.Micic 13+2reb+9ast, B.Ermis 6+5reb+11ast, J.Palacios 2+3reb
gschID: 482414


Istanbul BBSK - Gaziantep 76-92

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Gaziantep (16-14) beat on the road 10th ranked Istanbul BBSK (11-19) 92-76 on Saturday. Gaziantep made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) chipped in 24 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international Metecan Birsen (208-95) who recorded 12 points and 5 rebounds and forward Deniz Kilicli (206-90, college: W.Virginia) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gaziantep have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 16-14 record. Istanbul BBSK lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Istanbul BBSK: D.Kilicli 16+2reb+1ast, E.Calloway 13+1reb+1ast, M.Birsen 12+5reb+3ast, J.Klobucar 8+4reb+5ast, T.Akdamar 7+1reb, K.Nikolov 7+3reb+2ast
Gaziantep: M.Haislip 24+2reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 18+11reb+2ast, C.Ozcan 12+2reb+3ast, A.Rautins 11+4reb+3ast, T.Ruzic 9+2reb+1ast, W.Cherry 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 482413


Usak - Trabzonspor 92-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Usak Sportlif's (8-22) home loss to thirteenth ranked Trabzonspor (10-20) 92-101 on Friday. Trabzonspor looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The best player for the winners was Mexican guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists. American Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Latvian Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 29 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Berkay Candan (205-93) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Five Trabzonspor and four Usak Sportlif players scored in double figures. Usak Sportlif's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trabzonspor moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Yesilgiresun. Usak Sportlif lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Usak: R.Freimanis 29+6reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 13+1reb+2ast, S.McKissic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Candan 12+14reb+2ast, D.Harrison 9+6reb+6ast, A.Kavaklioglu 8+4ast
Trabzonspor: C.Green 23+7reb+5ast, D.Hardy 22+2reb+3ast, K.Kadji 18+8reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 17+5reb+15ast, M.Lee 13+6reb+3ast, E.Cinko 8+2reb
gschID: 482415


Galatasaray - Demir IBB 86-79

No shocking result in a game in Istanbul where sixth ranked Galatasaray (18-12) won against 12th ranked Demir IBB (9-21) 86-79 on Friday. Strangely Demir IBB outrebounded Galatasaray 41-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Galatasaray made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Kazakhstan point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and New Zealand forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Galatasaray and five Demir IBB players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galatasaray maintains sixth position with 18-12 record. Demir IBB lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: J.Johnson 14+1reb+5ast, T.Abercrombie 13+6reb+1ast, B.Can Yildizli 13+5reb+2ast, T.Erulku 11+8reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 10+5reb+2ast, O.Eldridge 5+2reb+2ast
Galatasaray: S.Guler 19+5reb+9ast, E.McCollum 14+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 10+2reb, V.Micov 10+1reb+2ast, E.Preldzic 8+1reb, E.Arar 8+5reb
gschID: 482412


TED Kolejliler - Fenerbahce 55-101

BSL top team - Fenerbahce (28-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked TED Kolejliler (2-28) in Ankara 101-55. Fenerbahce dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to TED Kolejliler's 32. They outrebounded TED Kolejliler 39-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fenerbahce looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by TED Kolejliler's players. The best player for the winners was American forward James Nunnally (201-90, college: UCSB) who scored 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Swingman Egehan Arna (202-97, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Devin Thomas (206-94, college: Wake Forest) who recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Yesukan Onar (203-98) added 10 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-2 record. TED Kolejliler lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.
Top scorers:
TED Kolejliler: D.Thomas 12+5reb+4ast, D.Morrison 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Onar 10+3reb, R.Galloway 5+3reb+2ast, Y.Sarikaya 5+6reb+1ast, S.Suerkip 4+3reb
Fenerbahce: J.Nunnally 40+1reb+4ast, E.Arna 13+6reb+4ast, A.Duverioglu 11+10reb, B.Bogdanovic 11+2reb+4ast, P.Antic 6+3reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 482410


Anadolu Efes - Fenerbahce 57-96

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#1) and Anadolu Efes (#3). Anadolu Efes was smashed at home by 39 points 57-96 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Fenerbahce dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Anadolu Efes' 38. They outrebounded Anadolu Efes 37-24 including a 31-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Anadolu Efes' players. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) notched 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) supported him with 15 points and 8 assists. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce's coach Zeljko Obradovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 12 points by American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) did not help to save the game for Anadolu Efes. French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points. Fenerbahce (28-2) have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Anadolu Efes lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 14+2reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+4reb+1ast, A.Kirk 10+6reb+1ast, T.Honeycutt 7+3reb+1ast, C.Osman 6+2reb, J.Granger 5+1reb+4ast
Fenerbahce: E.Udoh 22+7reb+5ast, B.Bogdanovic 15+4reb+8ast, M.Mahmutoglu 14+1reb+2ast, B.Dixon 10+2reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 9+3reb, L.Datome 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546392





Nunnally number one in Turkey for round 30 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward James Nunnally (201-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Fenerbahce, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (40 points and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass TED Kolejliler (#16, 2-28) with 46-point margin 101-55. It allowed Fenerbahce to consolidate first place in the Turkish BSL. Fenerbahce has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-2. In the team's last game Nunnally had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Fenerbahce's top player in his first season with the team. James Nunnally averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Fenerbahce's star - 29-year old Nigerian Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87). Udoh had a very good evening with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course together with Nunnally he helped Fenerbahce with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3, 23-7) 96-57. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Fenerbahce consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 28-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Udoh is well-known at Fenerbahce and together with James Nunnally are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was Mexican guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88) of Trabzonspor (#12). Gutierrez showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and fifteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Trabzonspor, leading his team to a 101-92 win against slightly lower-ranked Usak (#14, 8-22). The chances of Trabzonspor not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gutierrez could try to bring Trabzonspor's a little bit higher in the standings. Gutierrez has individually a great season in Turkey. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricky Ledo (201-SF-92) of Yesilgiresun - 40 points and 6 rebounds
5. Rolands Freimanis (208-PF-88) of Usak - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87) of Besiktas - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Gaziantep - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Caleb Green (203-PF-85) of Trabzonspor - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Muhammed Baygul (191-SG-92) of Pinar Karsiyaka - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83) of Best Balikesir - 12 points, 19 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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Sun Stroke Classic results and Video - by David Edole

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/qCc2i1UVmhw

St. Croix boys held off St. Thomas, 72-56, at the annual All Virgin Islands Hoops Classic. Shakeem Alcindor picked up MVP honors for the second consecutive all star game. St. Croix boys are up three in the series, 11-8.
St.Thomas All Stars in Blue: Akil Greig (#5), Cam Newton (#6), Ty Massaquoi (#7), Lestin Wiltshire (#8), Dwayne Lynch (#10), Issa Tatem (#11), Clail Diedonne (#13), Terrell Lake (#14), Joshua Farrel (#15).
St. Croix All Stars in yellow: Kimani McIntosh (#4), Trejon Ali (#6), Kahdeem Horsford (#8), Ashoy Simmonds (#9), Diante Brooks (#9), James Richardson (#10), Jahkeem Auguste (#12), Christian Rasmussen (#13), Shakeem Alcindor (#14), Zion Jones (#15).

Scout Max Ivany in the Virgin islands:
http://www.d1nation.com/news_article/show/781906?referrer_id=1029698



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Power take steps to plug gaps ahead of new season - by Eurobasket News

Last season Power and City Oilers largely used an eight-man rotation in their playoff final. Unlike the latter, who would go on win the series 4-1, that rotation was mostly forced on them because of a thin roster. Ahead of the new season that starts on Friday with a rematch of last season's final, the five-time champions have moved to bridge those gaps with at least five major additions. While they could hardly be world beaters, their presence, in addition to the expected contract extension with sponsors Betway represents an improvement from last season that was masked with a 5-0 regular season start. Former Falcons and UCU guard Sunday Okot as well as Diego Angemi (173-G-75) will beef up the backcourt, the latter having been released by KIU Titans. Others include Lual Athieng (SG) and Francis Kasinde who like Angemi will also make a return to the club and power forward Sulaiman Bbaale from Falcons who will provide more options to their frontcourt department. Power who are the second most successive side with five titles to their name have, however, gone six years without a league title. 'Winning the title is always in our hearts, in our minds. It is one of our objectives but we're taking it as realistically as possible. We decided we are going to take it a game at a time, make a review mid-season then in the second round,' stated Betway Power coach Arnold Olando . Friday's opponents City Oilers, who are seeking to go level with Power having won four straight titles have also undergone changes since the departures of Kami Kabange and Andrew Opio. Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79), Joseph Chuma and James Deng (201-F) have since been added for the Mandy Juruni coached side.
Courtesy of: monitor.co.ug




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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
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Manama fall to Al Shabab - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA bowed to Al Shabab of the UAE 93-102 last night to close out the group stage in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championships being played in Bahrain. American professional Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) scored a game-high 31 points to spearhead the Emiratis to their third successive victory. The win earned them first place in group 'A' heading into the tournament's next round. Also yesterday, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia defeated Al Sadd of Qatar 82-69; while Al Rayyan of Qatar beat Al Ettifaq of Oman 96-81. The second phase takes place today at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. It will be a knockout stage, with the top-placed teams from each group playing the fourth-ranked teams, plus the second-ranked teams facing the third-ranked squads, from their opposing group. Group 'A' winners Shabab, therefore, take on Group 'B' bottom-placed Sadd. Manama face off with Ittihad, Bahrain's Al Ahli face off with Rayyan and defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE play Ettifaq. Following these knockout games, the winners move on to the semi-finals scheduled for Friday, while the game for third place and tournament final will both be held on Saturday. In Manama's disappointing loss, Shabab were the early aggressors and they took a commanding 27-17 lead after the first quarter. Manama tried to fight back and got to within six before the half, 33-39, but Shabab were on their game and the UAE side took a 49-40 advantage into the interval. Things got worse for Manama when court general Ahmed Abdulaziz was ejected from the game in the third quarter. Still, they continued to fight and caught a break of their own when Shabab's other American professional Tyler Wilkerson was himself disqualified from the game. Manama continued to search for a way back, but every time they would threaten, Shabab had an answer and it was oftentimes Monroe who was delivering the goods. Monroe had an all-around effort and nearly came away with a triple-double having finished with eight rebounds and eight assists. Husain Ahmed chipped in with 19 including an impressive five-of-six from beyond the three-point line. Wilkerson finished with 16 before his ejection, while Rashed Alzaabi chipped in with 14 and Khalifa Salem had 10 coming off the bench. Manama suffered their first loss in the tournament. Hussain Mohammed (PG) paced the Bahrainis with 27 points while Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23. Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby added another 19 points as the team's only other player in double-figures.
Meanwhile, Rayyan managed to claim their first win led by Mohamed Hassan, who scored 25 points, and Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem, who chipped in with 20. Both players buried four triples apiece in the game. American-Nigerian Robert Anshila led Ettifaq with 30 points in the losing effort.
In Ittihad's victory over Sadd, Mathna Almarwani led the winners with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Mohammed Almarwani contributed 16 points and nine rebounds while Quintrell Thomas has 16 points and 12 rebounds. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: Auburn) also had a great game with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Ittihad. Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) led all scorers with 30 points for Sadd while Greek Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had a monster game of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Unfortunately, they could make use of only five players the entire game.
Courtesy of:gdnonline.com



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Anthony YOUNG
  Larre Borges
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Young, Larre Borges25.4 
 2. Danridge, Sayago22.8 
 3. Alexander, Olimpia22.7 
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