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  ARGENTINA  



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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  ARUBA  


Dakota Brothers and Impact Ballers post latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Dakota Brothers and Impact Ballers posted latest victories in Aruba. Dakota Brothers overcame The Ling 74-49 as Rapha Ramirez stepped up with 21 points. Hubert Heemstadt replied with 14 points in a loss.
Impact Ballers meanwhile edged Sunset Stars 85-68. Malik Jack top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Mario Perez nailed 18 in defeat.



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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Waverley F. - Werribee D. 79-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Waverley Falcons' (7-3) home victory over 5th ranked Devils (5-4) in Mount Waverley 79-71 on Saturday. Forward Chris Arkell (198-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Brandon Beasley (196-88, college: William Penn) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Beasley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Waverley Falcons' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) answered with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Jordan Hughes (192-92, college: Dakota St.) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Devils. Waverley Falcons moved-up to third place in League. Loser Devils dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Casey C. (#5) in the next round. Devils will play against Whittlesea City and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Smith 25+8reb+6ast, J.Hughes 17+9reb+5ast, A.Ayilara 15+7reb, J.Sonda 8+5reb+4ast, N.Wilson 4+3reb+1ast, B.Allison 2+4reb+1ast
Waverley F.: C.Arkell 26+11reb, B.Beasley 14+5reb+6ast, J.Reardon 9+6reb+5ast, T.Boyle 8+4reb, M.Harper 8+3reb+2ast, D.Neville 6+5reb
gschID: 541331


Knox R. - McKinnon C. 95-84

Very expected game when 6th ranked McKinnon C. (5-4) lost to first ranked Knox Raiders (9-2) in Wantirna South 84-95 on Saturday. Knox Raiders outrebounded McKinnon C. 58-33 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Dylan Hare (193-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Center Matt Hodgson (211-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Five Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Knox Raiders' coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Dondray Walker (196-92, college: Newberry) added 17 points in the effort for McKinnon C.Knox Raiders maintains first place in League with 9-2 record. Loser McKinnon C. dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Knox Raiders will face Diamond Valley Eagles (#12) in Greensborough in the next round which should be an easy win for them. McKinnon C. will play at home against Stingrays (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 25+9reb+1ast, D.Walker 17+3reb+3ast, I.Platenik 10+6reb, L.Neilson 8+4reb+3ast, C.Charge 8, N.Mueller 6+3reb
Knox R.: D.Hare 28+9reb+4ast, M.Hodgson 19+16reb, C.Kaba 11+11reb+6ast, A.Tomada 11+4reb+4ast, A.Thoseby 11+2reb+2ast, M.Unwin 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541330


Hawthorn M. - Corio Bay S. 100-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Magic's (3-5) home victory over 10th ranked Stingrays (2-7) in Hawthorn 100-89 on Sunday. Magic made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Magic had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Jack Barry (-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Kirk Smith (178) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Rebula (189-90) answered with 27 points and American point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) added 25 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Stingrays. Five Magic and four Stingrays players scored in double figures. Magic maintains ninth place in League with 3-5 record. Loser Stingrays keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Magic will face league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stingrays will play on the road against McKinnon C. (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: M.Rebula 27+4reb+3ast, C.Baker 25+6reb+3ast, C.Eichler 21+9reb, J.Mcfall 12+6reb+7ast, G. Erray 4+5reb+1ast, C.Walsh 0
Hawthorn M.: K.Smith 24+4reb+4ast, J.Barry 22+7reb+6ast, J.Morrison 17+5reb+4ast, L.Sist 13+4reb+1ast, A.Bogart-King 13+6reb+4ast, P.Chelvan 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541333


Whittlesea City - Hume City 67-94

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Whittlesea City (1-8) was outscored by eighth ranked Hume City Broncos (4-5) in Mill Park 94-67 on Saturday. American forward Trevon Clayton (198, college: Fresno Pacific) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) contributed with 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Hume City Broncos players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. Taane Samuel answered with 27 points and 9 rebounds and Jonathan Maybank added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Whittlesea City. Hume City Broncos maintains eighth place in League with 4-5 record. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. Hume City Broncos will face higher ranked Eltham Wildcats (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Whittlesea City will play against Diamond Valley Eagles (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: T.Samuel 27+9reb+3ast, T.Dalton 15+2reb+1ast, J.Maybank 13+10reb+1ast, D.Bruno 6+2reb+2ast, E.Potts-Broughton 4+7reb+1ast, T. Andersen 2+2reb
Hume City: L.Egan 29+8reb, T.Clayton 23+13reb+3ast, M.Rose 15+9reb+3ast, L.Jeka 14+1reb+5ast, S.Prendergast 11+5reb+4ast, P.Renteria 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541332


Diamond V.E. - Hawthorn M. 59-63

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Magic (3-5) defeated 12th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-9) in Greensborough 63-59 on Saturday. Jack Barry (-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Alex Bogart-King (200) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and forward Harun Kansak added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Diamond Valley Eagles. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Magic maintains ninth place in League with 3-5 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the twelfth position with nine games lost. Magic will face league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Diamond Valley Eagles will play on the road against Whittlesea City (#11) in Mill Park and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: B.Conley 18+14reb+3ast, H.Kansak 8+6reb+1ast, B.Griffiths 8+5reb, G.Page 7, M.Reynolds 6+2reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 5+2reb+2ast
Hawthorn M.: J.Barry 21+8reb+4ast, A.Bogart-King 14+8reb+1ast, L.Sist 8+6reb+2ast, D.Mareels 6+7reb+1ast, J.Morrison 5+4reb+4ast, R. Johnson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541329


Casey C. - Eltham W. 91-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Eltham Wildcats (6-3) against seventh ranked Casey C. (5-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Eltham Wildcats were defeated by Casey C. in 91-76. It was a great shooting night for Casey C. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Raheem Lemons (196-93, college: Central State) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) accounted for 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Simon Grant (195-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Chris Cameron (210-82, college: La-Lafayette) added 23 points respectively for Eltham Wildcats in the defeat. Five Casey C. and four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Casey C. moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Eltham Wildcats dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Casey C. will meet league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eltham Wildcats will play against Hume City Broncos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Eltham W.: C.Cameron 23+3reb+2ast, S.Grant 17+15reb+2ast, B.Waldren 14+5reb+2ast, J.Canovan 10+5reb, J.Aver 6+3reb+4ast, K.Williams 3+1reb
Casey C.: R.Lemons 24+9reb+3ast, B.Louis 18+5reb+5ast, C.Polk 17+14reb+1ast, B.Hobba 16+10reb+2ast, M.Chapman 13+1reb+4ast, E.Golong 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541328


QBL
Toowoomba M. - Rockhampton 87-96

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-2) lost at home to fourth ranked Rockhampton Rockets (2-2) 96-87 on Friday. Rockhampton Rockets looked well-organized offensively handing out 43 assists comparing to just 24 passes made by Toowoomba Mountaineers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rockhampton Rockets made 30 blocks. Leon Christensen orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Canadian forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC) contributed with 24 points and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized Sudanese center Paul Aleer (213-94) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks and forward Manylok Malek (201-94) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Toowoomba Mountaineers. Four Rockhampton Rockets and five Toowoomba Mountaineers players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Rockhampton Rockets went down to seventh position (League) due to points difference. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Toowoomba M.: C.Weber 19+4reb+1ast, M.Malek 18+3reb+7ast, J.Washington 18+3reb+1ast, P.Aleer 17+5reb+8ast, J.Abdul-Bassit 12+4reb+2ast, M.Nolen 3+1reb
Rockhampton: L.Christensen 26+4reb+5ast, D.Wagner 24+1reb+9ast, T.Young 14+4reb+4ast, D.Watt 10+1reb+13ast, J.Mitchell 9+5reb+7ast, D.Christensen 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541514


Suncoast PC - Gold Coast R. 76-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Rollers (2-2) beat bottom-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (0-2) in Cotton Tree 89-76 on Sunday. Rollers made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Maroochydore Clippers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Shaun Gleeson (189-86) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Matthew Kenyon (195-98) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard CJ Massingale (191-82, college: Metro St.) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Maroochydore Clippers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maroochydore Clippers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rollers moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Maroochydore Clippers still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Suncoast PC: M.Kenyon 18+5reb+5ast, I.Baldwin 15+10reb, C.Massingale 14+6reb+7ast, B.Hogan 13+4reb+2ast, T.Zaremba 8+4reb, M.Donaldson 6+5reb+1ast
Gold Coast R.: T.Craig 27+10reb+1ast, S.Gleeson 24+7reb+4ast, D.Sullivan 13+10reb, D.Vale 10+1reb, S.McGregor 7+1ast, T.Cameron 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541521


Brisbane S. - Cairns M. 74-96

Very expected game when 7th ranked Brisbane Spartans (1-2) were smashed at home by second ranked Cairns Marlins (3-1) 96-74 on Sunday. Cairns Marlins made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Brisbane Spartans turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Brisbane Spartans were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jarrad Weeks (185-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Five Cairns Marlins players scored in double figures. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mitch Philp (184-89) added 17 points and 8 assists in the effort for Brisbane Spartans. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Cairns Marlins went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Brisbane Spartans dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: A.Gibson 17+5reb+5ast, M.Philp 17+1reb+8ast, T.Jervis 13+9reb, R.Jeffries 8+3reb+1ast, D.Quigley 8+2reb+2ast, G.Scott 6+5reb
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 24+4reb+3ast, A.Loughton 21+5reb+3ast, J.Weeks 20+6reb+6ast, A.Fisher 15+9reb+2ast, T.Jackson 11+10reb+5ast, M.Demertze 2+1reb
gschID: 541522


SW Metro P. - Gold Coast R. 92-95

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Rollers (2-2) edged bottom-ranked South West Metro Pirates (0-3) in Runcorn 95-92 on Saturday. Strangely South West Metro Pirates outrebounded Rollers 49-28 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Devon Sullivan (201-86, college: S.Connecticut) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sullivan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jake Allen (193, college: Avila) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for South West Metro Pirates. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rollers moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser South West Metro Pirates still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
SW Metro P.: J.Allen 25+5reb, T.McGrew 21+16reb+4ast, R.Vines 19+3reb+4ast, V.Williams Jr. 13+3reb+4ast, T.Harrison 9+12reb, T.Machado 5
Gold Coast R.: T.Craig 42+12reb+4ast, D.Sullivan 19+8reb+1ast, D.Vale 17+3reb+4ast, S.Gleeson 10+2reb+3ast, L.Frankland 3, J.Patton Croker 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541517


Logan T. - Sunshine CR 84-98

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Logan T. (0-3) lost to leader Sunshine CR (2-0) in Loganholme 84-98 on Saturday. Sunshine CR made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Logan T. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Isaih Tueta (187-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Lance Hurdle (188-87, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Sunshine CR's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Michael Cedar (190-86) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Logan T.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sunshine CR moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Logan T. still closes the standings with three games lost. Sunshine CR will have a break next round. Logan T. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ipswich Force (#2) in Booval and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: M.Young 24+10reb+4ast, S.Carroll 13+1reb+1ast, C.Salecich 12+3reb+3ast, T.Ammar 11+2reb+1ast, S.Johns 10+3reb+6ast, M.Cedar 10+8reb+4ast
Sunshine CR: I.Tueta 28+8reb+4ast, L.Hurdle 21+5reb+5ast, Z.Meehl 19+5reb+2ast, J.Tueta 12+7reb+2ast, R.Sutton 10+3reb+1ast, L.Ilton 4+5reb
gschID: 541516


Mackay M. - Townsville H. 99-86

Everything went according to plan when leader Mackay Meteors (2-0) defeated at home 8th ranked Townsville Heat (1-2) 99-86 on Saturday. Mackay Meteors looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. The former international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) contributed with 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Townsville Heat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mackay Meteors moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Townsville Heat dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Townsville H.: J.Baker 30+11reb+1ast, J.Wilcher 16+4reb+7ast, J.Anderson 15+6reb+4ast, P.Crawford 15+4reb+5ast, B.McCully 4+2reb, M.Rees 4+5reb
Mackay M.: C.Tragardh 25+9reb+3ast, S.Bruce 22+13reb+12ast, L.Walker 20+12reb+4ast, C.Cedar 19+5reb+2ast, M.Gamblin 7+1reb, L.Blicavs 2+5reb
gschID: 541518


Ipswich F. - Rockhampton 114-106

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Rockhampton Rockets' (2-2) road loss to leader Ipswich Force (3-0) in Booval 106-114 on Saturday. American guard James Legan (190-87, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Kyle Harvey (196-91, college: Williams Baptist) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Worth to mention Harvey played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Ipswich Force's coach Mick Conlon used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Swingman James Mitchell (195-91) answered with 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Canadian forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC) added 26 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rockhampton Rockets. Five Ipswich Force and four Rockhampton Rockets players scored in double figures. Ipswich Force moved-up to second place in League. Loser Rockhampton Rockets dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Ipswich Force will face Logan T. (#13) in Loganholme in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Rockhampton: J.Mitchell 34+9reb+7ast, D.Wagner 26+5reb+3ast, D.Watt 15+12reb+3ast, T.Young 14+2reb+2ast, L.Christensen 7+4reb+3ast, J.Blanchard 6+2reb+1ast
Ipswich F.: J.Legan 28+8reb+2ast, K.Harvey 20+5reb, J.Derksen 18+3reb, J.Eustace 16+3reb+2ast, B.Wilson 14+5reb+4ast, L.Shelley 9+4ast
gschID: 541520


Brisbane C. - Cairns M. 98-92

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Cairns Marlins (3-1) on the court of leader Brisbane Capitals on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Brisbane Capitals 98-92. It was a key game for the top position in League. Brisbane Capitals forced 21 Cairns Marlins turnovers. Strangely Cairns Marlins outrebounded Brisbane Capitals 52-29 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. American-Nigerian guard Princeton Onwas (198-93, college: San Jose St.) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cairns Marlins. Five Cairns Marlins players scored in double figures. Brisbane Capitals maintains first place in League with 3-0 record. Cairns Marlins at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cairns M.: A.Loughton 24+14reb+1ast, D.Heuir 22+8reb+3ast, J.Weeks 18+5reb+7ast, T.Jackson 13+6reb+6ast, A.Fisher 11+11reb+2ast, M.Mulligan 4+4reb+4ast
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 33+6reb+3ast, P.Onwas 24+7reb+1ast, J.Davis 19+6ast, D.Rychart 9+10reb+4ast, S.Windsor 8+4reb+6ast, A.Kopcikas 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 541519


SBL
Kalamunda E.S. - Joondalup Wolves 82-104

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Wanneroo (8-1) crushed 13th ranked Suns (3-11) in Kalamunda 104-82 on Saturday. Wanneroo forced 19 Suns turnovers and outrebounded them 52-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. Suns were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Robert Huntington (203, college: Nova SE) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Filipino guard Sebestian Salinas (190-85) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Rob Brandenberg (188-92, college: VCU) added 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Suns. Five Wanneroo and four Suns 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. Wanneroo moved-up to third place in League. Loser Suns keep the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Wanneroo will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Suns will play at home against Cougars (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 20+6reb+6ast, R.Brandenberg 15+10reb+5ast, B.Pass 14+1reb+1ast, B.Grey 10+3reb, K.Horn 9+2reb+2ast, N.Drown 4+1reb
Joondalup Wolves: R.Huntington 23+7reb, R.Maxwell 15+4reb+2ast, T.Iliadis 13+2reb+5ast, S.Salinas 13+9reb+3ast, B.Ironmonger 10+1reb+3ast, S.Easther 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 541693


Mandurah M. - Rockingham F. 93-97

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Magic (1-9) lost to twelfth ranked Flames (4-8) in Mandurah 93-97 on Saturday. Magic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Flames players scored in double figures. Flames' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) answered with 25 points and swingman Ricky Kreklow (201-92, college: Creighton) added 23 points and 6 steals in the effort for Magic. Flames moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Flames will face higher ranked Hawks (#8) in Floreat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Magic will play at home against the league's second-placed Buccaneers (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 25+4reb+3ast, R.Kreklow 23+4reb+2ast, T.Mullenax 17+8reb+1ast, C.Simpson 9+2reb+1ast, D.Ballantyne 7+1ast, F.Klasztorny 4+4reb+2ast
Rockingham F.: D.Jack 20+7reb+1ast, R.Godfrey 18+4reb+1ast, V.Zollo 18+7reb+2ast, D.Kernich-Drew 16+5reb+3ast, J.Griffin 11+4reb+3ast, B.Samuelson 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541690


Geraldton B. - Perth R. 117-113

Everything could happen in Wonthella at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Buccaneers and second-ranked Redbacks had identical 8-2 record. This time Buccaneers used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Northbridge 117-113 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. Buccaneers made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game. Buccaneers outrebounded Redbacks 46-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. Redbacks were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Guard Jackson Hussey (190-92, college: Pikeville) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Benjamin Smith (192-89) added 29 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Redbacks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Redbacks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Buccaneers (9-2) moved-up to second place in League. Loser Redbacks dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Buccaneers will face Magic (#14) in Mandurah in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Redbacks will play on the road against Lightning (#5) in North Lake and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: S.Redhage 40+12reb+5ast, B.Smith 29+5reb+2ast, J.Wagner 16+2reb+10ast, M.Vigor 12+5reb+2ast, D.Mawein 6+4reb, R.Chappell 5+2reb
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 42+16reb+1ast, J.Hussey 27+10reb+11ast, M.Hancock 13+2reb+2ast, J.Paringatai 11+1reb+1ast, A.Ducas 9+3reb, A.Ralph 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541694


Goldfields G. - Willetton T. 77-89

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Giants (3-7) lost to first ranked Tigers (9-2) in Kalgoorlie 77-89 on Saturday. Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tigers' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds and forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) added 19 points in the effort for Giants. Tigers maintains first place in League with 9-2 record. Loser Giants dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Tigers will face Wanneroo (#3) in Joondalup in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Giants will play at home against Eagles (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 29+6reb+1ast, J.Pillard 19+4reb+2ast, M.Exell 9+8reb+1ast, J.Reid 6+6reb+2ast, D.Goodluck 5+2reb+5ast, D.Forlano 5+1ast
Willetton T.: R.Turner 33+16reb+4ast, J.Bowie 23+7reb+2ast, N.Cody 13+4reb, A.Black 7+1reb+3ast, L.Evans 6+1ast, H.Noordhoek 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541695


East Perth E. - Perry Lakes H. 95-77

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Eagles (6-6) defeated 6th ranked Hawks (5-6) in Morley 95-77 on Saturday. Eagles forced 21 Hawks turnovers. Hawks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Mason Bragg (182-93) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Eagles players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ben Purser (201-90, college: Augusta) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Eagles moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Hawks dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Eagles will face Giants (#12) in Kalgoorlie in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hawks will play at home against Flames (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: B.Purser 23+6reb+7ast, B.Carlwell 21+10reb, R.Waters 12+5reb+2ast, R.Smith 9+3reb+1ast, J.Simkovic 4+1reb, R.Cassir 3+8reb+3ast
East Perth E.: K.Davis 27+11reb+2ast, M.Bragg 23+3ast, D.Williamson 18+3reb+4ast, D.Tawhiti 16+4reb, A.Murphy 6+8reb+2ast, A.Donlagic 5+2ast
gschID: 541692


SW Slammers - Cockburn C. 92-69

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Cougars (5-7) were outleveled by ninth ranked Slammers (5-4) in Bunbury 92-69 on Saturday. Slammers outrebounded Cougars 47-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 5 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. American guard Michael Lay (180-83, college: Concordia, OR) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Slammers players scored in double figures. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Rhett Della-Maddalena (200-81) added 14 points in the effort for Cougars. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Slammers moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Cougars dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Slammers will face league's second-placed Buccaneers in Wonthella in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cougars will play on the road against Suns (#13) in Kalamunda and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 16+6reb, R.Della Maddalena 14+4reb, S.Chan 10+3reb+3ast, L.Cummings 8+3reb+1ast, G.Field 8+3reb+7ast, D.Thomas 6+1reb+3ast
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 23+1reb+5ast, M.Lay 21+6reb+2ast, C.Weeden 17+7reb, C.Douglas 10+11reb, T.Durnin 8+2reb, T.Puot 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541691


Rockingham F. - East Perth E. 67-64

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Flames (4-8) edged higher ranked Eagles (6-6) in Rockingham 67-64 on Friday. Flames made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Eagles turnovers. American forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Dexter Kernich-Drew (201-91, college: Washington St.) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) answered with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Eagles. Flames moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Eagles dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Flames will face higher ranked Hawks (#8) in Floreat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: D.Williamson 18+5reb+5ast, K.Davis 18+9reb+1ast, M.Bragg 14+6reb+3ast, N.Manyang 6, D.Tawhiti 4+3reb, C.Easley 3+5reb+3ast
Rockingham F.: V.Zollo 21+8reb+3ast, D.Kernich-Drew 12+6reb, R.Godfrey 11+1reb+3ast, D.Jack 8+7reb+3ast, B.Samuelson 7+1reb+3ast, M.Honey 3
gschID: 541689


Perry Lakes H. - Mandurah M. 84-76

Very expected game when 14th ranked Magic (1-9) lost to sixth ranked Hawks (5-6) in Floreat 76-84 on Friday. Hawks outrebounded Magic 44-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Magic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Ryan Smith (192-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. American forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) answered with 21 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Magic. Magic's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Hawks went down to eighth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth place with nine games lost. Hawks will face Flames (#11) in Rockingham in the next round. Magic will play at home against the league's second-placed Buccaneers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 21+4reb+1ast, W.McNeill 13+5reb+2ast, C.Curtis 9+1reb+1ast, A.Bowman 8+1reb+5ast, P.Ruot 6+4reb+2ast, T.Remmerswaal 5
Perry Lakes H.: R.Smith 24+9reb+4ast, R.Waters 18+2reb+3ast, B.Carlwell 18+11reb+1ast, B.Purser 15+8reb+7ast, J.Simkovic 9+6reb+2ast, J.Hickert 0+2reb
gschID: 541687


Lakeside L. - Stirling S. 78-76

Important game to mention about took place in North Lake. Fifth ranked Lightning (6-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Stirling S. (4-5) 78-76 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for American guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) helped adding 20 points and 14 rebounds. Lightning's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) responded with 30 points and 8 rebounds and American center Andrew Naymick (209-85, college: Michigan St.) scored 6 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Lightning maintains fifth place in League with 6-5 record. Stirling S. at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Lightning will play against higher ranked Redbacks (#4) in Northbridge in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stirling S. will play at home against Magic (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stirling S.: R.Vague 30+8reb, A.Bruton 8+1ast, C.Ellis 7+7reb+1ast, J.Coburn 6+4ast, A.Naymick 6+20reb+4ast, T.Witts 6+1reb+2ast
Lakeside L.: D.Atkinson 26+5reb+8ast, J.Padgett 20+14reb+2ast, D.Morgan 11+4reb+1ast, C.Shervill 9+7reb+2ast, M.Vinci 3+2reb+2ast, M.Garbellini 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541688


SEABL
Canberra G. - Hobart C. 77-91

Very predictable result when second ranked Chargers (7-2) won against bottom-ranked Canberra Gunners (0-8) in Belconnen 91-77 on Saturday. Canberra Gunners were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Tom Garlepp (203-86, college: UCSB) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Chargers players scored in double figures. Guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Iain Morison (206-95, college: St.Francis, IL) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Canberra Gunners. Chargers maintains second place in League with 7-2 record having just three points less than leader Sydney Comets. Loser Canberra Gunners still closes the standings with eight games lost. Chargers will face Dandenong Rangers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Canberra Gunners will play against Bandits (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Canberra G.: I.Morison 15+6reb+1ast, D.Joyce 15+5reb+6ast, B.Doran 5+6reb+1ast, B.Allen 5+10reb+1ast, B.Kearins 4+2ast, N.Brown 2+1ast
Hobart C.: M.Muo 26+7reb, T.Garlepp 20+2reb+2ast, B.Radcliffe 12+2reb+1ast, T.Masunda 11+2reb+6ast, R.Heyer 9+5reb+1ast, C.Whitehead 6+2ast
gschID: 541831


BA CoE - Hobart C. 86-97

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked BA CoE (1-5) lost at home to second ranked Chargers (7-2) 97-86 on Friday. Chargers made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. BA CoE was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized South Sudanese swingman Mathiang Muo (196-87, college: Charleston So.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Tom Garlepp (203-86, college: UCSB) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Chargers players scored in double figures. Guard Kyle Zunic (184-99) answered with 22 points and power forward Lat Mayen Nai (203-98) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BA CoE. BA CoE's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Chargers maintains second place in League with 7-2 record having just three points less than leader Sydney Comets. Loser BA CoE keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Chargers will face Dandenong Rangers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BA CoE will play against Bandits (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: K.Zunic 22+3reb+3ast, L.Mayen Nai 17+8reb+3ast, S.Froling 13+3reb+1ast, T. Wigness 8+2reb, M. Johns 7+5reb+2ast, A.Mudronja 6+4reb+3ast
Hobart C.: M.Muo 35+6reb+2ast, T.Garlepp 21+11reb+3ast, L.Thomas 14+7reb+3ast, C.Whitehead 13+7reb+3ast, R.Heyer 8+7reb+1ast, T.Masunda 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541829


Bendigo B. - Mt Gambier 92-71

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (8-1) against fourth ranked Bendigo Braves (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Mount Gambier Pioneers were crushed by Bendigo Braves in Bendigo 92-71. Bendigo Braves outrebounded Mount Gambier Pioneers 45-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Dyami Starks (188-92, college: Bryant) who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward C.J. Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bendigo Braves' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and John Jones added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bendigo Braves maintains fourth place in League with 5-6 record. Mount Gambier Pioneers at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Bendigo Braves' next round opponent will be league's leader Spectres in East Burwood and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mount Gambier Pioneers will play at home against Frankston Blues and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: B.Hill 16+5reb+2ast, J.Jones 9+8reb, T.Daly 9+2reb+1ast, D.Alexander 9+4reb, J.Madgen 7+4reb+3ast, L.Jamieson 7+4reb+2ast
Bendigo B.: D.Starks 32+6reb+1ast, C.Aiken 23+14reb, A.Doyle 14+3reb+5ast, C.Adkins 6+6reb+1ast, M.Andronicos 5+5reb+1ast, J.Cowling 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 546384


Frankston - Geelong S. 77-101

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Geelong Supercats (6-3) outplayed 8th ranked Frankston Blues (1-8) in Seaford 101-77 on Saturday. Geelong Supercats had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Frankston Blues' players. The former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). Power forward Ma'Alo Hicks (201-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Bennie Lewis (203-87, college: Benedict) added 15 points in the effort for Frankston Blues. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Geelong Supercats moved-up to second place in League. Loser Frankston Blues keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Bendigo Braves (#4) at home in the next round. Frankston Blues will play against Tigers (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Frankston: A.Francis 20+10reb+2ast, B.Lewis 15+3reb+3ast, J.Macaulay 14+4reb+1ast, T.Lloyd 12+5reb+1ast, N.Buss 6+3reb, M.Gaze 5+1reb
Geelong S.: N.Herbert 34+4reb+2ast, J.Medved 21+2reb+2ast, M.Hicks 13+11reb+1ast, E.Gaff 10+4reb+5ast, D.Gatlin 9+8reb+4ast, L.McInerney 6+4reb
gschID: 546385


Albury W.B. - Dandenong R. 74-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Bandits' (4-5) home loss to fourth ranked Dandenong Rangers (6-4) in Albury 74-90 on Saturday. Strangely Bandits outrebounded Dandenong Rangers 43-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Joshua Oswald (201-94, college: Emporia St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and New Zealand forward Mitchell Newton (200-95) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Bandits. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dandenong Rangers moved-up to third place in League. Loser Bandits keep the fifth position with five games lost. Dandenong Rangers will face NW Tasmania Thunder (#6) in Ulverstone in the next round. Bandits will play against BA CoE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: M.Newton 18+9reb+2ast, T.Robinson 18+15reb+3ast, D.George 14+6reb+3ast, J.Terrell 13+4reb+1ast, D.Harding 10+4reb+1ast, J.Spear 1+2reb+2ast
Dandenong R.: J.Oswald 24+4reb+2ast, C.Orr 17+7reb+2ast, T.Lang 13+3reb, L.Barker 11+4reb+5ast, B.McElroy 11+7reb+1ast, J.Page 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541833


Melbourne T. - NW Tasmania 65-107

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (3-6) crushed 6th ranked Tigers (3-5) in Melbourne 107-65 on Saturday. They outrebounded Tigers 37-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) contributed with 29 points for the winners. James Todd answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ben Dixon (184-93) added 13 points in the effort for Tigers. Five NW Tasmania Thunder and four Tigers players scored in double figures. NW Tasmania Thunder maintains sixth place in League with 3-6 record which they share with defeated Tigers. Loser Tigers keep the sixth position with five games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face higher ranked Dandenong Rangers (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: B.Dixon 13+3reb, X.Wang 11+1reb, J.Todd 11+9reb+2ast, S.Sykes 10+3reb+1ast, N.Tomlinson 6+2reb+2ast, T.Wilson 5+3reb+4ast
NW Tasmania: D.Sepokas 29+2reb+1ast, J.Ingram 27+8reb+2ast, A.Starks 14+2reb+2ast, B.Richmond 12+4reb+1ast, C.Pal 11+11reb, B.Simpson 11+5reb
gschID: 546383


Nunawading S. - Ballarat M. 92-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Ballarat Miners' (5-3) road loss to first ranked Spectres (9-1) in East Burwood 82-92 on Saturday. Power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Sam McDonald (-84) contributed with 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Davon Usher (198-92, college: Delaware) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ballarat Miners. Four Spectres and five Ballarat Miners players scored in double figures. Spectres maintains first place in League with 9-1 record. Loser Ballarat Miners dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Spectres will face Bendigo Braves (#4) on the road in the next round. Ballarat Miners will play against Kilsyth Cobras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: P.Hooley 18+4ast, A.Constable 15+2reb+1ast, C.Moller 13+10reb, M.King-Davis 12+10reb, D.Usher 11+11reb+3ast, S.Short 9+1reb+4ast
Nunawading S.: S.McDonald 26+2reb+4ast, A.Steel 21+8reb, S.Conn 20+15reb+2ast, D.Swetalla 14+6reb+5ast, C. Hronopoulos 9+2reb+4ast, D.King-Hawea 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 541832


Sandringham S. - Kilsyth C. 89-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kilsyth Cobras (5-5) against fifth ranked Sabres (4-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Kilsyth Cobras were defeated by Sabres in Cheltenham 89-72. The former international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-92, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Sabres players scored in double figures. American guard Nelson Kirksey (190-89, college: UMKC) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Auryn MacMillan (204-87, college: Gardner-Webb) added 12 points in the effort for Kilsyth Cobras. Kilsyth Cobras' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sabres maintains fifth place in League with 4-5 record. Loser Kilsyth Cobras keep the third position with five games lost. Sabres will face league's leader Spectres in East Burwood in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kilsyth Cobras will play on the road against Ballarat Miners in Wendouree and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: N.Kirksey 17+5reb+1ast, G.Hadley 13, A.MacMillan 12+2reb+2ast, C.Patton 8+6reb+1ast, K.Murphy 5+1reb+1ast, O.Odigie 4+3reb+3ast
Sandringham S.: I.Hadziomerovic 21+5reb+5ast, J.Evans 19+7reb+2ast, J.Batish 15+3reb+1ast, A.Macdonald 12+1reb+2ast, E.O'Day 9+11reb+2ast, N.Crosswell 8+5ast
gschID: 541830


Waratah
Sydney Comets - Illawarra H. 78-67

Very predictable result when first ranked Sydney City Comets (9-1) won against 8th ranked Hawks (3-6) in Alexandria 78-67 on Saturday. Sydney City Comets dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 26. Sydney City Comets forced 21 Hawks turnovers. Naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American forward Luke Overs (198, college: Nicholls St.) contributed with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Keelan Ward answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Lachlan Dent (184-0) added 21 points in the effort for Hawks. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Sydney City Comets maintains first place in League with 9-1 record. Loser Hawks dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Sydney City Comets will face Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#5) in Narrabeen in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Sutherland Sharks (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Illawarra H.: L.Dent 21+1ast, K.Ward 15+5reb+5ast, S.Mullan 14+6reb+1ast, A.Beagley 7+8reb+3ast, J.Sorenson 5+8reb+3ast, K.Corbyn 2+3reb
Sydney Comets: I.Faithfull 20+1reb+5ast, W.McPhee 11+2reb+2ast, S.Hyman 10+2reb, L.Overs 8+11reb+6ast, T.Dawson 7+4reb+2ast, A.Cabrera 6+2reb
gschID: 539479


Cent.Coast C. - Maitland M. 94-89

There was an upset when second-ranked Maitland Mustangs (7-3) lost to seventh ranked Crusaders (5-5) in Terrigal 89-94 on Saturday. Crusaders forced 23 Maitland Mustangs turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Matthew Bateup orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Crusaders players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and Terrell Turner added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Maitland Mustangs. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Crusaders moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Maitland Mustangs dropped to the third position with three games lost. Crusaders will face Hills Hornets (#7) in Baulkham Hills in the next round. Maitland Mustangs will play at home against the league's second-placed Spiders (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 33+16reb, D.Millburn 17+1reb+2ast, P.Danet 9+2reb+3ast, T.Cantor 9+2reb, T.Turner 9+8reb+6ast, J.Clifford 4+1reb+3ast
Cent.Coast C.: M.Rueter 17+5reb+4ast, T.Akamarmoi 16+4reb+2ast, M.Bateup 14+9reb+6ast, J.Trustum 11+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 11+6reb+2ast, S.Mackay 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 539478


Manly Warr. - Newcastle H. 87-79

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (6-4) defeated 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-9) in Narrabeen 87-79 on Saturday. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Cale Bulgin contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' coach let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Jacob Foy answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Joel Rauch added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Newcastle Hunters. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and five Newcastle Hunters players scored in double figures. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles maintains fifth place in League with 6-4 record. Loser Newcastle Hunters keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face league's leader Sydney City Comets in Alexandria in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: J.Foy 17+5reb+3ast, J.Rauch 16+6reb+1ast, D.Suttle 13+5reb+2ast, L.Jackson 11+7reb+1ast, M.Wilson 11+3reb+3ast, B.Hawkesley 5+3reb+1ast
Manly Warr.: C.Bulgin 20+6reb+3ast, S.Blaszczynski 19+17reb+3ast, K.Painter 14+1reb+1ast, C.Wilks 12+5reb, L.Cooper 8+5reb+7ast, S.Bresnik 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539477


Hornsby S. - Sutherland S. 72-64

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-9) lost to third ranked Spiders (7-3) in Hornsby 64-72 on Saturday. Spiders outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 52-32 including a 38-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Daniel Moser orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Joshua Chapman contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Robert Simonovski answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Daniel Richardson (192-75) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sutherland Sharks. Sutherland Sharks' coach tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Spiders moved-up to second place in League. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Spiders will face Maitland Mustangs (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sutherland Sharks will play against Hawks (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: P.Williamson 15, R.Simonovski 14+6reb, D.Richardson 6+7reb+3ast, J.Wilson 5+3reb, E.Laudato 5+1reb+1ast, B.Musulin 5+5reb+5ast
Hornsby S.: D.Moser 21+8reb+2ast, N.Cleur 17+2reb+1ast, J.Chapman 13+10reb+2ast, D.Emery 7+8reb+3ast, K.Brefo 6+11reb+1ast, H.Forde 4+3reb
gschID: 539476


Hills H. - Bankstown B. 86-99

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Bankstown Bruins (6-3) beat 6th ranked Hills Hornets (5-6) in Baulkham Hills 99-86 on Saturday. Bankstown Bruins made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hills Hornets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 assists. Forward Nic Pozoglou (196, agency: MKP Management) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Bankstown Bruins players scored in double figures. Naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and David Hayman added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hills Hornets. Hills Hornets' coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bankstown Bruins maintains fourth place in League with 6-3 record. Loser Hills Hornets dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Bankstown Bruins will face Norths Soul Sports Bears (#8) in Crows Nest in the next round. Hills Hornets will play at home against Crusaders and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 28+6reb+3ast, D.Hayman 15+4reb+4ast, G.Veg 12+5reb+4ast, J.Strong 7+1reb+2ast, E.Duselis 6+4reb+6ast, L.Urwin 6+2reb+1ast
Bankstown B.: S.Markovic 32+2reb+10ast, N.Pozoglou 19+8reb+7ast, R.Morgan 14+2reb+2ast, G.Anticevich 12+6reb+2ast, P.Cvjeticanin 10+5reb, S.Gavrilovic 5+6reb
gschID: 539480





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama clinch semi-final spot in 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA punched their semi-final tickets last night while Al Ahli bowed out from further title contention in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship, being held in Bahrain. National champions Manama survived a late collapse to escape with a narrow 100-98 victory over Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad. Fellow-Bahrainis Al Ahli, meanwhile, battled hard but came up short in the end against Qatari outfit Al Rayyan 81-89. In yesterday's other knockout contests, defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE humiliated Al Etifaq of Oman 108-47 to advance to the final four. Joining them were another Emirati squad in Al Shabab, who were made to sweat by an inspired Al Sadd of Qatar in a 98-93 win. In tomorrow's semi-finals, Manama will battle Ahli of the UAE while Rayyan take on Al Shabab. In Manama's victory last night, the hosts survived a late rally by Ittihad to come away with the two-point win. Hussain Mohammed (PG) stepped up big when his team needed him the most. He scored the Bahrainis' final five points in the game, all of which came from the charity stripe. He also led the team with 27 points including five three-pointers. Versatile forward Mohammed Quwayed chipped in with 21 markers off the bench. Maytham Jameel added 12 points including six rebounds and six assists, Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby finished with 10 points. Americans Joshua Dollard and Quintrell Thomas scored 32 and 24 points respectively to lead Ittihad, who nearly completed a stunning comeback after outscoring Manama by 14 points in the final quarter.
In Ahli's defeat, the Bahrainis trailed for much of the contest. They were ignited in the second half by the energy of lightning-quick guard Jassim Abul, and, behind the leadership of Hussain Shaker and Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), made one valiant push towards the end. Sabah Hussain scored on a fast-break lay-up to bring Ahli to within one, 81-82, with just two-and-a-half-minutes remaining, but that was as close as they got as Rayyan's Mohamed Harat and Mohamed Abdelkawy made key baskets to keep Rayyan afloat before pulling away for the victory. Shaker and Brezec finished with 23 points apiece. Shaker also had 12 assists while Brezec pulled down 13 rebounds. Hussain chipped in with 14 while Sayed Kadhem Majed had 12. Harat led Rayyan with 31 points and 18 rebounds. Abdelkawry finished with 21.
Elsewhere, Al Ahli of the UAE were unforgiving in their 61-point demolition of Etifaq. They opened the game scoring 40 points in the first quarter while only allowing a measly three points from their rivals. They cruised the rest of the way, enjoying leads as big as 68 points. Sam Young (198-F/G-85, college: Pittsburgh) led all scorers with 29 points, while Mitchell Watt added 28. Both American professionals had three triples in the game, while Watt took down 14 rebounds. American-Nigerian professional Robert Anshila paced Etifaq with 13 points in the loss.
In Al Shabab's win, the UAE side needed some late heroics from Rashed Alzaabi to get their result. After Faisal Abuissa made a triple to give Sadd a 91-89 lead, Alzaabi took over and scored Shabab's final nine points. Alzaabi finished the game with 36 points. Jassim Haji added 22 for Shabab while Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) had an impressive all-around performance of 21 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Greek professional Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead Sadd. American Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in with 22 points. Both fouled out late in the fourth quarter, leaving Sadd with just three players on the floor for the closing moments of the game.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.4 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk17.8 
 4. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.1 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.6 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.6 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.14.8 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.2 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.2 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.5 
 5. Chumakov, Prine.8.5 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 9. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.9 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.2 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.6 
 7. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.5 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
 10. Suvorov, Prine.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.4 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Zahar, Impuls B.1.9 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 8. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 9. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.7 
 10. Svakel, Prinemanye1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Grigoriy KRUK
  Grodno-93
  (181-PG-98)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 4. Porolev, Tsmoki II0.0 
 5. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Pishchulenok, Vitebsk0.0 
 7. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 8. Pankratovic, Impuls B.0.0 
 9. Koval, GO.0.0 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk0.0 


Tsmoki-Minsk claim ninth straight League title - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki-Minsk celebrated the ninth consecutive Premier League trophy. They edged Grodno-93 86:79 at home court to complete the sweep of the championship series. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. The centre was trumped the MVP.
Tsmoki-Minsk recorded a 21:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They went on a 20:7 run in the second period to open a comfortable 15-point halftime advantage. Tsmoki-Minsk maintained the cushion throughout the third quarter. They entered the final period up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the triumph. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-SG-80) accounted for 15 points, while Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) contributed 12 points for the champions. Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) responded with 14 points for Grodno-93. Timofei Evsievich (197-F/G-95) and Kiryl Sitnik (190-G-89) had 9 points each in the loss.



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Clark, Antwerp16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar14.9 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.5 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.4 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 8. Channels, Kango.14.1 
 9. Badji, Kangoeroes13.7 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels7.0 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Simmons, Brussels6.1 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.9 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.4 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 3. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.2 
 10. Swing, Limburg United1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 8. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.6 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.6 


Recap of Euromillions League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Brussels - Limburg United 70-75

Limburg United upset Brussels on the road in the opener. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Daniel Jansen (206-94, college: Augustana, SD) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Limburg United's coach Thomas Roijakkers used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Guy Muya (193-83) added 20 points in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: W.Boss Mukubu 16+7reb+2ast, D.Jansen 15+1reb+2ast, J.Anderson 11+2ast, B.Simons 7+3reb, Y.Desiron 6+2reb+1ast, H.Vanwijn 6+2reb+2ast
Brussels: G.Muya 20+3reb, D.Loubry 13+2reb+3ast, B.Ubel 13+12reb+3ast, J.Simmons 7+5reb, A.Peciukevicius 5+3reb+4ast, C.Dowe 4+10reb+4ast
gschID: 546710


Antwerp - Mons-Hainaut 73-61

Antwerp rolled past Mons-Hainaut for 1-0 lead. Antwerp Giants players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) responded with 24 points and Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: G.Ware 14+8reb+2ast, D.Conger 13+6reb+1ast, K.Punter 11+2reb+4ast, D.Marchant 9+2reb+1ast, R.Anderson 9+9reb+4ast, M.Smith 8+3reb+5ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 24+2reb, A.Olah 10+9reb+1ast, A.Gorgemans 8+4reb, J.Cage 6+2ast, G.Green 5+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 546709


Aalstar - Spirou 78-68

Aalstar outgunned Spirou to surge ahead in the quarterfinals. Okapi Aalstar made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Spirou Charleroi 44-30 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Spirou Charleroi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 19 points and the former international point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 21+1ast, Y.Barrueta 17+10reb+1ast, V.Taylor 14+7reb+3ast, B.Amis 8+10reb+2ast, S.Blair 7+7reb+1ast, N.El Khounchar 6+3reb+2ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 19+1reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 13+5reb+2ast, M.Fusek 8+7reb+2ast, A.Libert 7+3reb+5ast, L.Schwartz 5+3reb+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 4+2reb
gschID: 546708


Oostende - Kangoeroes 73-62

Oostende fired past Kangoeroes in Game 1. Oostende outrebounded Kangoeroes 38-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 19 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) scored 11 points. Four Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Kangoeroes' coach Daniel Goethals rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 19+3reb+4ast, C.Walden 15+3ast, R.Katic 10+4reb+2ast, K.Boukichou 8+2reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+8reb, D.Newbill 8+7reb
Kangoeroes: W.Channels 21+10reb+5ast, A.Chada 11, T.Henry 11+4reb, I.Williams 10+1reb+3ast, R.Oveneke 3+4reb, X.Francois 2+2reb
gschID: 546707





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  


RETAbet Bilbao Basket adds Fischer to their roster, ex Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 26-year old Brazilian international point guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91). He moved there from Flamengo in Brazilian NBB league where he played this season. In 21 games he recorded 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.7apg. The last season Fischer played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB). In 24 games he averaged 10.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.1apg (top 3). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 2nd Team.
He played in the final of Liga Americas in 2016.
Fischer also represented Brazil at the FIBA Americas in Mexico two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg.
Fischer's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. Fischer has played previously professionally also in Switzerland (Martigny, MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket and Rh.Herens) and Brazil (Hebraica and Sao Jose/Vinac).
On Fischer: Rare and true amazing basketball talent at the point guard position ... excellent court awarness ... sees plays before getting ball in his hands, thus he has great anticipation and becomes very hard to guard ... excellent long range shooter and driver for his age ... seems to always know what to do and quickly picks systems and plays up ... competitive and hard nosed ... defensively does not back down to anyone, likes to play defense ... shows toughness against older and more mature players ... will grow into an excellent player and his overall talent is very high ... moves well, is rapid and has quick feet with good body control ... good handles ... can create his shot and creates well for others ... fast and dangerous in the open court.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 2. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 3. Shelton, Rilski18.9 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.2 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.2 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.8 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Bozov, Rilski16.3 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.6 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.6 
 6. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski8.1 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.9 
 10. Daniels, Balkan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.2 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.4 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.3 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.2 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Jones, Beroe1.8 
 6. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.8 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 8. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.5 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 


NBL Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Lukoil Academik join Beroe in title series - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 80-76

Lukoil held off visiting Rilski in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. The best player for the winners was American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) who scored 28 points and 5 assists. American center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) produced 21 points and 4 assists and American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 28+3reb+5ast, S.Zack 14+13reb+1ast, M.Korniyenko 13+9reb, H.Zahariev 10+3reb+2ast, B.Avramov 6+3reb+7ast, D.Dimitrov 5+1reb+1ast
Rilski: Y.Bozov 21+4reb+4ast, D.Shelton 16+10reb+2ast, E.Bruinsma 16+9reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 12+6reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 6+2reb, N.Stoyanov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546844





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  CHILE  


Soles de Santo Domingo lands Dwight McCombs, ex CDE Talca - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) tabbed 28-year old American power forward Dwight McCombs (203-110kg-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones). He moved there from CDE Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional where he started the season. In 52 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 12.8rpg (#2 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.3bpg this season. McCombs helped them to win the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 1st Team and All-Imports Team. The last season he played also at Espanol de Talca (also in Liga Nacional). In 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.5ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg.
In 2013 (a year after he left the college) McCombs was drafted by Mississauga Power (NBL Canada) in second round (14th overall).
The former University of Central Florida staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball McCombs experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. McCombs has played previously professionally in Argentina (San Isidro), Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), Canada (London Lightning), ABL (Palm Beach Piranhas) and Ecuador (Juvenil).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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



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)



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  CHINA  


Anhui adds Johnson to their roster, ex Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Anhui Wenyi (NBL) added to their roster 32-year old American power forward Chris Johnson (210-107kg-85, college: LSU). He played last summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in April. In 29 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0bpg. The last season Johnson was tested by the Cavaliers in NBA.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Johnson was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended Louisiana State University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2010. He was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011.
Johnson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Johnson has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Turkey (Turk Telekom), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket and PGE Turow), China (Golden Bulls, Long Lions and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
The scouts decsribe him following way: a truly gifted and unique physical specimen who at 6'11 is as mobile and explosive as most SFs. Great motor on every possession combined with his length and explosiveness make Chris a tremendous shot-blocker, rebounder and defender. Skilled offensive player who excels with space on pick and pop, face up, slashing and put back possessions. A game changer on both ends of the floor!.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chinese National Team 2017 - by Dhruv

Chinese National Team 2017 (Red Team)
Abudushalamu Abudurexiti
Abudurexiti
Lin Chang
Chang
Yanyuhang Ding
Ding
Shuo Fang
Fang
Hao Fu
Fu

Abudurexiti Abudushalamu 203-SF-96 Xinjiang FT China

Chang Lin 206-F-88 Jiangsu D. China

Ding Yanyuhang 200-F-93 Shandong GS China

Fang Shuo 188-G-90 Beijing D. China

Fu Hao 206-C-97 Bayi R. China

Meng Lei 193-G-95 Bayi R. China

Li Jinglong 195-F-95 Guangsha L. China

Liu Zhixuan 193-G-91 Liaoning FL China

Meng Duo 192-G/F-90 Shenzhen L. China

Sui Ran 193-G-92 Shandong GS China

Wang Zhelin 215-PF-94 Fujian S. China

Wang Zhengbo 187-G-96 Xinjiang FT China

Wang Zirui 190-G-93 Xinjiang FT China

Yu Changdong 206-C-91 Xinjiang FT China

Yuan Shuai 190-PG-94 Shanxi BD China

Zhai Xiaochuan 205-F-93 Beijing D. China

Zhao JiWei 185-PG-95 Liaoning FL China

Zhao Rui 193-F-96 Guangdong ST China

Zhou Qi 217-C-96 Xinjiang FT China

Zhu Rongzhen 210-C-99 Shandong GS China

Zou Yuchen 203-F-96 Bayi R. China

Chinese National Team 2017 (Blue Team)
Linjian Chen
Chen
Jinming Cui
Cui
Shang Gao
Gao
QuAn Gu
Gu
Ailun Guo
Guo

Chen Linjian 198-F-93 Fujian S. China

Cui Jinming 193-G-92 Jilin NE T. China

Gao Shang 200-SF-94 Guangdong ST China

Gu QuAn 202-F-92 Shenzhen L. China

Guo Ailun 192-SF-93 Liaoning FL China

Han Dejun 215-C-89 Liaoning FL China

Hu Jinqiu 208-C-97 Guangsha L. China

Jia Cheng 207-C-91 Shandong GS China

Ju Mingxin 200-F/G-93 Guangzhou LL China

Kelanbaike Makan 197-F-92 Xinjiang FT China

Li Gen 196-F-88 Xinjiang FT China

Li JingYu 198-F-91 Shandong GS China

Li Muhao 218-C-92 Shenzhen L. China

Liu XiaoYu 191-G-89 Shanghai S. China

Ren JunFei 203-F/C-90 Guangdong ST China

Ren Junwei 203-F-90 Shanxi BD China

Tao HanLin 208-C-91 Shandong GS China

Wang Ruheng 191-G-90 Sichuan BW China

Yi Jianlian 212-PF-87 Guangdong ST China

Yu Dehao 188-G-95 Shenzhen L. China

Zhang Chengyu 193-G/F-89 Qingdao E. China

Zhao Yanhao 195-F-97 Guangsha L. China

Zhou Peng 210-F-89 Guangdong ST China



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Zoric, Cibona17.4 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Bilan, Cedevita8.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Sakic, Cibona7.0 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Zganec, Cedevita6.0 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.2 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.8 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 7. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona1.0 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Cedevita rally from 14-point fourth quarter defciit to steal Game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Cedevita rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Cibona 79-73 in Game 1 of the best-of-the five 2017 Croatian A1 League Finals. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) scored 18 points, Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) came off the bench for 17 points, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Mirza Begic (216-C-85) grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.
Cibona opened the game with a 7-0 run. Cedevita went on a 12-2 run to go up 22-20 early in the second quarter, their first lead of the contest. Cibona responeded with another seven straight points to re-take the lead and was ahead 42-27 half a minute before the break. At that point on, Cedevita made an 18-2 run for a 45-44 lead, but Cibona went on a 17-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to pull away 66-52. Cedevita cut the deficit to eight points and then made a 13-0 run to close out the game with the win.
Luka Zoric (211-C-84) finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Cibona, Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) and Marin Rozic (201-F-83) both scored 12 points and Petar Maric (196-F-87) 10.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

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 Nymburk14.2 
 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. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
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. Kouril, BK Opava4.3 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 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. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 3. Glover, Usti 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. Allen, CEZ Nymburk1.6 
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 


NBL Round 1 of Finals. CEZ Nymburk register first victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 71-82

CEZ Nymburk overcame BK Decin to take 1-0 lead in the Finals. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Jakub Krakovic (205-90) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: J.Krakovic 15+7reb+1ast, T.Vyoral 13+5reb+5ast, P.Houska 11+9reb+1ast, L.Palyza 10+4reb, S.Jezek 9+2reb+3ast, L.Bazant 7+2reb
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 26+10reb+3ast, B.Allen 13+5reb+2ast, T.Meier 11+2reb+3ast, E.Lawrence 8+6reb+7ast, V.Hruban 7+2reb+1ast, K.Hall 6+3reb
gschID: 546700

3-4 Place
BK Opava - BK Pardubice 67-88

BK Pardubice eased past BK Opava in the consolation finals opener. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BK Opava's 32. BK Pardubice forced 21 BK Opava turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Lamb Autrey (190-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Zbranek (196-89) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Radim Klecka (189-90) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for BK Opava 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:
BK Opava: F.Zbranek 15+6reb+2ast, R.Klecka 13+1reb+1ast, V.Cvek 7+4reb+1ast, R.Dragoun 7+1reb+1ast, J.Blazek 7+3reb+1ast, M.Kvapil 6+4reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 18+3reb+2ast, K.Svrdlik 15+3reb+1ast, J.Wall 13+6reb, L.Autrey 13+9reb+5ast, D.Pandula 11+2reb, R.Necas 7+9reb+3ast



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  DENMARK  


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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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Soles de Santo Domingo lands Dwight McCombs, ex CDE Talca - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Santo Domingo (LNB) tabbed 28-year old American power forward Dwight McCombs (203-110kg-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones). He moved there from CDE Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional where he started the season. In 52 games he averaged impressive 20.9ppg, 12.8rpg (#2 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.3bpg this season. McCombs helped them to win the league title. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 1st Team and All-Imports Team. The last season he played also at Espanol de Talca (also in Liga Nacional). In 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 19.5ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9bpg.
In 2013 (a year after he left the college) McCombs was drafted by Mississauga Power (NBL Canada) in second round (14th overall).
The former University of Central Florida staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball McCombs experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. McCombs has played previously professionally in Argentina (San Isidro), Germany (Cuxhaven BasCats), Canada (London Lightning), ABL (Palm Beach Piranhas) and Ecuador (Juvenil).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Scott is back at Caneros de La Romana - by Eurobasket News

Caneros de La Romana (LNB) agreed terms with 31-year old American guard Ryan Scott (191-86, college: Johnson C. Smith). It is actually his comeback to La Romana as he has played here before. Scott moved there from Sharks in the Puerto Plata where he started the season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Scott played in the final of TRBL in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket Summer League in New York City All-Tournament 1st Team back in 2010.
Scott is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Dominican Rep., IBL (Portland C.), ABA (Carolina Ch.) and TRBL (Charlotte E.).
Scott attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Scott: Ryan Scott is a quality combo guard with amazing range on his jump shot.
He is definitely a pure scorer who will be an asset on a quality international team.
He has excellent ball handling skills and is a quality athlete who creates off the dribble well.
Ryan can also play the PG spot but prefers to score first
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Beidler comes back to Caneros de La Romana - by Eurobasket News

Caneros de La Romana (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old naturalized American forward Kelly Beidler (199-93kg-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's). It is actually his comeback to La Romana as he has played here before. Beidler played in the summer at La Villa in La Vega League in Dominican Republic. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). Beidler also played that season for Caneros where in 9 LNB games he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.3rpg.
Among other achievements Beidler won Dominican Rep. LNB South Division championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Beidler is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Beidler has played previously professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Germany, Iceland (IR Reykjavik) and Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan, Hapoel Migdal Haemek and Hapoel Afula).
He attended Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very good All-Around atlethic forward.
Good inside/outside game. Good shooter from outside, incl. 3pt%
Can penetrate to the basket & post up.
Very good rebounder. Great defender. Can defende pos 1-4
Team player first of all.
Has very good skills
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rafael Barias celebrate Torneo de Baloncesto Superior del Distrito Nacional title - by Eurobasket News

Rafael Barias celebrated Torneo de Baloncesto Superior del Distrito Nacional Virgilio Travieso Soto title. The team overcame Mauricio Beez 104-103 in a thriller. Rafael Barias needed two overtimes to clinch a minor victory. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) led the way with 27 points. Manuel Fortuna netted 23 and Peter Ramos (222-C-85) scored 22. Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort.


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  EUROLEAGUE  


Anadolu Efes extend Bryant Dunston for 2 years - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Anadolu Efes Istanbul extend Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) for 2 years. Experienced US center is playing for Turkish powerhouse since 2015-16 season. He played at 27 domestic league and 35 Euroleague games together with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for this season. His stats at Euroleague are 10.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg.
Dunston who has an Armenian passport wore Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus jersey where he earned the best defender award at Euroleague two times in a row before his Turkey days.In his early carreer he played at South Korea, Greece, Israel and Italy.



Baskonia could sign Spencer Butterfield - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is targeting 25-year old American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-88kg-92, college: Utah State, agency: Three Eye Sports) who currently plays at JSF Nanterre in France. In 31 ProA games he had 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to French ProA All-Star Game. The last season Butterfield played at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL where in 40 games he was third best scorer with 14.5ppg and averaged 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Butterfield also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg.
Butterfield has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played previously for another Spanish team Melilla_Baloncesto.
Butterfield attended Utah State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: A hard-nosed, competitive player with very good perimeter skills... Is an excellent shooter who can handle the ball and is a willing passer... Has the character and toughness to be a good defender. He's a very effective rebounds grabber compared to height and position.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Erik Murphy selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a victory over the closely-ranked Le Portel (19-15) 77-70 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Murphy was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Strasbourg IG (23-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. 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. This year Murphy averages: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 74.3% in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-23) 90-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Wilson recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Movistar Estudiantes (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. It's Wilson's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 87.0%. Wilson is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team. Wilson used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (22-10) to beat CB Canarias (22-10). Koponen scored 6 points in 18 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 Koponen's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 91.5%(43-47) in 27 games. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #4. Forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (14-19) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Chorale de Roanne was defeated 83-78 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (#17). Nuutinen scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Nuutinen's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Sasu Salin (191-G-91) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) plays for Kolossos HH in Greek A1
Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) plays for Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA
Anton Odabasi (206-F-95) plays for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL
Alexander Madsen (208-F/C-95) plays for USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL
Antti Kanervo (192-SG-89) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Crailsheim Merlins in German ProA
Daniel Lindner (193-F/G-0) plays for Dragons Rhoendorf in German ProB
Ikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Cornella in Spanish EBA

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



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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 


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





Bourdillon leaves Antibes - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Frederic Bourdillon (193-91) left Sharks Antibes (ProA). Bourdillon has played there for the last three years. In 34 ProA games he averaged 3.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg last season.
Bourdillon's team won French ProB Leaders Cup in 2015.
He represented France at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 57.1%.
Bourdillon has played previously for four other teams: CFBB, Chalon/Saor, Rueil and Charleville Mezieres.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Limoges hire coach Kyle Milling - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) has agreed on terms of contract with 43-year old American coach Kyle Milling from Hyeres-Toulon. Milling has coached there for the last four years.
Among other achievements he won French ProB championship title in 2016. Milling received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Coach of the Year award in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Baskonia could sign Spencer Butterfield - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is targeting 25-year old American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-88kg-92, college: Utah State, agency: Three Eye Sports) who currently plays at JSF Nanterre in France. In 31 ProA games he had 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to French ProA All-Star Game. The last season Butterfield played at Juventus in Lithuanian LKL where in 40 games he was third best scorer with 14.5ppg and averaged 6.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Butterfield also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg.
Butterfield has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played previously for another Spanish team Melilla_Baloncesto.
Butterfield attended Utah State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
He could be described: A hard-nosed, competitive player with very good perimeter skills... Is an excellent shooter who can handle the ball and is a willing passer... Has the character and toughness to be a good defender. He's a very effective rebounds grabber compared to height and position.

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Limoges tab Timothee Bazille - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) inked 18-year old center Timothee Bazille (202-99). He played most recently at the junior team of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 6 games he averaged just 2.5ppg and 3.2rpg in 2015-16 season.
Bazille represented France at the World Championships U17 in Zaragoza (Spain) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.3ppg, 5.7rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ParlonsBasket)

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Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) 91-73 in the VTB United League in Wednesday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and added 8 assists in 28 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (22-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 67.9%(74-109), 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 91.2%(83-91) in 18 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in Baskonia's victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. Beaubois was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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. Beaubois has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 64.4%(87-135), 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 78.9%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Heurtel could not help Anadolu Efes (23-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Anadolu Efes was crushed 96-57 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Heurtel was the top scorer with 14 points in 29 minutes. It was Anadolu Efes' third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Heurtel has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 7.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 75.5% in 25 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #4. Shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (18-14) 87-71 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. Causeur scored 14 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Causeur's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.0apg. Causeur is also French national team player.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #5. An experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (5-27) crushing them 84-51 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 12 points in a mere 17 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (22-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kirksay's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay used to play for the French national team nine years ago. He played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #6. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to help Byblos in their game against Al Riyadi (18-6) in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night Traore recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. This season Traore has very high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Traore is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #7. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (33-3) in their game against Neptunas (21-15) in the Lithuanian LKL. Westermann scored 7 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists. The league leader Zalgiris was edged 73-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Neptunas (#4). Westermann's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #8. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their game against Valencia Basket (23-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Jackson was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). The Regular Season already ended. This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 21.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.4apg. Jackson used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #9. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Edwin Jackson in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Diot managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (13-19) 87-68. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Diot's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Alpha Kaba
Alpha Kaba
   #10. Power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Mega Leks (4-4) in their game against Partizan (7-1) in the Serbian KLS. Kaba recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. But Mega Leks lost 79-84 at home to the second-ranked Partizan. Kaba has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 6.6rpg in eight games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Boston Celtics 92-91 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mahinmi scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Albicy cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 6 passes. His team was edged in an overtime 88-86. Albicy has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 6.1apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory over the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (18-15) 110-104 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kadir scored 22 points in 37 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (17-16) is placed seventh in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kadir's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.0apg in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Tillie scored 7 points in 17 minutes. 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. This year Tillie's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Eilat (21-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Nissim's good performance Hapoel Eilat was defeated 90-81 at home by the league outsider Maccabi K/G (#12). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel Eilat's roster. Nissim has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.4apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #4. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Kangoeroes (17-5) in their last game. Despite Chada's very good performance Kangoeroes lost 74-83 on the road to the leading Oostende. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 36 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Chada has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He also holds two passports: French and Belgian. Despite Chada's French nationality, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Angelico Biella (24-6) in their game against Verona (17-13) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Udom scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. But the first-placed Angelico Biella (24-6) was defeated 84-75 on their home court in Biella by the much lower-ranked Verona (#8) in the West group. Udom averaged so far 10.5ppg and 5.4rpg. He holds both French and Italian passports.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers 90-78 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Maruotto recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. Maruotto's stats this year are: 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg in 29 games. He holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #7. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Fribourg in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. Jurkovitz scored 8 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. His team lost 88-96. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in 28 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #8. Paul Gravet (204-PF-95, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Geneve Lions in their game against Fribourg in the Swiss LNA. Gravet recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 67-53. Gravet has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg. Similarly like Jurkovitz and Maruotto above he holds both French and Swiss passports. Despite Gravet's French nationality, he previously played for the Swiss U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the French team.

   #9. David Ramseier (202-F/C-87, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Neuchatel in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. Ramseier recorded 9 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 70-76. Ramseier's stats this year are: 11.2ppg and 4.0rpg in 11 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #10. Alfredo Ott (190-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Ott scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 91-76. Ott has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Ott has never played in France.



Savo Vucevic extends contract with Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Bourg and head coach Savo Vucevic have agreed on terms of contract extension. The specialist has penned a two-year deal with the French team. Savo Vucevic took over ProB side at the start of the season. He guided Bourg to 25 wins in 33 games. The Serbian specialist worked previously with Monaco, Antibes, Spirou Charleroi and Bondy. He was named All-French N1 Coach of the Year back in 2008.



Yanik Blanc signs at Poitiers - by Eurobasket News

Union Poitiers Basket 86 (ProB) landed 18-year old point guard Yanik Blanc (188-99). He moved there from Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1 where he played this season. In 30 NM1 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season he played also at CFBB (also in NM1). In 32 games he had 4.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg.
Blanc represented France at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 61.5%.

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Elton Brown claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Elton Brown (206-C-83) had a great game in the last round for Nancy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 33-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 11-23) 96-91. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Nancy maintains the 18th position in French ProA. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Nancy have already lost 26 games and recorded just eight victories. Brown just recently signed at Nancy, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Elton Brown averages this season 8.8ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Nancy's star - 32-year old Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-G-84). Urtasun impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Nancy to edge the higher-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 11-23) by 5 points 96-91. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Nancy is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Nancy managed to get this year. Urtasun is a newcomer at Nancy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Orleans (#17). Prince showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Orleans, leading his team to a 101-81 easy win against the higher-ranked Limoges (#10, 15-19). Orleans can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Prince he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Prince has individually a great season in France. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (4th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Conklin (198-F-89) of Nanterre - 22 points and 5 rebounds
5. Isaiah Miles (201-F-94) of Dijon - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jakim Donaldson (204-C-83) of Le Portel - 14 points and 7 rebounds
8. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG-87) of Le Portel - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 12 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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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
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Marquez Haynes selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 84-71 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Haynes was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points in 23 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. Haynes has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 82.0% in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain). Shengelia contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) crushing them 103-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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 season Shengelia has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 69.1%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). Hickman was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 95-83 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Hickman scored 17 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 24 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. It's Hickman's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 71.8% in 28 games. Hickman is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Apparently Hickman has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #4. Guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece) could not help AEK Athens (19-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance AEK Athens was defeated 80-70 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Panathinaikos (#3). Dixon was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Dixon's stats this season are: 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is also Georgian national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #5. International center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (16-16) in their last game. Despite Shermadini's very good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 88-86 at home by the leading Real Madrid. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Shermadini has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.6rpg in 32 games. Shermadini plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #6. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon (18-15) in their last game. Despite Green's very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 104-110 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Maccabi Rishon. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Green also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Green's stats this year are: 13.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg in 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Green is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team seven years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #7. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 96-85 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. Fisher recorded 14 points and added 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (26-10) is placed second in the LKL. Fisher's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #8. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Golden State Warriors' victory against the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) 113-111 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 67-15 record this season. Pachulia's overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #9. Former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Khimki Moscow Region in a victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 89-68 in the VTB United League last Tuesday. Pullen scored only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. This year Pullen's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #10. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Scafati's victory against the 15th-ranked Unieuro Forli (9-21) 91-86 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Wednesday night. Metreveli scored only 2 points. Givova Scafati Basket (11-19) is placed 14th in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Metreveli's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. 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. Hosley was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg and 2.8spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. However he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (13-19) 87-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.8rpg in 32 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.



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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
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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
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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.




Johannes Voigtmann selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Voigtmann scored 6 points, had 10 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 31 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 Voigtmann averages: 7.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(75-129), 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 69.8% in 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France). Schaffartzik led JSF Nanterre to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) 73-71 in the French ProA last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Schaffartzik scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. JSF Nanterre (25-9) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Schaffartzik has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 87.2%. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain). Benzing could not help Zaragoza (9-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza lost 85-90 at home to the higher-ranked (#11) Movil Estudiantes. Benzing was the top scorer with 32 points in 22 minutes. It was Zaragoza's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 86.3% in 32 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #4. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Mega Leks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-7) 88-72 in the Serbian KLS last Tuesday. Mushidi scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Mega Leks (4-4) is placed fourth in the KLS. It's Mushidi's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg in four games. Mushidi is also German U20 national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) led Gmunden Swans to a victory over the closely-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) 79-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Klette scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basket Swans Gmunden (22-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Klette has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Austrian. Klette used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #6. Power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas (21-15) crushing them 83-54 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Hartenstein's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 27 games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory over the eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (16-17) 69-63 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Timor was the best player in that game. He scored 12 points. Hapoel Jerusalem (19-14) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Timor's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. to win against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (20-12) 85-76 in the Polish PLK last Wednesday. Tomaszek scored 5 points. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-11) is placed third in the PLK. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Iraklis' victory against the closely-ranked Aiolos Astakou (19-11) 82-64 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Wednesday night. Cheilaris recorded 15 points and blocked 2 blocks in 22 minutes. GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (20-2) is placed second in the A2. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.7rpg in 32 games he played so far. He has both German and Greek nationalities. Despite Cheilaris' German passport, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.



Joshua Wilcher Joins the Itzehoe Eagles - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It doesn't always have to be an American point guard in the Pro B as both northern German Pro B teams SC Rist Wedel showed last weekend hauling in Nino Celebic from Serbia and yesterday the Itzehoe Eagles announced the arrival of JJoshua Wilcher (178-PG-91, college: Cent.Wyoming). JJoshua Wilcher is a 26 yera old 178cm point guard that has the British/Australian citzenship. He played mostly in Australia, but made a name in the British BBL the last three years putting up consistent stats with Plymouth and Cheshire. The Melbourne native who got a year of experience in the States with Central Wyoming CC may not be the biggest player, but head coach Pat Elzie is impressed with his abilities. "He is a clever player and his good stats in the BBL in the UK are comparable to our Pro B", stressed Pat Elzie.

After a season in the States,Wilcher returned down under in 2011 and played with the Melbourne Tigers (NBL)and Sandringham Sabres (ABA) playing 23 games averaging 16.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.5apg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he got his first taste of the UK BBL playing for the Reading Rockets (United Kingdom-EBL D1) playing 6 games averaging 22.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 67.4% and also played for the Bendigo Braves (SEABL) playing 16 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, Blocks-5 (6.3bpg), FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 50.0%. He then played two seasons for the Plymouth University Raiders (BBL) playing 34 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, Assists-2 (6.9apg), FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 80.1%, and in his second season there played 21 games averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-2 (6.6apg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 74.7%. Last season he played for the Cheshire Phoenix (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 13 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 40.7%, FT: 83.3%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Australian National Team -09, Oceania Championships In Saipan (N.Mariana) -09 (Champion): 6 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 50.0%, British National Cup Winner -14, British EBL Division One Regular Season Champion -14, British EBL Division One Finalist -14, British BBL Trophy Semifinals -15, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention -15, Australian QBL Regular Season Champion -16, and Australian QBL Semifinals -16.

Source:Itzehoe Eagles



Martin Linssen To Play For The Valparaiso Crusaders - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German big man Marten Linssen (204-C-98) will try the NCAA route via the Valparaiso Crusaders. Linssen is a 18 yera old 204cm center that will be turning 19 on August 30th and played 25 games for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen the last two seasons with 3 Pro A games and 22 Pro B games. Last season in the Pro B averaged 4,4ppg and 3,5rpg. He will be playing for ex Bayer Giants Leverkusen guard Matt Lottich who is the head coach at Valparaiso. "We are extremely excited to add Marten to the Valpo basketball family,. Marten is an extremely motivated young man who really has a strong desire to compete. Marten is unique in that he is very light on his feet for a young man his size. He has great touch around the basket and loves to rebound. We expect a bright future in a Valpo uniform for Marten", stressed Matt Lottich. His best game last season was a 12 point seven rebound performance against Rhondorf.

Source: Valparaiso Crusaders




The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Secure Adrian Breitlauch Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adrian Breitlauch (192-G/F-93, agency: Octagon Europe) will remain with BBL team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven until 2019. Breitlauch is a 23 year old 193 cm guard that will turn 24 in September and is one of the rare German players that has made the jump from the Regionaliga 2 over a few years to the BBL and showed that he can stay in Germany's top league. Last season with Bremerhaven the ex Pro B player from Itzehoe played 26 games averaging 1,2ppg. "It is super that he will stay the next 2 years. He identifies 100% with the city and club and gave a lot of enjoyment with his play. He fights for every offensive rebound and gives the team energy. I hope he can continue to develop and become a valuable part of the team", added head coach Sebastian Machowski. The German averaged 7,9 minutes per game and his best game was a 8 point game in 15 minutes against SC Rasta Vechta. "I had a positive first season in the BBL and it went better than I had expected. I want to build on that in the next 2 years. I am thankful for the Eisbaeren that I get the chnace to play in my hometown. That is a big plus for me", stated Adrian Breitlach.

Source.Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.





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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas17.9 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.8 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.4 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.5 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.5 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.7 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.7 
 6. Skordilis, Faros7.1 
 7. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos7.0 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.8 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.7 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.4 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros5.1 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 3. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 7. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.5 
 8. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 9. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 10. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 9. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.6 
 10. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 


A2 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Iraklis reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Iraklis - Aiolos Astakou 68-60

Iraklis defeated Aiolos Astakou to advance into A2 Finals. Aiolos Astakou trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 18-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 60-68 at the end of the game. Iraklis outrebounded Aiolos Astakou 38-27 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) answered with 11 points and the former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83) added 5 points and 7 assists in the effort for Aiolos Astakou. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: R.Rutkauskas 15+6reb, K.Totsios 13+5reb+3ast, V.Angelakopoulos 10+8reb+1ast, S.Chrysopoulos 8+3reb, D.Despos 7+7reb+2ast, D.Kalaitzidis 6+4reb+4ast
Aiolos Astakou: V.Kitsoulis 11+3reb+2ast, T.Charismidis 9+3reb, N.Kaklamanos 9+1reb+2ast, A.Gizogiannis 8+5reb, G.Brozos 7+3reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 7+6reb
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Michael Bramos selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 84-71 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Bramos recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 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. This year Bramos averages: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 71.1% in 32 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek senior national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain). Bogris led CB Canarias to a victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) 73-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Thursday. He scored 12 points. 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. Bogris' overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(116-206). He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany). Zisis led Brose Baskets to a victory over the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (18-14) 76-63 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Zisis scored 15 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 97.4%(75-77) in 27 games. He played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #4. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) could not help Andorra (16-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance Andorra was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the much lower-ranked Sevilla (#15). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Antetokounmpo also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Antetokounmpo's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Greek. Antetokounmpo is also Greek national team player.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. Former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 84-79 in the VTB United League last Friday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #6. Guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul to win against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-28) crushing them 101-55 in the Turkish BSL on Friday night. Sloukas scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. 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 now that game is quite important. This season Sloukas has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #7. International small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 13th-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-21) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Perperoglou recorded 12 points in 27 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Perperoglou's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg in 26 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #8. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Boca Juniors (17-39) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lampropoulos' good performance the tenth-placed Boca Juniors (17-39) was defeated 90-83 in Almagra by the leading San Lorenzo in the Sur group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Lampropoulos has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.7apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Astana (9-15) in their game against CSKA (22-2) in the VTB United League. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists in 34 minutes. But Astana (#8) was badly defeated 91-73 at home by the leading CSKA in the group A of VTB United League. It was Astana's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kaselakis has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Suns (2-8) crushing them 104-82 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Iliadis scored 13 points and added 5 assists. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (8-1) are placed third in SBL group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Iliadis averages: 18.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg and 2.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian. Despite Iliadis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #2. Anthony Kopcikas (189-G-92, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Brisbane Capitals in a victory against the third-ranked Cairns Marlins (3-1) 98-92 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Kopcikas scored only 3 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group QBL. Brisbane Capitals (3-0) are placed first. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kopcikas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brisbane Capitals' roster. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg and 2.7spg in three games he played so far. Kopcikas is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #3. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia). He could not help Hills Hornets (5-6) to beat Bankstown Bruins (3-3). Duselis scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Hills Hornets (#7) were defeated 99-86 on the road by the higher-ranked Bankstown Bruins (#5) in the WARATAH group. Duselis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Hills Hornets' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.6apg. Similarly like Kopcikas and Iliadis above Duselis has both Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #4. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Hawks in their game against Rangers (7-5) in the New Zealand NBL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Hawks lost 88-95 in Auckland to the higher-ranked (#3) Rangers. Fiorentinos has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: British and Greek. Despite Fiorentinos' Greek nationality, he previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



Capitol signs Earl Watson, ex Kolossos HH - by Eurobasket News

Capitol Montevideo (Ascenso) signed 27-year old American center Earl Watson (201-109kg-90, college: Rhode Island). He moved there from Kolossos H Hotels in Greek A1 league where he started the season. In 28 games he had 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg this season.
Watson's team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015.
He graduated from Rhode Island University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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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. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 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. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 3. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.3 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 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, Vasas7.5 
 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. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 3. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 8. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 



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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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Mahram Tehran wins Division 1 - by Eurobasket News

Mahram Tehran claimed Division 1 in Iran. They overcame Gorgan in two games. In the beginning of May Mahram Tehran posted a 65-58 win as they dominated the first half. Mahram won the first period 17-14 and added a 20-13 surge in the second.
Petrochimi Bandar I meanwhile finished third beating Raad in the series for the 3rd places. Raad won the opener 56-51, but then Petrochimi Bandar II replied with a 77-70 and 73-68 wins.



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Stats Leaders - National League

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


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. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.5 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.3 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
 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. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Needham, Grissin .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. Cosey, Tortona18.9 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.6 
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 .9.1 
 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: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 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. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .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 .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino19.2 
 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. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.4 
 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 Enic5.0 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Busco, Patti1.9 
 7. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 8. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 9. Gasparin, Omegna1.8 
 10. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Pescara
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 2. Corral, Omegna1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Nasello, Siena Virtus0.8 
 10. Mercante, Valsesia0.8 


Serie A Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Avellino and Trento enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx PT - Umana VE 89-75

Pistoia topped Umana Venezia to cut the deficit. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-75. The Flexx PT dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 32 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The Flexx PT forced 24 Umana Venezia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Four The Flexx PT players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 15+5reb+1ast, M.Bramos 13+2reb+1ast, E.Batista 13+3reb, M.Haynes 8+1reb+2ast, S.Tonut 7+2reb+5ast, J.Viggiano 5+1reb+1ast
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 26+5reb+3ast, N.Boothe 13+7reb+2ast, D.Magro 11+1reb, R.Moore 11+6reb+11ast, M.Jenkins 10+1reb+5ast, E.Lombardi 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546446


Grissin Bon RE - Scandone AV 79-80

Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) hit a buzzer-beater to propel Scandone Avellino past Grisson Bon in Game 3. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-19. But Grissin Bon RE won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Grissin Bon RE 38-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) answered with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and international Amedeo Della-Valle (192-93, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points in the effort for Grissin Bon RE. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Grissin Bon RE: P.Aradori 22+2reb+3ast, A.Della Valle 18+3ast, R.Cervi 8+6reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 7, D.Needham 6+2reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 6+4reb+1ast
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 21+3reb+3ast, D.Logan 11+8reb+3ast, A.Thomas 10+1ast, M.Green 8+3reb+3ast, M.Cusin 8+6reb, M.Leunen 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 546447


Banco di Srd - Dolomiti En. TR 69-75

Trento upset Sassari on the road to complete the sweep. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Banco di Srd helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) who recorded 15 points and Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: T.Lacey 15+3reb+2ast, G.Lawal 11+7reb, R.Stipcevic 11+4reb+1ast, J.Carter 8+2reb, D.Savanovic 8+2reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 5+5reb
Dolomiti En. TR: J.Gomes 16+10reb+1ast, A.Forray 13+2reb+2ast, A.Craft 12+4reb+6ast, D.Flaccadori 11+4reb+2ast, D.Hogue 9+8reb+1ast, D.Sutton 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 546445


Betaland Cdo - EA7 Armani 80-94

EA7 Armani outgunned Betaland Capo d'Orlando to take 2-1 lead in the series. Betaland Cdo was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 54-35 second half run of Armani Milano. They shot 61.0 percent from the field. It was a quality performance for Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Montenegrin point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 16 points and 5 assists and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (208-91, agency: Two Points) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Betaland Cdo in the defeat. Four Armani Milano and five Betaland Cdo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: N.Ivanovic 16+2reb+5ast, J.Berzins 11+7reb+1ast, M.Delas 11+6reb, M.Tepic 11+2reb, A.Iannuzzi 10+5reb+4ast, D.Diener 9+1reb+2ast
EA7 Armani: K.Simon 18+4reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 14+4reb+4ast, M.Kalnietis 13+3reb+3ast, D.Pascolo 13+3reb+2ast, M.Macvan 12+2reb, R.Hickman 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546444





Review of Serie A2 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - Tortona 68-75

Tortona outgunned Alma Trieste to even the series at 1-1. Tortona made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 22 points. Four Tortona players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Stefano Bossi (185-94, agency: Players Group) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lorenzo Baldasso (192-95) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 22+3reb+1ast, L.Garri 18+6reb+3ast, P.Greene IV 17+2reb, G.Mascherpa 12+2reb+1ast, M.Sanna 3+3reb, G.Ricci 3+6reb+2ast
Alma Trieste: L.Baldasso 18, S.Bossi 11+5reb+3ast, A.Cittadini 10+8reb, M.Da Ros 6+3reb+4ast, J.Parks 6+1reb, J.Green 6+2reb
gschID: 546747


Treviso Basket - F.Kontatto BO 70-73

Bologna upset Treviso Basket on the road to take 2-0 advantage. The former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (205-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 18+3reb+4ast, A.Legion 17+4reb+3ast, M.Montano 16+1reb+1ast, J.Knox 10+6reb, D.Cinciarini 8+1reb, M.Ruzzier 2+3reb+2ast
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 17+9reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 13+7reb, D.Moretti 12+3reb, Z.Perl 8+2reb+1ast, M.Negri 7+1reb, A.Ancellotti 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546746


Verona - Ravenna 63-64

Ravenna nipped Verona away from home for the second straight win. Forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) notched 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) supported him with 15 points. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by American point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Verona. Naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (204-88, college: New Hampshire) added 11 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 15+4reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 14+6reb+1ast, M.Tambone 11+5reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 8+4reb+1ast, G.Sgorbati 7+2reb+1ast, M.Crusca 3
Verona: D.Robinson 12+7reb+3ast, D.Diliegro 11+4reb, A.Amato 10+1reb+2ast, M.Frazier 8+2reb+1ast, D.Brkic 7+4reb, M.Portannese 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546744


Roseto - Virtus Bologna 66-93

Virtus Bologna cruised past Roseto to level things up at 1-1. Virtus Bologna forced 19 Roseto turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 56.7 percentage. Virtus Bologna players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) added 18 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Roseto.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 21+9reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 18+2reb+4ast, S.Gentile 17+5ast, M.Umeh 10+2reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 8+8reb+3ast, M.Spissu 7+1reb+6ast
Roseto: V.Amoroso 19+5reb+1ast, A.Smith 18+3reb+3ast, B.Sherrod 12+4reb+3ast, R.Casagrande 7+6reb, R.Fultz 3+4reb+4ast, N.Mei 3+2ast
gschID: 546745





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





Interview with Alssene Saintilus (Basket Mestre 1958) - by Andrea Centenari

I've got a little chat with Alssene Saintilus (201-G/F-93, college: Bloomsburg). Alssene is a young american guy that is trying to follow his basketball dream overseas. He played the last two seasons in Italy with Sport e Cultura Patti and Emme Retail Mestre, recording really good numbers and showing his talent and his athleticism.

Hi Alssene, can you please introduce yourself as a player? What are your main skills, in your opinion?
I'm a player that works extremely hard on his game and does what ever it takes to be successful. My main skills at the forward position are using my athleticism to make plays on the defensive and offensive end of the floor. Along with my knowledge of the game and passing skills I feel like I am a complete player.

Why did you choose to go overseas? How did you end up in playing in Italy?
Playing basketball professionally has always been a goal of mine. To be able to see the world and play the game that I love, is an experience that will be with me for all my life. After finishing college I was given an opportunity to start my career in Italy and it was something I could not turn down.

Can you tell us your italian basketball history of the last two years?
During the 2015-16 season I played for Sport e Cultura Patti in Sicily. That year we won the Championship and the team advance to Series B. Which was a great accomplishment my first season abroad, while averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds. Last season I played for Emme Retail Mestre 1958 in Series C Gold. This season went well also, but ultimately lost in the Semi-Finals. Through adversity we all became better players, I averaged 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

Do you have already any plans for the next season?
For next season my plan is for growth and progression. I am always looking to advance my game and prove myself against higher competition. As of right now all my options are open that can assist me in getting to this goal of playing on higher levels year by year

What part of the italian lifestyle do you like the most?
I love the Italian culture and life. Being that I experienced Sicily and Northern Italy there were many differences that I liked. The simplified life in Sicily was great and seeing all the historic things in the north will always be amazing.

What are you missing the most from USA?
Family is the main thing that I missed in the USA. All the major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and family birthdays are rough to miss. But I love my job of playing basketball so calls via FaceTime must fill the void.

What are your favourite hobbies outside basketball?
Outside of basketball I play some piano and listen to a lot of different styles of music. Listening and discovering different things is something that I truly enjoy.

What are your favorite team and your favorite NBA player?

Being that I am from New Jersey, I was never a Nets fan but my favorite team is the New York Knicks. My favorite player is Carmelo Anthony because he is Knick but my favorite player to watch is Jimmy Butler because he plays both sides of the ball and he plays the simple efficient game.

Last book that you read and last movie that you saw?
The last book that I've read was The Bible. I read it 3 times a day to get closer to God and understand His will for my life. The last movie that I saw a thriller called 'Don't Breathe'.

Thank you Alssene and I wish you all the best for your career.



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Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D3 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D3 1st Team 2017
Brent Jennings
Jennings
Josh Peppers
Peppers
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Bryan-Amaning
Kyle Richardson
Richardson
Andrew Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald

Player of the Year: Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.
Guard of the Year: Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron.
Forward of the Year: Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.
Center of the Year: Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam.
Domestic Player of the Year: Kyouhei Kumazawa (180-G-88) of Aisin AW
Import Player of the Year: Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.

1st Team
G: Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron.
F: Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing
F: Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing
F: Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.
C/F: Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam.

2nd Team
G: Kyouhei Kumazawa (180-G-88) of Aisin AW
PG: Masaya Ueda (177-PG-93) of Saitama Bron.
G: Tsukino Tsukino (178-G-88) of Kanazawa Sam.
F/C: Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT
F: Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam.

Honorable Mention
Matthew Kendrick (215-C-90) of Toyoda Gosei
Eiji Sumihiro (171-PG-89) of Toyoda Gosei
Yoshikawa Osamuakira (182-PG-92) of Tokyo Big Blue
Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT
Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT
Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-G-86) of Fukuoka Rizing
Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) of Fukuoka Rizing
Brian Butch (211-C-84) of Fukuoka Rizing

All-Imports Team
G: Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron.
F: Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing
F: Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing
F: Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.
C/F: Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-G-86) of Fukuoka Rizing
G: Kyouhei Kumazawa (180-G-88) of Aisin AW
PG: Masaya Ueda (177-PG-93) of Saitama Bron.
G: Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) of Fukuoka Rizing
G: Tsukino Tsukino (178-G-88) of Kanazawa Sam.



Tate is back at Tijuana, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 32-year old American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-120kg-85, college: Iowa). It is actually his comeback to Tijuana Zonkeys as he has played here before. Tate He moved there from Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3 where he started the season. In 28 games he had 11.0ppg and 7.6rpg this season. Tate also played that season for Kagoshima (B League) in Japanese league. In four B League D3 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.8rpg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Tate was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) as #5 pick overall.
He attended University of Iowa until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tate won Israeli National League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention back in 2011 and 2012.
Tate is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Tate has played previously professionally in Turkey (Final Genclik), Venezuela (Espartanos), Japan (Sanen Neophoenix, Orange Vikings and Fukuoka Rizing), Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona) and Mexico (Huracanes).
He could be described: A strong player who gives his best in banging inside and in tough defense. Has a limited range, but makes his job done offensively shooting very near to the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 5. Black, Bashkimi20.1 
 6. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 7. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.3 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca16.9 
 10. Locke, Bashkimi16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Moser, Sigal P.8.4 
 4. Sinani, Bashkimi8.3 
 5. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 6. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 7. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 8. Black, Bashkimi6.8 
 9. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 10. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Soyebo, Bashkimi7.0 
 4. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 5. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.5 
 6. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 7. Mekaj, Peja5.1 
 8. Black, Bashkimi4.7 
 9. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.5 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Soyebo, Bashkimi1.8 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 6. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 9. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 10. Moser, Sigal P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 6. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 7. Muric, Peja0.7 
 8. Anderson, Ylli0.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 10. Sinani, Bashkimi0.5 


Kosovan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Kosovan National Team 2017
#s#
Jaren Sina
Sina
Leonard Mekaj
Mekaj
Dardan Berisha
Berisha
Scott Bamforth
Bamforth
Erjon Kastrati
Kastrati
#e#5

Jaren Sina 188-G-94 G.Washington USA

Leonard Mekaj 182-PG-95 Peja Kosovo

Dardan Berisha 191-SG-88 JuveCaserta Italy

Scott Bamforth 188-G/F-89 RETAbet BB Spain

Erjon Kastrati 198-SG-94 Krka Slovenia

Arian Qallaku 195-G-92 Peja Kosovo

Arti Hajdari 190-SG-93 Peja Kosovo

Mirza Ahmetbasic 193-G-87 Peja Kosovo

Granit Rugova 198-F-85 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo

Drilon Hajrizi 203-F-91 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo

Samir Zekiqi 202-F-95 Trepca Kosovo

Alban Veseli 202-F-90 Peja Kosovo

Justin Doellman 205-F-85 FC Barcelona Spain

Shawn Jones 203-PF-92 Scandone AV Italy

Gazmend Sinani 206-C-91 Bashkimi Kosovo

Fisnik Rugova 208-PF-89 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo

Lis Shoshi 211-F-94 UALR USA

Edmond Azemi 200-F/G-80 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo

Beqe Kovaqi 196-SF-94 Vellaznimi Kosovo

Urim Zenelaj 213-C-91 Sigal Prishtina Kosovo

Ergin Grosha 211-C-93 Ylli Kosovo




SuperLeague Round 2 of Finals. Sigal Prishtina claim opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina 73-78

Sigal Prishtina defeated Bashkimi on the road to even the championship series. Mike Moser (203-F-90, college: Oregon) posted 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the visitors. Bashkimi stayed ahead by two points at the interval 39:37 halftime lead. The hosts secured a 2-point lead heading into the fourth term 60:58. But Sigal Prishtina used a 20:13 rally in the fourth term to snatch the victory at the end. Jabarie Hinds (180-PG-92, college: Massachusetts) provided 13 points, while Granit Rugova (198-F-85, college: Trinity Valley CC) added 11 points for the visitors. Justin Black (188-G-92, college: Morgan St.) responded with 22 points for Bashkimi. Kayel Locke (196-F-94, college: NC-Greensboro) tossed in 15 points in the loss.
Top scorers:
Bashkimi: J.Black 22+3reb+5ast, K.Locke 15+5reb+2ast, M.Popovic 13+5reb, M.Tmusic 8+9reb+3ast, T.Soyebo 7+1reb+4ast, G.Sinani 6+4reb
Sigal Prishtina: M.Moser 21+10reb+3ast, J.Hinds 13+2reb+2ast, G.Rugova 11+3reb+1ast, W.Kemp 10+1reb+7ast, F.Rugova 9+5reb+1ast, N.Delic 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 546839





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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen25.0 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Jackson, Homen.21.7 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.6 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.0 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.6 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Sosa, Al Riyadi5.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.4 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.5 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 2 of Finals. Homenetmen claim second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Homenetmen 79-82

Homenetmen nipped Al Riyadi on the road to take 2-0 lead in the championship series. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Amir Saoud (186-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Homenetmen and four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: A.Aminu 26+10reb+1ast, A.Ismail 13+2reb+3ast, M.Haidar 11+3reb+2ast, A.Saoud 10+7reb+3ast, J.Abdel Nour 8+6reb+4ast, B.Cvetkovic 7+6reb+3ast
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 23+8reb+2ast, F.El Khatib 18+7reb+4ast, K.Galloway 17+6reb+11ast, E.Chamoun 11+1reb, A.Majok 10+13reb, H.Gyokchyan 3+1reb
gschID: 546911





Lebanese U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

0Jad Elawar

1Mohamad Elkhatib

4Habib Eldick

5Omar Aljannoun

6Radolphe Saade

9Yanis Halabi

11Gabrael Samaha

15Marc Khoueiry

20Rayan Zambie

30Andrew Kopaly

32Yousef Khayat

77Andre Tannoury





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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.13.8 
 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.6.4 
 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, Lietkabelis4.3 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Westermann, 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. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 4. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
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.1.1 
 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 


LKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Lietkabelis and Neptunas celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

Lietkabelis - Lietuvos rytas 90-73

Lietkabelis overcame Lietuvos Rytas to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Lietuvos rytas was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The former international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 7 points and 10 assists during the contest. International Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) responded with 19 points and American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: D.Lavrinovic 20+6reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 13+6reb, M.Lukauskis 11+4reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 11+2reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 7+2reb+10ast
Lietuvos rytas: R.Giedraitis 19+3reb+2ast, D.Gordon 14+7reb+1ast, T.Brown 12+3reb+2ast, A.Jomantas 10+1reb, C.Fisher 6+5ast, A.Gudaitis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546410


Neptunas - Zalgiris 73-70

Neptunas drew things level in the series following a tough home win over Zalgiris. The visitors trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-73 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 6 rebounds. Arnas Butkevicius (197-92) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. The former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Zalgiris. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: A.Butkevicius 15+5reb, M.Mazeika 13+2reb+1ast, D.Ewing 12+3reb+2ast, C.Lofton 11+6reb+3ast, M.Girdziunas 11+1reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+1reb
Zalgiris: K.Pangos 12+3reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 12+8reb+3ast, L.Lekavicius 10+1reb+1ast, L.Westermann 7+7reb+9ast, E.Ulanovas 7+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+1ast
gschID: 546409





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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.5 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis24.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.0 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.2 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.4 
 7. Rogers, Navolato21.4 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Maxwell, Culiacan21.2 
 10. Ammons, Navolato21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.0 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.2 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.9 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.1 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.9 
 7. Rogers, Navolato7.4 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 9. Early, Los Mochis7.3 
 10. Lathan, Tijuana7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.4 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.4 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana5.1 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.4 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Casillas, Mazatlan3.6 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato1.3 
 5. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 6. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
 7. Maxwell, Culiacan1.2 
 8. Forte, Los Mochis1.2 
 9. Casillas, Mazatlan1.2 
 10. Motley, Los Mochis1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Pittman, Guasave1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.4 
 4. Maxwell, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Keller, Durango0.6 
 9. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 29: #1 Rayos de Hermosillo is defeated by Frayles de Guasave - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (21-6) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-14) 89-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rayos de Hermosillo won fourth quarter 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners and Gary Mondragon (-91) chipped in 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Frayles de Guasave is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Tenth-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (19-9). The visitors from Ciudad Obregon managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aguilas Doradas de Durango. American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Glen Rice-Jr accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists for Aguilas Doradas de Durango in the defeat. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon maintains second place with 19-9 record having just one point less than leader Hermosillo. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-14) against ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (11-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Garra Canera de Navolato in a tough game in Navolato 90-98. The best player for the winners was Kevin Rogers who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Adam Arciniega produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Caballeros de Culiacan and hope to secure a win.
Seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (13-15) beat at home 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-17) by 12 points 97-85, which is the biggest margin this round. Americans were the main players on the court. Omar Thomas orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's next round opponent will be Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 29 Los Mochis lost to Tijuana on the opponent's court 90-97.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points by Trayvon Lathan of Tijuana.

Tijuana - Los Mochis 97-90

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-16) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-12) 97-90. It looked good early as Pioneros Los Mochis took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros Los Mochis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-97. Tijuana Zonkeys shot 64.5 percent from the field. Tijuana Zonkeys had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to third place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Lathan 26+4reb+3ast, C.Tate 16+9reb+2ast, M.Morrison 15+5reb+9ast, A.Olivas 14+6reb, K.Rodriguez 14+3reb+8ast, D.Cheek 10+5reb+5ast
Los Mochis: T.Motley 25+7reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 23+2ast, J.Early 17+3reb+5ast, C.Forte 14+13reb+4ast, N.Murphy 11+8reb+5ast, D.Leal 0
gschID: 536421


Durango - Obregon 100-101

Tenth-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (19-9). The visitors from Ciudad Obregon managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aguilas Doradas de Durango. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aguilas Doradas de Durango won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aguilas Doradas de Durango 32-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 assists and naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) added 16 points respectively for Aguilas Doradas de Durango in the defeat. Four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and five Aguilas Doradas de Durango players scored in double figures. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon maintains second place with 19-9 record having just one point less than leader Hermosillo. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 32+10reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 28+11reb+4ast, J.Hutchingson 19+2reb+2ast, L.Atterberry 12+3reb, O.Quintero 7+3reb+2ast, I.Alvarado 3+3reb+2ast
Durango: J.Crawford 25+2reb+10ast, M.Samarco 16+2reb+2ast, A.Villanueva 15+3reb+1ast, R.Smith 15+4reb+1ast, R.Battle 14+4reb+1ast, I.Avalos 5
gschID: 536418


Navolato - Guaymas 98-90

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-14) against ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (11-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Garra Canera de Navolato in a tough game in Navolato 90-98. Ostioneros de Guaymas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 35-30 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-98 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American swingman Adam Arciniega (201, college: Bethel, KS) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) added 27 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Caballeros de Culiacan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Navolato: K.Rogers 26+8reb+1ast, M.Ammons 21+6reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 18+5reb+6ast, E. Zuniga 17+2reb, J.Horton 8+5reb+2ast, A.Ibarra Cota 5+2reb
Guaymas: B.West 27+4reb, A.Arciniega 21+9reb+3ast, P.Marigney 13+6reb+2ast, B.Provost 12+1reb+1ast, D.Barojas 5+2reb, D.Giron 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 536420


Mazatlan - Culiacan 97-85

Seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (13-15) beat at home 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-17) by 12 points 97-85, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Caballeros de Culiacan took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lobos UAD Mazatlan had a 25-14 second period charge getting the lead and Caballeros de Culiacan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-97. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Peshon Howard (190-90, college: USC) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports) answered with 17 points and center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan and five Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's next round opponent will be Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: P.Howard 20+3reb+3ast, O.Thomas 19+8reb+2ast, M.Lizarraga 15+4reb+1ast, D.Onofre 11, C.Tucker 10+4reb+3ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 8+4reb+1ast
Culiacan: G.Glaze 20+1reb, C.Crawford 17+4reb+3ast, D.Maxwell 13+8reb+1ast, B.Puckett 11+10reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 10, R.Rodriguez 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536419


Hermosillo - Guasave 82-89

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (21-6) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-14) 89-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rayos de Hermosillo won fourth quarter 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winners and Gary Mondragon (-91) chipped in 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Frayles de Guasave is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guasave: S.Yeager 37+10reb+2ast, G.Mondragon 25+5reb+6ast, D.Keller 12+9reb+4ast, L.Davis 9+8reb, T.Franklin 6+5reb+1ast, G.Gonzalez 0
Hermosillo: E.Little 23+11reb+4ast, J.Manuel Esteva 16+2reb+2ast, M.Henry 12+5reb+6ast, J.Villanueva 10+2reb+1ast, J.Camacho 10+9reb+2ast, A.Bell 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536417





Tate is back at Tijuana, ex Saitama Bron. - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 32-year old American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-120kg-85, college: Iowa). It is actually his comeback to Tijuana Zonkeys as he has played here before. Tate He moved there from Saitama Broncos in Japanese B League D3 where he started the season. In 28 games he had 11.0ppg and 7.6rpg this season. Tate also played that season for Kagoshima (B League) in Japanese league. In four B League D3 games he recorded 9.8ppg and 6.8rpg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Tate was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) as #5 pick overall.
He attended University of Iowa until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Tate won Israeli National League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Honorable Mention back in 2011 and 2012.
Tate is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Tate has played previously professionally in Turkey (Final Genclik), Venezuela (Espartanos), Japan (Sanen Neophoenix, Orange Vikings and Fukuoka Rizing), Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona) and Mexico (Huracanes).
He could be described: A strong player who gives his best in banging inside and in tough defense. Has a limited range, but makes his job done offensively shooting very near to the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

24-year old forward Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Navolato and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Guaymas (#4, 14-14) with 20-point margin 96-76. Navolato is placed at 8th position in Mexican league. Navolato is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-17 record. In the team's last game Ammons had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Navolato, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of South Alabama graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ammons is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 63.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Samarco (190-G-85) of Durango. He is naturalized American guard in his first season at Durango. In the last game Samarco recorded impressive 30 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Durango to another comfortable win 111-97 over the higher-ranked Obregon (#2, 19-9) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Samarco is one of the most experienced players at Durango and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#5).

Third place about best performers goes to forward Travis Franklin (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) of Guasave (#5). Franklin scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Franklin's great performance Guasave lost 85-94 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 21-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guasave needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Franklin has a great season in Mexico. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. J Almada) of Los Mochis - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Du'Vaughn Maxwell (201-F-91) of Culiacan - 24 points and 5 rebounds
6. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Myke Henry (198-F-92) of Hermosillo - 27 points and 8 rebounds
8. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jordon Crawford (168-PG) of Durango - 21 points and 13 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)



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.

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CIBACOPA Round 28: Lobos UAD Mazatlan beats Caballeros de Culiacan by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 28 in the CIBACOPA took place in Mazatlan. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-16) to sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (12-15) 84-83 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Pe'shon Howard (190-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports) replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Caballeros de Culiacan. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 12-15 record, which they share with Los Mochis. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan is again looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-9) against tenth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-17) on Tuesday night. Visiting Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Aguilas Doradas de Durango in Durango 111-97. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and Jordon Crawford who added 21 points and 13 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 9-17 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will again play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-12) against eighth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-15) on Tuesday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in Tijuana 92-81. The winners were led by J Almada who scored that evening 32 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by Dominic Cheek did not help to save the game for Tijuana Zonkeys. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mazatlan. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (21-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-14) 94-85. American players dominated also this game. Myke Henry fired 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-5 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-13) and Garra Canera de Navolato (10-17), which took place in Navolato. Higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 96-76 on Tuesday. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains ninth position with 10-17 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will face again higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

The most impressive performance of 28th round was 29 points and 7 rebounds by Travis Franklin of Guasave.

Mazatlan - Culiacan 84-83

The most exciting game of round 28 in the CIBACOPA took place in Mazatlan. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-16) to sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (12-15) 84-83 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Pe'shon Howard (190-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach Eric Weissling used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports) replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 12-15 record, which they share with Los Mochis. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan is again looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) at home in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: P.Howard 22+6reb+2ast, S.Edwards 18+2reb+2ast, O.Thomas 14+5reb+3ast, C.Tucker 13+3ast, M.Lizarraga 6+6reb+3ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 6+4reb+1ast
Culiacan: C.Crawford 27+9reb+5ast, D.Maxwell 24+5reb+1ast, B.Puckett 17+11reb+4ast, G.Glaze 7+1reb, R.Rodriguez 6+1reb+3ast, J.Villalobos 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536414


Durango - Obregon 111-97

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-9) against tenth ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-17) on Tuesday night. Visiting Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Aguilas Doradas de Durango in Durango 111-97. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Aguilas Doradas de Durango shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Aguilas Doradas de Durango shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) who added 21 points and 13 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Idris Alvarado (196-91) scored 25 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 9-17 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will again play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Durango: M.Samarco 30+7reb+1ast, J.Crawford 21+1reb+13ast, I.Avalos 16+5reb+2ast, S.Soriano 14+4reb+1ast, R.Smith 13+5reb, R.Battle 13+2reb
Obregon: I.Alvarado 25+3reb, M.Glover 23+8reb+2ast, J.Hutchingson 16+5reb+2ast, N.Leon 16+2reb+2ast, O.Quintero 11+1reb+3ast, A.Aleman 2
gschID: 536415


Tijuana - Los Mochis 81-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-12) against eighth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-15) on Tuesday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Pioneros Los Mochis in Tijuana 92-81. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros Los Mochis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. The winners were led by J Almada who scored that evening 32 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) supported him with 22 points. Even 21 points and 4 assists by American guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Tijuana Zonkeys. His fellow American import guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) added 13 points for lost side. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mazatlan. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: J. Almada 32+7reb+2ast, T.Motley 22+1reb+3ast, J.Early 16+6reb+3ast, A.Angulo 9+3reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 9+1reb+3ast, R.Berrelleza 4+1ast
Tijuana: D.Cheek 21+1reb+4ast, T.Lathan 13+3reb+3ast, A.Olivas 8+1ast, N.George 8+3reb, M.Morrison 8+7reb+3ast, K.Scott 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 536412


Hermosillo - Guasave 94-85

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (21-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-14) 94-85. Frayles de Guasave was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Rayos de Hermosillo players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. Forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-5 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo's next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Henry 27+8reb+1ast, E.Little 19+14reb+2ast, J.Camacho 14+6reb+5ast, A.Bell 13+3reb+1ast, S.Monreal 12+5reb+10ast, E.Pacheco 6+2reb
Guasave: T.Franklin 29+7reb+3ast, D.Keller 24+7reb+2ast, S.Yeager 13+6reb+8ast, L.Davis 9+6reb+1ast, G.Mondragon 5+4reb+3ast, R.Soto 5+2reb
gschID: 536416


Navolato - Guaymas 96-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-13) and Garra Canera de Navolato (10-17), which took place in Navolato. Higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas were outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 96-76 on Tuesday. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains ninth position with 10-17 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will face again higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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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.28.3 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.3 
 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 


Kemba Walker undergoes second surgery on left knee in less than 10 days - by Eurobasket News

Well this is a bit strange. Less than 10 days ago, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. According to the Hornets, everything went fine, and Walker was expected back on the court in July. Yet on Wednesday morning, the Hornets released a new press release, saying that Walker had undergone a second surgery on that same knee. Via Hornets.com: The Charlotte Hornets announced today that guard Kemba Walker underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. Typical recovery time for Walker's procedure is approximately six weeks. The six-week timeline for his recovery would still put him back on the court sometime in July, so it doesn't appear that this has affected Walker's recovery timeline in any way. Still, it brings up the question, if the first surgery was successful, why did they have to go back in? Perhaps this is no big deal, but it does make you a little nervous to hear about a player having a second surgery on the same knee in less than 10 days. Hopefully for Walker and the Hornets, this won't turn into any sort of long-term issue.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

So much for the Cavaliers being rusty. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first NBA title. "It was our two bigs that set the tone - Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson), they were phenomenal," James said. "I saw it in Kev this morning. I knew what type of game he was going to have. So he came through for us." But there's no denying it has started with James, who has scored at least 35 points in five straight games. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said James' efficiency continues to make things easier for everyone on both ends. "He's playing at a high level. And that's the reason why we're riding him so much," Lue said. "When LeBron's playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win." Game 2 is Friday night in Boston. Coming off a 10-day break, James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened. "You can't dig yourself in a big hole like that against them," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. James scored at will in the first half and the Cavs built a 26-point lead. Love opened up the floor for James, burying outside jumpers and forcing Boston to leave defenders one-on-one with James. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) and Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) led the Celtics with 21 points each. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) had 17 points. Coming off a Game 7 victory over Washington on Monday night, Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots. "They were the better team tonight. The hit us first. They were more physical," Thomas said. "We can't let that happen again." Love averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then broke out against a Boston team that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Kelly Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder. The shoulder was working just fine Wednesday, and he scored in the paint and from the outside. "We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game. We felt like we did a good job doing that," Love said. "It wasn't just me. Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well." Things got a little testy in the third quarter when Boston's Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.) and Cleveland's Thompson got nose-to-nose and had to be separated by referees. Some jawing continued briefly before James stepped in to pull Thompson away. Smart and Thompson were called for a double foul on the play, but got tangled again a few minutes later. This time, Smart fell to the floor during that exchange, drawing a foul on Thompson. The Celtics found some energy after the incident, closing the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull to 92-75. It didn't last long, though, as the Cavs quickly got the lead back up to 20. James picked apart every defender that the Celtics threw at him in the first half. He backed down defenders to set up 15-foot fade away jumpers. Other times, he simply took defenders off the dribble or sliced through double-teams on the way to layups. Boston also seemed content to make every switch created by Cleveland screens, leading to some awkward matchups for James in the first half. The Celtics couldn't get anything working when they had the ball, held to just 35 percent from the field in the first half and 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



76ers, Nets, Knicks Interested In J.J. Redick - by Eurobasket News

The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers all have interest in J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) in free agency. While the Los Angeles Clippers have interest in re-signing Redick, media reports have consistently indicated he's their free agent most likely to sign elsewhere. The 76ers are the team said to be most interested in Redick. 'Brooklyn, the Knicks are teams that have interest in Redick. We'll see how far they're willing to pay,' said Adrian Wojnarowski. Redick has been connected to the Knicks with the possibility of the Clippers revisiting trade talks for Carmelo Anthony.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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



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

There's a reason why they call Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) '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 (5'10''-PG-83, college: Drake), 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 (6'2''-G-91, college: Monroe CC) (bruised heel) and Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona) (hamstring), the Hurricanes may have received its most devastating blow when C.J. Washington (6'8''-F-92, college: UAB) (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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Duke transfer Jeter headed to Arizona - by Eurobasket News

Arizona is going to enter the 2017-18 season as one of the country's top teams, a legitimate national title contender and maybe Sean Miller 's best chance yet to reach the Final Four (and yes, that last part has been said plenty of times before). While this upcoming season is the focus given the talent and experience coming back, the Wildcats just added a significant piece to its 2018-19 roster when Duke transfer Chase Jeter (6'10''-F/C-97) announced his commitment to the program Tuesday night. 'I'm headed to Tucson,' Jeter wrote on Twitter, accompanied by an an Instagram illustration of him in an Arizona jersey. Jeter arrived at Duke in 2015 as a five-star, top-20 recruit having chosen the Blue Devils over seemingly every other blue blood program in the country. The 6-foot-10 forward, though, never carved out a role for himself in Durham, battling injury and a deep roster full of other high-level recruits. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Blue Devils.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Dan Hurley gets contract extension at Rhode Island - by Eurobasket News

This past season Danny Hurley took the University of Rhode Island to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998-99. Today the school announced that they've extended the former Wagner College coach's contract for two more seasons, through 2023-24. Hurley, who makes in the neighborhood of $1 million per year, guided the Rhodys to a 25-10 record, defeating VCU in the Atlantic-10 Conference championship. The No.11-seed Rams upset No.6-seed Creighton in its first NCAA Tourney game this century, then came within a whisker (and a very tough call) of beating No.3 seed Oregon in a 75-72 loss. Hurley left Wagner in 2012 after a two-year turnaround tenure during which the Seahawks improved from a five-win season to winning 25 games. Hurley, 125-97 in his five seasons in Rhode Island, was rumored to be a top contender for the Georgetown job before the school hired Hoyas all-time great Patrick Ewing to take over the program.
Courtesy of: silive.com



Iowa State losing front court player Ray Kasongo to transfer - by Eurobasket News

Iowa State's Ray Kasongo (6'8''-F-95) is leaving the program without ever playing a game for the Cyclones. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said Tuesday that he and the 6-foot-9 Kasongo agreed that it would be best if the Canadian finished his career at another school. The move came just one day after the Cyclones announced that former Princeton big man Hans Brace will join them next season as a graduate transfer. Kasongo signed with Tennessee after a year of junior college, but he left for Ames after playing sparingly in 2015-16. He sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. Iowa State still has two open scholarships for next season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Tevin Mack commits: From Dreher to Texas to the SEC - by Eurobasket News

Former Dreher High standout Tevin Mack (6'7''-G/F-97) wanted to get closer to home after deciding to transfer from the University of Texas. Mission accomplished. Mack has committed to coach Avery Johnson and Alabama, ESPN reported Wednesday night. A rising junior, he will have to sit out a season and then be eligible to suit up for the Crimson Tide for the 2018-19 season. The 6-foot-7 Mack was the Longhorns' leading scorer when coach Shaka Smart indefinitely suspended him in January for a violation of team rules. His mother, Paula Mack, told Phil Kornblut earlier this year that the distance from home became a big issue for her son. 'He kind of felt like he was out there by himself with no family,' she said. 'He was 18 when he left. He was OK with it, but last year he really didn't want to go back and we talked him in to going back. He said once he got there he realized how far it was.' In 15 games this season Mack averaged nearly 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. As a freshman he averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: thestate.com



UMass basketball forward Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina - by Eurobasket News

Donte Clark (6'4''-G-94) is transferring from the Massachusetts men's basketball program. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported that Clark will be transferring to Coastal Carolina as a graduate transfer, which makes Clark immediately eligible to play next season. Clark previously declared for the NBA Draft without an agent back on April 6, but did not rule out returning to the Minutemen next season. Players who declare for the draft without an agent have the option of removing themselves from the draft and return to their collegiate programs for a fifth year or transfer. Clark is the seventh UMass player to transfer since the firing of head coach Derek Kellogg after the Minutemen finished 14-18 and failed to advance past the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season in 28.7 minutes per game. The Chanticleers finished the 2016-17 season 20-19 and in sixth place in the Sun Belt Conference.
Courtesy of: dailycollegian.com



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LBL Round 14: Regatas lose to Inmaculada - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise took place in Lima where host Inmaculada (9-5) beat league's leader Regatas (12-2) 70-62 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Regatas. Inmaculada have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Real Club. Regatas at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Real Club who have the same record.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and San Marcos (#6). San Marcos were smashed at home by 53 points 44-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Regatas. San Marcos lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 47-61 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 3-11 record. La Family lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 14 EOFap defeated Circolo in Lima 73-59.

Circolo - EOFap 59-73

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Circolo (7-7) was defeated at home by fifth ranked EOFap (7-7) 73-59 on Wednesday. EOFap moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Circolo.
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San Marcos - Real Club 44-97

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and San Marcos (#6). San Marcos were smashed at home by 53 points 44-97 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Regatas. San Marcos lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost.
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Inmaculada - Regatas 70-62

The biggest surprise took place in Lima where host Inmaculada (9-5) beat league's leader Regatas (12-2) 70-62 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Regatas. Inmaculada have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Real Club. Regatas at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Real Club who have the same record.
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La Family - Ejercito 47-61

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 47-61 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Ejercito maintains seventh position with 3-11 record. La Family lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
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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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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.0 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.9 
 4. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.5 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.17.1 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.2 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.1 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.8 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 10. Mendes, Sampaense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.8 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.6 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.3 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 2. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB M.1.8 
 4. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 6. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 7. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 8. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 9. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 10. Xavier, FC Porto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.3 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 6. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 7. Gentry, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


LPB Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Vitoria SC advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria SC - Galitos-Barreiro 81-79

Vitoria SC eked out a narrow home win over Galitos-Barreiro to secure their semifinal appearance. American guard Andrew Ferry (190-90, college: Cornell) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and international forward Joao Balseiro (192-87) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Vitoria SC's coach Fernando Sa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Canadian-Jamaican point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Jaques Conceicao (190-89) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Galitos-Barreiro players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: A.Ferry 23+5reb+2ast, J.Balseiro 17+9reb, V.Moses 10+6reb, M.Rakic 8+9reb+4ast, P.Pinto 8+1reb+3ast, N.Dukic 7+6reb+4ast
Galitos-Barreiro: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 28+7reb+5ast, J.Conceicao 13+6reb+1ast, S.Grosey 12+5reb, K.Marshall 10+7reb+2ast, D.Lee 8+3reb, J.Cardoso 4+2reb
gschID: 546881





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas20.8 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.7 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.8 
 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. Collier, Mayaguez9.4 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 5. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 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. Browne, San German6.7 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas5.1 
 9. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Fitch, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 6. Carmona, Quebradillas1.4 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Browne, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Diaz, Quebradillas2.3 
 3. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 4. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Romero, Bayamon1.0 
 10. Orozco, Humacao0.9 


Jorge Bryan Diaz gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Center Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last week for Quebradillas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 20.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds for Quebradillas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#6, 8-11) 92-79. Quebradillas maintains the 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Diaz had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jorge Bryan Diaz averages this season 13.6ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 29-year old American forward Damion James (201-F-87) of second-ranked Fajardo. James impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Fajardo to edge slightly lower-ranked Arecibo (#4, 9-10) by 5 points 100-95. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Fajardo consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. James is one of the most experienced players at Fajardo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama (#6). Wilkins showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last week. He was a key player of Guayama, leading his team to a 80-79 win against Humacao (8-11). The chances of Guayama ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wilkins could help Guayama to bring them higher in the standings. Wilkins has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Fajardo - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Humacao - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wil Martinez (188-G-92) of Humacao - 33 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kleon Penn (213-C-86) of Guayama - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Omar Samhan (211-C-88) of Aguada - 14 points, 14 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)



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





Anhui adds Johnson to their roster, ex Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Anhui Wenyi (NBL) added to their roster 32-year old American power forward Chris Johnson (210-107kg-85, college: LSU). He played last summer at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in April. In 29 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0bpg. The last season Johnson was tested by the Cavaliers in NBA.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Johnson was drafted by Dakota Wizards (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended Louisiana State University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2010. He was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2011.
Johnson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Johnson has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Turkey (Turk Telekom), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket and PGE Turow), China (Golden Bulls, Long Lions and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
The scouts decsribe him following way: a truly gifted and unique physical specimen who at 6'11 is as mobile and explosive as most SFs. Great motor on every possession combined with his length and explosiveness make Chris a tremendous shot-blocker, rebounder and defender. Skilled offensive player who excels with space on pick and pop, face up, slashing and put back possessions. A game changer on both ends of the floor!.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Russian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Russian National Team 2017
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Alexey Shved
Shved
Dmitrii Khvostov
Khvostov
Ivan Strebkov
Strebkov
Maxim Kolyushkin
Kolyushkin
Mikhail Kulagin
Kulagin
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Alexey Shved 198-G-88 Khimki Russia

Dmitrii Khvostov 190-G-89 Lokomotiv Russia

Ivan Strebkov 192-PG-91 N.Novgorod Russia

Maxim Kolyushkin 192-G-90 Avtodor Russia

Mikhail Kulagin 191-G-94 CSKA Russia

Vitaliy Fridzon 195-G-85 CSKA Russia

Sergey Bykov 190-G-83 Avtodor Russia

Dmitrii Kulagin 197-G/F-92 CSKA Russia

Vyacheslav Zaytsev 191-G-89 Khimki Russia

Evgenii Baburin 190-G-87 Lokomotiv Russia

Sergey Karasev 201-SG-93 Zenit Russia

Nikita Kurbanov 202-F-86 CSKA Russia

Vladislav Trushkin 201-SF-93 Enisey Russia

Stanislav Ilnitskiy 200-F-94 Khimki Russia

Aleksandr Zakharov 203-SF-93 Irkut Russia

Andrey Vorontsevich 207-F-87 CSKA Russia

Semen Antonov 202-PF-89 CSKA Russia

Andrey Zubkov 205-F-91 Lokomotiv Russia

Pavel Antipov 204-F-91 Unics Russia

Evgeny Valiev 205-F-90 Zenit Russia

Vladimir Ivlev 207-F-90 Lokomotiv Russia

Timofey Mozgov 216-C-86 LA Lakers USA

Petr Gubanov 206-PF-87 N.Novgorod Russia

Artem Klimenko 214-C-94 Unics Russia

Anton Pushkov 208-C-88 Zenit Russia

Dmitry Sokolov 214-C-85 Khimki Russia

Alan Makiev 210-C-91 Avtodor Russia




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Manama clinch semi-final spot in 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News

MANAMA punched their semi-final tickets last night while Al Ahli bowed out from further title contention in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship, being held in Bahrain. National champions Manama survived a late collapse to escape with a narrow 100-98 victory over Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad. Fellow-Bahrainis Al Ahli, meanwhile, battled hard but came up short in the end against Qatari outfit Al Rayyan 81-89. In yesterday's other knockout contests, defending champions Al Ahli of the UAE humiliated Al Etifaq of Oman 108-47 to advance to the final four. Joining them were another Emirati squad in Al Shabab, who were made to sweat by an inspired Al Sadd of Qatar in a 98-93 win. In tomorrow's semi-finals, Manama will battle Ahli of the UAE while Rayyan take on Al Shabab. In Manama's victory last night, the hosts survived a late rally by Ittihad to come away with the two-point win. Hussain Mohammed (PG) stepped up big when his team needed him the most. He scored the Bahrainis' final five points in the game, all of which came from the charity stripe. He also led the team with 27 points including five three-pointers. Versatile forward Mohammed Quwayed chipped in with 21 markers off the bench. Maytham Jameel added 12 points including six rebounds and six assists, Georgian professional Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Bahamas import Kadeem Coleby finished with 10 points. Americans Joshua Dollard and Quintrell Thomas scored 32 and 24 points respectively to lead Ittihad, who nearly completed a stunning comeback after outscoring Manama by 14 points in the final quarter.
In Ahli's defeat, the Bahrainis trailed for much of the contest. They were ignited in the second half by the energy of lightning-quick guard Jassim Abul, and, behind the leadership of Hussain Shaker and Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), made one valiant push towards the end. Sabah Hussain scored on a fast-break lay-up to bring Ahli to within one, 81-82, with just two-and-a-half-minutes remaining, but that was as close as they got as Rayyan's Mohamed Harat and Mohamed Abdelkawy made key baskets to keep Rayyan afloat before pulling away for the victory. Shaker and Brezec finished with 23 points apiece. Shaker also had 12 assists while Brezec pulled down 13 rebounds. Hussain chipped in with 14 while Sayed Kadhem Majed had 12. Harat led Rayyan with 31 points and 18 rebounds. Abdelkawry finished with 21.
Elsewhere, Al Ahli of the UAE were unforgiving in their 61-point demolition of Etifaq. They opened the game scoring 40 points in the first quarter while only allowing a measly three points from their rivals. They cruised the rest of the way, enjoying leads as big as 68 points. Sam Young (198-F/G-85, college: Pittsburgh) led all scorers with 29 points, while Mitchell Watt added 28. Both American professionals had three triples in the game, while Watt took down 14 rebounds. American-Nigerian professional Robert Anshila paced Etifaq with 13 points in the loss.
In Al Shabab's win, the UAE side needed some late heroics from Rashed Alzaabi to get their result. After Faisal Abuissa made a triple to give Sadd a 91-89 lead, Alzaabi took over and scored Shabab's final nine points. Alzaabi finished the game with 36 points. Jassim Haji added 22 for Shabab while Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, college: Newberry) had an impressive all-around performance of 21 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Greek professional Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had 33 points and 15 rebounds to lead Sadd. American Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in with 22 points. Both fouled out late in the fourth quarter, leaving Sadd with just three players on the floor for the closing moments of the game.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Results and Stats from Day 6 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Vietnam - Philippines 52-107
Philippines registered the fifth consecutive victory at the championship. They eased past Vietnam to stay undefeated. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) delivered 19 points in the victory. Philippines accumulated a 53:29 halftime lead. They went on a 36:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Raymond Almazan (206-C-89) and Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) accounted for 16 points each in the win. Tan Nguyen (191-F-91) responded with 11 points for Vietnam.

Singapore - Thailand 57-67
Thailand picked up the fourth victory at the tournament. They overcame Singapore to improve at 4-2 record. Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Thailand recorded a 38:34 halftime advantage. They held Singapore to just 23 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Kannut Samerjai (180-G-88) accounted for 15 points for the Thai team. Larry Hua Liew (191-G-93) responded with 17 points for Singapore.

Myanmar - Indonesia 50-123
Indonesia defeated Myanmar to remain perfect in Manila. Seven players scored in double digits to pace the winners. Abraham Damar Grahita (201-SF-95) provided 19 points to lead the winners. Indonesia accumulated a 55:23 halftime lead. They added 68 points in the second half and rallied to the victory. Hardianus Lakudu (175-PG-92) tossed in 18 points for the winners. Aung Wana (180-F-95) responded with 16 points for Myanmar.




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Papa Mbaye extends contract with Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Lleida secured the services of Papa Mbaye for the next season. The Senegalese centre has agreed on terms of contract extension. Papa Mbaye joined Lleida at the start of the season. He notched 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in LEB Gold. Previously Papa Mbaye played for FC Barcelona II and Cornella. He was named All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.



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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)



Roda JLS - end of regular season - by Nenad Ilijev

Round 22

Zarkovo - Dinamik 76-84 (Gasic 19pts 11rebs 4ast, Sinik 16pts - Beslac 26pts 10rebs, Vulikic 19pts 7ast 4stl)
Nibak - Vojvodina 64-96 (Milanovic 22pts 12rebs - Birovljev 27pts 10rebs 3stl, Zaric 18pts 7rebs)
Mladost Cacak - Mega Bemax 75-61 (Radulovic 25pts 5rebs 4stl, Ocokoljic 19pts 8rebs 3stl - Miskovic 22pts 8rebs, Jovicic 14pts)
Crvena Zvezda m:ts - Partizan NIS 82-70 (Djordjevic S. 24pts 8rebs 3stl, Djordjevic V. 16pts 5rebs 3ast - Hadzic 20pts 3stl, Popovic 18pts 8rebs)
Zdravlje - Zeleznicar Cacak 85-80 (Stosic 21pts, Stajic 15pts 9rebs 2stl - Jovanovic 25pts 7rebs 3ast 3stl, Koraksic 16pts)
Radnicki Kragujevac - Polet 85-75 (Popovic 23pts 12rebs 5ast 5stl, Tomasevic 20pts 8rebs 4blk - Tomasevic R. 16pts 10rebs, Erak 15pts)

Standings

Crvena Zvezda m:ts 21-1, Dinamik 18-4, Mega Bemax 16-6, Partizan NIS 15-7, Zarkovo 14-8, Radnicki 11-11, Mladost 11-11, Vojvodina 11-11, Zdravlje 8-14, Polet 3-19, Zeleznicar 2-20, Nibak 2-20.



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SBL Round 4 of Finals. Rieker Komarno celebrate first victory - by Eurobasket News

Rieker KN - Inter Bratislava 86-66

Rieker Komarno outgunned Inter Bratislava to snap three-game losing skid in the SBL Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Rieker KN. Inter Bratislava managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Inter Bratislava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Roman Vido (204-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian guard Vuk Djordjevic (193-91) who added 22 points during the contest. Four Rieker KN players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward William Walker (197-87, college: Bethel, IN) scored 20 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rieker KN: V.Djordjevic 22+3reb+2ast, R.Vido 16+13reb, F.Halada 15+7reb+3ast, W.Langston 12+4reb+3ast, B.Tomic 9+3reb+6ast, F.Cobb 8+5reb
Inter Bratislava: W.Walker 20+2reb, R.Rancik 19+6reb+3ast, N.Barac 8+2reb, A.Vlahovic 5+3reb+3ast, T.Mrvis 4+3reb+2ast, A.Radukic 3+1reb+1ast
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Predrag Milovic fired as coach of Grousplje - by Zeljko Zule

Grosuplje fired Montenegrin coach Predrag Milovic after his first full season with the team, the club announced.
Grousplje wrapped up disappointing League Two (2SKL) season with a 13-9 record overall, finished in just 5th place. Milovic was given a three-year contract when he was hired last summer. It was his second stint with Grosuplje after serving as head coach from February 2013 to the end of the 2013-14 season.



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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Papa Mbaye extends contract with Lleida - by Eurobasket News

Lleida secured the services of Papa Mbaye for the next season. The Senegalese centre has agreed on terms of contract extension. Papa Mbaye joined Lleida at the start of the season. He notched 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in LEB Gold. Previously Papa Mbaye played for FC Barcelona II and Cornella. He was named All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year back in 2012.



Joaquin Colom selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joaquin Colom
Joaquin Colom
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Forca Lleida, currently plays in VTB United League). Colom could not help Unics Kazan (15-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Unics Kazan (15-9) was defeated 83-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#4) in the group A of VTB United League. Colom scored 12 points and added 7 assists. Colom has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.9apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 83.8%. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA). Gasol contributed to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (55-27) crushing them 114-75 in the NBA last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Gasol also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. It's Gasol's first year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 11.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 51.2%(62-121) and FT: 70.7% in 78 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Alex Urtasun
Alex Urtasun
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Alex Urtasun (193-84, currently plays in France). Urtasun led Sluc Nancy to a victory over the closely-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-23) 96-91 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Urtasun recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (8-26) closes the standings in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. It's Urtasun's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 39.2%. Urtasun played for the Spanish U20 national team thirteen years ago.

Guillem Rubio
Guillem Rubio
   #4. Center Guillem Rubio (202-82, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Doukas in their game against Faros (24-6) in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Rubio was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Rubio has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Spanish national team back in 2009.

Ferran Ventura
Ferran Ventura
   #5. Former U17 international guard Ferran Ventura (188-95, 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 on Friday night. Ventura 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. Ventura's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Spanish U17 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay) led Aguada to a victory over the leader Hebraica (10-4) 88-84 in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Barrera scored 20 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 4 balls in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 1. Atletico Aguada (8-6) is placed third. It's Barrera's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.7apg and 1.8spg in 30 games he played so far. Barrera has a dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan.

   #2. Experienced Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 72-68 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Batista averages: 6.4ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Spanish.

   #3. Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Ferrocarril (34-22) in their last game. Despite Maldonado's very good performance the second-placed Ferrocarril (34-22) lost 90-95 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Weber Bahia in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 26 minutes. It was Ferrocarril's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Maldonado has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg in 49 games. He has both Spanish and Argentinian nationalities.

   #4. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Garra Canera de Navolato (10-17) 92-88 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (21-5) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Villanueva's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 18 games. He also holds two passports: Spanish and Mexican.

   #5. Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91, currently plays in Brazil) helped Joinville win their game against the closely-ranked Contagem (13-5) 65-55 in the Brazilian Liga Ouro (second division) last Thursday. Jeronimo recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basquete Joinville/AABJ (10-7) is placed third in the Liga Ouro. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jeronimo's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 6.6rpg. He holds both Spanish and Brazilian passports. Despite Jeronimo's Spanish nationality, he previously played for the Brazilian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Spanish team.

   #6. Arnette Hallman (200-F-88, currently plays in Portugal) helped Oliveirense win their game against the sixth-ranked Illiabum 64-60 in the Portuguese LPB on Friday night. Hallman scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Hallman has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Hallman used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #7. Ariel Eslava (201-F/C-79, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Quilmes MP in their game against Penarol in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 6 points. His team was edged 77-74. Eslava's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He has dual citizenship: Spanish and Argentinian.

   #8. Omar Quintero (182-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico) helped Halcones de Ciudad Obregon win their game against the eighth-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan 139-136 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Tuesday. Quintero scored 9 points and added 8 passes in 40 minutes. This year Quintero's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games. He holds both Spanish and Mexican passports.

   #9. Walter Herrmann (206-F-79, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Obras Basket in their game against San Lorenzo in the Argentinian LigaA. Herrmann scored only 4 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 81-65. Herrmann has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 5.7rpg. Herrmann has Spanish and Argentinian nationalities.

   #10. Juan Palacios (206-F/C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Tofas Bursa in a victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka 88-82 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. This year Palacios' overall s