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  3X3  



2017 BIG3 draft results: Rashad McCants goes No. 1, Steve Francis goes unpicked - by Eurobasket News

The BIG3, a new professional 3-on-3 league starring retired and presumably otherwise underemployed basketball players, had its inaugural draft on Sunday in Las Vegas. We put together a last-minute mock draft just prior to the big event. Clearly, we had no idea what was going to happen. A couple of high-level retired players who aren't totally ancient - Steve Francis (191-G-77, college: Maryland) and Latrell Sprewell (196-G/F-70, college: Alabama) - went undrafted. Rashad McCants (193-SG-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: Haylett Sports), who has floated on the fringes of the NBA for seven years or so, went No. 1 overall. Several players who hadn't been listed in any BIG3 promotional materials, including Kwame Brown (211-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances), Jerome 'Junk Yard Dog' Williams, and Moochie Norris (186-G-73, college: W.Florida), were picked. The league's biggest prospective draw, Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown), didn't show up to the draft despite being the coach, captain, and star of his team, 3's Company. His teammate DerMarr Johnson ended up making the team's picks (which seem bad on paper). Francis, who seemed quite invested in BIG3 as players collected in Vegas for a combine and scrimmages, going undrafted actually seems quite sad. (Do they have undrafted free agents and roster size limits in the BIG3? We'll see.) With that, here are the full BIG3 draft results. Special thanks to the heroes who live-tweeted the affair, Joey Devine and Sean Keane.
1. Trilogy: Rashad McCants
2. 3's Company: Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston)
3. Killer 3s: Reggie Evans (203-F/C-80, college: Iowa)
4. Tri-State: Xavier Silas (196-SG-88, college: N.Illinois)
5. Three-Headed Monsters: Kwame Brown
6. Power: Jerome Williams
7. Ball Hogs: Derrick Byars (201-G/F-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Inception Sports)
8. Ghost Ballers: Maurice Evans (195-G-78, college: Texas)
9. Ghost Ballers: Marcus Banks (188-G-81, college: UNLV)
10. Ball Hogs: Rasual Butler (201-SG-79, college: La Salle)
11. Power: DeShawn Stevenson (196-G-81)
12. Three-Headed Monsters: Eddie Basden
13. Tri-State: Lee Nailon (205-C/F-75, college: TCU)
14. Killer 3s: Larry Hughes (196-G-79, college: St.Louis)
15. 3's Company: Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown)
16. Trilogy: James White (201-F/G-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports)
17. Three-Headed Monsters: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU)
18. Ball Hogs: Dominic McGuire (206-PF-85, college: Fresno St.)
19. Trilogy: Dion Glover (196-G-78, college: Georgia Tech)
20. Power: Moochie Norris
21. 3's Company: Ruben Patterson (199-F-75, college: Cincinnati)
22. Ghost Ballers: Ivan Johnson
23. Tri-State: Mike James
24. Killers 3s: Brian Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Illinois).
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



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  ALBANIA  


Franko Bushati selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in Brescia's victory against the closely-ranked Auxilium TO (12-17) 96-89 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Bushati scored 18 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes on the court. Germani Basket Brescia (13-16) is placed 11th in the Serie A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Bushati averages: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 57.7% in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to a victory against the seventh-ranked Novipiu Casale (16-14) 74-67 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Ndoja recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. Ndoja's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.0%(23-39), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 76.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (3-29) in their last game. Despite Broadus' very good performance SC Rasta Vechta was edged 78-77 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) BG Goettingen. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Broadus also added 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was SC Rasta Vechta's seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Broadus' overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 64.3% in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #4. Small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria to win against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 95-93 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Taflaj recorded only 4 points. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Taflaj's total stats this season are: 1.4ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also Albanian national team player.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lug.Tigers U23 in Swiss LNB
Endri Roshi (201-F-94) plays for Humber College in CCAA

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



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Ojays and Braves - by Eurobasket News

Cutie Ovals Ojays - Flyers 83-74

Cutie Ovals Ojays held off Flyers to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Flyers won third quarter 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cutie Ovals Ojays won last quarter 24-16.
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Baldwin Braves - Stingerz 82-72

Baldwin Braves got to the winning start of the semifinal series. They topped Stingerz in the opener. Stingerz was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.8 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.7 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.3 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Deck, San Lorenzo16.7 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.8 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Redivo, Weber B.1.5 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.4 
 10. Elsener, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.5 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. McCullough, Alianza .19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.8 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Pais, Platense2.2 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Lorrenzo Wade (ex Malvin) joins Ferrocarril - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) agreed terms with 32-year old American forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-103kg-85, college: San Diego State, agency: Interperformances). He moved there from Malvin in Uruguayan LUB league where he played this season. Wade managed to play in three leagues in three countries this year. In 8 LUB games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He also played earlier that season for Toros in Mexican LNBP. In 8 LUB games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. The other team Wade played that season for was another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 15 LUB games he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Wade was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in fifth round (12th overall).
He attended San Diego State until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wade's team made it to the Argentinian Super 4 Cup final in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2015.
Wade is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in eight different countries. Wade tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Greece, Israel, Philippines (Star Hotshots and SM Beermen), Venezuela, Argentina (Obras Basket, Lanus and Sionista), Puerto Rico (Manati), Mexico (Abejas and Soles) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ferrocarril tabs Mauricio Aguiar - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) inked experienced 34-year old Uruguayan-Italian forward Mauricio Aguiar (199-83, agency: Pro Sports). He moved there from Defensor in Uruguayan LUB league where he played this season. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.6apg. The last season Aguiar played at Regatas Corrientes. In 59 LigaA games he averaged 10.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
Among other achievements he won Uruguay LUB Capital Division championship title in 2012. Aguiar received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 1st Team award back in 2014.
He represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. Aguiar's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Aguiar is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Aguiar has played previously professionally in Italy (Libertas Liburnia, Angelico Biella and Vanoli Cremona), Argentina (Obras Basket) and Venezuela (Marinos and Bucaneros).
His game is described as: A powerful guard/forward, very good in the open court offense and in the 1-on-1; has an interesting shooting range, but loves to go oinside as his first option; a little discontinous, needs to improve his defense on the guards and his passing and decision making; some years of experience at a top level could make him a superstar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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TNA Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. San Isidro and Estudiantes O. reach quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Villa Angela - San Isidro 74-81

San Isidro outgunned Villa Angela on the road to advance into the quarterfinal stage. It looked good early as Villa Angela took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then San Isidro took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. Power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Cesar Avalle (189-85) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Villa Angela players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: N.Carter 23+8reb+1ast, A.Spalla 17+5reb+2ast, C.Avalle 14+5reb+6ast, A.Zago 13+3reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 5+9reb+4ast, T.Rossi 2+1reb
San Isidro: S.Acevedo 25+8reb+5ast, S.Gonzalez 17+9reb, G.Sciutto 14+4reb+3ast, J.Kelly 9+1reb+7ast, M.Muller 6+1reb+1ast, M.Corzo 5+1reb
gschID: 545825


Estudiantes O. - Petr.Argentino 93-70

Estudiantes O. cruised past Petr. Argentino to win the series. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. Petr.Argentino managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Petr.Argentino's 28. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Petr.Argentino's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Petr.Argentino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lucas Diaz (198-92) added 21 points in the effort for Petr.Argentino. 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:
Petr.Argentino: L.Diaz 21+4reb+2ast, D.Dodson 18+9reb, F.Gago 9+2reb+3ast, M.Castets 7+4reb+2ast, S.Gandolfo 5+2reb, M.Lambrisca 4
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 21+2reb+5ast, L.Portillo 14+3reb+4ast, S.Arese 14+10reb+5ast, R.Sanchez 12+4reb+3ast, E.Dominguez 11+2reb+5ast, A.Brocal 11+3reb
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Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old center Javier Justiz (205-C-92, agency: Pro Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Estudiantes C. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 47.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Hispano Am. (#9, 20-32) 84-79. Estudiantes C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes C. will need more victories to improve their 35-16 record. In the team's last game Justiz had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Estudiantes C. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Justiz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 2.2bpg and 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Quimsa. He is American center in his first season at Quimsa. In the last game Daniels recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Quimsa was edged by slightly higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#5, 25-25) 89-87. This loss caused Quimsa to drop to 7th position in Sur. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 24-28 record. Daniels is one of the most experienced players at Quimsa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia (#3). Redivo got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. Despite Redivo's great performance Weber Bahia lost 87-95 to the lower-ranked Atenas (#9, 19-29). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Weber Bahia needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Sur. Their record is 28 victories and 20 lost games. Redivo has a very solid season. In 46 games in Argentina he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 3.2apg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pete Mickeal (199-SF-78) of Atenas - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Diego Garcia (190-SG-79) of La Union - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Emiliano Basabe (193-F/G-92) of Argentino - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Federico Aguerre (203-SF-88) of San Martin C. - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 17 points and 16 rebounds

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



Miramar adds Fahnbulleh to their roster, ex Ciclista - by Eurobasket News

Miramar (Ascenso) added to their roster 32-year old American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-122kg-85). He moved there from Ciclista in Argentinian TNA league where he started the season. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg and 8.2rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fahnbulleh won Peruvian LNB championship title in 2015. He was selected to Peruvian All-Star Game in 2015.
Fahnbulleh is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America) in seven different countries. Fahnbulleh has played previously professionally in Chile (Universidad Catolica), Colombia (Piratas), France (Quimper UJAP), Switzerland (Boncourt), Peru (Regatas), Uruguay (Verdirrojo) and Mozambique (Fer.Beira).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LPB 2017 - Guillermo Vecchio becomes new head coach of Guaros de Lara - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio has been appointed as the new head of Guaros de Lara in Venezuela's Liga Profesional (LPB), and current title holder of two FIBA Americas League trophies (2016, 2017) and the 2016 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.

Vecchio, 56 years old, is considered one of the "founding fathers" of his country's "Golden Generation" and will come to Guaros for a second career stint, after leaving a 15-16 record back in LPB 2010. He'll replace Jorge Arrieta , who was released despites winning the 2017 edition of the FIBA Americas League and leading his team to a 12-9 record to start the LPB 2017 regular season. Since his departure, assistant coach Yonaicker Ecker had a 2-1 record so the team is now 14-10 prior to Vecchio's debut, set for next Thursday (May 4th) and Friday (May 5th) against Marinos de Anzoategui in Barquisimeto.

Vecchio has been the coach of five Latin American national squads, including Argentina (1993-1997), Venezuela (1998), Mexico (2003), Panama (2006) and Chile (2012). He comes back to a team that back in his 2010 also included players Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) and Jose Martinez (196-F-82), still a part of the franchise. He's also worked for other LPB organizations such as Bravos de Portuguesa, Panteras de Miranda, Trotamundos de Carabobo and Bucaneros de la Guaira.

"It is an honor and great responsibility", said Vecchio in a phone interview for his team's press departament. "Everybody in the world knows now about what Guaros de Lara is. I'm coming back to a house where I was very well treated and that is wonderful. Everybody talks about the great job that the management and the main board of the team has been doing. There's a group of players there that can motivate any coach".

He knows the kind of expectations that the fans and the organization have. "To come back to such a hard league as the Venezuelan league and going to Guaros, is knowing that you have to win the championship. We'll take it game by game. I think that, with the experienced players that they have, Venezuelan and foreign, they're very much aware of the objectives of this organization. It's just a matter of talking to them and reinforcing WE over ME".

Vecchio was able to check out some of the games on video since his signing the previous night. "We've got to work in togetherness. There's a lot of talent, but talent by itself isn't enough. We gotta work with a lot of silence and sacrifice. Many teams want to beat Guaros, not only in Venezuela but overseas. We've got to take that into account so that all of our talents are at the service of the team. Someone will have to swipte the floors and someone will score 40 points. We've gotta make those things be clear"



Facundo Campazzo selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was the major contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-20) 86-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (13-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Campazzo has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 78.8%. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti could not help CB Canarias (19-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance CB Canarias was crushed 88-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. Richotti was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 3 assists in 24 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Richotti's seventh season with the team. This year Richotti averages: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 31.4%, 3FGP: 18.8% and FT: 83.3% in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria). He led Arkadia Lions to a victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-25) crushing them 98-73 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Vay was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 21 rebounds. Vay also added 8 assists and 3 blocks (made all of his eight free throws). Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (16-16) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vay averages: 19.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 81.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Former Instituto de Cordoba starter played for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #4. Guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) 116-103 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 10 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. Ginobili has been at the team for fifteen years. This year Ginobili has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Vay and Richotti above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Ginobili is also Argentinian national team player.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #5. International point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Laprovittola's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.1apg in 11 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (9-20) 88-80. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (13-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Delia's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.2rpg in 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #7. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) helped Svendborg win their game against the closely-ranked SISU (12-16) 87-72 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Porta recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. Porta has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team nine years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the ninth-ranked Ourense (18-16) 88-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Fernandez recorded only 4 points. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (24-10) is placed second in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Fernandez's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg. Fernandez used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #9. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (200-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valmontone in their game against Pescara (20-10) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the top scorer with 17 points. Caceres also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Caceres has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory against the tenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA (13-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points in 26 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (19-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year Filloy averages: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (13-16) crushing them 99-59 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Forray recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in a mere 17 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (17-12) is placed fifth in the Serie A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season Forray's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Bucaneros (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Cobos' very good performance the second-placed Bucaneros (13-12) was defeated 89-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Gigantes (#3) in the Eastern Conference. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Cobos also added 4 rebounds. This season Cobos has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 3-point Paulistano's victory against the closely-ranked Vivo/Franca (19-9) 69-66 in the Brazilian NBB in Friday night's game. He scored 7 points and had 5 steals in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. This year Hure's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games.

   #5. Diego Corral (205-C-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Omegna to a victory over the eighth-ranked Reggio Emilia (15-16) 73-57 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Corral was the best player in that game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Fulgor Omegna (19-11) is placed second in Group A. Corral has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against VL Pesaro in the Italian Serie A. Cerella cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 90-79. Cerella has averaged so far 1.1ppg and 1.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Viola RC's victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti 95-93 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fabi had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 44 minutes. Fabi has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in 30 games. Similarly like Cerella and Corral above he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Enzo Damian Cena (200-F/C-92, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Bisceglie's victory against the seventh-ranked Roma Luiss 80-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Cena was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cena has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.2rpg. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Experienced Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Lighthouse TR in their game against Treviso Basket in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Filloy recorded 7 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 74-86. Filloy has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Matias Di Marco (180-PG-84, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Cassino crushing them 89-69 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. Di Marco had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 12 passes in 25 minutes. Di Marco has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.5apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. Similarly like five previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



LigaA Round 47: Instituto beats La Union by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LigaA is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked La Union (21-32) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Instituto (29-23) in Formosa on Friday. The visitors from Cordoba managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international Diego Garcia (190-79) answered with 24 points and 5 assists for La Union. Instituto maintains fifth place with 29-23 record. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 32 games lost. Instituto are looking forward to face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Boca Juniors (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Santiado Estero. Sixth ranked GECR Indalo (25-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Quimsa (24-28) 89-87 on Thursday evening. It was a great evening for Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Carlos Schattmann helped adding 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GECR Indalo moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Libertad S. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 28 games lost. GECR Indalo will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Quimsa will play at home against Weber Bahia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Mar del Plata between Quilmes MP and Obras Basket. Seventh ranked Quilmes MP (22-27) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Obras Basket (25-26). Quilmes MP managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Obras Basket. It was an exceptional evening for Eric Flor who led the winners and scored 32 points. Jordan Richard came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Obras Basket in the defeat. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 22-27 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the sixth position with 26 games lost. Quilmes MP will again meet higher ranked Obras Basket (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras Basket will play against Atenas and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (27-20) against ninth ranked Atenas (19-29) on Saturday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was defeated by Atenas in a tough game in Cordoba 87-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. The best player for the winners was Pete Mickeal who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Atenas maintains ninth place with 19-29 record. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 20 games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Weber Bahia will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-19) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (25-25) on Thursday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Sunchales 80-68. Jeremiah Massey orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 19 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Ferrocarril will play on the road against Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 47: Olimpico LB was beaten by Ferrocarril on the road 74-65. Libertad S. won against Argentino on its own court 76-66. Boca Jrs was outscored by San Martin C. in Corrientes 99-71. Penarol managed to beat Obras Basket at home 71-67. Hispano Am. was defeated by Estudiantes C. on the opponent's court 84-79. Echague was beaten by Argentino in a home game 74-78. San Lorenzo destroyed Penarol on the road 82-53. San Martin C. managed to outperform Instituto on its own court 78-61.
The most impressive performance of 47th round was 16 points and 14 rebounds by Federico Aguerre of San Martin C..

Ferrocarril - Olimpico LB 74-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Ferrocarril's (34-19) home victory over 3rd placed Olimpico de La Banda (30-23) in Buenos Aires 74-65 on Sunday. Olimpico de La Banda was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Ferrocarril, which allowed them to win the game. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Ferrocarril players scored in double figures. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and the former international Diego Guaita (203-83) added 20 points in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Ferrocarril maintains second place with 34-19 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the third position with 23 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against Weber Bahia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 18+10reb+2ast, F.Balbi 13+2reb+5ast, M.Cuello 11+6reb+2ast, J.Maldonado 11+3reb+3ast, L.Tantos 8+3reb+1ast, K.Hernandez 6+5reb+3ast
Olimpico LB: D.Guaita 20+4reb, J.Williams 10+16reb, F.Van Lacke 9+2reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 9+3reb, M.Cosolito 5+7reb+1ast, A.Boccia 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 523731


Libertad S. - Argentino 76-66

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Argentino (26-25) lost on the road to seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (25-25) 76-66 on Saturday. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Argentino. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Argentino dropped to the fourth position with 25 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Argentino will play at home against Olimpico de La Banda (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 22+3reb+3ast, J.Massey 15+10reb, M.Saglietti 10+2reb, S.Vega 9+6reb+2ast, M.Ruiz 6+11reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 6+3reb
Argentino: M.Bolivar 13+5reb+2ast, N.Gadson 13+8reb+2ast, C.Crawford 12+8reb, J.Cangelosi 11+2reb, L.Cequeira 9+7reb+7ast, E.Basabe 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523728


San Martin C. - Boca Jrs 99-71

Very predictable result when first ranked San Martin Corrientes (37-14) rolled over at home 10th ranked Boca Juniors (17-34) 99-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-71. San Martin Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Boca Juniors' 32. San Martin Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Boca Juniors' players. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and Lucas Gargallo (196-95) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Five San Martin Corrientes and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 37-14 record. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the tenth position with 34 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against La Union (#8) in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: F.Aguerre 20+5reb+3ast, J.Wood 16+5reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 16+7reb, L.Mainoldi 15+6reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 12+4reb+6ast, L.Gonzalez 9+11reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 17+16reb, W.McDonald 12+4reb+1ast, L.Gargallo 10+2reb+5ast, L.Perez 10+2reb+5ast, F.Funes 7+1ast, C.Amicucci 7+3reb
gschID: 523730


Atenas - Weber Bahia 95-87

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (27-20) against ninth ranked Atenas (19-29) on Saturday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was defeated by Atenas in a tough game in Cordoba 87-95. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. Atenas made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Mateo Chiarini (186-98) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) produced 39 points (!!!) and guard Facundo Corvalan (188-98) added 18 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Atenas maintains ninth place with 19-29 record. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 20 games lost. Atenas' next round opponent will be higher ranked GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Weber Bahia will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Chiarini 20+5reb+4ast, P.Mickeal 20+11reb+5ast, R.Johnson 15+8reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+3reb+1ast, L.Lema 12+3reb+3ast, L.Rasio 7+1reb+1ast
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 39+2reb+3ast, F.Corvalan 18+8ast, A.Laveal Johnson 15+7reb+3ast, H.Jasen 8+9reb+2ast, D.Summers 4+3reb+1ast, J.Levy 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523727


Penarol - Obras Basket 71-67

There was an upset when 4th placed Obras Basket (25-26) lost to eighth ranked Penarol (22-32) in Mar del Plata 67-71 on Saturday. Obras Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Fernando Zurbriggen (185-97) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Obras Basket. Four Obras Basket players scored in double figures. Penarol have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 22-32 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the sixth position with 26 games lost. Penarol will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 14+9reb, L.Gutierrez 13+5reb+2ast, F.Giorgetti 11+4reb+1ast, L.Dabney 10+1ast, R.Acuna 8+6reb+1ast, J.Figueroa 7+3reb+3ast
Obras Basket: F.Zurbriggen 17+5reb+5ast, W.Herrmann 16+8reb, M.Leiva 11+10reb, T.Zanzottera 10+5reb+5ast, D.Horner 4+3reb+1ast, P.Barral 4+1reb
gschID: 523726


Estudiantes C. - Hispano Am. 84-79

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Estudiantes C. (35-16) defeated 9th ranked Hispano Am. (19-32) in Concordia 84-79 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Estudiantes C. made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Hispano Am. 32-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hispano Am.Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 35-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth position with 32 games lost. Estudiantes C. will have a break next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against the league's second-placed Ferrocarril (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Justiz 27+13reb+2ast, D.Tucker 15+4reb, A.Marin 15+3reb+6ast, J.Glynn 10+2reb, F.Giorgi 8+1reb+1ast, S.Orresta 6+6reb+5ast
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 21+1reb+2ast, M.Byro 13+2reb+1ast, J.Treise 12+4ast, N.Ferreyra 8+3ast, M.Bernardini 6+2reb, M.Fierro 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 523729


La Union - Instituto 84-86

Eighth-ranked La Union (21-32) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Instituto (29-23) in Formosa on Friday. The visitors from Cordoba managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) contributed with 18 points for the winners. The former international Diego Garcia (190-79) answered with 24 points and 5 assists and forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Instituto maintains fifth place with 29-23 record. La Union lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 32 games lost. Instituto are looking forward to face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Boca Juniors (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Instituto: P.Bertone 18+5reb, R.Green 18+2reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 16+3reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 14+1reb+2ast, D.Phillip 7+4reb+3ast, S.Clancy 6+7reb
La Union: D.Garcia 24+3reb+5ast, F.Pinero 17+5reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 11+5reb+1ast, T.Francis 11+5reb, A.Konsztadt 8+2reb+6ast, A.Elsener 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523725


Libertad S. - Ferrocarril 80-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-19) against seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (25-25) on Thursday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by Libertad Sunchales in Sunchales 80-68. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Ferrocarril was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Martin Cuello (193-93) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ferrocarril. 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. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 19 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Ferrocarril will play on the road against Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Massey 22+7reb+1ast, S.Vega 19+8reb+3ast, J.Vildoza 12+2reb+1ast, J.Brussino 11+5reb+4ast, P.Barrios 9+1reb, M.Ruiz 3+2reb
Ferrocarril: M.Cuello 19+6reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 13+2reb+1ast, R.Clemente 13+9reb+1ast, F.Balbi 10+3reb+2ast, A.Feeley 6+2reb, K.Hernandez 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 523724


Quilmes MP - Obras Basket 80-77

A very close game took place in Mar del Plata between Quilmes MP and Obras Basket. Seventh ranked Quilmes MP (22-27) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Obras Basket (25-26). Quilmes MP managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Obras Basket. Obras Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Quilmes MP made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game, while Obras Basket only scored ten points from the stripe. It was an exceptional evening for guard Eric Flor (186-93) who led the winners and scored 32 points. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Obras Basket in the defeat. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 22-27 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the sixth position with 26 games lost. Quilmes MP will again meet higher ranked Obras Basket (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras Basket will play against Atenas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 32+2reb+2ast, T.Robinson 18+1ast, L.Vildoza 16+5reb+7ast, E.Ruiz 4, A.Eslava 4+2reb, M.Maciel 3+3reb+1ast
Obras Basket: J.Richard 19+13reb, D.Horner 11+5reb+5ast, T.Zanzottera 11+3reb+2ast, F.Mariani 9+1reb+2ast, W.Herrmann 8+2reb, F.Zurbriggen 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523722


Echague - Argentino 74-78

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Echague (8-43) lost to fifth ranked Argentino (26-25) in Parana 74-78 on Thursday. Argentino dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 32. They outrebounded Echague 32-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Emiliano Basabe (193-92) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 14 points in the effort for Echague. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Argentino moved-up to fourth place. Echague lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 43 games lost. Argentino will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Argentino: E.Basabe 22+4reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 16+2reb+4ast, N.Gadson 13+4reb, C.Crawford 10+18reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 8+1reb, J.Cangelosi 7+3reb+1ast
Echague: J.Ayarza 14+1reb+3ast, S.Uranga 13+5reb, C.Buemo 10+1reb+2ast, D.Green 10+8reb+4ast, J.Baeza 9+2reb+4ast, F.Barroso 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523721


Quimsa - GECR Indalo 87-89

Important game to mention about took place in Santiado Estero. Sixth ranked GECR Indalo (25-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Quimsa (24-28) 89-87 on Thursday evening. Quimsa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) helped adding 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) scored 32 points. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. GECR Indalo moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Libertad S. Quimsa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 28 games lost. GECR Indalo will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Quimsa will play at home against Weber Bahia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 18+6reb+5ast, E.Vargas 16+13reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 15+4reb+1ast, C.Evans 13+5reb+1ast, D.Romero 11+9reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 9+1reb+1ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 32+2reb, C.Daniels 32+12reb+3ast, C.Elliott 13+8reb+6ast, N.Romano 8+14reb+5ast, L.Gonzalez 2+2reb, S.Lugo 0
gschID: 523720


Penarol - San Lorenzo 53-82

No shocking result in a game when first ranked San Lorenzo (34-15) crushed 8th ranked Penarol (22-32) in Mar del Plata 82-53 on Wednesday. San Lorenzo outrebounded Penarol 40-29 including 34 on the defensive glass. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mexican point guard Alexander Perez-Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Juan-Manuel Torres (210-84) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Penarol. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. San Lorenzo have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 34-15 record. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 32 games lost. San Lorenzo will face league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 18+6reb+5ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 14+7reb+4ast, M.Mata 13+7reb, S.Safar 9, J.Meyinsse 8+9reb, C.Cardo 7+1reb
Penarol: J.Manuel Torres 17+6reb, F.Giorgetti 12+12reb, L.Gutierrez 10+4reb, S.Pettigrew 6+1reb, L.Dabney 3+1ast, R.Acuna 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523718


San Martin C. - Instituto 78-61

Very expected game when 5th ranked Instituto (29-23) lost on the road to first ranked San Martin Corrientes (37-14) 78-61 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 17 points. San Martin Corrientes dominated on the defensive end, holding Instituto to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Instituto 47-33 including 37 on the defensive glass. San Martin Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) answered with 20 points and the former international swingman Miguel Gerlero (195-88) added 12 points in the effort for Instituto. Instituto's coach Ariel Rearte gave the chance to play for ten players seeing no chance for a win. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 37-14 record. Loser Instituto keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Instituto will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: F.Aguerre 16+14reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 14+11reb, J.Pablo Cantero 13+1reb+9ast, L.Faggiano 12+2reb+7ast, D.Tintorelli 8+2reb, J.Wood 7+11reb+2ast
Instituto: R.Green 20+4reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 12+4reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 8+3reb, S.Clancy 7+8reb+2ast, P.Bruna 5+3reb, D.Phillip 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545287





Shaquille Johnson (ex U Universitario) agreed terms with GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall). He moved there from U Universitario in Uruguayan LUB league where he played this season. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game. Johnson also played earlier that season for Halifax Hurricanes in Canadian NBL Canada. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he received Latinbasket.com Uruguay Metropolitan League All-Imports Team award back in 2014.
Johnson is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Finland, Peru (Regatas), Argentina (Libertad Sunchales, Sionista, 9 de Julio and San Lorenzo), Uruguay (Stockolmo) and PBL (W.Virginia M.).
Johnson attended Marshall University until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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

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

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in Serbia). He led FMP to a victory over the closely-ranked Mega Leks (2-1) crushing them 90-70 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Bolden was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bolden also added 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FMP Beograd (2-1) is placed second in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bolden has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0bpg, 1.7spg and FT: 75.0% in three games he played so far. He played for the Australian U19 national team four years ago.

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Iran). Johnson was the major contributor in Petrochimi's victory against the fourth-ranked Army (1-5) 86-70 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (7-1) is placed first in Group 1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Johnson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 52.0%(13-25) and FT: 89.5%. Former Adelaide 36ers starter played for the Australian national team in 2013.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Iran). Ogilvy contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Tabriz (3-3) 90-74 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds. Ogilvy also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 2. Azad University Tehran (5-3) is placed second. This year Ogilvy has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 10.8rpg and FT: 74.4% in six games. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian. Former Sydney Kings starter played for the Australian national team four years ago.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #4. Power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the fifth-ranked Juventus (19-17) 90-76 in the Lithuanian LKL on Wednesday night. Motum scored 12 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Motum's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #5. Former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (7-29) crushing them 95-71 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. Madgen scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Panevezys Lietkabelis (25-11) is placed third in the LKL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Madgen's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg in 37 games. Madgen used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #6. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) 116-103 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 20 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. Mills averaged so far 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #7. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (51-31) 105-98 in the NBA on Sunday night. Ingles recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists in 38 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 51-31 record this season. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in 89 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Mirko Djeric
Mirko Djeric
   #8. Guard Mirko Djeric (191-95, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonah Bolden. But that was another game of his team in Serbian KLS which we would like to mention. Djeric helped FMP win their game against the league outsider Vrsac (0-3) crushing them 81-57. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. FMP Beograd (2-1) is placed second in the KLS. Djeric's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #9. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite Dellavedova's good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were edged 92-89 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Dellavedova's stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.5apg in 82 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #10. Center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France) helped ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket win their game against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-22) 85-77 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Andersen scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. Andersen's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Nishinomiya Storks (41-17) in their last game. Despite Vandenberg's very good performance the first-placed Nishinomiya Storks were crushed 83-59 in Nagoya by the second-ranked Toyotsu FE in the Central group. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. Vandenberg averaged so far 10.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg in 48 games. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team nine years ago.

   #12. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens to win against the closely-ranked AGOR 90-78 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Newley recorded 5 points. Newley's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Leuven Bears (9-24) in their last game. Despite Steindl's very good performance Leuven Bears lost 82-89 in Charleroi to the higher-ranked (#7) Spirou. He was the second best scorer with 27 points in 37 minutes. Steindl averaged so far 12.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the league leader Bakken 106-90 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Trist recorded 22 points. Trist averaged so far 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) couldn't help Rangers (4-4) in their last game. Despite McCarron's very good performance Rangers lost 95-101 in Tamatea to the league outsider (#7) Hawks. He was the top scorer with 31 points. McCarron also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. McCarron has very impressive stats this year: 24.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg in eight games. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) could not help one of league's weakest teams PAOK (14-12) in their last game. Despite Sobey's very good performance PAOK lost in an overtime 65-69 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Aris. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Sobey also added 4 rebounds in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Sobey has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in nine games he played so far.

   #2. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Indiana Pacers (42-40) 106-102 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 28 points (!!!) and blocked 3 shots (made all of his seven free throws). The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #3. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help BC Lulea (24-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kearney's good performance the league leader BC Lulea was crushed 89-51 on the road by the lower-ranked Uppsala Basket (#4). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Kearney also added 7 rebounds. Kearney has been at the team for seven years. His total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg. Kearney has a dual citizenship: Australian and Swedish.

   #4. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) led Saints to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Giants (3-8) crushing them 110-84 in the New Zealand NBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. Wellington Saints (10-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.4apg in 10 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.

   #5. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) faced previously mentioned Josh Duinker in the New Zealand NBL last game. Adnam was not able to secure a victory for Giants (3-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Giants were crushed 110-84 in Wellington by the leading Saints. Adnam was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 assists. This season Adnam has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.9apg.

   #6. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Milwaukee Bucks in their game against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. Maker scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team were crushed by 25 points 118-93 in the NBA. Maker's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg. He has both Australian and South Sudanese nationalities.

   #7. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) led Sharks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mountain Airs crushing them 97-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Hunter recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hunter's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #8. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Bristol Acadamy Flyers in their game against Newcastle Eagles in the British BBL. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 84-82. Vigor's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.3apg.

   #9. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) led Hawks to a victory over the closely-ranked Rangers 101-95 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Tolovae recorded 21 points. Tolovae averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.4apg. He also holds two passports: Australian and New Zealand.

   #10. David Humphries (193-G-91, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders (14-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Humphries' good performance Plymouth Raiders was defeated 99-93 in Manchester by the league outsider Giants (#12). He recorded 10 points. Humphries' total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.7 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.3 
 4. Lamesic, Wels18.3 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna18.1 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.2 
 7. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart15.9 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.9 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.3 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.8 
 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.5.4 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 10. Payton, Wels3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.6 
 5. Payton, Wels1.5 
 6. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 8. Maresch, UBSC G.1.4 
 9. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
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, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.8 


2.Bundesliga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Dragons join Raiders in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Dragons - Rocks 67-59

St.Polten advanced into 2Bundesliga Finals. They overcame the Mattersburg Rocks in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Rocks trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-67 at the end of the game. Martin Speiser (202-F-83) came up with 31 points to pace the winners. Jan Nicoli (185-G-90) responded with 18 points for the Rocks.
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David Kramer selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany). He could not help ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) to beat EnBW Ludwigsburg (17-15). Kramer scored 8 points in only 14 minutes on the court. The league leader ratiopharm Ulm was badly defeated 79-61 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#8) EnBW Ludwigsburg. It was ratiopharm Ulm's first loss after three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Kramer averages: 2.8ppg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 83.3% and FT: 87.5% in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and German. Despite Kramer played previously for the German U20 national team, he played also for the Austrian U16 national team in 2013.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the tenth-ranked Openjobmetis VA (13-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (19-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ortner's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 53.6%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-17) 96-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points and added 8 passes. MoraBanc Andorra (15-14) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Schreiner's fifth season with the team. Schreiner's overall stats this year are: 3.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 19.2%, 3FGP: 37.3%. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #4. Center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla (8-21) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Sevilla was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. He recorded 10 points in 22 minutes. It was Sevilla's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Slovenian. Mahalbasic is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #5. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against Walter Tigers (8-24) in the German BBL. He scored 6 points and added 8 assists. Braunschweig was defeated 80-75 in Tuebingen by the lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#15). Klepeisz's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Klepeisz's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #6. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (15-15) in their game against CB Granada (20-10) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Hopfgartner recorded only 2 points. Navarra was crushed 97-59 in Granada by the higher-ranked CB Granada (#3). This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Ovarense's victory against the third-ranked Electrico FC (11-21) 93-81 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Douvier recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 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 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Ovarense Dolce Vita (18-13) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Douvier's first year with the team. Douvier has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.2apg in 31 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-17) 74-58 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Asceric scored 13 points in 24 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (17-13) is placed fourth in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Asceric's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marvin Ogunsipe (204-F-96) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
Josip Popic (210-C-98) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Nikola Zdravkovic (197-F-0) plays for Borac in Serbian KLS
Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) plays for Naestved in Danish Ligaen
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Jakob Seifert (200-C-95) plays for Slavoj BK Litomerice in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



A Bundesliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Kapfenberg and Vienna register wins - by Eurobasket News

Kapfenberg - Arkadia 97-80

Kapfenberg outgunned Arkadia for the opening win in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-80. Kapfenberg Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Arkadia Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) added 18 points and 10 assists in the effort for Arkadia Lions.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 23+6reb, M.Stegnjaic 19+4reb+1ast, N.Krstic 12+2reb, F.Kramer 11+4reb, K.Jamar 11+4reb+6ast, B.Vujosevic 9+2reb+7ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 28+7reb+1ast, B.Danek 18+4reb+10ast, J.Detrick 10+4reb+2ast, M.Draskovic 8+6reb, F.Memcic 6, F.Trmal 6+4reb+1ast
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Vienna - Wels 80-64

Vienna prevailed against Wels to secure 1-0 lead. Raiffeisen Wels were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vienna dominated on the defensive end, holding Raiffeisen Wels to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They outrebounded Raiffeisen Wels 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Vienna players scored in double figures. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
Vienna: P.Miletic 24+7reb, S.Stazic 21+8reb+3ast, S.Ray 20+8reb, A.Clemmons 11+8reb+6ast, S.Koch 4+6reb+3ast, S.N'Diaye 0
Wels: D.Lamesic 25+4reb+2ast, D.Cigoja 9+7reb+3ast, K.Payton 8+6reb+4ast, B.Mair 8+1reb+1ast, T.Csebits 5+3ast, L.O'Neal 5+2reb+4ast
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  BAHAMAS  


Jaraun Burrows selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in France). Burrows could not help Provence Basket (20-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Provence Basket lost 52-64 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Poitiers. Burrows was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Burrows has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24) and FT: 71.4% in three games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). Nesbitt managed to help Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda to win against the fifth-ranked GECR Indalo (25-25) 70-66 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (30-23) is placed third in Norte group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Nesbitt averages: 9.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 82.4%. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France). He led SAP Vaucluse to a surprising victory over the seventh-ranked Rueil (19-15) 102-93 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. Davis was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (15-19) is placed 14th in the NM1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Davis has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 81.5% in 17 games. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #4. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Zornotza (17-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Cadot's good performance Zornotza was edged 54-53 in Avila by the higher-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#5). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Cadot has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) could not help SPO Rouen (15-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SPO Rouen lost 66-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Nantes. Fairell had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fairell has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to an easy victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) crushing them 128-103 in the NBA last Monday. Thompson recorded 18 points. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 67-15 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) was not able to help the Island Storm in their game against the Cape Breton Highlanders (15-25) in the NBL Canada. Nortmann scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Island Storm (#4) was edged 104-102 in Sydney by the lower-ranked (#5) Cape Breton Highlanders. It was Island Storm's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NBL Canada Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Nortmann's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Buddy Hield (193-G-93) plays for Sacramento Kings in the NBA
Zane Knowles (208-C-92) plays for Wilki Morskie in Polish PLK
Kevin Cooper (201-F-97) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Van Hutchinson (193-G) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Jordan Wilson (193-PF-96) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) plays for BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga
Trevon Grant (185-G) plays for Acadia University in Canadian university league CIS
Nathan Anderson (198-F) plays for University of Prince Edward Island in Canadian university league CIS
Azaro Roker (198-F) plays for St. Francis Xavier in Canadian university league CIS
Shamar Burrows (190-G-97) plays for Laurier University in Canadian university league CIS

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



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League 1st Team 2017
Jordan Theodore
Theodore
Zack Wright
Wright
Melvin Ejim
Ejim
Aaron Doornekamp
Doornekamp
Giorgos Bogris
Bogris

Final Four MVP: Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) of Iberostar Tener.
Player of the Year: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
Guard of the Year: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
Forward of the Year: Melvin Ejim (200-F-91) of Umana VE
Center of the Year: Giorgos Bogris (210-C-89) of Iberostar Tener.
European Player of the Year: Giorgos Bogris (210-C-89) of Iberostar Tener.
Import Player of the Year: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
Best Young Player: Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) of Banvit BK
Coach of the Year: Jesus Vidorreta of Iberostar Tener.

1st Team
PG: Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89) of Banvit BK
G: Zack Wright (191-G-85) of Monaco
F: Melvin Ejim (200-F-91) of Umana VE
F: Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) of Iberostar Tener.
C: Giorgos Bogris (210-C-89) of Iberostar Tener.

2nd Team
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan
G/F: Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) of Banvit BK
G: Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets
SF: Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86) of AEK Athens
C: Vladimir Stimac (210-C-87) of Besiktas

Honorable Mention
Dee Bost (188-PG-89) of Monaco
Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of Banvit BK
Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) of Banvit BK
Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
Will Cummings (188-G-92) of Aris
Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Dolomiti En. TR
Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) of Pinar Karsiyaka
Nick Minnerath (207-PF-88) of Avtodor
Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket
Jaime Smith (190-PG-89) of Khimik
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of ASVEL
Jimmy Baron (191-G-86) of Lietuvos rytas
Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets
Michael Dixon (186-G-90) of AEK Athens
Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Banco di Srd



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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk18.4 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.2 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.6 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.3 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.0 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.7 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.6 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 7. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 7. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
 8. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 9. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 10. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 


Premier League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Tsmoki-Minsk and COR-Borisfen claim wins - by Eurobasket News

Vitebsk - Tsmoki-Minsk 68-123

Tsmoki-Minsk cruised past Vitebsk to open 2-0 lead in the series. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-SF-86) came up with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Tsmoki-Minsk led from start to finish and marched to a comfortable victory. A Kudrautsau delivered 22 points for the winners. Ivan Aladko (193-PG-95) responded with 18 points for Vitebsk. Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) added 9 points and 7 boards in the loss.
Top scorers:
Vitebsk: I.Aladko 18+5ast, A.Kachan 11+1reb+1ast, Anton Vashkevich 9+7reb+3ast, S.Sapegin 9+3ast, P.Kadol 6+2reb+2ast, M.Strigotski 5
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Trastsinetski 28+6reb+5ast, A.Kudrautsau 22+4reb+5ast, A.Semianiuk 19+10reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 12+7reb+4ast, M.Meshcharakou 12+6reb+2ast, A.Graves 11+1reb+1ast
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COR-Borisfen - Grodno-93 79-74 OT

COR-Borisfen evened the semifinal series versus Grodno-93 following an overtime win. Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) came up with 27 points and 11 rebounds to pace the hosts. Alexander Kharkevich (186-G-86) added 15 points, while Sergey Tatur (194-G-91) banked in 13 points for COR-Borisfen. Kiryl Sitnik (190-G-89) responded with 25 points for Grodno-93.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: K.Sitnik 25+5reb+4ast, Y.Mishukov 13+7reb, D.Kuzmin 10+8reb+4ast, V.Korzh 8+5reb+5ast, P.Karasevich 6+1reb, A.Navoichyk 6+5reb
COR-Borisfen: M.Kozlovets 27+11reb+2ast, A.Kharkevich 15+2reb+6ast, S.Tatur 13+7reb+5ast, V.Kamarunas 8+2reb, A.Aheyenka 7+5reb+3ast, E.Ivanov 4+5reb
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Premier League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Grodno-93 and COR-Borisfen tied at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

Grodno-93 - COR-Borisfen 74-62

Grodno-93 outgunned COR-Borisfen to force the decisive fifth game in the semifinal series. COR-Borisfen was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Grodno-93, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 COR-Borisfen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Dmitry Kuzmin (196-75) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Kiryl Sitnik (190-89) who added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (202-84) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: I.Kaliayev 15+5reb, V.Korzh 12+4reb+3ast, D.Kuzmin 11+11reb+3ast, K.Sitnik 11+6reb+4ast, P.Karasevich 11+7reb+3ast, A.Navoichyk 5+2reb
COR-Borisfen: E.Ivanov 14+10reb, M.Kozlovets 13+13reb+2ast, A.Kharkevich 12, S.Tatur 11+5reb+2ast, A.Aheyenka 6+6reb+3ast, V.Kamarunas 6+1reb+6ast
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-19) in their last game. Despite Liutych's very good performance the 11th-placed Kalev/Cramo (5-19) was edged 98-95 at home by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. It was Kalev/Cramo's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It's Liutych's first season with the team. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.4%(73-125), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 80.9% in 20 games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). He was not able to help Falco KC (21-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Pustahvar's very good performance Falco KC (#4) was defeated 93-80 on the road by the leading Alba in the Places 1-5 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Pustahvar also added 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(66-111), 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 83.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland). Salash was not able to secure a victory for Polfarmex (5-27) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Polfarmex lost 76-85 in Dabrowa Gornicza to the much higher-ranked (#6) MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Salash was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was Polfarmex's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Salash averages: 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 24.2% in 26 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #4. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Avtodor Saratov to win against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) 96-84 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Astapkovich scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Avtodor Saratov (8-16) is placed tenth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Astapkovich's overall stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team back in 2011.

Roman Rubinshteyn
Roman Rubinshteyn
   #5. International guard Roman Rubinshteyn (195-96, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Zlatorog (5-5) in their game against Un.Olimpija (5-5) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Rubinshteyn scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Zlatorog (#3) was edged 88-87 in Ljubljana by the lower-ranked (#4) Un.Olimpija in the Places 1-6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Rubinshteyn averages just 1.9ppg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) in their game against Hap.Haifa (10-16) in the Israeli National League (second division). Gandlin scored 9 points. But Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) was crushed 100-68 on their home court in Ramat Gan by the second-ranked Hap.Haifa in the Play-Downs group. Gandlin has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) plays for Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League
Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Yevgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Maccabi K/M in Israeli Artzit

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



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp16.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.4 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes13.8 
 8. Demps, Mons-Hai.13.8 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.7 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Fields, Liege6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Anderson, Limburg .5.3 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Channels, Kango.1.6 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Clark, Antwerp1.4 
 7. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 10. Marnegrave, Spirou1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.6 


Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (14-15) in their last game. Despite Tabu's good performance RETAbet BB was crushed 82-55 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Joventut. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Tabu also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 37.4% and FT: 81.5% in 25 games he played so far. Tabu has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Science City Jena (12-19) crushing them 92-51 in the German BBL last Tuesday. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (17-14) is placed seventh in the BBL. De Zeeuw's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. De Zeeuw's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(49-87), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 83.6%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (15-14) 81-67. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hervelle also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (14-15) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. This season his overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 78.6% in 29 games. Hervelle is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #4. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (9-20) 88-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (13-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tumba's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Tumba is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #5. International guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-9) in the French ProA. He scored 9 points in 18 minutes. But Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 83-94 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Serron's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg in 10 games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #6. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-20) 85-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Van Rossom recorded only 3 points. Valencia Basket (22-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Van Rossom plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg. Van Rossom is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #7. International swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) helped Le Portel win their game against the 12th-ranked Le Mans (11-18) 77-66 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Lasisi scored 6 points in 19 minutes. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (15-14) is placed eighth in the ProA. Lasisi has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 2.2rpg in 10 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory over the ninth-ranked ALS Basket (17-17) crushing them 74-49 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Kayembe recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (23-11) is placed third in the NM1. 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. Kayembe has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the ninth-ranked Trefl (18-14) 102-89 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Haws scored 9 points. Anwil Wloclawek (25-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Haws' total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Split (21-5) 76-70 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He scored 6 points in only 7 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Coric has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team.

   #4. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Monthey's victory against the leader Lausanne (11-13) 70-64 in the Swiss LNA in Friday night's game. Dubas recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #5. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland). Enobakhare could not help one of league's weakest teams Leiden (19-9) to beat Zwolle (20-8). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Enobakhare scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Leiden was defeated 78-64 on the road by the second-ranked Zwolle. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 4.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and Belgian.

   #6. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic in a victory against the second-ranked Swiss Central crushing them 99-44 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Leemans recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Leemans has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.3rpg in 20 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #7. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to help T71 in their game against Amicale in the Luxembourg Total League. Jones scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 95-89. Jones has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg. He holds both Belgian and Luxembourg passports.

   #8. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ADA Blois in their game against Saint Chamond in the French ProB (second division). Pontens cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 79-55. Pontens has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.5apg in 27 games. He has Belgian and French nationalities.



Tre Demps claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Tre Demps (188-G-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mons-Hainaut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Mons-Hainaut in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#10, 5-28) 83-76. Mons-Hainaut maintains the 8th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Mons-Hainaut 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 16-17 record. In the team's last game Demps had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Mons-Hainaut's top player in his first season with the team. Northwestern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Demps is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.8ppg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP and 41.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old former international power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (207-F/C-89) of Spirou. Iarochevitch impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 3 rebounds. Of course Spirou cruised to a 89-82 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Leuven (#9, 9-24). Spirou's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-17 record. Iarochevitch is a newcomer at Spirou and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven (#9). Miller-McIntyre showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Miller-McIntyre's great performance Leuven lost 82-89 to slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#7, 16-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Leuven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-24 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Miller-McIntyre he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Miller-McIntyre has a very solid season. In 33 games in Belgium he scored 17.2ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, 5.6apg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clint Steindl (200-F/G-89) of Leuven - 27 points and 2 rebounds
5. Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84) of Brussels - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87) of Spirou - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) of Oostende - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



Euromillions League Round 33: Antwerp Giants beat Basic-Fit Brussels in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Euromillions League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Antwerp. Second ranked Antwerp Giants faced 3rd placed Basic-Fit Brussels. Host Antwerp Giants (21-12) smashed guests from Brussels (19-14) 73-54. Antwerp Giants made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 53-34 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-84) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 21-12 record having seven points less than leader Oostende. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the third position with 14 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Limburg United (#4) at home in the next round. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Leuven Bears and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aalstar. First ranked Oostende faced 4th placed Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Oostende (28-5) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (17-16) 79-63. It was a good game for the former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Rasko Katic contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. Oostende have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Kangoeroes and Limburg United. Oostende will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Limburg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kangoeroes (17-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Limburg United (17-16). Limburg United defeated Kangoeroes 83-67 on Friday. Seth Tuttle stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Pape Badji with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Limburg United moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aalstar and Kangoeroes. Limburg United will meet league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 33 Mons-Hainaut defeated Liege in Jemappes 83-76. Spirou beat Leuven at home 89-82.

Antwerp - Brussels 73-54

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Antwerp. Second ranked Antwerp Giants faced 3rd placed Basic-Fit Brussels. Host Antwerp Giants (21-12) smashed guests from Brussels (19-14) 73-54. Antwerp Giants made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 53-34 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-84) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 21-12 record having seven points less than leader Oostende. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side keep the third position with 14 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Limburg United (#4) at home in the next round. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Leuven Bears and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: M.Smith 17+10reb+2ast, K.Punter 14+3reb+1ast, J.Clark 13+7reb+7ast, R.Anderson 12+10reb+1ast, G.Ware 11+12reb+1ast, D.Conger 6+2reb+4ast
Brussels: A.Lichodzijewski 20+6reb, D.Loubry 13+2reb, B.Ubel 11+9reb, C.Dowe 5+5reb+4ast, G.Muya 3+2reb+3ast, T.Bray 2+3reb+2ast
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Aalstar - Oostende 63-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aalstar. First ranked Oostende faced 4th placed Okapi Aalstar. Guests from Oostende (28-5) defeated host Okapi Aalstar (17-16) 79-63. It was a good game for the former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Quincy Taylor (194-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Oostende have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-5 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Kangoeroes and Limburg United. Oostende will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Jemappes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Boukichou 16+6reb+1ast, R.Katic 13+7reb, C.Walden 12+4reb+3ast, D.Newbill 9+3reb+3ast, D.Djordjevic 8+2reb, J.Salumu 7+2reb+1ast
Aalstar: N.El Khounchar 11+3reb+1ast, Q.Taylor 11+3reb+1ast, B.Amis 9+11reb, J.Tofi 9+3reb+1ast, S.Geukens 6+2reb, O.Troisfontaines 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 478854


Limburg United - Kangoeroes 83-67

The game in Limburg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Kangoeroes (17-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Limburg United (17-16). Limburg United defeated Kangoeroes 83-67 on Friday. Limburg United looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Limburg United players scored in double figures. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Limburg United moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aalstar and Kangoeroes. Limburg United will meet league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kangoeroes will play against Liege Basket and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: J.Swing 14+8reb, S.Tuttle 14+6reb+7ast, Y.Desiron 12+4reb+4ast, B.Simons 12, J.Anderson 10+5reb+9ast, W.Boss Mukubu 8+6reb+2ast
Kangoeroes: D.Donkor 14+2reb+3ast, P.Badji 12+11reb+2ast, W.Channels 11+9reb+1ast, I.Williams 9+2reb+2ast, T.Henry 9+11reb, T.Deroover 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 478852


Liege - Mons-Hainaut 76-83

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Liege Basket (5-28) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (16-17) 83-76 on Friday. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Spirou. Liege Basket lost their seventeenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against Kangoeroes (#6) in Willebroek and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 33+6reb+4ast, G.Green 13+7reb+1ast, J.Mann 11+5reb+1ast, L.Bosco 8+2reb+2ast, A.Olah 7+4reb+4ast, A.Gorgemans 4+5reb
Liege: D.Sweetney 17+6reb, J.Fields 13+5reb+4ast, V.Simpson 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Hertay 8+2reb+3ast, B.Kamen 8+2reb, L.Hazard 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 478853


Spirou - Leuven 89-82

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (16-17) defeated at home 9th ranked Leuven Bears (9-24) 89-82 on Friday. Spirou Charleroi forced 22 Leuven Bears turnovers. The former international power forward Ioann Iarochevitch (207-89) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Spirou Charleroi's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Australian swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 27 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Spirou Charleroi. They maintain seventh place with 16-17 record, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Leuven Bears lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 24 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet league's leader Oostende on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spirou: I.Iarochevitch 21+3reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 17+5reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 15+4reb+3ast, D.Richardson 9+1reb+1ast, K.Grant 8+2reb+1ast, A.Libert 8+2reb+3ast
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 28+7reb+6ast, C.Steindl 27+2reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 10+1reb+1ast, T.Setty 5+6reb+1ast, J.Delalieux 5+3reb+1ast, I.Bako 3+7reb
gschID: 478851





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  BOLIVIA  


Penarol inks Lakeem Duncan, ex Perez Zeledon - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Lakeem Duncan (201-91, college: Cheyney). He moved there from Perez Zeledon in Costa Rican LBS league where he started the season.

Duncan graduated from Cheyney University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. Penarol is attempting to become a more competitive organization for the upcoming edition of Bolivia's Libobasquet.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Penarol inks Sharif Watson, ex Koblenz - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) signed 24-year old American forward Sharif Watson (198-86kg-93, college: Ariz.Christian). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 11 games he had 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Watson also played that season for BSG Grevenbroich (also in Regionalliga). In 13 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the GSAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Watson was also voted All-GSAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Watson graduated from Arizona Christian University in 2016 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bruce Reed (ex FoKoPo) is a newcomer at Cochabamba - by Francisco Vega

La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Libobasquet) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Bruce Reed (202-91kg-90, college: Pikeville). He moved there from FoKoPo in Finnish 1st Division where he started the season. In 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division A Honorable Mention. The last season Reed played at Etendard de Brest (NM2) in French league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MSC Tournament in 2014. Reed was also voted All-MSC Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Mexico (Centauros).
Reed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended Pikeville College until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Serbia). He led Crvena Zvezda to a victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (2-1) 85-74 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS in Tuesday night's game. Kuzmic scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (3-0) is placed first in the KLS. So far his team won all three games in the Second Stage. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Kuzmic's first year with the team. This season he averages: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 70.6%(12-17) in three games he played so far. Kuzmic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. He played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Wright contributed to Monaco's victory against the third-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 91-77 in the Basketball Champions League last Sunday. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. Wright has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 73.4%. He is a naturalized American. Wright is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He led Cedevita to a victory over the closely-ranked Jolly (20-6) crushing them 85-65 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. Musa was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. This season Musa has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 73.0%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) could not help Bayern Muenchen (28-4) in their last game. Despite Djedovic's good performance Bayern Muenchen was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) BBC Bayreuth. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Djedovic also added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. They ended the series of fifteen consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. This season Djedovic's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. Djedovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #5. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in a GKK Sibenik's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Zagreb (12-14) 84-78 in the Croatian A1 on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Halilovic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. GKK Sibenik (21-5) is placed first in the A1. Halilovic has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #6. Small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (20-6) 68-56 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Ramljak was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Zadar (19-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Ramljak's first season with the team. Ramljak's total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team twelve years ago.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #7. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-21) 89-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Renfroe recorded 14 points and added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (20-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Renfroe's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #8. Forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece) helped AEK Athens win their game against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 90-78 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Milosevic recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Milosevic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #9. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (19-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 83-71 in Frankfurt by the lower-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kikanovic also added 4 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Markus Loncar
Markus Loncar
   #10. Center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Loncar was not able to secure a victory for Cedevita (18-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cedevita lost 64-69 at home to the leading GKK Sibenik. Loncar was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Loncar has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.4rpg in 21 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in Montenegro) helped Buducnost win their game against the bottom-ranked Mornar Bar crushing them 90-69 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga in Thursday night's game. Gordic was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and added 7 assists. Gordic has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.2apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) helped KK Primorska win their game against the second-ranked Tajfun 74-63 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Gajic recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. Gajic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 31 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka in the Turkish BSL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Stipanovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. Stipanovic's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) helped Dynamic BG win their game against one of league's weakest teams Spartak 92-75 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Lazic has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

   #15. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance last Sunday Todorovic scored 10 points and had 3 steals. Todorovic has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Borac (1-2) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's very good performance Borac was edged 77-75 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Mega Leks. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 19 rebounds in 38 minutes. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. This year Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games he played so far.

   #2. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in Croatia) was the major contributor in Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Jolly (20-6) 85-66 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Begic had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 22 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. This year Begic's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.6rpg in seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #3. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) led Helios to a victory over the second-ranked Rogaska (7-3) crushing them 85-56 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Atanackovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Helios Suns Domzale (1-9) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's first victory after nine consecutive loses. The Second Stage already ended. Atanackovic averaged so far 11.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg in 32 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #4. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Zlatorog (5-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zlatorog (5-5) was edged 88-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Un.Olimpija in the Places 1-6 group. Rizvic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Rizvic averaged so far 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.3apg in 33 games.

   #5. Stefan Matic (196-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Spartak was badly defeated 92-75 in Beograd by the higher-ranked Dynamic BG (#6). Matic was the top scorer with 22 points. Matic has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #6. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona 68-56 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Barac scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. Barac averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.5apg in 26 games.

   #7. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Hopsi Polzela (4-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Hopsi Polzela was defeated 71-67 in Lasko by the higher-ranked Zlatorog (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. Cup was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Cup averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He has both Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #8. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance the league leader Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 104-86 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked (#7) Gran Canaria. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Suton also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 30 minutes. Suton has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #9. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) helped Cibona win their game against the closely-ranked KK Zadar 95-81 in the Croatian A1 in Thursday night's game. Bosnjak recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bosnjak has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg.

   #10. Seid Hajric (204-F/C-83, currently plays in Poland) helped Rosa edge the 12th-ranked Krosno 65-63 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Hajric scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hajric has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Polish nationalities.



Tabriz lands Ermin Jazvin - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) tabbed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international center Ermin Jazvin (209-117kg-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from MMCITE Brno in NBL league in Czech Republic where he played this season. In 8 NBL games he averaged 8.6ppg and 5.0rpg. Jazvin also spent pre-season at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo earlier that year. In 5 NBL games he had 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0apg.
His team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
Jazvin also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Jazvin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Croatia (Jolly), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Iraklis), Hungary (Kaposvari), Italy, Poland (Energa Czarni), Russia, Spain (CB Granada), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
Jazvin is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Tabriz.
Let's have closer look into Jazvin's outlook: He has ease hand what gives him high percent of realisation. Very strong and tough defence player. His speed and technics of the play are on a high level that's why he is good shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.8 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.7 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 8. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.5 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.5 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.2 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 9. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Sena, Contagem17.4 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville15.9 
 4. Gaines, Blumenau15.7 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.13.9 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau13.9 
 7. Maistro, Contagem13.1 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.12.2 
 10. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Sena, Contagem8.6 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.2 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.3 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.9 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.5 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.6.5 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville3.8 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.5 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.8 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 8. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 9. Moreira, Blumenau1.3 
 10. Froehlich, Joinville1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem1.0 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 5. Machado, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


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

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

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He led UCAM Murcia to a victory over the 14th-ranked Zaragoza (9-20) 88-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Benite was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points in 29 minutes on the court. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (13-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Benite has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 41.5% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). Hettsheimer was the main contributor in a 3-point Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the seventh-ranked Gran Canaria (19-11) 75-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Hettsheimer recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Montakit Fuenlabrada (12-17) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Hettsheimer averages: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 77.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Ex-Paschoalotto/Bauru player is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) 105-99 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Houston Rockets have a solid 55-27 record this season. This year Hilario has relatively solid stats: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(272-424) and FT: 59.0% in 73 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #4. Point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Freire Luz recorded only 4 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Freire Luz's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is also Brazilian national team player.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Malvin (7-7) to beat Hebraica (10-4). Passos recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The fourth-placed Malvin (7-7) lost 72-76 in a derby game to the leading Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. It's Passos' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.1apg in 34 games. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #6. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) 80-73 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. He recorded only 4 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Lima's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #7. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. Felicio scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (41-41) lost 97-108 on the road to the Celtics. This year Felicio's total stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.7rpg in 72 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #8. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (4-24) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (19-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado recorded 7 points and added 8 assists. The bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was badly defeated 91-75 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#6). It was La ICL Manresa's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Machado has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #9. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 3-point Lleida Basquet's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (10-24) 87-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Demetrio recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Actel Forca Lleida (18-16) is placed tenth in the LEB Gold. The Regular Season already ended. Demetrio has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg and 5.6rpg in 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #10. Point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (51-31) in the NBA. Neto scored 5 points. The Utah Jazz (51-31) was defeated 98-93 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. This season Neto averages only 2.5ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Granada win their game against the ninth-ranked Navarra crushing them 97-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Cobos was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) could not help Oviedo CB (22-12) in their last game. Despite Dos Anjos' good performance Oviedo CB lost 82-90 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Barca II. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Dos Anjos also added 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was Oviedo CB's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 6.1rpg in 32 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) managed to help Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa to win against the fourth-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (25-32) crushing them 88-55 in the Japanese B League on Sunday night. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (27-30) is placed third in West group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Hatano has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #3. Or Plavnik (202-F/C-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Migdal Haemek to a 2-point victory against the fourth-ranked Galil Elion (10-16) 99-97 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Plavnik scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-16) is placed third in Play-Downs group. Plavnik has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Israeli. Despite Plavnik's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #4. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Barbera's victory against the seventh-ranked Palma II (13-13) 87-83 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Barbosa scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. Barbera Team Values (16-10) is placed fourth in Group C-B. The Regular Season already ended. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities.

   #5. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Guifoes in their game against Belenenses CF (14-14) in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Ribeiro scored 8 points. his team was defeated 70-65 in Lisboa by the second-ranked Belenenses CF in the Places 9-16 group. The Second Stage already ended. Ribeiro has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #6. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Galitos-Barreiro crushing them 83-61 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points in 1 minutes on the court. Gallina has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg in 22 games. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #7. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ponferrada CDP (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Miranda's good performance Ponferrada CDP (#6) was edged 91-90 at home by the higher-ranked BVM 2012 (#5) in the Group A-B. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Miranda has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6bpg.



Deonta Stocks claims Brazilian Liga Ouro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Blumenau and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Blumenau in his team's victory, helping them to beat Botafogo F.R. (#2, 12-3) 98-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Blumenau maintains the 4th position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. Blumenau 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 6-7 record. In the team's last game Stocks had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Blumenau, being already a very valuable addition to the team. State University of West Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stocks is in league's top in points (6th best: 13.9ppg), assists (7th best: 2.9apg) and averages solid 3.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Wesley Sena (210-C/F-96) of league's best team Contagem. Sena impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he led Contagem to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Santos/Macapa (#5, 4-10) 85-63. Of course Contagem still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 12 matches. Sena is one of the most experienced players at Contagem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#1). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Blumenau's star - American Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91). Gaines scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Blumenau, helping his team with a 101-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Brusque (#6, 1-14). The chances of Blumenau ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gaines could help Blumenau to bring them higher in the standings. Gaines has a great season in Brazil. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 7 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Ricardo de Azevedo (201-F-83) of Santos/Macapa - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91) of Joinville - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. Willian da Silva (200-SF-81) of Brusque - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Junio Dos Santos (192-G-95) of Contagem - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Everton Oliveira (203-F-93) of Contagem - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) of Botafogo F.R. - 22 points 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)



Liga Ouro Round 8: Botafogo F.R. loses to Blumenau - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 8 in Liga Ouro means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in where host Blumenau (6-7) beat league's leader Botafogo F.R. (11-3) 98-86 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Botafogo F.R.. Blumenau made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blumenau made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Botafogo F.R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) produced 22 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blumenau maintains fourth position with 6-7 record. Botafogo F.R. at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Contagem. Botafogo F.R. will play next round against league's leader Contagem trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Blumenau will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Santos/Macapa on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joinville (7-6) against sixth ranked Brusque (1-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Joinville was defeated by Brusque in a tough game on the road 58-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Willian da-Silva (200-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Durval Prado contributed with 6 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) replied with 7 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists for Joinville. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brusque maintains sixth position with 1-13 record. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Brusque will again play against higher ranked Joinville (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Joinville will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Joinville. First ranked Botafogo F.R. faced one of their biggest challengers Joinville. Guests from Rio de Janeiro (11-3) defeated host Joinville (7-6) 79-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Worth to mention a great performance of Rafinha da-Silva who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. Felipe Vezaro responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Despite that victory Botafogo F.R. went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Joinville keeps the third place with six games lost. Botafogo F.R. will meet at home league's leader Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Joinville will play against Brusque and hope to secure a win.
Leader Contagem delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-10) 85-63. The winners were led by Wesley Sena who scored that evening 20 points and 9 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. Contagem (12-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Contagem recorded the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-10) 84-68. The best player for the winners was Junio Dos-Santos who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Contagem (12-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Contagem will face league's second-placed Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 bottom-ranked Brusque was crushed by Blumenau in a road game 101-70.

Contagem - Santos/Macapa 85-63

Leader Contagem delivered the twelfth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-10) 85-63. They outrebounded Santos/Macapa 41-26 including 26 on the offensive glass. Contagem players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Santos/Macapa's players. The winners were led by power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Thiago Perez (191-82) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Contagem players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) did not help to save the game for Santos/Macapa. Guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Contagem (12-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contagem: W.Sena 20+9reb, T.Perez 15+6reb+6ast, J.Dos Santos 13+1reb+5ast, R.Maistro 13+4reb+4ast, E.Oliveira 10+11reb+3ast, H.Oliveira 5+2reb+2ast
Santos/Macapa: R.de Azevedo 18+6reb+3ast, L.Fernando Lima 12+3reb, L.Nepomuceno 9+5reb+3ast, A.Machado 8+3reb+2ast, J.Barbosa 6+1reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 5+3reb
gschID: 538634


Blumenau - Brusque 101-70

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Brusque (1-13) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Blumenau (6-7) 101-70 on Saturday. Blumenau dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Brusque's 34 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Blumenau forced 19 Brusque turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Luiz Semmke (197-92) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Emilio Otte (201-97) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Durval Prado (200-92) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Blumenau maintains fourth position with 6-7 record. Brusque lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Blumenau will face Santos/Macapa (#5) in the next round. Brusque will play against Joinville and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: T.Gaines 19+5reb, L.Semmke 15+3reb+5ast, G.De Oliveira 15+2ast, D.Silva 9+6reb, B.Lazzaris 9+10reb+3ast, D.Stocks 8+2reb+2ast
Brusque: E.Otte 17+6reb, K.Santos 11+1reb+2ast, D.Prado 8+5reb+3ast, W.da Silva 8+1reb, E.Soares 7+3reb, P.Rio 6+5reb
gschID: 538633


Joinville - Botafogo F.R. 75-79

An exciting game was played in Joinville. First ranked Botafogo F.R. faced one of their biggest challengers Joinville. Guests from Rio de Janeiro (11-3) defeated host Joinville (7-6) 79-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Botafogo F.R. forced 19 Joinville turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Rafinha da-Silva (183-88) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Feliciano Perez (210-90) who added 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Guard Felipe Vezaro (193-92, college: Texas A&M Int.) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Despite that victory Botafogo F.R. went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Joinville keeps the third place with six games lost. Botafogo F.R. will meet at home league's leader Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Joinville will play against Brusque and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: R.da Silva 17+6reb+2ast, R.Bahia Bispo 14+4reb+1ast, A.Filho 11+1reb+1ast, F.Perez 10+10reb, A.Moreira 8+6reb+1ast, R.Ferreira 8+5reb+1ast
Joinville: F.Vezaro 17+5reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 16+4reb+1ast, L.Vezaro 12+3reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 8+10reb+1ast, H.Medeiros 7+1reb+2ast, M.Dias 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 538632


Contagem - Santos/Macapa 84-68

Leader Contagem recorded the twelfth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-10) 84-68. Contagem looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Junio Dos-Santos (192-95) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ulisses Lima (198-85) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Contagem (12-2) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with ten games lost. Contagem will face league's second-placed Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contagem: R.Maistro 19+4reb+3ast, J.Dos Santos 19+4reb+6ast, W.Sena 16+12reb+1ast, R.Oliveira 12+7reb+3ast, T.Perez 8+3reb+7ast, E.Oliveira 8+9reb+2ast
Santos/Macapa: R.de Azevedo 14+3reb+3ast, L.Nepomuceno 13+3reb+4ast, L.Fernando Lima 13+3reb+1ast, U.Lima 13+6reb+5ast, J.Barbosa 7+7reb+2ast, Z.Souza 4+7reb
gschID: 538631


Blumenau - Botafogo F.R. 98-86

Round 8 in Liga Ouro means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in where host Blumenau (6-7) beat league's leader Botafogo F.R. (11-3) 98-86 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Botafogo F.R.. Blumenau made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Blumenau made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Botafogo F.R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) produced 22 points and point guard Rafinha da-Silva (183-88) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Blumenau and four Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blumenau maintains fourth position with 6-7 record. Botafogo F.R. at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Contagem. Botafogo F.R. will play next round against league's leader Contagem trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Blumenau will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Santos/Macapa on the road.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: D.Stocks 25+9reb+3ast, B.Lazzaris 17+8reb+2ast, G.De Oliveira 15+2reb+5ast, L.Semmke 15+2reb+2ast, T.Gaines 11+9reb+2ast, D.Silva 10+7reb+2ast
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 22+1reb+2ast, R.da Silva 14+4reb+5ast, R.Ferreira 14+2reb+1ast, R.Bahia Bispo 12+5reb, G.Ruiz 7+1reb+5ast, D.Correa 5+1reb
gschID: 538630


Brusque - Joinville 64-58

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Joinville (7-6) against sixth ranked Brusque (1-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Joinville was defeated by Brusque in a tough game on the road 58-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Willian da-Silva (200-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Durval Prado (200-92) contributed with 6 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) replied with 7 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brusque maintains sixth position with 1-13 record. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Brusque will again play against higher ranked Joinville (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Joinville will play against Blumenau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brusque: W.da Silva 20+6reb+1ast, R.Veber 15+5reb+1ast, D.Tavares 8+3reb+2ast, W.da Silva 8+2reb, D.Prado 6+15reb+5ast, E.Otte 5+3reb
Joinville: A.Pereira 17+3reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 13+6reb+1ast, F.Vezaro 11+5reb, J.Froehlich 7+16reb+7ast, M.Dias 3+5reb+2ast, R.Figueiredo 3+1reb
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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Leslee J. Smith & Bristol knocked out by Newcastle - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite a gutsy performance from Virgin Islander Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and his team mates, the Bristol Flyers failed to overcome a resilient Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals, losing 84-82 on Sunday April 30, 2017.
The Flyers pushed their hosts all the way, but the Eagles were victorious on the night, as the two point win gave them an aggregate victory, 181-176, over the two legs.

Hameed Ali led the way for Flyers, playing all 40 minutes with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Smith added 10 points, 5 blocks, an assist and a rebound.

The Flyers' spirited 30-point comeback in game one gave them a fighting chance to knock out the second seeded Eagles and needed to win by at least four points to advance to the semi finals.

The first quarter ended with the Flyers achieving what they had to do and were up by five on the night and three in the tie at 21-26.

Tough battle

At the half, though the scoreline read 46-47 and as the contest entered into its final period, neither team had established control, but Newcastle led by two points on the night, giving them an aggregate five point lead with ten minutes remaining.

Bristol then took a one point lead, and closed the aggregate score to just two.

Bristol put up a fantastic defensive possession forcing a 24-second shot clock violation, but were unable to score on their next attempt and Eagles punished them with an easy lay-up inside.

Due to the aggregate score, Bristol had to foul to speed up Newcastle's possession. Ultimately, Eagles closed the game out from the line and advanced to the semi finals, 84-82 and 181-176 on aggregate.

The final buzzer sounded to signify the end of the game and with it the end of Bristol's season. Like so many other teams this season, they failed to beat Eagles in Newcastle.



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Dee Bost selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Monaco to a victory against the third-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 91-77 in the Basketball Champions League in Sunday night's game. Bost recorded 12 points, 5 assists and 5 steals in 28 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 73.1% in 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). Vezenkov contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-21) 89-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (20-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Vezenkov averages: 9.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 71.8%(61-85), 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 80.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Iran). Videnov could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) lost 87-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Chemidor in the Group 1. Videnov was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 39 minutes. It was Arak's third consecutive loss in a row. Videnov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 27.3% in three games. Videnov played for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #4. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Yesilgiresun Bld's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (6-22) 98-89 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Yesilgiresun Belediye (10-18) is placed 11th in the BSL. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. This year Ivanov has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #5. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help BM Slam Stal in their game against Energa Czarni (19-13) in the Polish PLK. Nikolov scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. But BM Slam Stal lost 77-82 in Slupsk to the lower-ranked (#8) Energa Czarni. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Nikolov's overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 3.1rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #6. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) helped Kalev/Cramo edge the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 73-71 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. Mirkovic recorded 12 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #7. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) led Szedeak to a victory over the second-ranked Kaposvari (18-15) 88-77 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 4 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 6-10. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (18-16) is placed third in Places 6-10 group. The Second Stage already ended. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg in 34 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #8. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Simmons helped Kalev/Cramo edge the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 73-71. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Simmons' total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2012. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #9. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Istanbul BBSK (11-17) in their last game. Despite Calloway's good performance Istanbul BBSK was edged 80-79 at home by the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas. He recorded 10 points and had 4 steals in 29 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Calloway's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleks Simeonov
Aleks Simeonov
   #10. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the league outsider Marin (8-26) 98-90 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Simeonov recorded 11 points in a mere 15 minutes. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (25-9) is placed first in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Simeonov's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.4rpg in 32 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Lille Metropole's victory against the 13th-ranked Chorale de Roanne 74-58 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Marinov scored 17 points and added 4 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. Marinov has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 5.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (16-41) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Washburn's good performance Yokohama BC (#6) were crushed 96-75 in Kanagawa by the leading Toshiba Thunders in the Central group. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Washburn has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2apg. Washburn is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team. However Washburn has never played in Bulgaria.

   #13. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers (13-19) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Furstenfeld Panthers were defeated 74-60 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. Iliev was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Iliev averaged so far 14.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Earl Calloway in the Turkish BSL last game. Ivanov managed to help Tofas Bursa in a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK 80-79. He recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes. Ivanov averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #15. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams KK Zadar in their game against Cibona in the Croatian A1. Yanev Georgiev cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point. His team was defeated 95-81. Yanev Georgiev has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) led Cholet Basket to a victory over the 16th-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-20) 76-71 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Evtimov was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points. Cholet Basket (11-18) is placed 11th in the ProA. Evtimov averaged so far 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to Kumanovo's victory against the fifth-ranked Feni Industries (2-8) 71-65 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Wednesday night. Karadzovski scored 11 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. KK Kumanovo 2009 (3-7) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Karadzovski averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom). He could not help Glasgow Rocks (21-12) to beat London Lions (18-15). Matrakov recorded 7 points in only 6 minutes. Glasgow Rocks was crushed 91-70 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) London Lions. It was Glasgow Rocks' first loss after four consecutive victories. Matrakov has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 2.2rpg in 26 games he played so far.

   #4. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, also represented by Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) managed to help KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje in a victory against the fifth-ranked Feni Industries (2-8) 89-71 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Pavlovski recorded 5 points in 12 minutes. KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (7-3) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Pavlovski has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg in 10 games. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Istanbulspor in their game against Eskisehir Basket (28-6) in the Turkish TBL (second division). Gunes scored 5 points. Istanbulspor was defeated 74-68 in Edirne by the second-ranked Eskisehir Basket. Gunes has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.



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Libcentro Pro Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Libcentro Pro just started.

First defeat of Aleman (0-1) against Liceo Curico (1-0) 78-56 was the most important game of the last round. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Benjamin Acuna (182-88) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Forward Marko Castro (192-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for Aleman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aleman will play next round against strong Brisas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liceo Curico will try to continue on its current victory against Puente Alto on the road.
Brisas smashed Arturo Prat at home 76-57. Power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Sebastian Fuentes chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side E Valdebenito (-96) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arturo Prat will play next round against strong Sportiva Italiana trying to get back on the winning streak. Brisas will try to continue on its current victory against Aleman at Puerto Varas.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sergio Ceppi (0-1) in Valparaiso on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sportiva Italiana (1-0) 75-64. Francoise Diaz nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Jose Parra came up with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sportiva Italiana will meet Arturo Prat (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sergio Ceppi will play against Stadio Italiano and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Puente Alto (1-0) who crushed Stadio Italiano (0-1) by 22 points 76-54. Antonio Pinedo fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Puente Alto's next round opponent will be Liceo Curico and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stadio Italiano will play against Sergio Ceppi and hope to win that game.

The most impressive performance of 1st round was 17 points and 7 rebounds by Jose Ignacio Collao of Puente Alto.

Sportiva Italiana - Sergio Ceppi 75-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sergio Ceppi (0-1) in Valparaiso on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sportiva Italiana (1-0) 75-64. Francoise Diaz (-87) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Diego Lubiano (-99) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jose Parra (-91) came up with 9 points and 7 rebounds and David Andrade (-97) added 10 points respectively for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sportiva Italiana will meet Arturo Prat (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sergio Ceppi will play against Stadio Italiano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sergio Ceppi: D.Andrade 10+2reb+3ast, J.Parra 9+7reb, J.Borquez 9+4reb+1ast, R.Gatica 6+3reb, N.Rodriguez 6+1reb, F.Latorre 6+2ast
Sportiva Italiana: F.Diaz 17+9reb+1ast, D.Lubiano 16+8reb+2ast, G.Hernandez 7+3reb+2ast, B.Toledo 6+2reb+1ast, C.Bustamante 6+3reb+1ast, G.Sanino 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544540


Brisas - Arturo Prat 76-57

Brisas smashed Arturo Prat at home 76-57. Brisas made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Arturo Prat turnovers. Power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Sebastian Fuentes (-95) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Brisas players scored in double figures. At the losing side E Valdebenito (-96) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arturo Prat will play next round against strong Sportiva Italiana trying to get back on the winning streak. Brisas will try to continue on its current victory against Aleman at Puerto Varas.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: E.Valdebenito 12+6reb+4ast, B.Guerra 11+2reb+2ast, P.Andrade 10+8reb+1ast, R.Rojas 6+3reb, R.Galvez 5+6reb, E.Garrido 5+1reb
Brisas: S.Fuentes 20+5reb+3ast, S.Frings 20+11reb+3ast, F.Oyarzun 17+8reb+2ast, A.Jara 11, E.Gonzalez 4+2reb, R.Molina 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 544541


Liceo Curico - Aleman 78-56

First defeat of Aleman (0-1) against Liceo Curico (1-0) 78-56 was the most important game of the last round. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Benjamin Acuna (182-88) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Liceo Curico players scored in double figures. Forward Marko Castro (192-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Marcelo Villagran (184-88) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aleman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aleman will play next round against strong Brisas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Liceo Curico will try to continue on its current victory against Puente Alto on the road.
Top scorers:
Aleman: M.Villagran 17+6reb+1ast, M.Castro 13+12reb+3ast, F.Garrido 13+4reb+6ast, P.Montecinos 6+3reb, A.Nunez 3+2ast, M.Herrera 2
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 21+12reb+6ast, B.Acuna 18+1reb+3ast, M.Zerene 11+1reb+2ast, M.Rebolledo 11+6reb, G.Contreras 7+5reb+6ast, S.Munoz 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544539


Stadio Italiano - Puente Alto 54-76

We should not miss anothera road victory of Puente Alto (1-0) who crushed Stadio Italiano (0-1) by 22 points 76-54. The game without a history. Puente Alto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Stadio Italiano's 34. They outrebounded Stadio Italiano 45-25 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Jose Ignacio Collao (194-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Piero Simonetti (-93) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Joaquin Ulloa (-92) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Puente Alto's next round opponent will be Liceo Curico and it will be for sure the game of the week. Stadio Italiano will play against Sergio Ceppi and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: J.Ulloa 15+4reb, P.Simonetti 10+10reb+1ast, C.Asenjo 10+1reb+1ast, J.Martin Cardenas 6+5reb+2ast, N.Silva 5, C.Abarca 4+2reb+3ast
Puente Alto: A.Pinedo 20+5reb, J.Ignacio Collao 17+7reb, F.Pena 10+6reb+1ast, M.Sepulveda 9+3reb+1ast, D.Valenzuela 8+1reb, S.Silva 6+1reb
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Penarol inks Lakeem Duncan, ex Perez Zeledon - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Lakeem Duncan (201-91, college: Cheyney). He moved there from Perez Zeledon in Costa Rican LBS league where he started the season.

Duncan graduated from Cheyney University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. Penarol is attempting to become a more competitive organization for the upcoming edition of Bolivia's Libobasquet.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Belisce hand AKK Vern first loss (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Belisce handed AKK Vern their first loss in the Croatian A2 League Championship Stage, 89-93 in overtime. Vern now has a 9-1 record, one win ahead of Jazine Arbanasi and Ribola Kastela.

Belisce-AKK Vern 93-89 OT: Belisce used a 17-6 run to build a 41-27 lead midway through the second quarter, the largest margin of the game. Vern took the lead for the first time since it was 11-9 on a 3-pointer from Ivan Penic (202-F-89) to make it 83-80 with a minute and half to go. Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) tied the game with 18 seconds left. Vern's Ivan Penic (202-F-89) then drew a foul, but he missed both free throws. Belisce had the final possession and Juraj Boras (191-G-91) missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer. Belisce opened the overtime with a 6-1 run and held Vern scoreless from the field for almost four minutes. Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) scored 27 points on shooting 11-of-16 from the field, Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) added 25 points, Luka Saric (200-F-93) 15 and Juraj Boras (191-G-91) 11. Vern outrebounded Belisce 55-42, picking up 24 offensive rebounds, but missed 16 free throws. Filip Simovic (95) finished with 28 points, Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) collected 20 points and 17 rebounds, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) posted 12 points and Ivan Penic (202-F-89) 10.

Podravac-Ribola Kastela 88-92:
Kastela trailed just once the entire match at 4-5. The visiting team responded to that with a 15-2 run to take a dozen-point lead and was ahead by 21 points midway through the third quarter. Podravac cut the deficit to 86-88 with 24 seconds remaining. Kastela's Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) made a pair of free throws to double the advantage. On the next possession, Alen Kendjelic (194-G-88) missed a 3-pointer, Kastela grabbed a defensive rebound and Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) was fouled. He made both shots to put Kastela up 92-86 with just few second remaining. Kastela had 26 turnovers and hit only two 3-pointers, but outrebounded Podravac 38-29. Josip Matic (202-SF-92) scored 24 points, Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) 20, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) had 19 points and 12 assists and Dino Sipic (201-F-88) posted 13 points. Podravac's Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) just missed a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Dean Krajinovic (76) scored 17 points, Julian Zadravec (97) 14, Tomislav Matoic (184-G-89) 13 and Ilija Nikolic (198-F-86) 10.

Pula 1981-Jazine Arbanasi 62-80: Jazine took control of the game behind a 16-3 run for a 54-38 lead midway through the third quarter and later extended their advantage to 64-42. Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) scored 26 points, Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) 17, Dino Palcic (185-G-90) 16 and Goran Fodor (195-G-90) 13. Pula was led by Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) with 18 points, Lovro Bulesic (203-SG-98) netted 14 points and Marin Djugum 10.

Graficar-Borovo 95-71:
The game featured 10 lead changes and 7 ties before Graficar went on a 19-0 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 81-65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Manuel Novak (90) finished with 24 points, Mario Novak (185-G-85) added 17 and Kristijan Samarija (202-C-83) came off the bench for 15 points and 14 rebounds. Graficar outscored Borovo 31-6 in the fourth quarter, after traling by one after three quarters. Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) led Borovo with 23 points, Toni Kovac (97) scored 21 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Mario Rajsic (94) added 11 points.

Rudes-Sanac 59-70:
Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) scored seven straight points to inspire Sanac for a 15-2 run spanning halftime for a 33-28 lead and the visitors never trailed from there. Rudes was down by two with five and a half minute remaining, when Sanac wenr on an 11-2 run to close out the game. Sanac used only six players and got 25 points from Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93). Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) had 20 points and 21 rebounds, Goran Kragulj posted 10 points and Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) grabbed 14 rebounds. Rudes had only seven free throws to Sanac's 27. Mario Galic (196-G-89) finished with 12 points, Filip Toric (200-F-89, college: Barry) had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists before he fouled out and Marko Dmitrovic (206-F-89) scored 11 points.



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.2 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC16.4 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Bonneau, Svendborg15.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGrew, SI.10.5 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.3 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.6 
 4. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.7 
 7. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.0 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 5. Baru, SISU0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 


Ligaen Round 3 of Finals. Bakken register second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 91-81

Bakken prevailed against Horsens IC to celebrate the second straight win in Ligaen Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Horsens IC managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Horsens IC's players. It was a great evening for American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91, agency: Blacktop Management) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 26+9reb+5ast, T.Laerke 19+5reb+1ast, M.Diouf 12+5reb+2ast, J.Williamson 12+9reb+3ast, M.Gesell 10+2reb+11ast, C.Christoffersen 4+2reb
Horsens IC: D.Trist 18+5reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 17+2reb+2ast, L.Alexander 14+3reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 11+4reb+3ast, M.Mack 10+6reb+4ast, M.Mornar 5+1reb
gschID: 544663





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

Talented American Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Izalco and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 21-year old swingman recorded a triple-double of 33 points adding also eighteen rebounds and ten assists, while his team beat ExSAL ST (#6, 4-6) 76-63. Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They are still close to the very top. Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 56.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rosemont College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 49.1ppg and is league's best passer with 10.7apg. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 20.0rpg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 62.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was Diego Ferrin of Thunder. Ferrin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Thunder lost that game 78-88 to slightly lower-ranked ABA (#5, 5-6). This loss caused Thunder to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 7-4 record is not bad at all. Ferrin is well-known by Thunder fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.4ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 12.0rpg and 3.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was Ronald Flores of top-ranked Marquense. Flores showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Marquense, leading his team to a 102-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Chalchuapa (#7, 4-7). Many experts and fans count Marquense as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Flores has a very solid season. In 10 games in El Salvador he scored 8.3ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francis Carcamo (167-PG-98) of Chalchuapa - 29 points and 5 rebounds
5. Edson Sosa (188-F-78) of ABA - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 28 points and 2 rebounds
8. Nestor Cordero (82) of Biomedical - 7 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) of Marquense - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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)



Adams is back at Cochabamba, ex Isidro Metapan - by Francisco Vega

La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Libobasquet) agreed terms with American forward Marttavius Adams (203-116kg, college: Arkansas State). It is actually his comeback to Cochabamba as he has played here before. Adams He moved there from Isidro Metapan in Salvadorean Liga MB, but was not approved after all.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Adams' team won Uruguay LUB Regular Season in 2013. He was also voted All-Sun Belt 2nd Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Adams has played previously professionally in Colombia (Cafeteros and Sabios) and Uruguay (Bigua and Guruyu Waston).
He graduated from Arkansas State in 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Superior Round 11: San Marcos hand first defeat to Marquense - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Undefeated Marquense (9-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked San Marcos (8-3) 79-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Marquense. San Marcos forced 25 Marquense turnovers. The best player for the winners was Leonardo Gomez who scored 26 points and 5 steals. Milton Martinez (-88) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Marcos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-3 record behind leader Marquense. Marquense at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. San Marcos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Marquense will play on the road against Thunder in San Salvador and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Thunder (7-4) against fifth ranked ABA (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Thunder was defeated by ABA in Apopa 88-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. Forward Edson Sosa (188-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Zometa contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. ABA's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Diego Ferrin answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for Thunder. ABA maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. Thunder at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. ABA will play against ADB (#8) in San Salvador in the next round. Thunder will play at home against the league's leader Marquense (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Biomedical managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Ausoles 61-52. It was a great evening for Carlos Pineda who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Marcos Baltrons responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Biomedical maintains tenth place with 2-9 record. Ausoles lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Biomedical will meet at home higher ranked ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ausoles will have a break next round.
Leader Marquense delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Chalchuapa (4-7) 102-54. It was a quality performance for Ronald Flores who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Marquense. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. Chalchuapa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Marquense's next round opponent will be Thunder (#4) in San Salvador. Chalchuapa will play at home against the league's second-placed Izalco and hope to win that game.
The game in San Salvador supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked ExSAL ST (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked ADB (3-8). ExSAL ST smashed ADB 70-49 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Donald Lawes who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. ExSAL ST's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. ExSAL ST maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Loser ADB dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. ExSAL ST will face bottom-ranked Biomedical (#10) in the next round. ADB will play against ABA and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 11 Chalchuapa crushed Ausoles in a road game 96-48. ExSAL ST were beaten by Izalco at home 63-76.

ADB - ExSAL ST 49-70

The game in San Salvador supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked ExSAL ST (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked ADB (3-8). ExSAL ST smashed ADB 70-49 on Sunday. They outrebounded ADB 59-28 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. ExSAL ST looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Ever Segovia (190-95) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). ExSAL ST's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Hector Landaverde (-92) produced 31 points and Cesar Canizales (-81) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. ExSAL ST maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. Loser ADB dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. ExSAL ST will face bottom-ranked Biomedical (#10) in the next round. ADB will play against ABA and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 31+2ast, C.Canizales 11+3reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 3+5reb+3ast, G.Guadron 2+2reb+1ast, M.Marroquin 2+7reb+1ast, M.Acosta 0
ExSAL ST: E.Segovia 13+6reb+5ast, D.Lawes 12+13reb+2ast, R.Rivas 12+8reb+1ast, P.Rubio 8+9reb+3ast, J.Villalobos 7+2reb, D.Rivas 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544837


Ausoles - Chalchuapa 48-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Ausoles' (2-7) home loss to eighth ranked Chalchuapa (4-7) 48-96 on Sunday. Chalchuapa forced 19 Ausoles turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 17 on the offensive glass. Ausoles were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. David Paiz chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Victor Zaldivar (189-82) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Carlos Aguilar (188-80) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Chalchuapa moved-up to seventh place. Ausoles lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Chalchuapa will face league's second-placed Izalco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: V.Zaldivar 15+14reb+1ast, J.Orellana 12+5reb+1ast, C.Aguilar 10+9reb+4ast, K.Ramirez 4+2reb+1ast, G.Arauz 4+4reb+1ast, G.Caceres 3+4reb+1ast
Chalchuapa: F.Carcamo 29+5reb, J.Villalobos 16+3reb+1ast, D.Paiz 14+8reb, G.Cordero 9+4reb+2ast, R.Rodriguez 8+8reb+1ast, F.Ramos 4+2reb
gschID: 544835


Marquense - San Marcos 72-79

Undefeated Marquense (9-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked San Marcos (8-3) 79-72. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Marquense. San Marcos forced 25 Marquense turnovers. The best player for the winners was Leonardo Gomez who scored 26 points and 5 steals. Milton Martinez (-88) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Hugo Salazar (189-81) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Marcos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 8-3 record behind leader Marquense. Marquense at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. San Marcos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Marquense will play on the road against Thunder in San Salvador and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Marquense: M.Artiga 21+9reb+3ast, J.Barrera 21+1reb+2ast, H.Salazar 8+7reb+9ast, R.Guevara 4+2reb+2ast, M.Ramirez 4+5reb+1ast, D.Navas 4+1ast
San Marcos: L.Gomez 26+1ast, R.Diaz 15+1reb+6ast, F.Escobar 10+3reb+3ast, M.Martinez 9+11reb+2ast, A.Cantor 8+9reb+1ast, E.Recinos 5+6reb
gschID: 545414


ABA - Thunder 88-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Thunder (7-4) against fifth ranked ABA (5-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Thunder was defeated by ABA in Apopa 88-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. ABA players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Forward Edson Sosa (188-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Zometa contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. ABA's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Diego Ferrin answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks and Christopher Rivera added 18 points in the effort for Thunder. ABA maintains fifth place with 5-6 record. Thunder at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. ABA will play against ADB (#8) in San Salvador in the next round. Thunder will play at home against the league's leader Marquense (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 28+13reb+6ast, C.Rivera 18+3reb+3ast, O.de Leon 9+1reb+3ast, J.Leon 9+4reb+2ast, D.Aguilar 6+6reb+1ast, E.Gudiel 4+3reb+2ast
ABA: E.Sosa 24+10reb+1ast, J.Zometa 21+5reb+7ast, J.Roque 17+2reb+9ast, A.Ojeda 8+2reb+2ast, M.Vasquez 8+3reb+5ast, I.Martinez 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544833


Chalchuapa - Marquense 54-102

Leader Marquense delivered the ninth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Chalchuapa (4-7) 102-54. Marquense dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Chalchuapa's 24 and made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Chalchuapa only scored six points from the stripe. Marquense had a 35-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chalchuapa's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Chalchuapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Ronald Flores who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Kevin Gutierrez accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Marquense players scored in double figures. Point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) came up with 19 points and David Paiz added 8 points respectively for Chalchuapa 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. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Marquense. They maintain first place with 9-1 record. Chalchuapa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Marquense's next round opponent will be Thunder (#4) in San Salvador. Chalchuapa will play at home against the league's second-placed Izalco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: F.Carcamo 19+2reb+2ast, D.Paiz 8+3reb+1ast, J.Villalobos 7, W.Olmos 6+1reb, M.Barrera 4+6reb, A.Garcia 4+2reb
Marquense: R.Flores 23+12reb+4ast, K.Gutierrez 14+5reb+2ast, M.Ramirez 12+2reb+6ast, M.Mendoza 11+3reb+4ast, D.Navas 11+3reb+2ast, H.Urias 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 544830


Biomedical - Ausoles 61-52

Bottom-ranked Biomedical managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of eight consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Ausoles 61-52. They outrebounded Ausoles 56-38 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Nestor Cordero (-82) helped adding 7 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Marcos Baltrons (189-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Victor Zaldivar (189-82) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Biomedical maintains tenth place with 2-9 record. Ausoles lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Biomedical will meet at home higher ranked ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ausoles will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: M.Baltrons 17+13reb+4ast, R.Miranda 13+3reb+4ast, V.Zaldivar 11+10reb, G.Caceres 5, G.Arauz 4+4reb+3ast, B.Cabrera 2+6reb+2ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 28+2reb+1ast, E.Morales 11+7reb+3ast, N.Cordero 7+16reb+3ast, I.Campos 6+5reb+4ast, C.Herrera 3+4reb+1ast, C.Morales 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544829


ExSAL ST - Izalco 63-76

No shocking result in a game in Santa Tecla where second ranked Izalco (8-1) defeated 6th ranked ExSAL ST (4-6) 76-63 on Saturday. Izalco had a 38-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who had a triple-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Gustavo Galdamez (190-96) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. Izalco's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Pedro Rubio (188-93) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Daniel Rivas (184-0) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Izalco maintains second place with 8-1 record behind leader Marquense. Loser ExSAL ST keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Izalco will face Chalchuapa (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ExSAL ST will play against Biomedical and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ExSAL ST: D.Rivas 19+3reb+1ast, P.Rubio 18+10reb+3ast, R.Rivas 6+10reb+3ast, W.Melendez 6+5reb+9ast, C.Escobar 6+6reb, E.Segovia 5+5reb+2ast
Izalco: M.Thomas 33+18reb+10ast, J.Crespin 14+2ast, G.Galdamez 8+7reb+3ast, S.Leon 6+6reb, V.Maya 3+2reb+1ast, P.Barillas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544828





Salvadorean Liga MB round 33 best performance: Jordan Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for San Miguel, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sonsonate (#10, 9-13) with 21-point margin 81-60. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Thanks to this victory San Miguel moved-up to the 14th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 18 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at San Miguel, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Tennessee Tech University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (5th best: 27.1ppg), assists (8th best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 50.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Brandon Thompson (193-G) of Arcense. Thompson had a very good evening with a double-double of 43 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Arcense lost that game 77-84 to the higher-ranked Brujos Izalco (#2, 19-3). Despite lost game Arcense moved up to 13th position in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Arcense managed to get this year. Thompson is one of the most experienced players at Arcense and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another San Miguel's star - Puerto Rican forward Brian De Leon (206-F-89). De Leon showcased his all-around game by recording 6 points, twenty nine rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of San Miguel, helping his team with a 81-60 easy win against the higher-ranked Sonsonate (#10, 9-13). San Miguel can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for De Leon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. De Leon has a very solid season. In 20 games in El Salvador he scored 6.5ppg. He also has 12.0rpg and 2.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 29 points and 12 rebounds
5. Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco - 29 points and 14 rebounds
6. Keion Palmer (208-F) of Isidro Metapan - 25 points and 13 rebounds
7. Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) of Sonsonate - 22 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 16 points and 13 rebounds

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



Sonsonate lands Thomas Vansdell - by Eurobasket News

Liga MB newcomer Sonsonate BC tabbed 31-year old Nicaraguan international shooting guard Thomas Vansdell (185-86) from Quezaltepeque Biomedical. In 30 Liga MB games in El Salvador he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Vansdell also played that season for Toros in Nicaraguan league where in three Liga Americas games he had 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg.
Vansdell played in the final of Nicaraguan ACB in 2015.
He also represented Nicaragua at the COCABA Championships in San Jose (Costa Rica) two years ago. Vansdell's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.0rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 68.2%.
Vansdell has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Tiburones, Costa Caribe and Leones), Costa Rica (Sanatura Basket-Desamparados) and El Salvador (C.Delgado).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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ExSAL Santa Tecla tabs Donald Lawes - by Eurobasket News

ExSAL Santa Tecla (Liga Superior) inked 28-year old American center Donald Lawes (201-98kg-89, college: Farmingdale State). He moved there from Denver-FAS San Salvador in the Liga MB where he started the season. In three games he averaged 11.0ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.7apg and 5.0bpg this season. This season Lawes played at Khovd (Superleague) in Mongolia. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Mongolian Superleague All-Star Game. Lawes also spent pre-season at BC Mess (N2) in Luxembourg league that year. He was also tried-out by Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga. In two Liga MB games he had 6.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Lawes received All-Skyline Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Lawes is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Lawes has played previously professionally in Germany (Westfalen Mustangs), Kosovo (Kastrioti), Mexico (Vaqueros) and Bolivia (Pichincha).
He attended Farmingdale State until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.0 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.4 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.2 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.6 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.2 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 3. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 4. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Talts, Tartu Ulikool0.6 



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  FINLAND  


Bruce Reed (ex FoKoPo) is a newcomer at Cochabamba - by Francisco Vega

La Salle-UPB Cochabamba (Libobasquet) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Bruce Reed (202-91kg-90, college: Pikeville). He moved there from FoKoPo in Finnish 1st Division where he started the season. In 26 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.8spg and 1.5bpg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division A Honorable Mention. The last season Reed played at Etendard de Brest (NM2) in French league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won MSC Tournament in 2014. Reed was also voted All-MSC Player of the Year and All-NAIA D1 1st Team back in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Mexico (Centauros).
Reed is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended Pikeville College until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  


French ProB round 30 best performance: Youssou Ndoye - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Center Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Bourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Poitiers (#8, 16-14) with 22-point margin 86-64. It allowed Bourg to consolidate first place in the French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bourg has a very solid 22-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Ndoye turned to be Bourg's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Bonaventure University star has very solid stats this year. Ndoye leads league in rebounds with 9.5rpg. Ndoye is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 60.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Icelandic Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Charleville. Hermannsson had a very good evening with 30 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Charleville cruised to a 96-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Evreux (#7, 16-14). This victory allowed Charleville to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 17-13 record is not bad at all. Hermannsson is a newcomer at Charleville, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#2). He also recorded 5.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux (#7). Walker scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Walker's great performance Evreux lost 87-96 to the higher-ranked Charleville (#3, 17-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Evreux needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Walker has a very solid season. In 30 games in France he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derrick Obasohan (198-SF-81) of Provence Basket - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. James Woodard (191-G-94) of Rouen - 24 points and 4 assists
6. Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93) of Rouen - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nicholas Pope (196-SF-84) of Le Havre - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90) of Provence Basket - 15 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)



Roanne inks Bill Clark, ex Basket Esch - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) signed 29-year old American forward Bill Clark (196-96kg-88, college: Duquesne). He moved there from Basket Esch in Luxembourg Total League where he played this season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Clark also played earlier that season for ES Sahel (Division I) in Tunisian league.
Three years ago (three years after he left the college) Clark was drafted by Bakersfield Jam (D-League) in sixth round (107th overall).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Clark was voted NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Clark is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and of course North America). Clark has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Holland (Groningen), Saudi Arabia (Al Nasr), Turkey (Konyaspor), Ukraine (Mykolaiv), France (Caen, Provence Basket and SPO Rouen) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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, Ratiopharm18.1 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.0 
 5. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.1 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.1 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.3 
 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.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 8. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 10. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Warren, MBC17.1 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Watts, Oettinge.7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz6.7 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.6 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Matthews, Chemnitz4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


BBL Round 34: Top-ranked ratiopharm Ulm wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BBL just ended.

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-25) 87-72. ratiopharm Ulm made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Walter Tigers 29-18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) replied with 6 points and 10 assists for Walter Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first position with 30-2 record. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the fifteenth place with 25 games lost.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BBC Bayreuth (22-10) and s Oliver Baskets (11-21), which took place in Wuerzburg. Higher ranked BBC Bayreuth lost to fourteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. American guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton) scored 17 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lamonte Ulmer chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. s Oliver Baskets' coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. s Oliver Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jena. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost.
The game between third ranked Bayern Muenchen (28-4) and 9th ranked Giessen 46ers (15-17) in Muenchen on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Giessen 110-60. Maximilian Kleber notched 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by Justin Sears did not help to save the game for Giessen 46ers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains third position with 28-4 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. Giessen 46ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost.

Other games in round 34 were not that significant. Brose Bask. beat Jena on the road 74-61. Goettingen won against Braunschweig on its own court 114-107. Vechta was outscored by Bremerhaven in a road game 93-74. Telekom Bsk recorded a loss to EWE Baskets at home 72-86. Ludwigsburg was defeated by ALBA on the opponent's court 86-76.

Jena - Brose Bask. 61-74

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Brose Baskets (29-3) beat on the road 12th ranked Science City Jena (11-21) 74-61 on Monday. Brose Baskets forced 21 Science City Jena turnovers. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) notched 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) supported him with 10 points and 5 assists. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) did not help to save the game for Science City Jena. Forward Julius Wolf (201-93) added 12 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brose Baskets have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Science City Jena lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: A.Kulboka 13+5reb+2ast, J.McNeal 10+4reb, J.Strelnieks 10+5ast, N.Melli 10+3reb+2ast, F.Causeur 10+1reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 7+2reb+1ast
Jena: I.McElroy 13+7reb, W.Bernard 12+2reb+3ast, J.Wolf 12+4reb+2ast, K.Frease 8+3reb, S.Goodwin 6, S.Haukohl 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528821


Ratiopharm - Walter Tigers 87-72

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-25) 87-72. ratiopharm Ulm made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Walter Tigers 29-18. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. American point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) replied with 6 points and 10 assists and naturalized American forward Isaiah Philmore (203-89, college: Xavier) added 14 points in the effort for Walter Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first position with 30-2 record. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the fifteenth place with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 15+8reb+4ast, A.Rubit 14+3reb, C.Babb 13+4reb+2ast, K.Tadda 13+1reb+4ast, T.Braun 11+3reb+3ast, P.Guenther 9+2reb+5ast
Walter Tigers: I.Philmore 14+3reb, J.Washburn 13+2reb, B.Stewart 10+2reb+2ast, M.Marin 8+1ast, S.Kidd 7+4reb+1ast, G.McGhee 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 528823


Wuerzburg - Bayreuth 82-73

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BBC Bayreuth (22-10) and s Oliver Baskets (11-21), which took place in Wuerzburg. Higher ranked BBC Bayreuth lost to fourteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. s Oliver Baskets made 27-of-30 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton) scored 17 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach Dirk Bauermann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jena. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: L.Ulmer 18+7reb, V.Sanford 17+4reb+6ast, M.Stuckey 14+1reb+4ast, J.Odum 12+1reb+4ast, L.Wank 9+5reb+1ast, M.Cobbins 5+8reb
Bayreuth: D.Brooks 14+2reb, N.Linhart 12+8reb+4ast, J.Lewis 11+1reb+1ast, A.Marei 9+10reb+3ast, K.Anderson 7+1reb+3ast, S.Wachalski 6+2reb
gschID: 528822


Goettingen - Braunschweig 114-107

Very expected game when 16th ranked Braunschweig (6-26) lost on the road to eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (14-18) 114-107 on Monday. BG Goettingen made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. BG Goettingen outrebounded Braunschweig 45-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) supported him with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Braunschweig. American center Geoffrey Groselle (212-93, college: Creighton) added 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field) for lost side. Five BG Goettingen and four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fraport SKY. Braunschweig lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: A.Ruoff 28+11reb+6ast, J.Sanders 18+8reb+9ast, B.Veikalas 14+4reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 12+1reb, A.Waleskowski 11+6reb+3ast, D.Carter 11+5reb+2ast
Braunschweig: G.Groselle 33+10reb+2ast, D.Pierre 31+10reb+4ast, C.Guyton 18+4reb+9ast, T.Klepeisz 14+2reb+6ast, L.Figge 5+2ast, J.Boykin 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528820


Bremerhaven - Vechta 93-74

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (12-20) rolled over at home 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-30) 93-74 on Monday. They outrebounded SC Rasta Vechta 41-25 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 7 blocks. American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 6 assists by point guard Niklas Geske (188-94) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to twelfth place. SC Rasta Vechta lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: W.Austin 14+5reb, I.Elliott 11+5reb+4ast, Q.Diggs 10+7reb+6ast, K.Anderson 10+2reb+1ast, D.Brembly 9, L.Wendt 9+5reb+4ast
Vechta: D.Allen 12+1reb+1ast, N.Geske 12+3reb+6ast, R.Broadus 11+3reb+3ast, D.Searcy 8+8reb, F.Gaines 8+1reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 7+1ast
gschID: 528819


Telekom Bsk - EWE Baskets 72-86

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Telekom Baskets (18-14) lost to seventh ranked EWE Baskets (18-14) in Bonn 72-86 on Monday. EWE Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) notched 22 points to lead the effort and guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) supported him with 13 points and 10 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) by power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) did not help to save the game for Telekom Baskets. Point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 17 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with ALBA and Telekom Bsk.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 22+3reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 16+2reb, B.Qvale 14+6reb+3ast, F.Massenat 13+2reb+10ast, C.Kramer 6+11reb+5ast, M.De Zeeuw 5+2reb
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 27+6reb, J.Mayo 17+3reb+3ast, F.Barovic 11+4reb+1ast, T.DiLeo 7+4reb+7ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 6+2ast, K.Horton 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528818


B.Muenchen - Giessen 46ers 110-60

The game between third ranked Bayern Muenchen (28-4) and 9th ranked Giessen 46ers (15-17) in Muenchen on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Giessen 110-60. Bayern Muenchen well out of reach of Giessen 46ers shooting 73.2 percent from the field. They outrebounded Giessen 46ers 31-15 including a 24-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 70.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Giessen 46ers' players. International Maximilian Kleber (207-92) notched 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American guard Nick Johnson (191-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) supported him with 16 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) did not help to save the game for Giessen 46ers. His fellow American import point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) added 17 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen maintains third position with 28-4 record having just two points less than leader Ratiopharm. Giessen 46ers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: N.Johnson 16+2reb+6ast, M.Kleber 15+5reb+4ast, M.Zirbes 14+4reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 11+2ast, B.Taylor 10+2reb+1ast, V.Lucic 9+2ast
Giessen 46ers: C.Wells 17+2ast, J.Sears 16+2reb+1ast, A.Obst 5+1ast, S.Bowlin 5+1reb+3ast, M.Voeller 4+2reb, A.Pjanic 3+1reb
gschID: 528817


ALBA - Ludwigsburg 86-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked ALBA Berlin and 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg had identical 17-14 record. This time ALBA Berlin used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Ludwigsburg 86-76 on Monday night. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Canadian guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 15 points. ALBA Berlin's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 12 points and 4 assists by American Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for EnBW Ludwigsburg. His fellow American import swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) added 9 points and 4 assists for lost side. ALBA Berlin (18-14) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Telekom Bsk and EWE Baskets. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
ALBA: C.English 24+5reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 15+3reb+1ast, N.Giffey 10+5reb+2ast, E.Atsur 9+6ast, G.Robinson 7+6reb+5ast, M.Miller 7+3reb+1ast
Ludwigsburg: M.Seric 12+4reb, R.Trice 12+1reb+4ast, J.Thiemann 9+5reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 9+4reb+4ast, J.Cooley 8+7reb, B.Loesing 8+5ast
gschID: 528816





ProA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Oettinger force decider versus Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

Oettinger R. - Chemnitz 78-74

Oettinger prevailed against visiting Chemnitz to force the decisive fifth game in the semifinal series. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Chemnitz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Grant Gibbs (196-89, college: Creighton) fired 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points. American point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) produced 16 points and 9 assists and forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 14+3reb+3ast, R.Oehle 13+4reb+1ast, G.Gibbs 13+4reb+4ast, D.Hicks 11+3reb+2ast, D.Watts 8+7reb+2ast, M.DiLeo 8+2reb+2ast
Chemnitz: V.Matthews 16+2reb+9ast, J.Lawson 15+8reb, M.Fleischmann 14+8reb+1ast, C.Carter 13+3reb+4ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+1reb+3ast, M.Seiferth 4+2reb
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ProB Round 1 of Finals. Karlsruhe PS earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Weissenhorn - Karlsruhe PS 67-71

Karlsruhe PS upset Weissenhorn on the road to take 1-0 lead in the Finals. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Deon McDuffie (186-93, college: Rattelsdorf) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) answered with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and center Bjoern Rohwer (213-95) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Weissenhorn Youngstars' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: B.Rohwer 16+5reb, M.Pongo 14+4reb+7ast, T.Pape 11+1reb+1ast, M.Omuvwie 8+4reb+1ast, D.Kramer 7+7reb+2ast, N.Mittmann 6+8reb+1ast
Karlsruhe PS: J.Talbert 17+7reb+4ast, E.Curth 15+3reb+1ast, D.McDuffie 11+3reb+6ast, J.Mampuya 9+4reb+2ast, O.Parker 9+5reb+2ast, D.Kreis 5+7reb+5ast
gschID: 545396





Darius Carter claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Darius Carter (201-PF-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Goettingen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 24-year old power forward had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Goettingen in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Vechta (#17, 3-29) 78-77. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Goettingen maintains the 11th position in German BBL. Goettingen 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 14-18 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Carter as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Darius Carter averages this season 10.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena. Goodwin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Jena lost that game 83-90 to slightly lower-ranked Wuerzburg (#14, 11-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Jena keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-19 record. Goodwin is a newcomer at Jena and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93, agency: BeoBasket) of Braunschweig (#16). Pierre scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Pierre's great performance Braunschweig lost 75-80 to slightly higher-ranked Walter Tigers (#15, 8-24). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-25 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pierre he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pierre has individually a great season in Germany. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Wuerzburg - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Telekom Bsk - 20 points and 7 assists
6. Immanuel McElroy (194-G-80) of Jena - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Stanton Kidd (202-F-92) of Walter Tigers - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Vechta - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89) of Telekom Bsk - 17 points 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)



Penarol inks Sharif Watson, ex Koblenz - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) signed 24-year old American forward Sharif Watson (198-86kg-93, college: Ariz.Christian). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 11 games he had 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg this season. Watson also played that season for BSG Grevenbroich (also in Regionalliga). In 13 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the GSAC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Watson was also voted All-GSAC 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Watson graduated from Arizona Christian University in 2016 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

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The Fraport Skyliners Give Max Merz Retirement Present Win Over Alba Berlin 83-71 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Around this time of year the last two seasons, the Fraport Skyliners were feeling that special rush of taking part in the playoffs again after having been idle for three seasons, but this time around the club was already looking forward to next season and off season dealings while the American players were already thinking about the first eatery that they will seek out at home when they land, but before that could happen there was still one last regular season game to play against Alba Berlin. It has been a season to forget for the Fraport Skyliners who were dearly missing Jordan Theodore from last season's success and just didn't have that consistent point guard with the killer instinct and after a better second half, were unable to compensate the poor first half of the season and the 3 last minute loses to Ludwigsburg, Bonn and Bayreuth denied them to slip into the playoffs. With one last regular season game before the long summer break, fans wanted to see their favorite players one last time, witness a few more crushing Mike Morrison dunks, a coast to coast sprint and dunk from Quantez Robertson and a lot of playing time for German wonder boy Isaac Bonga who seems to be slated for the back up point guard position next season, but after 40 minutes, it was Max Merz (183-PG-94) that fans cherished most in the game. Only 29 hours earlier, the German Merz had surprisingly announced his retirement, because of wanting to enter the business world and was playing his last professional game and helped the Fraport Skyliners dispose of 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin 83-71. The 23 year old Merz played five seasons with the Fraport Skyliners and was one of those players that developed, but at a slow rate. He finished his last game steering 10 points, four rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes and was near tears at the conclusion. After he said his farewell to the fans, he was comforted by teammate Quantez Robertson for 20 seconds as he had to let it all out. After all was said and done, the German was content for his decision. 'I thank all the fans and it was an honor to play for them. I don't want to talk too much, because I will start to cry again. I have a lot of passion for what I studied and I feel that I can be successful there also. My heart will always be with basketball, but I know that I will have fun with my new job and be able to do things there that I wouldn't have been able to do as a player. I know that I will keep coming into the arena to watch the Skyliners play', smiled Max Merz. 'I didn't think so much about it being Max Merz's last game during the game, but in the last seconds, it became more emotional since I did spend 4 years with him', added Stefan Ilzhoefer.

Alba Berlin wanted to secure that fifth place in order to have a playoff date with the big season surprise medi Bayreuth instead of slipping to position six and having an opening round clash with favorite FC Bayern Munich. The 8 time BBL champion hadn't been playing good basketball in recent weeks having lost three of their last four games losing to playoff teams and only being able to defeat the lowly Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Alba Berlin did a fine job staying with the Fraport Skyliners in the first half, but lost focus in the third quarter as their defense couldn't contain the Frankfurt offense and were trailing in double digits in the fourth quarter and just couldn't get over the hump. 'This was a big game, but we just weren't focused. It has been a difficult situation with the coaching change. We played ok defense in the first half, but they got a good lead in the second half and we just had to keep fighting back. We had too many turnovers and just weren't prepared to perform the way we should of', stressed Alba Berlin guard Gerald Robinson. The Fraport Skyliners had nothing to play for except for pride and they gave their fans a very solid performance closing out the season giving them something to smile about before the long summer starts. 'We gave everything tonight. You never know if this will be the last game you ever play. Tonight it wasn't about us, but about the team. We played hard and as a team and got it done', stressed Fraport Skyliner guard AJ English.

4,900 fans wanted to see the last Fraport Skyliners home game as both teams were without their starting point guards Kwame Vaughn and Peyton Siva. The first 3-4 minutes didn't look anything like a game at the end of the season, but more like pre season as both teams were making basic mistakes and missing easy shots. However after some of the opening minutes tension lifted, it was Max Merz who was provided with a sweet kick out pass from AJ English and nailed a trey. However Alba Berlin struck back quickly as they hit Frankfurt with a hard 8-0 run as 36 year old ex Hawaii (NCAA) guard Carl English supplied all the scoring power nailing two three's and a pull up jumper for the 8-3 lead. Both teams would go on runs as now it was the Fraport Skyliners who retaliated with a 6-0 run to regain the lead back at 9-8. In the run, Frankfurt got three points from young German talent Niklas Kiel and a trey from ex Auburn (NCAA) player Quantez Robertson. Then it was time for Alba Berlin again to go on a run as they scored nine points to extend their lead to 18-11. In the run it was two time NCAA champion Nils Giffey who supplied 5 points and ex FC Bayern Munich center Bogdan Radosavljevic who scored twice in the paint. However Frankfurt came back getting a trey from Robertson and AJ English free throws to trail only 20-16 after 10 minutes. 'Carl English got them going early, but we came back through our good defense', stated Fraport Skyliner guard Stefan Ilzhoefer. Alba Berlin was shooting 57% from the field and 75% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 43% from outside. Alba Berlin had the 7-5 rebound edge and both teams had six turnovers a piece.

The Fraport Skyliners had difficulty scoring in the first four minutes as Alba Berlin were wide awake in the passing lanes and got 5 stops. Only Florida native Mike Morrison was able to secure free throws while Alba Berlin connected on offense with a lay in by ex Holy Cross (NCAA) forward Malcolm Miller who was fed the tough pass out of the double team from big man Radsavljevic and ex Enisey Krasnoyarsk center Elmeden Kikanovic made a lay after getting the no look pass from Ismet Akpinar for the 26-18 advantage, Frankfurt finally got their first field goal at the 5.55 minute mark as Niklas Kiel broke free inside scoring to cut the Alba Berlin lead to 26-20. Frankfurt slowly freed itself from their offensive slump clawing themselves on a 11-2 run to regain the lead again 29-28. In the run, AJ English did a lot of damage scoring two field goals and also dishing a no look pass to Mike Morrison for the massive dunk. Alba Berlin had totally lost concentration as Tony Gaffney threw an errant pass into no mans land that Niklas Kiel gobbled up and sprinted for the easy lay up and lead. Frankfurt was able to go into halftime with the lead, but it was AJ English that continued to be the offensive spark plug as he continued to have control making two runners. Kiel also connected on free throws as the Fraport Skyliners led 36-34 at the break. 'We had too many turnovers in the first quarter. We did a better job cutting down on turnovers in the second quarter and put more pressure on them on defense which led to more easy baskets', added Stefan Ilzhoefer. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 30% from the three point line while Alba Berlin was shooting 45% from the field and 43% from the three point line. Alba Berlin had the 18-13 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had 10 turnovers.

The turning point occurred in the third quarter as it was Fraport Skyliners identity figure and legend Quantez Robertson scored 13 points and led his team on a devastating 12-2 run to extend their lead to 48-36 and they would never look back. Robertson came out of the locker room on fire powering Frankfurt on a 6-0 run in 51 seconds. Robertson started off the third quarter with free throws and then Merz and Kiel steals led to easy Robertson fast break buckets. Frankfurt then kept the pressure on as Kiel dropped a trey and made a free throw as did Morrison. Alba Berlin didn't totally lie down, but got a trey from Robinson and got continued offensive consistency from Radosavljevic who scored inside and hit his bread and butter 15 footer. However the Fraport Skyliners continued to keep that energy in their game as Robertson nailed a tip in dunk and made three free throws while English continued to excel in the scoring department making an acrobatic shot and firing a bullet pass inside to Kiel for the dunk as Frankfurt led 57-43. When everything is working well, then even the impossible shots go in as English displayed. Alba Berlin continued to battle and not totally lose their footing as Akpinar stayed aggressive getting to the free throw line and scoring a lay in while Giffey made a 20 footer, but Frankfurt continued to hit some very tough shots as Morrison made an off balance turn around shot and Finish national player Shawn Huff connected over Giffey from Helsinki taking Frankfurt to the fourth quarter with the 64-50 lead. 'We had a big start and defense was the key. Tez was like a machine. His quick start and tip in dunk kept us going', stated Stefan Ilzhoefer. 'Robertson attacked and got his team going. We made quick turnovers and were trying to regain control', stressed Alba Berlin Canadian Carl English. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while Alba Berlin was shooting 43% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Alba Berlin had the 24-23 rebound edge, but 14 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

Alba Berlin continued to not let go, but annoy the Fraport Skyliners with their come back attempts, but the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner hit big shots and connected from the free throw line to preserve the lead. Max Merz got the Fraport Skyliners going as he gave his team a 4-0 run with free throws and a lay in after gobbling up an offensive rebound as Frankfurt led 68-50. Alba Berlin fought back one last time going on a 12-3 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 71-62. Kikanovic remained aggressive in the paint getting two scores while ex Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Tony Gaffney made a tip in dunk and Akpinar dropped a pretty step back trey. Despite a AJ English three pointer. Alba Berlin was able to cut the lead to 10 points one more time as Giffey made a reverse lay up to trail only 76-66, but Max Merz closed the door on Alba Berlin personally leading his team on a 5-2 run to lead 81-68 as he nailed three free throws and put up the perfect alley-op pass to Morrison for that last season hard dunk. Carl English hit one more trey with a minute to go, but it was too little too late as Alba Berlin had a short plane ride home to think about their loss and how they would challenge the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg on Monday at home. 'Our defense tonight was the way we should of played all season. We played team basketball in the last 25 minutes', stated Stefan Ilzhoefer. 'In the fourth they were playing free with no pressure and had it rolling and kept it going and we just couldn't get over the hump', added Carl English. The Fraport Skyliners were led by AJ English with 19 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Quantez Robertson produced 18 points while Niklas Kiel supplied 16 points and Mike Morrison had 15 points. Alba Berlin was led by Elmeden Kikanovic with 15 points. Bogdan Radosavljevic supplied 12 points and seven rebounds while Carl English added 11 points and eight rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners shot 48% from the field and 33% from outside while Alba Berlin shot 41% from the field and 38% from outside. Alba Berlin won the rebound duel 36-33, but had 20 turnovers while Frankfurt had 17 turnovers.



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Greek A2 round 29 best performance: Apostolos Koutroulias - by Eurobasket News

Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) had a great game in the last round for Holargos, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 40-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Pagrati (#16, 2-27) with 51-point margin 114-63. Holargos is placed at 6th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Holargos will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Koutroulias had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Holargos' top player in his first season with the team. Apostolos Koutroulias has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.9rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) of Doxa Pefkon. Kalampakas had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Doxa Pefkon was edged by slightly higher-ranked Kavala (#12, 10-18) 93-90. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Doxa Pefkon dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-19 record. Kalampakas is a newcomer at Doxa Pefkon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Dimitris Lolas (203-F-86) of Irakleio (#14). Lolas scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Lolas' great performance Irakleio lost 58-63 to the higher-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#7, 15-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Irakleio can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lolas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lolas has individually a great season in Greece. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Ezomo (201-F-89) of Pagrati - 24 points and 12 rebounds
5. Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Iraklis - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Andy Mazurczak (188-G) of Kavala - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) of Aiolos Astakou - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-SF-81) of Faros - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dovydas Redikas (192-G-92) of Arkadikos - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nikos Barlos (203-F-79) of Panionios - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Kastritis the new head coach of Kymi - by Giorgos Diploidis

As it was officially announced Giannis Kastritis will be the new coach of GS Kymis. Kastritis has a very good season with the team of Aries Trikalla BC.

His team do not only avoid relegation but finished in the 10th place of Basket League, one win less than GS Lavrio which played in Play Offs.

GS Kymis some days ago announced that they will not continue their co-operation with Vassilis Bratsiakos after many years in their bench and Giannis Kastritis took his place.




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Chino Hills basketball parts ways with coach after public feud with LaVar Ball - by Eurobasket News

For the second time in twoseasons, Chino Hill High School will be looking for a new head basketball coach. The school which Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have put on the map has parted ways with their coach from this season, Stephan Gilling , according to the LA Times. Gilling just finished his first season at the school, leading the Huskies to a 30-3 overall record after taking over for Steve Baik, who led the to a state championship in 2016. However,public sparring with LaVar Ball the father of the Ballbrothers marred what was otherwise a successful season. Gilling made national headlines a little over a month ago via an interview with USA Today, in which he described a confrontation with LaVar Ball in front of the team, which hampered chemistry going forward. Ball later explained that not only did he train Gilling when he was younger, but that his wife helped him write the resume to get the head coaching job. Regardless of the particulars, Chino Hills will be looking for a new head coach this summer. LaMelo Ball still has two years left at the school, as middle brother LiAngelo gets set to go to UCLA and Lonzo prepares for the NBA Draft. FOX Sports reached out to LaVar Ball for comment but he was unavailable.
Courtesy of: foxnews.com



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The No. 1 basketball recruit in the 2019 class might be on the move - by Eurobasket News

Per NCAA rules, college basketball coaches aren't even allowed to start contacting Canadian phenom R.J. Barrett until June 15. When that date comes, Barrett better have his phone charged. Not only will he likely be bombarded by the level of calls and texts befitting a No. 1-ranked recruit - that's his status in the 2019 class - but, in Barrett's case, the rush to get in on his recruitment could be much more urgent. The June 15 rule allows high school players time work on their games - and college coaches more time to evaluate them - before serious recruiting contact is made, ahead of the player's junior season. Right now, Barrett is a sophomore. In a few months, he very well could be a senior. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard acknowledged at Friday night's Nike league session in Indiana that he is considering a move to the class of 2018, which would put him one step closer to college basketball, and, ultimately, the NBA. 'Right now, I don't really know,' he said. 'Right now, I'm still 2019 and I guess we'll make a decision in August.' The signs point to him making the 2018 plunge, and college coaches recruiting him - obviously, there are many - are now operating under the assumption that he'll be a senior in high school next season. 'I think there's a pretty good possibility he does it,' Scout.com's Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. 'I mean, if I was the kid, I would. He's the No. 1 prospect in his class. He'd probably be in the top two in 2018. And he's a guy we're projecting to be an NBA player. So, he's good enough. He might as well get to the money quicker.' Daniels implied that Scout.com would slot Barrett in the No. 2 spot in the 2018 rankings, right behind 6-11 star Marvin Bagley, and just ahead of talented prospects like Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford and Cameron Reddish. All four of those players already have scholarship offers from Kentucky. It's just a matter of time before Barrett gets his. 'He's a versatile scorer and a really talented passer,' Daniels said. 'He's skilled. He's pretty good from mid-range and in right now. I think the next step is working on his long-range jump shot. And the kid appears to be a very hard worker, so I think that will come in time. 'At 6-7, he can do so much.' If he does reclassify, Barrett will have a lot to learn as he dives into the recruiting process. Asked specifically about Kentucky, he said he didn't really know much more than what he's seen on TV, then added that he does have a tie to the Wildcats. 'Jamal (Murray) is one of my friends and to watch him play at Kentucky was something special,' he said. 'He said he loved it and it helped him get at the league, so he's thankful.' Barrett, who made the move from Canada to America before his freshman year of high school, averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game for a loaded Montverde (Fla.) squad this past season, earning national sophomore of the year honors from MaxPreps.com. He was a star at the Basketball Without Borders camp earlier this year and was the youngest player at the Nike Hoop Summit earlier this month, playing in a game against the top American players from the class of 2017. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for the Team Canada U17 squad last summer. He played on the Nike EYBL circuit as a freshman last year. 'He's very experienced,' Daniels said. 'Honestly, he's had as many - if not more - experiences than most of these 2018 kids, because of what he's been exposed to in international competition. 'This is a guy that has had plenty of experiences playing against older players. The transition (to 2018) ought to be smooth.' Barrett's father, former St. John's standout and pro basketball player Rowan Barrett, is the assistant general manager and executive VP of the Canadian national team. The younger Barrett might not know much about UK, but his father sure does. Rowan Barrett praised UK Coach John Calipari and his ability to get players ready for the NBA in an interview with the Herald-Leader a couple of months ago. 'Obviously, there are a lot of NBA players that were very happy with their time at Kentucky,' he said then. 'I think that's a great thing.' The NBA is obviously the ultimate goal for R.J. Barrett. Still just 16 years old, it's seemingly only a matter of time before he gets there. Barrett has the game to go far. He's got the mentality, too. 'No matter what environment I go to - I could be playing against LeBron James and the best players in the world - I always think I can do my thing,' he said. 'It's just that confidence that I have.'
Courtesy of: kentucky.com



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Eredivisie Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Zwolle and Groningen record wins - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leiden 78-64

Zwolle topped Leiden to gain 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Leiden managed to win third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Leiden to just 7 points in second quarter. Zwolle dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Leiden's 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who recorded 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Daviyon Draper (201-94, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Leiden's coach Paul Vervaeck rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: C.Vette 21+10reb+1ast, J.Tiller 19+5reb+7ast, N.Oudendag 16+11reb+2ast, J.Yoho 9+3reb+3ast, N.Van Oostrum 7+2ast, K.Hyland 4+6reb+1ast
Leiden: R.Jansen 19+4reb+4ast, J.Voorn 13+1ast, D.Draper 10+9reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 6+3reb+3ast, T.Koenis 6+8reb+2ast, F.Versteegh 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545239


Groningen - Den Bosch 77-64

Groningen overcame Den Bosch to secure the third straight win in the series. Den Bosch was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 46-32 second half run of Groningen. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ralf Pagter-Ralf (200-89) answered with 9 points and 15 rebounds and American guard DJ Balentine (191-93, college: Evansville, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points in the effort for Den Bosch.
Top scorers:
Groningen: L.Jeter 16+7reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 15+6reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 14+4reb, A.Slagter 13+2reb+3ast, C.Fieler 8+8reb+6ast, T.de Paula 8+1reb
Den Bosch: D.Balentine 15+2reb, J.Watts 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bouwknecht 10+3reb+2ast, R.Pagter Ralf 9+15reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 7+1ast, C.Mitchell 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 545238





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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lasan KROMAH
  Kormend
  (198-G-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Kromah, Kormend21.3 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.7 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.2 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.4 
 3. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.2 
 5. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 6. Watkins, Atomeromu7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.5 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.6 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 6. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Keller, Alba0.8 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


A Division Round 9 (Second Stage): #1 Alba is defeated by Szolnok - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in A Division. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Alba (23-10) on the court of fifth ranked Szolnok on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Szolnok 80-78. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 31-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 20-14 record. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Szolnok will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against the league's second-placed Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (22-11) against fourth ranked Falco KC (21-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by Falco KC in Szombathely 92-80. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 30 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and Drew Barham accounted for 22 points. The former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Kormend in the defeat. Falco KC maintains fourth place with 21-12 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Falco KC will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play on the road against the league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-15) against fourth ranked Szedeak (18-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Szedeak in Szeged 88-77. The best player for the winners was Marko Boltic who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Winsome Frazier who recorded 17 points and 4 assists. Szedeak moved-up to third place. Loser Kaposvari keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Szedeak will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play against the league's leader PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Division top team - PVSK Pannon (20-13) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Sopron KC (13-20) 90-86. It was a good game for Ismet Sejfic who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. PVSK Pannon maintains first place with 20-13 record. Sopron KC lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 20 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kaposvari on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play against KTE-Duna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
14th ranked MAFC (5-26) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi (10-21) with the biggest margin this round 79-66 on Saturday night. Brian Williams stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach Tibor Menku used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jaszberenyi maintains twelfth place with 10-21 record. Loser MAFC stay dead last with 26 lost games. Jaszberenyi will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MAFC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Budapest to the arena Vasas.

Falco KC - Kormend 92-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (22-11) against fourth ranked Falco KC (21-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by Falco KC in Szombathely 92-80. The game was mostly controlled by Falco KC. Kormend was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco KC players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) nailed 30 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) accounted for 22 points. The former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and the former international Csaba Ferencz (194-85) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for Kormend in the defeat. Four Falco KC and five Kormend players scored in double figures. Falco KC maintains fourth place with 21-12 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. They share it with ZTE KK. Falco KC will play against higher ranked ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play on the road against the league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: C.Ferencz 21+4reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 18+14reb+1ast, L.Kromah 17+6reb+5ast, L.Smith Jr. 12+2reb+1ast, S.Gibbs 10+3reb+3ast, P.Doktor 2+1reb+1ast
Falco KC: D.Govens 30+3reb+7ast, D.Barham 22+4reb, L.Medford 16+3reb+3ast, I.Zigeranovic 12+4reb+5ast, B.Varadi 8+3reb+5ast, P.Kovacs 2
gschID: 543064


Szolnok - Alba 80-78

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Alba (23-10) on the court of fifth ranked Szolnok on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Szolnok 80-78. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 31-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Four Alba players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 20-14 record. Alba at the other side still keeps top position with ten games lost. Szolnok will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against the league's second-placed Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alba: P.Lorant 17+11reb+2ast, B.Taylor 15+3reb+6ast, J.Farr 12+3reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 11+6reb+1ast, A.Keller 10+5reb+2ast, L.Markovic 8+6reb+2ast
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 22+5reb+6ast, T.Barnies 21+4reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 20+5reb+7ast, J.Eilingsfeld 6+11reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 5, M.Borisov 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 543063


Szedeak - Kaposvari 88-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-15) against fourth ranked Szedeak (18-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Szedeak in Szeged 88-77. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Szedeak looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Szedeak moved-up to third place. Loser Kaposvari keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Szedeak will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play against the league's leader PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 17+4reb+4ast, M.Cooke 13+2reb+2ast, K.Simms 12+5reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 11+11reb+3ast, M.Fodor 11+4reb+5ast, G.Baki 7
Szedeak: I.Lilov 21+1reb+4ast, N.Sulovic 20+4reb+4ast, A.Ciric 13+8reb+3ast, M.Boltic 13+6reb+12ast, M.Filipovics 12+2reb+1ast, A.Wirth 7+2ast
gschID: 543062


MAFC - Jaszberenyi 66-79

14th ranked MAFC (5-26) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi (10-21) with the biggest margin this round 79-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Jaszberenyi. MAFC was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jaszberenyi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to MAFC's 30. American swingman Brian Williams (196-92, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Brent Arrington (190-92, college: Morehead St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi's coach Tibor Menku used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) with 27 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Matija Poscic (206-85, college: De Paul) scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Jaszberenyi maintains twelfth place with 10-21 record. Loser MAFC stay dead last with 26 lost games. Jaszberenyi will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MAFC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Budapest to the arena Vasas.
Top scorers:
MAFC: D.Smith 27+3reb+4ast, R.Sihota 9+7reb+1ast, M.Papai 7+5reb+1ast, M.Poscic 7+11reb+1ast, U.Duvnjak 7+3reb+4ast, A.Kovacs 6+4reb
Jaszberenyi: B.Williams 20+10reb+3ast, S.Stamenkovic 19+2reb+2ast, B.Arrington 14+8reb+3ast, D.Saddler 11+3reb+5ast, J.Czirbus 11+6reb+1ast, O.Ondima 3
gschID: 543061


Sopron KC - PVSK Pannon 86-90

A Division top team - PVSK Pannon (20-13) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Sopron KC (13-20) 90-86. It looked good early as Sopron KC took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PVSK Pannon took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Sopron KC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 28 points and 5 assists and naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sopron KC. PVSK Pannon maintains first place with 20-13 record. Sopron KC lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 20 games lost. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kaposvari on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sopron KC will play against KTE-Duna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sopron KC: B.Johnson 28+4reb+5ast, M.Spica 18+7reb+1ast, G.Toth 11+2reb, A.Myles 8+3reb, N.Takacs 7+2reb, A.Rujak 6+2reb+4ast
PVSK Pannon: I.Sejfic 20+9reb+1ast, C.Antoni 17+1reb+1ast, V.Budimir 13+3reb, C.Smith 12+5reb+1ast, A.Nelson 10+6reb+5ast, A.Halasz 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 543060





Hungarian A Division round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Darrin Govens - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for Falco KC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, three rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kormend (#2, 22-11) 92-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Falco KC maintains the 4th position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Falco KC will need more victories to improve their 21-12 record. In the team's last game Govens had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Falco KC's top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Joseph's University star has very solid stats this year. Govens is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.7ppg), assists (5th best: 6.2apg) and averages impressive 53.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Brandon Johnson (183-G-86, agency: BeoBasket) of Sopron KC. Johnson had a very good evening with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Sopron KC was edged by the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#1, 20-13) 90-86. Sopron KC managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-20 record. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at Sopron KC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 5.9apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-G-87, agency: 011 Sports) of Szedeak (#3). Boltic showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, six rebounds and twelve assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Szedeak, leading his team to a 88-77 win against #2 ranked Kaposvari in a game of the week. Szedeak needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Boltic has a great season in Hungary. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.1apg (2nd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deville Smith (183-PG-91) of MAFC - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brian Williams (196-G/F-92) of Jaszberenyi - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) of Szolnok - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93) of PVSK Pannon - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Kormend - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 17 points, 11 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)



Norbert Toth stays with Falco KC - by Eurobasket News

Norbert Toth (205-F/C-86) has ensured another season with Falco KC. The team has guaranteed one more season on contract of the centre. Norbert Toth tallied 6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in the Hungarian League this season. Previously Norbert Toth played for Kormend, Alba Ferhervar, PVSK Pecs. Toth has been the member of the Hungarian National Team since 2009.


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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.3 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.9 
 9. Saevarsson, Grind.8.8 
 10. Wright, Haukar8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik5.3 
 7. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 8. Stefansson, KR4.8 
 9. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik1.9 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 8. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 9. Dupree, Keflavik1.5 
 10. Wright, Haukar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 5. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 7. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Alawoya, KR1.0 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 1st Team 2017
Tobin Carberry
Carberry
Matthias Sigurdarson
Sigurdarson
Olafur Olafsson
Olafsson
Amin Stevens
Stevens
Hlynur Baeringsson
Baeringsson


Finals MVP: Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of KR
Player of the Year: Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik
Guard of the Year: Logi Gunnarsson (190-SG-81) of Njardvik
Forward of the Year: Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik
Center of the Year: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Stjarnan
Import Player of the Year: Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik
Domestic Player of the Year: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Stjarnan
Defensive Player of the Year: Vidar Agustsson (193-SG-96) of Tindastoll
Rookie of the Year: Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) of Thor AK
Coach of the Year: Finnur Stefansson of KR

1st Team
G: Tobin Carberry (193-G-91) of Thor Thorl
PG: Matthias Sigurdarson (180-PG-94) of IR
G: Olafur Olafsson (194-G-90) of Grindavik
F: Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik
F/C: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Stjarnan

2nd Team
G: Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Grindavik
G: Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of KR
G: Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) of Bondi Ferrara
F: Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll
F: Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90) of KW Titans

Honorable Mention
Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95) of Thor Thorl
Brynjar Bjornsson (188-G-88) of KR
Petur Birgisson (185-G-96) of Tindastoll
Gunnar Vidarsson of Valur
Darri Hilmarsson (190-F/G-87) of KR
Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-PG-93) of Skallagrimur
Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) of IR
Sherrod Wright (193-G-91) of Haukar
Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Thor AK
Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) of Thor AK
Chris Caird (198-F/G-89) of Tindastoll
Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G-87) of KR

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Logi Gunnarsson (190-SG-81) of Njardvik
G: Jon Stefansson (192-G-82) of KR
PG: Matthias Sigurdarson (180-PG-94) of IR
G: Olafur Olafsson (194-G-90) of Grindavik
F/C: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Stjarnan

All-Imports Team
G: Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Grindavik
G: Tobin Carberry (193-G-91) of Thor Thorl
F: Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik
F: Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90) of KW Titans
F: Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll



KR clinch Dominos League title - by Eurobasket News

KR - Grindavik 95-56

KR cruised past Grindavik to celebrate the fourth straight Dominos League title. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Grindavik managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 32. They outrebounded Grindavik 58-39 including a 43-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Grindavik's players. The former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) responded with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) scored 15 points. 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:
KR: B.Bjornsson 23+9reb+2ast, K.Acox 14+8reb, S.Thorvaldsson 11+4reb, T.Thorbjarnarsson 9+3reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 8+10reb+8ast, D.Hilmarsson 8+2reb
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 15+3reb, O.Saevarsson 8+10reb, T.Olafsson 8+8reb+4ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 7+2reb+1ast, T.Finnbogason 7+1reb, L.Clinch 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 545422





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Hosley, Arak19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.3 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.4 
 9. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.9 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.8 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Afagh, Arak1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Riaie, Chemidor0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Torabi, Army0.7 
 10. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 


Tabriz lands Ermin Jazvin - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) tabbed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international center Ermin Jazvin (209-117kg-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from MMCITE Brno in NBL league in Czech Republic where he played this season. In 8 NBL games he averaged 8.6ppg and 5.0rpg. Jazvin also spent pre-season at Bashkimi (SuperLeague) in Kosovo earlier that year. In 5 NBL games he had 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0apg.
His team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
Jazvin also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Jazvin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Croatia (Jolly), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Iraklis), Hungary (Kaposvari), Italy, Poland (Energa Czarni), Russia, Spain (CB Granada), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
Jazvin is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Tabriz.
Let's have closer look into Jazvin's outlook: He has ease hand what gives him high percent of realisation. Very strong and tough defence player. His speed and technics of the play are on a high level that's why he is good shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Review of Superleague Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Chemidor - Arak 91-87

Chemidor held off Arak to narrow the deficit in the series. Chemidor made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Chemidor outrebounded Arak 43-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Arak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory with 32 points. K Riaie contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Chemidor players scored in double figures. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) answered with 32 points and 5 steals and Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Arak.
Top scorers:
Arak: Q.Hosley 32+4reb+3ast, F.Videnov 19+8reb+5ast, A.Kardoust 14+9reb, H.Afagh 9+2reb+5ast, A.Davoudi 7+4reb+2ast, H.Sohrabnejad 4+3reb
Chemidor: D.Cook 32+3reb+2ast, A.Sedighi 23+10reb+2ast, K. Riaie 14+17reb+5ast, I.Zandi 10+3reb, J.Davari 9+5reb+4ast, N.Bakhshi 2+3reb
gschID: 545406


Kashan - Naft Abadan 66-71

Naft Abadan overcame Kashan on the road to celebrate the third straight win. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kashan won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Naft Abadan's coach Hemad Sameri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Mohammadreza Rezaei (199-96) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Kashan: M.Soleimani 15+6reb+2ast, M.Rezaei 15+2reb+2ast, A.Najafi 12+4reb+2ast, M.Khaleghifar 9+6reb+2ast, M.Shahrian 8+8reb+2ast, M.Moshedi 5+1reb
Naft Abadan: D.Perkins 17+6reb+2ast, S.Davarpanah 13+1reb+3ast, M.Hassanzadeh 13+8reb+2ast, M.Mirzaei 8+10reb, E.Salmani 7+3reb+1ast, S.Mashayekhi 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545408


Tabriz - Azad 95-91

Tabriz topped Azad to earn the first victory in the series. Azad trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 33-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-95 at the end of the game. Tabriz made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Azad: A.James Ogilvy 27+10reb+1ast, A.Baheran 19+3reb, D.Jones 15+5reb+7ast, B.Koochoie 10+3reb+1ast, F.Sabouri 8+6reb, M.Rasoul 5+2reb
Tabriz: H.Puljko 24+2reb, S.Pazrofteh 16+5reb, V.Hajian 15+3reb+3ast, E.Nasajpour 15+5reb+8ast, M.Ghamari 8+2reb, S.Reyhani 7+6reb
gschID: 545409


Army - Petrochimi 73-83

Petrochimi outgunned Army to gain 3-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Army was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for international center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The former international center Mohammad Torabi (211-92) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Ashkan Khalilnejad (191-91) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for Army in the defeat. 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:
Army: A.Khalilnejad 17+3reb+1ast, M.Torabi 13+6reb+3ast, M. Rajaei 11+7reb, V.Dalirzahan 11+4reb+1ast, N.Farahani 9+4reb+2ast, H.Beigi 4
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 24+10reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 15+3reb+2ast, J.White 14+8reb+3ast, M.Jamshidi 13+5reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 8+4reb+1ast, R.Lotfi 4+1reb
gschID: 545407





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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Smith, Roseto24.6 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.4 
 4. Ferguson, Angelico.20.2 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 7. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 8. Brown, Roma Virtus19.8 
 9. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.0 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.7 
 5. Smith, Ravenna9.6 
 6. Mortellaro, Chieti9.3 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.6 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.9 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Fultz, Roseto4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Ferguson, Angelico.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 4. Spissu, Virtus B.2.0 
 5. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 8. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.6 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.2 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Buford, Agrigento1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.1 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino19.7 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.6 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Grilli, Barcellona18.3 
 7. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.9 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.5 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino10.9 
 2. Ravazzini, Matera10.8 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.4 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.0 
 8. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 9. Beretta, Roma L.8.8 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 7. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.1 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Toscano, Bottegone1.8 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.2 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Lucarelli, Firenze .0.9 
 8. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 


Ihring is back at Betaland Cdo, ex Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) agreed terms with 19-year old Slovakian guard Mario Ihring (192-98). It is actually his comeback to Capo d'Orlando as he has played here before. Ihring He moved there from BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL league where he played the last season. He managed to play in three leagues this year. In 46 SBL games he had 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. Ihring also played 11 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged just 2.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season Ihring played at Betaland Cdo. But in 7 Serie A games he got only 1.9ppg.
Despite young age Ihring had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team in 2016.
He represented Slovakia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. Ihring's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 13.0ppg, 4.3rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.6%.
Ihring has played also professionally for other Slovakian teams like Slovakia for IMC Slovakia Povazska Bystrica SKP Banska Bystrica B team.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ferrocarril tabs Mauricio Aguiar - by Eurobasket News

Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (LigaA) inked experienced 34-year old Uruguayan-Italian forward Mauricio Aguiar (199-83, agency: Pro Sports). He moved there from Defensor in Uruguayan LUB league where he played this season. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.6apg. The last season Aguiar played at Regatas Corrientes. In 59 LigaA games he averaged 10.7ppg and 2.2rpg.
Among other achievements he won Uruguay LUB Capital Division championship title in 2012. Aguiar received also Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 1st Team award back in 2014.
He represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. Aguiar's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Aguiar is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Aguiar has played previously professionally in Italy (Libertas Liburnia, Angelico Biella and Vanoli Cremona), Argentina (Obras Basket) and Venezuela (Marinos and Bucaneros).
His game is described as: A powerful guard/forward, very good in the open court offense and in the 1-on-1; has an interesting shooting range, but loves to go oinside as his first option; a little discontinous, needs to improve his defense on the guards and his passing and decision making; some years of experience at a top level could make him a superstar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Results and Stats from Serie A2 Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - Treviglio 88-83

Alma Trieste rallied past Treviglio in the opener. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) fired 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 26 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Treviglio players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 26+4reb+4ast, P.Marini 13+4reb+2ast, E.Rossi 12+6reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 12+9reb+2ast, T.Marino 10+2reb+5ast, C.Nwohuocha 6+4reb
Alma Trieste: M.Da Ros 27+9reb+5ast, J.Parks 18+8reb, D.Cavaliero 12+1reb+4ast, J.Green 8+5reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 8+7reb, S.Bossi 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545086


Agrigento - F.Kontatto BO 100-77

Agrigento topped Bologna to secure 1-0 lead in the series. Agrigento made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Agrigento especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) chipped in 20 points. Power forward Luca Gandini (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: D.Cinciarini 13+1reb, J.Knox 11+3reb, L.Gandini 10+6reb, M.Ruzzier 9+1reb+3ast, A.Legion 9, L.Candi 8+1reb+1ast
Agrigento: P.Buford 21+6reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 20+2reb, Q.De Laurentiis 13+7reb, R.Bucci 12, D.Bell-Holter 8+5reb, I.Ferraro 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545085


Tortona - Mantova 76-67

Tortona knocked down Mantova to open the playoffs. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). His fellow American import point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four Tortona players scored in double figures. American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Mantova: J.Giachetti 15, A.Amici 12+5reb+2ast, D.Daniels 12+8reb, F.Candussi 8+5reb+1ast, L.Gergati 6+2reb+1ast, M.Timperi 5+2reb
Tortona: P.Greene IV 23+1reb+4ast, G.Cosey 19+5reb+4ast, L.Garri 14+8reb, D.Alviti 10+5reb, M.Sanna 4+3reb, G.Ricci 4+7reb
gschID: 545087


Virtus Bologna - Novipiu Casale 74-67

Virtus Bologna held off Novipiu Casale in Game 1. Virtus Bologna made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Virtus Bologna had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) fired 17 points for the winners. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and power forward Luca Severini (204-96) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: L.Severini 13+5reb+2ast, J.Tolbert 12+11reb, G.Tomassini 10+3reb+3ast, N.Martinoni 10+5reb+1ast, N.Natali 8+3reb, D.Denegri 7+1reb+2ast
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 17+3reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 13+7reb+2ast, K.Lawson 11+10reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 10+3reb+4ast, S.Gentile 6+1reb+3ast, D.Bruttini 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545083


Treviso Basket - Lighthouse TR 86-74

Treviso Basket outgunned Lighthouse Trapani to secure 1-0 advantage. Treviso Basket outrebounded Lighthouse TR 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Kenneth Viglianisi (193-92, agency: Players Group) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lighthouse TR: K.Viglianisi 19+3reb+1ast, A.Renzi 15+6reb+4ast, J.Crockett 15+5reb, K.Mays 10+1reb+3ast, D.Filloy 7+1reb, G.Ganeto 5+9reb+1ast
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 23+10reb, Z.Perl 12+3reb+5ast, A.Saccaggi 12+1ast, T.Rinaldi 10+7reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 9+5reb+11ast, A.Ancellotti 8+5reb
gschID: 545084


Angelico Biella - Verona 83-76

Angelico Biella secured the winning start to their series versus Verona. Angelico Biella made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Verona's coach Luca Dalmonte tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Portannese 14+9reb+2ast, M.Frazier 14+1reb+1ast, D.Robinson 12+5reb+1ast, D.Brkic 11+1reb, L.Tote 9+3reb+1ast, A.Amato 7+5reb+2ast
Angelico Biella: M.Hall 31+8reb+3ast, J.Ferguson 15+4reb+4ast, M.Venuto 11+3reb+4ast, N.De Vico 8+3reb+2ast, M.Udom 8+8reb, A.Tessitori 6+8reb
gschID: 545080


Legnano - Roseto 58-62

Roseto snatched a road win over Legnano in the opener. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side American center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) responded with 6 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Legnano: M.Martini 17+1reb+3ast, F.Maiocco 16+5reb, N.Raivio 9+7reb+6ast, W.Mosley 6+18reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 5+6reb+1ast, M.Palermo 5+5reb
Roseto: V.Amoroso 14+6reb, A.Smith 14+4reb+2ast, B.Sherrod 9+9reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 8+6reb+1ast, N.Mei 7+3reb+1ast, R.Fultz 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 545082


Ravenna - Roma Virtus 93-87

Ravenna held off Roma Virtus in the opening game of the series. Ravenna made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Ravenna had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) fired 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Massimo Chessa (188-88) produced 24 points and 5 assists and American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Ravenna and five Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. Roma Virtus' coach Fabio Corbani tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: M.Chessa 24+2reb+5ast, J.Brown 18+7reb+3ast, G.Maresca 15+3reb+1ast, A.Landi 11+4reb+1ast, A.Raffa 10+5reb+5ast, D.Sandri 4+1reb+3ast
Ravenna: M.Tambone 22+7reb+3ast, D.Marks 17+4reb+4ast, S.Masciadri 16+3reb+1ast, T.Smith 14+9reb+2ast, G.Sabatini 9+5reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 545081


Group Play-Out
Scafati - Unieuro Forli 80-83

Unieuro Forli made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 23 points for the winners. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Unieuro Forli's coach Giorgio Valli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) produced 17 points and 4 assists and power forward Marco Ammannato (203-88, agency: Players Group) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Scafati players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Scafati: M.Ammannato 17+5reb+1ast, D.Jackson 17+3reb+4ast, N.Crow 11+4reb+2ast, I.Lupusor 11+3reb, T.Fantoni 10+6reb+3ast, M.Santiangeli 6+3reb+1ast
Unieuro Forli: O.Adegboye 23+4reb+3ast, M.Johnson 19+3reb+2ast, R.Castelli 14+9reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 8+4reb, P.Rotondo 6+2reb+1ast, M.Ferri 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 545581


Chieti - Viola RC 93-95

American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) nailed 33 points (!!!) for the winning side and American Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 19 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 50 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!) and the other American import swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Chieti in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Chieti: T.Golden 50+5reb+3ast, C.Davis 11+7reb+2ast, M.Allegretti 10+8reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 10+6reb+3ast, M.Piccoli 7+6reb+7ast, M.Fallucca 3+1ast
Viola RC: A.Voskuil 33+3reb+3ast, M.Powell 19+15reb+2ast, A.Fabi 16+10reb+4ast, L.Caroti 13+2reb+6ast, R.Marulli 5+3reb+1ast, C.Taflaj 4+1reb
gschID: 545580





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

26-year old Jarrod Jones (207-C/F-90) had a great game in the last round for VL Pesaro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat EA7 Armani (#1, 22-7) 90-79. VL Pesaro maintains the 15th position in Italian league. VL Pesaro is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 10-19 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be VL Pesaro's top player in his first season with the team. Ball State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jamil Wilson (201-F-90) of Auxilium TO. He is American forward in his first season at Auxilium TO. In the last game Wilson recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Auxilium TO lost that game 89-96 to slightly higher-ranked Brescia (#11, 13-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Auxilium TO dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Wilson is a newcomer at Auxilium TO and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93, agency: BeoBasket) of Grissin Bon RE (#6). Della Valle scored 27 points. He was a key player of Grissin Bon RE, leading his team to a 77-68 win against slightly lower-ranked The Flexx PT (#7, 14-15). Grissin Bon RE needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 12 lost games. Della Valle has a very solid season. In 26 games in Italy he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of VL Pesaro - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Achille Polonara (203-F-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Vanoli CR - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Zabian Dowdell (191-PG-84) of AV Cantu - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) of Brescia - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dustin Hogue (198-F-92) of Dolomiti En. TR - 16 points and 9 rebounds
10. Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.8 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.1 
 4. Childress, Sanen18.9 
 5. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 6. White, Sendai18.3 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.17.9 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.4 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.4 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 7. Mangano, Sendai8.9 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 4. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 5. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.20.8 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.7 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.4 
 4. Creekmore, Tokyo Z18.3 
 5. Barone, Aomori W.18.0 
 6. Alabi, Toyotsu FE17.9 
 7. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.8 
 8. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 9. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.6 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.9 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.5 
 5. Davis, Shimane SM11.2 
 6. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.1 
 7. Doaks, Iwate B.10.8 
 8. Barone, Aomori W.10.7 
 9. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.7 
 10. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.6 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.0 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.2 
 7. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 8. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 9. Hirao, Bambitio.3.0 
 10. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 3. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.6 
 4. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.6 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 7. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 8. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 3. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.7 
 4. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 5. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.6 
 6. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 7. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 8. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 9. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.4 
 10. Davis, Shimane SM1.3 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.18.1 
 2. Jennings, Saitama .17.1 
 3. Peppers, Fukuoka .16.7 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.7 
 5. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.16.4 
 6. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 7. Harper, Tokyo HT14.7 
 8. Wade, Saitama .14.3 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT13.6 
 10. Kumazawa, Aisin AW13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.5 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.9.8 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .8.8 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.8.6 
 8. Jones, Tokyo HT8.5 
 9. Harper, Tokyo HT8.5 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.4 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.8 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.8 
 7. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 8. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.8 
 9. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
 10. Yuji, Kanazawa.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.0 
 3. Ikeda, Tokyo HT2.0 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 6. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 7. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.4 
 8. Kato, Aisin AW1.3 
 9. Ishitani, Fukuoka .1.3 
 10. Kano, Fukuoka .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Harper, Tokyo HT1.3 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.3 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.2 
 6. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 8. Heath, Tokyo C.0.8 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT0.7 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT0.7 


Japanese B League round 58 best performance: Nick Fazekas - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Toshiba BT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 58.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Yokohama BC (#6, 16-41) with 21-point margin 96-75. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 47-10 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 65.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. Former The University of Nevada star has very solid stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.6ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.0% FGP and 42.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American forward Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR. Brown had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds. Of course Hitachi SR cruised to a 81-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Toyama Grouses (#5, 17-40). Despite this victory Hitachi SR slide down in the standings to 3rd position in Central. His team's 30-27 record is not bad at all. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of league's top team Tochigi Brex. Rossiter scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Rossiter's great performance Tochigi Brex lost 77-84 to #3 ranked Chiba Jets. 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 Tochigi Brex needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in East. Their record is 44 victories and 13 lost games. Rossiter has a great season in Japan. After 56 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 28 points and 5 rebounds
6. Jerome Tillman (201-F-87) of Nagoya DD - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kevin Kotzur (203-F-89) of Kyoto Hannar. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Marcus Dove (206-PF-85) of Kyoto Hannar. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 28 points and 9 rebounds
10. Scott Morrison (213-C-86) of Akita NH - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 59 - by Eurobasket News

American Joel James (208-F-94) had a great game in the last round for Kumamoto V. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 59.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Hiroshima D. (#2, 44-14) 84-74. Thanks to this victory Kumamoto V. moved-up to the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kumamoto V. will need more victories to improve their 43-15 record. It was one of impressive evenings for James as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Joel James averages this season 11.3ppg and 8.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American center Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z. Creekmore impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Tokyo Z lost that game 74-83 to the lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 14-44). Tokyo Z managed to keep the same 3rd spot in Central. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 27-31 record. Creekmore is a newcomer at Tokyo Z and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#5). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara (#4). Woodbury scored 26 points. He was a key player of Bambitious Nara, leading his team to a 85-77 win against Tokyo Excel. (22-36). The chances of Bambitious Nara not to end season at such low position in Central, however are less than slim as they have already lost 36 games, recording just twenty two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Woodbury could try to bring Bambitious Nara's a little bit higher in the standings. Woodbury has individually a great season in Japan. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (6th best). He also has FGP: 51.6% and 3PT: 42.0%. Woodbury attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuichi Ishikawa (173-PG-87) of Yamagata - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Andy Ogide (204-F-87) of Bambitious Nara - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Joshua Crawford (211-C-88) of Ehime OV - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Naoki Tani (193-G/F-88) of Nishinomiya S. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91) of Shinshu BW - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Jeroen van der List (213-C/F-89) of Shinshu BW - 13 points, 11 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)



B League D3 Round 22: Otsuka A. is defeated by Tokyo Cinq R. in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League D3.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Otsuka A. (#4). Tokyo Cinq R. (18-32) won against visiting Otsuka A. (25-25) 74-63. Tokyo Cinq R. made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Otsuka A. only scored six points from the stripe. Tokyo Cinq R. forced 20 Otsuka A. turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Otsuka A. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Cinq R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-32 record. Otsuka A. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 25 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Otsuka A. will play on the road against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Otsuka A. (#4). Tokyo Cinq R. (18-32) won against visiting Otsuka A. (25-25) 85-72. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) notched 19 points to lead the effort and Rintaro Takeda supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 20 points by American forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) did not help to save the game for Otsuka A.. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tokyo Cinq R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-32 record. Otsuka A. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 25 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against league's second-placed Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Otsuka A. will play on the road against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. First ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (44-6) defeated their biggest opponent Kanazawa Sam. (42-8) 83-72. Matthew Bryan-Amaning fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Fukuoka Rizing's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Gyno Pomare produced 19 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 44-6 record. Loser Kanazawa Sam. keeps the second place with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will meet Tokyo HT (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kanazawa Sam. will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. First ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (44-6) smashed their biggest opponent Kanazawa Sam. (42-8) 83-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Matthew Bryan-Amaning who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 44-6 record. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Tokyo HT (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Kanazawa Sam. will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hope to win that game.
The game in Saitama was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tokyo HT (34-16) played at the court of 6th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-36). Tokyo HT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71 on Saturday. Edward Morris scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo HT maintains third position with 34-16 record having ten points less than leader Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Tokyo HT will face league's leader Fukuoka Rizing at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Otsuka A. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 22 Tokyo HT won against Saitama Bron. on the opponent's court 86-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 7 rebounds by Daisuke Kobayashi of Fukuoka Rizing.

Tokyo Cinq R. - Otsuka A. 74-63

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Otsuka A. (#4). Tokyo Cinq R. (18-32) won against visiting Otsuka A. (25-25) 74-63. Tokyo Cinq R. made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Otsuka A. only scored six points from the stripe. Tokyo Cinq R. forced 20 Otsuka A. turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Otsuka A. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds and center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tokyo Cinq R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-32 record. Otsuka A. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 25 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Otsuka A. will play on the road against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: K.Richardson 26+21reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 14+9reb, S.Tamura 11+4reb, K.Takashi 5+2ast, T.Hasegawa 4+2reb+4ast, S.Samejima 2+3reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Green 18+9reb, R.Slawson 14+4reb, J.Heath 13+13reb+1ast, D.Yansho 7+2reb+1ast, M.Kamezaki 6+5reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 5+3reb+3ast
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Saitama Bron. - Tokyo HT 71-88

The game in Saitama was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tokyo HT (34-16) played at the court of 6th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-36). Tokyo HT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-71 on Saturday. American power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) responded with 26 points and point guard Masaya Ueda (177-93) scored 18 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tokyo HT maintains third position with 34-16 record having ten points less than leader Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Tokyo HT will face league's leader Fukuoka Rizing at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Otsuka A. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: B.Jennings 26+4reb, M.Ueda 18+4reb+2ast, T.Wade 10+5reb, Y.Sasaki 7+3reb+2ast, N.Chisho 4+3reb, C.Tate 4+5reb+1ast
Tokyo HT: E.Morris 20+7reb+3ast, B.Harper 15+5reb+1ast, D.Uematsu 12, Y.Ikeda 11+7reb+1ast, A.Jones 9+7reb+2ast, K.Kanai 8+3reb+2ast
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Saitama Bron. - Tokyo HT 69-86

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-36) were defeated at home by third ranked Tokyo HT (34-16) 86-69 on Sunday. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Nishi Yutaro (176-92) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Saitama Broncos' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tokyo HT maintains third position with 34-16 record having ten points less than leader Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Tokyo HT will face league's leader Fukuoka Rizing at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play against Otsuka A. (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: C.Tate 21+12reb, B.Jennings 14+4reb+1ast, N.Yutaro 11+7reb+3ast, T.Wade 8+9reb, M.Ueda 5+3reb+1ast, I.Hiroki 4+1reb+2ast
Tokyo HT: E.Morris 20+12reb+6ast, Y.Ikeda 18+4reb+5ast, A.Jones 18+21reb, K.Kanai 10+1reb, B.Harper 9+5reb, R.Narumi 9+2reb+7ast
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Fukuoka Rizing - Kanazawa Sam. 83-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. First ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (44-6) defeated their biggest opponent Kanazawa Sam. (42-8) 83-72. Fukuoka Rizing had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 44-6 record. Loser Kanazawa Sam. keeps the second place with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will meet Tokyo HT (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kanazawa Sam. will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: G.Pomare 19+8reb+1ast, T.Bishop 11+4reb+3ast, T.Tsukino 10+3reb+2ast, S.Goto 9+1reb+2ast, A.Fitzgerald 8+4reb, T.Yonamine 7+4reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Bryan-Amaning 23+8reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 18+7reb+3ast, J.Peppers 15+6reb+1ast, S.Kano 10+4reb, S.Ishitani 6+2reb+4ast, T.Komoda 6+1reb+1ast
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Tokyo Cinq R. - Otsuka A. 85-72

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tokyo: Tokyo Cinq R. (#5) and Otsuka A. (#4). Tokyo Cinq R. (18-32) won against visiting Otsuka A. (25-25) 85-72. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) notched 19 points to lead the effort and guard Rintaro Takeda (175-91) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tokyo Cinq R. players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by American forward Ray Raymond (203-84, college: Wisconsin) did not help to save the game for Otsuka A.. His fellow American import forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tokyo Cinq R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 18-32 record. Otsuka A. at the other side keeps the fourth place with 25 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R. will play against league's second-placed Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Otsuka A. will play on the road against Saitama Broncos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: R.Raymond 20+4reb+1ast, S.Tamura 13+1reb+1ast, K.Richardson 12+8reb+1ast, S.Samejima 8+2reb+3ast, J.Wolfinger 6+5reb, S.Murata 5+2reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Green 19+4reb+2ast, R.Takeda 16+5reb+2ast, T.Sano 13+4reb+4ast, R.Slawson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Heath 8+10reb+2ast, T.Yotaku 6+1reb
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Fukuoka Rizing - Kanazawa Sam. 83-62

The game between Top Four teams took place in Fukuoka. First ranked host Fukuoka Rizing (44-6) smashed their biggest opponent Kanazawa Sam. (42-8) 83-62. It was a great shooting night for Fukuoka Rizing especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) contributed with 11 points for the winners. American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kanazawa Sam.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive 24-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 44-6 record. Kanazawa Sam. at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Tokyo HT (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Kanazawa Sam. will play against Tokyo Cinq R. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: G.Pomare 14+10reb, A.Fitzgerald 13+6reb, I.Yuji 11+2reb+1ast, T.Tsukino 6+5reb+1ast, S.Goto 5+1reb+3ast, Y.Suzuki 5+2reb+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Bryan-Amaning 18+9reb+1ast, T.Komoda 11+3reb+2ast, D.Kobayashi 11+4reb+1ast, B.Butch 9+5reb+1ast, S.Kano 9+3reb+2ast, S.Ishitani 8+5reb+2ast
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B League Round 59: Leader Tochigi Brex loses to Chiba Jets - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Tochigi Brex (44-13) recorded its thirteenth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chiba Jets (41-16) 90-84. Strangely Tochigi Brex outrebounded Chiba Jets 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 41-16 record having six points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Chiba Jets are looking forward to face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (30-27) against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (17-40) on Sunday night. Host Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated by Toyama Grouses in a tough game in Tokyo 72-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. Drew Viney contributed with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toyama Grouses maintains fifth place with 17-40 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the third position with 27 games lost. Toyama Grouses will play against league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. Third ranked Sanen Neophoenix faced 4th placed Niigata Albirex. Guests from Hamamatsu (31-26) defeated host Niigata Albirex (25-32) 73-69. It was a great evening for Robert Dozier who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Davante Gardner responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Sanen Neophoenix moved-up to second place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 32 games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Sanen Neophoenix will meet Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced second-ranked Osaka Evessa. Host Aishin Sea Horses (45-12) defeated guests from Osaka (28-29) 77-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. It was an exceptional evening for Makoto Hiejima who led the winners and scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 45-12 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 29 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Third ranked Ryukyu GK faced 4th placed Kyoto Hannar.. Host Ryukyu GK (27-30) smashed guests from Kyoto (25-32) 88-55. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Reyshawn Terry who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 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. Ryukyu GK maintains third place with 27-30 record having twenty points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth position with 32 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face Diamond Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 59 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Toyota Alvark defeated Sendai 89ers in Tokyo 68-57. Akita NH beat Hokkaido L. at home 79-75. Nagoya DD lost to Shiga L-Stars on the opponent's court 83-92.
The best stats of 59th round was 12 points and 6 rebounds by Gavin Edwards of SeaHorses.

Niigata Albirex - Sanen 69-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. Third ranked Sanen Neophoenix faced 4th placed Niigata Albirex. Guests from Hamamatsu (31-26) defeated host Niigata Albirex (25-32) 73-69. It was a great evening for American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Sanen Neophoenix moved-up to second place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 32 games lost. They share it with Kyoto Hannar.. Sanen Neophoenix will meet Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sanen: R.Dozier 28+10reb+2ast, J.Childress 13+11reb, A.Ota 10+4reb, T.Namizato 8+4reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 5+1reb+4ast, O.Ashaolu 4+5reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 25+18reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 14+2reb+4ast, K.Sato 9+1reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 6+4reb+1ast, C.Chapman 5+6reb+1ast, S.Van Treese 4+7reb
gschID: 475273


Sendai 89ers - Toyota Alvark 57-68

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-44) were defeated at home by second ranked Toyota Alvark (42-15) 68-57 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sendai 89ers' coach Takeo Mabashi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. They maintain second place with 42-15 record having five points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Sendai 89ers lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sendai 89ers will play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 15+4reb, D.Garrett 14+8reb+5ast, K.Matsui 13+2reb+1ast, J.Ayres 10+11reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 8+5reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 6+10reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: G.Mangano 15+12reb+2ast, T.Nephawe 10+7reb+2ast, W.White 8+4reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 7+5reb+1ast, K.Ishikawa 7+2ast, T.Kumagai 6+3reb
gschID: 475269


Akita NH - Hokkaido L. 79-75

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Akita Happinets (18-39) defeated at home 4th placed Hokkaido L. (22-35) 79-75 on Sunday. Strangely Hokkaido L. outrebounded Akita Happinets 33-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Seiya Ando (184-92) who scored 9 points and 8 assists. International guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) chipped in 15 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. The former international forward Daisuke Noguchi (196-83) produced 23 points and Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Akita Happinets maintains fifth place with 18-39 record, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with 35 games lost. Akita Happinets will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hokkaido L. will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 15+2reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 14+3reb+1ast, S.Morrison 11+2reb, L.Lyons 10+3reb+4ast, S.Ando 9+2reb+8ast, D.Taniguchi 8+1reb
Hokkaido L.: D.Noguchi 23+4reb, J.Bachynski 12+12reb, Y.Matsushima 8+2reb+6ast, T.Nishikawa 8+1reb+3ast, T.Orimo 7+1ast, D.Miller 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 475270


Tochigi Brex - Chiba Jets 84-90

Top ranked Tochigi Brex (44-13) recorded its thirteenth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chiba Jets (41-16) 90-84. Strangely Tochigi Brex outrebounded Chiba Jets 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Tommy Brenton (196-89, college: Stony Brook) added 5 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 41-16 record having six points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Tochigi Brex at the other side still keeps top position with 13 games lost. Chiba Jets are looking forward to face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 30+5reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 17+2reb+4ast, M.Parker 13+5reb+1ast, S.Hara 12+1reb+1ast, K.Ishii 9+2reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 7+6reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 21+14reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 13, Y.Suda 12, N.Kumagae 6+4reb, H.Watanabe 6+1reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 5+7reb
gschID: 475271


Shiga L-Stars - Nagoya DD 92-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Diamond Dolphins (24-33) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (18-39) 92-83 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shiga L-Stars. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Diamond Dolphins keep the fifth position with 33 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face league's second-placed Osaka Evessa on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Diamond Dolphins will play against Ryukyu GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: C.Brackins 36+10reb+1ast, J.Mavunga 24+6reb+4ast, S.Faye 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Karino 10+2reb+2ast, N.Namizato 4+4reb+6ast, T.Hasegawa 2+3reb+4ast
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 22+12reb+1ast, J.Burrell 18+6reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 10+3reb+3ast, T.Sasayama 10+3ast, T.Nakatsuka 8+3reb, D.Weaver 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475274


Hitachi SR - Toyama Grouses 72-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (30-27) against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (17-40) on Sunday night. Host Hitachi Sunrockers were defeated by Toyama Grouses in a tough game in Tokyo 72-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Toyama Grouses made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import Drew Viney (204-88, college: Loyola Mary) contributed with 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toyama Grouses maintains fifth place with 17-40 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side dropped to the third position with 27 games lost. Toyama Grouses will play against league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Viney 27+7reb+3ast, S.Willard 18+19reb+2ast, Y.Okada 13, R.Yamazaki 5+1reb, T.Mito 4+3ast, T.Obara 3+5reb
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 17+11reb, I.Brown 13+9reb+2ast, R.Guinn 11+2reb, Y.Mitsuhara 7+9reb+2ast, L.Vendrame 7+1ast, K.Hirose 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 475272


SeaHorses - Osaka Evessa 77-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced second-ranked Osaka Evessa. Host Aishin Sea Horses (45-12) defeated guests from Osaka (28-29) 77-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. They outrebounded Osaka Evessa 33-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) who led the winners and scored 17 points. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. The former international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) came up with 15 points and American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) added 11 points respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first place with 45-12 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 29 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: M.Hiejima 17+3reb+3ast, G.Edwards 12+6reb, K.Kanamaru 11+1ast, I.Butts 9+10reb, J.Sakuragi 8+8reb+3ast, M.Karimata 5+1reb+2ast
Osaka Evessa: H.Kinoshita 15+2reb+1ast, X.Gibson 11+3reb+1ast, S.Konno 9+3reb+1ast, T.Hashimoto 8+1reb+1ast, J.Harrellson 5+4reb+2ast, R.Roby 4+1reb
gschID: 475276


Ryukyu GK - Kyoto Hannar. 88-55

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Third ranked Ryukyu GK faced 4th placed Kyoto Hannar.. Host Ryukyu GK (27-30) smashed guests from Kyoto (25-32) 88-55. Ryukyu GK made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Ryukyu GK outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 50-30 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. Forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) produced 9 points and 7 rebounds and forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ryukyu GK maintains third place with 27-30 record having twenty points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth position with 32 games lost. Ryukyu GK will face Diamond Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 21+11reb+1ast, S.Tsuyama 17+2reb+2ast, R.Kishimoto 15+4reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 13+8reb+1ast, A.McHenry 6+4reb, M.Yamauchi 6+2reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 9+7reb+2ast, K.Kotzur 8+7reb+1ast, S.Murakami 6, H.Kawashima 6+1reb+1ast, G.Kojima 5+2reb+2ast, M.Dove 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 475275





Best players of Japanese B League round 59 - by Eurobasket News

American Sam Willard (205-F-88, agency: Pensack Sports) had a great game in the last round for Toyama Grouses and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 59.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team edged out Hitachi SR (#3, 30-27) 76-72. Toyama Grouses maintains the 5th position in their group in Japanese B League. 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. Toyama Grouses have already lost 40 games and recorded just seventeen victories. Willard has many years of experience at Toyama Grouses, through which he has constantly improved. University of Pacific graduate has very impressive stats this year. Willard is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 54.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex. Gardner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Niigata Albirex was edged by slightly higher-ranked Sanen (#2, 31-26) 73-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Niigata Albirex still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 25-32 record. Gardner is a newcomer at Niigata Albirex and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#2). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Shiga L-Stars (#6). Brackins got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Shiga L-Stars, leading his team to a 92-83 win against slightly higher-ranked Nagoya DD (#5, 24-33). The chances of Shiga L-Stars not to end season at such low position in West, however are less than slim as they have already lost 39 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brackins could try to bring Shiga L-Stars' a little bit higher in the standings. Brackins has a very solid season. In 28 games in Japan he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 55.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Drew Viney (204-PF-88) of Toyama Grouses - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of Sanen - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerome Tillman (201-F-87) of Nagoya DD - 22 points and 12 rebounds
9. Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets - 30 points and 5 rebounds

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



Japanese B League D3 round 22 best performance: Kyle Richardson - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Otsuka A., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 21 rebounds, while his team Otsuka A. maintains the 4th position in Japanese B League D3. Otsuka A. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 25th lost game this season out of 50 games. In the team's last game Richardson had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Otsuka A.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Portland State University star has very solid stats this year. Richardson is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.1ppg and leads league in rebounds with 10.5rpg. Richardson is in league's top in and averages impressive 59.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT. Morris had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Tokyo HT to another comfortable win 86-69 over the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#6, 14-36) being unquestionably team leader. Tokyo HT's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 34-16 record is not bad at all. Morris is a newcomer at Tokyo HT, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Saitama Bron. (#6). Tate scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Tate's great performance Saitama Bron. lost 69-86 to the higher-ranked Tokyo HT (#3, 34-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Saitama Bron. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 14-36 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tate he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tate has a very solid season. In 26 games in Japan he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 18 points and 21 rebounds
5. Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jermaine Green (203-F-80) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Josiah Heath (205-F/C-93) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Ray Raymond (203-F-84) of Otsuka A. - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League Awards 2017 - by Greg

Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan League 1st Team 2017
Trevin Parks
Parks
Azim Yagodkin
Yagodkin
Rustam Yargaliev
Yargaliev
Anton Ponomaryov
Ponomaryov
Mikhail Yevstigneyev
Yevstigneyev

Finals MVP: Robert Lowery (188-PG-87) of Astana
Player of the Year: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau
Guard of the Year: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau
Forward of the Year: Rustam Yargaliev (195-G/F-86) of Astana
Center of the Year: Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) of Barsy Atyrau
Domestic Player of the Year: Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) of Barsy Atyrau
Import Player of the Year: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau

1st Team
PG: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau
PG: Azim Yagodkin (185-PG-92) of Kaspiy Aktau
G/F: Rustam Yargaliev (195-G/F-86) of Astana
C/F: Anton Ponomaryov (208-C/F-88) of Astana
F/C: Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) of Barsy Atyrau



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.1 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.1 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Jogela, Barons Riga14.0 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.9 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.7 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga8.5 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.7 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.6 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.7 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.9 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.3