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  ANTIGUA  



Braves command playoff finals - by Don Farrell

OBSERVER media The Big Scores
Hands Up Foundation (HUF) Baldwin Braves took command of the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Playoff Finals on Thursday, winning game three of their five-game series against Flyers 88-80 at the JSC basketball complex.

The 88-80 victory puts Braves 2-1 up in the series and in a position to take the title in Sunday's game four.

Braves won all but the first quarter in which they were outscored 25-20 by Flyers.

The Gray's Farm team however rebounded in the second quarter to outscore their opponents 23-15, before having similar success in the third quarter by a 23-18 margin. The fourth and final quarter was tied 22-22.

Xavier Meade led the way for Braves with a double-double, scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Former national player and captain of the Braves team, Lennox McCoy, warns that his team has found their rhythm in the series.

'The score really didn't indicate what it was supposed to have been last night (Thursday) because they made a little run in the [fourth] quarter but if it had not been for that, they would have gotten blown out. They don't have any match for the big three, none whatsoever. We're not going into game 4 like it's do or die but we definitely don't want to play a game five,' he said.

According to the former professional player, they now have a solid game-plan that could see them closing out the series in five games.

'We know there is a mismatch with X-man [Xavier Meade] and he is probably the MVP of the whole playoff because he has raised his game to a different level along with Debble and Duck-man and all the other guys so we realize that we have something we can go to that they can't match,' he said.

'When we start to go to X-man and Dragon and we see there is a matchup there that they can't handle because they went to man-mark and after they went to man they went to zone [defense] then that tells us that we start to control the series and he has to adjust to us,' he added.

Russel Daley led the charge for Flyers with 19 points and 4 assists.

Meanwhile, Ottos Coolers defeated Old Road Daggers 67-56 to take the 3rd Division playoff finals 3-1 when they met also on Thursday at the JSC basketball complex.

Game 5 in the Braves vs. Flyers series is slated for Sunday at 7pm.



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  APBL  


Beltway Bombers Capture Second APBL Title - by Scott Ludwig

The top-ranked Beltway Bombers closed out the APBL season defeating second-seeded APBL United 123-105 to win the American Professional Basketball League championship.

The Bombers had seven players who scored in double-figures led by the championship game MVP Derrell Armstrong (6'1''-G-91, college: NC-Greensboro)'s 24 points. In a total team championship, Danny Sumner (6'7''-F-87, college: William & Mary), Boo Jackson, Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F), Jaymee Veney (6'0''-F) and Tim Steed (6'5''-G) all scored in double-figures for the Bombers. It was a tough hard fought win against a very talented United team. This is the Bombers second APBL championship in the last four years.

The #1 ranked Bombers closed out the #2 ranked APBL United 123 -105 to win the American Professional Basketball League championship. Bombers had seven players who scored in double-figures led by the championship game MVP - Derrell Armstrong's 24 points. It was a total team contribution, with Danny Sumner, Boo Jackson, Brian Bridgeforth, Jaymee Veney and Tim Steed all scoring in double-figures. It was a tough hard fought win against a very talented United team. This is the Bombers second APBL championship within the last four years.

2017 APBL Awards

Executive of the Year: Andrew Gould, APBL United
Coach of the Year: Chaz Dudley , Beltway Bombers
MVP: Shavar Richardson (6'3''-G-89, college: Florida Atlantic), APBL United
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Collins, NYC 524
Rookie of the Year: Darien Davis, New York Crusaders



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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





Facundo Campazzo - the most spectacular player of Liga Endesa - by Ivan Milenkovic

Winner of the most spectacular player of Liga Endesa 2016-17 award is Argentinian Facundo Campazzo. UCAM Murcia's point guard was clear winner, collecting 58 points. Anthony Randolph of Real Madrid finished second with 37 points and Rolands Smits of Montakit Fuenlabrada was third with 31 points. Top 10 were completed by Tyrese Rice (FC Barcelona Lassa), Sergio Llull (Real Madrid), Luka Doncic (Real Madrid), T. Antetokounmpo (MoraBanc Andorra), Micheal Eric (RETAbet Bilbao), Edwin Jackson (Movistar Estudiantes) and Ante Tomic (FC Barcelona Lassa).
Previous winners of this award were Tomas Satoransky (2015-16), Latavious Williams (2011-12 and 2014-15), Sergio Rodriguez (2013-14), Rudy Fernandez (2012-13), Marcus Slaughter (2010-11), Ricky Rubio (2009-10) and Marcus Haislip (2008-09).



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  AUSTRALIA  


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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  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





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  BERMUDAS  


Dill-Pettiford shows winning mentality - by Don Farrell

  • High hopes: Dill-Pettiford plans on winning the IBSL title (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    High hopes: Dill-Pettiford plans on winning the IBSL title (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)



Omari Dill-Pettiford is embarking on what he calls 'no-lose summer' in Bermuda over the next few months before his college basketball season in the United States starts.

The 6ft 3in, 205lb guard is playing for Twisters in the Island Basketball Summer League before his junior year at the NCAA Division II Wilmington University Wildcats in New Castle, Delaware.
Dill-Pettiford played a starring role in the Twisters' back court last week, as his team opened up the new IBSL with a 64-54 come-from-behind victory over Crossfire at Somersfield Academy and will be in action again tonight when they take on Sky Force, with the game scheduled to tip off at 7.45pm after Hoopstars face Thundercats at 6.30.
The New Jersey native, whose father is Bermudian, is aiming to step up his game and his preparation on the island this summer.
'I'm calling it 'no-lose summer',' he said. 'Next season in college I'm going to be an upperclassman, so I'm coming with a different mindset. From working out in the weight room at the gym all the way into basketball, I want to take no losses.'
Dill-Pettiford, who averaged 12.2 points per game in his sophomore season in college, says that the IBSL is an ideal part of his preparation for his coming Wildcats' campaign, as well as keeping his competitive juices flowing.
'I like coming back to show how I've improved over the year,' he said. '[Basketball in Bermuda is] growing. It's all right competition for me to get better and work on my game.
'I'm going into my junior year, studying organisational management. After my college season, I'm looking to play pro basketball maybe overseas somewhere and I'm working hard so I can get there.'
The Cleveland Cavaliers fan also has some pretty lofty role models to look up to.
'LeBron James, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are my favourite three players,' Dill-Pettiford said. 'That's who I try and play like. LeBron for the strength, Kyrie Irving for finishing and my body's like James Harden's in the way I move. I'm big, not like LeBron, but you know what I mean!'
Although he is a fan of Harden, he had some advice for the Houston Rockets guard, especially as he had a shot blocked from behind by San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in their recent NBA playoff defeat by the Spurs.
'I would've seen that coming,' he said. 'He's got to be aware of that!'
He is also clear that he is having fun this summer too, especially with the chatter that goes with the territory.
'It's all competitive and fun! I can have fun playing the game! During the game, there are no friends, but after the game we shake everybody's hands and we're friends,' Dill-Pettiford said. 'But during the game, I'm trying to get the win no matter what.
'It's pretty much the same in college. I want to get the win wherever I am.'
And his is very clear with what he expects to happen in the NBA and the IBSL this year.
'The Cavaliers are going to win the NBA championship and my team are going to win this league!'
Ben Saunders



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.1 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Andrade, Bauru18.4 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 9. Garcia, Bauru18.0 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.2 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.5 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 4. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 10. Camilo, Macae0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Sena, Contagem15.8 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville15.4 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.14.4 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.3 
 5. Gaines, Blumenau13.3 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau13.1 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.8 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Semmke, Blumenau11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.7.8 
 3. Sena, Contagem7.7 
 4. Silva, Blumenau7.7 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.8 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.6 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.5.9 
 10. Alvim, Contagem5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 3. Perez, Contagem3.6 
 4. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.1 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.7 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.2.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 7. Vezaro, Joinville1.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem1.1 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 7. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau0.5 



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  CANADA  


One Win Away from Finals NblCanada - by John Gary

Courtesy oursportscentral.com The Windsor Express knew the importance of the third quarter Thursday.They went into it trailing London by 18 points and down 2-0 in the series they believed their season was riding on making the games close.They threw everything they had at the Lightning in the boiling howling Atlas Tube Centre but the Lightning refused to bend. Twelve minutes later the Lightning had increased their lead back to 19 points and the fight had gone out of the Express. The fourth quarter was a mere formality.The series now becomes critical for the Express. They must win out to avoid a series sweep otherwise London will move on to the Nblc finals.


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS  


Cayman Islands Classic - by Don Farrell

From ESPN

South Dakota State will be spending Thanksgiving week in the tropics, but this won't be a vacation.

The Jackrabbits are one of eight teams in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic, presented by Global Sports Management. The event takes place November 20 - 22, 2017. Iowa, Buffalo, Louisiana-Lafayette, Richmond, Cincinnati, Wyoming and Alabama-Birmingham round out the field.

The tournament is sponsored by the Mountain West Conference, and a MWC team will be in the field each year.

SDSU last played out of the country in 2015, in Cancun, Mexico, when they won a pair of games at the Cancun challenge. The Jacks will be making their first trip to a Caribbean island since 2009, when they dropped three games at the Paradise Jam, in St. Thomas.

The Jackrabbits are coming off their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years and return eight from the 2016-17 team that claimed The Summit League's Tournament title before falling to with eventual national runner-up Gonzaga in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The South Dakota State full regular season schedule will be released soon.

For more on this story and video go to: South Dakota State to Play in Cayman Islands Classic |



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  COLOMBIA  


FASTBREAK VALLE WANTS THE CHAMPIONSHIP - by Victor Garcia

To replace the Halcones de Cucuta team the Professional Basketball Division oficially include the FastBreak - Oro Puro team as the eight participant in the 2017 championship.
Promoted and managed by the ex-player Abimael Palacios the FastBreak has been assembling a strong squad with the best players of the region begining with the addition of Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) who comes to his hometown with the wish to left a tittle.
Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90, college: UALR), Leonardo Salazar (178-PG-93), Cesar Ordonez (196-F) and Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81), Miguel Bermudez,and "Zilo" Gonzalo Mena (199-PF-89) makes the national core that is well complemented with two proved americans: Michael Sneed (196-G-82, college: Texas Southern) and Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82, college: S.Utah), both with a tittle on their pockets while playing with the Aguilas de Tunja.
At first sight FastBreak looks with the deeper and stronger group of players, and still has room to improve because still can add a third import, a point guard for sure, that will puts them as the big candidate to win the championship.



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Zoric, Cibona17.5 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Bilan, Cedevita8.2 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Sakic, Cibona6.9 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Zganec, Cedevita6.0 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.2 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 5. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 8. Reynolds, Cibona1.7 
 9. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona1.0 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 8. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Cibona regain home-court advantage, top Cedevita 91-85 - by Zeljko Zule

Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) knocked down crucial back-to-back 3-pointers in less than a half of minute to close out the Finals Game 2 as Cibona defeated Cedvita 91-85 to tie the series at one apiece. Reynolds finshed with 18 points on shooting 5-of-8 behind the 3-point line and handed out 11 assists for Cibona who had all five starters in double figures. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) scored 20 points, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) 18, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) both added 11 points. Game 3 will be played on Thursday.
The game featured 20 lead changes and 13 ties and neither team led by more than 7 points. Cedevita took their first lead of the game at 14-13, but Cibona responded with seven straigh points, Cedevita re-take the lead early in the second quarter, on the next possession, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) made a jumper to give his team its largest lead of the night, 29-26. The score was tied at the halftime break, 42-42. Cibona used a 7-0 run to build a 54-49 lead and later extended their advantage to 60-53, the largest margin of the contest. Cedevita tied the score at 70-70 early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) sank his fifth 3-pointer of the night to put Cedevita ahead 81-80 and Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) made all four free throws to match the largest lead of the night, 85-82, with 3:20 into the game. It was the last basket for the home team in the game. Cibona went on a 9-0 run to close out the game and regained the home-court advantage they had surrendered with a 73-79 loss in Game 1.
Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) led Cedevita with 17 points including five 3-pointers, Marko Tomas (201-G-85) scored 16 points, Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) came off the bench for 14 points and Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) added 13 points.



Jazine, Kastela take another step towards promotion - by Zeljko Zule

Jazine Arbanasi and Ribola Kastela both took antoher step towards promotion to A1 League with a road wins in Round 15 of the Croatian A2 League Championship Stage

Graficar-Jazine Arbanasi 79-118: Jazine opened the game with eight straight points and later made a 15-5 run to close out the first quarter with a 30-13 lead. The led by as many as 32 points at the halftime break. Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Dino Palcic (185-G-90) scored 22 points, Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) came off the bench for 22 points on shooting 11-of-13 from the field, Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) added 11 points. Graficar was led by Jaksa Petrovic with 25 points, Mario Novak (185-G-85) had 16 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds, Kristijan Samarija (202-C-83) scored 13 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Leon Koljnrekaj (99) posted 10 points.

Rudes-Ribola Kastela 62-70: Kastela never trailed and took control of the game behind a 21-5 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 28-12 lead. Rudes cut the deficit to five points, but Kastela responded with a 7-0 run to close out the first halftime with a 39-27 lead. In the third quarter, Rudes came within four points, but the visitors went on a 14-2 run for a 59-43 lead, which never dropped below six points for the rest of the game. Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) scored 16 points, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) had 14 points and 8 assists and Dino Sipic (201-F-88) collected 13 points and 16 rebounds. Rudes' lone player in double figures was Mario Galic (196-G-89) with 13 points.

Belisce-Pula 1981 83-77: After trailed 23-26 early in the second quarter, Belisce went on a 12-2 run to go up 35-28 and never looked back rest of the game. Pula cut the deficit to one point at halftime. Belisce opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run and Pula never came closer than three points (54-51) the rest of the way. Marko Soldo (198-G-89) scored 19 points including five 3-pointers for Belisce, Juraj Boras (191-G-91) came offf the bench for 18 points and 10 assists, Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) added 16 points and David Dolic (200-F-89) 11. Pula outrebounded Belisce 40-33, picking up 17 offensive board, but shot just 19-percent (3-of-16) behind the 3-point line to Belisce's 47-percent (9-of-19). Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) and Marin Djugum both finished wizh 19 points.

Podravac-Sanac 21/05, Borovo-AKK Vern 24/05




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  EUROLEAGUE  


ANGT Finals Game Center: U18 CFBB Paris wins ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT title - by Igor Obradovic

U18 CFBB Paris is the 2016-17 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT champion after defeating U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade 65-58 in the championship game on Sunday morning at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. It is CFBB's second EB ANGT title after the 2010 event, which it won under its former name INSEP Paris. CFBB dominated the fourth quarter 24-12 to stage a come-from-behind victory. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) led the way with 17 points, Yanik Blanc (188-PG-99) scored 15 and dished 5 assists and Theo Maledon (192-G-00) added 13 points for the new champs. Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) dominated inside for 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks for Mega, which as a team out rebounded CFBB 28-45. However CFBB moved the ball well and totaled 22 assists and just 8 turnovers, while Mega turned the ball over 19 times. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) added 15 points and Altin Islamovic (199-F-00) had 11 in defeat.

Courtesy of adidasngt.com



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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
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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
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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
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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
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ANGT Finals Game Center: U18 CFBB Paris wins ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT title - by Igor Obradovic

U18 CFBB Paris is the 2016-17 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT champion after defeating U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade 65-58 in the championship game on Sunday morning at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. It is CFBB's second EB ANGT title after the 2010 event, which it won under its former name INSEP Paris. CFBB dominated the fourth quarter 24-12 to stage a come-from-behind victory. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) led the way with 17 points, Yanik Blanc (188-PG-99) scored 15 and dished 5 assists and Theo Maledon (192-G-00) added 13 points for the new champs. Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) dominated inside for 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks for Mega, which as a team out rebounded CFBB 28-45. However CFBB moved the ball well and totaled 22 assists and just 8 turnovers, while Mega turned the ball over 19 times. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) added 15 points and Altin Islamovic (199-F-00) had 11 in defeat.

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The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Semi-Final Playoff Preview EWE Baskets Oldenburg-ratiopharm Ulm 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Witnessing those special basketball playoff head to head battles is something that is always appetizing for any fanatic watching the intense focus of both guys giving 180% on both ends of the court until full exhaustion. The NBA has had these amazing and unique duels seemingly forever as it is always a pleasure to look back on these NBA legends making history. In the 60's, you had the fierce battles between the two best centers of all-time with Boston Celtic Bill Russell and Mr 100 points Wilt Chamberlain with the Celtic winning in 1964 and 1969 in seven games amassing 11 titles in his career while Chamberlain only could boast having two NBA rings. In the 70's a fondly remembered duel was Chamberlain against New York Knick Willis Reed who had 37 and 38 points in the first games, but only four points in game seven, but it was enough to win the 1970 final despite Chamberlain averaging 23 points and hauling down 24 rebounds in the series. The 80s had two unforgettable duels with the most famous possibly the 1984 classic Bird vs Magic encounter where both owned the court where their teammates could have easily taken the bench and watched the two legends fight it out to the finish which Bird won in seven and the 1988 match up between Isaiah Thomas and the bad boys of Detroit against Magic and the Lakers and despite 43 points by Thomas in game 6, the Lakers won the title. In the 90's few will forget the 1992 battle between Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler and the Trailblazers pitting the leagues best two shooting guards, but Drexler's supporting cast couldn't match Jordan's as the Bulls won. In this decade the 2012 duel between Lebron James and Kevin Durant is a classic as the best player on the planet finally won his first NBA title with the Miami Heat while Durant might get his first in a few weeks. Even if the easyCredit BBL is far from the NBA, even here there have been incredible head to head battle over the years and last season in the quarterfinals, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg faced off against up and coming team ratiopharm Ulm as the last three games were decided by a combined total of only 9 points. Two BBL identity figure players Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82, college: Missouri) and Per Guenther had the games of their lives where Per Guenther dropped 35 points and dished out nine assists in game two while Paulding had 26 points in the loss. In game three, Paulding dropped 30 points in the win while Guenther had 16 points and eight assists. In game 4, Paulding had 16 points in the 80-79 loss while Guenther was held in check with six points, but his front court of Raymar Morgan and Augustine Rubit combined for 45 points to send Oldenburg into summer vacation. Now a year later and with Paulding at age 34 and Guenther at age 29 and not getting any younger, both are back again facing off against each other on a big stage for the ticket to the final, but despite Pauldings loss last season to Guenther, he still leads their head to head title chase at 2-0 while the German has the Buffalo Bill phobia with 4 final appearances and still yearning for that first title.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg marched into the quarterfinal playoffs not getting buried in the mega hoopla of the surprising successful medi Bayreuth season and jumped on them taking a 2-0 series lead seemingly quicker than Oldenburg legend Ricky Paulding could ever utter the phrase 'Ich Bin Ein Oldenburger' in Japanese. There was little defense played in the series as it became a shoot out from the start as Oldenburg averaged 91 points and Bayreuth 89 points in the series. Had Bayreuth not allowed Oldenburg to steal game one in their living room, this could have become a different series. A hot hitting Oldenburg team and a few Bayreuth mental mistakes cost them game one while Oldenburg had five guys in double figures. In game two, the EWE Baskets continued their offensive rampage at home showing their Phoenix Hagen tendencies of their glory days where having more points than the opponent was all that mattered. In the 102-90 victory, they fired away again nailing 13 trey's and winning the rebound duel while having six guys in double figures. In game three, medi Bayreuth played a lot better winning 98-94, but just escaped a furious 35 point Oldenburg onslaught in the fourth to force a game four. There really was hardly any difference in the stats in game three, but the free throws won this game for the Bavarian team as they nailed 24/26 free throws. In game four, the offensive force of both teams were in full flight again, but Oldenburg shot better and had more support from the bench getting 37 points. Medi Bayreuth had come into the series as a solid defensive team allowing 80 per game this season, but just couldn't give it at a consistent rate in the series and possibly some fatigue also played a role as it had been a long season for a team that didn't have the playoff experience that Oldenburg had.

Ratiopharm Ulm had to go the distance against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg winning in five games as it is never an easy affair playing against a team run by the coaching expertise of John Patrick who's heart lives on the court. This severe difficult test that ratiopharm ulm got in this series should be a wakeup call that there are still 6 games to be won and this should make them stronger and more aware that it wot get any easier against the next scrappy underdog from Oldenburg. Ratiopharm Ulm had problems coming out of the gate surprisingly losing game one at home in an offensive orientated game 96-93 as the home team gave up 20 points more than their season average which probably warned head coach Thorsten Leibenath right away that it wasn't going to be an easy series. Leibenath must have been thinking in game one, if Ludwigsburg keep hitting three's like this, I will have to beg for a clone of Chris Babb as they dropped 14 bombs as Rocky Trice had the game of his life with 25 points and showed no signs of aging. Ratiopharm Ulm got back on the winners road winning game two and three making adjustments on the defensive end and remembering their principles as they held Ludwigsburg to 76 points per game. Ratiopharm Ulm rebounded well in game two and outsmarted Ludwigsburg in crunch-time and had another top performance from ex NBA player Chris Babb as he netted 21 points. In game three, ratiopharm Ulm discovered their range again from outside dropping 12 trey's, winning the battle from the bench and once again getting a stellar performance from Babb with 20 points. Per Gunther who has had a different kind of season as he has averaged the least minutes in the BBL since his 2010 season and eight less than last season came alive nailing home 21 points and hitting 5/6 three's. Leibenath also made the experiment of bringing Raymar Morgan from the bench as he averaged 14 points and seven boards and gave the game a different element. In game four, Ludwigsburg prolonged the series winning a do or die game at home 84-76 as they did a superb job taking care of the ball, did a better job at limiting the Ulm guard trio of Babb, Guenther and Hobbs to 22 points combined and hurt Ulm inside as ex NBA player Jack Cooley scored 23 points. In game five, ratiopharm Ulm escaped a fourth quarter Ludwigsburg comeback and sneaked into the semi-finals with a 91-81 win at home. John Patrick has coached many many games that he will never forget including winning the 2010 Eurochallenge, beating Alba Berlin in the playoffs with Wurzburg in 2011 and having a playoff game replayed against FC Bayern Munich a few years back, but he will never forget this game as he had to experience some serious questionable calls and one can sense that he will look back many times at the scouting sheet and cringe when he sees the free throw relationship of Ulm's 30/37 to his teams 9/10. He probably circled the Free throw stats with red ink and will make a copy and frame it and send it to the league in Cologne. Paper never lies, but neither does what else happened on the court and Babb was once again at his best with 16 points and the agile duo of Morgan/Rubit combined for 38 points sending Ludwigsburg into summer vacation.

Ratiopharm Ulm won the season series and what really has to give EWE Baskets Oldenburg head coach Mladen Drijencic headaches is the ratiopharm Ulm lethal offense as they averaged 100 points in the two games. In game one ratiopharm Ulm won 105-95 as Oldenburg was without big man Brian Qvale and ratiopharm Ulm without Augustine Rubit and there wasn't too much difference in the stats as both combined for 27 three's, Ulm rebounded a tic better, had nine turnovers while Oldenburg only had seven, but the story was the bench play as Ulm gave 39 points in support and Oldenburg only 23. Ratiopharm Ulm were led by Babb and Morgan who combined for 43 points and got 16 points from ex NBA player Tim Ohlbrecht from the bench. Oldenburg got solid production from their guards Paulding, Kramer and Massenat with 53 points combined. In game two, ratiopharm Ulm won on the road 96-88 as they got hot again from outside and the inside wrecking crew of Morgan/Rubit once again destroyed Oldenburg combining for 36 points while the snipers Babb and Hobbs combined for 36 points. Oldenburg did a good job securing the boards, but gave ratiopharm Ulm four extra possessions on offense with 14 turnovers. Kramer took up the shooting slack of Massenat and Schwethelm who only combined for 11 points scoring 28 points The ratiopharm Ulm team stats of best scoring and rebounding, third in assists and fourth in defense has to have Oldenburg head coach Drijencic having sleepless nights as his team is only seventh in scoring and points allowed. Both teams elected to give fans an offensive show in both games and put defense on the back burner, but this series will be decided who really wants to play defense. That is an easy and obvious statement to state, but both teams have demonstrated their will to defend and it's playoff time and the effort to defend in this series has to return. Ratiopharm Ulm have the obvious advantage at the guard and front court positions with Babb, Guenther, Hobbs, Morgan and Rubit and that is why the EWE Baskets Oldenburg will have to commit to defending and not allowing these five players to get into a series offensive rhythm. Oldenburg have a fine big man line of Qvale and De Zeeuw that will have to use their physicality to grave proportions to try to somehow keep Morgan/Rubit away from the bucket, but will that be possible as no team has been able to do that at a consistent rate? A key factor will be the bench as how much of an impact will Americans Taylor Braun and Casey Prather be able to make for ratiopharm Ulm? Prather had a sold series against Ludwigsburg showing no real time to need to adjust to the BBL. A lot will ride on the seemingly brothers from another mother Rickey Paulding (13ppg in Bayreuth series) and Chris Kramer (11,0ppg, 6,0rpg, 9,5apg in Bayreuth series) who will log many minutes and will have to produce in every game for their team to advance to the final. The ex factor will be Vaughn Duggins who had a severe injury and is back and came alive in the Bayreuth series. If he and Massenat can find their touch on a regular basis then the teams will have a real battle at the guard position. Ratiopharm Ulm will be without big man Tim Ohlbrecht which hurts. Ratiopharm Ulm is the favorite and should win this series, but also has pressure to win and one just has to love the sentimental underdog Oldenburg that have nothing to lose. Both clubs have great team chemistry, but not only is Oldenburg's experience greater, but they have guys together that have won a title together. And what separates Oldenburg from ratiopharm Ulm is the special characters that the underdog has. Of course ratiopharm Ulm have great character guys with Per Guenther, Chris Babb and Braydon Hobbs and one could go down the list, but Oldenburg has the trio of Paulding, Kramer and Schwethelm that have all won a title at different times and have a special bond and their yearning to win and competitiveness is just at an another level that only Per Guenther can share with the exception of having won a title. This will be a special series with the sentimental favorite Guenther going against the other BBL identity figure Rickey Paulding so in a way for fans, nobody will lose, because at least one will get a shot at the title again.



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.




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




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.



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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Braves, Tema Youth dominate opponents as Accra League Second round begins - by Yaw Mintah

Braves of Customs and Tema Youth opened the second half of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I season with big wins over Ghana Navy and DC Dynamics respectively.

Braves took apart Navy with a 75-39 win in the opening game while bitter rival Tema Youth did same against Dynamics winning 77-44.
Defending champions Customs, landed a good start in the first half leading 35-19 in a feisty game. However, the side got pegged back in the second half with a series of free throws from Navy Center Eric Adoku as Navy looked to exploit Braves' foul trouble.

Unfortunately, for Navy many of such chances were largely missed to affect the deficit. Braves Guard Baniba Dodzie came off the bench to extend the lead on the back off shots from the three point arc.

For Tema Youth, big man Enoch Borsah was in supreme form as he bossed his way to pummel DC in the next game. The younger Borsah on the team produced two highlight slams including a put back dun off a missed layup from Josiah Karikari in the second quarter.

That dunk did little to prevent DC's Sena Asante and Captain Dennis Boateng from scoring a combined four three point shots in the quarter to trail 30-31 at the end of the first half.
Borsah responded in equal measure in the fourth quarter with four three point shots of his own to seal the win.

Tema returns to action on Wednesday May 24 against Ghana Navy.



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas17.9 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.7 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.5 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.5 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.7 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.7 
 6. Skordilis, Faros7.3 
 7. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos7.0 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.8 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.7 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.5 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros5.1 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 3. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 7. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.5 
 8. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 9. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 10. Dimakos, Faros1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 9. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.6 
 10. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 



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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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  ICELAND  


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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  INDIA  


India wins 5th SABA Championship opener - by Eurobasket News

India wins 5th SABA Championship opener in Mae, Maldives. In game 1 India have started their title defense with the win over the hosts 84-42. India erupted for a 22-3 run and added a 24-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites posted two more victories in the second half for the final result.
Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Anil Kumar BK added 10. Mohamed Zilaal (179-PG-85) replied with 12 points in a loss and Hussain Haleem (185-G-94) notched 7.



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  INDONESIA  


Indonesian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

0Jovi Hady

1Arrigo Fernanda

2Andres Bonfilio

4Michael Olindo

6Christopher Alexander

7Julius Robert

8Darryl Sebastian

9Ananta Putra

13Kotaro Hans

14Chrisna Fawwaz

17Raka Patiara

35Gregorius Linduaji





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 - 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. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 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. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.9 
 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 


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





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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 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.21.0 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.5 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.6 
 4. Creekmore, Tokyo Z18.3 
 5. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.1 
 6. Barone, Aomori W.17.9 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.9 
 8. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.7 
 9. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.9 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.5 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.4 
 6. Davis, Shimane SM11.3 
 7. Doaks, Iwate B.10.8 
 8. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 9. Barone, Aomori W.10.6 
 10. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.6 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.1 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.2 
 7. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 8. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 9. Hirao, Bambitio.3.1 
 10. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.8 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 6. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 7. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 8. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.8 
 4. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.6 
 5. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 6. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 7. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 8. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 9. Davis, Shimane SM1.3 
 10. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.3 


Nishinomiya Storks claim B League D2 title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Shimane SM - Nishinomiya S. 53-78

Nishinomiya Storks are crowned B League D2 champions. They rallied past Shimane in the title clash tonight. The game was mostly controlled by Nishinomiya S.. Shimane Magic was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 6 points in third quarter. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Shimane Magic's 24. Swingman Naoki Tani (193-88) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Shimane Magic's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 13+9reb, W.Marshall 11+9reb+1ast, K.Takabatake 8+2reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 8+1reb, R.Reid 5+8reb+2ast, H.Kantake 4+3reb
Nishinomiya S.: N.Tani 19+7reb+1ast, N.Douhara 17+3reb+1ast, D.Burns 17+5reb+3ast, L.Owens 8+7reb+4ast, T.Yanagawa 5+3reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 546865

3-4 Place
Gunma - Hiroshima D. 65-78

Hiroshima beat Gunma to claim the Bronze medals. The game was mostly controlled by Dragonflies. Gunma managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Gunma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Hiromu Kitagawa (182-91) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 35+9reb, M.Obuchi 12+2reb+4ast, D.Umetsu 7+4reb, A.Kuso 4+6reb, T.Fujiwara 3+2reb, S.Kurihara 2+4reb
Hiroshima D.: D.Dillon 18+6reb+4ast, H.Kitagawa 14+2reb+3ast, A.Sakata 9+3reb+1ast, S.Tanaka 6+3reb, C.Lammert 6+7reb+1ast, S.Ikaruga 6+5reb+1ast




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





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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.2 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera14.9 
 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. Fischer, Valmiera13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.4 
 10. Jogela, Barons Riga13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fischer, Valmiera9.1 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.7.3 
 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. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.5 
 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. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.5 
 7. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 8. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.6 
 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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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.13.9 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 4. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 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.7.1 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 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, Lietkabelis4.5 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
 10. Hannah, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 4. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 8. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 10. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 



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  MALAYSIA  


Malaysian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

0YI Teoh

2Kavin Chandaran

3Run Yap

6Thiam Wong

7Wei Teoh

8Yong Wilson

9Hao Jason

13Jing Lee

14Jun Chin

19EE Tan

25Jun John

98Chee Tan





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  MALDIVES  


India wins 5th SABA Championship opener - by Eurobasket News

India wins 5th SABA Championship opener in Mae, Maldives. In game 1 India have started their title defense with the win over the hosts 84-42. India erupted for a 22-3 run and added a 24-12 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites posted two more victories in the second half for the final result.
Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Anil Kumar BK added 10. Mohamed Zilaal (179-PG-85) replied with 12 points in a loss and Hussain Haleem (185-G-94) notched 7.



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.0 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.5 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.6 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.5 
 6. Rogers, Navolato21.6 
 7. Crawford, Durango21.5 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.5 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Ammons, Navolato20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.2 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.8 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. Murphy, Los Mochis7.5 
 8. Rogers, Navolato7.5 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Early, Los Mochis7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Crawford, Durango6.4 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato6.1 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.4 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
 9. Murphy, Los Mochis4.5 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.6 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.7 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.7 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 6. Casillas, Mazatlan1.3 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 8. Motley, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
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, Culiacan1.0 
 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
gschID: 536424


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
gschID: 536426


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
gschID: 536423





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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.25.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.5 
 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. Curry, Golden S.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 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. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State has a chance to complete its third straight series sweep in Game 4 on Monday night. The Warriors are the third team in NBA history to win their first 11 playoff games. Cleveland is 10-0, with a 2-0 lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference final. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) added 21 points and became the franchise leader in postseason points, passing Hall of Famer Rick Barry. Already without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) and starting point guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), the Spurs lost David Lee (6'9''-F-83, college: Florida) to a left knee injury in the opening quarter. Lee left with 2:57 remaining in the first, unable to put any weight on his left leg after Draymond Green kneed him in the back of the leg on a drive. Joel Anthony had to take a free throw in place of Lee, who was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. Lee's status is unknown. San Antonio still managed to match a postseason high with 33 points in the opening quarter and lead by as many as six points in the first half. The Spurs played on emotion, but eventually succumbed to the Warriors' firepower. Durant had 19 points in the third quarter. Golden State shot 55 percent from the field and was 11 for 27 on 3-pointers. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) had 17 points, and Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) added 11 points, including 11 in the opening quarter for the Warriors. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led the Spurs with 21 points, joining Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players 39-years-old or older to score 20-plus points in a conference final. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting after stressing it was imperative for him to score following Leonard's injury. San Antonio has been outscored by 73 points since Leonard left Game 1 with 7:52 remaining and the Spurs leading 78-55.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.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



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



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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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  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 



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.30.5 
 2. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.3 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen28.0 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.4 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix26.0 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.24.1 
 9. White, Globalport21.8 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
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. Chism, NLEX R.15.1 
 5. White, Globalport14.8 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.5 
 9. Wright, Mahindra12.8 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
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. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 6. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.4 
 7. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 8. Thompson, B.Gin.5.1 
 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. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.6 
 7. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 8. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.6 
 9. McKay, Phoenix1.4 
 10. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.4 
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, Globalport2.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.9 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.1.7 
 8. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.6 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


Philippines U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

1Recaredo Calimag

2Shaun Chiu

3Raven Cortez

4Terrence Fortea

5Rafael Go

6McLaude Guadana

7Joshua Lazaro

8John Lina

9Miguel Tan

10Rence Padrigao

11Jose Pascual

12Kai Sotto





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



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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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.5 
 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.7.9 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
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. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.5.1 
 10. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 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 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.5 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.3 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia17.0 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 6. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 8. Sroka, Sokol Lancut14.6 
 9. Bluma, Nysa K.14.5 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.4 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.6 
 4. Grod, Notec Inowr.7.0 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 6. Bluma, Nysa K.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.6 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 9. Kiwilsza, Polonia .6.4 
 10. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.5 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 4. Dymala, Spojnia5.2 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.0 
 7. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 9. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.8 
 10. Maciejewski, Notec I.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.2 
 3. Filipiak, GTK G.2.0 
 4. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.8 
 8. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.8 
 9. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
 10. Adamczewski, Notec I.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.6 
 2. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 3. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.3 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 6. Pytys, Spojnia0.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.8 
 8. Bodych, Kotwica0.8 
 9. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.8 
 10. Kukielka, Legia W-wa0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Radoslaw PLEBANEK
  AZS U.
  (190-SG-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Plebanek, AZS U.22.2 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.1 
 3. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.19.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal I.18.6 
 5. Mrowczynski, Kalisz18.5 
 6. Niesobski, Sudety18.2 
 7. Debski, Pelplin18.1 
 8. Gworek, Gimbaske.17.9 
 9. Zabielski, Zubry17.7 
 10. Karolak, AZS U.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrzej MISIEWICZ
  Zubry
  (199-PF-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Misiewicz, Zubry11.1 
 2. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.10.2 
 3. Mikolajko, Przemysl10.0 
 4. Malitka, Gimbaske.10.0 
 5. Barycza, Otmuchow9.7 
 6. Pruefer, Pro-Bask.9.4 
 7. Wojdyr, Polonia .9.3 
 8. Olszewski, Shmoolky.9.3 
 9. Kwiatkowski, Miedz.9.0 
 10. Budnikowski, Gniezno8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.8.3 
 2. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw7.6 
 3. Konopatzki, Asseco I.7.3 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz7.2 
 5. Balcerek, Goleniow7.0 
 6. Makuch, Syntex K.6.6 
 7. Glapinski, Gornik W.6.3 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.6.2 
 9. Gnatowicz, Otmuc.5.9 
 10. Tradecki, AZS U.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mariusz KONOPATZKI
  Asseco I.
  (192-G-96)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Konopatzki, Asseco I.3.8 
 2. Leszczynski, AZS K.3.3 
 3. Plebanek, AZS U.3.2 
 4. Fafara, AZS U.3.2 
 5. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw3.1 
 6. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz3.1 
 7. Malinowski, AZS U.3.0 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.3.0 
 9. Balcerek, Goleniow2.8 
 10. Piszczatowsk., MKS D.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Krystian KOZLUK
  Ostrow M.
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kozluk, Ostrow M.3.1 
 2. Olszewski, Shmoolky.2.3 
 3. Jodlowski, WKK W.2.0 
 4. Wilk, Otmuchow1.9 
 5. Pisarczyk, Tur B.1.8 
 6. Hlebowicki, R8 Baske.1.7 
 7. Minciel, Sudety1.6 
 8. Zaczek, Wisla K.1.6 
 9. Krupa, AZS P.1.5 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.1.5 


David Logan selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). He led Scandone AV to a victory over the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE (17-13) 75-67 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Logan was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 31 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. Logan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.9%(44-70), 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 79.5% in 14 games he played so far. Logan is a naturalized American. He played for the Polish senior national team eight years ago. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Pinar Karsiyaka (15-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ponitka's very good performance Pinar Karsiyaka was defeated 88-82 at home by the lower-ranked Tofas (#9). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Ponitka also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ponitka's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 60.3%(111-184), 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 70.8%. Ponitka is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Strasbourg IG (23-11) in their last game. Despite Slaughter's very good performance Strasbourg IG lost 85-92 on the road to the leading Monaco. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Slaughter also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 25 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 will be critical. This year Slaughter has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 80.3% in 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Slaughter is also a member of the Polish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Poland.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Banvit's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-20) 88-77 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Kulig scored 11 points and blocked 3 shots. 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 now that game is very crucial. Kulig's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #5. Former international center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (49-33) in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Washington Wizards (49-33) lost 105-115 in Boston to the Celtics. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. Gortat has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.5apg in 95 games. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

Pawel Kikowski
Pawel Kikowski
   #6. Swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Betaland Cdo's surprising victory against the league leader Armani Milano (23-7) 87-80 in the Italian Serie A on Friday night. Kikowski recorded 11 points in only a mere 14 minutes. Betaland Capo d'Orlando (15-15) is placed eighth in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Kikowski's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1spg in seven games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Mathieu Wojciechowski
Mathieu Wojciechowski
   #7. Former U20 international forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) in their game against Entente Orleans 45 (9-25) in the French ProA. Wojciechowski recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite was badly defeated 101-81 in Orleans by the one of league's weakest teams Entente 45 (#17). It was Limoges CSP Elite's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Wojciechowski's overall stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.6rpg. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team five years ago.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #8. Power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-18) in their game against Olympique Antibes (12-22) in the French ProA. He recorded 7 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 79-71 in Antibes by the lower-ranked Olympique (#14). It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Cel's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cel is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Robert Banach
Robert Banach
   #9. Former U18 international swingman Robert Banach (197-97, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia in a victory against the 14th-ranked Isernia (8-22) 59-50 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. Banach recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Basket Academy Valdiceppo Perugia (9-21) is placed 13th in Group D. This year Banach's overall stats are: 4.4ppg and 2.8rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Oded Brandwein (179-PG-88, currently plays in Israel) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (18-15) 110-104 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Brandwein scored 13 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (17-16) is placed seventh in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Brandwein's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 2.3apg in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli. Despite Brandwein's Polish passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #2. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) could not help Kavala (10-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mazurczak's very good performance Kavala was defeated 67-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Doxa Pefkon (#13). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Mazurczak also added 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. Mazurczak has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #3. Francis Jonathan Han (185-PG-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to a 1-point Santeros' victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (10-7) 93-92 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. Han scored 13 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Santeros de Aguada (15-4) is placed first in the BSN. Han's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 4.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Puerto Rican.

   #4. Experienced Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' victory against the seventh-ranked Newcastle Hunters (3-5) 87-79 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Blaszczynski had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (6-4) are placed fifth in WARATAH group. Blaszczynski has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 10 games. Blaszczynski has both Polish and Australian nationalities. Despite his Polish passport, Blaszczynski previously played for the Australian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #5. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Ashdod in a victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (19-14) 80-70 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. He scored 5 points in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Ashdod (18-3) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Tishman's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Polish and Israeli.

   #6. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Basic-Fit Brussels in their game against Limburg United in the Belgian Euromillions League. Lichodzijewski cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and blocked 2 blocks. His team was defeated 75-70. Lichodzijewski's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both Polish and Belgian passports.



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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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

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



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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)



Last day to vote for BSN All-Star Game - by Luis Modestti


Today is the last day to vote for the starters of the 2017 BSN All-Star Game to be played in Aguada.

The All-Star weekend begins on Friday, May 26 with many activities like a dunk contest, three-point contest, skills challenge and shooting stars. The first day ends with a celebrity game.

On Saturday, May 27 there will be a BSN Legends game and the All-Star Game between East and West.

Vote: http://www.bsnpr.com/votaciones



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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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Ousmane Barro's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Senegalese players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania). He led UBT Cluj Napoca to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked Steaua CSM (17-11) 87-85 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Friday. Barro was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 13 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Barro has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(174-257) and FT: 74.6%. He played for the Senegalese U18 national team fifteen years ago.

Clevin Hannah
Clevin Hannah
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Lithuania). Hannah contributed to a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 96-85 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and added 9 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (26-10) is placed second in the LKL. This year Hannah averages: 8.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 86.1% in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and American. Hannah is in the roster of the Senegalese senior national team.

Moussa Diagne
Moussa Diagne
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Moussa Diagne (211-94, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against the 13th-ranked Blusens Monbus (11-21) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Diagne recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Diagne's overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 43.3% and FT: 75.0% in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Worth to mention Diagne played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Diagne is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #4. Forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Entente Orleans 45's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) crushing them 101-81 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He recorded 17 points. Entente Orleans 45 (9-25) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProA. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Mendy's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities. Mendy is also Senegalese national team player.

Sitapha Savane
Sitapha Savane
   #5. International forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain) led Movil Estudiantes to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-23) 90-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 12 points and blocked 3 shots in 22 minutes. Movistar Estudiantes (3-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. It's Savane's first season with the team. This year Savane's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 31 games. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Savane plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye
   #6. Center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (22-12) 94-77 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JL Bourg Basket (25-9) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Ndoye has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.2bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

Cheikh Mbodj
Cheikh Mbodj
   #7. International center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Cincinnati, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 78-72 in the Polish PLK on Thursday night. Mbodj recorded 7 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. Mbodj has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2bpg in 10 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Mamadou Diouf
Mamadou Diouf
   #8. Swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware, currently plays in Japan) helped Toshiba Thunders win their game against the second-ranked Toyota Alvark (44-16) 84-76 in the Japanese B League in Friday night's game. Diouf recorded 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Toshiba Brave Thunders Kanagawa (49-11) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Diouf has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg. Diouf used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2007.

Jules Aw
Jules Aw
   #9. Former international power forward Jules Aw (202-86, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Lugano Tigers (15-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Lugano Tigers (15-10) lost 78-90 on the road to the second-ranked Monthey in the Places 1-6 group. Aw was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Lugano Tigers' third consecutive loss in a row. Aw has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team ten years ago.

Pape Faye
Pape Faye
   #10. Center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan) helped Yokohama BC win their game against the fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (18-42) 78-75 in the Japanese B League on Saturday night. Faye recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Yokohama B-Corsairs (16-44) are placed sixth in Central group. Faye has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan) helped Dragonflies win their game against the leader Gunma 78-65 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. N'Diaye recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. N'Diaye has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team ten years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Youssoupha Fall (221-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help Poitiers (17-17) in their last game. Despite Fall's good performance Poitiers was edged 75-73 at home by the lower-ranked (#12) Denain Voltaire. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Fall also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Fall's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5bpg in 33 games. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. International point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83, currently plays in France) led Lourdes-Tarbes to a 3-point victory over the third-ranked Souffelweyersheim 66-63 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. d'Almeida was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. d'Almeida averaged so far 13.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 7.0apg and 1.7spg in 35 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

   #14. International small forward Maleye N'Doye (202-80, college: Furman, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Paris-Levallois in their game against JSF Nanterre in the French ProA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. N'Doye recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 81-90. N'Doye has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.9rpg in 33 games. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

   #15. International power forward Pape Badji (208-92, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Kangoeroes in their game against Oostende in the Belgian Euromillions League. Badji cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 72-53. Badji averaged so far 13.4ppg and 7.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

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

   #1. Mamadou Niang (209-C-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 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 14 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. This year Niang averages: 2.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) crushing them 103-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and blocked 2 shots. 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. It's Diop's fourth season with the team. Diop's overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 2.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #3. Elson Mendy (200-F-85, currently plays in France) contributed to Souffelweyersheim's victory against the eighth-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) 72-66 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Mendy scored 9 points in 20 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (23-11) is placed third in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mendy has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg in 38 games.

   #4. Papa Beye (202-F/C-89, currently plays in France) contributed to an ALM Evreux's victory against the 14th-ranked JA Vichy (14-20) 86-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ALM Evreux Basket (18-16) is placed eighth in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Beye has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #5. Mamadou Samb (210-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain) could not help Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Palencia Baloncesto lost 94-104 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Leyma Basquet. Samb scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Samb's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Samb's Senegalese nationality, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #6. Experienced Mamadou Dia (201-C/F-78, currently plays in France) contributed to a Provence Basket's victory against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen 83-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Dia recorded 7 points. Dia has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #7. Massine Fall (208-C-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday Fall scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fall has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #8. Mouhamed Barro (205-F-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Oviedo CB in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Barro recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was edged 76-74. Barro has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 3.9rpg in 38 games.



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Vladimir Stimac's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Serbians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey). He led Besiktas to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (23-7) 91-90 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. Stimac was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Stimac also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (24-6) is placed second in the BSL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Stimac's first season with the team. Stimac has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 68.0%(172-253) and FT: 57.4% in 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Teodosic could not help CSKA (22-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance CSKA was defeated 82-78 at home by the lower-ranked Olympiacos (#3). Teodosic was the top scorer with 23 points. Teodosic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in CSKA's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Teodosic averages: 16.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.8apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(65-118), 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 91.1%(102-112). He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Kalinic led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the league leader Real Madrid (23-7) 84-75 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Kalinic's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.4%(67-121), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 83.3% in 32 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic
   #4. Swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikola Kalinic and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Bogdanovic was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the league leader Real Madrid (23-7) 84-75. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Bogdanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Nemanja Nedovic
Nemanja Nedovic
   #5. International point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the 15th-ranked Sevilla (9-23) 98-89 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Nedovic recorded 21 points and added 3 passes in a mere 18 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (22-10) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth 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. Nedovic has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.7apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Vladimir Lucic
Vladimir Lucic
   #6. Small forward Vladimir Lucic (201-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-14) 87-82 in the German BBL on Tuesday night. Lucic recorded 19 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (28-4) is placed third in the BBL. Lucic's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #7. International power forward Milan Macvan (206-89, currently plays in Italy) led Armani Milano to a victory over the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 77-62 in the Italian Serie A in Thursday night's game. Macvan was the best player in that game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. Macvan's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg in 26 games. He is also Serbian national team player.

Branko Cvetkovic
Branko Cvetkovic
   #8. Swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Al Riyadi win their game against the leader Homenetmen (23-1) 73-64 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Friday. Cvetkovic scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. This season Cvetkovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. Cvetkovic used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2008.

Miroslav Raduljica
Miroslav Raduljica
   #9. International center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milan Macvan. But that was another game of his team in Italian Serie A which we would like to mention. Raduljica helped Armani Milano win their game against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 94-80. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 21 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. This year Raduljica's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 31 games. He is also in the roster of the Serbian national team.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #10. Power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, also represented by AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Aris (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dragicevic's good performance Aris was defeated 84-77 on their home court in Thessaloniki by the leading Olympiacos. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Dragicevic also added 7 rebounds. Dragicevic averaged so far 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former university international player as eight years ago he still played for the Serbian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Milenko Tepic (202-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Italy) helped Betaland Cdo win their game against the league leader Armani Milano 87-80 in the Italian Serie A in Friday night's game. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Tepic has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former University international forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Nemanja Nedovic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Milosevic was not able to secure a victory for Sevilla (9-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Sevilla lost 89-98 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja Malaga. Milosevic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Milosevic has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Serbian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former University international swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was the main contributor in a 1-point MZT Skopje's victory against the third-ranked Karpos Sokoli 77-76 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Sunday. Drenovac was the top player that evening. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Drenovac has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Drenovac used to play for the Serbian university national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Banco di Srd (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Banco di Srd lost 68-74 in Trento to the higher-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. Savanovic scored 11 points in 24 minutes. Savanovic has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped Karpos Sokoli win their game against the leader MZT Skopje 104-93 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Tuesday night's game. Labovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Labovic also added 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). This season Labovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Labovic used to play for the Serbian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) led Kalev/Cramo to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) 77-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Thursday. Mirkovic was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and had 3 steals in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Mirkovic averaged so far 14.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Belgium) led Oostende to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kangoeroes (18-18) 73-62 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Wednesday night. Djordjevic was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points and added 4 assists. Telenet BC Oostende (30-6) is placed first in the Euromillions League. Djordjevic has been at the team for six years. Djordjevic has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.5apg.

   #3. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) could not help Andorra (16-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 88-86 at home by the leading Real Madrid. Stevic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stevic has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.3rpg in 29 games.

   #4. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in a 1-point AEK Athens' victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-8) 71-70 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He scored 12 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Sakota averaged so far 12.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Greek. Despite Sakota's Serbian nationality, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Serbian team.

   #5. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a 2-point ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the 16th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-24) 77-75 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Nelson was the top player that evening. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in 20 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 is very crucial. Nelson has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Nelson used to play for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd in Serbian league.

   #6. Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Zlatorog (5-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Miljkovic's very good performance the third-placed Zlatorog was badly defeated 74-57 on the road by the second-ranked Rogaska in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Miljkovic also added 9 rebounds. Miljkovic has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg.

   #7. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Aris in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 17 minutes. His team lost 77-84. Jankovic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.5apg in 25 games. He has both Serbian and Greek nationalities.

   #8. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Belgium) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dusan Djordjevic and both played together in the last Belgian Euromillions League game. Jagodic Kuridza contributed to Oostende's victory against the eighth-ranked Kangoeroes 73-62. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.4rpg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Croatian.

   #9. Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to a 1-point MZT Skopje's victory against the third-ranked Karpos Sokoli 77-76 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Sunday night. Mijatovic had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. Mijatovic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games.

   #10. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a Falco KC's victory against the second-ranked Kaposvari 84-77 in the Hungarian A Division last Friday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Zigeranovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 30 games.



ANGT Finals Game Center: U18 CFBB Paris wins ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT title - by Igor Obradovic

U18 CFBB Paris is the 2016-17 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT champion after defeating U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade 65-58 in the championship game on Sunday morning at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. It is CFBB's second EB ANGT title after the 2010 event, which it won under its former name INSEP Paris. CFBB dominated the fourth quarter 24-12 to stage a come-from-behind victory. Ivan Fevrier (203-F-99) led the way with 17 points, Yanik Blanc (188-PG-99) scored 15 and dished 5 assists and Theo Maledon (192-G-00) added 13 points for the new champs. Goga Bitadze (211-C/F-99) dominated inside for 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks for Mega, which as a team out rebounded CFBB 28-45. However CFBB moved the ball well and totaled 22 assists and just 8 turnovers, while Mega turned the ball over 19 times. Nikola Miskovic (207-G/F-99) added 15 points and Altin Islamovic (199-F-00) had 11 in defeat.

Courtesy of adidasngt.com



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
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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
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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
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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
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  SINGAPORE  


Singapore U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

0Faustion Reuben

1Dorian Jun

2Tor Lok

3Bryan Tzee

4Chuabio David

7Lacsado Jack

8Lim Jen

17Soh Yong

23Li Chenbin

28Tan Meng

30Razali Adam

34Jeremy Zhe





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  SLOVAKIA  


Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Anton Gavel (189-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-14) 80-73 in the German BBL last Saturday. Gavel scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Bayern Muenchen (28-4) is placed third in the BBL. This season Gavel averages: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 73.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and German. Gavel played for the Slovakian senior national team five years ago.

Michael Fusek
Michael Fusek
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Belgium). He led Spirou Charleroi to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (19-17) crushing them 86-54 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Friday night. Fusek had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (18-18) is placed fifth in the Euromillions League. It's Fusek's first season with the team. This year Fusek's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 68.7%(46-67) and FT: 71.4% in 24 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Dusan Pandula (197-84, currently plays in Czech Republic). Pandula led BK Pardubice to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked BK Opava (16-16) crushing them 88-67 in the Czech Republic NBL in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 11 points. BK JIP Pardubice (23-8) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Pandula's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 74.4%. He played for the Slovakian national team five years ago.

Peter Sedmak
Peter Sedmak
   #4. Power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help Dynamic BG Beograd in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-8) 83-73 in the Serbian KLS last Thursday. Sedmak scored 5 points in 16 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (4-5) is placed fifth in the KLS. This year Sedmak's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 1.8rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Slovakian national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Spain) led Gran Canaria to a victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-18) 86-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kuric has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 2.6rpg in 32 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Kuric has never played in Slovakia.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Mario Ihring (192-G-98) plays for Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A
Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) plays for Novy Jicin in Czech Republic 1Liga
Roman Marko (193-PG-86) plays for Basketbal Svitavy in Czech Republic NBL
Stefan Svitek (203-C/F-77) plays for Basket Esch in Luxembourg Total League
Milan Szabo (204-PF-98) plays for BK Prostejov B in Czech Republic 1Liga
Peter Majerik (207-C-85) plays for Sokol Hradec Kralove in Czech Republic 1Liga
Matej Drgon (207-PF-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Maros Zeliznak (208-C-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
David Javorsky (197-SF-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Milan Janosov (192-G-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



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  SLOVENIA  


Luka Doncic selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Luka Doncic (201-99, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an overtime Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-16) 88-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Doncic recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 17 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 Doncic averages: 7.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(58-99), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 78.7% in 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Gasper Vidmar
Gasper Vidmar
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Gasper Vidmar (211-87, currently plays in Turkey). Vidmar contributed to Banvit's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-20) 88-77 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. 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 now that game is very crucial. Vidmar's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 67.3%(113-168) and FT: 38.2%. He is in the roster of the Slovenian senior national team.

Jaka Blazic
Jaka Blazic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jaka Blazic (196-90, currently plays in Spain). Blazic contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-20) crushing them 103-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points in 16 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (23-9) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Blazic's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.8%(52-90), 3FGP: 21.0% and FT: 67.7% in 29 games. He is also a member of the Slovenian senior national team.

Edo Muric
Edo Muric
   #4. Forward Edo Muric (202-91, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gasper Vidmar and both played together in the last Turkish BSL game. Muric contributed to Banvit's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-20) 88-77. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It's Muric's first season with the team. This year Muric's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in 30 games. He is also Slovenian national team player.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #5. Former international center Mirza Begic (216-85, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (20-6) 79-73 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 on Wednesday night. Begic recorded 10 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. Begic has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Begic used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

Alen Omic
Alen Omic
   #6. Center Alen Omic (216-92, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the 15th-ranked Sevilla (9-23) 98-89 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (22-10) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Omic has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 5.3rpg in 16 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Slovenian National Team roster.

Vlatko Cancar
Vlatko Cancar
   #7. International small forward Vlatko Cancar (201-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Mega Leks (5-4) in their last game. Despite Cancar's good performance Mega Leks lost 79-84 at home to the second-ranked Partizan. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Cancar has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 3.8rpg in eight games. He is also Slovenian national team player.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #8. Swingman Emir Preldzic (206-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the 13th-ranked Demir IBB (9-21) 86-79 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Preldzic scored 8 points. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (20-6) is placed third in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Preldzic has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2008.

Domen Bratoz
Domen Bratoz
   #9. International point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help Rapla (20-12) in their last game. Despite Bratoz's good performance Rapla was edged 77-74 on their home court in Rapla by the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. He scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 27 minutes. Bratoz has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg in 36 games. He is also in the roster of the Slovenian national team.

Klemen Prepelic
Klemen Prepelic
   #10. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite Prepelic's good performance Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 82-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#15). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Prepelic also added 5 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Prepelic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.7apg. Prepelic is an international player who is currently on the senior Slovenian National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced former international small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) faced previously mentioned Mirza Begic in the Croatian A1 last game. Joksimovic couldn't help Cibona in their game against Cedevita. He recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 20 minutes. His team lost 73-79. Joksimovic has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.5apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

   #12. International swingman Jaka Klobucar (198-87, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK in their game against Gaziantep in the Turkish BSL. Klobucar scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 92-76. This season Klobucar has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. He is also in the roster of the Slovenian national team.

   #13. International forward Blaz Mahkovic (201-90, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Bosna-Royal 74-59 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I on Saturday night. Mahkovic scored 7 points in 16 minutes. Mahkovic has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He is also Slovenian national team player.

   #14. International shooting guard Miha Lapornik (194-93, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Lapornik recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 86-80. Lapornik has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.2rpg. He plays currently for the Slovenian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Jure Balazic (204-80, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Jaka Klobucar in the Turkish BSL last game. Balazic managed to help Gaziantep Basketbol in a victory against the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK 92-76. He scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. Balazic has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg in 30 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) could not help Zalgiris (33-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Pangos' good performance the league leader Zalgiris was edged 73-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Neptunas (#4). He was the top scorer with 12 points. Pangos also added 3 passes. It's Pangos' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.9apg. Pangos has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Slovenian.

   #2. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla (9-23) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Sevilla was defeated 98-89 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Slovenian.



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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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. Hinnenkamp, Leon18.7 
 5. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.7 
 6. Matemalas, Calvia18.5 
 7. Morales, Calvia18.4 
 8. Goncalves, Yosiq.18.4 
 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. Garcia, Meridian.4.8 
 5. Ruiz, Leon4.8 
 6. Balboa, Santfeliuenc4.8 
 7. Ruzafa, Arenys4.3 
 8. Fernandez, Betanzos4.3 
 9. Jimenez, Menorca4.2 
 10. Vilanova, Mollet4.1 
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. Ballesta, Myrtia2.7 
 5. Mendez, Coin2.6 
 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. Seck, Pielagos1.4 
 6. Iglesias, Santurtzi1.4 
 7. Sakho, Martorell1.3 
 8. Mourtala, Torrelod.1.3 
 9. Rivas, L Alfas1.3 
 10. Cambronne, Ponferra.1.3 


Facundo Campazzo - the most spectacular player of Liga Endesa - by Ivan Milenkovic

Winner of the most spectacular player of Liga Endesa 2016-17 award is Argentinian Facundo Campazzo. UCAM Murcia's point guard was clear winner, collecting 58 points. Anthony Randolph of Real Madrid finished second with 37 points and Rolands Smits of Montakit Fuenlabrada was third with 31 points. Top 10 were completed by Tyrese Rice (FC Barcelona Lassa), Sergio Llull (Real Madrid), Luka Doncic (Real Madrid), T. Antetokounmpo (MoraBanc Andorra), Micheal Eric (RETAbet Bilbao), Edwin Jackson (Movistar Estudiantes) and Ante Tomic (FC Barcelona Lassa).
Previous winners of this award were Tomas Satoransky (2015-16), Latavious Williams (2011-12 and 2014-15), Sergio Rodriguez (2013-14), Rudy Fernandez (2012-13), Marcus Slaughter (2010-11), Ricky Rubio (2009-10) and Marcus Haislip (2008-09).



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
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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
gschID: 546635





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  TUNISIA  


Etoile Sportive Rades won the Tunisian cup - by Ahmed Abderrahim

Etoile Sportive Rades won the cup of Tunisia today against the monastir. The match was really too tight until the last few seconds and thanks to the wisdom and change of the coach Adel Tlatli and the great match from Kelvin Mathius who scored 23 points.
A great season for this team that deserve these two trophies, and damage to monastir who lose for the third successive time in final of the cup. Good luck for the next time



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  TURKEY  

TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elijah JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.22.2 
 2. Coleman, Yalova Bld21.2 
 3. Holmes, Mamak DSI21.0 
 4. Monroe, Turk T.20.6 
 5. Moultrie, Mamak D.20.1 
 6. Smith, Samsun20.1 
 7. Tucker, Final Genclik19.6 
 8. Wright, Acibadem19.4 
 9. Brown, Istanbul.18.9 
 10. Harris, Mugla O.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenny ADELEKE
  Final G.
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Adeleke, Final G.13.8 
 2. Monroe, Turk T.12.2 
 3. Drame, Samsun11.5 
 4. Hopkins, Samsun10.8 
 5. Arar, Pertevniyal10.6 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.9.8 
 7. Brown, Istanbul.9.7 
 8. Yucel, Pertevniyal9.6 
 9. Smith, Akhisar Bld9.4 
 10. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tyshawn TAYLOR
  Mamak DSI
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Taylor, Mamak DSI7.2 
 2. McKee, Turk T.6.2 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Final G.5.8 
 4. Campbell, Socar P.5.4 
 5. Gen, Mamak DSI5.3 
 6. Erdogan, Pertevni.5.0 
 7. Smith, Samsun5.0 
 8. Gedikli, Afyon4.9 
 9. Wright, Acibadem4.8 
 10. Tuncer, Eskisehi.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Turk T.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McKee, Turk T.2.5 
 2. Hughes, Duzce Bld.2.2 
 3. Coleman, Yalova Bld1.8 
 4. Holmes, Mamak DSI1.8 
 5. Cantitiz, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Brown, Istanbul.1.8 
 7. Wright, Acibadem1.6 
 8. Turna, Sakarya BSB1.6 
 9. Dendy, Duzce Bld.1.5 
 10. Mentese, Afyon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Mugla O.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jefferson, Mugla O.1.9 
 2. Rizvic, Gelisim1.6 
 3. Ford, Acibadem1.5 
 4. Arar, Pertevniyal1.4 
 5. Brown, Istanbul.1.4 
 6. Dendy, Duzce Bld.1.3 
 7. Hopkins, Samsun1.0 
 8. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.0.9 
 9. Harris, Final Genclik0.9 
 10. Drame, Samsun0.9 


Exciting Final Fours in Istanbul..! - by Alev Sonmez

Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four 2017 is currentiy taking part in the historical city of Istanbul where East meets west.

The final will be played by a Fenerbahce Istanbul based on the Asian side of Istanbul and Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus, a team based in Europe.

During the previous two Final Fours based in Istanbul there winner has been decided by a single point. In 1992 BC Partizan NiS Beograd won against Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona by 71-70 and in 2012 Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus defeated CSKA Moscow on a buzzer beater by 62-61 on a great comeback from 19 points.

It is the first time that Turkish team qualifies to a final four taking place in Turkey on an another historical year where 4 Turkish teams (Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul and Fenerbahce Istanbul) were represent in Turkey in Turkish Airlines Euroleague three of which qualified to TOP 8 breking a record of having 3 teams at TOP 8 from the same city.

Not to forget the Basketball fever in Turkey where all the Turkish fans, irrespectable of the teams they support, are supporting Fenerbahce Istanbul during the Final Four 2017.

Will Sinan Erdem Dome see another exciting game or maybe even a final ending with a buzzer beater?

What is sure that the passionate over 9000 Turkish fans will rock the arene with their songs making the final an unforgettable one for everybody.





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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


ISV - World Cup Qualifiers will help Virgin Islands take sport to higher level in the country - by Don Farrell


ST CROIX (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - The Virgin Islands may not resonate with a lot of fans in the international basketball community but that could be about to change.
Led by coach Sam Mitchell, the Caribbean side will be dangerous opponents in the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers when they go up against Canada, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas in Group D.
The Virgin Islands won their Centrobasket opener against the Bahamas last year in Panama.
Mitchell, who enjoyed a long and successful playing career in the NBA and also had stints at the helm of the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves, is now trying to do something similar to what he achieved in his college days.
He put little-known Mercer basketball on the map during his time at the university from 1981-85 and is now looking to do the same with the Virgin Islands.
"He's been the coach for the past two years," Virgin Islands Basketball Federation president Theron Richards said to FIBA.com. "We've been doing well under him. We won the gold at the CBC (Championship) in 2015 and then we qualified (at the Centrobasket Championship) in Panama in 2016 for the World Cup Qualifiers so we've done pretty well under him."
A coach is only as good as his players, many would argue, so the aim is to give Mitchell the best that the Virgin Islands have to offer. The Virgin Islands have players all over the world.
Mitchell, who enjoyed a long and successful playing career in the NBA and also had stints at the helm of the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves, is now trying to do something similar to what he achieved in his college days.
He put little known Mercer basketball on the map during his time at the university from 1981-85 and is now looking to do the same with the Virgin Islands.
"He's been the coach for the past two years," Virgin Islands Basketball Federation president Theron Richards said to FIBA.com. "We've been doing well under him. We won the gold at the CBC (Championship) in 2015 and then we qualified (at the Centrobasket Championship) in Panama in 2016 for the World Cup Qualifiers so we've done pretty well under him."
A coach is only as good as his players, many would argue, so the aim is to give Mitchell the best that the Virgin Islands have to offer. The Virgin Islands have players all over the world.
France-based Walter Hodge led the Virgin Islands in scoring in 2016
"We're faced with the challenge of bringing players back from Europe and overseas and the jobs they have there," Richards said.
So who are they?
Cuthbert Victor, 34, may be the best known of Virgin Islands players. The 1.96m ace averaged 10.2 points and 9.2 rebounds on the 2015 team that Mitchell coached. At his first Centrobasket Championship back in 2003, Victor averaged 18.8ppg and 9.8rpg.
A big contributor the past three summers has been Craig Williams Jr, a 2.06m power forward/center who played collegiately at Temple and then Texas Christian University. The 27-year-old from Saint Croix played this season in Japan for Ehime Orange Vikings.
European fans know the explosive point guard Walter Hodge of French side ASVEL, a star in the Basketball Champions League this season. The former Florida Gator in NCAA hoops played last summer for the Virgin Islands and had team-high averages of 14ppg and 5.6apg. He wants to play.
Khallid Hart, who just wrapped up his American college career with the Marist Red Foxes where he played big minutes all four years and poured in a lot of points, was the second leading scorer in last summer's Virgin Islands team at 12.4ppg.
There also seems to be some interest from Russian-based star Frank Elegar of BC Enisey, the player who led the FIBA Europe Cup this season with an efficiency rating of 23.8 per game.
Having last played for the national team in 2010, Elegar gave an interview to FIBA.com this season and was asked about a return to the side.
"For me, it's about who's playing," he said. "I've played and I started really young with those guys, around the age of 17 or 18, when I made my debut.
"I've played with guys like Walter Hodge, who I talk to on a daily basis, or Cuthbert Victor - I know he's a little bit old. These are familiar faces, who I know that are veterans and focused on doing something special. We all may still get together and give it a last run or two."
When contacted by FIBA.com on Wednesday, Elegar of the World Cup Qualifiers: "I may suit up, been talking to Walter Hodges about it throughout the season."
Richards says that no matter what, the World Cup Qualifiers are a big deal for the Virgin Islands.
"It's huge for us to be a part of these Qualifiers coming from a country with such a small population of 100,000 or less. It's a really great thing and a great accomplishment for the basketball federation to be qualified to play in the FIBA Qualifiers."
While Richards says he will leave all the scouting to the coaches, he was willing to comment on the draw.
I think the turnout for the competition will be very good because it will be the first time in the history of the Virgin Islands that fans have been able to see such a level of competition... Richards
"I'm pretty pleased with the draw that we've got," he said. "At least it gives us a fighting chance of getting out of the first round.
"If we get all of the players that we want to get for the team, I think we should do very well in that bracket."
Richards expects there to be an awakening of sorts in the Virgin Islands thanks to the home games. They will host the Dominicans on 24 November, Canada on 22 February and the Bahamas on 29 June (2018).
"I think the turnout for the competition will be very good because it will be the first time in the history of the Virgin Islands that fans have been able to see such a level of competition, since 2002 when the Virgin Islands hosted the CBC Tournament.
"However, this is a much higher level than the CBC so I'm sure the turnout will be great. We have great basketball fans here in the Virgin Islands."
Richards says without a doubt, the profile of basketball will go up thanks to the World Cup Qualifiers.
"It's a huge step forward," he said. "There is a lot of work involved in getting this done for the Virgin Islands.
"I don't know if the people of the Virgin Islands have realized the magnitude of international basketball because they haven't been seeing it on a regular basis live so they may be a little surprised or bewildered about the level of competition in FIBA."









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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  


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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  URUGUAY  

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 


Hebraica defeated Aguada to take a 3-1 lead for the LUB championship - by Hector Lopez

Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) netted a two points shote with 4 seconds to play for the overtime (82-82)and Hebraica Macabi defeated Aguada 91-89 to take a 3-1 lead for the best of seven Uruguayan League championship games. Aguada had maintained the lead during 38 minutos, but a two points shot by Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) sent the game to overtime. Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) 20 points and 15 rebounds, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) with 20 points and 5 assists and LLoreda with 14 and 10 rebounds were the main players for the winner. For Aguada, Demian Alvarez (192-G-84, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 30 points, Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) netted 18 points and added 7 rebounds, while Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA  

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, Toros20.1 
 5. Brown, Gigantes18.6 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.18.4 
 7. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 8. Swann, Marinos17.8 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.5 
 10. Carrera, Marinos16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.8 
 2. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.4 
 3. Guerrero, Toros8.4 
 4. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 6. Graterol, Bucaneros7.5 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.7.2 
 9. Julio, Panteras7.1 
 10. Garrett, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.1 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.8 
 4. Centeno, Marinos4.7 
 5. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 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. Gilder, Panteras1.2 
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. Graterol, Bucaneros1.0 
 7. Jackson, Gigantes1.0 
 8. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 




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Women News


Hanne Mestdagh returns to Belgium - by Peter Buyse

BC Belfius Namur Capitale (Top Division Women) added to their roster 24-year old Belgian international swingman Hanne Mestdagh (178-93, college: Colorado State, agency: ProDep Management). She signed a one year deal at Namur where her father Philip is the head-coach.
She played last season at Eisvogel USC Freiburg in German DBBL. In two Eurocup games she recorded 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.5spg. Mestdagh also played 19 games in DBBL where she averaged 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Castors Braine. In 21 games she had 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6spg. Mestdagh helped them to win the Belgian League title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). She also played 9 games in Euroleague where she got just 1.3ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mestdagh was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 1st Team back in 2013 at her college time.
Mestdagh has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2013.
Mestdagh represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg.
Mestdagh has played previously for two other Belgian teams: Sint Kateline Waver and Blue Cats.
She attended Colorado State until 2015 and it will be her third season as a professional player.




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Aquilas de Guachupita could sign Briana Williams - by Ricardo Dominguez

Liga National District
5/20/2017

Aguilas de Guachupita (Liga National) are negotiating to term with 24-year old American guard Briana Williams (170-G-92, college: Mercer, agency: PEPI SPORT) who currently plays at GIE Lady Matrix in US Minor League. In 12 WUBA games she is averaging a league best 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Williams also participated in the 2017 FIBA Liga Mitchell Cup. In the 4 games she averaged 19 points and a event best 6.0 assists per game. She was named LatinBasket.com All-CMC 1st Team for her efforts.

She is quite experienced player. Williams has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course Latin America). She has played previously professionally in Montenegro- (ZKK Buducnost Bemax), Qatar (QLC Qatars Ladies Club), Czech Republic (SBS Ostrava), Dominican Republic (Mauricio Baez) and WUBA (GIE Lady Matrix).

Williams attended Mercer University until 2015. She set the NCAA single game scoring record with 54 points versus USC Upstate.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY  


Marburg keeps Schaake for another season - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) re-signed 25-year old international swingman Finja Schaake (179-92). She has played there for the last six seasons. In 30 DBBL games she averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg last season. Schaake helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Forward of the Year award back in 2013.
Schaake has been also a member of German international program for some years. She has regularly played for German senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Schaake also represented Germany at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg.
Schaake has played previously for Baskets Grunberg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



Bertholdt inks at Marburg at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

BC Pharmaserv Marburg (DBBL) added to their roster American forward Marie Bertholdt (183). Bertholdt just graduated from Santa Clara (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 25 games she recorded 11.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was voted to All-WCC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Bertholdt is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Germany



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  IRELAND  


Ireland lose to Luxembourg in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Ireland 67:60

IRELAND Senior Women's team were the first to take to the floor in Luxembourg this evening, as they suffered a 67-60 point defeat at the hands of the hosts following a thrilling and closely contested game. Luxembourg got off to a strong start in quarter one, but good scoring from Mimi Clarke and Claire Melia (185-C-99) soon saw Ireland close the gap and hold a slim one-point lead at the end of the quarter (18-19). It remained neck-in-neck throughout the second, with Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) and Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) causing the most damage for Luxembourg, but Ireland held their own, with Sarah Woods (174-G-88), Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) and Edel Thornton (175-G-96) all contributing on the scoreboard to see it all square at the half time break, 36-36. Quarter three continued in the same vein, with nothing separting the sides, but after the game tied once more on 46-46, momentum swung in favour of the hosts, and they got a good run to go ahead at the end of the quarter, 55-48. Tired legs and bodies began to tell for Ireland in the last, and though the girls in green brought the gap back to just five points with 19 seconds to go (65-60) Luxembourg just had that bit more steam, and ran out 67-60 winners in the end.
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



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  ITALY  


Giulia Moroni agreed terms with Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) inked 23-year old point guard Giulia Moroni (175-94) from Pallacanestro Femminile Umbertide. In 24 Serie A1 games she recorded 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg last season.
Moroni's team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four in 2015.
She has played previously for three other teams: Ancona, Vigarano and P.S.Giorgio.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  LUXEMBOURG  


Ireland lose to Luxembourg in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Luxembourg - Ireland 67:60

IRELAND Senior Women's team were the first to take to the floor in Luxembourg this evening, as they suffered a 67-60 point defeat at the hands of the hosts following a thrilling and closely contested game. Luxembourg got off to a strong start in quarter one, but good scoring from Mimi Clarke and Claire Melia (185-C-99) soon saw Ireland close the gap and hold a slim one-point lead at the end of the quarter (18-19). It remained neck-in-neck throughout the second, with Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) and Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) causing the most damage for Luxembourg, but Ireland held their own, with Sarah Woods (174-G-88), Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84) and Edel Thornton (175-G-96) all contributing on the scoreboard to see it all square at the half time break, 36-36. Quarter three continued in the same vein, with nothing separting the sides, but after the game tied once more on 46-46, momentum swung in favour of the hosts, and they got a good run to go ahead at the end of the quarter, 55-48. Tired legs and bodies began to tell for Ireland in the last, and though the girls in green brought the gap back to just five points with 19 seconds to go (65-60) Luxembourg just had that bit more steam, and ran out 67-60 winners in the end.
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie



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  MITCHELL CUP  


Guachupita (Liga National) could sign Briana Williams - by Ricardo Dominguez

Liga National District
5/20/2017

Guachupita (Liga National) are negotiating to term with 24-year old American guard Briana Williams who currently plays at GIE Lady Matrix in US Minor League. In 12 WUBA games she is averaging a league best 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Williams also participated in the 2017 FIBA Liga Mitchell Cup. In the 4 games she averaged 19 points and a event best 6.0 assists per game. She was named LatinBasket.com All-CMC 1st Team for her efforts.

She is quite experienced player. Williams has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course Latin America). She has played previously professionally in Montenegro- (Buducnost Bemax), Qatar (Qatar), Czech Republic (SBS Ostrava), Dominican Republic (Mauricio Baez) and WUBA (GIE Lady Matrix).

Williams attended Mercer University until 2015. She set the NCAA single game scoring record with 54 points versus USC Upstate.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Aquilas de Guachupita could sign Briana Williams - by Ricardo Dominguez

Liga National District
5/20/2017

Aguilas de Guachupita (Liga National) are negotiating to term with 24-year old American guard Briana Williams (170-G-92, college: Mercer, agency: PEPI SPORT) who currently plays at GIE Lady Matrix in US Minor League. In 12 WUBA games she is averaging a league best 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Williams also participated in the 2017 FIBA Liga Mitchell Cup. In the 4 games she averaged 19 points and a event best 6.0 assists per game. She was named LatinBasket.com All-CMC 1st Team for her efforts.

She is quite experienced player. Williams has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course Latin America). She has played previously professionally in Montenegro- (ZKK Buducnost Bemax), Qatar (QLC Qatars Ladies Club), Czech Republic (SBS Ostrava), Dominican Republic (Mauricio Baez) and WUBA (GIE Lady Matrix).

Williams attended Mercer University until 2015. She set the NCAA single game scoring record with 54 points versus USC Upstate.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Harbour Breeze upset Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats - by Mike Lacey

Harbour Breeze, without a win this season, travelled to Cowles Stadium to take on unbeaten Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats (7-0) on Saturday night in the opening game of week 4 of the Women's Basketball Championship (WBC).

Form pointed towards another Wildcats win but what transpired was unexpected as Harbour stole a 67-55 victory to bring to an end a 21 game Wildcats winning streak dating back to the beginning of last season.

Ashley Gayle and Connie Poletti helped the Wildcats to an early 12-7 lead but a combined 14 points from Tall Fern Deena Franklin and guard Georgia Agnew (175-G-93) helped Harbour to a narrow 28-27 half-time lead.

Courtney Hamblin scored 4 points early for Canterbury in a tight third period. Gayle was doing some damage inside for the hosts but Agnew and Anna Lacey kept Harbour in touch at 42-40.

Junior Tall Ferns Tiarna Clarke and Esra McGoldrick exchanged triples as Canterbury reached three-quarter time with the narrowest of advantages, 46-45.

Harbour began the final period with a 9-0 run as Clarke, Lacey and Franklin made baskets. Point guard Terina Wanoa finally broke the Wildcats scoring drought but when Agnew inflicted further damage a ten points advantage favoured Harbour.

Sapphire Wairau made a welcome three for the Wildcats and a mini comeback ensued as Wanoa and Hippolite made scores. However Clarke, Agnew and Tania Uluheua made important plays to secure an upset win and revive Harbour's top six aspirations.

Score: Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats 55 - Gayle 14p/16r, Poletti 8, Wanoa 7, McGoldrick 6
Harbour Breeze 67 - Agnew 20p/11r/6a, Clarke 19, Franklin 11, A Lacey 8

Despite a massive double double of 30 points and 12 rebounds from Tauranga City Coasters forward Maka Daysh Waikato Wizards were able to record a 63-53 road victory on Saturday night.

Daysh landed an early three but Waikato Wizards dominated the opening half opening up a 38-15 advantage - Kaylee Smiler led all scorers at the break with 9 points.

Whatever Tauranga coach Rachel Gwerder said to her charges at half-time worked a treat. Daysh and Briarley Rogers scored all but two of the Coasters points in the third quarter won by the hosts 16-10.

A couple of Kaatia Watene baskets dragged the Waikato lead back to 13 before the experience Miriam Stevens steadied the ship for Waikato.

The duo of Daysh and Rogers continued to trouble the Wizards but the in-form Alyssa Hirwani and Ella Bradley did enough to hold off a brave second half revival by the Coasters.

Score: Tauranga City Coasters 53 - Daysh 30p/12r, B Rogers15, Watene 6
Waikato Wizards 63 - Stevens 14, Hirawani 13, Smiler 13

In New Plymouth it was all one way traffic in the first half as Taranaki Thunder stormed to a 42-5 lead at the break against Te Tai Tokerau Phoenix.

Jess Tuki set the tone with a couple of early baskets aided by a brace of threes from Simone Cook as Taranaki set off on a 14-0 run before Truely Harding landed a triple for the Phoenix.

The Thunder continued to roll, and had nine different contributors to the score in the opening half led by Simone Cook's (6 from 12 threes in the game) 14 points opening salvo.

The Phoenix responded well in the third period taking it 11-8 as Marion Tewhiu, Te Arani Daniels and former Counties guard Breeze Leonard made baskets.

Normal service resumed in the fourth as the balanced Taranaki scoring machine, seven players scored 7 points or more, moved back into top gear to record a 79-21 win.

Score: Taranaki Thunder 79 - S Cook 20, Keech 9, Tuki 8, Cutler 8, Watling 8, I Cook 8
Te Tai Tokerau Phoenix 21 - Tewhui 8, Harding 5

A decisive fourth quarter run from the Waikato Country Cannons decided the tie against Auckland Lady Rangers in Te Awamutu.

With young Massey High guard Shauna Povey and captain Stevee Theyers shooting a collective 11 from 18 from the field including 5 from 8 threes Auckland was able to take a 27-22 advantage into the half-time break. The Cannons edged the third to lead 35-34 at the last break but it was the 12-3 run at the start of the fourth period that decided the contest.

Donna Fermanis was a thorn in the side of the visitors defence earning multiple trips to the foul line and making Auckland pay by converting 11 from 12 free throws. Ably supported by Chelseah Savage Fermanis finished with a game high 23 points as Waikato brushed aside the Rangers in the final stanza (27-8) to win 62-42.

Score: Waikato Country Cannons 62 - Fermanis 23, Savage 8, Riwai 5, Jones 5
Auckland Lady Rangers 42 - Povey 16, Theyers 11, Greissen 8



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

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

   #1. This week's number one is U18 international Jayden Fuiava (99, currently plays in Australia). She contributed to a Logan Thunder's victory against the 13th-ranked SC Rip (0-2) 85-73 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Fuiava scored 8 points in only 14 minutes on the court. Logan Thunder (2-1) is placed fifth in QBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Fuiava's fourth year with the team. This season she averages: 8.7ppg, 2FGP: 71.4% in three games she played so far. Fuiava is currently a member of the New Zealand U18 national team.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia). Wallbutton managed to help Perth Redbacks in a victory against the ninth-ranked Slammers (3-8) 74-61 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Perth Redbacks (12-6) are placed in SBL group. It's Wallbutton's first season with the team. This year Wallbutton's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg and FT: 27.3% in seven games. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia). She helped Brisbane Spartans win their game against the 11th-ranked Dolphins (1-3) crushing them 80-58 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Taylor scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Brisbane Spartans (3-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Taylor's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 23.5%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 66.7% in three games. She played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #4. Forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell helped Brisbane Spartans win their game against the 11th-ranked Dolphins (1-3) crushing them 80-58. She scored only 4 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was her first game for Brisbane Spartans this season. Purcell is also New Zealand national team player.

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #5. International guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia) led Meteorettes to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Flames (2-1) 84-68 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. She scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. Mackay Meteorettes (3-0) are placed third in QBL group. So far her team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Cocks has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 3.0apg in three games. Cocks plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #6. Swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast helped Meteorettes win their game against the sixth-ranked Flames (2-1) 84-68. She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Paalvast has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Aleesha Coulter
Aleesha Coulter
   #7. Former U18 international guard Aleesha Coulter (173-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Australia) helped Bruins win their game against the eighth-ranked Hills Hornets (1-6) crushing them 90-60 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Coulter scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Bankstown Bruins (6-3) are placed fourth in WARATAH group. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Coulter has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.8apg in five games. She used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team eight years ago.

   #8. Guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia). Perrett could not help Sabres (4-5) to beat Lady Cobras (7-2). She scored 7 points. The fifth-placed Sabres (4-5) were crushed 74-53 on the road by the second-ranked Lady Cobras in the SEABL-South group. Perrett has been at the team for four years. Perrett has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.8apg. She used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team back in 2009.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #9. International forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate was not able to help Sabres in their game against Lady Cobras (7-2). She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Sabres (#5) were crushed 74-53 in Kilsyth by the second-ranked Lady Cobras in the SEABL-South group. Bygate has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg and 5.4rpg in nine games. She is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Alicia Poto (166-PG-78, currently plays in Australia) led Spireds to a 3-point victory against the second-ranked North Bears (5-1) 65-62 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Poto also added 7 assists and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group WARATAH. Hornsby Spiders (8-0) are placed first. So far her team won all eight games in the Regular Season. Poto has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 7.0apg and 3.1spg. She has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves to win against the eighth-ranked Flames (4-7) crushing them 71-42 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game. Swain recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (4-6) are placed seventh in SBL group. It was her team's first victory after six consecutive loses. Swain's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Savannah Au (175-F-96, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Rollers (0-4) crushing them 73-40 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Au scored 6 points. South West Metro Pirates (1-2) are placed tenth in QBL group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Au has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 3.3rpg.



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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenia beats Hungary at the buzzer - by Zeljko Zule

Tina Trebec (190-C-90) made a game-winning 2-pointer at the buzzer as Slovenia without three starters, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85), Nika Baric (169-PG-92) and Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84), again beat Hungary, 81-79, in their second warm-up before the 2017 European Championship in Czech.

Hungary-Slovenia 79-81 (12-15, 25-25, 19-23, 23-18)

Hungary: *Fegyverneky 9, *Raksanyi 8, Licskai 3, Simon 3, *Nagy 11, Katona 3, Varga 6, *Krivacevic 1, *Nagy-Bujdoso 16, Szamosi 2, Horvath, Dubei, Hatar 10, Zele 7.
Slovenia: Ljubenovic, *Oblak 13, *Zdolsek 6, Prezelj 2, Abramovic 5, Rupnik 12, Jakovina 7, *Lisec 8, Trebec 12, *Evans 8, Ocvirk 8.



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  SPAIN  


Ferrol keeps Calvo for another season - by Eurobasket News

Universitario de Ferrol (LFB) re-signed 21-year old forward Ani Calvo (183-96). She played there last season. In 31 LFB games she averaged 6.2ppg and 2.6rpg. Calvo helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Mann Filter where in 21 games she had just 2.2ppg.
Calvo represented Spain at the World Championships U19 in Chekhov (Russia) two years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 1.3rpg.
Calvo has played previously for Segle XXI Bercelona.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


Goes and Malvin share the top - by Eurobasket News

Goes and Malvin share the top at the start of 2017 League. Malvin smashed Albatros 110-10, Paysandu 124-26, Defensor S. 55-36 and Capurro 80-20. Goes meanwhile beat Paysandu 81-15, Cordon 88-30, Nacional 71-65 and Defensor Sp.65-55.
Nacional is third with a 3-1 record. Defensor Sp. and Cordon share the 4-5 places with 2-2 records.



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  WNBA  


Rookie Sydney Wiese scores 22, Sparks top Mystics 99-89 - by Eurobasket News

Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford) scored 23 points, rookie Sydney Wiese (6'1''-G-95, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) added 22 - hitting six 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 99-89 on Friday night. Before the game, Los Angeles received its 2016 championship rings. Los Angeles had a 74-53 lead with 4:16 left in the third quarter but Washington closed on a 17-4 run, capped by Tayler Hill (5'10''-SG-90, college: Ohio St.)'s jumper just before the buzzer, to pull to 78-70. Washington forward Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Delaware) scored eight points in the quarter. The Sparks started the fourth-quarter scoring and the Mystics didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the way. Candace Parker and Essence Carson made their season debuts for Los Angeles (2-0) after returning from the Turkish League. Parker had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 16 and Alana Beard (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Duke) added 12 points. Los Angeles led 59-48 at halftime after shooting 65.6 percent. Wiese started 7 of 7, with five 3-pointers, in her first nine minutes. Delle Donne led three Mystic starters in double figures with 15. Delle Donne finished with 27 points for Washington (1-1) and Hill added 20. Kristi Toliver scored 15 points in her return to Los Angeles where she spent seven seasons.
Courtesy of: westplainsdailyquill.net