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  ABA  



Another Gwizzlies player overseas to China - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are pleased to announce that Power Forward Luke Joseph (6'8''-F, college: Reinhardt), a Ft.Myers, Florida, native, has just arrived in Shanghai China.
TGBTG agency invited Joseph for workout and tour.
"I told Luke from day one when l first met him. That he must be with the right team, coach, program; and he listened" states Gwizzlies' Coach/Owner Embry Malone



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  ANGOLA  


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

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


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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 3 of Finals. Baldwin Braves claim second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Baldwin Braves - Flyers 88-80

Baldwin Braves surged ahead in the ABBA Finals. They beat Flyers at home court to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-80.
gschID: 546683





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.0 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.9 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Cutley, Atenas C.17.5 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.6 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.1 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 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 .4.2 
 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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 3. Pais, Platense2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Stibbins, Union SF1.2 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 9. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 10. Moya, Hindu1.0 


TNA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Estudiantes O. and Comunicaciones earn wins - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 65-60

Estudiantes O. held off Atenas Carmen in the opener. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-60. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 7 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Joaquin Gamazo (198-91) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) answered with 24 points and American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Atenas.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 24+4reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 9+10reb+2ast, B.Oprandi 8+8reb+2ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 7+1reb, H.Etchepare 5+1ast, S.Cutley 4+9reb+4ast
Estudiantes O.: J.Gamazo 17+6reb, L.Portillo 12+1reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 10+8reb+3ast, D.Figueredo 9+5reb+4ast, E.Dominguez 7+3reb+2ast, S.Arese 7+15reb+4ast
gschID: 546943


Hindu - Comunicaciones 76-81

Comunicaciones upset Hindu on the road to take 1-0 lead. Hindu was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Comunicaciones, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Hindu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Mauro Coronel (185-83) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 18+8reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 14+3reb, S.Picton 12+1reb, M.Coronel 10+8reb+1ast, P.Moya 8+6reb, N.Paletta 8+5reb+6ast
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 20+8reb+3ast, G.Essengue 16+6reb, A.Pau 15+4ast, C.Romero 11+2reb+2ast, F.Vietta Stechina 7+1ast, J.De Felippo 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546942





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

Talleres TV - Chivilcoy Racing 80-76

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


Ramos Mejia - Regatas U. 81-62

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


Ameghino - C.Espanol P. 79-71

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


Belgrano SN - Deportivo Norte A. 78-83

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





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  AUSTRALIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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



Itzehoe tabs Nelson Kahler - by Eurobasket News

Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked Australian center Nelson Kahler (206-104kg, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo). He just graduated from Colorado State-Pueblo (NCAA2). In 23 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 3.3bpg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded All-RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-RMAC 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer Kahler played at Maroochydore Clippers in Australian QBL where in 15 games he had 8.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9bpg in 2016 season.
So his pro career will start in Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



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  AUSTRIA  


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

Wels - Oberwart 63-57

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


Kapfenberg - Gmunden 81-68

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





2.Bundesliga Round 3 of Finals. Raiders Villach celebrate first win - by Eurobasket News

Dragons - Raiders 58-94

Raiders Villach cut the deficit in the 2.Bundesliga Finals. They stormed past UBC St.Polten on the road in Game 3 to open win count in the title series. The game without a history. Raiders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Erik Rhinehart (206-F-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) stepped up with 23 points to pace the Raiders. Andreas Bauch (186-G-85) responded with 18 points for the Dragons.
gschID: 546476





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama stunned by UAE's Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

CELEBRATIONS quickly turned into heartbreak last night as Manama were stunned 86-89 by UAE's Al Ahli, ending the home side's title bid in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship at the packed Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. Leading 86-81 with under a minute remaining in the extra session, Manama appeared to be heading to the final in front of their appreciative home crowd. But things quickly turned upside down after Ahli's Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) was fouled taking a three-pointer with 42 seconds to play. The towering American calmly sank each charity shot to bring his team to within two points, 84-86. But then a crucial turnover by Manama's Hussain Mohammed (PG) allowed Ahli's Talal Alnuaimi to race down the court for an uncontested lay-up to equal the scores at 86-apiece. Five-year NBA veteran Sam Young then came up big for Ahli. On the defensive end, Young made an emphatic block on Manama's Kadeem Coleby (206-C/F-89, college: Wichita St.) with 14 seconds left, and then followed that up on the ensuing possession with the go-ahead three-pointer with just over one second remaining on the clock. Young's heroics made it eight straight points in just over 40 seconds for Ahli, leaving Manama shocked into silence. After calling a timeout, the hosts still had one more chance to tie the game before the final buzzer. But Hussain Mohammed's desperate heave barely made it to the basket. Earlier, Manama were on a high when Georgian import Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) sank a three-pointer that beat the shot-clock and send the game into overtime tied at 74-each. The Bahrainis were then the aggressors in overtime, and with an Ahmed Abzulaziz three-pointer enjoyed an 86-81 advantage. Unfortunately, that only set the stage for the end-game drama. Young finished the game with 31 points including three triples, seven rebounds and six assists. Qais Alshehabi chipped in with 21 points while Matt, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the contest, finished the game with 11 points and 14 boards. Coleby had a monster effort for Manama, scoring 24 points on an efficient 11-for-13 shooting. He also grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots. Hussain Mohammed finished with 20, including burying four three-pointers. Ahli are now in an all-UAE final when they take on Al Shabab at 6pm today. Shabab defeated Al Rayyan of Qatar 104-95 to book their slot in the championship game. Tickets are available at the gate. Manama clash with Rayyan for third place at 4pm.
In Shabab's game yesterday, American professional Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88, college: Marshall) was on fire, pouring in 46 points including five three-pointers and an overall shooting clip of 17-for-26 while taking down 14 rebounds. Rashed Alzaabi added 25 points. Mohamed Harath (198-F-90) paced Rayyan with 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.1 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk17.8 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 5. Suvorov, Prine.17.0 
 6. Shustov, Impuls B.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.6 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.14.7 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.4 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.1 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.6 
 5. Chumakov, Prine.8.6 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 9. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.1 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.8 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.2 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 5. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 6. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 7. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.6 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.5 
 9. Suvorov, Prine.4.2 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Suvorov, Prine.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Zahar, Impuls B.2.0 
 6. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk1.9 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.1.9 
 8. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 9. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 10. Matveev, Impuls B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Grigoriy KRUK
  Grodno-93
  (181-PG-98)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 4. Porolev, Tsmoki II0.0 
 5. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Pishchulenok, Vitebsk0.0 
 7. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 8. Pankratovic, Impuls B.0.0 
 9. Koval, GO.0.0 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk0.0 



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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, Antwerp16.8 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar14.9 
 5. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.3 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .14.2 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.3 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.9 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.1 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.4 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Punter, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.4 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 10. Muya, Brussels1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 3. Fields, Liege0.9 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Antwerp and Oostende advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Limburg United - Brussels 80-93

Brussels snatched a road win over Limburg to even the series at 1-1. Basic-Fit Brussels forced 22 Limburg United turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) chipped in 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. American forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Daniel Jansen (206-94, college: Augustana, SD) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Basic-Fit Brussels and five Limburg United players scored in double figures. Limburg United's coach Thomas Roijakkers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: D.Jansen 19+5reb, J.Swing 17+5reb+3ast, J.Anderson 15+2reb+4ast, W.Boss Mukubu 11+4reb+3ast, B.Simons 11+2reb, H.Vanwijn 3+4reb+5ast
Brussels: T.Bray 18+2reb+5ast, B.Ubel 14+4reb+2ast, D.Loubry 14+5reb+6ast, J.Simmons 13+7reb+1ast, C.Dowe 11+2reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546714


Mons-Hainaut - Antwerp 73-76

Antwerp beat Mons-Hainaut on the road complete the sweep of the series. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Belfius Mons-Hainaut's 32 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants forced 20 Belfius Mons-Hainaut turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Belfius Mons-Hainaut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: G.Green 17+5reb+1ast, J.Mann 15+2reb, T.Demps 12+3reb+2ast, J.Cage 9+3reb, L.Bosco 8+2reb+4ast, A.Olah 8+10reb+2ast
Antwerp: G.Ware 18+7reb, J.Clark 17+5reb+4ast, D.Conger 11+4reb+1ast, D.Marchant 8+6reb+1ast, M.Smith 8+3reb+3ast, R.Anderson 6+3reb
gschID: 546713


Spirou - Aalstar 86-54

Spirou outgunned Aalstar to force the decisive third game in the series. Spirou Charleroi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 24. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 42-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) notched 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovakian center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points and 6 rebounds by American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) added 9 points 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.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: Y.Barrueta 14+6reb+1ast, O.Troisfontaines 9+1reb+3ast, B.Amis 7+3reb, N.El Khounchar 6+1reb+2ast, B.Uzoh 6+3reb, S.Geukens 5
Spirou: D.Richardson 31+5reb+2ast, A.Libert 13+2reb+2ast, M.Fusek 12+10reb+2ast, A.Kemp 8+8reb, L.Schwartz 7+6reb+6ast, D.Harris 4+2reb
gschID: 546712


Kangoeroes - Oostende 53-72

Oostende crushed Kangoeroes on the road to celebrate the title. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kangoeroes' 24. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 8 points and 8 assists. American guard D.J. Newbill (193-92, college: Penn St.) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. Naturalized French swingman Anthony Chada (196-89) produced 20 points and American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 8 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: A.Chada 20+4reb+1ast, W.Channels 8+3reb, T.Deroover 7+1reb, R.Oveneke 7+2reb+1ast, I.Williams 3+1reb+2ast, T.Beaujean 3+1ast
Oostende: C.Walden 12+2reb, K.Boukichou 11+3reb, D.Newbill 10+6reb, R.Katic 10, D.Djordjevic 8+4reb+8ast, V.Kesteloot 6+1reb
gschID: 546711





Dusan Djordjevic signs new deal with Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: BeoBasket) has penned a new deal with Oostende. The new deal is for a year with the option of one more season. Dusan Djordjevic has been playing for Oostende since 2011. He notched 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per FIBA Europe Cup game this season. In Euromillions League his stats read 7.6 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per appearance. The guard also played in the Champions League where he tallied 5.4 points, 5.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds.


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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


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

Isidro Metapan - Canarios 106-86

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


Halcones - Cojute 82-88

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


Brujos Izalco - Denver-FAS 95-82

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


Santa Tecla - El Rapido 91-83

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





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.3 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.8 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.4 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.5 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 9. James, Panathin.13.1 
 10. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Tomic, FC Barce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA6.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 5. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 6. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 


Fenerbahce dominate Real Madrid, join Olympiacos in Final - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Real Madrid 84:75

Fenerbahce entered EuroLeague Final. They outgunned Real Madrid in front of a sellout crowd at the Sinan Erdem Dome to join Olympiacos in the title clash. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists to pace the winners.
Fenerbahce looked solid in the opening quarter. They tipped off the game on a 17:7 run. The hosts ensured a 21:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) gave Fenerbahce a 26:13 lead early in the second period. However Real responded with 11 unanswered points to pull within 2. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) stepped up for the home side late in the first half and helped Fenerbahce regain a 44:34 lead. Sloukas helped Fenerbahce open a 15-point lead early in the second half. But a bunch of three-pointers from Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) kept Real in the game. Fenerbahce still managed to enter the fourth quarter up by 13 points. The margin grew at 16-point mark early in the fourth term. However the Madrid powerhouse got as close as 8 points midway through the final quarter 60:68. But the hosts quickly boosted the gap back to double digits. Real went on a desperate comeback rally in the dying seconds but it proved too late at the end. Bogdan Bogdanovic delivered 14 points, while Jan Vesely (213-C/F-90) and Nikola Kalinic accounted for 12 points each in the win. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) responded with 28 points for Real Madrid. Jaycee Carroll netted 21 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Ekpe Udoh 18+12 boards, Bogdan Bogdanovic 14, Jan Vesely 12, Nikola Kalinic 12
Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 28, Jaycee Carroll 21



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

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



Olympiacos upset CSKA to enter Final in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - CSKA 82:78

Olympiacos came from behind in the fourth term to edge CSKA in the first game of EuroLeague Final Four in Istanbul tonight. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket), Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) and Kostas Papanikolaou (205-F-90) posted 14 points each for the winners.
CSKA dominated throughout the bigger part of the first quarter. They capitalised on poor shooting percentage from the Piraeus team to take an 18:9 lead late in the period. Olympiacos managed to pull within six points at the first break 12:18. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second term. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) scored 10 points in the period as CSKA secured a 40:27 advantage late in the first half. But Olympiacos capped the second term with back-to-back three-pointers from Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-PF-94, agency: Octagon Europe) to pull within seven points 33:40. Kostas Papanikolaou dragged Olympiacos within three points 43:46 midway through the third quarter. However CSKA gradually restored a safe cushion. The Moscow team established a double-digit lead late in the period. Olympiacos though struck right back. Evangelos Mantzaris and Dimitrios Agravanis capped the quarter with triples to pull Olympiacos within 4 points 64:60. Vassilis Spanoulis finally drew things level at 69. The guard then sank a huge three-pointer from way deep to put the Piraeus team ahead by one 74:73. Birch made it 76:73 after feed from Vassilis Spanoulis. But Milos Teodosic answered with a three-pointer to level things up 76 with just over a minute left. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) replied with a big trey of his own to give Olympiacos 79:76 lead with 41 seconds to go. Vassilis Spanoulis then followed a miss from Teodosic with two free throws to seal the win for Olympiacos.
Evangelos Mantzaris accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Milos Teodosic responded with 23 points for CSKA. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Georgios Printezis 14, Kostas Papanikolaou 14
CSKA: Milos Teodosic 23, Nando De Colo 16



Fenerbahce in talks to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.2 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.0 
 4. Williams, Boulazac16.7 
 5. Henry, Evreux16.6 
 6. Jones, Lille16.5 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.4 
 9. Walker, Evreux14.9 
 10. Obasohan, Provence.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.8 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.0 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.3 
 7. Traore, Lille7.3 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Williams, Boulazac6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.4 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 6. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Traore, Lille1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Jones, Lille1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Boateng, Blois0.9 


ProB Round 34: Leader JL Bourg loses to STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked JL Bourg (25-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of ninth ranked STB Le Havre on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by STB Le Havre 94-79. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. JL Bourg managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. STB Le Havre outrebounded JL Bourg 39-21 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) produced 27 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nantes and Evreux. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Thirteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (15-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Poitiers (17-17) 75-73 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Terry Tarpey (196-94, college: William & Mary) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Charles Abouo contributed with 15 points for the winners. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) replied with 14 points and 9 assists for Poitiers. Denain Voltaire moved-up to twelfth place. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Blois.
A very close game took place in Vichy between JA Vichy and ADA Blois. Seventeenth ranked JA Vichy (14-20) got a very close home victory over higher ranked ADA Blois (17-17). JA Vichy managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. Dustin Ware scored 20 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Florent Tortosa responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds. JA Vichy moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and St Chamond. Loser ADA Blois dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Poitiers.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Boulazac, where higher ranked Boulazac Basket (19-15) lost at home to tenth ranked ALM Evreux (18-16) 68-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. Caleb Walker notched 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Boulazac Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nantes and Le Havre. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains, where higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-15) lost to seventeenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (13-21) in a road game 71-83 on Friday. Andre Williamson fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with St Quentin and Boulogne. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 34 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
St Chamond defeated Roanne in Saint Chamond 87-80. Provence Basket beat Rouen at home 83-76. St Quentin lost to Lille on the opponent's court 73-80. Boulogne unfortunately lost to Nantes in a home game 65-72.

Roanne - St Chamond 80-87

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Chorale de Roanne (14-20) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked Saint Chamond (14-20) 87-80 on Friday. Saint Chamond forced 20 Chorale de Roanne turnovers. Chorale de Roanne was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Jonathan Hoyaux (195-88) fired 23 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian power forward Alexandre Gavrilovic (208-91, college: Towson, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saint Chamond have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and Vichy Clermont.
Top scorers:
Roanne: A.Rozenfeld 19+5reb+2ast, A.Gavrilovic 15+12reb+1ast, J.Burton 14+9reb+2ast, T.Ville 12+1reb+4ast, S.Traore 7+8reb+1ast, B.Clark 5+3reb
St Chamond: J.Hoyaux 23+5reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 15+5reb, J.Edwards 13+13reb+3ast, P.Turpin 13+1reb+5ast, B.Walker 8, M.Guichard 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 484575


Provence Basket - Rouen 83-76

No shocking result in a game in Fos-sur-Mer where second ranked Provence Basket (22-12) defeated 11th ranked SPO Rouen (16-18) 83-76 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Carl Ponsar (197-97) produced 15 points and swingman Gaylor Curier (197-92) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Provence Basket maintains second position with 22-12 record having just three points less than leader Bourg. Loser SPO Rouen keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rouen: C.Ponsar 15+4reb+3ast, G.Curier 15+6reb, J.Fairell 11+7reb+1ast, D.Colter 10+2reb+2ast, J.Woodard 9+4reb, S.Ho You Fat 8+7reb+2ast
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 16+3reb+2ast, J.Burrows 13+6reb+2ast, B.Waldow 11+12reb, J.Maille 10+1reb+3ast, R.Desroses 9+2reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484574


Boulazac - Evreux 68-75

We should mention about the upset which took place in Boulazac, where higher ranked Boulazac Basket (19-15) lost at home to tenth ranked ALM Evreux (18-16) 68-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It looked good early as Boulazac Basket took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALM Evreux had a 25-20 second period charge getting the lead and Boulazac Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-75. Strangely Boulazac Basket outrebounded ALM Evreux 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) notched 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 22 points and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) did not help to save the game for Boulazac Basket. Naturalized Central African power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nantes and Le Havre. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: J.Williams 15+12reb+3ast, A.Salmon 12+3reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 10+5reb+3ast, T.Sapp 10+4reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 9+1reb, J.Sanchez 6+6reb+3ast
Evreux: C.Henry 22+6ast, C.Walker 19+6reb+4ast, A.Anagonye 11+3reb, S.Mekdad 8+5reb+1ast, B.Pinault 6+1reb+2ast, K.Lavieille 4
gschID: 484569


Maurienne - Charleville 83-71

An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains, where higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-15) lost to seventeenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (13-21) in a road game 71-83 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Charleville-Mezieres was better in second period 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne forced 19 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Andre Williamson (202-89, college: Appalachian St.) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with St Quentin and Boulogne. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Charleville: W.Brown 19+10reb, M.Kone 12+8reb+3ast, D.Bouquet 10+2reb+4ast, J.Fouse 8+2reb, A.Auburtin 7+3reb, L.Dussoulier 5
Maurienne: A.Williamson 19+8reb, M.Sonko 16+5reb+1ast, R.Rice 9+4reb+1ast, G.Noel 9, D.Ballo 8+6reb+1ast, P.Stamenkovic 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 484568


Vichy Clermont - Blois 83-81

A very close game took place in Vichy between JA Vichy and ADA Blois. Seventeenth ranked JA Vichy (14-20) got a very close home victory over higher ranked ADA Blois (17-17). JA Vichy managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. JA Vichy made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) scored 20 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. JA Vichy's coach Stephane Dao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Florent Tortosa (198-89) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and Benjamin Monclar (191-88) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. JA Vichy moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Roanne and St Chamond. Loser ADA Blois dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Poitiers.
Top scorers:
Blois: F.Tortosa 29+6reb+3ast, B.Monclar 14+6reb+5ast, F.Turner 10+3ast, A.Ndoye 7+3reb, E.Boateng 7+3reb, C.Pontens 6+1reb+1ast
Vichy Clermont: D.Ware 20+7ast, C.Bronchard 19+2reb+4ast, J.Cole 16+4reb+1ast, R.Morency 14+4reb+1ast, D.Denave 8+5reb+4ast, S.Doucoure 4+2reb
gschID: 484576


Poitiers - Denain 73-75

Important game to mention about took place in Poitiers. Thirteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (15-19) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Poitiers (17-17) 75-73 on Friday evening. It looked good early as Poitiers took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Denain Voltaire had a 26-13 second period charge getting the lead and Poitiers was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-75. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Terry Tarpey (196-94, college: William & Mary) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Ivorian-American swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) replied with 14 points and 9 assists and power forward Mickael Var (205-90) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Poitiers. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire moved-up to twelfth place. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Blois.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: M.Var 15+7reb+2ast, J.Threatt 14+4reb+9ast, Y.Fall 11+10reb, S.Omar Doumbouya 10+5reb+3ast, D.Reed 9+3reb+4ast, E.Odigie 6
Denain: T.Tarpey 17+5reb+2ast, C.Abouo 15+3reb+3ast, P.Poupet 12+2reb+1ast, K.Harley 8+3reb+1ast, W.Racine 7+1reb+1ast, D.Harris 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 484573


Lille - St Quentin 80-73

Very expected game when 14th ranked Saint-Quentin (13-21) was defeated on the road by third ranked Lille Metropole (21-13) 80-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 22-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lille Metropole dominated on the defensive end, holding Saint-Quentin to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Saint-Quentin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 24 points and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) produced 14 points and American-Kenyan forward Robert Nyakundi (203-89, college: SMU) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lille Metropole have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-13 record having four points less than leader Bourg. Saint-Quentin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: P.Drouault 14+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 12+1reb+1ast, H.Laroche 9+3reb+3ast, A.Charles 9+2reb, M.Buval 8+2reb+2ast, R.Nyakundi 8+5reb+2ast
Lille: P.Marinov 24+4reb+7ast, J.Traore 14+9reb+3ast, L.Asceric 14+4reb+2ast, J.MBida 11+1reb, P.Duwiquet 4, D.Burton 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484572


Le Havre - Bourg 94-79

Top ranked JL Bourg (25-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of ninth ranked STB Le Havre on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by STB Le Havre 94-79. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. JL Bourg managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. STB Le Havre outrebounded JL Bourg 39-21 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. STB Le Havre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. American point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) produced 27 points and his fellow American import center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STB Le Havre have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Nantes and Evreux. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Bourg: G.Sim 27+1reb+1ast, Z.Peacock 15+4reb+2ast, T.Kyzlink 11+2reb+4ast, T.Desseignet 9+1reb+4ast, M.Courby 5+2reb+1ast, P.Braud 5+1reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.King 22+6reb+11ast, D.Odiakosa 22+12reb+1ast, R.Martin 12+4reb+1ast, M.Lebrun 10+3reb, Y.Morin 8+6reb+1ast, J.Greene 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 484571


Boulogne - Nantes 65-72

Very predictable result in Boulogne-sur-Mer where eighth ranked Nantes (18-16) beat 15th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-21) 72-65 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 32-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) chipped in 24 points. American guard Teddy Gipson (191-80, college: Arkansas) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Dutch Worthy de-Jong (194-88) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nantes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Evreux and Le Havre. Loser SO Maritime Boulogne dropped to the sixteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Gipson 11+6reb+4ast, W.de Jong 10+4reb+5ast, G.Paumier 8+8reb+2ast, K.Mendy 7+8reb+1ast, A.Moisy 7+1reb+4ast, G.Jordan 7+3reb
Nantes: V.Bigote 24+1reb, R.Kuksiks 17+5reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 14+10reb+3ast, V.Fofana 5+11reb+3ast, C.McKnight 4+6reb, K.Mitchell 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 484570





Utah's Gobert takes Break from International Stage - by Eurobasket

Rudy Gobert (216-C-92) won't be linking up with the France National Team for their upcoming EuroBasket campaign after the Utah Jazz center revealed he will be taking a break from international competition. On the back of a long and gruelling season, one in which Gobert struggled with a knee injury, the Frenchman has taken the decision to focus on his NBA team and make sure he is fully fit and ready for the New Year. For a France team looking to win the EuroBasket title for the second time, the loss of their best player will be a huge blow to Les Bleus' chances.
Following Tony Parker's retirement from international basketball last summer, the hopes of a nation have been shifted onto the shoulders of Gobert. Having become the highest-earning French athlete last year when he signed a four-year deal with the Jazz worth $102 million, the 24-year old will leave a sizeable hole in France's roster for the tournament, which gets underway at the end of August. Consistently one of Europe's top teams, the French will now have to prove they can still compete without Parker and now Gobert.

As well as playing a key role in France finishing third in the EuroBasket tournament two years ago, Gobert also went on to appear in all his country's matches during last summer's Olympic Games in Rio. But with EuroBasket set to switch from being held every two years to every four years instead, it might be at least a couple of years before Gobert pulls on the blue of France. One Jazz player will still be at the EuroBasket later this year representing France, with former Phoenix man Boris Diaw expected to play in the event for the eighth time in his long career.

For Utah, knowing they won't have to lose one of their key players for over a month with the risk of picking up an injury will be a real boost. Gobert impressed during his first appearance in the postseason, with the Jazz beating the LA Clippers in the opening round before being comprehensively whitewashed by a Golden State Warriors team now priced at -350 with the latest NBA odds. While the season ultimately ended in disappointment, the journey the team went on will stand the whole roster in good stead next year.
The Jazz have paid the price for having international players in the past, most recently when Dante Exum tore his ACL while representing Australia in 2015, ruling him out of the entire 2015/16 NBA campaign. Gobert has really begun to establish himself as a key player in this Utah team over the past year, recording a career-high average of 14 points a game during the regular season, averaging 11.6 points in his nine playoff appearances.
Playing in a team containing a number of exciting youngsters, Gobert will have a massive role to play next season as the franchise look to build on this year's achievements and continue to cement their place as a team capable of challenging for honours.



Gravelines to sign Benjamin Sene - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) tabbed 23-year old point guard Benjamin Sene (186-94). He moved there from Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA). Sene has played there for the last seven years. In 34 ProA games he averaged 6.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.9apg. The last season he played also at Sluc Nancy. In 34 ProA games he had 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg. Sene also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ProA Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
Sene represented France at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 26.3%.

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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 6. Drenovac, MZT S.16.1 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 9. Perry, Karpos S.14.3 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Mijatovic, MZT S.7.1 
 4. Lalic, MZT Skopje6.9 
 5. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.9 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.6.3 
 8. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 6. Kloof, MZT Skopje4.3 
 7. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 8. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 9. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 10. Mavra, Karpos S.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perry, Karpos S.1.9 
 2. Kloof, MZT Skopje1.8 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.1.3 
 7. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 8. Sokolov, Karpos S.1.3 
 9. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Trajkovski, Karpos S.0.6 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 3 of Finals. MZT Skopje record second win - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Karpos Sokoli 86-80

MZT Skopje regained the lead in the championship series. They overcame Karpos Sokoli for 2-1 advantage. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Karpos Sokoli won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Karpos Sokoli's 16. They outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) answered with 24 points and 5 assists and Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) added 20 points in the effort for Karpos Sokoli. Four Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: X.Thames 22+3reb+3ast, C.Kloof 21+8reb+4ast, D.Drenovac 20+8reb+2ast, J.Lalic 9+2reb, L.Mladenovski 5+2reb, S.Sinovec 4+2reb
Karpos Sokoli: K.Perry 24+4reb+5ast, D.Mavra 20+4reb+2ast, D.Labovic 12+5reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 7+3reb, I.Penov 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546886





Marques Green selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE (17-13) 75-67 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Green scored 9 points and added 9 passes in 35 minutes on the court. Scandone Avellino (19-11) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Green averages: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 97.0%(32-33) in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team seven years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina). Massey led Libertad Sunchales to a victory over the tenth-ranked Echague (8-48) crushing them 106-74 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Massey scored 32 points (!!!). Libertad Sunchales (29-27) is placed sixth in Norte group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Massey's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(149-263), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 75.9%. Massey is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Massey used to play for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He could not help Strasbourg IG (23-11) in their last game. Despite Travis' good performance Strasbourg IG lost 85-92 on the road to the leading Monaco. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Travis' overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 75.0% in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) helped Fenerbahce win their game against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-28) crushing them 101-55 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Antic scored 6 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Antic's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #5. Former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria win their game against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 86-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. McCalebb recorded 8 points and added 3 passes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season McCalebb has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.5apg. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla (9-23) in their last game. Despite Stojanovski's good performance Sevilla lost 89-98 in Malaga to the much higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Stojanovski also added 3 passes in 27 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg in 32 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #7. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help BC Mega Leks to win against the closely-ranked FMP (6-3) 83-65 in the Serbian KLS last Monday. Samardziski scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mega Leks (4-4) is placed fourth in the KLS. Samardziski's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Kristijan Nikolov
Kristijan Nikolov
   #8. Point guard Kristijan Nikolov (187-96, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Istanbul BBSK (11-19) in their game against Gaziantep (16-14) in the Turkish BSL. Nikolov scored 7 points in only 13 minutes. Istanbul BBSK was badly defeated 92-76 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Gaziantep. It was Istanbul BBSK's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Nikolov averages only 1.3ppg in nine games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team back in 2013.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #9. Former international point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (11-21) in their game against Real Madrid (25-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Dimitrijevic scored only 4 points. Joventut was crushed 95-70 in Madrid by the leading Real. The Regular Season already ended. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. His total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 1.1apg. Dimitrijevic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has FYR Macedonian passport:

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Anadolu Efes (23-7) to beat Besiktas (24-6). Osman scored 5 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Anadolu Efes was edged 91-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked Besiktas. It was Anadolu Efes' third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Osman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Anadolu Efes' roster. This season Osman has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.9 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 5. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 6. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.6 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.1 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Knight, Jena1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 5. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.0.8 


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

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

Source:Nurnberg Falcons BC




Tim Koch Stays With The Kirchheim Knights - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Kirchheim Knights have given their first contract extension in the off season to German Tim Koch (196-F-89). Koch is a 28 year old 196cm guard that will go into his fourth season with the team. Last season he played 31 games averaging 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 81.4%. The ex BBL veteran who played 98 games and played six seasons with the MHP RIesen Ludwigsburg is happy about prolonging his career in Kirchheim. "I feel very comfortable in Kirchheim and want to help develop the team", stressed Tim Koch. Last season the German scored in double figures in 16 games including a 29 point ourburst against Dresden. "Tim always gives his all for Kirchheim. This is a positive thing and big day for Kirchheim basketball", stressed head coach Michael Mai.

Source.Kirchheim Knights



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

Ratiopharm - Ludwigsburg 91-81

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





Lars Wendt Signs Extension With Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continue to lay the foundation for next seasons team keeping their fourth player Lars Wendt after extending Ivan Elliott, Jordan Hulls and Adrian Breitlauch. Wendt is a 24 year old 191cm guard from Kiel that completed his first season in the BBL playing 30 games averaging 3,4ppg, and 1,5apg in 10,5mpg. "Lars Wendt (191-SG-92) is the perfect example how a player finds to his offense through good defense. He got better in the last part of the season, more consistent and got extra playing time through good play. He can be a good defender and finds his teammates. I hope he can add on to his good games from last season", stressed head coach Sebastian Machowski. He scored in double figures in three games including a 12 point effort against Munich, 11 points against Alba Berlin and 10 points against Wurzburg. "I had a fruitful talk with coach in the second half of the season putting up new goals as I wasn't happy with my game. I wnat to continue where I left off in the last games and heighten my game. I think that we can achieve a lot", stressed Lars Wendt.

Source:Eisbaeren Bremerhaven






Itzehoe tabs Nelson Kahler - by Eurobasket News

Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked Australian center Nelson Kahler (206-104kg, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo). He just graduated from Colorado State-Pueblo (NCAA2). In 23 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg and 3.3bpg last season. A very good year in his career as he was awarded All-RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and selected to All-RMAC 1st Team.
The previous (2016) summer Kahler played at Maroochydore Clippers in Australian QBL where in 15 games he had 8.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9bpg in 2016 season.
So his pro career will start in Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Assem Marei Stays With medi Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

medi Bayreuth have done a great job upholding their team chemistry keeping another player from last season's Cinderella season with Assem Marei (206-F-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato). Marei is a 24 year old 206cm forward from Egypt that played his second professional season in Germany after being a rookie with BC Siauliai (Lithuania-LKL). Marei who played at Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2) had an incredible first season in the BBL and belonged to the top newcomers and was a gem for head coach Raoul Korner as he played 36 games averaging 11,9ppg, 7,2rpg and 1,3apg. "Assem was an important building block in our concept this season. That we could hold him for another season is sensational. We have held half of our import players from our succcessful team,. I know he saw that he can play an important role at this level. He still has unfinished business. We still want to reach a lot together. He feels very comfortable in Bayreuth and is well integrated into the team", stressed Raoul Korner. Last season Marei scored in double figures in 24 games and registered 5 double doubles. His best scoring games were 23 points against Science City Jena, 22 points against teh Telkom Baskets Bonn and 21 points against ratiopharm Ulm.

Source.medi Bayreuth









The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Semi-Final Playoff Preview Brose Bamberg-FC Bayern Munich 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It may only have reached #42 in the American Billboard charts, but the classic Rolling Stones song 'You can't always get what you want' is not only a fan favorite at concerts, but one of those songs that even non fans will sing along to and would probably even be known in the most remote spots in Somalia or in the most smug igloo in Tasiilaq, Greenland. It is just overall a very well-liked song all over the world and about the only one that has got the big disapproval from the Rolling Stones for using their song for publicity has been US president Donald Trump who uses it after his speeches to public audiences. The Rolling Stones track 'You can't always get what you want' would fit perfect now in conversations in the NBA Western Confernce finals and the easyCredit BBL semi-finals as fans are witnessing that kind of 'should be final' atmosphere already now. It may not be the case now, but not too long ago the San Antonio Spurs-Golden State Warriors would have been like the perfect NBA final had not both been in the same conference, but now with the injury to new NBA superstar Kwahi Leonard, fans are now wondering how badly the Golden State Warriors will slaughter the Spurs in game three and four and if a Steph Curry will pull a Klay Thompson. In the German easyCredit , one could chant the same song 'You can't always get what you want' in terms that the real final is already being played in the semi-final with Brose Bamberg against FC Bayern Munich. With all due respect to ratiopharm Ulm that were able to raise their game again from last season and steal the regular season show from Bamberg and Munich having the best record, but they will never be a better draw than these two teams who just are at a different level with their brand name. The song 'You can't always get what you want' is surely a perfect phrase for not only the Bamberg/Munich series, but also for fans and Per Guenther in that if ratiopharm Ulm can't hold Raymar Morgan then one just has to accept it and team identity figure Per Guenther has been singing that song for years as he is still looking for his first BBL title after reaching 4 finals like the Buffalo Bills did with 4 Super Bowl finals.

When one hears the big names of the German basketball clubs Brose Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich, one immediately expects easier outings in the Quarterfinals of the playoffs, but that was far from the case in the last 10 days as both teams struggled and one has to ask were these two teams just under worth or did the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Alba Berlin just step up their play to special proportions and just overachieved? One could say it was a little of both. This season showed during the regular season that Bamberg isn't invincible and with the exception of the exciting 5 game final series against FC Bayern Munich two years ago, that just mowing down their opponents in the playoffs and producing sweeps is in the past. The Telekom Baskets Bonn showed already 5 years ago that they can achieve the impossible winning in Freak City and did it again in game one 93-92 and from then on Bamberg played better and had Bonn pretty much at their mercy even if the Baskets fought through out the whole series. After slipping badly in game one, Bamberg played consistently in the last three games using their big strength defense keeping Predrag Krunic and his troops to 67 points per game while playing solid on offense, but not to true form, but they didn't need to yet as their defense was triumphant. Other keys in the series for Bamberg was their undeniable depth from the bench scoring 80 points in the last three games while Bonn got only 25 points in the last two games. Bamberg also dominated the boards and when it counted most in game 4 forced Bonn to 19 turnovers which broke their back in that do or die game. Key also was getting huge support from sniper Lucca Staiger who supplied 15 and 13 points from the bench in game two and three. Even the superb play of a Julian Gamble who averaged 15ppg in the series couldn't get them over the hump as a strong starting five might be enough to get some wins, but never against an experienced and deep team like Bamberg where their unending depth just overpowered the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

After the unforgettable regular season for Alba Berlin where they more than underachieved and landed in sixth place, one didn't really expect the 8 time BBL champion to be able to muster much success against the mighty powerful FC Bayern Munich. After the predicable 95-68 thrashing at the hands of FC Bayern Munich in game one, one was hopping that Alba Berlin would not get even more embarrassed and go down more helplessly than the Titanic did in 1912, but miraculously Alba Berlin came alive and really gave FC Bayern Munich a real run for the money as they were very close to forcing a game five. In game one, FC Bayern Munich did everything they knew how to do as they gave a strong 40 minute performance at both ends of the court nailing 13 three's and shooting near 50% while winning the boards game, forcing Alba Berlin to 20 turnovers and racking up a ridiculous 57 points from the bench where five of the six players who scored in double figures came from the bench. However from game two until the end, Alba Berlin were in every game and the three games were decided by a total of only 19 points. In game 2, stat wise, the differences weren't huge, but in the end, Alba Berlin played a smarter crunch-time and did the small things better to secure the win at home. In the crucial game three in Munich, Alba Berlin almost put the ultimate scare into FC Bayern Munich as they played them very tough again, but lost 80-73 and were destroyed on the boards 35-24 and couldn't take care of the ball as well as the home team allowed four extra possessions and were missing that game go to guy to take control in crunch-time as only Elmeden Kikanovic scored in double figures with 12 points. In game four, the game was close throughout and went to the wire and with the score tied at 82-82 with 33 seconds to play, Alba Berlin was so close to prolonging their special playoff Cinderella story, but it was ex Alba player Reggie Redding who broke their back and season with an amazing penetration giving FC Bayern Munich the lead and Gerald Robinson then coughed up the ball and Nihad Djedovic sealed the 87-82 win with free throws. There wasn't much separating both teams from the stats, but the experience factor of FC Bayern Munich was crucial in game four. FC Bayern Munich also did a great job spreading the ball around in the series as they had at least three players scoring in double figures in each game and Serbian Vladimir Lucic proved to be the team most consistent player averaging 14,0ppg in the series.

'You can't always get what you want' is the motto for the fans in the Brose Bamberg-FC Bayern Munich semi-final and this could become a classic series as both teams aren't playing their absolute best basketball after getting through the quarterfinals as Bamberg isn't what it once was and FC Bayern Munich have picked up their game from last season. Both teams will be focused to not only step up their play from the previous playoff series, but too once again demonstrate who really is Germany's best basketball team even if neither is in the final yet. FC Bayern Munich go into the series with a little momentum even if they did lose the 2017 easyCredit BBL final to Bamberg and were only 1-2 this season, they were able to pick up their play step by step in each game and were a shot away from taking the cup into OT had Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket)'s jumper fallen. In the first game in Bamberg, FC Bayern Munich witnessed just how lethal Brose Bamberg can be when their ball movement is on as they went down 90-59 as Bamberg took advantage of Munich's terrible 2/15 shooting from downtown and nailed 11 trey's and dominated the boards. However in game 2, fans saw just how well both teams can defend as Bamberg lost in the Audi dome 67-59 as stat wise, there wasn't much difference, but the bench told the story as FC Bayern Munich got 41 crucial points while Bamberg only 18. In the cup final, Bamberg escaped a 74-71 win as now the real season starts in the playoffs and it will be interesting to see where both teams can take their game now when it counts most. It is the two best defensive teams in the BBL going head to head with Bamberg's amazing ball movement, small ball and speed countering against the FC Bayern Munich versatility and powering inside game. Both teams can score, but it will be the defense and who really has the heart to grind it out most for not 39 minutes and 59 seconds, but for the whole 40 minutes. FC Bayern Munich have the ultimate size and an advantage there and with the arrival of Maik Zirbes have that added banger that could wear down Bamberg in the crucial moments, while Bamberg like to play that small ball and have the speed advantage over FC Bayern Munich. It will be interesting to see how the leadership of guys like Bryce Taylor and Darius Miller will develop in a series like this to bring their respective team over the top. Key players in this series will be Bamberg players Fabien Causeur who brings the game to another dimension with his quickness and Daniel Theis who lives on the rim and FC Bayern Munich forward Danilo Barthel who's effectiveness is one of a kind. This series will go back and fourth, where FC Bayern Munich needs to bring more intensity then they did against Alba Berlin and get consistent production inside from Booker and Zirbes. They won't be able to counter the point guard supremacy of Causeur/Lo with their duo of Joyce/Johnson and in the end it is Bamberg that will move on 3-2 and be just a little better in key statistical elements especially on the defensive end where they just don't falter as much in pressure moments and have a tic more better experience.




Jordan Faison (Coming From A Winning Environment In College My Rookie Season Was A Different Kind Of Adversity - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jordan Faison (201-F-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 22 year old 201cm forward from Lake Forest, California that recently completed his rookie in Germany playing for the UNI-Riesen Leipzig averaging 20,8ppg, 9,2rpg and 1,7apg. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 107 NCAA games. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 16.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 22.5%, FT: 65.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after his rookie season in Germany.

Thanks Jordan for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the 73-72 win against Nordlingen. Was this a victory you couldn't really enjoy simply because the club was unable to stay in the Pro B on account of Rhondorf beating Lich?

No we for sure were able to enjoy it because we know that if it wasn't for the league taking away 2 points we would be able to stay in the league regardless. But mistakes happen and you can only learn from them, but overall we were very excited about this win!


What kind of experience was it for you playing in the playdowns and playing 6 games where the team was under immense pressure to win? How did these last 6 games shape you as a player?

It was great because the competition level was high every game. You had teams fighting for their lives and it brought the best out of everybody. I think for me it definitely it was a different experience that taught me a lot, and that I will grow from.

It obviously didn't help the Uni-Riesen Leipzig to lose a game on penalty, but what was key in the playdowns for not staying in the league? Possibly the loss in Lich? Had you won that game, you would have been in a good position to stay in the Pro B?

I wouldn't pin it on one thing, there was a lot of close games that could've went our way and that's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But without the penalty we stay in the league, and I'm proud of my team because we did all we could do that was in our control.

Despite the coaching change, injuries and players coming and going how would you summarize this season for the Uni-Riesen Leipzig? What were the highs and lows?

I think I could summarize the whole season as a learning experience. Being challenged by a lot of adversity is tough, but fighting through and learning from it only makes you that much better in the long run.

After losing almost every game in the first two months, the Uni-Riesen Leipzig did get better as a team and got some wins. What was key for this team not totally losing it at the start and finishing the season almost staying in the Pro B?

Obviously bringing in Coach Anton and Cardell were huge for us, and I believe we began to play as a team. We got a better understanding of how we could play with each other, and sometimes that happens earlier for some teams, and sometimes later for others.

If you had to pick one German who you feel progressed the most from day one to the last win against Nordlingen who would you choose? Possibly Jonas Nidermanner who had a very solid season?

I don't think I could choose just one, because I believe all of them progressed greatly throughout the season. All of our guys put in so much hard work day in and day out, and it definitely translated to on the court.

What was your personal season highlight? You averaged 20,5ppg and 9,7rpg and scored in double figures 26 times and had 18 double doubles. You definitely have many games to choose from?

Personally I like my Triple double game the most. It was an important win, and I was able to do something other than score and rebound haha


You finished the season very strong registering 11 double doubles in your last 12 games. How do you feel did your game grow in the last three months?

I think I would say I became more consistent.


How important do you feel your rookie experience was playing for a losing team and being able to be so consistent? How do you feel did this experience help your game mature?

I think it was extremely important coming from a winning environment in college. It was a different kind of adversity that I had to deal with, and I definitely learned a lot from it!


You battled against many tough forwards like Taevauun Prince or Lamar Mallory, but who was the toughest guy that you had to match up against?

I think there were a lot good matchups, and I think every forward brought a different challenge. Toughest is hard to say, that's a good question.


How do you feel that you were able to develop your game in your rookie season that will help you make the next step in your second professional season?

My jumper got better as the season went on, and I think that is something I will continue to improve and will help me in my next step.


What is the next step for Jordan Faison? You belonged to the top power forwards in the Germna Pro B. You will get many offers this season from Pro B teams and some Pro A teams.Do you feel that you can be an impact player in the Pro A?

I believe I can, I don't know exactly what my next step will be but I plan on just keep making the best opportunity for myself and going as far as I can


What are your plans for the summer basketball wise. What will be the most vital things that you will be working on to help define your game even more?

The plan is to get in the gym continue to improve on my perimeter game, and get in the weight room and continue to get my body right.


Now that the NCAA tournament is history, what sports do you concentrate on in the summer to watch?

I like watching summer league NBA basketball, and towards the end of the summer the NFL football.


Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Did it surprise you that he reached this feat before other big time NBA players?

Nope, that man has some serious game. I got league pass so I watch him more than the casual fan, and when I saw he had 70 it didn't surprise me one bit.


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017?

I think it was awesome, you always get one team that surprises everyone and they did more than just that!


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

I mean he brings it on the court and that's the most important thing. He definitely won't have any problems.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Not at all, especially for a guy who plays as hard as he does. That just goes to show, you will never please everyone. But as long as you do all you can do it shouldn't matter.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie or actually set of movies I watched, was all the hunger games movies. I was late on the whole train but I'm caught up now, and I don't regret it at all! One of my favorite series!


Thanks Jordan for the chat.



Albert Kuppe Remains With The MLP Academics Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team MLP Academics have announced the contract extension of Albert Kuppe (200-F-88) is a 28 year old 200cm German/Russian forward that will go into his sixth Pro A season and third with Hiedelberg. Last season he played 34 games averaging.8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.1%, FT: 75.0%. The club is happy in keeping the experienced Pro A player that will go into this upcoming season having played 126 Pro A games. "It was known that we wanted to keep Albert. He is a reliable, experienced and loyal player and holding hiim gives us stability", stressed head coach Frenki Ignjatovic. Last season Kruppe scored in double figures in 14 games including a 29 point outing against Nurnberg and 21 points against Hanau. "I am thrilled to go into a third season with the clib. I still want to achieve a lot and can hardly wait until the season starts. I am convinced we will have another successful season", stressed Albert Kuppe.

Source:MLP Academics Heidelberg




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  GHANA  


Braves and Galaxy secure wins in Accra Women's Division - by Yaw Mintah

Games in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division returned with a couple of exciting games involving the top ranked teams in the league, Tudu Galaxy and Braves of Customs. Braves easily handled Ghana Navy beating them 50-30 in the opening game before Tudu Galaxy survived an absolute scare to pip Fire Service 27-26.

After missing the last round of matches due to an issue with University of Ghana (UG), Braves got back in action in emphatic style brushing aside its opponent. The defending champions took a 36-25 first half lead and proceeded to punish Navy's carelessness with ball by hitting them with fastbreak layups.

Center Gloria Gyampoh was at the heart of early Braves attacks before Guards Grace Doe, Berlinda Tawiah and Anita Bonney came through late on in the game for the 20 point win.
Center Aishetu Malike and Point Guard Barbara Asante were crucial to Tudu Galaxy's close win over a surging Fire side in the final game of the round.

The pair combined in the second and third quarters to get Galaxy a 17-16 second quarter lead with Malike making four blocks and Asante draining a crucial three point shot to spark Tudu into life.

Fire Point Guard and game changer Carlyn Adjei had an off night but came through with a three point late in the game to give her side a 25-24 lead but Galaxy responded with conversions from the free throw line to seal the win.

The Men's Division I second round tips off today with Braves taking on Ghana Navy and Tema Youth taking on DC Dynamics.




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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Josh Level Classic attracts high school basketball all-stars - by Eurobasket News

Four years after the inaugural Josh Level Classic, there's no magic formula for how it has become one of the premier high school basketball all-star games in the country. 'It did it on its own, if you want me to be honest,' Kanayo Obi-Rapu (6'3''-G) Jr. said. 'I can't say I made this game awesome, because that would be a lie.' It doesn't have the ESPN-appeal of the McDonald's All-American Game or the free gear that comes with suiting up in the Jordan Brand Classic or Nike Hoop Summit. There's only one reason that soon-to-be NBA Draft picks such as Harry Giles (6'10''-F-98) and Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) and national champions such as Theo Pinson have made time to play in Greensboro's homegrown all-star game. 'I think his spirit is what makes people want to come, because if you knew Josh you're coming to the game,' Obi-Rapu said. 'Guys who have other stuff they could be going to, it's, 'Oh, it's the classic? I'm going to be there.'' Obi-Rapu, organized the first game in 2014 for his senior project at New Garden Friends School as a tribute to his late best friend, Level, who collapsed during a basketball game in Winston-Salem and later died of myocarditis, a viral infection that attacks the heart muscle. This year's edition of the Classic, set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Dudley High School, has another crop of future ACC stars scheduled to play, featuring North Carolina signees Jalek Felton (6'3''-SG-98) and Brandon Huffman (6'10''-C/F) along with high-major talents Joey Baker, Josh Nickelberry and Coby White (6'3''-G/F), who is committed to Carolina. Since dreaming up the idea, Obi-Rapu has had plenty of help from Kevin Graves, who runs the Karolina Diamonds AAU program. Proceeds from the event go toward anti-bullying initiatives and outfitting gyms with automated external defibrillators, which could have helped save Level's life. Between the chance to pay tribute to Level and the opportunity to support those causes, players have flocked to Greensboro in each of the past four years for a chance to play with other blue-chip talents. At this point, the Classic is recruiting players for itself. Obi-Rapu said that Baker reached out to organizers about coming to play in the game - usually the opposite of what happens when trying to bring in players of Baker's stature. A 6-7 small forward from Fayetteville, 247 Sports has Baker ranked No. 21 in the class of 2019 with offers from Carolina, Clemson, Kansas, Louisville and N.C. State, among others. 'Joey Baker asked to play in this; he asked one of the guys playing in it to play in this, and that meant a lot,' Obi-Rapu said. 'A kid other people would be begging to play in their game, went out of his way to ask.' Obi-Rapu has taken a more hands-off approach over the past two seasons, watching the Classic grow from afar as he embarked on his own college basketball career at Longwood before transferring to East Tennessee State. It was Level's personal relationships that helped build the first Classic, and his legacy that has helped it build year after year. 'That's the kind of guy that he was you attract what you are,' Obi-Rapu said. 'Josh was everything the Josh Level Classic exemplifies; he was a great high school basketball player but he was also a good kid and a good person who cared about his community.' That's why, four years after Level played his last high school game, Obi-Rapu is confident that players who never crossed paths with him will keep showing up for the Classic for years to come. 'Josh passing is the worst thing that has ever happened in my life but to think this came out of it, it's crazy man,' he said. 'It just makes feel like he's with me or any time I'm working on this. 'I'm just happy that I can be a part of it, because it's so much bigger than me and it's special, man - just like him.'
Courtesy of: greensboro.com



Veritas Collegiate Academy basketball players win against Beijing's No. 1 high school team in China - by Eurobasket News

Only five players were able to make this away game. They stepped into a gym unlike any high school venue they'd played at before - more like a college basketball court. Their coach, Dale Rucker, looked at the opposing team - about 20 players with a third of them six-foot-seven and taller. They looked cocky, like they had sized up his players from Chesapeake's Veritas Collegiate Academy as an easy win. Rucker usually had more to say to his team before a game. This time, his message was short and simple: 'We didn't come 7,000 miles to lose.' And with that, his remnant of a team from Veritas took on the No. 1 ranked high school basketball team in Beijing. It was easily the most exciting game Rucker had ever witnessed, like something in a movie, he said. Even their opponents' fans were cheering the Veritas team at times. They won 46 to 45. 'It just brought tears to my eyes,' Rucker said. The Veritas Spartans had already had a great year, winning 16 of 17 games in the Hampton Roads Athletic Conference of private schools. Sean Elgut, headmaster, attributes the team's success to Rucker. 'He does a phenomenal job keeping the team together,' he said. Rucker stresses teamwork over superstars, and puts character first, Elgut said. 'And I think that shows.' The team's invitation to China came a little more than a year after Veritas Collegiate Academy opened a campus in Beijing. Students and administrators of the school in China visited the Chesapeake campus in February. One of the investors of the Beijing school was also here and watched the Chesapeake school's basketball team play a tournament game, Elgut said. 'He couldn't believe how these guys played.' That led to an invitation for the team and its coaches to go to China's capital city on an all-expense-paid goodwill tour. Elgut, Rucker and an assistant coach accompanied nine students on the recent trip - including the five team players who were able to go. Some of them had never been out of Hampton Roads, much less on an airplane. The tour gave them the chance to see 'a part of the world most Americans don't have an opportunity to see,' Elgut said. For Kristopher Warren, 17, the best part of the adventure was seeing China's Great Wall. He'd learned about and seen photos of it, but to actually walk along the heights of the wall near Beijing was a 'great experience,' he said. For Ke'Shaun Rountree, the highlight was going to Forbidden City and learning about the intricate details woven into the historic palace. The 17-year-old also loved trying duck head and other Chinese delicacies served to the students during their stay. The teenagers found themselves popular on that side of the world. Everywhere they went, people would stop them and ask to take photos with them. 'They really gravitated to these guys,' Elgut said. 'It was just wonderful to see it.' The Veritas players had no idea the game they loved was so popular in China, and it served as an added link to the people they met there. 'It bonded us together,' Warren said. 'We're all the way across the globe, but we're playing basketball.' The team conducted basketball clinics for students there and played several games against area school teams. They won all of them, even a game they played against a university team. The big, unforgettable night, though, was April 18 when they faced off with the Zhongguancun High School team. Elgut said the school is a satellite for talented high school basketball players and is ranked first in Beijing and fourth in the nation. Rucker will never forget the calm reaction of his players when they saw the size and number of their opponents. He remembers Warren looked at him and said, 'Coach, we know what we've got to do.' And then they did it.
Courtesy of: pilotonline.com



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  HOLLAND  


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

Groningen - Zwolle 74-79

Zwolle beat Groningen on the road to cut the deficit in the championship series. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zwolle made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Zwolle outrebounded Groningen 35-20 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Nick Oudendag (210-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Oudendag is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who recorded 18 points and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively. Five Zwolle and four Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Erik Braal rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Groningen: C.Fieler 18+2reb+5ast, L.Jeter 17+3reb+5ast, J.Dourisseau 14+1reb, S.Cunningham 10+1reb+1ast, A.Slagter 7+2reb, D.Pasalic 6+6reb
Zwolle: J.Tiller 25+6reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 11+7reb+3ast, C.Vette 10+7reb+1ast, J.Yoho 10+6reb, K.Hyland 10+5reb, N.Van Oostrum 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546733





Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars could not help Rapla (20-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Rapla was edged 77-74 at home by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). van der Mars recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. van der Mars has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.4%(226-368) and FT: 70.6%. van der Mars is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). He was the major contributor in a MZT Skopje's victory against the third-ranked Karpos Sokoli (7-3) 86-80 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Friday night. Kloof scored 21 points, had 8 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals in 35 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 1-6. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (9-1) is placed first. Kloof has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.9%(57-102), 3FGP: 25.4% and FT: 61.7% in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker led Saints to an easy victory against the league outsider Mountain Airs (3-10) 94-76 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Wellington Saints (13-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all thirteen games in the Regular Season. Duinker has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 59.8%(76-127) and FT: 86.4% in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #4. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims (10-24) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite de Jong's very good performance Chalons-Reims was edged 77-75 on their home court in Reims by the much higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8). He was the top scorer with 18 points. de Jong also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. It's de Jong's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg and 3.8rpg. de Jong is also Dutch national team player.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #5. Former international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (9-23) in their last game. Despite his good performance Zaragoza lost 85-90 on their home court in Zaragoza to the higher-ranked (#11) Movil Estudiantes. Norel recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Zaragoza's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games. Norel used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #6. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) couldn't help SO Maritime Boulogne (13-21) in their game against Nantes (18-16) in the French ProB (second division), despite his good performance on Friday night. de Jong was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes. But SO Maritime Boulogne lost 65-72 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Nantes. The Regular Season already ended. This year de Jong's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg in 34 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #7. Former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kok couldn't help Rapla (20-12) in their game against Kalev/Cramo (29-3). He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rapla was edged 77-74 on their home court in Rapla by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). Kok's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #8. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto (19-15) in their game against Burgos (24-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto lost 76-91 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. This year van Wijk's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 37 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team back in 2005.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) led CB Canarias to a victory over the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) 73-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Doornekamp scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (22-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) crushing them 103-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (23-9) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 84-79 in the VTB United League last Friday. He recorded 5 points and added 3 passes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.0 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.9 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Allen, Kormend16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Szabo, ZTE K.8.0 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 8. Petty, Kormend6.0 
 9. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Kromah, Kormend2.1 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 3. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 6. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 7. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Kormend and Falco KC advance - by Eurobasket News

Szolnok - ZTE KK 83-75

Szolnok prevailed against visiting ZTE KK to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 22-17 last quarter charge of ZTE KK cut the lead to 83-75 at the end of the game. They outrebounded ZTE KK 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. ZTE KK was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin Aleksa Popovic (201-87) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Szilard Benke (196-95) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) scored 8 points and 8 assists. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: S.Benke 24+9reb+3ast, J.Norfleet 12+3reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 10+2reb, A.Drungilas 10+2reb, E.Ubilla 8+4reb+8ast, Z.Szabo 7+3reb+1ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 36+5reb+1ast, A.Popovic 15+6reb+3ast, N.Pavlicevic 14+5reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 7+6reb, A.Toth 6+6reb+2ast, T.Barnies 3+9reb+4ast
gschID: 546979


PVSK Pannon - Kormend 89-103

Kormend beat PVSK Pannon to advance into the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) contributed with 29 points for the winners. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for PVSK Pannon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 19+7reb+4ast, V.Budimir 18+1reb, Z.Supola 18+4reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 13+12reb+3ast, A.Nelson 13+1reb+6ast, A.Halasz 5+1reb+2ast
Kormend: L.Kromah 29+3reb+2ast, T.Allen 27+7reb+3ast, P.Petty 16+4reb+8ast, S.Gibbs 15+5reb+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 12+8reb+5ast, C.Ferencz 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546978


Kaposvari - Falco KC 77-84

Falco KC beat Kaposvari on the road to reach the next round of playoffs. Kaposvari trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 26-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 77-84 at the end of the game. Falco KC made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Falco KC outrebounded Kaposvari 48-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who scored that evening 23 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Belarusian-Russian Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 assists by American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Four Falco KC and five Kaposvari players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 17+2reb+1ast, M.Cooke 14+8reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 14+5reb, J.Wisseh 11+1reb+11ast, M.Fodor 10+3reb+5ast, K.Simms 7+4reb+1ast
Falco KC: D.Govens 23+4reb+6ast, I.Zigeranovic 18+6reb+2ast, A.Pustahvar 14+12reb+1ast, L.Medford 11+4ast, B.Varadi 6+5reb+3ast, N.Toth 6+3reb
gschID: 546977





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Njardvik keeps Stefansson for another season - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) re-signed 19-year old swingman Snjolfur Stefansson (192-98). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 17 Dominos League games he averaged 3.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Stefansson's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He represented Iceland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 80.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sverrisson re-signs at Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) confirmed in their roster 19-year old guard Jon Sverrisson (187-98). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 Dominos League games he had 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg last season.
Despite young age he had impressive career. Sverrisson's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Sverrisson represented Iceland at the European Championships U18 Division B in Skopje (FYR Macedonia) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBA star Kenneth Faried in India this week. - by Anil Kumar

The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday announced that Denver Nuggets forward/centre Kenneth Faried will visit India to support the continued growth of the game in the country and celebrate the NBA Playoffs with fans.

Faried will visit here on May 20, where he will engage with fans at the Ambience Mall in Gurugram as part of NBA Zone powered by Jabong, the largest basketball entertainment festival in India.

On May 21, Faried will travel to Mumbai for a live television appearance on Sony SIX's NBA morning show "Around the Hoop" to share his perspective on the NBA Playoffs.

"I'm excited to visit India for the first time and celebrate the Playoffs with fans," Faried said.

"The NBA is doing a lot to develop young players there, and I'm looking forward to seeing the passion they have for the game firsthand," he added.

Commenting on the development, NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco said: "Hosting NBA players in India is an important part of our continued efforts to grow basketball across the country."

"The opportunity to meet and interact with a player of Kenneth's caliber will inspire young boys and girls to learn the game and the values it teaches, including teamwork, integrity and respect," he added.

A 6'8" forward from Newark, New Jersey, he was selected 22nd overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Faried was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012 and selected as the Rising Stars Challenge MVP at the NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston.




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Duke Crews (ex CLS Knights) agreed terms with Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (PBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Duke Crews (203-106kg-88, college: Bowie State). He moved there from CLS Knights in Indonesian IBL league where he played this season. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 16.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg and 1.8bpg. This season Crews played at Al Ittihad (Premier League) in Bahrain.
He received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Crews is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Crews has played previously professionally in Japan (Toyama Grouses and Cyberdyne Ibaraki Robots), Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Uruguay (Tabare and Cader), Venezuela (Panteras), Bahrain (Sitra) and Philippines (SM Beermen).
He attended Bowie State until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 9. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.5 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Moore, The F.5.4 
 6. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.1 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. MBaye, Enel B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto23.7 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.7 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Johnson, Unieuro .19.0 
 10. Cosey, Tortona18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 5. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.1 
 4. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 10. Tavernelli, Lighthou.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 5. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.5 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.3 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.3 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino19.1 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona17.9 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.4 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 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. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 6. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.2 
 7. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 9. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.0 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.8 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 7. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 


Serie A Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Umana Venezia and EA7 Armani enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

The Flexx PT - Umana VE 79-92

Umana Venezia rallied past Pistoia on the road to seal their semifinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. The Flexx PT was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 assists. Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) replied with 21 points and the former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for The Flexx PT.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 21+1reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 14+5reb+2ast, N.Boothe 10+5reb, D.Magro 10+4reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 9+4reb+3ast, M.Jenkins 7+2reb+3ast
Umana VE: M.Haynes 31+2reb+5ast, M.Bramos 15+5reb+2ast, T.McGee 13+5reb+1ast, B.Ortner 9+3reb+1ast, A.Filloy 7+1reb, T.Ress 6+4reb
gschID: 547050


Betaland Cdo - EA7 Armani 62-77

EA7 Armani drubbed Betaland Capo d'Orlando away from home to win the series. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Betaland Cdo managed to win fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Betaland Cdo outrebounded Armani Milano 45-32 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian Milan Macvan (206-89) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 10 points. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (202-87, agency: BeoBasket) produced 7 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (208-91, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: D.Archie 15+3reb, J.Berzins 9+2reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 8+10reb+1ast, M.Tepic 7+13reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 6+4reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 6+2reb+4ast
EA7 Armani: M.Macvan 15+6reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 12+4reb, K.Simon 11+4reb+2ast, R.Hickman 10+4reb+3ast, J.McLean 8+3reb, M.Raduljica 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 546988





Giovanni Allodi extends contract with Latina Basket - by Eurobasket News

Giovanni Allodi (206-F/C-94, agency: Two Points) has extended his contract with Latina Basket. The centre joined Latina at the start of the season. Giovanni Allodi notched 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds per game in Serie A2. Previously the centre had stints with Legnano, Ferentino, Mantovana and Reggio Emilia. He was the member of the Italian B National Team.


Overview of Serie B Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Campli - Barcellona 81-77

Campli held off Barcellona to take 2-1 lead. Campli forced 22 Basket Barcellona turnovers. Basket Barcellona was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Simone Gatti (202-82) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Campli's coach Piero Millina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian David Paunovic (198-95) who recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Campli: R.Bottioni 19+3reb+6ast, S.Gatti 19+6reb+1ast, D.Petrucci 11+2reb+2ast, R.Ponziani 10+7reb, B.Duranti 9+5reb+2ast, A.Serafini 6+6reb
Barcellona: D.Grilli 16+4reb+2ast, L.Brunetti 16+6reb+1ast, D.Paunovic 15+8reb+1ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 10+9reb+1ast, B.Milojevic 8+1reb, F.Stefanini 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546559


Pescara - Montegrano 81-75

Pescara topped Montegrano to narrow the deficit in the series. Pescara forced 24 Montegrano turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Montegrano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Stefano Rajola (186-72) who scored 15 points and 8 assists. Swingman Jacopo Valentini (193-86) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Pescara players scored in double figures. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Francesco Bedetti (195-93, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Pescara: S.Rajola 15+4reb+8ast, J.Valentini 15+6reb+5ast, S.Pepe 15+4reb+4ast, M.Bini 12+3reb, E.Di Donato 9+3reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 6+6reb+2ast
Montegrano: O.Gueye 12+1reb+1ast, G.Broglia 11+6reb+3ast, M.Diomede 11+1reb+2ast, V.Di Viccaro 10+3reb+2ast, N.Rizzitiello 9+7reb, F.Bedetti 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 546558


Cassino - Napoli Cuore 91-86

Cassino surged ahead in the series versus Napoli Cuore following a tough home win. Cassino made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Napoli Cuore was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Lorenzo Panzini (188-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Napoli Cuore. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cassino: L.Panzini 29+7reb+2ast, N.Petrucci 25+2reb+1ast, S.Bagnoli 14+10reb+4ast, D.Birindelli 8+7reb, B.Sergio 8+6reb+1ast, R.Quartuccio 3+1reb+3ast
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 26+9reb, R.Maggio 23+7reb+4ast, S.Nikolic 17+8reb+4ast, A.Barsanti 12+1ast, M.Mastroianni 6+2reb+1ast, A.Ronconi 2+3ast
gschID: 546561


Bisceglie - Palestrina 72-68

Bisceglie rallied past Palestrina for 2-1 advantage. The best player for the winners was forward Gianmarco Leggio (202-94) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Alessandro Poti (192-91) chipped in 15 points. Four Bisceglie players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) who recorded 17 points and forward Davide Serino (199-81) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: G.Leggio 19+6reb, A.Poti 15+2reb+3ast, E.Damian Cena 12+4reb, S.Bruno 10+5reb+4ast, E.Di Emidio 6+5reb+2ast, A.Riccardo 6+4reb+2ast
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 17+3reb+3ast, S.Rischia 15+1reb+4ast, D.Serino 11+8reb+1ast, M.Drigo 9+6reb+2ast, F.Gagliardo 9+3reb+1ast, D.Molinari 3+2reb
gschID: 546562


Firenze All Foods - Orzinuovi GaGa 57-71

Orzinuovi GaGa dropped Firenze All Foods on the road to sweep the series. Orzinuovi GaGa shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Firenze All Foods only scored six points from the stripe. Firenze All Foods were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Center Giorgio Piunti (206-90) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Andrea Longobardi (199-94) who recorded 12 points and point guard Giacomo Bloise (182-90) added 10 points respectively. Four Firenze All Foods players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Valenti 17+11reb, A.Ruggiero 11+6reb+3ast, G.Piunti 11+8reb+2ast, M.Toure 9+2reb+1ast, R.Perego 8+3reb+2ast, C.Cantone 7+1reb+2ast
Firenze All Foods: A.Longobardi 12+4reb, J.Lucarelli 10+5reb, G.Bloise 10+4reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 10+1reb+1ast, F.Merengo 5+4reb, D.Rosignoli 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 546564


Piacenza - Omegna 75-70

Piacenza beat Omegna to open win count in the series. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (205-82, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Four Piacenza players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: M.Rezzano 15+7reb+1ast, G.Sanguinetti 12+4reb+5ast, M.Soragna 11+3reb+2ast, E.Leonzio 11+5reb+5ast, M.Magrini 9+4reb+3ast, G.Bruni 7+4reb+2ast
Omegna: G.Gasparin 22+3reb+5ast, M.Arrigoni 14+12reb+2ast, D.Corral 13+9reb+3ast, F.Villa 9, A.Simoncelli 5+4reb+4ast, F.Fratto 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546563


Bergamo - Lecco 70-77

Lecco defeated Bergamo to avoid elimination. Lecco dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bergamo's 28. It was a great evening for power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) helped adding 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marco Planezio (196-91, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Lecco: J.Balanzoni 20+12reb+3ast, D.Quartieri 11+1ast, M.Peroni 11+2reb+3ast, C.Fumagalli 11+1reb+3ast, G.Spera 10+10reb+4ast, D.Todeschini 6+5reb+4ast
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 19+6reb, M.Planezio 13+4reb+1ast, A.Panni 11+3reb+3ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 8+3reb+2ast, D.Lauwers 7+2reb+2ast, N.Cazzolato 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546560


Cento - Moncalieri 60-47

Cento clinched the second win in the series versus Moncalieri. Cento outrebounded Moncalieri 46-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) who led the winners and scored 9 points and 14 rebounds. The former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Guard Antonio-Fabrizio Smorto (192-95) came up with 11 points and swingman Maurizio Tassone (196-90, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Moncalieri in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Cento: M.Caroldi 17+4reb+2ast, L.Pignatti 9+14reb+3ast, M.Benfatto 8+5reb+1ast, A.Chiera 8+6reb+2ast, L.Brighi 7+1ast, L.D'Alessandro 5+9reb+2ast
Moncalieri: A.Fabrizio Smorto 11+2reb+2ast, D.Merletto 10+1reb, G.Di Bonaventura 9+2reb, M.Tassone 7+7reb, R.Coviello 4+3reb, A.Agbogan 4+5reb
gschID: 546663





Trento keep Maurizio Buscaglia at helm - by Eurobasket News

Trento extended the contract with head coach Maurizio Buscaglia (agency: Octagon Europe ). The specialist inked a three-year extension. Maurizio Buscaglia (agency: Octagon Europe ) has been working with the team since 2010. He was named All-Italian LNP Gold Coach of the Year in 2014. Buscaglia was also trumped All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year in 2015.


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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.7 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, Sanen18.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.3 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. White, Sendai17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .12.9 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.7 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.5 
 7. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 8. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets8.5 
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. Garrett, Toyota A.4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 8. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.3 
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.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.1 


B League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Tochigi Brex and Toshiba BT post wins - by Eurobasket News

Tochigi Brex - SeaHorses 83-68

Tochigi Brex cruised past SeaHorses at the start of the semifinal 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 83-68. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 36-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Aishin Sea Horses' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) added 11 points in the effort for Aishin Sea Horses. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 20+8reb+7ast, J.Gibbs 15+10reb+5ast, K.Takeuchi 12+4reb, Y.Endo 11+4reb+3ast, H.Watanabe 9+2reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 8+1ast
SeaHorses: G.Edwards 26+5reb+2ast, M.Hiejima 11+3reb+3ast, K.Kanamaru 9+3reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+2reb+2ast, I.Butts 5+3reb, T.Kato 4
gschID: 546868


Toshiba BT - Toyota Alvark 84-76

Toshiba Brave Thunders held off Toyota Alvark in the opener. It looked good early as Toyota Alvark took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toshiba Thunders had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Toyota Alvark was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-84. Toshiba Thunders dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 34. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) responded with 23 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 23+1ast, N.Fazekas 21+12reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 10+5reb+1ast, R.Spangler 8+9reb+1ast, K.Nomoto 6+5reb+1ast, M.Diouf 6+2reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 23+2reb+5ast, D.Tanaka 14+1reb+3ast, J.Ayres 11+10reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 10+2reb, J.Takeuchi 8+6reb+1ast, T.Plaisted 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546867






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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 5. Black, Bashkimi19.6 
 6. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 7. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.3 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca16.9 
 10. Locke, Bashkimi16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Moser, Sigal P.8.3 
 4. Sinani, Bashkimi8.1 
 5. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 6. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 7. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 8. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 9. Black, Bashkimi6.6 
 10. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Soyebo, Bashkimi6.9 
 4. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 5. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.5 
 6. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 7. Mekaj, Peja5.1 
 8. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 9. Black, Bashkimi4.5 
 10. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.5 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Soyebo, Bashkimi1.8 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 6. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 9. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 10. Black, Bashkimi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 6. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 7. Muric, Peja0.7 
 8. Anderson, Ylli0.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 10. Sinani, Bashkimi0.5 


SuperLeague Round 3 of Finals. Sigal Prishtina step closer to title - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 81-65

Sigal Prishtina rallied past Bashkimi to take 2-1 lead in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-65. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Jabarie Hinds (180-92, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 assists. Forward Mike Moser (203-90, college: Oregon) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Sigal Prishtina players scored in double figures. Forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bashkimi. Bashkimi's coach Dragan Radovic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: J.Hinds 20+3reb+7ast, M.Moser 16+7reb, N.Delic 12+3reb+2ast, F.Rugova 10+10reb, W.Kemp 10+3reb+5ast, E.Azemi 7+6reb+1ast
Bashkimi: K.Locke 22+7reb+1ast, J.Black 13+5reb+2ast, T.Soyebo 8+2reb+6ast, G.Adams 6+4reb, M.Popovic 6+6reb+2ast, I.Tahiri 5+5reb
gschID: 547011





Kerasan Prishtina wins Play-Out series, stays in Superleague - by Dren Shporta

The young team from the capital of Kosovo, Kerasan Prishtina, has managed to win Play-Out series of Super league vs KB Drita Gjilan to secure the elite for another season.

Kerasan Prishtina had a court advantage in the series, but that wasn't important in the end, since they've beat KB Drita Gjilan home and away for final 2-0 in series. (Prishtina, Game 1: Kerasan 87-80 Drita; Gjilan, Game 2: Drita 92-96 Kerasan)

After Kerasan Prishtina secured itself a Super league for 2017-18, we have clear picture of teams participating in next season.

Sigal Prishtina, KB Bashkimi Prizren, KB Peja, KB Trepca Mitrovice, Golden Eagle Ylli, KB Rahoveci, Kerasan Prishtina and Borea will compete in 2017-18.



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.3 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 5. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 6. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 7. Blums, VEF Riga13.6 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fischer, Valmiera9.1 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.7.5 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 9. Meiers, VEF Riga6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 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. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Jakovics, Ventspils1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.8 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 


LBL Round 1 of Finals. VEF Riga claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - VEF Riga 66-76

VEF Riga rolled past Ventspils in Game 1 of the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Ventspils managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Richard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) produced 11 points and 4 steals and Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 11+4reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 10+6reb, F.Campbell 8+2reb, A.Skele 7+1reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 6+5reb+1ast, T.Leimanis 6+2ast
VEF Riga: M.Mejeris 22+8reb+2ast, K.Richard 14+4reb+5ast, A.Gordon 9+1reb+3ast, A.Gaddy 7+4ast, I.Gromovs 7+9reb+1ast, G.Antrops 6
gschID: 546832





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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen25.0 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Jackson, Homen.21.7 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.5 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.1 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Sosa, Al Riyadi5.5 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.5 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 3 of Finals. Al Riyadi topple Homenetmen - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen - Al Riyadi 64-73

Al Riyadi outgunned Homenetmen on the road to narrow the deficit in the series. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mohamad Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and forward Hayk Gyokchyan (203-90, college: Franklin & Marshall) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: D.Jackson 24+9reb+1ast, H.Gyokchyan 15+5reb+1ast, E.Chamoun 8+1ast, K.Mechref 8+3reb, A.Majok 4+9reb, K.Galloway 3+10reb+8ast
Al Riyadi: M.Haidar 18+12reb, J.Abdel Nour 17+5reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 14+5reb+8ast, A.Aminu 14+12reb+1ast, A.Saoud 10+7reb+3ast, J.Aawar 0
gschID: 546912





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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.13.8 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.3 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.3 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.4 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.7 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.4 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.3 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Hannah, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 5. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 6. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 9. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 10. Sulskis, Juventus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Juventus
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.1 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 8. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #6. Forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (5-27) crushing them 84-51 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (22-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Grigonis has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   #2. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) led Gmunden Swans to a victory against the closely-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) 79-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Gaidys scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basket Swans Gmunden (22-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Gaidys has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games he played so far.

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

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

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

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



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He managed to help AS Monaco Basket in a victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (8-26) 97-89 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (30-4) is placed first in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sy averages: 7.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 76.6% in 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). Sidibe could not help Blancos de Rueda (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Blancos de Rueda was edged 66-63 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Moron. Sidibe was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 23.5% in 31 games. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France). Traore led Chorale de Roanne to a victory against the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (13-20) 81-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne Basket (14-19) is placed 12th in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Traore's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Traore's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 28.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #4. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-Maurienne in their game against Nantes (17-16) in the French ProB (second division). Ballo scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Aix-Maurienne was defeated 92-84 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Nantes (#8). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ballo's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the 16th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-24) 77-75 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) is placed eighth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sy's first season with the team. Sy's overall stats this year are: 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) contributed to a Olympique Antibes' victory against the ninth-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-18) 79-71 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Sharks Antibes (12-22) is placed 14th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. It's Diarra's first season with the team. This year Diarra's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 34 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Sourata Cisse (196-F/G-86) plays for Orchesien BC in French NM1
Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94) plays for Zornotza in Spanish LEB Silver
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for JSA Bordeaux in French NM2
Cheick Soumaoro (204-F/C-90) plays for SAP Vaucluse in French NM1
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for GET Vosges in French NM1
Ludovic Chelle (183-PG-83) plays for Caen in French NM1

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



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.4 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.6 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis24.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.2 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.6 
 6. Crawford, Durango22.2 
 7. Rogers, Navolato21.6 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 10. Ammons, Navolato21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.0 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.1 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.9 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.9 
 7. Rogers, Navolato7.5 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.4 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Lathan, Tijuana7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Crawford, Durango6.6 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato6.3 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.4 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.9 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
 9. Murphy, Los Mochis4.4 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nick MURPHY
  Los Mochis
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Murphy, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 7. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
 8. Forte, Los Mochis1.2 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Pittman, Guasave1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Maxwell, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 7. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 8. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 
 9. Keller, Durango0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 30: Tijuana Zonkeys beat Halcones de Ciudad Obregon in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ciudad Obregon. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced second-best Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Guests from Tijuana (15-12) defeated host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (19-10) 97-89. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Kareem Rodriguez (192) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 26 points and 9 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 15-12 record having eight points less than leader Hermosillo. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twenty second victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-17) 86-78. It was a good game for forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthlon Bell contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists for Pioneros Los Mochis. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 22-6 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-19) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-14) on Friday. Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only three-point victory 103-100. However their fans expected much easier game. Sammy Yeager scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Martin Samarco with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guaymas. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Guaymas. Local Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-14) beat 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-18) 95-81. The game was dominated by American players. Paul Marigney notched a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 15-14 record, which they share with Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 18 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 30 Navolato defeated Mazatlan in a road game 86-79.
The best stats of 30th round was 26 points and 6 assists by Chris Crawford of Culiacan.

Obregon - Tijuana 89-97

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ciudad Obregon. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced second-best Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Guests from Tijuana (15-12) defeated host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (19-10) 97-89. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 26-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Kareem Rodriguez (192) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 26 points and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) added 24 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 15-12 record having eight points less than leader Hermosillo. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: K.Rodriguez 26+5reb+3ast, T.Lathan 20+9reb+6ast, M.Morrison 16+4reb+2ast, C.Tate 16+8reb, A.Olivas 9+8reb, D.Cheek 7+3reb+2ast
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 26+4reb+9ast, L.Atterberry 24+10reb, M.Glover 15+9reb+1ast, K.Capers 11+2reb+7ast, J.Hutchingson 5+6reb+2ast, O.Quintero 5+1ast
gschID: 536425


Mazatlan - Navolato 79-86

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (13-16) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (12-17) 86-79. The game was dominated by American players. Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) did not help to save the game for Lobos UAD Mazatlan. Point guard Peshon Howard (190-90, college: USC) added 18 points. 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. Garra Canera de Navolato have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Navolato: K.Rogers 26+10reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 17+4reb+5ast, M.Ammons 17+10reb+1ast, J.David Estrada 11+2reb+2ast, A.Perez 8+3reb, B.Heredia 3+2ast
Mazatlan: P.Howard 18+1reb+3ast, O.Thomas 15+7reb+3ast, S.Edwards 13+5reb, C.Tucker 13+4reb+5ast, M.Lizarraga 8, J.Alfredo Casillas 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 536422


Los Mochis - Hermosillo 78-86

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twenty second victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (12-17) 86-78. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-14. But Pioneros Los Mochis won third quarter 23-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Anthlon Bell (190-93, college: Arkansas) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 22-6 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: A.Bell 23+3reb+2ast, J.Camacho 16+14reb+5ast, E.Little 16+9reb+2ast, M.Henry 15+8reb+2ast, J.Villanueva 9+1reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 6+3reb
Los Mochis: J.Early 23+6reb+1ast, T.Motley 19+6reb+4ast, M.Hernandez 16+3reb+2ast, N.Murphy 15+20reb+7ast, D.Leal 3, J.Schobert 2
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Guaymas - Culiacan 95-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Guaymas. Local Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-14) beat 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-18) 95-81. Caballeros de Culiacan was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 55-34 second half run of Ostioneros de Guaymas. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Caballeros de Culiacan's 34. They outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 49-19 including a 35-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ostioneros de Guaymas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) notched a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 26 points and 6 assists by guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports) did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 21 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Five Ostioneros de Guaymas and four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 15-14 record, which they share with Guasave. Caballeros de Culiacan lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 18 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: R.Woods 18+5reb+2ast, B.West 16+9reb, B.Provost 16+2reb+5ast, J.Salcedo 15+6reb, D.Giron 11+3reb+1ast, P.Marigney 10+13reb+10ast
Culiacan: C.Crawford 26+4reb+6ast, B.Puckett 21+4reb+4ast, D.Maxwell 11+4reb, J.Gonzalez 10+4ast, C.Perez 6+3reb, J.Villalobos 5+1reb
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Guasave - Durango 103-100

Tenth-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-19) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (15-14) on Friday. Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only three-point victory 103-100. However their fans expected much easier game. Frayles de Guasave outrebounded Aguilas Doradas de Durango 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) with 30 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ronnie Battle (185, college: Chattahoochee V.) scored 22 points and 6 assists. Five Frayles de Guasave and four Aguilas Doradas de Durango players scored in double figures. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guaymas. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: S.Yeager 30+7reb+5ast, T.Franklin 23+7reb+1ast, A.Cervantes 14+6reb+1ast, G.Mondragon 14+7reb+2ast, L.Davis 12+3reb+7ast, D.Keller 10+6reb+2ast
Durango: M.Samarco 30+6reb+3ast, R.Battle 22+3reb+6ast, R.Smith 19+8reb, J.Crawford 17+5reb+7ast, S.Soriano 8+2reb+1ast, A.Matron 4+1reb+1ast
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Obregon inks Kevin Capers - by Eurobasket News

Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Kevin Capers (188-77kg-93, college: Florida Southern). He moved there from Westchester Knicks (D-League) in the U.S. where he started the season. In 48 games he had 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg this season. Capers also played that season for another team Knicks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In 48 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Westchester Knicks (D-League) in third round (57th overall).
The former Florida Southern College (NCAA Div.II) standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won NCAA D2 championship title in 2015. Capers was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Region Player of the Year and Basketball Times NCAA D2 All-America 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.

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Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Joventut (11-21) crushing them 95-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Ayon scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ayon averages: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 64.9%(100-154) and FT: 64.9% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). Gutierrez led Trabzonspor to a victory against the closely-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-22) 101-92 in the Turkish BSL last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 15 passes. Gutierrez also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (10-20) is placed 12th in the BSL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Gutierrez's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.4apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 20.5% and FT: 70.6%. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 103-66 on the road by the second-ranked Baskonia. Cruz was the second best scorer with 13 points in 24 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Cruz's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 76.9% in 31 games. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Hector Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
   #4. Power forward Hector Hernandez (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to Vaqueros' victory against the closely-ranked Leones (8-10) 76-71 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Thursday. Hernandez scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (9-12) is placed fifth in the BSN. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Hernandez has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in 12 games. He is also Mexican national team player.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #5. International center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Argentino in their game against Obras Basket (5-0) in the Argentinian LigaA. Gutierrez scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the fourth-placed Argentino (29-27) was defeated 83-73 at home by the leading Obras Basket in the Sur group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gutierrez's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the Mexican national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #6. Point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Haifa (16-17) in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (19-14) in the Israeli Winner League. He scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Maccabi Haifa lost 63-69 in Jerusalem to the higher-ranked (#3) Hapoel. It was Maccabi Haifa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Mendez-Valdez's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is an international player who is currently on the senior Mexican National Team roster. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

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

   #1. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help one of league's weakest teams Vaqueros (9-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Vaqueros was crushed 75-53 on the road by the higher-ranked Capitanes (#4). Soto was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists. Soto's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joseph Soto and both played together in the last Puerto Rican BSN game. Gierbolini was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Vaqueros in their game against Capitanes (10-10), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. But Vaqueros was crushed 75-53 in Arecibo by the higher-ranked (#4) Capitanes. This year Gierbolini's total stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg in 16 games he played so far.

   #3. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help San Lorenzo de Almagra to win against the leader Obras Basket (5-0) 81-65 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. He scored only 2 points and added 7 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. San Lorenzo de Almagra (40-16) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Perez Kaufmann's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) was not able to secure a victory for ExSAL ST (7-8) in their game against San Marcos (13-3) in the Salvadorean Liga Superior. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game Villalobos scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Villalobos has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7apg.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Valencia Basket (23-9) in their last game. Despite Dubljevic's very good performance Valencia Basket was edged 70-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) UCAM Murcia. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Dubljevic also added 9 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 85.3% in 28 games he played so far. Dubljevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the 13th-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-21) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Rice was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points and added 5 passes. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Rice's first season with the team. This year Rice has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 79.2%. He is a naturalized American. Rice played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League). Rochestie was the main contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 84-79 in the VTB United League on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Rochestie recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Rochestie has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 94.5%(52-55) in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. An experienced power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-8) crushing them 89-60 in the Serbian KLS in Monday night's game. Bjelica scored 11 points. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (8-1) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Bjelica averages: 8.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #5. Former international shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Spartak (1-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Spartak lost 72-76 on the opponent's court to the league outsider (#8) Vrsac. Jelenic was the top scorer with 24 points in 32 minutes. It was Spartak's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Jelenic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in 13 games. Jelenic used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Maksim Sturanovic
Maksim Sturanovic
   #6. Center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to Bosna-Royal's victory against the leader Igokea (9-1) 90-81 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Tuesday night's game. Sturanovic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Liga 6. KK Bosna-Royal Sarajevo (7-3) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sturanovic's stats this year are: 10.9ppg and 6.2rpg in 32 games. He is a former U21 international player as he played for the Montenegrin team ten years ago.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #7. Former international power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bojan Dubljevic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Radovic was the major contributor in an UCAM Murcia's surprising victory against the third-ranked Valencia Basket (23-9) 70-67. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Radovic's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nikola Ivanovic
Nikola Ivanovic
   #8. Point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Betaland Cdo (15-15) in their last game. Despite Ivanovic's very good performance Betaland Cdo lost 80-94 at home to the leading Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Ivanovic also added 5 assists in 32 minutes. It was Betaland Cdo's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #9. Former international center Blagota Sekulic (210-82, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sekulic's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 103-66 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Baskonia. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Sekulic's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Nikola Pavlicevic
Nikola Pavlicevic
   #10. Shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked ZTE KK (22-12) 94-77 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Pavlicevic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (20-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-5 group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help KTE-Duna (18-16) in their last game. Despite Djukanovic's very good performance the third-placed KTE-Duna was crushed 98-69 in Szekesfehervar by the leading Alba in the Places 6-10 group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Djukanovic also added 4 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. Djukanovic averaged so far 12.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Stelmet's victory against the seventh-ranked Polpharma 77-74 in the Polish PLK last Friday. Dragicevic recorded 10 points. Dragicevic averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international small forward Aleksa Popovic (201-87, currently plays in Hungary) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikola Pavlicevic. But that was another game of his team in Hungarian A Division which we would like to mention. Popovic contributed to Szolnok's victory against the fourth-ranked ZTE KK 83-75. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. This year Popovic's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg in 29 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international swingman Nikola Zizic (197-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Vrsac crushing them 83-63 in the Serbian KLS in Thursday night's game. Zizic scored 9 points. Zizic's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Telekom Baskets in their game against Brose Baskets in the German BBL. Barovic scored 9 points in only 12 minutes. His team lost 63-76. This year Barovic's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 3.0rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (8-26) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was defeated 97-89 on the road by the leading Monaco. Rush was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. The Regular Season already ended. Rush has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #2. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) contributed to an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the 14th-ranked Olympique Antibes (12-22) 75-65 in the French ProA last Friday. Dragovic scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) is placed eighth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Dragovic's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 2-point Un.Olimpija's victory against the second-ranked Rogaska (7-3) 75-73 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. Milosevic scored 6 points. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-5) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Milosevic has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #4. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSU Sibiu's victory against the fifth-ranked Oradea (2-7) 69-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Thursday night. He recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (18-10) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Lalovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg in 39 games.

   #5. Mikaile Tmusic (188-G-93, currently plays in Kosovo) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Bashkimi in their game against Sigal Prishtina (23-3) in the Kosovan SuperLeague. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. Bashkimi lost 73-78 at home to the leading Sigal Prishtina. Tmusic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Kosovan.



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.3 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Williams, Dallas M.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.7 
 10. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Durant, Golden S.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Utah's Gobert takes Break from International Stage - by Eurobasket

Rudy Gobert (216-C-92) won't be linking up with the France National Team for their upcoming EuroBasket campaign after the Utah Jazz center revealed he will be taking a break from international competition. On the back of a long and gruelling season, one in which Gobert struggled with a knee injury, the Frenchman has taken the decision to focus on his NBA team and make sure he is fully fit and ready for the New Year. For a France team looking to win the EuroBasket title for the second time, the loss of their best player will be a huge blow to Les Bleus' chances.
Following Tony Parker's retirement from international basketball last summer, the hopes of a nation have been shifted onto the shoulders of Gobert. Having become the highest-earning French athlete last year when he signed a four-year deal with the Jazz worth $102 million, the 24-year old will leave a sizeable hole in France's roster for the tournament, which gets underway at the end of August. Consistently one of Europe's top teams, the French will now have to prove they can still compete without Parker and now Gobert.

As well as playing a key role in France finishing third in the EuroBasket tournament two years ago, Gobert also went on to appear in all his country's matches during last summer's Olympic Games in Rio. But with EuroBasket set to switch from being held every two years to every four years instead, it might be at least a couple of years before Gobert pulls on the blue of France. One Jazz player will still be at the EuroBasket later this year representing France, with former Phoenix man Boris Diaw expected to play in the event for the eighth time in his long career.

For Utah, knowing they won't have to lose one of their key players for over a month with the risk of picking up an injury will be a real boost. Gobert impressed during his first appearance in the postseason, with the Jazz beating the LA Clippers in the opening round before being comprehensively whitewashed by a Golden State Warriors team now priced at -350 with the latest NBA odds. While the season ultimately ended in disappointment, the journey the team went on will stand the whole roster in good stead next year.
The Jazz have paid the price for having international players in the past, most recently when Dante Exum tore his ACL while representing Australia in 2015, ruling him out of the entire 2015/16 NBA campaign. Gobert has really begun to establish himself as a key player in this Utah team over the past year, recording a career-high average of 14 points a game during the regular season, averaging 11.6 points in his nine playoff appearances.
Playing in a team containing a number of exciting youngsters, Gobert will have a massive role to play next season as the franchise look to build on this year's achievements and continue to cement their place as a team capable of challenging for honours.



Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 30 points, Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and tie an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory. Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three. Even with James and the rest of the starters sitting out the fourth quarter, the 130 points was the most ever scored by the franchise in a playoff game. Kyrie Irving had 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland. It would be the third straight sweep this postseason for the defending NBA champions, who also won the last three games of last year's finals. Game 3 is Sunday night. 'It's one game. I don't care if you win by 200 points,' Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. 'We're going back home, we're not going to get comfortable. We understand that this is a good team. They're not No. 1 in the East for no reason.' The Celtics played the second half without Isaiah Thomas due to a strained right hip. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the star point guard had a nagging injury that he aggravated a week ago during the second-round series against Washington. 'He was pretty despondent not to be able to play,' Stevens said.' That guy's a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. For him to have to sit was pretty hard.' Asked how much that hurt his team, Stevens said, 'Not 44 points worth.' 'I don't want to put that on any one guy,' he said. 'Ultimately, they were terrific. We were poor. You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly, when other guys aren't available.' With both teams going to their benches early in the fourth quarter, the only suspense was whether the Celtics could avoid the worst playoff loss in franchise history. The Orlando Magic beat them by 47 points in the first round of the 1995 postseason. Still, it was the Celtics' worst home playoff loss ever. 'It is embarrassing,' Celtics guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) said. 'As a man, as a basketball team, it will say a lot about us how we respond.' Thomas finished with just a pair of free throws, missing all six shots from the field; he also had six assists. Rookie Jaylen Brown (6'7''-F-96, college: California) scored 19 for Boston, Avery Bradley had 13 and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 11 points and five rebounds. The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them. It's the first time since 2008 that he won't finish in the top three. 'You've got to give the award to different people every now and then,' Lue said. 'But to me, LeBron's the MVP. Just like (Shaquille O'Neal), you can give him the MVP every season, if you want to.' James, who's won the award four times, still has a chance for a fourth NBA title - and second in a row. Maybe Golden State can figure out a way to slow him down, or San Antonio if it can come back in the West. The Celtics haven't found a way, and they're running out of time. James had 22 points in the first half, when he also collected six assists and had three blocked shots, including a chase-down rejection of Bradley that was reminiscent of the one against Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. That one was critical to clinching Cleveland's first championship since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. This one more like rubbing the Celtics' noses in the fact that they just couldn't stop him.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



Pelicans Expected To Hire Chris Finch As Assistant - by Eurobasket News

The Pelicans confirmed earlier this week that they won't replace head coach Alvin Gentry , but it appears some changes are coming to Gentry's coaching staff. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, New Orleans is close to hiring Nuggets associate head coach Chris Finch as an assistant. Sources tell Stein that the Pelicans have gone after Finch in the hopes of adding his 'offensive brainpower' to their bench. As Stein observes, Finch was partly responsible for Denver's offensive improvement centered around big man Nikola Jokic, so the Pelicans are hoping adding the veteran coach will allow the club to take full advantage of Anthony Davis' and DeMarcus Cousins' talents. Before he joined the Nuggets in 2016, Finch coached Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London and worked for the Rockets organization for the better part of a decade. He was hired as the head coach of Houston's D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, in 2009, and then joined the Rockets as an assistant in 2011. Finch was promoted to associate head coach by the Rockets in 2014, and retained that title when he was hired by the Nuggets last year. I would guess he'll have a similar role in New Orleans if and when he and the Pelicans finalize his new deal.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Blazers Deny Hawks Request To Interview Olshey - by Eurobasket News

The Hawks were denied a request to discuss their vacant general manager position with Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey , Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports. The Blazers executive has managed Portland's roster since 2010. The Hawks have been in the market for a general manager ever since the roles of Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox were modified earlier this month. As we wrote at the time, head coach Budenholzer relinquished his title as the president of basketball operations and Wilcox was transferred to a different role in the front office. Lately the Hawks have been scouring the industry for possible replacements, with names like Scott Perry, David Griffin and Joe Dumars all popping up over the course of the past few weeks.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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

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



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  NBLCANADA  


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

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



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

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



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  NCAA1  


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

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



St. Bonaventure lands UNLV transfer guard Jalen Poyser - by Eurobasket News

St. Bonaventure pulled in a potentially solid transfer on Thursday as UNLV guard Jalen Poyser (6'4''-G-96) pledged to the Bonnies. The 6-foot-4 Poyser just finished his sophomore season in which he averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game game for the Runnin' Rebels. Poyser will have to sit out one season and will have two seasons of eligibility after. Poyser will have to improve his low shooting percentages during his time at UNLV, but he is capable of putting up points and scoring from multiple levels of the floor.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Western Kentucky lands Virginia transfer Darius Thompson - by Eurobasket News

Western Kentucky picked up another valuable piece for next season with the addition of Virginia graduate transfer Darius Thompson (6'4''-G-95). The 6-foot-4 Thompson has been a valuable rotation player with the Cavaliers the past two seasons after starting his career with Tennessee. Thompson played 20.4 minutes per game last year and averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. The Hilltoppers have assembled an intriguing collection of talent for head coach Rick Stansbury as Thompson gives them another experienced transfer who should mix well with talented freshmen like big man Mitchell Robinson and wing Josh Anderson. In only his second season in charge, Stansbury has built himself a talented roster that could earn an autobid next season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NCAA2  


Chris Gillett returns to Naestved as Assistant Coach - by Daniel Poerschke

US-American coach Chris Gillett will return as the assistant coach of danish top-league team Team FOG Naestved again for next season. Gillett came to Denmark last summer after multiple years of working in the NCAA 2 college ranks and spending the 2015/16 season in the United Kingdom as an assistant coach. While in the UK he won the british BBL championship with the Leicester Riders in 2016. This past season with Naestved, Gillett helped the club win the danish Cup trophy. The young american coach specializes in player development and video scouting.


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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.3 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.0 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.4 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 4. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 5. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.8.1 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers7.1 
 10. McCarron, SC Ra.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.7 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.5 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
 10. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 5. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 


Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Demir IBB (9-21) in their last game. Despite Abercrombie's good performance Demir IBB lost 79-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was Demir IBB's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Abercrombie averages: 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3% in seven games he played so far. Ex-Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Zaragoza in their game against Movil Estudiantes (13-19) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Fotu did not impress in that game on Sunday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Zaragoza was defeated 90-85 at home by the higher-ranked Movil Estudiantes (#11). It was Zaragoza's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Fotu's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.9%(121-181), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 58.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He was not able to secure a victory for Bandits (4-5) in their last game. Despite Newton's very good performance the fifth-placed Bandits (4-5) were badly defeated 90-74 in Dandenong by the leading Rangers in the SEABL-East group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Newton also added 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. Newton has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 45.5%(15-33) in nine games. He played for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #4. Forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) led Buccaneers to a victory against the fourth-ranked Redbacks (8-3) 117-113 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Paringatai scored 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. Geraldton Buccaneers (9-2) are placed second in SBL group. Paringatai's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #5. Former University international guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Sunshine CR's victory against the fifth-ranked Logan Thunder (2-1) 98-84 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Meehl scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Sunshine Coast Rip (2-0) is placed fifth in QBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Meehl has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian. Meehl used to play for the New Zealand university national team ten years ago.

   #6. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) helped Eagles win their game against the leader Hawks (9-0) 95-77 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SBL. East Perth Eagles (4-12) are placed . Tawhiti's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

   #7. Former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Nunawading Spectres in a victory against the fourth-ranked Ballarat Miners (5-3) 92-82 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. King-Hawea scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Nunawading Spectres (9-1) are placed first in SEABL-East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year King-Hawea's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 4.1rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #8. Forward Tobias Cameron (99, currently plays in Australia) helped Rollers win their game against the ninth-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (1-1) 89-76 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Cameron scored 6 points. Gold Coast Rollers (2-2) are placed sixth in QBL group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cameron's total stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand U18 national team.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Steven Adams (213-C/F-93) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Samuel Waardenburg (207-PF-99) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Thomas Giles (180-G-88) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
Zac Carter (203-F/G-89) plays for Brisbane Capitals in Australian State League
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League

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



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Ekpe Udoh's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory over the league leader Real Madrid (23-7) 84-75 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Udoh was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Udoh also added 8 assists and 2 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(149-254) and FT: 63.0% in 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). Aminu could not help Al Riyadi (6-0) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Al Riyadi (6-0) was edged 82-79 in a derby game by the leading Homenetmen in the Group B. Aminu recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 65.7%. Aminu is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 84-71 in the Italian Serie A on Saturday night. Ejim recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ejim has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 66.3% in 34 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team five years ago.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #4. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Banco di Srd (17-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Banco di Srd was defeated 75-69 at home by the higher-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#4). Lawal scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Lawal has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2013.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a STB Le Havre's surprising victory against the league leader JL Bourg (25-9) 94-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. STB Le Havre (18-16) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Odiakosa's stats this year are: 14.0ppg and 9.8rpg in 34 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #6. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (16-16) in their game against Real Madrid (25-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Antetokounmpo's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Chalon/Saor's victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (20-14) 85-83 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Ibekwe scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ibekwe's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 4.3rpg in four games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Ibekwe is also Nigerian national team player.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #8. An experienced forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Gunma (40-20) in their game against Nishinomiya Storks (43-17) in the Japanese B League D2, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Kuso was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in 35 minutes. But Gunma lost 59-68 on the road to the leading Nishinomiya Storks in the East group. Kuso averaged so far 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8bpg in 62 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #9. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to Marinos' victory against the second-ranked Bucaneros (16-15) 83-72 in the Venezuelan LPB on Saturday night. Akindele scored 12 points. Marinos de Anzoategui (13-17) is placed fourth in Eastern Conference. Akindele's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #10. Guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers (15-10) 90-78 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Efevberha recorded 20 points and added 8 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Efevberha averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.2spg in five games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Efevberha is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Roseto crushing them 93-66 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in 36 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Umeh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in France) contributed to a JSF Nanterre's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois 90-81 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He recorded 7 points. It was his first game for JSF Nanterre this season. Braimoh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Balikesir in their game against Darussafaka in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game. Ofoegbu scored 11 points in 26 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 95-72. Ofoegbu averaged so far 11.9ppg and 4.5rpg in 30 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in France) helped ALM Evreux win their game against the fourth-ranked Boulazac Basket 75-68 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 11 points. Anagonye's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Provence Basket win their game against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen 83-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Obasohan averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.3apg in 33 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (14-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 86-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). Eric recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Eric's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #2. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help AEK Athens in their game against Panathinaikos (14-8) in the Greek A1. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. AEK Athens lost 72-81 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#3) Panathinaikos. This year Elonu's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 5.3rpg in 19 games he played so far.

   #3. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) led Olympique Antibes to a victory over the ninth-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-18) 79-71 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Otule recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sharks Antibes (12-22) is placed 14th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. Otule averaged so far 13.6ppg and 6.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, college: Hampton, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) in their game against JDA Dijon (12-22) in the French ProA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was edged 85-82 in JDA Dijon by the much lower-ranked JDA Dijon (#13). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Agbelese's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 5.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-G-95, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Kavala's victory against the closely-ranked Doxa Pefkon (10-20) 72-65 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Erevbenagie was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (10-20) is placed 12th in the A2. Erevbenagie averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg in 25 games. He has both Nigerian and Greek nationalities.

   #6. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the third-ranked Cairns Marlins 98-92 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Onwas scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Onwas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3spg. Onwas also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93, college: Longwood, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Alianza Viedma in their game against Atenas in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Despite his good performance in Friday night's game He recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Nwogbo averaged so far 13.8ppg and 7.7rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Rangers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Hawks 95-88 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Egwu scored 8 points, had 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Egwu averaged so far 12.3ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.5bpg in 12 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Olajide Keshinro (203-C-90, agency: Duran International, college: Mercy, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Moron in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Keshinro recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Keshinro's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Sanen Neophoenix in their game against Toyota Alvark in the Japanese B League. Ashaolu recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 75-90. This year Ashaolu's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg in 61 games. He has dual citizenship: Nigerian and Canadian.



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.30.7 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen28.0 
 6. Smith, Blackwater27.4 
 7. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 8. McKay, Phoenix26.0 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.24.1 
 10. White, Globalport21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.3 
 2. Smith, Blackwater21.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.9 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.15.1 
 6. White, Globalport14.8 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.4 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 10. Wright, Mahindra12.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.6.3 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen6.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.7 
 5. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.6 
 6. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 7. Thompson, B.Gin.5.1 
 8. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 10. Amer, Meralco .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Barroca, Star H.2.6 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.6 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.1 
 5. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.9 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.9 
 7. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 8. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.6 
 9. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.4 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.5 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.6 
 4. White, Mahindra2.5 
 5. White, Globalport2.4 
 6. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 7. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.9 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.7 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.6 
 10. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 


Duke Crews (ex CLS Knights) agreed terms with Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (PBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Duke Crews (203-106kg-88, college: Bowie State). He moved there from CLS Knights in Indonesian IBL league where he played this season. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.0ppg, 16.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg and 1.8bpg. This season Crews played at Al Ittihad (Premier League) in Bahrain.
He received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Crews is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Crews has played previously professionally in Japan (Toyama Grouses and Cyberdyne Ibaraki Robots), Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Uruguay (Tabare and Cader), Venezuela (Panteras), Bahrain (Sitra) and Philippines (SM Beermen).
He attended Bowie State until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rain or Shine denies Ginebra of playoff clincher in thriller - by Eurobasket News

Rain or Shine kept its playoff hopes alive while also denying crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra of an outright berth to the quarterfinals with a 118-112 win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. The Elasto Painters got out of the .500 region and improved to 5-4 while the Gin Kings, who had a chance to join San Miguel as the first ones in the playoffs, slipped to 5-2. Ginebra held a 10-point lead, 93-83, at the start of the fourth period but this was when the Elasto Painters extended its hand to produce its artistic piece. Christopher Tiu (183-PG-85) drilled a heart-stopping triple at the 7:37 mark of the period to cap of Rain or Shine's 17-2 blitz and give the Elasto Painters a 100-95 buffer. Ginebra, however, managed to take a 111-109 lead with 1:29 left in the game after Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) hit a triple to cap off his team's own 16-9 run. But this was where Ginebra's relevance ended as the Elasto Painters found the stroke from the free throw line to ice the match. 'I still felt nervous even if we had a three-point lead down the stretch, because they have the experience and an import who can make those crucial shots,' said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia . 'We're lucky we were able to hit those free throws.' Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) was marvelous in his PBA debut racking up a 20-20 line of 28 points and 22 rebounds while Jericho Cruz (182-G-90) came off the bench to add 19 points and five boards. Jay Washington (200-C-81, college: Eckerd) and James Yap (190-F/G-82) also got in the scoring party with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Brownlee put Ginebra on his shoulders as he finished with 38 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Courtesy of: inquirer.net



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Lewis, Energa C.14.7 
 9. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.5 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.0 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 8. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 9. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


PLK Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Stelmet ZG and Torun register victories - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Stal Ostrow 94-88

Stelmet ZG held off Stal Ostrow to take the lead in the semis. Stelmet looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by BM Slam Stal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: J.Florence 21+2reb+6ast, V.Dragicevic 18+8reb+2ast, N.Djurisic 15+10reb, L.Koszarek 13+2reb+8ast, T.Kelati 7+2reb+3ast, P.Zamojski 6+3reb
Stal Ostrow: S.Szewczyk 18+2reb+1ast, S.King 15+10reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 13+2reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 12+4reb+8ast, K.Chanas 9+1reb, A.Johnson 8+4reb+7ast
gschID: 546894


Torun - Energa Czarni 78-72

Torun overcame Energa Czarni for 1-0 lead. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Five Energa Czarni players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Torun: O.Trotter 21+3reb+4ast, L.Wisniewski 14+1reb+5ast, K.Weaver 13+4reb+4ast, K.Sulima 8+7reb, J.Skific 8+5reb+3ast, C.Mbodj 7+2reb+1ast
Energa Czarni: A.Goods 14+1reb+3ast, G.Surmacz 13+8reb, D.Kravish 13+10reb+2ast, C.Lewis 12+3reb+8ast, M.Cesnauskis 10+2ast, M.Ginyard 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546893





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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 2. Rosario, Quebradillas20.1 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.9 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.7 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.2 
 7. Arroyo, Fajardo17.8 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.2 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.9 
 2. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.3 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 5. James, Fajardo8.7 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Samhan, Aguada7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo6.9 
 2. Browne, San German6.6 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Clemente, Arecibo5.2 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas5.0 
 9. Soto, Bayamon4.9 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 3. Smith, Quebradillas1.4 
 4. Carmona, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Browne, San German1.4 
 6. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 9. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Diaz, Quebradillas2.2 
 3. Penn, Guayama2.2 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas1.0 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 8. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 9. Orozco, Humacao0.9 
 10. Romero, Bayamon0.9 


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

26-year old forward David Laury (206-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last week for Mayaguez and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 21.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#3, 10-7) 78-72. Thanks to this victory Mayaguez moved-up to the 10th position in Puerto Rican league. Mayaguez is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. In the team's last game Laury had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mayaguez, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Laury is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 56.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) of Ponce. He is American forward in his first season at Ponce. In the last game Dawson recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ponce lost that game 81-92 to slightly higher-ranked Arecibo (#4, 10-10). This loss caused Ponce to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Dawson is one of the most experienced players at Ponce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Midwestern State University star Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to center Shawn James (208-C-83) of league's second-best Fajardo. James showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last week. He was a key player of Fajardo, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the lower-ranked San German (#9, 8-13). Fajardo needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. James has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best). He also has 2.6bpg and FGP: 74.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Guayama - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Denis Clemente (183-PG-86) of Arecibo - 26 points and 2 assists
7. Kevin Young (203-F-90) of Mayaguez - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Arecibo - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of Bayamon - 19 points, 6 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)



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

Ponce - Arecibo 81-92

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


San German - Fajardo 79-85

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


Bayamon - Guayama 79-76

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


Quebradillas - Mayaguez 72-78

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





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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.16.9 
 6. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 7. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.7 
 8. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 9. Moldoveanu, UBT C.15.3 
 10. Zeno, Oradea15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.2 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.8 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.9 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.6 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.0 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.5 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Curry, Steaua CSM4.7 
 10. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.8 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 4. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 6. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 7. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 8. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Denison, Oradea1.0 
 6. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 7. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 


Liga Nationala Round 1 of Finals. UBT Cluj Napoca celebrate victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
UBT Cluj Napoca - Steaua CSM 87-85

UBT Cluj Napoca eked out a narrow home win over Steaua CSM in the opener. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Steaua CSM won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) chipped in 22 points. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) produced 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Morris Curry (181-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: O.Barro 27+13reb+1ast, K.Dykes 22+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 14+5reb+3ast, F.Adamovic 11+1reb+3ast, V.Kariniauskas 5+2reb+7ast, M.Pustozvonov 3+1reb
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 18+1reb+4ast, M.Curry 14+10ast, C.Baciu 13+1reb, R.Falker 12+9reb+4ast, Y.Frasenyuk 11+3reb, N.Malesevic 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 546859

3-4 Place
CSU Sibiu - Oradea 69-63

CSU Sibiu held off Oradea in the first game of the consolation finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Oradea won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when CSU Sibiu won last quarter 17-12. CSU Sibiu outrebounded Oradea 40-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Chris Cooper (205-90, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Serbian point guard Igor Mijajlovic (192-84) contributed with 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian center Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara, agency: 011 Sports) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Oradea. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. Oradea's coach Cristian Achim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: I.Mijajlovic 20+4reb+7ast, C.Cooper 16+18reb, B.Lalovic 10+2reb, B.Popescu 7+6reb, R.Paliciuc 6+1reb+1ast, M.Davis 6+3reb
Oradea: S.Barnette 13+6reb+1ast, S.Denison 12+3reb+4ast, T.Nicoara 11+8reb, W.Franklin 11+1reb+4ast, C.Petrisor 6, A.Mandache 5+1reb+1ast



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KLS Round 9 (Superliga): Partizan hands first loss to Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Crvena Zvezda (8-1) in Beograd on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Partizan (8-1) 78-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Crvena Zvezda. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. International forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Partizan have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Crvena Zvezda lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Crvena Zvezda. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Dynamic BG.
The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Dynamic BG (4-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-8). Dynamic BG defeated Spartak 83-73. Bosnian swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Kimani Ffriend chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). The best for the losing side was center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dynamic BG moved-up to fifth place. Spartak lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Vrsac. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
The game between third ranked FMP (6-3) and 8th ranked Vrsac (1-8) in Beograd on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. FMP outscored guests from Vrsac 83-63. Dejan Davidovac nailed 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Mirko Djeric came up with 15 points and 6 assists for Vrsac in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FMP maintains third place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Vrsac at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. They share it with Spartak. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.

In the last game of round 9 Borac was beaten by Mega Leks on the road 84-70.

Mega Leks - Borac 84-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Mega Leks (5-4) beat 6th ranked Borac (3-6) in Sremska Mitrovica 84-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Mega Leks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Borac's 26. They outrebounded Borac 41-21 including a 33-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mega Leks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Borac's players. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 12 points and power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Borac in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mega Leks maintains fourth place with 5-4 record. Borac at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Mega Leks will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round. Borac will play against Spartak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: A.Kaba 23+16reb+1ast, S.Lesic 14+5reb+1ast, N.Rebic 11+1reb+3ast, J.Novak 10+1reb+9ast, O.Jaramaz 8+4reb+6ast, K.Mushidi 5+3reb+1ast
Borac: M.Milovanovic 12+4reb, A.Todorovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 11+1reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 9+1reb+1ast, N.Todorovic 9+6reb+1ast, I.Djokovic 8+3ast
gschID: 544634


Spartak - Dynamic BG 73-83

The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Dynamic BG (4-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-8). Dynamic BG defeated Spartak 83-73. Spartak was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-13 third quarter run of Dynamic BG. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 32. They outrebounded Spartak 37-19 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bosnian swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Jamaican center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). The best for the losing side was center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) scored 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dynamic BG moved-up to fifth place. Spartak lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Vrsac. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
Top scorers:
Dynamic BG: K.Ffriend 20+5reb+1ast, A.Lazic 16+10reb+1ast, D.Beslac 10+1reb, D.Brooks 9+9reb+7ast, S.Gavrilovic 8+6reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 7+3reb+5ast
Spartak: I.Jelenic 19+1ast, I.Kesar 14+10reb+1ast, M.Nikolic 10+1reb+3ast, D.Tresac 8, S.Fekete 8+3reb+3ast, N.Miscevic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544637


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 78-77

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Crvena Zvezda (8-1) in Beograd on Thursday night. Visitors were edged by Partizan (8-1) 78-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Crvena Zvezda. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. International forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Partizan have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Crvena Zvezda lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Crvena Zvezda. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Dynamic BG.
Top scorers:
Partizan: N.Velickovic 16+7reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 16+4ast, M.Andric 12+2reb, S.Bircevic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 8+4reb, B.Ratkovica 7+4ast
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 20+5reb+2ast, M.Guduric 13+1reb+4ast, N.Wolters 10+4reb+2ast, N.Dangubic 9+5reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 9+7reb, S.Jovic 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 544636


FMP - Vrsac 83-63

The game between third ranked FMP (6-3) and 8th ranked Vrsac (1-8) in Beograd on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. FMP outscored guests from Vrsac 83-63. The game without a history. FMP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. FMP forced 19 Vrsac turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four FMP players scored in double figures. Australian guard Mirko Djeric (191-95) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Vrsac in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. FMP maintains third place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Vrsac at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. They share it with Spartak. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
FMP: M.Ljubicic 15+1reb+5ast, J.Bolden 14+7reb+1ast, D.Davidovac 14+4reb+6ast, D.Apic 12+6reb+1ast, A.Bursac 9+2reb, N.Zizic 9+2reb+1ast
Vrsac: M.Djeric 15+6ast, S.Fundic 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Minchev 10+6reb+2ast, M.Savovic 9+4ast, N.Jeftic 6+5reb, B.Krstovic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544635





Dusan Djordjevic signs new deal with Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: BeoBasket) has penned a new deal with Oostende. The new deal is for a year with the option of one more season. Dusan Djordjevic has been playing for Oostende since 2011. He notched 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per FIBA Europe Cup game this season. In Euromillions League his stats read 7.6 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per appearance. The guard also played in the Champions League where he tallied 5.4 points, 5.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds.


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  SLOVENIA  

Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  KK Primo.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Sanadze, KK Primo.17.2 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog16.6 
 3. Davis, Rogaska16.0 
 4. Span, Zlatorog15.9 
 5. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija15.2 
 7. Ferme, Rogaska15.1 
 8. Cup, Hopsi Polzela14.6 
 9. Robbins, LTH C.14.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob CEBASEK
  Hopsi P.
  (200-G/F-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Cebasek, Hopsi P.8.6 
 2. Johns, Rogaska8.2 
 3. Spicer, Tajfun7.9 
 4. Tratnik, Zlatorog7.4 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 6. Cerkovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 7. Pavic, Sencur Gor.6.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Bolcina, Helios6.2 
 10. Atanackovic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Tajfun
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vujasinovic, Tajfun8.3 
 2. Mocnik, Helios6.1 
 3. Curry, Helios5.6 
 4. Baric, Zlatorog5.0 
 5. Sajevic, LTH C.4.9 
 6. Davis, Rogaska4.9 
 7. Collins, Sencur Gor.4.8 
 8. Rebec, Krka4.8 
 9. Ferme, Rogaska4.6 
 10. Kosic, Hopsi Polzela4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  Un.Olimpija
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija2.2 
 2. Franklin, KK Primo.1.9 
 3. Vujasinovic, Tajfun1.7 
 4. Curry, Helios1.7 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 7. Davis, Rogaska1.5 
 8. Cebasek, Hopsi P.1.5 
 9. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.1.5 
 10. Gajic, KK Primo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Khaliq SPICER
  Tajfun
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Spicer, Tajfun1.7 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Djuranovic, Rogaska1.2 
 4. Radulovic, KK Primo.1.1 
 5. Pavic, Sencur Gor.0.8 
 6. Johns, Rogaska0.8 
 7. Fifolt, Tajfun0.8 
 8. Besedic, Portoroz0.7 
 9. Cup, Hopsi Polzela0.6 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun0.6 


Finals Game 2 - Another lucky win for Olimpija - by Zeljko Zule

Despite erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and even taking a 68-67 lead with three minutes left, Rogaska couldn't hold off Union Olimpija in the Game 2 of the Slovenian League Finals. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) sank a one-hand 3-pointer off the board with just three seconds left to put Olimpija up 75-72. On the next possession, Rogaska's Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) was immeditaly fouled. He made the first free throw and then intentionally missed the second, in hopes that a teammate could get the rebound for a game-tying put-back. But Olimpija grabbed the ball to took a 2-0 lead in series.
Olimpija made eleven 3-pointer and hit just two of its nine free throws. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored 16 points on shooting 5-of-8 behind the 3-point arc, Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Gregor Hrovat added 14 points. Rogaska was led by Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) with a game-high 19 points, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside), Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88) and Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) all scored 14 points.
The game featured 12 lead changes. Rogaska opened the contest with nine straight points, but Olimpija responded with a 21-5 run to go up 25-16 early in the second quarter. The visitors re-take the lead at 38-36 in the third quarter and later extended their advantage to three points. Olimpija used a 13-2 run to build a 52-44 lead and were ahead by 60-50 with eight minutes into the game. Rogaska cut the deficit to 61-62 and go up 68-67 with three minutes remaining. At that point, Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) sank a 3-pointer and Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) made a jumper that gave Olimpija a 72-68 lead with less than half and a minute left. Dee Davis (183-PG-93) and Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) both made a lay-up to tie the score at 72-72 with less than a half minute remaining. Rogaska were not into the bonus and surprisingly did not fouled Jefferson before his game-winning 3-pointer.



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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Gerun, CB Clavijo14.7 
 9. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 10. Bivia, Palma14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.1 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.8 
 6. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 7. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.6 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat6.4 
 10. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Araberri
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 2. Perez, Oviedo5.4 
 3. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 4. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 9. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 10. Arevalo, Castello3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 6. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 7. Faner, Castello1.6 
 8. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Motos, Huesca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Samb, Palencia1.1 
 3. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 4. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 5. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 6. Marti, Prat1.0 
 7. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 8. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 
 9. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 10. Trias, FC Barc.0.8 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sam PRESCOTT
  Ponferra.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Prescott, Ponferra.21.7 
 2. Valge, Venta d.21.5 
 3. Perez, Casvi19.1 
 4. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.7 
 5. Hinnenkamp, Leon18.7 
 6. Matemalas, Calvia18.5 
 7. Goncalves, Yosiq.18.4 
 8. Morales, Calvia18.4 
 9. Llorente, Estudian.17.8 
 10. Serrataco, Mataro17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dionte ADAMS
  Innova Chef
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Adams, Innova Chef13.3 
 2. Cambronne, Ponferra.11.2 
 3. Graham, Muro B.11.1 
 4. Vazquez, Novaschool11.0 
 5. Perez, Casvi10.9 
 6. Gill, Naron10.7 
 7. Hinnenkamp, Leon10.7 
 8. Orlov, Pielagos10.6 
 9. Thiam, Betanzos10.5 
 10. Morales, Calvia10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CALVO
  Azuqueca
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Calvo, Azuqueca5.8 
 2. Fernandez, Andor.5.3 
 3. Ortega, ULB O.5.1 
 4. Balboa, Santfeliuenc4.8 
 5. Garcia, Meridian.4.8 
 6. Ruiz, Leon4.8 
 7. Fernandez, Betanzos4.3 
 8. Ruzafa, Arenys4.3 
 9. Mendiburu, Pardinye.4.3 
 10. Jimenez, Menorca4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Bobby HARRIS
  BVM 2012
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harris, BVM 20123.2 
 2. Martinez, La Fecha2.9 
 3. Rodriguez, BVM2.7 
 4. Mendez, Coin2.6 
 5. Ballesta, Myrtia2.6 
 6. Imbroda, Medacbas.2.3 
 7. Betolaza, Santurtzi2.3 
 8. Dunston, Guadalaj.2.3 
 9. Bataller, Quart2.2 
 10. Alaminos, Villarro.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Volodymyr ORLOV
  Pielagos
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Orlov, Pielagos2.0 
 2. Diene, Lanzarote1.8 
 3. Zhauniarovic., L Alf.1.7 
 4. Miranda, Ponferra.1.6 
 5. Iglesias, Santurtzi1.4 
 6. Fall, CAM E.1.4 
 7. Seck, Pielagos1.4 
 8. Sakho, Martorell1.3 
 9. Mourtala, Torrelod.1.3 
 10. Cambronne, Ponferra.1.3 


Recap of LEB Gold Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Breogan - Burgos 80-93

Burgos knocked down Breogan on the road to gain 1-0 advantage. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Burgos's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and British swingman Morayo Soluade (196-95) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Burgos players scored in double figures. Point guard Josep Franch (193-91) came up with 17 points and Pep Ortega (201-84) added 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Leche Rio Breogan in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Breogan: J.Franch 17+3reb+2ast, J.Salvador Arco 12+1ast, J.Fernandez 10+1reb+1ast, R.Huertas 9+1reb+1ast, J.Gilling 8+2reb+1ast, T.Bropleh 7+3reb+4ast
Burgos: G.Huskic 21+6reb+2ast, J.Vega 16+4reb, M.Soluade 12+5reb+3ast, A.Barrera 11+3reb+1ast, E.Martinez 9+3reb+1ast, A.Lopez 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 547000


Oviedo - Palencia 74-76

Palencia upset Oviedo in the opener. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Oviedo CB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Paul Jesperson (198-92, college: N.Iowa, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) scored 14 points. Oviedo CB's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oviedo: P.Jesperson 15+7reb+1ast, D.Perez 14+2reb+3ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 9+4reb, M.Barro 8+5reb, J.Lofberg 8+4reb+2ast, V.Perez 6+1reb+2ast
Palencia: L.Barnes 18+8reb+2ast, U.Otegui 18+8reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 13+1reb+3ast, M.Blanch 8+3reb+1ast, R.Bas 6+1reb+1ast, G.Maldunas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546999





LEB Silver Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Moron and Zornotza take leads - by Eurobasket News

Moron - Valladolid 76-66

Moron fired past Valladolid for 2-1 lead in the series. Blancos de Rueda was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 40-24 second half run of Moron. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian-American center Olajide Keshinro (203-90, college: Mercy, agency: Duran International) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Javier Marin (190-92) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Five Moron players scored in double figures. Center Sergio De-La-Fuente (198-89) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Henri Wade-Chatman (188-92, college: Edinboro) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Blancos de Rueda in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Moron: J.Marin 18+1reb+2ast, J.Jimenez 14+2reb+2ast, O.Keshinro 12+9reb+1ast, T.Gaffaney 11+2reb+1ast, A.Marin 10+1reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 4+2reb+2ast
Valladolid: S.De La Fuente 16+7reb+2ast, H.Wade-Chatman 12+5reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 9+3reb, R.Graham 9+3reb+2ast, B.Sidibe 9+6reb, J.Lobato 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546636


Zornotza - Granada 81-80

Zornotza held off Granada for the second win in the series. 37 personal fouls committed by CB Granada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Iker Salazar (192-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Bahamas swingman JR Cadot (196-87, college: TCU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) helped adding 19 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Croatian guard Ivan Milekovic (195-88) with 15 points and Brazilian guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) scored 10 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Zornotza: J.Cadot 19+12reb+3ast, V.Vucetic 13+4reb, D.De La Rua 13+2reb+1ast, K.Mutakabbir 13+3reb, I.Salazar 9+18reb+8ast, D.Iriarte 9+4reb
Granada: I.Milekovic 15+3reb+1ast, C.Corts 13+2reb+1ast, J.Almeida 11+1reb, C.Cobos 10+3reb+6ast, T.De Lattibeaudiere 9+2reb+1ast, A.Bortolussi 7+4reb
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  TURKEY  


Fenerbahce in talks to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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

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



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

Khimik-2 - Politekhn.Lvov 87-90

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

CELEBRATIONS quickly turned into heartbreak last night as Manama were stunned 86-89 by UAE's Al Ahli, ending the home side's title bid in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship at the packed Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. Leading 86-81 with under a minute remaining in the extra session, Manama appeared to be heading to the final in front of their appreciative home crowd. But things quickly turned upside down after Ahli's Mitchell Watt (208-F-89, college: Buffalo) was fouled taking a three-pointer with 42 seconds to play. The towering American calmly sank each charity shot to bring his team to within two points, 84-86. But then a crucial turnover by Manama's Hussain Mohammed (PG) allowed Ahli's Talal Alnuaimi to race down the court for an uncontested lay-up to equal the scores at 86-apiece. Five-year NBA veteran Sam Young then came up big for Ahli. On the defensive end, Young made an emphatic block on Manama's Kadeem Coleby (206-C/F-89, college: Wichita St.) with 14 seconds left, and then followed that up on the ensuing possession with the go-ahead three-pointer with just over one second remaining on the clock. Young's heroics made it eight straight points in just over 40 seconds for Ahli, leaving Manama shocked into silence. After calling a timeout, the hosts still had one more chance to tie the game before the final buzzer. But Hussain Mohammed's desperate heave barely made it to the basket. Earlier, Manama were on a high when Georgian import Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) sank a three-pointer that beat the shot-clock and send the game into overtime tied at 74-each. The Bahrainis were then the aggressors in overtime, and with an Ahmed Abzulaziz three-pointer enjoyed an 86-81 advantage. Unfortunately, that only set the stage for the end-game drama. Young finished the game with 31 points including three triples, seven rebounds and six assists. Qais Alshehabi chipped in with 21 points while Matt, who was saddled with foul trouble for much of the contest, finished the game with 11 points and 14 boards. Coleby had a monster effort for Manama, scoring 24 points on an efficient 11-for-13 shooting. He also grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots. Hussain Mohammed finished with 20, including burying four three-pointers. Ahli are now in an all-UAE final when they take on Al Shabab at 6pm today. Shabab defeated Al Rayyan of Qatar 104-95 to book their slot in the championship game. Tickets are available at the gate. Manama clash with Rayyan for third place at 4pm.
In Shabab's game yesterday, American professional Tyler Wilkerson (203-F-88, college: Marshall) was on fire, pouring in 46 points including five three-pointers and an overall shooting clip of 17-for-26 while taking down 14 rebounds. Rashed Alzaabi added 25 points. Mohamed Harath (198-F-90) paced Rayyan with 33 points and 17 rebounds.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Anthony YOUNG
  Larre Borges
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Young, Larre Borges25.4 
 2. Danridge, Sayago22.8 
 3. Alexander, Olimpia22.7 
 4. Garcia-M., Hebra.20.6 
 5. Guerrero, Cordon20.2 
 6. Lamonte, Olimpia19.4 
 7. Kent, Welcome19.4 
 8. Drye, Sayago19.3 
 9. Jennings, Cordon19.2 
 10. Canton, U Atletica18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUERRERO
  Cordon
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Guerrero, Cordon13.8 
 2. Alexander, Olimpia12.5 
 3. Glenn, Bigua12.3 
 4. Drye, Sayago11.6 
 5. Lloreda, Hebraica11.2 
 6. Kent, Welcome10.6 
 7. Feeley, U Univer.10.6 
 8. Rutty, U Atletica10.4 
 9. Passos, Malvin10.4 
 10. Warner, Goes9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Defensor
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Osimani, Defensor7.1 
 2. Barrera, Aguada6.7 
 3. Parodi, Hebraica6.4 
 4. Mazzarino, Malvin5.2 
 5. Lado, Sayago5.2 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 7. Smith, Aguada4.5 
 8. Osimani, Bigua4.5 
 9. Romero, Trouville4.4 
 10. Jennings, Cordon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Luciano PARODI
  Hebraica
  (182-G-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parodi, Hebraica2.3 
 2. Lamonte, Olimpia2.0 
 3. Nicoletti, Larre B.1.8 
 4. Barrera, Aguada1.8 
 5. Nesbitt, Goes1.8 
 6. Shellman, Sayago1.7 
 7. Alexander, Olimpia1.7 
 8. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.7 
 9. Lado, Sayago1.6 
 10. Drye, Sayago1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Larre B.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jackson, Larre B.1.9 
 2. Feeley, U Univer.1.8 
 3. Guerrero, Cordon1.7 
 4. Kent, Welcome1.4 
 5. Carter, Welcome1.2 
 6. Warner, Goes1.1 
 7. Moultrie, Defensor1.1 
 8. Newsome, Trouville1.1 
 9. Chaney, Bigua1.0 
 10. Haller, Defensor1.0 



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras21.4 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Brown, Gigantes18.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.18.4 
 7. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 8. Powell, Trotamun.17.4 
 9. Swann, Marinos16.7 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.8 
 2. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.7 
 3. Guerrero, Toros8.5 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 5. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 6. Graterol, Bucaneros7.5 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 8. Julio, Panteras7.2 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.7.2 
 10. Garrett, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.6 
 6. Canty, Panteras4.2 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Cazorla, Gigantes3.9 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.8 
 10. Silva, Guaiqueries3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Harold CAZORLA
  Gigantes
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cazorla, Gigantes2.0 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 3. Silva, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 6. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 7. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
 10. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CARRERA
  Marinos
  (196-SF-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Carrera, Marinos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.1 
 6. Jackson, Gigantes1.0 
 7. Graterol, Bucaneros1.0 
 8. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 10. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 


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

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

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

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

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

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got