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  ABA  



CJ Henderson appointed CEO of ABA Australia - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that CJ Henderson as been appointed CEO of ABA Australia, the second initiative in the league's international expansion. "The ABA brand is recognized worldwide," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman. "Each year, we send over 250 players to play internationally and have established some remarkable relationships. Many countries have expressed interest in the exciting ABA rules and in our fan-friendly affordable approach to professional basketball. We are very happy to have CJ leading the effort in Australia.
Though born in Oklahoma into a sports family with one member playing for the Harlem Globetrotters and the other being NFL legend Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, CJ has been involved with basketball all his life and played internationally for two seasons. He is a US Navy veteran aboard the famous USS Missouri and has lived in Sydney Australia for 28 years including coaching two local teams to championships.
He currently runs a sports marketing business in Sydney and is partnered with a global sporting app along with some of the biggest names in the NBA. "As a young man I grew up watching the original ABA evolve and I am really lookig forward to re-creating that magic for the young people of Australia," added Henderson. "My first goal is to recruit 4-8 teams owners to form teams, and like the ABA, we'll make it the easiest to own and operate of any professional sports league. We are excited and pleased with this opportunity."
For more information, email CJ at interactivesportshub@outlook.com, Twitter: @sportshuboz, Instagram: sportshuboz, or visit www.sportshuboz.com or www.abaliveaction.com



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  ANGOLA  


Recreativo do Libolo post narrow win at the Dream Space in Luanda - by Eurobasket News

Recreativo do Libolo overcame Petro de Luanda in the Finals opener. They grabbed a 97-96 win at the Dream Space in Luanda. Libolo had a 49-43 halftime advantage and managed to save a narrow victory. Andre Harris (201-PF-85, college: Fair Dickinson) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) notched 19. Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) replied with 29 points, while Domingos Bonifacio (189-G-84) added 18. The second match will be played on Saturday at the same venue.


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  ARGENTINA  


Elliott is back at Cocodrilos, ex Quimsa - by Francisco Vega

Cocodrilos de Caracas (LPB) signed experienced 34-year old American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington). It is actually his comeback to Caracas as he has played here before. Elliott He moved there from Quimsa in Argentinian LigaA where he played this season. In 30 games he had 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. The last summer Elliott was tested by Indios de San Francisco (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league.
In 2007 he was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) in second round (17th overall).
The former George Washington University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Elliott was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Elliott has played also professionally in Finland, Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Soles), Uruguay (Hebraica), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Venezuela (Centauros de Apure) and Dominican Republic (La Mattica and Leones de Santo Domingo).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Review of TFB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Talleres TV - Chivilcoy Racing 80-76

Talleres claimed the second straight victory over Chivilcoy Racing. It looked good early as Chivilcoy Racing took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Talleres TV had a 21-10 second period charge getting the lead and Chivilcoy Racing was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-80.
gschID: 546691


Ramos Mejia - Regatas U. 81-62

Ramos Mejia outgunned Regatas U to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Ramos Mejia. Regatas CU managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 546690


Ameghino - C.Espanol P. 79-71

Ameghino topped C.Espanol for the second consecutive victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But C.Espanol P. won fourth quarter 19-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 546689


Belgrano SN - Deportivo Norte A. 78-83

Deportivo Norte A. upset Belgrano to even the series at 1-1. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78.
gschID: 546688





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  AUSTRALIA  


Benjamin's double-double lands him State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Geraldton B. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Perth R. (#4, 8-3) 117-113. Geraldton B. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Australian State League. They are still close to the very top. Geraldton B. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Benjamin had a remarkable 65.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Geraldton B., being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Oregon graduate has very impressive stats this year. Benjamin is in league's top in points (8th best: 24.4ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,2.2spg and 56.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Gold Coast R.. He is American forward in his first season at Gold Coast R.. In the last game Craig recorded impressive double-double of 42 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Gold Coast R. to edge SW Metro P. (#14, 0-3) by 3 points 95-92. This victory allowed Gold Coast R. to move up to 6th position in QBL. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Craig is one of the most experienced players at Gold Coast R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Perth R. (#4). Redhage got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and five assists. Despite Redhage's great performance Perth R. lost 113-117 to #2 ranked Geraldton B.. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Perth R. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in SBL. Their record is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Redhage has a great season in Australia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.4ppg (best scorer). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 58.8%. Shawn Redhage has also Australian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Monroe (201-F) of Maitland M. - 33 points and 16 rebounds
5. James Mitchell (195-G/F-91) of Rockhampton - 34 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Shaun Bruce (190-G-91) of Mackay M. - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Aaron Anderson (178-PG) of Brisbane C. - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Isaih Tueta (187-G-91) of Sunshine CR - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Justin Baker (203-F/C-89) of Townsville H. - 30 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ray Turner (206-F-90) of Willetton T. - 33 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Gries/Oberhoffen could sign Demond Watt - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) is about to agree terms with 28-year old American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) who currently plays at Rockhampton Rockets in Australia. In four QBL games he had 12.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 4.5apg and 2.3bpg this season. This season Watt played at Angers BC in France.
He is quite experienced player. Watt has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Finland (UU Korihait), Iceland (KR Reykjavik), Sweden (Eco Orebro), United Kingdom (London Lions and Cheshire Phoenix), PBL (Gary Splash) and Mongolia (Sukhbaatar).
Watt attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.6 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Cumberbatch, Oberw.15.6 
 10. Maresch, UBSC G.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.7 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.6 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 8. Friedrich, Gmunden4.4 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.5 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 6. Payton, Wels1.4 
 7. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 8. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 9. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 10. Koch, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Wels and Kapfenberg - by Eurobasket News

Wels - Oberwart 63-57

Wels overcame Oberwart to take 2-1 lead in the series. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 15-6 charge of Raiffeisen Wels, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Redwell Gunners Oberwart to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a good game for Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart.
Top scorers:
Wels: A.Chan 21+8reb, T.Csebits 9+2reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 8+8reb+5ast, L.O'Neal 7+2reb+2ast, D.Cigoja 6+7reb+1ast, K.Payton 6+6reb+2ast
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 22+16reb+4ast, C.McNealy 15+6reb+2ast, D.Jackson 8+5reb+3ast, J.Traylor 6+4reb, C.Kuakumensah 4+4reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 2+5reb
gschID: 546491


Kapfenberg - Gmunden 81-68

Kapfenberg held off Gmunden for the second victory in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Gmunden Swans was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Serbian Nemanja Krstic (205-93) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Toni Blazan (195-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with 17 points and Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-91, college: Southeastern, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Vujosevic 25+3reb+6ast, N.Krstic 14+10reb+3ast, K.Jamar 13+3reb+1ast, C.Baptiste 11+5reb+1ast, M.Coffin 10+5reb+1ast, A.Woschank 5+1reb+1ast
Gmunden: T.Blazan 17+3reb+1ast, T.Klette 13+3reb, D.Friedrich 13+2reb+1ast, M.Ojo 9+3reb+2ast, P.Gaidys 8+8reb+3ast, E.Murati 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546492





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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



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  BELARUS  


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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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





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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Sena, Contagem15.8 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville15.4 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.14.6 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.3 
 5. Gaines, Blumenau13.3 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau13.1 
 7. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 8. Maistro, Contagem12.8 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Semmke, Blumenau11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Sena, Contagem7.7 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.7 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.8 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.6 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.0 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 10. Alvim, Contagem5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.5 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.1 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.6 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 6. Semmke, Blumenau3.1 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.7 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 2. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 3. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.6 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Vezaro, Joinville1.4 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem1.1 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 7. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 8. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau0.5 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 


Faverani leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Brazilian ex-international center Vitor Faverani (212-118kg-88) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). In 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Faverani also played 9 games in Euroleague where he had 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team he played that season for was UCAM Murcia. In 15 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Faverani's team won Israeli Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faverani was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Faverani experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Faverani has played previously professionally in Italy, NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (Valencia Basket, Zaragoza, Gipuzkoa and Clinicas Rincon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Brazil (Araraquara) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He is described as: A powerful pivot with great moves inside. Yet a "beast" defensively, he has improved his offensive skill, becoming a very good scoring center.

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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  CHINA  


Ponce welcomes back Harris, ex Sichuan BW - by Eurobasket News

Leones de Ponce (BSN) inked experienced 34-year old American small forward Mike Harris (198-107kg-83, college: Rice). It is actually his comeback to Leones as he has played here before. Harris He moved there from Sichuan Blue Whales in Chinese CBA league where he started the season. In 11 games he averaged impressive 22.7ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Harris played also at Blue Whales (also in CBA). In 47 games he had very remarkable stats: 30.4ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Harris has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Imported Player of the Year award in 2013 and 2015.
Harris is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Harris has played previously professionally also in Iran, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Ukraine and NBA (Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves) and China (Golden Bulls, Jiangsu Dragons, Leopards and Eagles).
He attended Rice University until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COOK ISLANDS  


Big season ahead for basketballers - by Eurobasket News

The Cook Islands Basketball Federation (CIBF) is gearing up for a bumper 2017 season which kicks off next month. The 2017 season will culminate with the participation of the national men's and women's sides at the FIBA Oceania run Polynesian Tournament in Auckland. CIBF vice-president James Puati said the season would start with the Mixed Jam Business House Competition on May 11. This, he said, would be followed by the premier competition which would serve as a scouting and training ground for potential national basketballers. 'Also in the mix will be consideration for participation of our national 3x3 teams at the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. This comes off the back of commendable international and regional performances by the women's and men's teams respectively,' Puati said. 'The CIBF is also exploring development opportunities for the younger players with the Warriors programme scheduled to start around June. Hoops for Kids (H4K) will also start up their skills development programme around that time as well.' With the completion of the recent annual general meeting, election of office bearers and the fine tuning of the code's constitution, the federation now has the necessary components in place to start planning for the six-month season. Puati said this had also been buoyed by the successful incorporated society's application and the conceptual formation of Cook Islands Basketball International. The Cook Islands Basketball International is a CIBF-sanctioned group based in New Zealand charged with promotion and co-ordination of basketball activity for Cook Islanders in New Zealand and having networks through to Australia.
Courtesy of: cookislandnews.com



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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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  EL SALVADOR  


Recap of Liga MB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Isidro Metapan - Canarios 106-86

Isidro Metapan rallied past Canarios to gain the lead in the series. It was a great shooting night for Isidro Metapan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Canarios' players. American players dominated also this game. Forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Robert Sandoval (183-91, college: Azusa Pacific) chipped in 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and center Reginald Brown (202-91) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: R.Sandoval 33+5reb+6ast, K.Palmer 24+16reb+4ast, D.James 19+6reb+5ast, E.Mijares 16+2reb+7ast, J.Colorado 9+5reb+4ast, A.Regalado 3+3reb
Canarios: W.Hepburn 28+12reb+2ast, D.Lawson 23+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 20+12reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 10+6reb+3ast, W.Quijano 3+2reb, J.Martinez 2
gschID: 546916


Halcones - Cojute 82-88

Cojute upset Halcones in the opener. Cojute outrebounded Halcones 71-59 including 29 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds. Forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) added 15 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks in the effort for Halcones.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 33+18reb+3ast, B.Golden 23+9reb+6ast, S.Sill 16+21reb+2ast, B.Garcia 8+10reb, J.Quintanilla 6+7reb+2ast, R.Melendez 2+3reb+1ast
Halcones: J.Moss 29+14reb+4ast, R.Miller 15+14reb+3ast, J.Araujo 15+3reb+8ast, M.Borbon 9+15reb+2ast, A.Merino 5+4reb, M.Orellana 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546917


Brujos Izalco - Denver-FAS 95-82

Brujos Izalco topped Denver-FAS to open win count. Brujos Izalco forced 23 Denver-FAS turnovers. Denver-FAS was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian-American center Olaniyi Akingkube (208, college: N.Carolina A&T) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Denver-FAS's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 41+14reb+4ast, G.McArthur 18+8reb, R.Mendez 14+4reb+3ast, E.Navarrete 8+6reb+6ast, M.Flores 5+2reb+4ast, T.Elliott 5+8reb+1ast
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 21+10reb+2ast, C.Miller 16+3reb, O.Akingkube 13+16reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 9+4reb+1ast, E.Castaneda 9+3reb+1ast, I.Urrutia 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546915


Santa Tecla - El Rapido 91-83

Santa Tecla outgunned El Rapido in Game 1. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. El Rapido was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) stepped up and scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Oscar Rivera (190-80) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. At the losing side Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 32+5reb+9ast, O.Rivera 24+5reb+3ast, O.Torres 15+9reb+1ast, C.Arias 10+7reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 4+2reb+3ast, E.Escalante 3+2reb+2ast
El Rapido: D.King 24+11reb+3ast, M.Guevara 22+8reb+3ast, E.Ishman 20+9reb+5ast, M.Lopez 8+5reb+6ast, E.Ramirez 5+5reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 4+2reb
gschID: 546914





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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.6 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 7. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.3 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.5 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.3 
 4. Kabin, Parnu4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Saage, TL.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bratoz, Rapla1.9 
 2. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 3. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 6. Kabin, Parnu1.6 
 7. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 8. Jois, Tartu Ulikool0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 


Alexela KML Round 3 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo record third consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Rapla - Kalev/Cramo 74-77

Kalev/Cramo overcame a fierce opposition from Rapla to claim the third straight win in the series. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Rapla turnovers. It was a great evening for Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points. The former international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-89) helped adding 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Rapla players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 27+2reb+2ast, S.Sokk 14+8reb+7ast, M.Tollefsen 10+4reb, C.Simmons 8+9reb+5ast, V.Liutych 8+4reb, E.Keedus 6+1reb
Rapla: T.van der Mars 17+15reb, I.Kajupank 14+3reb, D.Bratoz 12+5reb+6ast, M.Paasoja 11+8reb+1ast, R.Suarez 9+7reb+2ast, J.Kok 6+4reb
gschID: 546343

3-4 Place
Tartu Ulikool - Parnu 66-57

Tartu Ulikool celebrated the Bronze medals as they swept Parnu. It looked good early as Parnu took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tartu Ulikool had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-66. It was an exceptional evening for Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 7 assists respectively for Parnu in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: M.Thomas 14+3reb+2ast, D.Milka 12+11reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 11+1reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 10+6reb+2ast, V.Jois 6+6reb+1ast, J.Talts 6+8reb+3ast
Parnu: D.Bubalo 22+7reb+1ast, E.Seskus 15+4reb+7ast, R.Hallik 7+6reb+1ast, S.Leppik 5+6reb+1ast, M.Kirves 4+4reb+1ast, K.Kask 2+2reb



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2017 Brooklyn Eurobasket Summer League Day 2 Results! - by ESL News

The 2017 Eurobasket Summer League and WCL Sports Management Brooklyn Combine concluded Sunday with the game portion of the event. Each player played in two games and are availability immediately. Below you can find the box scores for each game and the full video for each.

Game 1:
Paris 71 v Mexico City 72
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AF_BNOQqic&t=21s

#ParisPtsRebAstStlBlk
75David Canny (211-C-95)85110
66Harry Eromosele (196-F-94, college: St.Michael's)120110
49Andy Momplaisir23300
27Frankie Schettino (180-PG)42200
96Jose Nouchanthavong (188-G)85610
97Damon Garrett153220
32Richard Parker (185-G)181220
9Brandon Mills (185-G-89, college: Suffolk-M.J.Grant)42300
#Mexico CityPtsRebAstStlBlk
87Darian Barnes (206-F)105512
86Malcolm Delpeche (203-C)86021
14Michael Young165300
81Symon Smith (175-PG)91210
65Robert Dionisio (196-F)64300
21Roddy Bunch62510
72Aaron Miller (185-G)153100
31Kyle Houston (G)21010

Game 2:
Munich 65 v Dubai 58
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx9ovWN3TAU



#DubaiPtsRebAstStlBlk
48Ryan Spicer22320
61Khaleeq Baum (193-F)97220
63Kyle Ritz (201-F)118112
29Brian Kruger (183-PG)101520
52Richard De La Cruz (191-G)50210
77Kareem Brown (183-PG)82010
71Marcus Delpeche (201-F)109012
37Andre Diggs (188-G, college: Erie CC)31211
#MunichPtsRebAstStlBlk
70Chris Millender (198-F)1411020
74Chris Outing (201-F)153010
1Andre Nixon (190-G)112110
15Lionel Ellison III (190-G-94)126831
44Matt Hart (185-PG)117210
83Andre Chambers (188-G)01120
33Keyon Armstrong (185-G)20111

Game 3:
Paris 60 v Munich 59
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyahh8CaI18



#ParisPtsRebAstStlBlk
75David Canny46411
66Harry Eromosele2311100
49Andy Momplaisir02101
27Frankie Schettino22500
96Jose Nouchanthavong96450
97Damon Garrett72200
32Richard Parker150100
9Brandon Mills03310
#MunichPtsRebAstStlBlk
70Chris Millender195410
74Chris Outing05200
79Russell Brown01000
1Andre Nixon174001
15Lionel Ellison III25140
44Matt Hart96310
83Andre Chambers44220
33Keyon Armstrong81020

Game 4:
Mexico City 63 v Dubai 56
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG3lC5pN5vs&t=40s



#Mexico CityPtsRebAstStlBlk
87Darian Barnes410013
86Malcolm Delpeche168131
14Michael Young22101
81Symon Smith63020
65Robert Dionisio117201
21Roddy Bunch31200
72Aaron Miller123100
31Kyle Houston95510
#DubaiPtsRebAstStlBlk
48Ryan Spicer20210
61Khaleeq Baum116001
63Kyle Ritz87511
29Brian Kruger83510
52Richard De La Cruz72101
77Kareem Brown51120
71Marcus Delpeche1510000
37Andre Diggs03011




2017 Brooklyn Eurobasket Summer League Day 1 Results! - by ESL News

The 2017 Brooklyn Eurobasket Summer League and Whitecox & Lyons Combine opened up Saturday with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work.

Skill Tests and Drills Performed:

Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work

Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed

Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Transition, Miami Transition, One on One defense, and 3 on 3 competition

(Listed below Men's Groups A-D)

Men's Group A

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
27Frankie Schettino (180-PG)2.9 sec7.66 sec10.88 sec382660%40%56%
29Brian Kruger (183-PG)3.0 sec7.91 sec10.47 sec372272%64%64%
31Kyle Houston (G)DNFDNFDNFDNFDNF56%56%36%
48Ryan Spicer2.87 sec7.75 sec10.69 sec362460%32%40%
49Andy Momplaisir3.22 sec8.56 sec10.75 sec362744%44%68%
81Symon Smith (175-PG)2.94 sec7.41 sec9.97 sec422560%56%72%
96Jose Nouchanthavong (188-G)2.88 sec7.4 sec9.65 sec433164%64%68%
14Michael Young2.81 sec7.57 sec9.97 sec423540%60%76%

Men's Group B

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
63Kyle Ritz (201-F)3.19 sec7.81 sec10.03 sec383012%20%15P
70Chris Millender (198-F)3.15 sec8.28 sec10.96 sec352752%48%19P
71Marcus Delpeche (201-F)2.97 sec7.63 sec9.85 sec443240%40%18P
74Chris Outing (201-F)3.13 sec8.0 sec10.03 sec422868%60%48%
75David Canny (211-C-95)3.41 sec8.75 sec10.53 sec402256%24%23P
86Malcolm Delpeche (203-C)2.84 sec7.56 sec9.59 sec443552%36%23P
87Darian Barnes (206-F)3.09 sec8.06 sec10.87 sec392752%52%68%

Men's Group C

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
9Brandon Mills (185-G-89, college: Suffolk-M.J.Grant)2.96 sec7.66 sec10.09 sec402776%60%32%
15Lionel Ellison III (190-G-94)2.82 sec7.5 sec9.91 sec363368%64%56%
21Roddy Bunch2.97 sec7.88 sec11.06 sec382932%56%52%
52Richard De La Cruz (191-G)2.97 sec8.12 sec10.21 sec402760%72%76%
66Harry Eromosele (196-F-94, college: St.Michael's)2.84 sec8.03 sec10.53 sec392936%44%76%
77Kareem Brown (183-PG)2.75 sec7.6 sec10.56 sec402752%68%80%
97Damon Garrett2.87 sec7.72 sec10.07 sec432960%60%88%
65Robert Dionisio (196-F)2.75 sec7.5 sec10.03 sec432860%76%64%
79Russell BrownDNFDNFDNFDNFDNF44%28%24%

Men's Group D

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
1Andre Nixon (190-G)2.87 sec7.68 sec10.41 sec383272%68%64%
72Aaron Miller (185-G)2.84 sec7.66 sec9.66 sec423276%52%80%
32Richard Parker (185-G)2.87 sec7.44 sec10.07 sec392968%76%72%
33Keyon Armstrong (185-G)3.04 sec7.69 sec10.22 sec403060%72%72%
37Andre Diggs (188-G, college: Erie CC)2.97 sec7.94 sec10.22 sec433164%64%72%
44Matt Hart (185-PG)2.94 sec7.56 sec9.32 sec443060%56%76%
83Andre Chambers (188-G)2.87 sec7.59 sec10.56 sec432964%36%72%






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Fenerbahce in talks to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with 26-year old Italian power forward Nicolo Melli (205-100kg-91) who currently plays at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Melli also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Brose Baskets (also in BBL) in German. In 40 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.6apg. Melli contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Melli also played 23 games in Euroleague where he got 9.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention in 2016.
Melli represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Melli has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, VL Pesaro and Grissin Bon RE.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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ANGT Finals Round 1: Four upsets to start - by Eurobasket News

The Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Finals started with a bang on Thursday as none of the four tournament winners this season managed to get wins in their respective games. In Group A, the day started with a thriller as U18 CSKA Moscow defeated U18 Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade by 80-84 thanks to free throws by Dmitriy Gusenkov (G-99), who ended the game with 17 points. In the second game of the day, U18 CFBB Paris thrashed defending champs U18 FC Barcelona Lassa, 85-66, behind Yanik Blanc (188-PG-99)'s 18 points. Moving on to Group B, U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade completed a huge last quarter to overcome U18 Real Madrid, 75-65, led by Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99)'s 20 points and 10 rebounds. In the last game of the round, host U18 Fenerbahce Istanbul pulled a valuable win over U18 Zalgiris Kaunas, 72-60, led by Ahmet Can Duran with 20 points and 9 boards.
Courtesy of: adidasngt.com



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  FRANCE  


Ludovic Negrobar agreed terms with Gries/Oberhoffen - by Eurobasket News

NM1 newcomer Gries/Oberhoffen BC strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91). He moved there from Union Rennes Basket 35 in NM1. He has played there for the last three years. In 31 NM1 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg. The last season Negrobar played also at Union_Rennes (also in NM2). He contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
Negrobar has played previously for three other teams: Limoges CSP Elite, Sceaux and Limoges CSP 2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Gries/Oberhoffen could sign Demond Watt - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) is about to agree terms with 28-year old American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) who currently plays at Rockhampton Rockets in Australia. In four QBL games he had 12.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 4.5apg and 2.3bpg this season. This season Watt played at Angers BC in France.
He is quite experienced player. Watt has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Finland (UU Korihait), Iceland (KR Reykjavik), Sweden (Eco Orebro), United Kingdom (London Lions and Cheshire Phoenix), PBL (Gary Splash) and Mongolia (Sukhbaatar).
Watt attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2011 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



Dijon lands Nicolas Dorez - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) tabbed 18-year old power forward Nicolas Dorez (205-99). He moved there from Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1 where he played this season. Dorez has played there for the last three years. In 26 NM1 games he averaged 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. The last season he played also at CFBB (also in NM1). In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 1.9rpg.
Dorez represented France at the World Championships U17 in Zaragoza (Spain) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 3.1ppg, 1.1rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.9 
 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. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 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. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
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. Melli, Brose Bask.0.8 


Dan Oppland Remains With The Nuernberg Falcons BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dan Oppland (203-F-84, college: Valparaiso) seems to be getting better with age as he is Mr Consistent put up his best numbers with the Nuernberg Falcons BC in his third year there and will continue to wear their jersey. The club annoinced the contract extension today. Oppland is a 33 year old 203cm forward from St Louis that will be entering his 12th professional season and fifth in Germany. Last season with the Nuernberg Falcons BC he played 27 games averaging 12.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 11.8%, FT: 67.8%. "He is our leader and identity figure. The reason why we got him in 2014. I am looking forward to be going into our fourth season together. We will build a strong team around him", stressed head coach Ralph Junge. Last season the American who has got experience playing in Holland, Poland, Sweden, Austria and Finland scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games and registered seven double doubles. His bests coring games were 23 points against Dresden and 19 points against Hanau.

Source:Nurnberg Falcons BC




BBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Ratiopharm Ulm enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm - Ludwigsburg 91-81

Ratiopharm Ulm completed the semifinal picture as they held off Ludwigsburg in the decisive fifth game of the quarterfinal series. Ratiopharm Ulm made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game, while EnBW Ludwigsburg only scored nine points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: A.Rubit 23+5reb+5ast, C.Babb 16+9reb+2ast, R.Morgan 15+3reb+1ast, P.Guenther 12+1reb+3ast, C.Prather 10+2reb, B.Hobbs 8+5reb+5ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 14+6reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 14+2reb+6ast, D.Crawford 13+3reb+1ast, C.Toppert 12+2reb+1ast, R.Trice 7+5reb+4ast, K.Martin 6+2reb
gschID: 546998





Alex Foster (When I Got To Germany My Opponents Would Try To Attack Me On Defense Now I'm Able To Disrupt Their Offense) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Alex Foster (202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and completed his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA) averaging 9,3ppg, and 3,5rpg. Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 39.9%, FT: 79.8%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. He spoke to Eurobasket after his second professional season.

Alex thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your season has unfortunately ended to the hands of 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner MBC. I doubt anyone was expecting miracles, but how disappointing was getting swept?

It was pretty embarrassing to be honest. Everyone in the Rheinstars organization expected us to compete with MBC and we thought we could beat them. However, they played really well and we didn't.

In German one says 'Da war nichts zu holen in diese Saison gegen MBC'. The RheinStars won only one game against MBC this season and lost the playoff series averaging giving up 20 points per game. Was MBC just flat out a more talented team and deeper that had your number all season long?

We beat them by 15 at home, so there's proof they were beatable, but you have to put 40 minutes of really good basketball together to do that. They've got talent and they play well together. That makes them really hard to beat.

The RheinStars were one of the better defensive teams in the Pro A giving up 74 points per game this season, but in the three game playoff series against MBC gave up 87 points per game. Why were the RheinStars unable to buckle down and play better defense when it counted most?

MBC deserves credit for their offensive performance. Most of their players can really score the ball, so we couldn't just key on one specific thing. I think our poor offensive output also allowed them to get easy baskets in transition.

You told me in our last interview in January 2017 that the RheinStars had dug a deep hole, but were climbing out. How proud are you of the team that it was able to crawl out of the hole and win three of the last four games and slip into the playoffs?

That's the one bright spot in an otherwise frustrating season. We never stopped fighting and ended up getting Cologne back in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.


What is your overall season summary for the RheinStars? Now after having reached the playoffs, do you feel like the team still hadn't reached it's full potential and could of actually gone deeper in the playoffs?

I feel like we never showed our quality on the court. It's a shame because we had so many talented players, we just never put it together.


The RheinStars are stacked with many very talented German players, but if you had to pick just one player who you feel improved the most from day one in preseason to game three in Weissenfels who would you choose?

Dennis Heinzmann


Let's talk about your season. Stat wise you didn't really raise your game so much, but you played seven minutes less than as a rookie. Overall were you happy with your game and effectiveness?

Even though I missed many of my own goals for the season, I still became a much better player this season. There are still some specific aspects of my game that I will continue to work on, so I can come back as an even better player next season.

You wanted to be at the 40% mark from downtown at season end, but finished at 37%. Still it was a vast improvement over your rookie season. Do you feel with added practice this summer that you will be a 40% shooter from downtown in your third professional season?

Yes.

You stated in our first interview of the season back in August 2016 that you really wanted to focus on the defensive end in your second season saying '. I always try to keep my matchup from scoring, along with helping my teammates within our defensive concept'. Do you feel that you made strides on the defensive end in your second professional season?

When I got to Germany, my opponents would try to attack me on defense. Now, I'm able to disrupt their offense.


How special was the last regular season game for you personally where you scored 23 points securing the playoffs. Was this your season highlight?

Probably, yeah.


What is the next step for Alex Foster? Are there chances that you will stay a third season with the RheinStars? Do you feel like you can develop further with this organization?

The next step is to get better this summer. Once the dust from this season has settled, I'll start to look for the best possible situation for me. No matter where I end up, I'll continue giving 100% to ensure things are going in the right direction.

What are your summer plans? Will you visit some place that you have never been to?

I'll spend some time visiting family and friends, after which I'll settle in Portland, where I hold my own basketball camps for kids. Check it out: www.sensebasketball.com. However, the biggest part of my summer will be preparing for next season.

What will be on the summer training agenda list and be the biggest priority for Alex Foster to work on and improve?

To build on my strengths and round-out my weaknesses.


In our first interview this season you told me 'I always say 'eben so,' after someone wishes me 'ein schoenen Tag' at the grocery or bakery. A lot of my German teammates tease me for using that phrase, because I guess it's more formal than what they're used to. Or maybe it's because it's a Southern-German thing. My mom's family is Schwabisch'. With what favorite German phrase will you be leaving Germany this season with?

I'm still using 'eben-so' pretty much every day.

What is your current opinion on Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas? Is he a bona fide NBA top 5 guard at the moment or do the Celts need to make a huge run in the playoffs to solidify that?

I'm not a big fan on ranking players. To me, what matters most is what a player means to his team. I think it's clear what Isaiah means to the Celtics that makes him totally unique.


Recently Devin Booker hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Is he a guy that you would have predicted him doing this or did it surprise you more?

Of course its a surprise to see someone with 70 points in a professional basketball game. Plus he did that at such a young age. I want to see him continue to ball out like that.


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'?

For me, the story was the Ducks. First final four in a long, long time. Hopefully they'll be back.


Now that the 2017 NCAA tournament is history, what do you concentrate most on? Are the NBA playoffs and MLB seasons something that you will follow?

I doubt I'll watch a single inning of baseball.


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

I like to think of him as the Donald Trump of basketball. It's unfortunate that he's around, but now we have to do everything we can to stop him. It's hard to watch.


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?

The individual effort he's put forward this season has been incredible, but he's going to need his teammates help to get far in the postseason. I'm interested to see what happens for sure.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Cars.

Thanks Alex for the chat.



BV Chemnitz Keeps Daniel Mixich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

His ultimate goal is the eadsyCredit BBL, but Daniel Mixich (182-PG-97) will continue to develop further in the Pro A with BV Chemnitz and fight for more minutes as the club extended his contract to 2019. Mixich is a 19 year old 182cm point guard that just completed his third season with BV Chemitz having tallied 90 Pro A games in this time and last season played 27 games averaging 3.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4apg. "He is a very important part of the team and with 19 has much potential and we want to exploit that together", stressed head coach Rodrigo Pastore. He scored in double figures twice last season including a 18 point game against Paderborn and 11 points against Trier. "I feel very comfortable here and Chemnitz is like a second home for me", stressed Daniel Mixich.

Source:BV Chemnitz




Oliver Clay Remains With Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Science City Jena will hold on to German Oliver Clay (208-F/C-87) who will go into his seventh BBL season. Clay will turn 30 this summer and is a 208cm center that will play his second season with the club. Two seasons ago he helped the Eastern Germany team back to the BBL playing 38 games averaging 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 45.2%, FT: 51.1%. Last season in the BBL, he played 30 games averaging 2,6ppg and 2,7rpg. "Consistency is an important factor for our roster planning. We want to give the team an identity with established faces and Oliver Clay belongs there and is an important building block that gave his part to the success and filled his role well the last two seasons. He is a hard worker not only in games, but in practice. He was a very versatile player on the defensive end. We are happy to have him for another season", stressed head coach Bjoern Harmsen. His best game was a 11 point seven rebound game against Phoenix Hagen. "I am looking forward to another season in Jena. The city is beautiful and I will do my best to pay back the trust I was given. I feel comfortable in coach's system and am proud to play another season here", added Oliver Clay.

Source:Science City Jena




Enosch Wolf Stays With The Hamburg Towers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2011 NCAA champion Enosch Wolf (215-C-90, college: Connecticut) will continue to play with Pro A team Hamburg Towers as he recieved a contract extension. Wolf is a 26 year old 215cm center that last season played 25 games for the Hamburg Towers averaging 9.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 69.8%. The club is thrilled that the Goettingen native will remain for another season. "He was our emotional leader. He always left his heart on the court. We wanted to continue to work with him in the future and are happy that it worked", stated Marvin Willoughby. Wolf who played with Bonn and Bayreuth in the BBL amassing 18 BBL games scored in double figures 11 times and had two double doubles. His best games were against MBCand Baunach where he hadc 17 points apiece. "I can hardly wait to play another season for this team because it is special to play for this city and fans. I want to thank Marvin Willoughby, Hamed Attarbashi and Benka Barloschky for their trust. There was no doubt that I wanted to stay here as I feel comfortable on and off the court", stressed Enosch Wolf.

Source:Hamburg Towers



SC Rasta Vechta Add David Gonzalvez - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After splitting last season with BBL teams Ludwigsburg and Bayreuth playing 26 BBL games, the American will try his luck this upcoming season in the Pro A with SC Rasta Vechta. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond) is a Georgia native that is 29 year old and 193cm and brings extensive professional experience to Vechta having played in France, Austria, Holland and Finland. Last season with Ludwigsburg he played Basketball Champions League playing 6 games averaging 4.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg and played 8 BBL games averaging 6.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 69.2%. He then moved to medi Bayreuth playing 18 games averaging 3,0ppg. "He is a winner and real team player. I am happy that we could get a guy like him with his European experience. We hope he brings good defense, energy and intensity", stressed head coach Doug Spradley. His best games were against his future team Vechta as he steered 16 points with Ludwigsburg and 12 points with Bayreuth. "I will work hard this summer on my game to bring my best with Rasta. My strength is my defense and I will do all that my team wants for us to win. I await that we have a successful season", warned David Gonzalvez.


The American started his basketball career in 2006 with Richmond (NCAA) playing a total of 131 games and as a senior played 35 games averaging 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 70.5%. He started his professional career in 2010 with Hermine Nantes Atlantique (France-ProB) playing 8 games averaging 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%, in Feb.'11 moved to Oberwart Gunners (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 21 games: 8.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 69.6%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 41 games averaging 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP-1 (65.2%), 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 64.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 21 games: 13.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (1.6spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 76.4%. In the 2013-2014 season he returned back to the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 42 games averaging 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.3%; and played EuroChallenge playing 6 games averaging 13.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 72.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 93.3%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to Namika Lahti (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 45 games: 12.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 72.6%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 51 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 79.0%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS: Georgia AAAAA State Championship -05, All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention -09, CBI Championship All-Tournament Team -09, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -10, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -10, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -11, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Defensive Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com Austrian League All-Defensive Team -11, Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game -12, Dutch Eredivisie Regular Season Runner-Up -12, 14, Dutch Eredivisie Champion -12, Dutch Supercup Finalist -13, Austrian Cup Semifinals -13, Dutch Supercup Winner -14, Dutch Cup Semifinals -14, Dutch Eredivisie Finalist -14, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team -16, and Finnish League Champion -16.

Source:SC Rasta Vechta








The Bayer Giants Leverkusen Hold Tim Schonborn And Alexander Blessig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen continue to build their team for the new season and have held on to Germans Tim Schonborn (193-G/F-90) and Alexander Blessig. Schonborn is a 26 year old 193cm guard that completed his first season with the Giants showing that he was their best German player playing 24 games averaging 12.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP-3 (64.4%), 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 87.9%. The ex Rhondorf guard scored in double figures in 15 games and his best scoring games were 26 against BG Karlsruhe and 20 points against Nordlingen. "We are happy that Tim will wear our jersey this season. He performed the way we expected him to. He has gained valuable experience and it is important that we have someone like him", stressed Achim Kuczmann. "I have got used to Leverkusen and am loking forward to my second season here. Despite losing early in the playoffs, i saw the season as positive. Now important is to work hard and get to the top", stressed Tim Schonborn.

The club also kept Alexander Blessig who is a 23 year old 188cm guard that will go into his second season with the team. The ex FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin 2 player who played at Rollins (NCAA2) averaged 8,0ppg and 4,1apg. He scored in double figures in five games and had 21 points against Leipzig. "He was exactly the missing puzzle piece that we were looking for. He was one of the best Germans in the league at the point guard position and developed well. The contract extension of Alexander had a high value for our planning for this upcoming season", stated Achim Kuczmann.

Source:Bayer Giants Leverkusen







The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Keep Head Coach Igor Krizanovic Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Head coach Igor Krizanovic has gone through the highs and lows of the ETB Wohnbau Baskets like no other as he has been on board since 2007 and that will continue. Despite not being able to keep the Essen professional basketball club in the Pro A, management has kept trust in the 44 year old coach and will go into the Pro B giving him a two year contract extension. Igor Krizanovic will go into his 11th season with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets and has led the club into the playoffs on two occassions. The Croatian has taken much of the blame and knows there is much work to be done to get back to the Pro A after one Pro B season. "The team developed well last season and there is still much potential. The players had charachter. Planning the new roster is a process and won't take one or two weeks", stressed Igor Krizanovic . "We are happy that Igor will remain a part of the ETB family. We are convinced that he is the right man for the job and are happy with this cooperation", stressed ETB Wohnbau Baskets CEO Niklas Cox.

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets




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.





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




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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.4 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.5 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.5.9 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jackson, Aris1.0 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas17.9 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.8 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. 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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Toothfairies, Outlanders advance to semifinal round - by Eurobasket News

The Guam Basketball Association season three is winding down but that doesn't mean the actions has stopped. Tuesday night in a playoff game at the University of Guam Calvo Field House, the Mitsubishi Outlanders took down the UOG Tritons and the ToothFairies defeated the Guam Autospot Phoenix.
Outlanders 84, UOG Tritons 44
The Outlanders took down the Tritons 84-44 to advance to the next round of playoffs. UOG ends its season on a low note with the lowest points production of the season and a second 40-point loss to the Outlanders. The Outlanders were playing without their center James Collins. The teams had a slow start with the Outlanders leading 5-2 within the first five minutes of the game and the Outlanders took the quarter, 18-8. At the half the Outlanders led by 11 points, 38-27. The third quarter had the Outlanders outscoring the Tritons by 27 points. The Tritons only managed to score four points, 58-31. The Outlanders went on a run to open the fourth period and outscored UOG 16-6 with a 74-38 lead and cruised to the win. UOG was led by Dez Fikes with 14 points while Ryan Nangauta added 13 points. The Tritons shot at 22 percent from the field. The Outlanders were led by Roque Charfauros with 22 points while Kyle Grimm had 13 points. UOG ended their season 3-10 with the loss and the Outlanders are now 7-6 and move on to play top seed MVP next week.

Toothfairies 97, Phoenix 74
In other action, the Toothfairies defeated the Guam Autospot Phoenix, 97-74. The Toothfairies advanced to to play the winner of the MacTech and Bombers game on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvo Field House. In the first half of the first quarter, the Toothfairies took the immediate lead 18-7. The Phoenix doubled their points but it was not enough to capture the Toothfairies lead, 29-14. At the half, the Toothfairies led the Phoenix by 22 points, 50-24. In the third quarter the Phoenix only manages to close the gap to a 17-point game, 67-50. The Toothfairies ran with the lead and the 23-point win, never allowing the Phoenix to catch up. Kirk Long scored 32 points for the ToothFairies shooting 75 percent from the field and 83 percent at the line. Cannell Russ added 24 points and also shot at 75 percent from the field. Julius Yu scored 22 points for the Phoenix and Seve Susuico added 20 points.
Courtesy of: guampdn.com



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Eredivisie Round 3 of Finals. Zwolle record first victory - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Zwolle 74-79

Zwolle beat Groningen on the road to cut the deficit in the championship series. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Zwolle outrebounded Groningen 35-20 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Nick Oudendag (210-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Oudendag is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who recorded 18 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. Five Zwolle and four Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Erik Braal rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Groningen: C.Fieler 18+2reb+5ast, L.Jeter 17+3reb+5ast, J.Dourisseau 14+1reb, S.Cunningham 10+1reb+1ast, A.Slagter 7+2reb, D.Pasalic 6+6reb
Zwolle: J.Tiller 25+6reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 11+7reb+3ast, C.Vette 10+7reb+1ast, J.Yoho 10+6reb, K.Hyland 10+5reb, N.Van Oostrum 8+1reb+3ast
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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco 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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Team India look to compete a five-peat at the 5th SABA Championship - by Eurobasket News

The 5th South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2017 will be held from 19th to 23rd May, 2017 in Male, Maldives. The five-day competition is being played in a round robin league format. Defending champions India will look to complete a five-peat but need be wary of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who pose the biggest threat to India's attempt of accomplishing a rare sporting milestone. India's training camp for the tournament was held from 1st-17th May, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi with 33 players, and the final selections were made on 7th May. A conscious effort was made by the selectors and Head Coach Baskar Sappaniambalam to ensure that the right blend of youth and experience was picked for their campaign in Maldives. 'India has had a solid record at the SABA Championship and we aim to continue that trend. It is the only tournament where we can provide an opportunity to our younger players and hence we have selected 3 players under the age of 22. Our main aim is to win and qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup taking place in Lebanon in August,' said Sappaniambalam. India's attempt at a five-peat of the tournament will be led by experienced point guard Akilan Pari (180-PG-89). 'Our motto as a team is to win big and make sure that the juniors of our team get playing time. This championship is important for them to get good exposure and will be crucial in their development as players,' says Pari, who made his debut for India in this very tournament four years ago. Also featuring in the squad are centre Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91), guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) and veteran forward Yadwinder Singh (198-PF-86). The same trio recently attended the NBL Draft Combine in Melbourne, Australia. Other familiar faces are centre Rikin Pethani, forward Prasanna Venkatesh, shooting guard Arjun Singh, centre Ravi Bhardwaj (207-C-92) and forward Anil Kumar BK. Among senior team debutants are promising guard, Vishal Kumar Gupta (Delhi), the talented forward Muin Bek (Tamil Nadu) and centre Jeevanatham Pandi (Tamil Nadu). The trio will be hoping for valuable minutes. As can be gleaned from past SABA editions (see below), the Indian men's team, with a blend of youth and experience, will start off yet again as strong favourites. The key to its showing will continue to be its superior size advantage when compared to its traditionally smaller South Asian opponent teams.
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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B.I. Board update / Annual Awards - by Patrick Maher

An update from the Board of Basketball Ireland

THE END OF ONE JOURNEY, THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER

Few basketball people will forget 2008, when we heard out of the blue that Basketball Ireland had a black hole in its finances totalling 1.4 million and was teetering on the verge of total collapse.
Many crisis meetings were held and the figure of Paul Meany emerged as Executive Chairperson to lead a difficult fight back for the sport.
In 2012, Paul stepped down as Executive Chairperson with Jackie Dunne being appointed as non-executive Chairperson continuing to develop out the solid governance structure now in place.

2009 - 2011 the following actions / decisions were implemented
Governance restructure
Creating a commercially experienced board to oversee the crisis & future Governance of our Sport
Creation of a Council to develop and manage the sport of Basketball
The Finance, Audit & Risk Committee [FinARC] was reconstituted
Under the stewardship of Paul Moore,
An experienced CFO (Donal Walsh) was engaged
Group Debt restructured
BI Patrons Scheme [BIPS] launched
Annual cash surpluses of 200,000 targeted to reduce debt over 7 years
Staff numbers reduced
Salaries of retained staff materially reduced
International programmes suspended
Minimal Capital Expenditure in the National Basketball Arena
Irish Sports Council assistance sought.
A new Chief Executive recruited (Bernard O'Byrne)
New BI Member Registration system launched
Fast forward to 2016 - 2017 -
Basketball Ireland to be debt free -December 2017
(Financial Graphs attached)
Schools playing numbers rising
More coaches and referees are getting qualifications,
International platform returned
(albeit in a co-operative funding model)
Men's and Women's National Leagues have highest number participating s in 10 years
New clubs are springing up around the country.
Four Development Officers in place bringing direct assistance to Area Boards, Clubs and players.
FIBA award hosting of u 18 Europeans to Basketball Ireland (Nov. 2016)
Competition to take place in August 2017 with 24 teams participating
FIBA National congress successfully hosted (May 2016)
Representative team competes in China
Representative team competes in European Club competition
BI CEO appointed to FIBA Finance committee
Renowned coach Pete Strickland appointed as Senior Mens coach
Many new sponsors now supporting Basketball Ireland
Positive relationship & reputation with Sport Ireland
Consultation process with all of Basketball community commissioned
Resulting in BI Strategic plan completion.
Strategic Plan Implementation Group (SPIG) created
The Basketball community has been outstanding in its support for initiatives brought forward by the Board and this Board thanks everyone in the sport for their understanding, patience, and support of the many difficult decisions your Board had to make.

The Future
The next phase of our journey, as a debt free organisation starts in 2018.
So now, with the particular financial challenges almost behind us and with a solid foundation in place, the future is positive. Exciting developments are already taking place at all levels of the game - some of which are listed above. The big challenge over the next few years is to deliver on the Strategic Plan for which we will, of course, need additional resources and funding.

The Vision set out in the Strategic Plan is: 'That Basketball is a much-talked about, high-visibility, exciting national sport, which is well financed, and is played to a high-level and enjoyed all throughout the island of Ireland'

It is an ambitious Plan going forward to 2025, but, together with your continued support and encouragement, we can achieve its goals and provide a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for all our players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.
To borrow a phrase, 'Yes we can!'
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Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2017


Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2017
May 17,2017
The 2017 Basketball Ireland Annual Awards have been announced to recognise the sporting excellence of players, coaches, officials, administrators, clubs and schools across the country over the past year.
Over 40 awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday, June 10th to winners from across the country.
Claire Rockall has been named the Women's Super League Player of the Year to follow up on a season that saw her win Player of the Month twice and secure an All-Star award for her performances with Ambassador UCC Glanmire.
The Women's Super League Young Player of the Year goes to Courtyard Liffey Celtics's player Sorcha Tiernan for her superb performances throughout the year.
Staying with Courtyard Liffey Celtics and Head Coach Mark Byrne has been awarded the Coach of the Year award off the back of their club's success, securing the play off title in Letterkenny at the beginning of April.
Trae Pemberton is the Men's Super League Player of the Year off the back of an incredible season with Garvey's Tralee Warriors, which saw them scoop the Champions Trophy. Fellow club player, Ryan Leonard, has been named as the Men's Super League Young Player of the year following a hugely impressive display for the Kerry side, while Warriors Head Coach Mark Bernsen makes it a Kerry treble by scooping the Men's Super League Coach of the Year.
In the Women's Division One meanwhile, Kelly O'Hallahan of Marble City Hawks has been named as the Women's Division One Player of the Year, with Enya Maguire of Ulster University Elks named as the Division's Young Player of the Year. Marble City Hawks Head Coach, Julian O'Keeffe has scooped the Coach of the Year award following a fantastic season with the Kilkenny side.
In the Men's Division one meanwhile, BFG Neptune's star, Tanner Brooks has been named as the Men's Division One Player of the Year, with Maree's Eoin Rockall bagging the title of Young Player of the Year for the second year in-a-row, and the Galway side's coach, John Finn also taking his second accolade in as many years, winning the Coach of the Year award.

NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARDS
Men's Super League Player of the Year: Trae Pemberton
Men's Super League Young Player of the Year: Ryan Leonard
Men's Super League Coach of the Year: Mark Bernsen
Women's Super League Player of the Year: Claire Rockall
Women's Super League Young Player of the Year: Sorcha Tiernan
Women's Super League Coach of the Year: Mark Byrne
Men's Division One Player of the Year: Tanner Brooks
Men's Division One Young Player of the Year: Eoin Rockall
Men's Division One Coach of the Year: John Finn
Women's Division One Player of the Year: Kelly O'Hallahan
Women's Division One Young Player of the Year: Enya Maguire
Women's Division One Coach of the Year: Julian O'Keeffe

UNDERAGE COACHES
Men's Underage Coach of the Year: Paul Kelleher (Neptune BC)
Women's Underage Coach of the Year: Damien Sealy (DCU Mercy)

PRIMARY SCHOOLS AWARDS
Appreciation Award: Eamon hAogain
Primary School of the Year: St Oliver Plunketts NS, Malahide

POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS AWARDS
Post Primary Schools Committee Tom Collins Award: John Enright
Boys A School of the Year: St Joseph's College, "The Bish"
Girls A School of the Year: Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise
Boys B School of the Year: Colaiste Pobail Setanta
Girls B School of the Year: Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen
Boys C School of the Year: St Gerald's College, Castlebar
Girls C School of the Year: Castlerea Community School
Boys D School of the Year: Rosmini Community College, Drumcondra
Girls D School of the Year: St Clare's College, Ballyjamesduff
Boys U19 Schools Player of the Year: Conor O'Sullivan (Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig)
Girls U19 Schools Player of the Year: Annaliese Murphy (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maghair)
Boys U16 Schools Player of the Year: James Connaire (St Joseph's College, The Bish)
Girls U16 Schools Player of the Year: Shauna Dooley (Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise)
Boys School Coach of the Year: Bernard de Souza (St Joseph's College, The Bish)
Girls School Coach of the Year: Pat Critchley (Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise)

COLLEGIATE AWARDS:
Men's Division One Collegiate Player of the Year: Alex Dolenko (Griffith College Dublin)
Women's Division One Collegiate Player of the Year: Sarah Fairbanks (Dublin City University)
Men's Division Two Collegiate Player of the Year: Jack Mackey (Letterkenny IT)
Women's Division Two Collegiate Player of the Year: Nadine Rice (Limerick IT)
Men's Division Three Collegiate Player of the Year: Dillon Burns (Limerick IT)

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL AWARDS:
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Men's Player of the Year: Joe Hargrow (Limerick Scorpions WBC)
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Women's Player of the Year: Christine Doyle (Killester WBC)

OFFICIALS AWARDS:
Senior Referee Development Award: Martin McGettrick
Young Referee of the Year: Jack Dooley
Table official of the Year: Geraldine O'Neill
Young Table Official of the Year: Ada Bowler
Commissioner of the Year: Danny O'Connor

PRESIDENT'S AWARD:
John Hayes (Waterford Wildcats)

CLUB OF THE YEAR:
Killester BC

From : www.basketballireland.ie Tanner Brooks (185-G, college: St.Mary's, MD)



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.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. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 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. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 6. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 7. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.1.0 


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





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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou could not help Le Mans (14-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Mans was edged 97-94 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Amagou recorded 12 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended. This year Amagou averages: 7.0ppg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 70.6% in 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). Diabate was not able to help Chalons-Reims in their game against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) in the French ProA. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Diabate also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Diabate's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 36.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Diabate played for the Ivorian national team in 2015.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). He was not able to secure a victory for Denain Voltaire (14-19) in their game against Boulazac Basket (19-14) in the French ProB (second division). Abouo was the second best scorer with 7 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Denain Voltaire was crushed 74-48 in Boulazac by the much higher-ranked (#4) Basket. It was Denain Voltaire's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Abouo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 59.0% in 33 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #4. Forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France) contributed to an ALM Evreux's victory against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (13-20) 86-81 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 7 points. ALM Evreux Basket (17-16) is placed tenth in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Dibo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Dibo has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #5. Former international center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (9-25) in the French ProA. Zerbo recorded 5 points in 12 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite was badly defeated 101-81 in Orleans by the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Entente 45. It was Limoges CSP Elite's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Zerbo's sixth season with the team. This year his total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.9rpg in 34 games. Zerbo has dual citizenship: Burkinabe and Ivorian. He used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. An experienced center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (19-14) in their game against SO Maritime Boulogne (13-20) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday Kone scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #7. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket in a victory against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen (16-17) 72-59 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Pamba-Juille scored only 4 points in 23 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (20-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 33 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez was edged 73-71 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) JSF Nanterre. Koffi was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg and 6.3rpg in 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) was not able to help Naft Abadan (6-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Perkins' very good performance the first-placed Naft Abadan (6-1) was defeated 98-89 on the road by the second-ranked Azad in the Group 2. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Perkins also added 9 rebounds. Perkins has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.4apg and 2.0spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the fourth-ranked Firenze All Foods (18-12) 82-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Toure scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (25-5) is placed first in Group B. It's Toure's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. Toure has both Ivorian and Italian nationalities. Despite his Ivorian passport, Toure previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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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.

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Dairis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (7-23) crushing them 95-72 in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. Bertans scored 17 points and added 8 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (23-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Bertans' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 84.4% in 20 games he played so far. Bertans is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Usak Sportlif (8-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Usak Sportlif was defeated 101-92 on the road by the higher-ranked Trabzonspor (#12). He was the top scorer with 29 points. Freimanis also added 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Freimanis has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 75.3%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks led Brose Baskets to a victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (18-14) 76-67 in the German BBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 11 points, 3 assists and 4 steals in 26 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 Strelnieks has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(41-71), 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 82.0% in 26 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #4. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 86-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Pasecniks recorded 12 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pasecniks' overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #5. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their last game. Despite Bertans' good performance the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) were crushed 136-100 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Bertans also added 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 4.4ppg and 1.5rpg in 76 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #6. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Smits' good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 75-63 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Smits also added 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Smits' total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Janis Berzins
Janis Berzins
   #7. International small forward Janis Berzins (201-93, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Betaland Cdo (15-15) in their last game. Despite Berzins' good performance Betaland Cdo lost 80-94 at home to the leading Armani Milano. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was Betaland Cdo's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Berzins' total stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg in eight games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #8. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Janis Strelnieks in the German BBL last game. Silins couldn't help Telekom Baskets (18-14) in their game against Brose Baskets (29-3). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Silins recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Telekom Baskets was defeated 76-67 in Bamberg by the second-ranked Brose Baskets. Silins has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 2.3rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #9. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) helped Nantes win their game against the league outsider Aix-Maurienne (12-21) 92-84 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Kuksiks scored 6 points in 25 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (10-12) is placed first in the ProB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Kuksiks has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.



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Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-20) 88-77 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Orelik scored 13 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (21-9) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Orelik's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Orelik averages: 15.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(63-101), 3FGP: 43.8% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). Kalnietis led Armani Milano to a victory against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and added 3 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. Kalnietis' overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 68.2%. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland). He could not help Polpharma (19-13) in their last game. Despite Sajus' very good performance Polpharma was edged 77-74 at home by the second-ranked Stelmet. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 28 minutes. This year Sajus' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(135-229) and FT: 68.7% in 34 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #4. Swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win in overtime against the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-16) 88-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Maciulis recorded 5 points. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Maciulis' total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #5. An experienced former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Banco di Srd in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) in the Italian Serie A. Lydeka was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. But Banco di Srd lost 55-65 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. This year Lydeka's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.9rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #6. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, 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 in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 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. Grigonis has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #7. Former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to secure a victory for Parnu (4-0) in their last game on Monday. Despite Seskus' very good performance the league leader Parnu was defeated 66-57 in Tartu by the leading Ulikool. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Seskus also added 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. This season Seskus has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. Seskus used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team two years ago.

Rimantas Kaukenas
Rimantas Kaukenas
   #8. Shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Grissin Bon RE (17-13) in their game against Scandone AV (19-11) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. Grissin Bon RE lost 67-75 in Avellino to the higher-ranked (#3) Scandone AV. Kaukenas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Grissin Bon RE's roster. Kaukenas has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.1apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2012.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #9. International point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif (8-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite Vasiliauskas' good performance Usak Sportlif was defeated 101-92 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Trabzonspor (#12). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. The Regular Season already ended. Vasiliauskas has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Dovydas Redikas
Dovydas Redikas
   #10. Guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) led Arkadikos to a victory over the closely-ranked Irakleio (7-23) 75-66 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Redikas was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. SEFA Arkadikos (12-18) is placed 11th in the A2. Redikas has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Sajus and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Paliukenas couldn't help Polpharma (19-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Polpharma was edged 77-74 on their home court in Starogard by the second-ranked Stelmet. Paliukenas recorded 10 points. Paliukenas has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. International swingman Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against FC Barcelona in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Dulkys recorded 11 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. But his team lost 71-76. This year Dulkys has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.6apg in 29 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's surprising victory against the league leader Anwil 67-62 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Cesnauskis scored 10 points. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seventeen years ago.

   #14. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) helped ZTE KK win their game against the fifth-ranked Szolnok 85-68 in the Hungarian A Division on Tuesday night. Drungilas scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. Drungilas has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2apg in 36 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2013.

   #15. International point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-93, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against the fifth-ranked Oradea 84-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Kariniauskas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kariniauskas has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was the major contributor in COR-Borisfen's victory against the closely-ranked Vitebsk (21-11) crushing them 94-72 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night. Kamarunas scored 18 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (29-3) is placed first in the Premier League. Kamarunas has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.2apg and 1.8spg.

   #2. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) led Gmunden Swans to a victory against the closely-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) 79-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Gaidys scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. 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. Gaidys has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games he played so far.

   #3. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) led Tartu Ulikool to a victory over the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 66-58 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Milka scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (29-3) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Milka's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg in 34 games.

   #4. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) could not help Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Lourdes-Tarbes was defeated 72-66 on the road by the higher-ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3). Virbalas was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg.

   #5. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palma in their game against Leche Rio Breogan (24-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Grabauskas also added 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. But Palma lost 90-100 at home to the second-ranked Leche Rio Breogan. Grabauskas has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg in 18 games.

   #6. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Quesos Cerrato de Palencia to win against the closely-ranked Leyma Basquet 106-101 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.7rpg.



Osvaldas Matulionis leaves Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-100kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) left Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa). In 19 games in Spain he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg this season.
The last season Matulionis played at Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015. Matulionis received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Matulionis' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.7ppg.
Matulionis has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Siauliai).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Batang Gilas defeats Malaysia, ends SEABA U16 tournament undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Batang Gilas proved they are the kings of the SEABA Under-16 Championship after nipping Malaysia, 83-62, Thursday, May 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Philippines kept the win secured in the entire game as Malaysia held on to a 7-point from first until the third quarter, 40-47. "Malaysia used their advantages against us which were their speed and outside shooting," said coach Mike Oliver. "In the second half, we reminded the players to lessen their three-point attempts if they don't have scores in the area and use our height advantage." Towering center Kai Sotto put this into action as he scored three consecutive layups to start the second half while Christian Calimag released a trey to put team Philippines ahead, 53-42. Batang Gilas then showed their dominance in the fourth quarter as they exploded a 10-0 run and sealed a huge 23-point advantage. The pesky Malaysians displayed an all-out performance as they maintained their composure to achieve a 10-4 rally against the Philippines. "We expected this (to be harder than the rest) because Malaysia is also undefeated. They also have the chance to be champions and anticipated they will play their best game," said coach Oliver. But luck was on the side of Batang Gilas as Malaysia wasn't able to conquer the lead and stumbled to a 3-1 record while Team Pilipinas ended the tourney undefeated with a 4-0 cushion. "We are happy because we were able to defend the championship," said Forthsky Padrigao who scored a total of 5 points with 6 assists and 11 rebounds. Christian Calimag and Terrence Fortea contributed 15 points apiece for Batang Gilas while Miguel Pascual produced a double-double: 15 markers and 12 boards. Bismarck Lina also provided power for Philippines as he chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Malaysia's Yi Kang Teoh gathered 19 points, 3 dishes and 3 boards while Run Sam Yap, Thiam Mun Wong and Jun Kai Tang had 8 points apiece. Coach Oliver shared the journey to owning the championship wasn't easy despite the 3-month preparation, "We had 3 months but the lineup was completed only last April." Despite Malaysia's loss, they are still qualified to play in the FIBA U16 tournament alongside Southeast Asia's best bet, team Philippines. "We're ready (to play for FIBA Asia) but we're on the process of improving. We still aren't perfect but I know we can do it. We're going to prepare for it really hard," Sotto said.
Courtesy of: rappler.com



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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)



Glover number one in Mexico for round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Obregon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Durango (#10, 9-18) 101-100. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Obregon will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. Glover just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Iona College star has very solid stats this year. Glover is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg) and averages impressive 57.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave. Yeager had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Guasave cruised to a 89-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 21-6). Guasave's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Yeager is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.4ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 5.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of league's top team Hermosillo. Little showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Little's great performance Hermosillo lost 82-89 to the lower-ranked Guasave (#5, 14-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hermosillo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 6 lost games. Little has a great season in Mexico. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (6th best). Little attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jordon Crawford (168-PG) of Durango - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Tijuana - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. B.J. West (211-F-89) of Guaymas - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Kevin Rogers (206-PF-86) of Navolato - 26 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  NBA  


Celtics To Prioritize Gordon Hayward In Free Agency - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics have the assets to pull off a trade for a star this summer, though the team is focusing its attention on the free agent market with the hopes landing Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler), Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Wojnarowski notes that Boston could have a better idea of where it stands with Hayward leading up to the draft. Hayward didn't make an All-NBA team, which means he won't be eligible for the new designated player extension. That marginalizes the advantage that the Jazz have in re-signing the 27-year-old and it could open the door for another team to pry him from Utah. Celtics coach Brad Stevens recruited and coached Hayward at Butler University prior to making the jump to the professional ranks. Boston has just under $62MM in guaranteed salary on the books next season against a projected $101MM salary cap. Tyler Zeller has an $8MM non-guaranteed salary for next season, so if the team offers a max deal to a free agent, he'll most likely be released.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Mavericks targeting Jrue Holiday in free agency - by Eurobasket News

The Pelicans have built a fragile core around Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, the rest of the roster leaving plenty to be desired. And New Orleans' third-best player, Jrue Holiday (6'4''-PG-90, college: UCLA), is entering unrestricted free agency. Expect the 26-year-old Holiday to have plenty of suitors, including the 76ers - and Mavericks. Ian Begley of ESPN: League sources say members of the Mavericks organization view Holiday as a free agent target this summer. The Mavericks hold a $25 million team option on Dirk Nowitzki, and he plans to return. Dallas will have to decide on that option - part of a retirement-gift contract - before free agency. Maybe Nowitzki would happily take less to add talent, but he can't know whom the Mavericks will lure until the option deadline.
The smart play: Convince Nowitzki that the team will do right by him even if it declines the option. The extra cap space could help, and if Dallas strikes out in free agency, it could always re-sign Nowitzki to a similar salary. If the Mavericks decline Nowitzki's option, it'd still probably take more tinkering to clear enough cap space for Holiday. But if they exercise Nowitzki's option, it'd take a fairly large overhaul to make room for Holiday. After tanking, Dallas has the No. 9 pick in a point guard-heavy draft. That might be a more cost-effective and realistic way to land a point guard.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.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



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Express Face 3-0 Series Deficit After Loss To Lightning - by Eurobasket News

The Windsor Express fell 122-97 to the London Lightning in Game 3 of the Central Division Finals on Thursday. At the end of the first quarter, the Express trailed the Lightning by two points, and London was able to gain a 61-43 advantage by halftime. London continued to hammer Windsor in the third to extend their lead to 90-71 heading into the final frame. Windsor gained some ground in the fourth, but the Lightning remained far in the lead to earn the win. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led London with a game high 24 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) also put up 21 points and six rebounds. Logan Stutz (6'9''-F-88, college: Washburn) was the top scorer for Windsor with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Shaquille Keith (6'5''-F-93) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. London now leads the best-of-seven series 3-0. The Express will fight to avoid a series sweep on Saturday, when the two teams face off for Game 4. Tip off is at 7pm at the Atlas Tube Centre.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



Jahii Carson leads Island Storm to victory at Eastlink Centre - by Eurobasket News

The Island Storm latched on to a stingy defence and helped on by a cold-shooting Halifax Hurricanes took Game 3 103-96 in the teams best-of-seven Atlantic Division final Thursday in Charlottetown. Game 4 of the National Basketball League of Canada matchup is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre. The Storm lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Halifax shot just 41 per cent from the floor and that, said Halifax head coach Mike Leslie, and not enough defence contributed to the loss. 'We just didn't hit the shots. We had good looks, good execution, good ball movement but the ball just wouldn't drop,' said Leslie. 'And we didn't get enough stops. (Down the stretch) two stops and two shots and you get a win. We have to be better and I'm not comfortable with 103 points.' Both teams came out to win with tons of energy early despite the rugged, physical series. The Storm jumped out to a 12-4 edge, but Halifax fought back and took a 16-15 lead with 5:34 left in the quarter. Again the Storm rolled off a run and got out to a 27-20 edge after the first. In the second, the Storm had the better energy and earned a 49-33 lead before the Hurricanes found their legs and cut the lead to 51-41 at halftime. Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) had 18 points at the half and finished with 28 points and a team-high seven assists. The Storm kept a decent distance from Halifax in the third, while contesting virtually every shot especially in the paint where Halifax has size edge. For Storm forward Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, college: Marshall, agency: Interperformances) that was where his squad earned the win, although it was out-rebounded 51-47 overall. 'It was good defence. We rebounded as a team,' said Baines, who finished with 16 points. 'We get everybody working together we can be very dangerous.' In the fourth quarter, despite the best efforts of Renaldo Dixon (6'9''-C-90, college: N.Mexico St.), who in a minute and half late in the game drained eight straight point and cut the Storm lead to four, and Billy White's 20 points overall, the Hurricanes couldn't overcome the deficit. Rashad Whack (6'3''-G-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and AJ Stewart each had 12 points for the Storm. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) chipped in 14 points for Halifax, while White grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Dixon nabbed 10 boards. Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-PG-84, college: De Paul) dished out a game-high 11 assists and added 13 points. Game 5 is Monday in Halifax. Game time is 2 p.m.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



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  NCAA1  


UConn Receives Signed Letter From Recruit Isaiah Whaley - by Eurobasket News

UConn welcomed Isaiah Whaley (6'10''-F) into the men's basketball fold Thursday, after receiving his signed national letter of intent. "Isaiah is a long, active player who will bring us great energy," coach Kevin Ollie said. "He gives us some more depth on the front line and I look forward to him coming in and fighting for playing time during his freshman year." Whaley, listed by UConn at 6 feet 9 and 195 pounds, is from Gastonia, N.C. After playing for Ashbrook High, where he averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocks as a junior and led the team to the state final, he moved to Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte and played a postgrad year at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore. He averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks at Mount Zion, which went 27-10 against top-level competition. "Isaiah has a skill set that is off the charts, especially for a player of his size," said Mount Zion coach Roderick Harrison. "He is really mobile around the basket, but he can step out and make jump shots. On defense, he can guard guards as well as the bigger guys." Whaley averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks at Evelyn Mack, which went 34-6 for coach Greg Primus. "Isaiah is super athletic - very fluid," Primus said. "He had a lot of college programs interested in him when he was with us. He's very quiet and shy, but he's a hard worker on the court. I think he'll keep getting better in college." Whaley helps fill the void left by three who transferred from UConn: Steven Enoch, Juwan Durham and Vance Jackson. Newcomers to the program next year include guard Antwoine Anderson, a grad transfer from Fordham; forward Eric Cobb, a junior college transfer from Chipola College; and freshmen forwards Tyler Polley and Josh Carlton. UConn has three more scholarships available. The spring signing period, which applies to national letters of intent, ended Wednesday, but players can still be added with financial aid agreements. UConn has been in the mix for forward Sidney Wilson, from Brewster Academy, and possibly guard Tremont Waters, from Notre Dame-West Haven, the state's top prospect. Wilson tweeted Thursday that he will not make his decision until after May 27.
Courtesy of: courant.com



Texas lands commitment from top five recruit Mo Bamba - by Eurobasket News

Mohamed Bamba (7'0''-C-98), a top five prospect in the Class of 2017 and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, announced on Thursday that he will be attending Texas for what is expected to be his one and done season. Bamba is a 7-foot-1 center with a 7-foot-9 wingspan and the potential to be a Rudy Gobert-esque defensive presence around the rim. He picked Texas over Kentucky, Duke and Harvard, among others. Texas has already added point guard Matt Coleman in the class, and the expectation is that Andrew Jones will be returning for his sophomore season. If wings Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach take a step forward, the Longhorns have the kind of young talent to make some noise in the Big 12.
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



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Walsh hired at Shenandoah - by Eurobasket News

Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Wednesday that Adam Walsh has been hired as the Hornets new head men's basketball coach. Walsh, a Winchester native and a James Wood High School graduate, comes to SU after serving as the head men's basketball coach at Centenary College of Louisiana since 2010. Walsh led the Gents to the 2015 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title, the program's first since joining Division III, was named as the 2014 SCAC Coach of the Year and won 84 Division III games in his seven seasons as the head coach. As an assistant coach, he was part of staffs that saw the head coach earn league coach of the yearonors in 2003, 2005 and 2007. His assistant coaching stops included stints at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Barton College, Odessa College and Paris Junior College. A 2000 graduate of High Point University, Walsh got his college coaching start as a graduate manager at Campbell University. "After a very competitive national search we are excited to have Adam Walsh join Shenandoah's athletic department as the next head men's basketball coach," Zipp said. "Adam demonstrated enthusiasm and a clear understanding of the Division III student-athlete experience and a strong will to win. We are very impressed with his experiences as a head coach at Centenary and are confident this has prepared him very well to support our student-athletes both on and off the court and to meet the challenges of establishing a competitively successful men's basketball program within the highly competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference. "His vision of our basketball program and of the young men he will mentor and coach resonated very well across campus and he best fits what we wanted to find in a Division III head coach." Walsh takes over a program that won nine games this past season and a program-record five ODAC contests. He will welcome back up to 15 returnees off of the 9-17 squad. "My wife Nicole and I are so grateful for the faith and trust being placed in me by Dr. Fitzsimmons and Doug Zipp to take the men's basketball program to new heights," Walsh said. "As a part of Shenandoah's '21 sports, 1 team' philosophy, I want to make sure that Hornets' Basketball is also Winchester/Frederick County's team. I want our program to be connected to the campus and the community in new ways and I hope to positively impact the youth of Winchester and Frederick County. "I fondly remember being a part of standing room only crowds in Shingleton Gymnasium watching the teams of the mid-1990s. I am excited for the opportunity in front of us in a basketball-rich area as well as the ODAC, which is recognized as one of the best Division III conferences in the nation. I believe the community and the alums are hungry for a winner and I look forward to engaging all of them." Walsh was hired from a pool of more than 250 candidates. The search committee, which included students, faculty and staff members across campus as well as coaches and administration, conducted interviews throughout April before welcoming six candidates to campus in the last two weeks of the month. "I want to thank the search committee, as well as the other campus and community leaders that met with our candidates," Zipp said. "We all worked tirelessly to identify the best person to serve as our next head men's basketball coach and we sincerely appreciate all of their efforts." Walsh officially begins his duties June 1.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com



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UCP win Inter-varsity Men's Basketball - by Eurobasket News

University of Central Punjab (UCP) won the Pakistan Inter-varsity Men's Basketball Championship 2017 after defeating Punjab University 78-57 in the final here at Jahangir Khan Indoor Complex, Bahria University, Naval Complex, on Thursday. UCP was on top of the final right from the start and they never allowed PU to stand any chance of showing their game. UCP were leading by 8 baskets after the first quarter and they maintained 8 points lead in the second quarter. In the third quarter, they stretched their lead to 20 which was further enhanced to 21 in the fourth and last quarter. Zain of UCP was declared player of the final. UCP Director Sports Arsahd Sattar handed over Rs 12,000 cash to Zain, while Director Sports and team manager Hafiz M Aslam also lauded the UCP team.
Courtesy of: nation.com.pk



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Twilight basketball returns after successful first phase - by Eurobasket News

AFTER the successful introduction of the Twilight Basketball programme last year, the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea will launch its second phase tomorrow at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre. BFPNG chief executive officer Joel Khalu said the second instalment of the programme was possible because of the success it had late last year bringing confidence to the backers of the programme, the Australian government's Pacific Sports Partnership. 'Following on from the programme's success late last year, the second phase of Twilight Basketball will once again see the Hoops for Health initiative being delivered on Friday evenings,' Khalu said. 'Over 2000 people participated throughout the programme's six-week operation in 2016, with some Friday night's drawing crowds of more than 400 players,' he said. The free programme is open to all ages, with games for children aged 15 and under taking place from 5pm to 7pm and 3-on-3 matches for those aged 16 and over from 7pm to 9pm. Khalu said the federation was thrilled for the programme to be recommencing. 'Ever since we finished the programme in November, we've had people asking us when it would be starting back. 'It's always positive to hear that type of enthusiasm from participants and it's a reflection of how fantastic Twilight Basketball is,' Khalu said. Phase two of Twilight Basketball will be held on the following dates at TAIC May 12, 19 and 26 and June 2 and 9.
Courtesy of: thenational.com.pg



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Metropolitan League Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Libertad's (10-2) easy road victory over much higher ranked Luqueno (9-3) 71-56 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Luqueno. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Luqueno at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sol de America. Libertad are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Luqueno will play against the league's leader Olimpia (#1) in Asuncion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#1) and Sol de America (#3). Olimpia (11-0) won against visiting Sol de America (9-3) 87-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sol de America. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Olimpia. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Sol de America at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Luqueno. Olimpia will play against Luqueno (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sol de America's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena San Jose.
Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-62 loss to seventh ranked Felix Perez (3-8) in on Tuesday evening. Felix Perez maintains seventh place with 3-8 record. Dep.Capiata lost their eleventh game in a row. They still close the standings with 11 games lost. Felix Perez will meet Ciudad Nueva (#8) in the next round. Dep.Capiata will play against the league's second-placed Libertad having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Asuncion was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked San Lorenzo (5-7) played at the court of sixth ranked San Jose (4-8). San Jose managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83. San Jose maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. San Lorenzo at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. San Jose's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.

Dep.Capiata - Felix Perez 62-90

Bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-62 loss to seventh ranked Felix Perez (3-8) in on Tuesday evening. Felix Perez maintains seventh place with 3-8 record. Dep.Capiata lost their eleventh game in a row. They still close the standings with 11 games lost. Felix Perez will meet Ciudad Nueva (#8) in the next round. Dep.Capiata will play against the league's second-placed Libertad having rather not much hope for a victory.
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Olimpia - Sol de America 87-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Asuncion: Olimpia (#1) and Sol de America (#3). Olimpia (11-0) won against visiting Sol de America (9-3) 87-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sol de America. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Olimpia. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-0 record. Sol de America at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Luqueno. Olimpia will play against Luqueno (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sol de America's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Asuncion to the arena San Jose.
gschID: 547090


Luqueno - Libertad 56-71

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest Libertad's (10-2) easy road victory over much higher ranked Luqueno (9-3) 71-56 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Luqueno. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Libertad have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Luqueno at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Sol de America. Libertad are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dep.Capiata (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Luqueno will play against the league's leader Olimpia (#1) in Asuncion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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San Jose - San Lorenzo 90-83

The game in Asuncion was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked San Lorenzo (5-7) played at the court of sixth ranked San Jose (4-8). San Jose managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83. San Jose maintains sixth place with 4-8 record. San Lorenzo at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. San Jose's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Asuncion Sol de America.
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  PERU  


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.
gschID: 545363


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.
gschID: 545364


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 defeats Malaysia, ends SEABA U16 tournament undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Batang Gilas proved they are the kings of the SEABA Under-16 Championship after nipping Malaysia, 83-62, Thursday, May 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Philippines kept the win secured in the entire game as Malaysia held on to a 7-point from first until the third quarter, 40-47. "Malaysia used their advantages against us which were their speed and outside shooting," said coach Mike Oliver. "In the second half, we reminded the players to lessen their three-point attempts if they don't have scores in the area and use our height advantage." Towering center Kai Sotto put this into action as he scored three consecutive layups to start the second half while Christian Calimag released a trey to put team Philippines ahead, 53-42. Batang Gilas then showed their dominance in the fourth quarter as they exploded a 10-0 run and sealed a huge 23-point advantage. The pesky Malaysians displayed an all-out performance as they maintained their composure to achieve a 10-4 rally against the Philippines. "We expected this (to be harder than the rest) because Malaysia is also undefeated. They also have the chance to be champions and anticipated they will play their best game," said coach Oliver. But luck was on the side of Batang Gilas as Malaysia wasn't able to conquer the lead and stumbled to a 3-1 record while Team Pilipinas ended the tourney undefeated with a 4-0 cushion. "We are happy because we were able to defend the championship," said Forthsky Padrigao who scored a total of 5 points with 6 assists and 11 rebounds. Christian Calimag and Terrence Fortea contributed 15 points apiece for Batang Gilas while Miguel Pascual produced a double-double: 15 markers and 12 boards. Bismarck Lina also provided power for Philippines as he chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Malaysia's Yi Kang Teoh gathered 19 points, 3 dishes and 3 boards while Run Sam Yap, Thiam Mun Wong and Jun Kai Tang had 8 points apiece. Coach Oliver shared the journey to owning the championship wasn't easy despite the 3-month preparation, "We had 3 months but the lineup was completed only last April." Despite Malaysia's loss, they are still qualified to play in the FIBA U16 tournament alongside Southeast Asia's best bet, team Philippines. "We're ready (to play for FIBA Asia) but we're on the process of improving. We still aren't perfect but I know we can do it. We're going to prepare for it really hard," Sotto said.
Courtesy of: rappler.com



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Lewis, Energa C.14.7 
 9. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.5 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.0 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 



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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, Guayama19.9 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.8 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.2 
 7. Arroyo, Fajardo17.8 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.1 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.9 
 2. Collier, Mayaguez9.4 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 5. James, Fajardo8.7 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Samhan, Aguada7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo6.9 
 2. Browne, San German6.6 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 5. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Clemente, Arecibo5.2 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas5.1 
 9. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Fitch, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Carmona, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Browne, San German1.4 
 6. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 8. Romero, San German1.3 
 9. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 10. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Diaz, Quebradillas2.3 
 3. Penn, Guayama2.2 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.0 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Romero, Bayamon0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Orozco, Humacao0.9 


BSN Round 21: Vaqueros beat Brujos by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 21 in the BSN took place in Bayamon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Brujos (8-12) to eighth ranked Vaqueros (9-12) 79-76 on Thursday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-16. But Brujos won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vaqueros won last quarter 20-18. Vaqueros outrebounded Brujos 37-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Brujos. Vaqueros moved-up to fifth place. Brujos at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Vaqueros are looking forward to face Leones (#6) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Brujos will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Piratas (10-6) against tenth ranked Indios (7-10) on Wednesday night. Host Piratas were defeated by Indios in a tough game in Quebradillas 72-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Piratas. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Kevin Young chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Indios moved-up to ninth place. Piratas at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Indios will play against league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Piratas will play against the league's second-placed Fajardo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Juana Diaz was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Capitanes (10-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Leones (8-10). Capitanes defeated Leones 92-81 on Thursday. David Huertas nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Eric Dawson came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Leones in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 10-10 record. Loser Leones dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Capitanes will meet league's leader Santeros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leones will play against Vaqueros (#5) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Fajardo beat San German on the road 85-79.

Ponce - Arecibo 81-92

The game in Juana Diaz was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Capitanes (10-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Leones (8-10). Capitanes defeated Leones 92-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Leones managed to win fourth quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitanes shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) accounted for 26 points. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Angel-Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for Leones in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 10-10 record. Loser Leones dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Capitanes will meet league's leader Santeros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leones will play against Vaqueros (#5) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ponce: E.Dawson 24+6reb+3ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 17+3reb+4ast, M.Harris 12+5reb+2ast, C.Emory 10+5reb+1ast, M.Souberbielle 8+1reb, D.Morales 6+1reb
Arecibo: D.Clemente 26+1reb+2ast, D.Huertas 22+5reb+4ast, A.Young 18+3reb+2ast, A.Alamo 10+8reb+1ast, A.Matias 6+2reb+1ast, C.Soto 6+3reb
gschID: 540155


San German - Fajardo 79-85

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Fajardo (13-6) beat 10th ranked Atleticos (7-13) in San German 85-79 on Thursday. Atleticos were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Fajardo, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 22 points. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Atleticos in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fajardo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-6 record behind leader Aguada. Loser Atleticos keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Fajardo will meet at home Piratas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atleticos will play against Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San German: D.Ebanks 17+6reb+5ast, J.Keenan 17+10reb+2ast, G.Browne 15+8reb+5ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 10+3reb+3ast, I.Sosa Carrion 9+1reb+1ast, P.Graham 6+1reb+2ast
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 22+3ast, C.Ortiz 16+2reb+1ast, D.James 12+6reb+3ast, S.James 10+12reb+5ast, M.Ali Berdiel 7+7reb+2ast, E.Ayuso 7+1reb
gschID: 540154


Bayamon - Guayama 79-76

The most exciting game of round 21 in the BSN took place in Bayamon. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Brujos (8-12) to eighth ranked Vaqueros (9-12) 79-76 on Thursday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-16. But Brujos won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vaqueros won last quarter 20-18. Vaqueros outrebounded Brujos 37-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) added 23 points in the effort for Brujos. Vaqueros moved-up to fifth place. Brujos at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Vaqueros are looking forward to face Leones (#6) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Brujos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guayama: D.Wilkins 23+3reb+3ast, C.Behanan 19+11reb+3ast, D.Hinson 11+3reb+6ast, K.Vinales 9+1reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 9+2reb+2ast, J.Nieves 3
Bayamon: J.Pellot-Rosa 19+6reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 17+4reb+5ast, I.Romero 15+14reb+3ast, J.Soto 7+5reb+8ast, H.Hernandez 6+1reb, J.Gierbolini 6+2reb
gschID: 540153


Quebradillas - Mayaguez 72-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Piratas (10-6) against tenth ranked Indios (7-10) on Wednesday night. Host Piratas were defeated by Indios in a tough game in Quebradillas 72-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Piratas. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks. Indios moved-up to ninth place. Piratas at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Indios will play against league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Piratas will play against the league's second-placed Fajardo where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: G.Fitch 18+8reb+4ast, M.Rosario 16+7reb+1ast, J.Bryan Diaz 14+11reb+3ast, A.Carmona 9+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 7+3reb+4ast, J.Mojica 5+3reb+1ast
Mayaguez: D.Laury 22+15reb+2ast, K.Young 18+9reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 16+2reb+6ast, Q.Doggett 9+1reb, D.Collier 7+13reb+3ast, C.Betancourt 3+1ast
gschID: 540152





Ponce welcomes back Harris, ex Sichuan BW - by Eurobasket News

Leones de Ponce (BSN) inked experienced 34-year old American small forward Mike Harris (198-107kg-83, college: Rice). It is actually his comeback to Leones as he has played here before. Harris He moved there from Sichuan Blue Whales in Chinese CBA league where he started the season. In 11 games he averaged impressive 22.7ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Harris played also at Blue Whales (also in CBA). In 47 games he had very remarkable stats: 30.4ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). A very good season in his career as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
Harris has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Imported Player of the Year award in 2013 and 2015.
Harris is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Harris has played previously professionally also in Iran, Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Ukraine and NBA (Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves) and China (Golden Bulls, Jiangsu Dragons, Leopards and Eagles).
He attended Rice University until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.16.8 
 6. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.7 
 7. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 8. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 9. Moldoveanu, UBT C.15.4 
 10. Zeno, Oradea15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.1 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.7 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.9 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.6 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.5 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.8 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Denison, Oradea1.0 
 6. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 7. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 



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  RUSSIA  


Head Coach Evgeny Pashutin and Unics part ways - by Eurobasket News

48-year old head coach Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket) left Unics Kazan (VTB). Pashutin has coached there for the last three years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Pashutin was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was coaching Russian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015, and coached also U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Pashutin has coached previously two other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg and Lokomotiv.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SAUDI ARABIA  


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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  SEABA  


Philippines claim title in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Indonesia 97-64
Philippines clinched the title in Manila and therefore qualified for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. They rolled past Indonesia in the decisive game on the last day of the tournament. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) delivered 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Philippines used a 34:14 run in the first quarter to clear off for good. Jayson Castro William (180-PG-86) accounted for 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for the champions. Arki Wisnu (187-SF-88) responded with 11 points for Indonesia as they finished second.

Vietnam - Singapore 60-70
Singapore outscored Vietnam to improved at 2-4 record in Manila. Kok Chiang Goh (199-C-95) stepped up with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vietnam recorded a 29:26 halftime lead. They entered the fourth term up by three points. But Singapore used a 26:13 run in the fourth term though to snatch the victory. Wei Meng Kwek (188-G/F-96) delivered 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Han Minh Trieu (178-PG-87) replied with 17 points for Vietnam.

Malaysia - Myanmar 96-71
Malaysia rallied past Myanmar to finish their campaign on a high note. Chee Huei Liaw (187-F-93) provided 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Malaysia recorded a 45:32 halftime lead. They unloaded 51 points in the second half to ice the victory. Zhi Shin Chin (190-F-87) accounted for 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Aung Wana (180-F-95) responded with 31 points for Myanmar.




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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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  SPAIN  


Faverani leaves FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Brazilian ex-international center Vitor Faverani (212-118kg-88) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). In 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Faverani also played 9 games in Euroleague where he had 7.7ppg and 4.2rpg. The other team he played that season for was UCAM Murcia. In 15 Liga Endesa games he recorded 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg.
Among other achievements Faverani's team won Israeli Cup in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Import Player of the Year award back in 2011. Faverani was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Faverani experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Faverani has played previously professionally in Italy, NBA (Boston Celtics), Spain (Valencia Basket, Zaragoza, Gipuzkoa and Clinicas Rincon), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Brazil (Araraquara) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He is described as: A powerful pivot with great moves inside. Yet a "beast" defensively, he has improved his offensive skill, becoming a very good scoring center.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Osvaldas Matulionis leaves Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

26-year old Lithuanian forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-100kg-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) left Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa). In 19 games in Spain he recorded just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg this season.
The last season Matulionis played at Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2015. Matulionis received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. Matulionis' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 3 games: 1.7ppg.
Matulionis has played also professionally in Estonia (Parnu) and Lithuania (LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Siauliai).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SRI LANKA  


Sri Lanka off to Maldives - by Eurobasket News

The national Basketball players will begin their duty on the 18th of May in Maldives when the South Asian Basketball Association Championship 2017 kicks off for the fifth time. Looking back at the recent past of the championship, Sri Lanka won the silver in the year 2015 as they lost the final match to the tournament favorites India 93-44. It was unfortunate as Sri Lanka remained unbeaten in the tournament and lost their spot in the Asian Championship that year since only the winning team is qualified from the South Asian Region. The very next edition of the tournament happened in 2016, Sri Lanka said no; we are not going participate. ThePapare.com inquired about the situation at the time and the Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) responded that the invitation for the tournament came in short notice and they did not possess enough time and resources to prepare and represent the country in the international stage. A year later, now 2017 Sri Lanka Basketball celebrates 100 years and hearteningly in the last 365 days SLBF have taken measures to right themselves. A national pool is selected and the country is ready with a team for the SABA Championship 2017. It is commendable but there are a few areas that need to be ironed out to make Sri Lanka better at what we do. Of course, all good things do not come easy and the basketball fraternity will hope that SLBF works on its process and ticks the check list one by one make Sri Lanka Basketball great again. So SABA Championship 2017. The 5th edition of the tournament will be held in Maldives from the 19th May - 23rd May. The edition will be at full swing as all the participating nations have confirmed. Sri Lanka has always had a good run with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and the hosting nation Maldives. The hoodoo for Sri Lanka is India. They are nice neighbours but their giant feet in basketball have been crushing us, no questions asked. India has won the championship three times during the past and Bangladesh has won it once. Sri Lanka National Basketball team is currently engaging in practice sessions for the championship. Out of the 36-member national pool that was drafted in mid-February a fifteen-member pool was selected after a set of trails and the final twelve will be selected from the fifteen-member pool. Even though the national pool was drafted in mid-February there were no practice sessions held for the players until the preparations for SABA began in the recent couple of weeks. Coach Prasanna Jayasinghe speaking with ThePapare.com said, 'We had a chance to better our performance this year because the pool was selected in mid-February but we missed out in practices for two months and until these players were recalled a week ago'. ThePapare.com also spoke with SLBF to ascertain the situation. SLBF's response was that the funds were woefully inadequate for long-winded practice periods required and that SABA had also informed them of the event only around a month ago. So with the challenge at hand to face India how is Sri Lanka preparing themselves after missing out for two months. We questioned the coach. ' We are planning to do around ten practice sessions. We have already finished four. We can't practice at a stretch we have to give a break in between as well. So in total I have planned around 20-25 hours of practice before the tournament. Mostly we are focusing on brushing up their skills and then we will be looking in to their strength & conditioning'. So the next box on the check list for SLBF is to focus on how the selected players will undergo a proper practice session so that they will be in good condition to face tough conditions overseas. The completion will be tough. Since Maldives will be hosting the tournament they will be prepared better this time. 'India of course will be a challenge and then the fight for the silver and bronze medals is between Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Then of course Maldives will also be in a better positon this tournament since they are hosting it. The hope for the tournament will be to secure the silver medal we have not gone down from there and we will try our best to beat India and win it', added Coach Prasanna Jayasinghe. Prasanna & Co. will have to fight a little hard this year as we have missed in preparation time. So let's rally around and wish the boys and hope that the selected pools will get some thorough practice more so that we as a nation will be in a better position when we fly away.
Courtesy of: thepapare.com



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  SWITZERLAND  


BBC Nyon level LNB championship series - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nyon drew things level in LNB Finals. They beat Vevey Riviera Basket 69:63 at home court to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Vevey grabbed an early lead. The visitors jumped to a 25:18 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Vevey entered the second half up by six points 38:32. But BBC Nyon held their opponents to just 12 points in the third term to eke out a 51:50 lead heading into the fourth term. BBC Nyon stayed aggressive defensively holding their opponents to just 13 points and finishing the game with a vital win.
Game 5 is scheduled for Saturday.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Celtics guard coming to Trinidad - by Don Farrell

BOSTON CELTICS guard Avery Bradley will be in Trinidad next month for the first stop of the annual Avery Bradley Skills Academy which jumps off at the National Cycling Centre in Couva.

The Skills Academy will be held here from June 17-19 before making stops at Waltham (Massachusetts) from June 25-26, Ashland (Massachusetts) from June 28-30, his hometown in Tacoma, Washington (July 5-7) and Vancouver (August 15-17) Bradley, 26 years old, is currently embroiled in heated battle with NBA champions LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals which tipped off last night at the TD Garden in Boston.

Bradley, born in Washington, is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and recently demonstrated his offensive prowess to help the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The former Texas Longhorns player had a playoff career-high 29 points in Game 5 win which put them ahead 3-2. For the playoffs, Bradley is averaging 15.8 points after 13 games as he seeks to make a first ever appearane in the NBA Finals scheduled to begin June 1.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Ryan Alcantara, the man responsible for Bradley bringing his elite basketball camp to this country, explained how it was made possible.

'I have a relationship with Avery and he always wanted to do something here. Last year he went to Grenada with it and just through asking (him) and I was speaking to someone at Sport TT and they made it happen,' he said.

How did he befriend the Celtics defensive juggernauth? 'I actually met Avery about five years ago in Grenada through his wife who is Grenadian and we became friends. He's a real genuine and giving guy and always up for the kids and doing things (for them). He's a real nice guy,' he said.

Alacantara is optimistic Bradley's Skills Academy which targets young persons aged six to 16 will give a much needed boost to the sport here.

'Basketball is not a very popular sport in Trinidad and Tobago but I'm hoping it will do something for the game and bring some awareness to his brand and the Celtics brand and hopefully we could get a little more interest in basketball here. There are a lot of clubs and academies here that people don't know much about and hopefully it could bring some awareness to them as well,' he added.

Alcantara, head of the local organising committee, explained that the participants for the Skills Academy will comprise mostly players from local clubs.

'Because it was on short notice the majority of kids will be chosen through the (local) academies and you can also register at his website,' he said.

What does he think of Bradley and the Celtics' chances against the Cavaliers? 'He's a very great defender and they're gonna be in a good frame of mind coming off the last two series (vs Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards) so I think it should be exciting and hopefully it doesn't end how everyone thinks its gonna end,' he said.

newsday



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  TURKEY  


Overview of TBL Round 2 of Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor - Eskisehir Basket 74-81

Eskisehir Basket upset Bursaspor on the road for the second straight win in Final Four stage. American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Bugrahan Tuncer chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Eskisehir Basket players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Yunus Cankaya (199-85) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Bursaspor: D.Borovnjak 20+13reb+6ast, Y.Cankaya 12+6reb+5ast, S.Ekmen 9+3reb+3ast, E.Ilter 8+2reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 8+1reb+4ast, C.Coskun 6+7reb
Eskisehir Basket: J.Duncan 20+7reb+2ast, S.Marshall 16+6reb+1ast, B.Tuncer 16+4reb+6ast, Y.Sonsirma 13+1reb+5ast, M.Goktas 9+4reb+1ast, C.Nalga 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 546640


Acibadem - Sakarya BSB 77-81

Sakarya snatched a narrow win over Acibadem to take 2-0 record. Sakarya BSB dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Acibadem's 30. Sakarya BSB forced 19 Acibadem turnovers. Center Hakan Yapar (202-84) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Kerem Gonlum (208-77) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) responded with 22 points and the former international guard Can Altintig (195-87) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Five Sakarya BSB and four Acibadem players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Acibadem: B.Wright 22+2reb+3ast, C.Altintig 15+2reb+4ast, C.Ugur Ogut 13+1reb+2ast, N.Yildirim 11+7reb+3ast, C.Ozer 9+3reb, J.Maxiell 5+3reb+2ast
Sakarya BSB: H.Yapar 19+11reb+4ast, K.Gonlum 19+7reb+2ast, C.Harris 15+1reb+5ast, L.Jones 11+1reb+2ast, K.Ozkan 11+4reb+3ast, F.Can Akin 6+1ast
gschID: 546639





Fenerbahce in talks to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with 26-year old Italian power forward Nicolo Melli (205-100kg-91) who currently plays at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 35 BBL games he had 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. Melli also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Brose Baskets (also in BBL) in German. In 40 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.6apg. Melli contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). Melli also played 23 games in Euroleague where he got 9.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention in 2016.
Melli represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Melli has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, VL Pesaro and Grissin Bon RE.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  UGANDA  


Giants set for basketball league tip-off tonight - by Eurobasket News

The stage is set for the start of this year's Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba) National Basketball League (NBL) this evening at the Lugogo indoor stadium. City Oilers, the four-time defending men's champions, will be the team to beat. After losing Kami Kabange, who returned to play in the Rwandese league, national team captain Steven Omony has joined them from Falcons. Oilers coach Mandy Juruni believes replacing Kabange is impossible, and the arrival of Joseph Chuma and James Deng is simply to bolster the team.
Even after playing the bigger part of last season with only eight players, Sunday Okot, Diego Angemi and Francis Kasinde are the new faces expected to give Power the thrust, to stave off the 4-1 series loss in the 2016 play-off finals.
Warriors started by replacing coach Sam Obol with Ronnie Mutebi. It is a new dawn at Warriors with the arrival of Mike Bazangu, Said Amisi, Aaron Ajjo and point-guard Daniel Gaaki as marquee signings. They are expected to replace Ivan Enabu, Marial Anyuit, Eric Malinga and Nigerian Ahmed Temitope, yet supplement Philip Ameny, arguably the team's best player last season, Mark Opio, Ceaser Kizito and Syrus Kiviri.
KIU Titans will be desperate to shrug off the tag of chokers this season. Despite winning 22 successive games in 25 games last season, they fell at the semi-final stage. But KIU coach Hamza Nyambogo , who will be under a lot of scrutiny this season has brought in Joseph Bwanga, Francis Mbuyi, Gideon Kasasa (98) and Caesar Adoke to supplement the efforts of stars Chris Omanye, Ivan Lumanyika and Captain Sudi Ulanga.
Brian Namake, Jonathan Egau, Steven Wundi, Yahaya Kalyesubula and Fadhil Chuma are expected to pull the strings again for UCU, who for the first time in many years, have not lost any important player in the close season. Having won the last two championships, Lady Canons have the experience of Ritah Imanishimwe, Judith Nansobya, Zainah Lokwameri and team captain Vilma Achieng. The return of post player Lorraine Akinyi should make them more unplayable.
Courtesy of: observer.ug



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  UKRAINE  


Higher League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Politekhnika Lvov reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Khimik-2 - Politekhn.Lvov 87-90

Politekh.Lvov snatched a tough road win over Khimik-2 to advance into Higher League Finals. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Politekhn.Lvov outrebounded Khimik-2 44-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Roman Novikov (204-92, agency: AproK Sports Group) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Andriy Kobets (192-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds and Sergiy Pavlov (203-97, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Politekhn.Lvov and four Khimik-2 players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Khimik-2: M.Kyrylo 25+8reb+1ast, O.Solovyov 16+2reb+2ast, S.Pavlov 15+5reb+1ast, K.Meshheryakov 14+5reb+2ast, D.Klevzunyk 9+3reb+3ast, V.Kozak 5+3reb+7ast
Politekhn.Lvov: R.Novikov 21+12reb+2ast, A.Kobets 18+4reb+8ast, D.Khodov 14+5reb+2ast, M.Vorobjov 12+8reb+2ast, D.Tiutiunyk 10+6reb+2ast, M.Tiutiunyk 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 546924





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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


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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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras21.2 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Brown, Gigantes18.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.18.4 
 7. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 8. Powell, Trotamun.17.3 
 9. Swann, Marinos16.8 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.8 
 2. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.9 
 3. Guerrero, Toros8.6 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 5. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 6. Graterol, Bucaneros7.5 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 8. Julio, Panteras7.3 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.7.2 
 10. Garrett, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.0 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.9 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.5 
 6. Canty, Panteras4.3 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Cazorla, Gigantes3.9 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.8 
 10. Silva, Guaiqueries3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Harold CAZORLA
  Gigantes
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cazorla, Gigantes2.0 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 3. Silva, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 6. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 9. Colmenares, Guaros1.2 
 10. Palacios, Cocodrilos1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CARRERA
  Marinos
  (196-SF-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carrera, Marinos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Jackson, Gigantes1.0 
 6. Graterol, Bucaneros1.0 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 8. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Johnson, Toros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


LPB Round 18: Gigantes defeat leader Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Guaiqueries (21-13) in Puerto Ordaz on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Gigantes (16-18) 71-69. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) contributed with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Guaiqueries. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gigantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-18 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Guaiqueries at the other side still keep top place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Puerto La Cruz. Fourth ranked Toros (12-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Marinos (13-17) 100-98 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marinos. Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Elder Gimenez chipped in 27 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Toros maintains fourth position with 12-19 record which they share with defeated Marinos. Marinos at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Toros will play against higher ranked Trotamundos (#3) in Valencia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Marinos will play on the road against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Guaiqueries (21-13) which played road game in Puerto Ordaz against 3rd ranked Gigantes (16-18). First ranked Guaiqueries had an easy win 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gigantes. Marcus Melvin notched 25 points to lead the effort. Even 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by Horace Wormely did not help to save the game for Gigantes. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guaiqueries maintains first position with 21-13 record. Loser Gigantes keep the third place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Marinos (13-17) which hosted in Puerto La Cruz one of their biggest challengers Toros (12-19). Fourth ranked Marinos had an easy win 100-81. The best player for the winners was Michael Carrera who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Marinos maintains fourth position with 13-17 record which they share with defeated Toros. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Marinos' next round opponent will be Gaiteros (#5) in Maracaibo. Toros will play on the road against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Guaros (21-11) and 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-21) in Barquisimeto on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guaros outscored guests from Maracaibo 112-75. It was a good game for Gregory Echenique who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guaros have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 21-11 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Guaros will face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Gaiteros will play at home against Marinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Gaiteros were smashed by Guaros on the road 102-76.

Gigantes - Guaiqueries 73-89

An interesting game for Guaiqueries (21-13) which played road game in Puerto Ordaz against 3rd ranked Gigantes (16-18). First ranked Guaiqueries had an easy win 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gigantes. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 21-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-73. Guaiqueries outrebounded Gigantes 30-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 25 points to lead the effort and the other American import guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Even 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) did not help to save the game for Gigantes. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five Guaiqueries and four Gigantes players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guaiqueries maintains first position with 21-13 record. Loser Gigantes keep the third place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: M.Melvin 25+3reb+3ast, D.Downey 16+3reb+7ast, C.Silva 12+4reb+3ast, F.Centeno 10+5reb+4ast, C.Musset 10+6reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 10+7reb
Gigantes: H.Wormely 18+5reb+8ast, F.Lucena 10+2reb, A.Sucre 10+9reb+2ast, A.Jackson 10, Q.Brown 8+1reb+2ast, I.Nunez 6+1ast
gschID: 546797


Marinos - Toros 98-100

Important game to mention about took place in Puerto La Cruz. Fourth ranked Toros (12-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Marinos (13-17) 100-98 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Marinos. It looked good early as Marinos took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toros took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Marinos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Elder Gimenez (186-91) chipped in 27 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) with 28 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Toros and five Marinos players scored in double figures. Toros maintains fourth position with 12-19 record which they share with defeated Marinos. Marinos at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Toros will play against higher ranked Trotamundos (#3) in Valencia in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Marinos will play on the road against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: E.Gimenez 27+2reb+2ast, J.Guerrero 24+6reb+2ast, K.Pena 15+6reb+3ast, K.Fuller 13+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson 7+4reb+1ast, J.Leon 7+1reb+2ast
Marinos: M.Carrera 28+7reb+2ast, I.Swann 16+3reb+1ast, J.Herrera 15+2reb+2ast, R.Perez 12+4reb+1ast, M.Marriaga 12+5reb, J.Centeno 11+7reb+11ast
gschID: 546795


Guaros - Gaiteros 102-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Guaros (21-11) crushed 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-21) in Barquisimeto 102-76 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-76. Guaros dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 28. They outrebounded Gaiteros 46-28 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Gaiteros' players. It was a good game for American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Guaros players scored in double figures. Naturalized Colombian guard Douglas Chiquito (193-86) replied with 18 points and British V.Islands power forward Lester Prosper (208-88, college: Old Westbury, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gaiteros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guaros have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 21-11 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Guaros will face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Gaiteros will play at home against Marinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaros: A.Panko 16+9reb+4ast, N.Colmenares 14+7reb+2ast, N.Robinson 14+2reb+5ast, G.Echenique 11+10reb+2ast, L.Hayward 11+2reb, H.Guillent 10+3reb+8ast
Gaiteros: D.Chiquito 18+2reb+2ast, L.Prosper 14+5reb, H.Salcedo 11+2reb+1ast, K.Urdaneta 9+3reb+4ast, E.Harris 8+2reb+1ast, D.Macuare 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 546799


Gigantes - Guaiqueries 71-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Guaiqueries (21-13) in Puerto Ordaz on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Gigantes (16-18) 71-69. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) added 16 points in the effort for Guaiqueries. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gigantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-18 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Guaiqueries at the other side still keep top place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: Q.Brown 28+10reb+2ast, A.Sucre 11+17reb+4ast, A.Jackson 9+3reb, J.Vargas 8+3reb+3ast, F.Lucena 7+4reb+1ast, L.Cappare 4+1ast
Guaiqueries: M.Melvin 16+2reb+2ast, D.Downey 11+6reb+9ast, M.Flores 10+8reb+1ast, F.Centeno 8+3reb, K.Gransberry 6+10reb+2ast, C.Silva 5+4reb+7ast
gschID: 546796


Guaros - Gaiteros 112-75

The game between second ranked Guaros (21-11) and 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-21) in Barquisimeto on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guaros outscored guests from Maracaibo 112-75. The game without a history. Guaros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 42. They outrebounded Gaiteros 50-36 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Gaiteros' players. It was a good game for international center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Guaros players scored in double figures. British V.Islands power forward Lester Prosper (208-88, college: Old Westbury, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) added 12 points in the effort for Gaiteros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guaros have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 21-11 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 21 games lost. Guaros will face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Gaiteros will play at home against Marinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaros: G.Echenique 26+17reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 21+2reb+3ast, L.Hayward 18+10reb+1ast, H.Guillent 12+1reb+8ast, J.Ascanio 10+1reb, E.Baez 6+1reb+2ast
Gaiteros: L.Prosper 24+10reb+1ast, E.Harris 12+1reb+3ast, D.Chiquito 8, D.Ananguren 8+7reb, H.Salcedo 6+7reb+2ast, K.Urdaneta 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546798


Marinos - Toros 100-81

An interesting game for Marinos (13-17) which hosted in Puerto La Cruz one of their biggest challengers Toros (12-19). Fourth ranked Marinos had an easy win 100-81. Marinos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Toros' 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Toros' players. The best player for the winners was the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) who recorded 18 points and naturalized Colombian point guard Jorge Leon (188-79) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Marinos maintains fourth position with 13-17 record which they share with defeated Toros. Toros at the other side keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Marinos' next round opponent will be Gaiteros (#5) in Maracaibo. Toros will play on the road against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: M.Carrera 22+5reb+6ast, I.Swann 20+5reb+6ast, J.Centeno 13+4reb+5ast, J.Herrera 10+4reb+5ast, M.Marriaga 9+6reb, R.Perez 8+2reb+3ast
Toros: K.Pena 18+1reb+3ast, A.Barrios 14+2reb+1ast, K.Fuller 10+2reb+3ast, J.Leon 9+5reb+4ast, P.Brito 7+3reb+3ast, H.Bayona 6+2reb
gschID: 538139





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

26-year old center Gregory Echenique (206-C-90, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Guaros and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Gaiteros (#5, 7-21) with 37-point margin 112-75. Guaros maintains the 2nd position in their group in Venezuelan league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaros will need more victories to improve their 21-11 record. It's Echenique's second year at Guaros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gregory Echenique averages this season 12.4ppg and 6.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Quinnel Brown (198-SF-83) of Gigantes. He is American in his first season at Gigantes. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Gigantes to edge slightly higher-ranked Guaiqueries (#1, 21-13) by 2 points 71-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Eastern Conference. Gigantes consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-18 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Gigantes and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#5). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Michael Carrera (196-SF-93) of Marinos (#4). Carrera scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Carrera's great performance Marinos lost 98-100 to #4 ranked Toros. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Marinos ranking at the top of Western Conference, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Carrera could help Marinos to bring them higher in the standings. Carrera has a very solid season. In 14 games in Venezuela he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 59.0%. Michael Carrera has also Venezuelan passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93) of Toros - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Axiers Sucre (199-F-78) of Gigantes - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lazar Hayward (225-SF-86) of Guaros - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Andy Panko (203-F-77) of Guaros - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marcus Melvin (206-F-82) of Guaiqueries - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) of Marinos - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) of Toros - 27 points, 2 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)



Elliott is back at Cocodrilos, ex Quimsa - by Francisco Vega

Cocodrilos de Caracas (LPB) signed experienced 34-year old American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington). It is actually his comeback to Caracas as he has played here before. Elliott He moved there from Quimsa in Argentinian LigaA where he played this season. In 30 games he had 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. The last summer Elliott was tested by Indios de San Francisco (LNB) in Dominican Rep. league.
In 2007 he was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) in second round (17th overall).
The former George Washington University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Elliott was voted Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Elliott has played also professionally in Finland, Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Soles), Uruguay (Hebraica), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Venezuela (Centauros de Apure) and Dominican Republic (La Mattica and Leones de Santo Domingo).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Head Coach Evgeny Pashutin and Unics part ways - by Eurobasket News

48-year old head coach Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket) left Unics Kazan (VTB). Pashutin has coached there for the last three years.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he coached in the final of VTB United League in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Pashutin was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Coach of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.
He was coaching Russian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015, and coached also U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Pashutin has coached previously two other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg and Lokomotiv.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sithole Bubbles With Confidence - by Eurobasket News

ZIMBABWE national basketball team coach Innocent Sithole believes they are in good shape to fight for a place at the AfroBasket championships as they make their last attempt this weekend in Bamako, Mali. After missing two opportunities, an automatic qualification during the regional qualifiers against Mozambique and a defeat to South Africa in the play-offs, Zimbabwe now face Chad and the Central African Republic in an additional qualifier to replace Congo-Brazzaville who pulled out. The team was expected to leave for Mali last night, for the event which starts tomorrow until Sunday. "We have prepared for the games in Mali and we are definitely hoping to qualify for AfroBasket. "I think the Mozambique and South Africa games, the ones that we lost, basically gave us preparation for this. And I think we know what we need to do and we have been working as well. "I think fitness-wise we are a bit better. "The South Africa game, we had a very good game (but) we didn't finish off the game, we played the game very well. But our finishing, our fourth quarters were very bad, so we have worked more on that, on trying to maintain our fitness so that at least we can play the whole four quarters of the game at the same level," Sithole said. Cape Verde, who were also scheduled to be part of the weekend's games, pulled out leaving Zimbabwe, Chad and Central African Republic and Congo-Brazzaville to compete for the last slot to the African competition. "We had done some scouting on Central African Republic and Cape Verde and fortunately Cape Verde pulled out, they were going to be a tricky customer for us. "On Chad it's basically an unknown team, but they had close games against Cameroon in their qualifiers, so they will be tricky as well. "I think the guys are highly motivated. I think they actually appreciate now that this is actually a third chance that we have got. "So, basically, I think the heavens are looking down on us, so the guys are highly motivated that, at least, we have got the heavens on our side, they have given us enough chances now," said Sithole. The African basketball showpiece will be held in Angola later this year.
Courtesy of: herald.co.zw




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Women News


Manumalo Flames win 2016- 17 ASHSAA JV Girls' Basketball championship - by Eurobasket News

The 2016-2017 ASHSAA Junior Varsity Girls' Basketball championship title is now at the Home of the Flames in Malaeimi, something that nobody thought would ever happen, especially for a team that only hopped on board late last year. Manumalo Academy is known for its academic achievements in territorial competitions. Strict Christian values and a strenuous workload for students is the norm there. For the school to win anything in athletics is the farthest thing from anyone's mind. Nobody ever expected the private school to force its way through the American Samoa High School Athletics Association's ranks and come home victorious, especially in their first ever season competing against other local high schools. Flames head coach Margaritta Viena, a second year teacher at the school, summed up their season in one word: 'underdogs.' And after such an exciting season, the term really seems like an understatement. 'When the season first started, we didn't expect to be champions,' Viena told Samoa News yesterday, adding that for the girls on the team, this was their first time playing in an 'organized basketball' program and some of them didn't even know how to dribble or make a lay-up. But that was back in December. Fast forward four months later and the same group of 'amateur' players have done the unthinkable. Up until last week, the team was undefeated. Their first loss - only by two points - was handed to them by the Faga'itua High School Vikings last week. Manumalo's team record for its first season in the ASHSAA program is 8 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. 'These girls have grown so much since the formation of the team late last year,' Head Coach Viena shared. 'Going from not really knowing anything about basketball to becoming champions is great and shows how awesome their progress is.' Viena is no stranger on the court. She has played basketball most of her life and was part of the American Samoa National Women's Basketball Team that represented the territory in the 2015 South Pacific Games during which they came home with the silver medal. 'There were many people who didn't believe we would ever make it this far but we did,' she said of the Flames. Unlike other local high schools, Manumalo only has a total enrollment of 29 students, hence the inclusion of elementary level girls in the team. Three of the ten players on the Flames squad are 8th graders and one is in 7th grade. The team closed off its remarkable season with a 26-13 victory over the Samoana Sharks last Friday. And because none of the players are seniors, expect to see the same names on next year's roster when Manumalo defends its title. - Courtesy of: samoanews.com


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  ARGENTINA  


German's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward Itziar German (184-F/C-86, agency: ProDep Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Quimsa and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
She had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Hindu (#5, 0-4) with 17-point margin 71-54. Quimsa maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian Superliga. Quimsa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game German had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Quimsa, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Itziar German averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Tatiana Conceicao (187-C-81) of Rocamora. She is Brazilian center in her first season at Rocamora. In the last game Conceicao recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she led Rocamora to another comfortable win outscoring Penarol (0-4) 90-53. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Conceicao is one of the most experienced players at Rocamora and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Rocamora's star - Isabella Sangali. Sangali scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Sangali's great performance Rocamora lost 62-80 to Union Florida (#2, 4-0). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Rocamora can only dream about fighting for top spots in SUR. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sangali she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Sangali has individually a great season in Argentina. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gisela Vega (188-C-82) of Quimsa - 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Liliana Tamburlini (PG-81) of Rocamora - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ronni Williams (183-F) of Union Florida - 22 points and 12 rebounds
7. Natacha Perez (179-G/F-91) of Lanus - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Diana Cabrera (184-C-93) of Union Florida - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ariel Edwards (190-F-92) of Obras Basket - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Maria Royo (178-F-86) of Quimsa - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 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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  AUSTRALIA  


Tessa Lavey signs at Dandenong - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) landed 24-year old international guard Tessa Lavey (172-93) from Perth Lynx. In 23 WNBL games she averaged 6.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements Lavey played in the final of Australian WNBL for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). She received also Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team award in 2015.
Lavey has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Lavey represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg.
Lavey has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australian Institute of Sport, Lady Braves, Bendigo Spirit, Nationals and BA Centre of Excellence.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BasketballAus)

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  CANADA  


Tarbes welcome back Murphy - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Tarbes Gespe Bigorre inked 33-year old Canadian international forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra). It is actually her comeback to Tarbes as she has played here before. Murphy has played for the last four years at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in the LFB. In 27 games she averaged 10.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Among other achievements Murphy's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 3rd Team award in 2015.
Murphy represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Murphy is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Finland (Catz Lappeenranta and HoNsU), Lithuania (Arvi), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok) and Poland (Energa Torun).
Murphy attended Hofstra University until 2007 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: A very experienced forward who usually provides leadership, a sweet-shooting stroke and plenty of hustle.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CAYMAN ISLANDS  


Islanders making waves in 2017 - by Eurobasket News

No one saw it coming. Everyone knows that building a team takes time, especially when most of your players are new to the sport. This was the Islanders in 2016. They went through the 2016 season without a win, but established themselves as a 'take no prisoners', rough and tough team. There was one critical ingredient that the team was missing..EXPERIENCE. However, this year came as a shock to the other opponents who expected to pretty much the same team. But when the defending Champions - Lady Warriors - saw some veterans step onto the court for the Islanders, their smiles disappeared quickly! And for good reason. By the time the smoke cleared, the defending champions found themselves in shock; losing to the Islanders 42-33. With the addition of players like Jennifer Cotarelo-Choice (G), Renee Thompson (C), Scimone Campbell (G), Krystle Barrett (G) and Christsania Parker (F), the Islanders are now a force to be reckoned with.
Courtesy of: caymanbasketball.com



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Robinson is back at Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) agreed terms with 30-year old Montenegrin international forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Perfumerias Avenida as she has played here before. Robinson is a dual citizen owning also American passport. She played last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she had 8.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Robinson helped them to win the cup. She also played 18 games in Eurocup where she recorded 9.2ppg and 7.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Robinson played at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russian PBL. In 30 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Robinson also played 18 games in Euroleague where she got 8.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
In 2010 Robinson was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
The former University of Georgia standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball.
Robinson also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 70.0%.
Robinson is quite experienced player. She has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Robinson has played previously professionally in France (Tarbes), Portugal (Alges), Puerto Rico (Gigantes), WNBA (Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm), Spain (Argon Uni Girona) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


Lattes Montpellier signs Romy Baer - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) signed 30-year old German international forward Romy Baer (187-87). She has played for the last two seasons at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in the LFB. In 28 games she had 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg last season. Baer also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Slovakian Cup in 2015. Baer was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She has been also a member of German international program for some years. Baer has regularly played for German senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
She represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Baer has played also professionally in France (Challes les Eaux and Lyon), Slovakia (Good Angels) and Germany (TV Saarlouis Royals and ChemCats Chemnitz).
She could be described: Romy is a talkative leader with great court vision. Can shoot the 3, a pull up jumper and penetrate. Has the ability to pass the ball and create for others. Can run the wings and score in fast break. Has the ability to defend players 1 to 4. Romy, with long arms and good anticipation, has the ability to steal or deffect many balls.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Landes sign Maja Skoric - by Eurobasket News

Basket Landes (LFB) signed 28-year old Serbian international small forward Maja Skoric (185-89). She has played for the last three seasons at Cegledi EKK in Hungarian A Division. In 12 Eurocup games she had 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Skoric played in the final of Central Europe Women League in 2013. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
Skoric has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Skoric represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.1rpg.
Skoric has played also professionally in Slovakia (Samorin) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Celarevo).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tarbes welcome back Murphy - by Eurobasket News

LFB newcomer Tarbes Gespe Bigorre inked 33-year old Canadian international forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra). It is actually her comeback to Tarbes as she has played here before. Murphy has played for the last four years at Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 in the LFB. In 27 games she averaged 10.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg last season.
Among other achievements Murphy's team made it to the Polish Cup final in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 3rd Team award in 2015.
Murphy represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Murphy is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Finland (Catz Lappeenranta and HoNsU), Lithuania (Arvi), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok) and Poland (Energa Torun).
Murphy attended Hofstra University until 2007 and it will be her eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: A very experienced forward who usually provides leadership, a sweet-shooting stroke and plenty of hustle.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tarbes sign Christelle Diallo - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) signed 24-year old center Christelle Diallo (193-93) from Union Lyon Basket Feminin. Diallo has played there for the last three years. In 27 LFB games she had 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won French LFB Regular Season in 2012. Diallo was also voted Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 3rd Team back in 2010.
She was also a member of French international program for some years. Diallo played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
She also represented France at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 52.5%, FT: 72.7%.
Diallo has played previously for four other teams: Bourges, Nice, Centre Federal BB and Centre Federal BB II.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Lattes Montpellier signs Romy Baer - by Eurobasket News

Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (LFB) signed 30-year old German international forward Romy Baer (187-87). She has played for the last two seasons at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in the LFB. In 28 games she had 11.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg last season. Baer also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.9spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won Slovakian Cup in 2015. Baer was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She has been also a member of German international program for some years. Baer has regularly played for German senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007.
She represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 87.5%.
Baer has played also professionally in France (Challes les Eaux and Lyon), Slovakia (Good Angels) and Germany (TV Saarlouis Royals and ChemCats Chemnitz).
She could be described: Romy is a talkative leader with great court vision. Can shoot the 3, a pull up jumper and penetrate. Has the ability to pass the ball and create for others. Can run the wings and score in fast break. Has the ability to defend players 1 to 4. Romy, with long arms and good anticipation, has the ability to steal or deffect many balls.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  


Slovenia beat Hungary in Szekesfehervar - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Slovenia 64-77

Slovenia beat Hungary in Szekesfehervar in the first friendly game between the sides. The guests won the first period 18-13 and added a 25-17 rally in the second frame. Hungary replied with a 28-18 surge in the third period but fell in the last 6-16.
Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Nika Baric (169-PG-92) added 12. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90, agency: ProDep Management) ended up wit 14 points in a loss and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Interperformances) had 13.



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  IRELAND  


IRL u 20's Girona bound / BI Board update / Annual Awards - by Patrick Maher


Ireland Under 20 Women travel to Girona

May 18,2017
The Irish Under 20 Women's team will compete in Girona this weekend as part of a four day training camp in preparation for European Championships later this summer.
The squad will play three games in Girona (fixtures below) as part of the camp, and Head Coach, Maeve Coleman, was looking forward to the tournament.
"We are looking forward to the four days," she stated. "It is our first opportunity to have all 12 players together. Playing such a high level competition is great preparation for our Slovakia trip in June before we depart for Israel in early July."
You can view more details about the squad here.

Ireland Under 20 Women's fixtures:
May 18th, 2017
Ireland U20 vs GEIEG B, 20.15

May 19th, 2017
Ireland vs GEIEG, 20.30

May 20th, 2017
Ireland vs GEIEG Uni Girona
An update from the Board of Basketball Ireland

THE END OF ONE JOURNEY, THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER

Few basketball people will forget 2008, when we heard out of the blue that Basketball Ireland had a black hole in its finances totalling 1.4 million and was teetering on the verge of total collapse.
Many crisis meetings were held and the figure of Paul Meany emerged as Executive Chairperson to lead a difficult fight back for the sport.
In 2012, Paul stepped down as Executive Chairperson with Jackie Dunne being appointed as non-executive Chairperson continuing to develop out the solid governance structure now in place.

2009 - 2011 the following actions / decisions were implemented
Governance restructure
Creating a commercially experienced board to oversee the crisis & future Governance of our Sport
Creation of a Council to develop and manage the sport of Basketball
The Finance, Audit & Risk Committee [FinARC] was reconstituted
Under the stewardship of Paul Moore,
An experienced CFO (Donal Walsh) was engaged
Group Debt restructured
BI Patrons Scheme [BIPS] launched
Annual cash surpluses of 200,000 targeted to reduce debt over 7 years
Staff numbers reduced
Salaries of retained staff materially reduced
International programmes suspended
Minimal Capital Expenditure in the National Basketball Arena
Irish Sports Council assistance sought.
A new Chief Executive recruited (Bernard O'Byrne)
New BI Member Registration system launched
Fast forward to 2016 - 2017 -
Basketball Ireland to be debt free -December 2017
(Financial Graphs attached)
Schools playing numbers rising
More coaches and referees are getting qualifications,
International platform returned
(albeit in a co-operative funding model)
Men's and Women's National Leagues have highest number participating s in 10 years
New clubs are springing up around the country.
Four Development Officers in place bringing direct assistance to Area Boards, Clubs and players.
FIBA award hosting of u 18 Europeans to Basketball Ireland (Nov. 2016)
Competition to take place in August 2017 with 24 teams participating
FIBA National congress successfully hosted (May 2016)
Representative team competes in China
Representative team competes in European Club competition
BI CEO appointed to FIBA Finance committee
Renowned coach Pete Strickland appointed as Senior Mens coach
Many new sponsors now supporting Basketball Ireland
Positive relationship & reputation with Sport Ireland
Consultation process with all of Basketball community commissioned
Resulting in BI Strategic plan completion.
Strategic Plan Implementation Group (SPIG) created
The Basketball community has been outstanding in its support for initiatives brought forward by the Board and this Board thanks everyone in the sport for their understanding, patience, and support of the many difficult decisions your Board had to make.

The Future
The next phase of our journey, as a debt free organisation starts in 2018.
So now, with the particular financial challenges almost behind us and with a solid foundation in place, the future is positive. Exciting developments are already taking place at all levels of the game - some of which are listed above. The big challenge over the next few years is to deliver on the Strategic Plan for which we will, of course, need additional resources and funding.

The Vision set out in the Strategic Plan is: 'That Basketball is a much-talked about, high-visibility, exciting national sport, which is well financed, and is played to a high-level and enjoyed all throughout the island of Ireland'

It is an ambitious Plan going forward to 2025, but, together with your continued support and encouragement, we can achieve its goals and provide a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for all our players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.
To borrow a phrase, 'Yes we can!'
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Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2017


Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2017
May 17,2017
The 2017 Basketball Ireland Annual Awards have been announced to recognise the sporting excellence of players, coaches, officials, administrators, clubs and schools across the country over the past year.
Over 40 awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday, June 10th to winners from across the country.
Claire Rockall has been named the Women's Super League Player of the Year to follow up on a season that saw her win Player of the Month twice and secure an All-Star award for her performances with Ambassador UCC Glanmire.
The Women's Super League Young Player of the Year goes to Courtyard Liffey Celtics's player Sorcha Tiernan for her superb performances throughout the year.
Staying with Courtyard Liffey Celtics and Head Coach Mark Byrne has been awarded the Coach of the Year award off the back of their club's success, securing the play off title in Letterkenny at the beginning of April.
Trae Pemberton is the Men's Super League Player of the Year off the back of an incredible season with Garvey's Tralee Warriors, which saw them scoop the Champions Trophy. Fellow club player, Ryan Leonard, has been named as the Men's Super League Young Player of the year following a hugely impressive display for the Kerry side, while Warriors Head Coach Mark Bernsen makes it a Kerry treble by scooping the Men's Super League Coach of the Year.
In the Women's Division One meanwhile, Kelly O'Hallahan of Marble City Hawks has been named as the Women's Division One Player of the Year, with Enya Maguire of Ulster University Elks named as the Division's Young Player of the Year. Marble City Hawks Head Coach, Julian O'Keeffe has scooped the Coach of the Year award following a fantastic season with the Kilkenny side.
In the Men's Division one meanwhile, BFG Neptune's star, Tanner Brooks has been named as the Men's Division One Player of the Year, with Maree's Eoin Rockall bagging the title of Young Player of the Year for the second year in-a-row, and the Galway side's coach, John Finn also taking his second accolade in as many years, winning the Coach of the Year award.

NATIONAL LEAGUE AWARDS
Men's Super League Player of the Year: Trae Pemberton
Men's Super League Young Player of the Year: Ryan Leonard
Men's Super League Coach of the Year: Mark Bernsen
Women's Super League Player of the Year: Claire Rockall
Women's Super League Young Player of the Year: Sorcha Tiernan
Women's Super League Coach of the Year: Mark Byrne
Men's Division One Player of the Year: Tanner Brooks
Men's Division One Young Player of the Year: Eoin Rockall
Men's Division One Coach of the Year: John Finn
Women's Division One Player of the Year: Kelly O'Hallahan
Women's Division One Young Player of the Year: Enya Maguire
Women's Division One Coach of the Year: Julian O'Keeffe

UNDERAGE COACHES
Men's Underage Coach of the Year: Paul Kelleher (Neptune BC)
Women's Underage Coach of the Year: Damien Sealy (DCU Mercy)

PRIMARY SCHOOLS AWARDS
Appreciation Award: Eamon hAogain
Primary School of the Year: St Oliver Plunketts NS, Malahide

POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS AWARDS
Post Primary Schools Committee Tom Collins Award: John Enright
Boys A School of the Year: St Joseph's College, "The Bish"
Girls A School of the Year: Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise
Boys B School of the Year: Colaiste Pobail Setanta
Girls B School of the Year: Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen
Boys C School of the Year: St Gerald's College, Castlebar
Girls C School of the Year: Castlerea Community School
Boys D School of the Year: Rosmini Community College, Drumcondra
Girls D School of the Year: St Clare's College, Ballyjamesduff
Boys U19 Schools Player of the Year: Conor O'Sullivan (Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig)
Girls U19 Schools Player of the Year: Annaliese Murphy (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maghair)
Boys U16 Schools Player of the Year: James Connaire (St Joseph's College, The Bish)
Girls U16 Schools Player of the Year: Shauna Dooley (Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise)
Boys School Coach of the Year: Bernard de Souza (St Joseph's College, The Bish)
Girls School Coach of the Year: Pat Critchley (Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise)

COLLEGIATE AWARDS:
Men's Division One Collegiate Player of the Year: Alex Dolenko (Griffith College Dublin)
Women's Division One Collegiate Player of the Year: Sarah Fairbanks (Dublin City University)
Men's Division Two Collegiate Player of the Year: Jack Mackey (Letterkenny IT)
Women's Division Two Collegiate Player of the Year: Nadine Rice (Limerick IT)
Men's Division Three Collegiate Player of the Year: Dillon Burns (Limerick IT)

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL AWARDS:
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Men's Player of the Year: Joe Hargrow (Limerick Scorpions WBC)
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Women's Player of the Year: Christine Doyle (Killester WBC)

OFFICIALS AWARDS:
Senior Referee Development Award: Martin McGettrick
Young Referee of the Year: Jack Dooley
Table official of the Year: Geraldine O'Neill
Young Table Official of the Year: Ada Bowler
Commissioner of the Year: Danny O'Connor

PRESIDENT'S AWARD:
John Hayes (Waterford Wildcats)

CLUB OF THE YEAR:
Killester BC

From : www.basketballireland.ie
Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.)



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  LATVIA  


Latvia edge Ukraine in a friendly - by Eurobasket News

Latvia-Ukraine 68-62

Latvia edge Ukraine in a friendly on Thursday. The guests posted a 21-14 run in the start of the game, but failed later in the second half. Latvia needed a final 24-7 surge to seal the victory. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Elina Babkina (173-PG-89) poured in 13. Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: ProDep Management) scored 10, whilst Aija Brumermane (192-C-86) notched 8. D'Andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) scored 11.



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  MONTENEGRO  


Robinson is back at Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) agreed terms with 30-year old Montenegrin international forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Perfumerias Avenida as she has played here before. Robinson is a dual citizen owning also American passport. She played last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she had 8.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Robinson helped them to win the cup. She also played 18 games in Eurocup where she recorded 9.2ppg and 7.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Robinson played at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russian PBL. In 30 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Robinson also played 18 games in Euroleague where she got 8.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
In 2010 Robinson was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
The former University of Georgia standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball.
Robinson also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 70.0%.
Robinson is quite experienced player. She has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Robinson has played previously professionally in France (Tarbes), Portugal (Alges), Puerto Rico (Gigantes), WNBA (Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm), Spain (Argon Uni Girona) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).

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Montenegro loses to Serbia in first warm-up game - by Zeljko Zule

Montnegero lost their first warm-up game before the European Championship iz Czech against Serbia by 40-72. They played without Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87), Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia), Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) and Bozica Mujovic (178-G-96), while Serbia missed Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89).
Montenegro had no player in double figures. Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) finished with 9 points.

Montenegro-Serbia 40-72 (8-25, 12-15, 13-20, 7-12)
Montenegro: Matovic 8, Skerovic, Vucetic 2, Popovic, Milosev 2, Aleksic 8, Perovanovic 9, Dasic, Jovanovic, Zivkovic, Rakovic 5, Pejovic 6.
Serbia: Radocaj 7, Cadjo 13, Krnjic 2, N.Jovanovic 2, Milovanovic 18, Knezevic 4, Ajdukovic 2, Mandic, Stankovic 4, T.Jovanovic 8, Stanacev, Bogicevi 2, Crvendakic 10.



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Waves, Medics end up level in Kerema basketball - by Eurobasket News

IHU Waves forced Medics to a low 24-24 fulltime in the Kerema women's basketball competition on Sunday. It was neck-and-neck affair going down to the wire with the lead changing on several occasions. Medics were leading 20-18 in the third quarter but were denied by Ihu Waves to register points in the crucial stages. Ihu Waves converted six points through Marry Ori, Posco Maeaoka and Maggie Kaivila while opposition's four baskets came from Druallarh Solomn and Barbara Kevea. Top scorers for Medics Donna Aisi 10, Rachael Robert, Kevea and Lucy Solomon 4 apiece. And for Ihu Waves with Ori 8, Kavila, Natalie Aisi and Maeaoka 4 each.
Courtesy of: thenational.com.pg



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Evgeniya Korotygina signs at Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) landed 24-year old guard Evgeniya Korotygina (180-93, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Enisey. In two Eurocup games she averaged 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Korotygina played at Spartak Noginsk where in 22 games she had 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg.
She represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 1.8ppg.
Korotygina has played previously for Spartak Noginsk 2nd team.

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Landes sign Maja Skoric - by Eurobasket News

Basket Landes (LFB) signed 28-year old Serbian international small forward Maja Skoric (185-89). She has played for the last three seasons at Cegledi EKK in Hungarian A Division. In 12 Eurocup games she had 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.7spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Skoric played in the final of Central Europe Women League in 2013. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Bosman Player of the Year in 2015.
Skoric has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2009.
Skoric represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.1rpg.
Skoric has played also professionally in Slovakia (Samorin) and Serbia (ZKK Vrsac and Celarevo).

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Slovenia beat Hungary in Szekesfehervar - by Eurobasket News

Hungary - Slovenia 64-77

Slovenia beat Hungary in Szekesfehervar in the first friendly game between the sides. The guests won the first period 18-13 and added a 25-17 rally in the second frame. Hungary replied with a 28-18 surge in the third period but fell in the last 6-16.
Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Nika Baric (169-PG-92) added 12. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90, agency: ProDep Management) ended up wit 14 points in a loss and Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Interperformances) had 13.



Slovenia win first pre-EC warm up game - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia defeated Hungary by 77-64 in their first warm-up game ahead of the 2017 European Championship in Czech. Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) came off the bench for a game high 17 points, Nika Baric (169-PG-92) added 12, Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) and Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) both scored 11 points and Eva Lisec (192-C-95) 10.
Slovenia led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter and shot 60-percent from the field in the first halftime. Hungary cut the deficit to just three points after the third quarter, but only managed six points in the final 10 minutes of play.

Hungary-Slovenia 64-77 (13-18, 17-25, 28-18, 6-16)
Hungary: *Denesne-Egyverneky 13, Raksanyi 9, Licskai, *Simon 4, *Krivacevic 14, *Nagy 7, Katona, Varga, *Nagy-Bujdoso 8, Szamosi 3, Horvath 3, Dubei 2, Hatar, Zele 1.
Slovenia: Ljubenovic DNP, *Oblak 11, Zdolsek, *Erkic 6, Prezelj 2, Abramovic 5, Rupnik DNP, *Baric 12, Jakovina DNP, *Pirsic 11, *Lisec 10, Trebec 3, Evans 17, Ocvirk DNP.




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Robinson is back at Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) agreed terms with 30-year old Montenegrin international forward Angelica Robinson (197-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Perfumerias Avenida as she has played here before. Robinson is a dual citizen owning also American passport. She played last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. in Turkish KBSL. In 22 games she had 8.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Robinson helped them to win the cup. She also played 18 games in Eurocup where she recorded 9.2ppg and 7.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Robinson played at Nadezhda Orenburg in Russian PBL. In 30 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.0spg. She contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Robinson also played 18 games in Euroleague where she got 8.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. She contributed to her team making it to the final.
In 2010 Robinson was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
The former University of Georgia standoutis in her eighth season in pro basketball.
Robinson also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 70.0%.
Robinson is quite experienced player. She has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Robinson has played previously professionally in France (Tarbes), Portugal (Alges), Puerto Rico (Gigantes), WNBA (Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm), Spain (Argon Uni Girona) and Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito).

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Mann Filter keeps Esparcia for another season - by Eurobasket News

Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) re-signed 22-year old small forward Carolina Esparcia (180-95, agency: ProDep Management). She has played there for the last five seasons. But in 24 LFB games she averaged just 0.6ppg last season.
Esparcia's team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2016.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Esparcia's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg.

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Al-Qazeres land Rita Esther Montenegro - by Eurobasket News

CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (LFB) tabbed experienced 35-year old power forward Rita Esther Montenegro (188-82, agency: ProDep Management) from Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM. Montenegro has played there for the last three years. In 24 LFB games she averaged 9.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7apg last season.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Juvenil in Ecuadorian league. Montenegro helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Domestic Players Team