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  ANGOLA  



Libolo edge Petroleos to take 2-0 lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

Libolo celebrated the second straight victory in the BIC Basket Finals. They rallied past Petroleos 87:85 to take 2-0 lead. Milton Barros (184-PG-84) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners. Petroleos looked better in the first half. They grabbed a 50:42 halftime lead. But Libolo bounced back in the second part of the game. They used a 24:15 rally in the fourth quarter to snatch a valuable victory. Leonel Paulo (197-F-89) responded with 26 points for Petroleos.


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  ARGENTINA  


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).



Alejo Montes Cardozo (ex Obera TC) is a newcomer at Luqueno - by Francisco Vega

Sportivo Luqueno (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Argentinian guard Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-91). He moved there from Obera Tennis Club in Argentinian TNA league where he started the season. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg this season. The last season Montes Cardozo was tested by Argentino (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In two games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.0bpg.
He has played also professionally for other Argentinian teams like La Union, Regatas Corrientes, MH Basket and Estudiantes Concordia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.4 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.2 
 9. Cumberbatch, Oberw.15.5 
 10. Maresch, UBSC G.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.1 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 9. Friedrich, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.5 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Ojo, Gmunden1.4 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 7. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 8. Maresch, UBSC G.1.4 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.8 
 8. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 



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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. Tofi, Aalstar14.7 
 4. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.1 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 8. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.3 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.8 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 9. Fields, Liege6.1 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.6 
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. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 7. Clark, Antwerp1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Hertay, Liege1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 3. Fields, Liege0.9 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 



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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 1 of Finals. San Pedro claim victory - by Eurobasket News

San Pedro T. - Belmopan B. 69-60

San Pedro Tigersharks celebrated the opening victory in NEBL Finals. They overcame Belmopan Bandits to surge ahead in the championship series. The game without a history. San Pedro T. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ashton Edwards (SG-89) provided 18 points to pace the hosts. Farron Louriano (198-C/F-89) responded with 17 points and 8 boards for the Bandits.
gschID: 546903





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  BOLIVIA  


Parra is back at Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (Libobasquet) signed 33-year old Venezuelan center Jorge Parra (206-112kg-84, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC). It is actually his comeback to Santa Cruz as he has played here before. Parra He moved there from Sol de America in Paraguayan Metropolitan League where he started the season.
Parra's team made it to the Peruvian LNB Semifinals in 2016.
He was a member of Venezuelan U21 National Team in 2004.
Parra is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Venezuela (Gaiteros and Yaracuyanos), Peru (Faraday and Universitario), Bolivia (Univ.Domingo and Atenas de Tarija) and Ecuador (Juvenil).
Parra attended NE Oklahoma A&M College until 2007 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liabo comes back to Amistad, ex Mazatlan - by Francisco Vega

Amistad Sucre (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American swingman Mike Liabo (198-88kg-91, college: Tenn-Martin). It is actually his comeback to Sucre as he has played here before. Liabo He moved there from Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA where he started the season. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.3apg this season.
Liabo's team made it to the Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura Semifinals in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
Liabo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended University of Tennessee at Martin until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Robinson, Igokea15.1 
 9. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea6.8 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Robinson, Igokea3.8 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea1.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.3 
 10. Radivojevic, Igokea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 3. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Rikic, Igokea0.7 
 7. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 9. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 


Igokea celebrate League title - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Bosna-Royal 96-72

Igokea celebrated the Bosnian League title. They crushed Bosna-Royal to claim the trophy. The game was mostly controlled by Igokea. Bosna-Royal managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Igokea had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Bosna-Royal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) stepped up and scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Serbian center Ljubomir Campara (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Igokea: J.Robinson 17+4reb+7ast, D.Milosevic 13+8reb+8ast, B.Mahkovic 13+3reb, D.Albijanic 12+6reb+2ast, R.Rikic 12+4reb, M.Pasajlic 9+1reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: M.Josilo 14+5reb+1ast, L.Campara 12+8reb, G.Ikonic 11+1reb, A.Sokolovic 9+3reb+5ast, V.Djordjevic 8+4reb+2ast, E.Residovic 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546985





KSBiH Premier League Recap 2016-17! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH Premier League Recap 2016-17!

Igokea: 28-17 (13-13 ABA League 1-1 qualifying for Champions League) (9-1 5-2) The team was streaky in the ABA league going through a three game losing streak and a four game losing streak. The team also went through a 1-5 stretch in the season. That said the team still was ultra-competitive and ended up in fifth place in the ABA league. That experience helped the team run through the Bosnian leg of their competition until facing KK BOSNA in the finals. The team went through a 12-0 stretch until KK BOSNA was able to beat them in the finals in Sarajevo 76-71. The team struggled to beat the top of the table in the ABA league until they beat Partizan in the last game of the season. They went a combined 1-7 against Partizan, Buducnost, Red Star and Cedevita during the season. The team has a deep and talented roster that includes players from Slovenia, USA, Serbia and Croatia. The team also has some very good young players to count on including the trio of teenagers Darko Talic, Nemanja Nikolic and the ultra-talented Dalibor Ilic who maybe the most talented player in BiH born in 2000. The team played

Team MVP: James Robinson deserved the award over some other worthy candidates and the team went eleven deep in players that played significant minutes for the club. He wasn't with the team in the Champions League portion of the season. He played in 24 games in the ABA league he averaged 12.8ppg 3.5rbpg 3.7aspg while shooting 48.6% from two, 32.9% from three and 86.3% from the FT line. He was even better in the Bosnian League in 16 games he averaged 15.1ppg 4.3rbpg 3.8aspg while shooting a blistering 61.1% from two, 48.8% from three and 75.8% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: Dalibor Ilic is by far the most talented player on the list but Darko Talic forced his way onto the court and showed he has a great future ahead of himself. Darko played in 22 games. In the two CL games he averaged 4.5ppg 1.5rbpg. Overall he averaged about 5mpg in the games he played in the ABA league and Bosnia. His fate with Igokea could be similar to that of Drasko Knezevic who played with the team but never got the chance to star until moving on.

Bosna-Royal:25-9 (14-3,7-3, 4-3) The team face unbelievable odds during the season from facing collapse and a possible suspension from competition due to unpaid debts going back over ten years ago. The team did an excellent job overcoming the distractions and staying focused. The team also lost Josh Hagins during the season as the lightening quick American decided to leave when the opportunity to join an NBDL team presented itself. You have to give the team credit, especially Damir Krupalija every player they signed and brought in contributed to the teams winning ways. They weren't distracted by all the questions surrounding the team and did an excellent job preparing every week. Dusan Gvozdic did an excellent job tactically and creating matchup problems for other teams. The team only suffered one two game losing streak during the season and pushed Igokea to the brink before losing in game five in the finals. The home court advantage proved to be too much to overcome for the team from Sarajevo. The question for the team is how sustainable this success will be, who they will be able to retain and who can they bring in to build around. Sasa Vasiljevic the former starter of the BiH National Team announced his retirement and his veteran leadership will be hard to replace. Goran Ikonic another veteran who played for the team in its glory days is also close to retirement at 37. One of the team's biggest struggles is still the development of young players, an issue for the team going back to the prewar days when the team had Predrag Danilovic and Mirsad Turkcan on its roster but failed to identify or develop either as elite talents.

Team MVP: The emotional choice would have to be Ikonic or Vasiljevic. In reality no one deserves the award more than Maksim Sturanovic. Maksim played in 33 games averaging 10.7ppg 6rbpg while shooting 66.7% from two and 69.1% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: The team lacks young, elite talents but two players are worthy of mentioning here Atif Durak and Miljan Saric. In the end Saric deserves the award as the PG of the team who at the tender age of 19 played significant minutes for the club and led the team at some crucial moments in the campaign. Milan played in 22 games averaging 12mpg 1.9ppg 1.5rbpg 1.2aspg. Milan shot 10-24 from three on the season 41.7% from the three point line.

Zrinjski HT: 16-11 (11-6 5-5 0-2) The team played very well during the season before losing five straight to close out the season. The team had the league MVP in Drasko Knezevic and arguably the most impactful American in the league in Torrion Brummitt. The team survived the loss of key player Ali Demic after only six games with minimal impact. The club also had a thin bench and yet was one of the best teams in the league. The team was a poor rebounder and lack an inside presence. Instead the team heavily relied on perimeter players like Knezevic and Vedran Princ, even the inside players like Ljubo Samadan and Bozo Djurasovic liked to shoot from the outside, averaging over nine attempts a game between the two of them during the season.
Team MVP: It's a clear winner with league MVP Drasko Knezevic on the team. He really did it all for the club and was a major difference between being one of the best teams in the league and one of the worst. He had the chance to have the ball in his hands on almost all of the plays and made the most of his opportunities. He was able to get to the FT, shoot threes, pass the ball and score and defend. He looked like one of the best young players in BiH for a few years and finally got a chance to prove himself with consistent minutes and made the most of his opportunities. He played in 27 games averaging 33mpg 18.8ppg 2.1rbpg 5.4aspg 2.4stls while shooting 58.5% from two, 36.5% from three and 76.5% from the FT line.
Best Young Player: Mateo Zovko was the best young player on the team and was a solid contributor to the teams winning ways. He played in 17 games averaging 20mpg 6ppg 3.2rbpg while shooting 56.9% from two and 64.3% from the FT line. He did struggle with his three point shooting hitting only 6-37 for 22.2% from the three point line.

Sloboda Tuzla:17-13 (12-6 5-5 0-2) The club has experienced a strong return the last few seasons after struggling financially, organizationally and on the court. The team has a solid coach in Velimir Gasic who has a good reputation for developing young talent and has improved its financial support and revenue. The club has an excellent reputation and is doing everything it can to get back to its previous elite status. The team has a strong backcourt and good depth and some decent players up front. The team is balanced and the coaching staff did a good job getting all the players to buy into a team game. The home court was a like a fortress for opponents and the team went 13-2 in Tuzla before the playoffs. The team nearly pulled off the upset of a lifetime on the road against Igokea losing 85-86. The backcourt duo led the near upset with Almir Hasandic putting up 26pts 4rbs 6ass while hitting 5-8 from three. Marko Rikalo had 16pts on 7-9 shooting from the field.

Team MVP: Almir Hasandic has been nothing short of spectacular since joining the club and arguably had his best season yet. He played in 26 games averaging 33mpg 14.6ppg 2.5rbpg 3.3aspg while shooting 51% from two, 36.9% from three and 79.3% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: Nedzad Muratovic he is long and athletic and has slowly developing and growing into a very important player for the club. He played in 28games averaging 27mpg 9ppg 4.8rbpg while shooting 52.8% from two, 39.6% from three and 64.7% from the FT line.

Spars Sarajevo: 14-14 (11-7, 3-7) The team has really struggled to develop its identity the last two seasons at times attempting to develop young players and at the same time relying primarily on older import players. The club still has a very good reputation with young players for their honesty and commitment to their career and future development. It just hasn't translated well to those same players developing into impact players with the Sr team. Spars moved Sani Campara and Amar Gegic before the season began but have plenty of young players to develop and replace them. The team brought in a ton of new players before and during the season and saw a bit of a revolving door and the steam struggled to jell during the season. The roster the team had at the beginning of the season looked completely different by the end. With attempting to absorb so many new players the team struggled with team defense and where to be on the court at times on the season. The loss of Adi Zahiragic was a big blow to the team, he works as hard as anyone in BiH and has improved every season he has played. Ibrahim Durmo contributed to the team's success and along with Fahrudin Manjgafic proved to be the most reliable young players on the roster. The team played 21 players in 28 games and 17 of those players played major minutes. The team churned through too many core players but found a couple of contributors in newcomer Zlatko Jovanovic and Maksim Kovacevic. The team really struggled down the stretch going 3-8 in its last 11 games.
Team MVP: It was a two way race between Kovacevic, Jovanovic and in reality Kovacevic solidified the backcourt after he joined the team. Kovacevic played in 16 games averaging 34mpg 17.2ppg 5.1rbpg 3.3aspg 1.3stls while shooting 60.5% from two, 34.5% from three and 75.9%.

Best Young Player: The club is loaded with young talent like Fahrudin Manjgafic, Ibrahim Durmo and mega prospect Tarik Biberovic. No young player made more of an impact than Durmo however. He was a major contributor all season long playing in 28 games and creating matchup problems for opponents. He averaged 20mpg 9ppg 6.3rbpg .9aspg 1stl while shooting 64.9% from two. He struggled with his outside shooting and free throw shooting however 18.4% from three and 53.4% from the FT line.

Kakanj: 11-17 (10-8,1-9) The club had a difficult campaign after reaching the finals the year before. Realisically though they returned to a position more accurate for the budget and talent on the roster after playing well above expectations the season before. The team still had the best young coach in the country in Josip Pandza and still had a solid core of players in Zeljko Palavra and Obrad Tomic. The team lacked the depth of previous seasons and some of the young players failed to take a step forward as expected. The team was forced to rely on the inconsistent shooting of Vojin Svilar too often to make a bigger impact on the season. An injury to Obrad Tomic derailed the season and hollowed out the interior defense of the club and they never recovered even when he returned to the team. The club went 2-11 down the stretch and a big part was the collapse of the interior of the defense. The team was excellent at rebounding but the backcourt was thin and weak and struggled all season long.

Team MVP: You could make a case for either Tomic or Plavra but I think you have to give the award to Tomic his loss was obvious when he went out with injury. Tomic isn't much of an offensive players and isn't the most mobile big man playing in Europe but he is a tough matchup for any big man in the country. He played in 21 games averaging 29mpg 11.4ppg 9.8rbpg 1.3aspg. He struggled with shooting going 50.5% from two and 35.7% from the FT line. It is surprising that teams didn't foul him more considering how poorly he shot from the FT line.

Best Young Player: Haris Curevac came over in the offseason and started for most of the season. He didn't play spectacularly but was consistent and contributed to the teams winning ways. He was healthy playing in 28 games averaging 22mpg 6.5ppg 3.1rbpg while shooting 61.3% from two, 34.4% from three and 65% from the FT line.

Siroki Primorka: 13-13 (7-11,6-2) The team has stockpiled young talent and it paid off this season for the club. This is a club in its rich history has produced multiple NBA draft picks and high level European talent. The team went 7-2 in its last nine games and relied heavily upon young talents Ivan Karacic, Mateo Dreznjak, Dario Dreznjak and Mateo Colak. These four players made a major difference down the stretch and it was amazing to see the young kids grow and contribute but also win. Possibly the biggest talent in the system Jure Planinic didn't even play with the first club this season. Like most young teams they struggled on the road going 3-10 away from home. If they are able to retain their young talent and the core they should be poised for another step forward next season. The team got off to a slow start at 3-7 but played much better from then on. They feasted on the worse teams in the league but struggled against better competition they beat Kakanj twice and Sloboda once but were swept by Bosna, Spars and Zrinjski. Besides the young players Jan Mocnik, Franko Kastropil and Dalibor Persic all contributed to the teams winning ways. The team had to replace its backcourt early in the season why Kevin Brown and Josip Naletilic left the club early on.

Team MVP: Jan Mocnik was a difference maker for the team. He took over after Naletilic left the team for a deal in France. The diminutive Mocnik had a major impact for the club with his playmaking and ballhandling skills. Even struggle at times to defend, being only 178cm tall creates problems in and of itself. He was the perfect fit for leading and running a young team. The team went 2-6 immediately after he joined the team but was one of the hottest teams down the stretch going 11-7 after the slow start. Mocnik played 33mpg while averaging 13.9ppg 8.3aspg 2.8rbpg 1.7stls while shooting 51.3% from two, 34.7% from three and 70.5% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: You have three young teenagers that all could get the title of best young player in the club in both Dreznjaks and Colak. In the end I think you have to give the award to Mateo Colak for his breakout campaign with the team. It's hard to call a kid who recently turned 19 a late bloomer but he has been on the radar of scouts for four years and finally produced a breakout season that had been projected of him for a long time. He's got great length at 206cm and skill and the ability to play at least three positions SG, SF, PF but his best position is probably a stretch four. He played in 21 games for the club averaging 24mpg 10.4ppg 4.1rbpg 2.0aspg while shooting 47.4% from two, 42.5% from three and 68% from the FT line.

Leotar: 10-15 (6-11, 4-4) The team won its last four contests on the season to somewhat salvage a bad season overall. The team is good at home going 8-4 in their own city but struggled on the road. The team was the best rebounding team in the league and shared the ball but didn't do a good job scoring and was turnover prone. The team mostly relied on homegrown Bosnian talent unlike Grajdjanski and some other clubs and worked to develop some of its younger players.

Team MVP: Bojan Peljkic led the team in scoring and rebounding as the one foreigner playing a major role on the team the big man from Montenegro did his part to help the team. He played in 24 games and barely got off the court averaging 34mpg and 15.4ppg 7.8rbpg 2.7aspg 1.3stls while shooting a blistering 68.7% from two while struggling from three at 30.4% and 56.7% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: Milan Luzajic got the chance to play a major role for the BiH U20 team in the summer and it helped him to establish himself on his club team. He played in 25 games averaging 7.4ppg 2.1rbpg 4aspg. He struggled with his shooting, hitting 41.9% from two, 31.9% from three but played a major role in the four game winning streak to end the season.

Gradjanski: 10-15 (6-11 4-4) The tale of two teams at home the club was unbeatable going 10-2 away was the quite a different story the team went 0-13 on the road on the season. The team was a very strong rebounding group but struggled with shooting from the outside even after acquiring shooter Nenad Vukovic upon his return to BiH during the season.

Team MVP: Danilo Negovanovic was a do all player for the club scoring, rebounding and passing and was a true lead guard for the club. He averaged 15.7ppg 3.9rbpg 2.7aspg 1.3stls while shooting 57.7% form two, 83.8% from the FT line. He was also one of the best outside shooters for the club even though he shot only 30.7% from three.

Best Young Player: The team was seriously devoid of young talent so the honor, by default goes to Milos Kolakovic who played in 3 games on the season.

Mladost: 8-18 (5-13, 3-5) The team started 4-1 and fell apart at that point going 4-14 the rest of the way. Nenad Vukovic got off to a hot start and was signed away from the team after 7 games. He had a memorable game in a win against Sloboda Tuzla when he had 42pts shooting 15-21 from the field including 9-15 from three. The team was awful defensively and struggled to win away from home going 3-10. The team will be relegated back to A1 of the Serbian League for next season.

Team MVP: Bojan Stanojevic was the best player game in and game out but was symbolic of what was wrong with the team during the season. He was turnover prone and a poor interior and help defender and allowed way too much scoring inside. He also struggled with turning the ball over at 3.6 per game. On the upside he played in 25 games averaging 14.3ppg 7.6rbpg 2.7aspg while shooting 59.9% from two and 76.7% from the FT line.

Best Young Player: Djordje Aleksic it was close between him and Arsenije Vuckovic but Aleksic gets the nod for his consistent performance and presence. It's hard to believe that Djordje just turned 20 considering the role he has played with the BiH National Team and his club teams the last few years. He just works at his craft and gets a bit better every year. He put on a solid performance for his club He played 15 games averaging 9.5ppg 2.7rbpg 3.9aspg while shooting 62% from two, 37% from three and 80% from the FT line.

Bosnjak: 9-17 (6-12, 3-5) The club reinforced its roster with some solid players like Mujo Tuljkovic and Adi Sarajlic but it wasn't enough as its lack of inside presence doomed them during the season. The team struggled with rebounding, interior scoring and defending during the season. The team was more competitive after the signing of Tuljkovic but it wasn't enough to save the team after a slow start. The team went 7-8 down the stretch but it was too little, too late for the club which will be relegated after surprising the last few seasons.

Team MVP: Mujo Tuljkovic after an adjustment period the team played .500 basketball with Mujo down the stretch. He gave them a solid inside/out presence and a second impact player besides Amir Dovadzija. He played in 17 games and averaged 18.3ppg 6.2rbpg 2.7aspg 1.9stls while shooting 63.6% from two, 39.6% from three and 74.5% from the FT line. He proved that even at the age of 37 the former member of the BiH National Team still has game left.

Best Young Player: Bojan Lulic at 22 years old he isn't that young but the club had a veteran laden squad overall. He started for the club and played in 18 games averaging 8.1ppg 4.4rbpg 1.2aspg while shooting 54.1% from two, 28.8% from three and 89.7% from the FT line.



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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 


NBB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Bauru stay alive with road win over Pinheiros - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros - Bauru 72-76

Bauru edged Pinheiros on the road to narrow the deficit in the series. 24 personal fouls committed by Pinheiros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Shilton Santos (198-82) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pinheiros. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 16+6reb+4ast, R.Lenz 12+1reb+1ast, A.Neto 12+2reb, D.Holloway 12+3reb+5ast, R.Ansaloni 10+4reb, G.Teichmann 6+4reb+4ast
Bauru: J.Andrade 20+5reb+3ast, G.Yeye Torres 11+1reb+3ast, S.Santos 11+7reb+1ast, G.Santos 10+1reb, A.Garcia 8+6reb+5ast, L.Meindl 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 546941





Liga Ouro Round 11: #1 Botafogo F.R. is defeated by Blumenau - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Liga Ouro.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Botafogo F.R. (15-5) on the court of fourth ranked Blumenau on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Blumenau 75-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Botafogo F.R.. It was a great evening for American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Power forward Diego Silva (206-90) helped adding 12 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blumenau (11-7) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Botafogo F.R. at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Blumenau are looking forward to face league's second-placed Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round.
Very significant was Botafogo F.R.'s (#1, 15-5) victory against 3rd placed Joinville (10-8) 88-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Jamaal Smith accounted for 14 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) came up with 24 points for Joinville in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Botafogo F.R. maintains first place with 15-5 record. Joinville at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joinville will play against Santos/Macapa (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (15-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (1-17) 87-66. The best player for the winners was Abner Moreira who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Willian da-Silva produced 20 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. maintains first place with 15-5 record. Brusque lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 17 lost games.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Blumenau (11-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Brusque (1-17). Blumenau smashed Brusque 95-55. Tarvin Gaines orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Blumenau's coach Sergio Carneiro felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Blumenau. They moved-up to third place. Brusque lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Blumenau's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Contagem and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Brusque - Botafogo F.R. 66-87

Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (15-5) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (1-17) 87-66. Botafogo F.R. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Willian da-Silva (200-81) produced 20 points and forward Pedro Rio (203-96) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. maintains first place with 15-5 record. Brusque lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 17 lost games.
Top scorers:
Brusque: W.da Silva 20+3reb+3ast, P.Rio 15+4reb, R.Veber 11, W.da Silva 6+5reb+3ast, E.Otte 4+4reb+1ast, D.Prado 4+11reb+2ast
Botafogo F.R.: A.Moreira 23+10reb+3ast, A.Filho 14+4reb+3ast, J.Smith 12+6reb+6ast, D.Correa 10+5reb+2ast, D.Brito 10+2ast, G.Ruiz 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 538649


Brusque - Blumenau 55-95

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Blumenau (11-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Brusque (1-17). Blumenau smashed Brusque 95-55. Blumenau dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Brusque's 22. They outrebounded Brusque 43-21 including a 17-4 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Blumenau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Brusque's players. American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Gabriel De-Oliveira (202-93) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Blumenau's coach Sergio Carneiro felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Willians da-Silva (202-91) answered with 11 points and Willian da-Silva (200-81) added 11 points in the effort for Brusque. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Blumenau. They moved-up to third place. Brusque lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Blumenau's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Contagem and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Brusque: W.da Silva 11+3reb+1ast, W.da Silva 11+4reb, A.Tiago 8+1reb+1ast, G.Machado 7+5reb+3ast, P.Rio 7+3reb, K.Santos 6
Blumenau: T.Gaines 17+5reb+2ast, G.De Oliveira 15+3reb+2ast, A.Portilho 11+6reb, D.Silva 9+3reb+1ast, R.Vieira 8+4reb+1ast, A.Liuz de Oliveira 8+6reb
gschID: 538648


Joinville - Botafogo F.R. 82-88

Very significant was Botafogo F.R.'s (#1, 15-5) victory against 3rd placed Joinville (10-8) 88-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Botafogo F.R. made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) came up with 24 points and Maxwell Dias (198-91) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Joinville in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Botafogo F.R. maintains first place with 15-5 record. Joinville at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joinville will play against Santos/Macapa (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Joinville: L.Vezaro 24+2reb+1ast, M.Dias 19+5reb+2ast, F.Vezaro 14+4reb+3ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 12+7reb, J.Froehlich 9+5reb+2ast, H.Medeiros 4+1reb
Botafogo F.R.: W.Russell 31+6reb+4ast, J.Smith 14+3reb+5ast, A.Filho 13+1reb+4ast, A.Moreira 12+2reb, D.Correa 7+4reb+1ast, D.Brito 6+1ast
gschID: 538647


Blumenau - Botafogo F.R. 75-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Botafogo F.R. (15-5) on the court of fourth ranked Blumenau on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Blumenau 75-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Botafogo F.R.. It was a great evening for American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Power forward Diego Silva (206-90) helped adding 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Blumenau players scored in double figures. Power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and point guard David Brito (182-94) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blumenau (11-7) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Botafogo F.R. at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Blumenau are looking forward to face league's second-placed Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: D.Brito 17+1reb+3ast, A.Moreira 14+13reb, A.Filho 9+4reb+2ast, D.Correa 8+3reb, R.da Silva 8+1reb+2ast, F.Perez 4+4reb+1ast
Blumenau: D.Stocks 16+4reb+4ast, L.Semmke 14+4reb+2ast, D.Silva 12+9reb+3ast, G.De Oliveira 10+1reb+3ast, B.Lazzaris 9+9reb+1ast, T.Gaines 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538646





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  BULGARIA  


Leones de Santo Domingo lands Travis Daniels, ex Balkan - by Francisco Vega

Defending champion Leones de Santo Domingo (LNB) tabbed 25-year old American forward Travis Daniels (202-98kg-92, college: Mississippi State). He moved there from Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league where he started the season. In 23 games he averaged 11.6ppg and 7.3rpg this season. Daniels helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. He also played that season for Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In two NBL games he had 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Daniels graduated from Mississippi State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinton WATKINS
  Bucaros
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 19
 1. Watkins, Bucaros19.0 
 2. Hardy, Cimarrones18.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios17.0 
 4. Coombs, Sabios15.5 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.13.5 
 6. Hernandez, Cimar.12.0 
 7. Alford, Bucaros11.5 
 8. Perez Ayala, Bucar.11.0 
 9. Renteria, Cimar.11.0 
 10. Hernandez, Piratas8.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.13.0 
 2. Romero, Piratas8.0 
 3. Egwuonwu, Bucaros8.0 
 4. Carraway, Cimar.8.0 
 5. Dobbs, Piratas7.0 
 6. Smith, Sabios6.5 
 7. Asprilla, Bucaros6.0 
 8. Bermudez, Bucaros6.0 
 9. Williams, Cimarrones6.0 
 10. Blandon, Sabios6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shamar COOMBS
  Sabios
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Coombs, Sabios4.0 
 2. Alford, Bucaros3.5 
 3. Hardy, Cimarrones3.0 
 4. Blandon, Sabios3.0 
 5. Thomas, Piratas3.0 
 6. Hernandez, Piratas2.0 
 7. Caicedo, Cimar.2.0 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.2.0 
 9. Watkins, Bucaros2.0 
 10. Hernandez, Cimar.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eleutherio RENTERIA
  Cimar.
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Renteria, Cimar.3.0 
 2. Smith, Sabios2.5 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 4. Pena, Piratas1.5 
 5. Romero, Piratas1.5 
 6. Coombs, Sabios1.5 
 7. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
 9. Jaimes, Bucaros1.0 
 10. Mims, Piratas1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.1.5 
 2. Mims, Piratas1.5 
 3. Thomas, Piratas1.0 
 4. Alford, Bucaros1.0 
 5. Castro, Sabios1.0 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.0 
 7. Dobbs, Piratas1.0 
 8. Egwuonwu, Bucaros0.5 
 9. Jones, Sabios0.5 
 10. Mendoza, Piratas0.5 



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Leones de Santo Domingo lands Travis Daniels, ex Balkan - by Francisco Vega

Defending champion Leones de Santo Domingo (LNB) tabbed 25-year old American forward Travis Daniels (202-98kg-92, college: Mississippi State). He moved there from Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league where he started the season. In 23 games he averaged 11.6ppg and 7.3rpg this season. Daniels helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game. He also played that season for Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In two NBL games he had 9.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
Daniels graduated from Mississippi State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tony Mitchell (ex Star Hotshots) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Francisco Vega

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 25-year old American forward Tony Mitchell (203-107kg-92, college: N.Texas). He moved there from Star Hotshots in Filipino PBA league where he started the season. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 2.9bpg this season. Mitchell also spent pre-season at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in French league that year. The other team he played that season for was Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel. In 17 PBA games he averaged 10.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
In 2013 Mitchell was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of North Texas standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Mitchell represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Mitchell has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Mitchell has played previously professionally in China (Guangxi), Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), NBA (Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Grand Rapids Drive).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Frank Gaines (ex Vechta) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Francisco Vega

Metros de Santiago (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American shooting guard Frank Gaines (191-88kg-90, college: IPFW). He moved there from SC Rasta Vechta in German ProA where he started the season. In 32 games he recorded 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gaines played at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL. In 36 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (18th overall).
The former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Gaines' team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2013. He received also USBasket.com All-D-League Most Improved Player of the Year award and USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 1st Team award back in 2014.
Gaines is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Gaines has played previously professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Venezuela (Gigantes) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Superior Round 17: Leader Marquense loses to Izalco - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga Superior is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Top ranked Marquense (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked Izalco on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Izalco 92-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marquense. Marquense was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Izalco, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who scored 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 30 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-2 record behind leader Marquense. Marquense at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Izalco are looking forward to face ABA (#6) in Apopa in the next round. Marquense will have a break next round.
Ninth ranked Biomedical (4-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked ABA (7-9) 72-69 on Tuesday evening. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Salvador Bonilla contributed with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for ABA. Biomedical maintains ninth place with 4-13 record. ABA at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Biomedical will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ABA will play at home against Izalco (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local ADB (5-11) beat 9th ranked Biomedical (4-13) 72-57 on Thursday night. Hector Landaverde stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners. Nestor Cordero responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks. ADB maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Loser Biomedical keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 17 ExSAL ST was defeated by San Marcos in a road game 79-68.

Izalco - Marquense 92-83

Top ranked Marquense (13-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked Izalco on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Izalco 92-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marquense. Marquense was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Izalco, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who scored 40 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 12-2 record behind leader Marquense. Marquense at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Izalco are looking forward to face ABA (#6) in Apopa in the next round. Marquense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 40+8reb+7ast, J.Crespin 30+11reb+2ast, V.Maya 7+6reb, E.Tobar 4+4reb, C.Toledo 4+3reb+1ast, P.Barillas 3
Marquense: M.Artiga 30+16reb, J.Barrera 15+5reb+2ast, K.Gutierrez 10+3reb+2ast, C.Sorto 7+3reb, H.Salazar 7+6reb+2ast, M.Mendoza 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 544865


ADB - Biomedical 72-57

The game with biggest result difference took place in San Salvador. Local ADB (5-11) beat 9th ranked Biomedical (4-13) 72-57 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by ADB. Biomedical managed to win second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hector Landaverde (-92) stepped up and scored 32 points for the winners and Cesar Canizales (-81) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Nestor Cordero (-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) scored 16 points and 4 assists. ADB maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Loser Biomedical keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 32+2reb+2ast, C.Canizales 20+7reb+5ast, G.Guadron 9+7reb+3ast, M.Marroquin 3+6reb, H.Pacas 3+8reb+4ast, M.Acosta 3+3reb
Biomedical: C.Pineda 16+1reb+4ast, C.Herrera 12+2reb+1ast, N.Cordero 10+23reb+1ast, E.Morales 8+6reb+3ast, S.Bonilla 7+8reb+2ast, J.Soriano 2+2reb
gschID: 544861


San Marcos - ExSAL ST 79-68

There was no surprise when 5th ranked ExSAL ST (8-8) was defeated on the road by second ranked San Marcos (13-3) 79-68 on Thursday. The game without a history. San Marcos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. San Marcos forced 20 ExSAL ST turnovers. Leonardo Gomez stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Milton Martinez (-88) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks and forward Bryan Marroquin (194-92) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four San Marcos and five ExSAL ST players scored in double figures. ExSAL ST's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Marcos have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-3 record having just one point less than leader Marquense. Loser ExSAL ST keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. San Marcos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ExSAL ST will play against Ausoles (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: L.Gomez 18+2reb+2ast, E.Recinos 12+6reb, R.Diaz 12+1reb+5ast, F.Escobar 11+1reb+2ast, M.Martinez 11+8reb+3ast, E.Abullarade 9+5reb+6ast
ExSAL ST: D.Lawes 15+14reb+4ast, W.Melendez 14+3reb+4ast, J.Villalobos 13+4reb+2ast, D.Rivas 10+2reb+4ast, B.Marroquin 10+7reb+4ast, E.Segovia 3+1ast
gschID: 544862


Biomedical - ABA 72-69

Ninth ranked Biomedical (4-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked ABA (7-9) 72-69 on Tuesday evening. ABA was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Biomedical, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 ABA turnovers. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Salvador Bonilla contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists and Jonathan Zometa added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ABA. Biomedical maintains ninth place with 4-13 record. ABA at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Biomedical will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ABA will play at home against Izalco (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Biomedical: C.Pineda 21+4reb+3ast, C.Herrera 17+6reb+2ast, S.Bonilla 14+12reb, N.Cordero 9+10reb+2ast, E.Morales 7+5reb+7ast, J.Soriano 3+2reb
ABA: S.Brackett 25+10reb+9ast, J.Zometa 19+6reb+4ast, J.Roque 11+4reb, E.Sosa 7+6reb, A.Ojeda 5+1reb, L.Medina 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544866





Liga MB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Brujos Izalco and Santa Tecla reach semis - by Eurobasket News

Denver-FAS - Brujos Izalco 85-99

Brujos Izalco upset Denver-FAS on the road to sweep the series. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) supported him with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) did not help to save the game for Denver-FAS. Nigerian-American center Olaniyi Akingkube (208, college: N.Carolina A&T) added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 24+5reb+5ast, C.Miller 21+5reb+4ast, O.Akingkube 20+12reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 10+6reb+3ast, E.Castaneda 8+3reb+4ast, A.Alas 2+6reb
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 34+13reb, C.Blake 33+7reb+3ast, T.Elliott 11+14reb+2ast, R.Mendez 9+3reb+6ast, M.Flores 9+11reb+16ast, E.Navarrete 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546971


Canarios - Isidro Metapan 119-106

Canarios rallied past Isidro Metapan to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Canarios. Isidro Metapan was better in second period 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Isidro Metapan was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Reginald Brown (202-91) chipped in 20 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: D.James 32+10reb+7ast, E.Mijares 24+1reb+4ast, J.Colorado 18+3reb+1ast, K.Palmer 13+17reb+1ast, H.Navas 9+8reb+1ast, R.Sandoval 8+5ast
Canarios: W.Hepburn 38+11reb+3ast, D.Lawson 32+2reb+6ast, R.Brown 20+17reb+5ast, I.Sandoval 12+4reb+3ast, A. Gross Ruano 7, W.Quijano 6+2reb
gschID: 546973


Cojute - Halcones 100-87

Cojute beat Halcones to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cojute forced 23 Halcones turnovers. American players dominated the game. Guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 48 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds and Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) added 24 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Halcones. Halcones' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Halcones: R.Miller 26+15reb, J.Moss 24+6reb+3ast, M.Borbon 11+15reb+3ast, J.Araujo 9+2reb+7ast, A.Merino 7+3ast, I.Andaluz 3+2reb+1ast
Cojute: B.Golden 48+6reb+10ast, A.Moe 36+14reb+1ast, B.Garcia 6+9reb+1ast, S.Sill 5+5reb, J.Quintanilla 3+1reb+3ast, R.Melendez 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 546972


El Rapido - Santa Tecla 69-88

Santa Tecla cruised past El Rapido to sweep the series. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 57-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Santa Tecla dominated on the defensive end, holding El Rapido to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and center Carlos Arias (200-89) supported him with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) did not help to save the game for El Rapido. Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 27+10reb+1ast, M.Guevara 19+6reb+3ast, E.Ramirez 8+3reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 6+1reb, D.King 5+6reb+2ast, O.Coreas 4+4reb+3ast
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 28+7reb, C.Arias 15+12reb+2ast, O.Rivera 13+5reb+7ast, R.Martinez 9+4reb+5ast, T.Nix 9+8reb, E.Escalante 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546970





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.6 
 8. James, Panathin.13.1 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.8 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Tomic, FC Barce.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA6.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 


Fenerbahce win their first Euroleague title - by Igor Obradovic

Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) gave Fenerbahce a quick start. He drained two three-pointers as the hosts grabbed a 10:6 lead. Bobby Dixon then added another one for a 13:6 advantage. Fenerbahce maintained the lead throughout the first period entering the second one up by 8 points 26:18. Olympiacos started the second period strong. Erick Green and Milutinov put the Greek side as close as 4 points 25:29. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) though responded with five points in a row for the hosts to restore a 9-point cushion. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) soon gave Fenerbahce a double-digit advantage at 35:25. Olympiacos capped the half on a 9:4 rally to pull within five points 34:39 at halftime. As soon as second half started Fenerbahce started to play their game, like they did entire season. They won third quarter with 21:14 which was great indicator in Sinan Erdem Dome for Fenerbahce fans to start celebrating slowly. Third quarter was finished with 60:48. In fourth quarter it was all ended in just two minutes of last period, Fenerbahce was on the run of 8:2 for 68:50 and Olympiacos didn't have time for making another comeback in their history. On 3:11 until the end, Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) scored 2 points for biggest lead of Turkish powerhouse, it was 78:58. Final result of Euroleague F4 Final Game was 80:64 for Fenerbahce who win their first Euroleague trophy in team history.
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) was selected as MVP of Final game.

Fenerbahce: Nikola Kalinic 17pts+5rbd+5ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic 17pts+5rbd, Ekpe Udoh10pts+9rbd+4ast, Jan Vesely 8pts+8rbd
Olympiacos: Khem Birch 14pts, Nikola Milutinov 10pts+4rbd, Evangelos Mantzaris 9pts+3ast



CSKA finish third, storm past Real in consolation final - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Real Madrid 94:70

CSKA finished their EuroLeague campaign on a high note. They stormed past Real Madrid in Istanbul today to earn the third place. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Moscow team.
CSKA dominated right from the tip off. They sank 23 points in the first period to jump to a 13-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. CSKA ensured a 45:32 halftime advantage. They kept Real at distance throughout the third period. CSKA entered the fourth frame up by 13 points 69:56. They followed with a solid 25:14 rally in the final quarter and raced to the victory. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) delivered 13 points each in the win. Jonas Maciulis (198-F/G-85) and Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) responded with 11 points each for Real Madrid.

CSKA: Kyle Hines 14, Nando De Colo 13, Aaron Jackson 13
Real Madrid: Jonas Maciulis 11, Gustavo Ayon 11



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 - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.5 
 3. Bradford, St Vallier17.5 
 4. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.9 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 7. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 8. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 9. Mitchell, Chartres15.9 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.3 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.1 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.4 
 9. Rakocevic, Orchies6.9 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Korac, Vitre7.6 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.4 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craion, Lorient2.8 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Monceau, Challans1.9 
 7. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 8. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Correia, Souffel1.6 
 10. Rafai, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Bobrov, Quimper1.1 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 5. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 6. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 7. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 8. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 10. Kayembe, Souffel0.8 


NM1 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Quimper and Souffel enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Quimper - RAC Basket 99-85

Quimper rallied past RAC Basket in the decisive third game of the series to advance into Final. The game without a history. Quimper UJAP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Quimper UJAP shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rueil.
Top scorers:
Quimper: T.Prost 17+2reb+5ast, M.Tensorer 16+2reb+6ast, J.Bluntt 16+5reb+5ast, K.Mondesir 13+1ast, D.Burke 12+7reb+3ast, V.Bobrov 12+6reb+1ast
RAC Basket: W.Felder 23+7reb+3ast, R.Anderson 17+7reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 15+1ast, Y.Solle 10+2reb+1ast, L.Sambe 7+2ast, J.Bichard 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 546986


Souffel - Lourdes 87-77

Souffel saw off Lourdes to reach the title series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-77. Souffelweyersheim dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Lourdes-Tarbes' 26. They outrebounded Lourdes-Tarbes 36-21 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Fabien Ateba (192-91) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) answered with 21 points and Lithuanian power forward Mantas Virbalas (202-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lourdes-Tarbes. Five Souffelweyersheim and four Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Souffel: R.Kayembe 23+16reb+1ast, F.Ateba 15+5reb+3ast, F.Harris 14+4reb+3ast, V.Correia 13+3reb+3ast, E.Mendy 10+6reb+2ast, A.El Gazhi 8+1reb+1ast
Lourdes: L.Vaty 21+4reb, M.Virbalas 14+6reb+2ast, R.Sims 12+3reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Imhoff 9+1reb+2ast, E.Bosc 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546987





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

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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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 6. Drenovac, MZT S.15.4 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.3 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 9. Perry, Karpos S.14.8 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Mijatovic, MZT S.7.0 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.9 
 5. Lalic, MZT Skopje6.8 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 7. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 9. Labovic, Karpos S.6.1 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 7. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 8. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 9. Kloof, MZT Skopje4.1 
 10. Mavra, Karpos S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Perry, Karpos S.1.8 
 2. Kloof, MZT Skopje1.7 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Sokolov, Karpos S.1.3 
 7. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 8. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 9. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 10. Brown, Kumanovo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 4. Trajkovski, Karpos S.0.7 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 7. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 4 of Finals. Karpos level title series - by Greg

Karpos Sokoli - MZT Skopje 86-78

Kapros Sokoli defeated MZT Skopje to even the championship series at 2-all. Karops Sokoli made their run in second quarter when they outgunned MZT 30-14 and controll the game until the final whistle. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92, college: Youngstown St.) scored 24 points and was the best scorer that night. Darko Sokolov (189-G-86) had 10 and Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) added 11 points for the winners. Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) and Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 each for MZT. Decisive game is scheduled on May 24.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.8 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Babb, Ratiopharm16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.9 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.6 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.1 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Knight, Jena1.5 
 10. Siva, ALBA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.0.8 


Dominique Johnson Returns Back To The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Rumours had been swirling around the German basketball community the last weeks that Dominique Johnson (194-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) may be returning home back to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and according to nord24.de the German is on his way. Johnson is a 194cm forward that will be turning 25 on Friday and after getting his feet wet in the BBL with Bremerhaven and Braunschweig played 33 BBL games two seasons ago with MBC and last season helped the team move right back to the BBL averaging 38 games: 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 71.1%. The season before, he made his breakthrough with MBC in the BBL playing 33 games averaging 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 74.5%. The German seems ready to make the next step in the BBL.

He started his basketball career in 2011 with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, junior team. The next season he got into 3 BBL games. He then moved to Braunschweig and played there from 2012-2015 and wasn't able to make his BBL break through there playing only 14 games while also playing for their Pro B farm team. Last season with MBC he scored in double figures in 12 games including two 15 point games against the RheinStars and Trier and some 14 point games against Paderborn, Trier and Crailsheim.

Source:nord24.de



The Kirchheim Knight Retain Andreas Kronhardt - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A outfit Kirchheim Knights have announced the contract extension of Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) Andreas Kronhardt is a 27 year old 205cm center that will be going into his third season with Kirchheim. Last season the ex BBL player who has 29 BBL games on his resume played 38 games averaging 13.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 59.9%. "The last two years here were very important for me. I have found a home here and I am happy to continue to be playing here", stressed Andreas Kronhardt Last seasin the German who picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team scored in double figures in 30 times and had three double doubles. He had an amazing span between December 23rd and March 26 where he scored in double figures in 12 games. his best scoring games were against Heidelberg with 26 points and 21 points against Ehingen.

Source:Kirchheim Knights



Frank Gaines (ex Vechta) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Francisco Vega

Metros de Santiago (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American shooting guard Frank Gaines (191-88kg-90, college: IPFW). He moved there from SC Rasta Vechta in German ProA where he started the season. In 32 games he recorded 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gaines played at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL. In 36 games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (18th overall).
The former Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Gaines' team made it to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2013. He received also USBasket.com All-D-League Most Improved Player of the Year award and USBasket.com D-League All-Rookie 1st Team award back in 2014.
Gaines is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Gaines has played previously professionally in Italy (VL Pesaro), Puerto Rico (Caciques), Venezuela (Gigantes) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ugrai left Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

22-year old small forward Maximilian Ugrai (201-104kg-95) left s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL). Ugrai has played there for the last three years. In 30 BBL games he recorded 4.3ppg and 2.6rpg this season. He played there also last season where in 25 BBL games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ugrai's team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-East All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014.
Ugrai represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.5%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas17.9 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.7 
 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 


A2 Round 1 of Finals. Faros claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

Iraklis - Faros 70-79

Faros beat Iraklis on the road to take 2-1 lead in the A2 Finals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-11. But Iraklis won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Faros made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Iraklis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) answered with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-85, agency: Interperformances) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Iraklis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iraklis' coach Vangelis Alexandris rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Y.Gagaloudis 12+6reb+6ast, D.Despos 11+4reb, V.Angelakopoulos 11+4reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 10+5reb, M.Giannakidis 9, D.Kalaitzidis 7+10reb+5ast
Faros: K.Kakaroudis 19+2reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 15+2reb+3ast, V.Karaboulas 13+4reb+3ast, G.Skordilis 12+11reb+1ast, G.Dimakos 9+5reb, F.Vasilopoulos 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 547089





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  HOLLAND  


Eredivisie Round 4 of Finals. Groningen takes 3-1 lead - by Greg

Zwolle - Groningen 48-76

Groningen overwhelmed Zwolle on the road to take 3-1 lead in the championship series. They are now only one game away from the title. It was a close game only in the first half which the hosts won 33-30. Then Groningen stormed the opponents in the second frame by scoring 46 points and allowing Zwolle to respond only with 15 and eventually won the game 76-48. Jason Dourisseau and Lance Jeter led the winners with 18 points each. Drago Pasalic added 16 and Chase Fieler 10. No Zwolle players scored double digits. Clayton Vette and Nick Oudendag had 9 points each.



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.0 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.9 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Allen, Kormend16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Szabo, ZTE K.7.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Petty, Kormend6.0 
 9. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Kromah, Kormend2.1 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


ZTE KK completes semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

ZTE KK - Szolnok 85-69

ZTE KK completed the semifinal picture by downing Szolnok 85-69 in decisive game. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 53-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ZTE KK shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Szilard Benke (196-95) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Szolnok. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 30+6reb+7ast, S.Benke 17+9reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 13+3reb+4ast, M.Mohacsi 13+5reb, J.Wright 8+2reb, Z.Szabo 4+6reb+2ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 19+2reb, T.Barnies 18+6reb+4ast, N.Pavlicevic 14+6reb+5ast, A.Toth 9+8reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 4+8reb, A.Popovic 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 547148





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  INDIA  


India beat Sri Lanka 88-61 - by Anil Kumar

In the 5th South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship underway in Maldives, India posted its second straight win, this time over Sri Lanka.

Playing its second round robin encounter, defending champs India tamed Sri Lanka 88-61 in a fairly competitive game. The first and third quarters were particularly neck and neck, but India built double digit leads in the other two periods to stay undefeated in the competition.

India centre Amritpal Singh had a second straight game scoring in double digits, with 28 points to go along with 16 rebounds. Veteran shooting guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi also enjoyed a double-double night with 26 points and 10 assists.

For Sri Lanka, Thammitage Perera came off the bench to top score with 18 points, with Joseph Croos chipping in with 13. The Island nation connected 11 times from beyond the arc but also turned the ball over 26 times.

To counter the size mismatch, Sri Lanka sent India to the foul line a whopping 38 times, but that strategy provided little benefit as India scored 25 points from the charity stripe.

Amritpal Singh was declared player of the match for the second straight time.

India will now face another challenger Bangladesh next on 22nd May, while Sri Lanka takes on Nepal.

India (Amritpal Singh 28 pts & 16 reb, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 26 pts & 10 ast) bt Sri Lanka (Thammitage Perera 18 pts, Joseph Croos 13 pts) 88-61 [23-17, 27-17, 16-15, 22-12]

About the SABA Championship 2017

Championship Format

The Championship is played in a round robin format and the team with the best record at the end of this championship will progress from the South Asian region to the FIBA Asia Cup scheduled for 17th to 27th August in Beirut, Lebanon. A round robin format is when each team will face every other team in the tournament once, and the final standings will be based on win/loss statistics.




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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Jones, Azad26.3 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.1 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad16.1 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.7 
 7. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.6 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.6 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jones, Azad5.6 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 8. Aslani, Naft Abadan3.2 
 9. Davoudi, Arak3.1 
 10. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hosley, Arak2.8 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Afagh, Arak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 


Superleague Round 1 of Finals. Petrochimi register opening victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Petrochimi - Naft Abadan 80-74

Petrochimi rallied past Naft Abadan for 1-0 advantage in the Finals. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. Petrochimi dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Naft Abadan's 30. They outrebounded Naft Abadan 44-22 including a 33-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International Behnam Yakhchali (196-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 13 points. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points and 5 steals and British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 24+18reb+3ast, B.Yakhchali 13+4reb+3ast, J.White 10+4reb+1ast, M.Atashi 8+2reb, M.Jamshidi 8+6reb+2ast, M.Nabipour 5+4reb
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 25+2reb+3ast, R.Richards 15+4reb, M.Mirzaei 12+6reb, D.Perkins 7+2reb+6ast, S.Mashayekhi 6, F.Aslani 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546969

3-4 Place
Azad - Arak 95-94

Azad held off Arak in the consolation finals opener. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Mohammad Yousofvand (207-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Hamed Afagh (193-83) added 25 points in the effort for Arak. Four Arak players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 43+8reb+4ast, M.Yousofvand 16+11reb, M.Rasoul 8+3reb+1ast, B.Koochoie 7+2reb+1ast, A.Baheran 7+6reb+2ast, S.Hadizadeh 7+4reb+1ast
Arak: H.Afagh 25+4reb+3ast, F.Videnov 25+9reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 16+11reb+4ast, A.Kardoust 16+10reb+2ast, A.Davoudi 5+1reb+1ast, M.Heydari 5+1reb+1ast



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  ISRAEL  


Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team 2017
Vernon Teel
Teel
Denzel Livingston
Livingston
Sir'Dominic Pointer
Pointer
Storm Warren
Warren
Germain Jordan
Jordan

Finals MVP: Golan Gutt (192-SG-94) of Ironi Nes-Ziona
Player of the Year: Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H
Guard of the Year: Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H
Forward of the Year: Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H
Center of the Year: Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Boulogne
Import Player of the Year: Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H
Domestic Player of the Year: Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Ironi K-A
Defensive Player of the Year: Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A
Coach of the Year: Barak Peleg of Maccabi Raanana

1st Team
G: Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H
G: Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S
G/F: Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A
PF: Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H
C/F: Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Boulogne

2nd Team
G: Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Ironi K-A
G: Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat.
F: Samme Givens (198-F-89) of Maccabi Raanana
SF: Yaniv Solomon (201-SF-94) of Hap.R/G Givat.
C/F: Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel B/S

Honorable Mention
Marcus Relphorde (198-F/G-88) of GECR Indalo
Adi Cohen (178-PG-93) of Hapoel K/S
Liraz Ariely (185-PG-92) of Hapoel Migd.H.
Anthony Fisher (191-G-86) of Hapoel B/S
Tal Michael Dunne (196-SF-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona
Jamal Olasewere (201-SF-91) of Hap.R/G Givat.
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona
Marquis Addison (195-G-91) of Macc.Rehovot
Clarke Rosenberg (193-G-93) of Hapoel Migd.H.
Cinmeon Bowers (201-F-93) of Galil Elion
Gur Porat (197-F/G-79) of Macc.Rehovot
Yovel Zoosman (199-G/F-98) of Maccabi Raanana

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Noam Matalon (197-G-87) of Ironi K-A
SF: Yaniv Solomon (201-SF-94) of Hap.R/G Givat.
G: Anthony Fisher (191-G-86) of Hapoel B/S
PG: Adi Cohen (178-PG-93) of Hapoel K/S
SF: Tal Michael Dunne (196-SF-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona

All-Imports Team
G: Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H
G: Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S
G/F: Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A
PF: Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H
C/F: Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Boulogne

All-Defensive Team
PG: Guy Lavie (188-PG-92) of Maccabi Raanana
G: Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H
G/F: Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A
G: Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S
SF: Jamal Olasewere (201-SF-91) of Hap.R/G Givat.



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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, Roseto23.6 
 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. Raffa, Roma Virtus18.5 
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 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.6 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino19.0 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.0 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.4 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 8. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 9. Di-Donato, Pescara8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.1 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 7. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.1 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 10. Panzini, Cassino4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 3. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 4. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Busco, Patti1.9 
 7. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 3. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 7. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 


Serie A2 Playout - Forli close the series 3-1, Chieti is relegated in B - by Nico Silvestri

After a fought playout final, Unieuro 2.015 Forli won the fourth match and will stay in Serie A2 also in next year, while Proger BLS Chieti is relegated in Serie B.

Unieuro 2.015 Forli was already ahead at half time 47-46 before a 27-11 third quarter run who gave a strong lead. In last quarter Proger BLS Chieti tried to come back but the match ended 91-83.
Home team had 5 players who scored in double digit: Melvin Johnson (193-G-93, college: VCU) (20), Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) (19), Ryan Amoroso (205-F-85, college: San Diego St.) (14), Michele Ferri (191-G-85) (10) and Paolo Rotondo (204-C/F-89, agency: Players Group) (10). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Trae Golden (189-G-91, college: Georgia Tech), who scored 32 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assist. His strong performance wasn't enough to save Proger BLS Chieti because his teammates didn't help him. Only Cristopher Mortellaro (207-F/C-82, college: Drury) scored in double digit with 16 points.

Top Scorers:
Unieuro 2.015 Forli: Johnson 20+3reb, Adegboye 19+3reb, Amoroso 14+4reb+2ass, Ferri 10+2reb, Rotondo 10+5reb
Proger BLS Chieti: Golden 32+8reb+5ass, Mortellaro 16+5reb, Sergio 9, Falluca 8+2reb, Davis 7+3reb+3ass




Recap of Serie A2 Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tortona - Alma Trieste 63-78

Trieste rallied past Tortona to take 2-1 lead. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson 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 American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 18 points and 5 assists and forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 18+8reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 12+10reb+3ast, L.Baldasso 11+1reb+2ast, S.Bossi 11+2reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 11+2reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 6+7reb
Tortona: G.Cosey 18+4reb+5ast, P.Greene IV 13+2reb+2ast, G.Ricci 12+7reb+1ast, M.Sanna 8+3reb, D.Alviti 6+6reb+1ast, L.Garri 4+11reb+2ast
gschID: 546751


F.Kontatto BO - Treviso Basket 79-81

Treviso Basket nipped Bologna on the road to open win count in the series. 31 personal fouls committed by F.Kontatto BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (205-85, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 16+6reb+5ast, Z.Perl 13+1reb+1ast, D.Moretti 13+3reb+3ast, M.Fantinelli 11+5reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 10+8reb+1ast, A.Ancellotti 8+8reb
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 14+11reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 13+3reb, L.Candi 11+3reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 10+8reb, A.Legion 8+1reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546750


Ravenna - Verona 76-73

Ravenna held off Verona to sweep the series. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (204-88, college: New Hampshire) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively for Verona in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 23+2reb+1ast, T.Smith 20+12reb+4ast, M.Tambone 11+2reb, A.Chiumenti 9+6reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 7+4reb+2ast, A.Raschi 3+2reb+3ast
Verona: D.Diliegro 23+9reb, D.Brkic 17+4reb+2ast, M.Frazier 12+4reb+3ast, A.Amato 6+1reb+2ast, L.Tote 5+1reb, M.Portannese 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 546748


Virtus Bologna - Roseto 91-83

Virtus Bologna outgunned Roseto for the second win in the series. Virtus Bologna shot 61.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Stefano Gentile (191-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Roseto. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 20+9reb+1ast, S.Gentile 16+4reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 14+1ast, K.Ndoja 12+3ast, M.Umeh 11+4reb+2ast, M.Spissu 9+3reb+1ast
Roseto: V.Amoroso 19+7reb+8ast, B.Sherrod 15+8reb+1ast, N.Mei 14+1reb+2ast, A.Smith 13+1reb, R.Fultz 10+1reb+4ast, R.Casagrande 9+1ast



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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 .17.1 
 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. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.3 
 10. Tabuse, 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. Brown, Hitachi SR1.3 
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. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 


B League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Tochigi Brex and Toshina Brave Thunders to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

Tochigi Brex - SeaHorses 63-65

Tochigi Brex reached B League Final. They did so despite losing Game 2 to SeaHorses. Tochigi managed to earn win in the extra period. Tochigi Brex trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 25-8 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-65 at the end of the game. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) contributed with 6 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 21, M.Hiejima 12+8reb+4ast, G.Edwards 10+5reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 8+6reb+4ast, I.Butts 6+14reb+2ast, R.Hashimoto 5+1reb
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 13+5reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 11+11reb+2ast, N.Kumagae 9+1reb, H.Watanabe 8+4reb+3ast, T.Brenton 5+2reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 5+3reb
gschID: 546870


Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 78-77

Toyota Alvark beat Toshiba but then lost in the extra period as the Brave Thunders paved their way into the title game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) scored 22 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) scored 18 points. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 22+3reb+7ast, J.Ayres 20+8reb, D.Tanaka 12+4reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 9+10reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 5+1reb, T.Plaisted 4+1ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 18+13reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 18+4reb, N.Tsuji 14+1reb+3ast, R.Spangler 10+8reb, Y.Fujii 6+2reb+2ast, M.Diouf 5+5reb
gschID: 546869





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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 Riga13.8 
 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. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 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. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. 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. Deane, Ventspils4.0 
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. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.4 
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. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 


LBL Round 2 of Finals. VEF Riga earn second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Ventspils - VEF Riga 76-84

VEF Riga defeated Ventspils to take 2-0 lead in the Finals. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga forced 19 Ventspils turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. International center Martins Meiers (208-91) chipped in 17 points. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. 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:
Ventspils: K.Janicenoks 23+2ast, W.Deane 16+5reb+8ast, F.Campbell 14+3reb+2ast, R.Zakis 11+4reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 4+5reb, A.Skele 4+1reb+3ast
VEF Riga: M.Mejeris 18+7reb, M.Meiers 17+4reb+1ast, J.Blums 16+5ast, K.Richard 10+4reb+3ast, I.Gromovs 9+3reb+1ast, A.Gaddy 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 546834

3-4 Place
Valmiera - Barons Riga 60-79

Barons Kvartals celebrated the second straight win in the Bronze medals series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Barons Riga's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-13 extending their advantage to 19 points. Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) replied with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Martins Laksa (200-90) added 11 points in the effort for Valmiera. Valmiera's coach Uvis Helmanis rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Fischer 21+9reb+3ast, M.Laksa 11+4reb+1ast, R.Gabrans 5+1ast, E.Jonats 5+5reb+3ast, J.Kaufmanis 5+2reb+2ast, A.Berzins 4+1reb+1ast
Barons Riga: D.Krestinin 20+1reb+2ast, K.Mediss 13+3reb+1ast, T.Larson 11+2reb+9ast, D.Rozitis 10+7reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 8+11reb, T.Jogela 7+5reb+2ast



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  LITHUANIA  


LKL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Lietkabelis and Zalgiris celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas - Lietkabelis 73-81

Lietkabelis upset Lietuvos Rytas to take 2-1 advantage in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietkabelis looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-84, college: Rice) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. The former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: L.Williams 15+1reb+10ast, M.Lukauskis 14+4reb+5ast, G.Leonavicius 12+3reb, K.Lavrinovic 11+6reb+1ast, B.Madgen 9+8reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 8+5reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 14+6reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 12+4reb+1ast, C.Hannah 9+3ast, T.Brown 8+4reb+1ast, C.Fisher 8+3reb+3ast, D.Gordon 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546412


Zalgiris - Neptunas 83-60

Zalgiris cruised past Neptunas in Kaunas to open 2-1 lead. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zalgiris outrebounded Neptunas 38-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Neptunas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) helped adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) with 14 points and American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: A.Kavaliauskas 14+8reb+3ast, L.Westermann 12+3reb+3ast, B.Motum 12+5reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 11+7reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 9+2reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 7+1reb+3ast
Neptunas: M.Girdziunas 14+3reb+2ast, D.Ewing 9+2reb+2ast, M.Kacinas 7+3reb+3ast, C.Lofton 6+3reb+1ast, V.Sarakauskas 5+2reb, A.Butkevicius 5+1reb
gschID: 546411





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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 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 30 is Kareem Rodriguez (Tijuana) - by Eurobasket News

Kareem Rodriguez (192-G/F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Tijuana and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The swingman had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Tijuana in his team's victory, helping them to beat Obregon (#2, 20-10) 97-89. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tijuana maintains the 3rd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Tijuana is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-13 record. Rodriguez just recently signed at Tijuana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kareem Rodriguez averages just after three games 19.3ppg and 4.3apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Kevin Rogers (206-PF-86) of Navolato. Rogers impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Navolato cruised to a 86-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Mazatlan (#6, 14-16). Navolato's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-18 record. Rogers is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#6). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of second-ranked Obregon. Rice Jr. scored 26 points and passed nine assists. Despite Rice Jr.'s great performance Obregon lost 89-97 to #3 ranked Tijuana. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Obregon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 10 lost games. Rice Jr. has a very solid season. In 26 games in Mexico he scored 22.6ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 5.0apg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Martin Samarco (190-G-85) of Durango - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Landon Atterberry (198-F-93) of Obregon - 24 points and 10 rebounds
7. Nick Murphy (193-G-88) of Los Mochis - 15 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Chris Crawford (193-G-92) of Culiacan - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



Liabo comes back to Amistad, ex Mazatlan - by Francisco Vega

Amistad Sucre (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American swingman Mike Liabo (198-88kg-91, college: Tenn-Martin). It is actually his comeback to Sucre as he has played here before. Liabo He moved there from Nauticos of Mazatlan in Mexican CIBACOPA where he started the season. In 16 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.3apg this season.
Liabo's team made it to the Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura Semifinals in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Pozo Soton BVM 2012 Mieres) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
Liabo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended University of Tennessee at Martin until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Estudiantes keep Omar-Sharif Cook - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes have reportedly agreed on terms of contract extension with Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, college: St.John's, agency: BeoBasket). The point guard joined the Madrid team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously Omar-Sharif Cook had stints in Montenegro, Lithuania, Spain, Russia and Belgium. Last season the guard made it onto All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.2 
 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. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Curry, Golden S.1.9 
 6. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Isaiah Thomas To Miss Remainder Of Postseason - by Eurobasket News

Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) will miss the remainder of the playoffs because of a hip injury, according to the Celtics' website. The team called the ailment a re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. 'Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred,' said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. 'The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue.' Thomas first injured his hip back in March and it forced him to miss two starts. He aggravated the injury in Boston's Game 6 loss to the Wizard before re-aggravating it again during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday. The team added that the point guard is currently evaluating treatment options. The Celtics traveled to Cleveland to play Game 3 and Game 4 of the series, but Thomas did not make the trip.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Lakers Plan On Waiting Until 2018 To Pursue Major Free Agents - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have a number of options available to them now that they secured the second overall pick in the draft. Magic Johnson said he'll take a patient approach in pursuing free agents, preferring the 2018 class that will likely feature Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.). 'I don't think we're going to be a major player this year; I'm looking forward to next summer,' Johnson said. Last offseason, the Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) to deals that already have become problematic.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.5 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.7 
 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. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.9 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 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.7.4 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.1 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.5 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
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. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 


NBL Round 10: Rangers beat Sharks in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rangers' coach Jeff Green felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Rangers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Rangers are looking forward to face league's leader Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Saints (14-0) defeated guests from Southland (9-5) 109-94. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 assists. Shea Ili contributed with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sharks. Undefeated Saints have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Saints will play against Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-11) 91-63 in New Plymouth. Corey Webster scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tylor Ongwae responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Mountain Airs' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Saints (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Mountain Airs lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Saints will meet Rangers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 10 Taylor Hawks were defeated by Canterbury in Christchurch 91-83. Nelson G. beat Taylor Hawks at home 86-74.

Taranaki MA - Wellington S. 63-91

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the fourteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Mountain Airs (3-11) 91-63 in New Plymouth. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Mountain Airs managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. Four Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Jaylen Gerrand (188, college: Umpqua CC) scored 9 points. Mountain Airs' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saints (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Mountain Airs lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Saints will meet Rangers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play against Hawks (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 28+4reb+3ast, B.Anthony 14+5reb+1ast, S.Ili 14+6reb+5ast, J.Duinker 11+6reb, J.Ngatai 11+4reb+1ast, L.Henry 8+9reb+3ast
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 15+6reb+1ast, J.Gerrand 9+3reb+3ast, B.Anderson 9+1reb, A.Burton 8+5reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 7+1reb+4ast, C.Washington 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531110


SC Rangers - Southland S. 112-82

An exciting game was played in Auckland. Third ranked Rangers faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Rangers (8-5) smashed guests from Southland (9-5) 112-82. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-82. Rangers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Nnanna Egwu (211-92, college: Illinois) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rangers' coach Jeff Green felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five Rangers and four Sharks players scored in double figures. Rangers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-5 record having seven points less than leader Wellington S. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Rangers are looking forward to face league's leader Saints in Wellington in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: N.Egwu 26+9reb+4ast, E.Ross 23+9reb+4ast, M.McCarron 23+4reb+6ast, L.Tait 22+6reb+3ast, D.Boucher 10+5reb+7ast, J.Seumanu 3+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 18+8reb+2ast, R.Te Rangi 14+2reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 12+1reb+3ast, L.Aston 11+5reb, D.Bailey 9+4reb, M.Norton 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 531109


Canterbury - Taylor Hawks 91-83

There was no surprise in Christchurch where 6th ranked Hawks (3-10) were defeated by fourth ranked Rams (7-7) 91-83 on Saturday. Hawks trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) had a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and Fijian forward Joshua Fox (198-94, college: Cal-Davis, agency: MKP Management) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rams maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Rams will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Hawks will play against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Moore 27+11reb+11ast, J.Kendle 14+11reb+5ast, M.Jones 13+5reb, E.Rusbatch 11+3reb, M.Alipate 10+3reb+1ast, M.Karena 10+4reb
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 21+4reb+4ast, J.Fox 18+8reb+2ast, A.Williams 17+9reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 12+4reb+2ast, J.Kenny 10+8reb+5ast, K.Johnson 3+2reb
gschID: 531108


Wellington S. - Southland S. 109-94

An exciting game was played in Wellington. Top-ranked Saints faced their biggest opponent Sharks. Host Saints (14-0) defeated guests from Southland (9-5) 109-94. It looked good early as Sharks took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints had a 29-23 second period charge getting the lead and Sharks were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 94-109. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Sharks' 38. Sharks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 assists. International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Saints players scored in double figures. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) replied with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Sharks. Saints have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-0 record. Sharks at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Saints will play against Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sharks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 37+2reb+10ast, S.Ili 30+7reb+4ast, J.Duinker 13+8reb+1ast, J.Ngatai 11+3reb+1ast, B.Anthony 10+6reb, L.Henry 4+10reb+1ast
Southland S.: N.Kay 24+8reb+4ast, R.Te Rangi 22+7reb+5ast, L.Aston 22+1reb+3ast, J.Hunter 9+4reb, D.Bailey 9+3reb+1ast, A.Pledger 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 531107


Nelson G. - Taylor Hawks 86-74

There was a small surprise in Stoke where sixth ranked Giants (4-10) defeated 6th ranked Hawks (3-10) 86-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Giants. Hawks managed to win third quarter 24-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Dominic Mcgovan responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Australian guard Tony Tolovae (196-92) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to fifth place. Hawks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Giants will meet at home league's leader Saints in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will play against Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: F.Delany 24+8reb+1ast, D.Prewster 23+5reb+5ast, T.Ingham 21+9reb+2ast, B.Beri 7+2reb+2ast, M.Grim 6+5reb+1ast, P.Jones 5+6reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: D.Mcgovan 17+5reb+5ast, T.Tolovae 17+7reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 12+4reb+1ast, J.Fox 10+3reb+3ast, A.Haku 5+5reb+1ast, D.Jones 5+1reb
gschID: 531106





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Akindele is back at Bayamon - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros de Bayamon (BSN) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Jeleel Akindele (216-110kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Vaqueros as he has played here before. Akindele He moved there from Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league where he started the season. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 12 LPB games he had 9.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. This summer Akindele played at Vaqueros. In 9 LPB games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg.


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Olimpia de Asuncion Kings - by Santiago Maciel

Olimpia de Asuncion Kings is the most effective team in our male League. They are 10-0 beginning the
12th round of this new season.

Most people may have not dreamed of Olimpia de Asuncion becoming so effective after struggling so many years
in our METRO LEAGUE. But against all odds the winningest of all time built an unique group of managers
whom love basketball and developed a strong basketball program.

With the hiring of Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82, agency: Pro Sports) last year coming from Libertad Asuncion de Sunchales everything started.
Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones ) came after him, then Adolfo Lopez, Luis Ljubetic (181-PG-87) and Edison Ortiz.

They have won last 31 games in a row taking in consideration last season s 20 games in a row win due to a extraordinary
rally to obtain their 30 s ring.

It seems that this year with Javier Martinez (188-G-78, agency: DTMones) presence nothing will change and they are ready to repeat. If Sol de America Asuncion or Libertad Asuncion, perhaps Luque
bring great foreigners nothing seems that will change. It maight be great for our Basketball considering Libertad Asuncion kind of gave a step behind
from big leagues like the LIGA DE LAS AMERICA S.

This context may well be a great opportunity to take a Paraguayan team to the international concert.
We hope everything goes great for Olimpia de Asuncion Kings
and they obtain possitive international results



Alejo Montes Cardozo (ex Obera TC) is a newcomer at Luqueno - by Francisco Vega

Sportivo Luqueno (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Argentinian guard Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-91). He moved there from Obera Tennis Club in Argentinian TNA league where he started the season. In 35 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg this season. The last season Montes Cardozo was tested by Argentino (LigaA) in Argentinian league. In two games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.0bpg.
He has played also professionally for other Argentinian teams like La Union, Regatas Corrientes, MH Basket and Estudiantes Concordia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Paraguay



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Lleon Tillman (ex Cantbasket) agreed terms with San Jose - by Eurobasket News

San Jose Arequipa (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Lleon Tillman (198-88kg-92, college: W.Alabama). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He moved there from Cantbasket in Spanish EBA league where he started the season. In 25 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Tillman played at UCAM Murcia (also in EBA). In 26 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.
He played in the final of GSC Tournament in 2015.
Tillman graduated from University of West Alabama in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  

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.29.0 
 4. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.8 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.4 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix25.1 
 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, Phoenix18.1 
 4. Chism, NLEX R.15.1 
 5. White, Globalport14.8 
 6. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 7. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 8. Wright, Mahindra14.2 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.5 
 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. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.8 
 4. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.4 
 6. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.4 
 7. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 8. Thompson, B.Gin.5.0 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 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 Beermen2.5 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.4 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.1 
 5. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.6 
 7. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.6 
 8. Jazul, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Lassiter, SM Be.1.3 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.0 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.8 
 4. White, Globalport2.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.9 
 7. Fajardo, SM Be.1.7 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.1.7 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.6 
 10. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 


Tony Mitchell (ex Star Hotshots) agreed terms with Metros de Santiago - by Francisco Vega

Metros de Santiago (LNB) inked 25-year old American forward Tony Mitchell (203-107kg-92, college: N.Texas). He moved there from Star Hotshots in Filipino PBA league where he started the season. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 14.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 2.9bpg this season. Mitchell also spent pre-season at Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) in French league that year. The other team he played that season for was Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel. In 17 PBA games he averaged 10.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
In 2013 Mitchell was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in second round (37th overall). The former University of North Texas standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Mitchell represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Mitchell has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Mitchell has played previously professionally in China (Guangxi), Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), NBA (Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Grand Rapids Drive).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  

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 


Legia Warszawa capture 1Liga title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
GTK Gliwice - Legia W-wa 65-74

Legia Warsaw rallied past GTK Gliwice to sweep the championship series. 25 personal fouls committed by GTK Gliwice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Lukasz Wilczek (190-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Piotr Robak (194-91) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Legia W-wa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Kacper Radwanski (189-94) with 24 points and power forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: K.Radwanski 24+2reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 13+3reb, A.Filipiak 8+3reb+3ast, M.Salamonik 7+9reb, D.Rutkowski 6+1reb, D.Pieloch 2+1reb+1ast
Legia W-wa: L.Wilczek 24+4reb+2ast, P.Robak 15+6reb+3ast, M.Jarmakowicz 11+4reb+2ast, A.Linowski 10+7reb+2ast, G.Kukielka 4+2reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 4+6reb
gschID: 546889

3-4 Place
Sokol Lancut - Spojnia 89-76

Sokol Lancut toppled Spojnia but could not overcome the deficit from the opening leg as Spojnia claimed the Bronze medals. Sokol Lancut outrebounded Spojnia 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Spojnia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Alan Czujkowski (198-90, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Maciej Klima (203-82) helped adding 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Marcin Dymala (188-90) with 18 points and forward Hubert Pabian (200-89, agency: Promotex) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: M.Dymala 18+4reb+2ast, K.Pytys 12+6reb, H.Pabian 11+6reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 10+2ast, D.Janiak 9+3reb+5ast, W.Fras 8+7reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: A.Czujkowski 24+9reb+5ast, M.Klima 20+11reb+2ast, M.Sroka 13+4reb+2ast, B.Czerwonka 10+3reb+3ast, K.Krajniewski 9+4reb+2ast, S.Szymanski 7+2ast



2Liga Round 2 of Finals. R8 Basket Krakow claim the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
R8 Basket Krk. - Slask Wroclaw 88-61

R8 Basket cruised past Slask at home court to celebrate 2Liga title. R8 Basket Krk. forced 21 Slask turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Jakub Zalucki (194-89, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 26 points during the contest. Forward Tomasz Zelezniak (198-98) responded with 17 points and point guard Jakub Musial (186-98) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: T.Zelezniak 17+3reb, J.Musial 10+7reb+2ast, A.Dziewa 9+6reb+2ast, M.Musijowski 6+2reb+4ast, W.Jakubiak 6+1reb+1ast, M.Stawiak 5+3reb+1ast
R8 Basket Krk.: J.Zalucki 26+4reb, M.Hlebowicki 21+9reb+2ast, W.Pisarczyk 16+5reb+7ast, M.Baran 7+3reb+3ast, P.Stecko 5+3reb+1ast, P.Renkiel 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546717

3-4 Place
AZS UMCS Lbn - KK Warszawa 57-59

KK Warszawa upset AZS UMCS on the road to even the consolation final series. Point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) notched 14 points to lead the effort and power forward Dariusz Sarnacki (198-93) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Przemyslaw Tradecki (180-89) did not help to save the game for AZS UMCS Lbn. Swingman Bartlomiej Karolak (198-92) added 16 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
AZS UMCS Lbn: B.Karolak 16+2reb+2ast, P.Jagoda 15+1reb+2ast, D.Mysliwiec 8+2reb+1ast, P.Tradecki 7+9reb+5ast, S.Dusilo 6+5reb, M.Wisniewski 5+7reb+3ast
KK Warszawa: P.Hybiak 14+3reb+3ast, M.Wojtynski 11+4reb+2ast, D.Sarnacki 8+10reb+1ast, M.Kosinski 7+3reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 6+6reb+1ast, K.Kozluk 6+4reb+1ast



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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.0 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.9 
 4. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.5 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.17.1 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.2 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.1 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.8 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 10. Mendes, Sampaense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Tinsley, FC Porto5.1 
 4. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.8 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.3 
 8. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC3.9 
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. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 5. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 6. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 7. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 9. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 10. Xavier, FC Porto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.2 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 6. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 7. Gentry, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


LPB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for FC Porto and Benfica - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - Oliveirense 97-91 OT

Benfica survived overtime thriller to tame Oliveirense in the opening game of the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-10.
gschID: 547078


FC Porto - Vitoria SC 80-69

FC Porto rallied past Vitoria SC in the opener. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Vitoria SC's 28. American guard Bradley Tinsley (191-89, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Washburn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Serbian-Hungarian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-88, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 12 points and American guard Andrew Ferry (190-90, college: Cornell) scored 8 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
FC Porto: B.Tinsley 18+5reb+9ast, N.Washburn 16+11reb, J.Silva 13+2reb+1ast, J.Xavier 9+7reb, M.Miranda 8+3reb, S.Borovnjak 7+1reb+1ast
Vitoria SC: N.Dukic 12+3reb+2ast, M.Rakic 11+3reb, A.Ferry 8+2reb+4ast, P.Pinto 7+1reb+1ast, H.Sota 6+2reb, J.Guerreiro 6+2reb
gschID: 547079





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Liz, Ponce20.2 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama19.9 
 3. Rosario, Quebradillas19.3 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.7 
 5. Huertas, Arecibo18.7 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada16.9 
 10. James, Fajardo16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.1 
 2. Famous, Humacao9.6 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 4. Collier, Mayaguez9.3 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Samhan, Aguada7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.1 
 2. Browne, San German6.6 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.5 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.3 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas4.9 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Liz, Ponce1.9 
 2. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 3. Smith, Quebradillas1.4 
 4. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 5. Browne, San German1.4 
 6. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 9. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Romero, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.2 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 6. Romero, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas0.9 
 10. Orozco, Humacao0.9 


Guayama welcomes back Thornton - by Marcos Carlo

Brujos de Guayama (BSN) landed experienced 34-year old American forward Al Thornton (203-97kg-83, college: Florida State). It is actually his comeback to Brujos as he has played here before. Thornton He moved there from Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB league where he started the season. In 21 games he averaged impressive 23.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2apg this season.

Thornton already played with Brujos two times and and do an extraordinary work being the scoring leader of the league. This is the third change of import player.

In 2007 Thornton was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in first round (14th overall). He attended Florida State and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements Thornton received Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team award in 2016.





Akindele is back at Bayamon - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros de Bayamon (BSN) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Jeleel Akindele (216-110kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Vaqueros as he has played here before. Akindele He moved there from Marinos in Venezuelan LPB league where he started the season. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 12 LPB games he had 9.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. This summer Akindele played at Vaqueros. In 9 LPB games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.9ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg.


Vaqueros inks DJ Stephens - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros of Bayamon inks the swingman D.J. Stephens (198-G/F-90, college: Memphis). Stephens is know for his huge vertical jump and explosiveness. He played in DLeague and won the Slam Dunk contest.

With his athleticism he can rebound, score, block shots and play multiple positions. He arrive in a crucial moment for Vaqueros of Bayamon that are fighting for one of the eight spots for the playoffs.

Also Bayamon bring back Jaleel Akindele hoping to improve in the paint area.



BSN Round 22: Santeros defeat Capitanes in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Capitanes (10-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Santeros (16-4) in Coamo on Saturday. Santeros managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected easier game. Capitanes were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Santeros, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros outrebounded Capitanes 45-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Santeros maintains first position with 16-4 record. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Vaqueros (#6) in Bayamon in the next round where they are favorite. Capitanes will play at home against Atleticos and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Piratas (11-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Fajardo (13-7) 98-97 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Jorge-Bryan Diaz supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists by international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Fajardo. Piratas maintains third position with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Fajardo at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Piratas will play against Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Fajardo will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Piratas (11-7) against tenth ranked Atleticos (8-13) on Friday night. Host Piratas were defeated by Atleticos in a tough game in Quebradillas 91-99. Carlos Lopez-Sosa fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Gerald Fitch produced 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Loser Piratas keep the third position with seven games lost. Atleticos will meet higher ranked Capitanes (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Piratas will play against Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BSN top team - Santeros (16-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Indios (7-11) in Mayaguez 92-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. Worth to mention a great performance of Rigoberto Mendoza who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros maintains first position with 16-4 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Santeros' next round opponent will be Vaqueros (#6) in Bayamon where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 22 Ponce won against Bayamon on the opponent's court 76-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 14 rebounds by Mike Harris of Ponce.

Bayamon - Ponce 67-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bayamon where 5th ranked Vaqueros (9-13) were defeated by sixth ranked Leones (9-10) 76-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-13. But Vaqueros won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vaqueros 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) added 13 points and 11 assists in the effort for Vaqueros. Leones moved-up to fifth place. Vaqueros at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Leones' next round opponent will be higher ranked Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and it may be quite challenging game. Vaqueros will play at home against the league's leader Santeros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: I.Romero 19+12reb, J.Soto 13+3reb+11ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 12+2reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 8+4reb+2ast, B.Santiago 6+2reb+1ast, J.Villegas 5+4reb+1ast
Ponce: M.Harris 31+14reb+2ast, V.Liz 19+3reb+2ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 13+3reb+6ast, E.Dawson 9+14reb+1ast, E.Gonzalez 2+1reb+1ast, G.Colon 2+1reb
gschID: 540160


Aguada - Arecibo 58-56

Fourth-ranked Capitanes (10-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Santeros (16-4) in Coamo on Saturday. Santeros managed to secure only two-point victory 58-56. However their fans expected easier game. Capitanes were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Santeros, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros outrebounded Capitanes 45-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Santeros maintains first position with 16-4 record. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Vaqueros (#6) in Bayamon in the next round where they are favorite. Capitanes will play at home against Atleticos and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 20+8reb+3ast, A.Young 15+8reb, D.Clemente 11+2reb+2ast, A.Matias 4+4reb+1ast, A.Cruz 2+1reb+3ast, A.Alamo 2+6reb
Aguada: O.Samhan 15+11reb+3ast, A.Abreu 15+2reb+6ast, R.Mendoza 11+5reb+2ast, C.Gaston 9+9reb+1ast, J.Guitian 5+8reb+3ast, G.Clavell 2+6reb
gschID: 540159


Fajardo - Quebradillas 97-98

Important game to mention about took place in . Third ranked Piratas (11-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging their biggest opponent Fajardo (13-7) 98-97 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But Fajardo won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Piratas made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. Piratas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) notched 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists by international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Fajardo. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) added 20 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third position with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Fajardo at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Piratas will play against Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz in the next round. Fajardo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: S.James 20+8reb+1ast, E.Ayuso 18+1reb, D.James 18+6reb+4ast, C.Arroyo 17+4reb+10ast, M.Ali Berdiel 9+4reb+8ast, N.Peavy 5+3reb
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 19+7reb+1ast, A.Carmona 17+5reb+2ast, D.Smith 17+4reb+4ast, G.Fitch 14+9reb+7ast, R.Chaney 12, J.Mojica 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540158


Quebradillas - San German 91-99

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Piratas (11-7) against tenth ranked Atleticos (8-13) on Friday night. Host Piratas were defeated by Atleticos in a tough game in Quebradillas 91-99. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-91. Atleticos made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The former international forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-90, college: UNLV, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Isaac Sosa-Carrion (190-90, college: Canisius) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) produced 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Loser Piratas keep the third position with seven games lost. Atleticos will meet higher ranked Capitanes (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Piratas will play against Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: G.Fitch 28+5reb+6ast, J.Bryan Diaz 18+9reb+3ast, A.Carmona 18+5reb+2ast, D.Smith 14+5reb+3ast, M.Rosario 9+2reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 2+3reb
San German: I.Sosa Carrion 24+4reb+5ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 20+12reb+2ast, J.Keenan 20+5reb+3ast, D.Ebanks 14+6reb+2ast, O.Branch 8+3reb+2ast, W.Cruz 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 540157


Mayaguez - Aguada 80-92

BSN top team - Santeros (16-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Indios (7-11) in Mayaguez 92-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Indios. Santeros forced 19 Indios turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and American-Dominican forward Jose Rodriguez (201-92, college: Texas Southern) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Indios. Five Indios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros maintains first position with 16-4 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Santeros' next round opponent will be Vaqueros (#6) in Bayamon where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: J.Rodriguez 18+3reb+6ast, D.Laury 17+11reb+4ast, D.Collier 15+8reb+2ast, N.Butler Lind 11+3reb+2ast, Q.Doggett 10+4reb+1ast, K.Young 9+4reb+2ast
Aguada: O.Samhan 20+6reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 20+6reb+5ast, G.Clavell 14+3ast, E.Andujar 8+3reb, J.Matos 8+1reb, C.Gaston 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540156





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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.9 
 6. Dykes, UBT C.16.8 
 7. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 8. Moldoveanu, UBT C.15.6 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 10. Zeno, Oradea15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.3 
 2. Barro, UBT C.7.9 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.9 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.0 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.5 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Curry, Steaua CSM4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.8 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 6. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 7. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Adamovic, UBT C.1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Denison, Oradea1.0 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 8. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 



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

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



Kaba's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old Alpha Kaba (209-C/F-96, agency: BeoBasket) had a great game in the last round for Mega Leks and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Borac (#6, 3-6) 84-70. Mega Leks maintains the 4th position in Serbian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Mega Leks will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Kaba had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Mega Leks and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Alpha Kaba averages this season 8.2ppg and 7.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) of Dynamic BG. He is Jamaican center in his first season at Dynamic BG. In the last game Ffriend recorded impressive 20 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Dynamic BG cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Spartak (#7, 1-8). This victory allowed Dynamic BG to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Ffriend is a newcomer at Dynamic BG and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Igor Kesar (210-C-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) of Spartak (#7). Kesar scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Kesar's great performance Spartak lost 73-83 to slightly higher-ranked Dynamic BG (#5, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Spartak can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kesar he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kesar has individually a great season in Serbia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Dynamic BG - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) of Partizan - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan - 16 points and 4 assists
8. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda - 13 points and 4 assists
10. Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) of FMP - 12 points and 6 rebounds

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



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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.



Inter Bratislava won SBL - by Eurobasket News

Inter Bratislava - Rieker KN 94-82

Inter Bratislava conquered the SBL title. They edged Rieker Komarno in Game 5 of the Finals to capture the trophy. Inter Bratislava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Rieker KN's 34 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They out rebounded Rieker KN 39-27 including 18 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Rieker KN helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 21 points. Four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slovenian guard Boban Tomic (190-88) responded with 23 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Roman Vido (204-88) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 21+4reb+3ast, A.Vlahovic 20+5reb+5ast, N.Barac 14+5reb, S.Nuhanovic 14+10reb, T.Mrvis 8+4reb+5ast, M.Kozlik 6+1reb+1ast
Rieker KN: B.Tomic 23+2reb+6ast, R.Vido 17+9reb+2ast, V.Djordjevic 11+2reb+2ast, F.Cobb 8+1ast, F.Halada 8+2reb, B.Bojanovsky 7+9reb
gschID: 547006





Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 1st Team 2017
Aleksandar Vlahovic
Vlahovic
Andre Jones
Jones
Stefan Matovic
Matovic
Wayne Langston
Langston
Radoslav Rancik
Rancik

Finals MVP: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava
Player of the Year: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava
Guard of the Year: Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90) of Inter Bratislava
Forward of the Year: Wayne Langston (201-F-93) of Rieker KN
Center of the Year: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava
Bosman Player of the Year: Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91) of Kosice
Import Player of the Year: Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza
Domestic Player of the Year: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava
Defensive Player of the Year: Nemanja Barac (194-SG-90) of Inter Bratislava
Coach of the Year: Oliver Vidin of Inter Bratislava

1st Team
PG: Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90) of Inter Bratislava
G: Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza
SF: Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91) of Kosice
F: Wayne Langston (201-F-93) of Rieker KN
F/C: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava

2nd Team
G: Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) of Kosice
G: Milan Ziak (190-G-88) of Kosice
F: Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Prievidza
F/C: Reggie Keely (202-F/C-91) of Levice
C: Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Kosice

3rd Team
PG: Evan Singletary (185-PG-94) of Iskra Svit
PG: Sasa Avramovic (193-PG-93) of Iskra Svit
F: Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) of Rieker KN
F/C: Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85) of Dynamic BG
C: Garrick Sims (203-C-91) of Lucenec

Honorable Mention
Aaron Rountree III (203-F-93) of Lucenec
Ladarius White (198-G-92) of Kosice
Nemanja Barac (194-SG-90) of Inter Bratislava
Rastko Dramicanin (208-C-86) of Prievidza
Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88) of Levice
Richard Korner (197-SF-90) of Prievidza
Zarko Djuric (202-F-89) of Levice
Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rieker KN
Phil Henry (203-PF-91) of Nova Ves
Aleksa Solevic (188-G-93) of Nova Ves
Tomas Mrvis (200-SF-91) of Inter Bratislava
Boris Bojanovsky (217-C-93) of Rieker KN
Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) of Iskra Svit
Pedja Stamenkovic (190-G-88) of Maurienne
Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) of Maccabi Haifa
Strahinja Stojacic (197-SG-92) of Lucenec
Dalibor Hlivak (190-G-95) of Karlovka
Michal Kozar (191-F-90) of Karlovka

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Milan Ziak (190-G-88) of Kosice
SF: Tomas Mrvis (200-SF-91) of Inter Bratislava
C: Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Kosice
F/C: Radoslav Rancik (205-F/C-79) of Inter Bratislava
F/C: Peter Sedmak (207-F/C-85) of Dynamic BG

All-Imports Team
PG: Evan Singletary (185-PG-94) of Iskra Svit
G: Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza
F: Wayne Langston (201-F-93) of Rieker KN
F/C: Reggie Keely (202-F/C-91) of Levice
C: Garrick Sims (203-C-91) of Lucenec

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-PG-90) of Inter Bratislava
PG: Sasa Avramovic (193-PG-93) of Iskra Svit
G: Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) of Kosice
F: Igor Maric (196-F-85) of Prievidza
SF: Stefan Matovic (203-SF-91) of Kosice



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  KK Primo.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Sanadze, KK Primo.17.2 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog16.6 
 3. Davis, Rogaska15.9 
 4. Span, Zlatorog15.9 
 5. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.3 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija15.2 
 7. Ferme, Rogaska15.1 
 8. Cup, Hopsi Polzela14.6 
 9. Cebasek, Hopsi P.14.2 
 10. Grant, Tajfun13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob CEBASEK
  Hopsi P.
  (200-G/F-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Cebasek, Hopsi P.8.6 
 2. Johns, Rogaska8.2 
 3. Spicer, Tajfun7.9 
 4. Tratnik, Zlatorog7.4 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 6. Cerkovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 7. Pavic, Sencur Gor.6.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Bolcina, Helios6.2 
 10. Atanackovic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Tajfun
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vujasinovic, Tajfun8.3 
 2. Mocnik, Helios6.1 
 3. Curry, Helios5.6 
 4. Baric, Zlatorog5.0 
 5. Davis, Rogaska5.0 
 6. Sajevic, LTH C.4.9 
 7. Collins, Sencur Gor.4.8 
 8. Rebec, Krka4.8 
 9. Ferme, Rogaska4.6 
 10. Kosic, Hopsi Polzela4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  Un.Olimpija
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija2.2 
 2. Franklin, KK Primo.1.9 
 3. Curry, Helios1.7 
 4. Vujasinovic, Tajfun1.7 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 6. Gajic, KK Primo.1.5 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 8. Davis, Rogaska1.5 
 9. Cebasek, Hopsi P.1.5 
 10. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Khaliq SPICER
  Tajfun
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Spicer, Tajfun1.7 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Djuranovic, Rogaska1.2 
 4. Radulovic, KK Primo.1.1 
 5. Pavic, Sencur Gor.0.8 
 6. Johns, Rogaska0.8 
 7. Fifolt, Tajfun0.8 
 8. Besedic, Portoroz0.7 
 9. Cup, Hopsi Polzela0.6 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun0.6 


Rogaska take down Olimpija 82-72, trail 1-2 in final series - by Zeljko Zule

After dropping the first two games of the Finals series against Union Olimpija, second ranked Rogaska responded tonight with an 82-72 Game 3 home win to avoid a sweep. Game 4 will be played on Wednesday in Ljubljana. Leon Santelj (204-F-95) scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the first half, Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) added 16 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) posted 16 points and Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) just missed a double-double with 14 points and 9 assists.
Rogaska trailed only in the opening two minutes of the play, by two points, and then went on a 10-1 run for a 12-5 lead. Davis sank two 3-pointers in that span and later Leon Santelj (204-F-95) scored seven straight points that gave Rogaska a double-digit advantage, 24-11 late in the first quarter. Olimpija tied the score at 29-29, but the home team responded with five consecutive points to ignite a 9-2 run to go ahead 38-31.
Rogaska opened the second half with five straight points by Miha Fon (194-G-84) for a 51-40 lead, which never dropped below nine points for the rest of the game. They had their largest lead of the contest at 66-48 late in the third quarter. Olimpija cut the deficit to 67-76 with four minutes remaining, but Rogaska once again found their rhythm in attack. Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) led Olimpija with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) scored 14 points and Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) 13.



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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.3 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 8. Nedovic, Unicaja13.8 
 9. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 10. Dubljevic, Valencia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.8 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.2 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Voigtmann, Basko.5.8 
 9. Sikma, Valencia5.8 
 10. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.1 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.3 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.0 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.7 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Machado, Manresa3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 3. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 4. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Diot, Valencia1.2 
 9. Aguilar, Gran Canaria1.1 
 10. Hendrix, Gran C.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier REY
  Manresa
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 2. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 9. Eric, RE.0.8 
 10. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 9. Bivia, Palma14.3 
 10. Huskic, Burgos13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.2 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.8 
 6. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 7. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.7 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat6.4 
 10. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Oviedo
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Perez, Oviedo5.4 
 2. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 3. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 4. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 9. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 10. Steinarsson, Burgos3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 6. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 7. Faner, Castello1.6 
 8. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Lafuente, Huesca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 3. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 4. Samb, Palencia1.1 
 5. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 6. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 7. Marti, Prat1.0 
 8. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 9. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 
 10. Diagne, FC Barc.0.8 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sam PRESCOTT
  Ponferra.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Prescott, Ponferra.21.7 
 2. Valge, Venta d.21.5 
 3. Perez, Casvi19.1 
 4. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.7 
 5. Hinnenkamp, Leon18.7 
 6. Matemalas, Calvia18.5 
 7. 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. Knezevic, Chantada10.1 
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. Mendiburu, Pardinye.4.1 
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. Dunston, Guadalaj.2.3 
 7. Imbroda, Medacbas.2.3 
 8. Betolaza, Santurtzi2.3 
 9. Alaminos, Villarro.2.2 
 10. Vaquero, Vigo VGO2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Volodymyr ORLOV
  Pielagos
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Orlov, Pielagos2.0 
 2. Diene, Lanzarote1.8 
 3. Zhauniarovic., L Alf.1.7 
 4. Miranda, Ponferra.1.6 
 5. Iglesias, Santurtzi1.4 
 6. Seck, Pielagos1.4 
 7. Faye, Gran C.1.3 
 8. Mourtala, Torrelod.1.3 
 9. Romero, Huelva1.3 
 10. Fall, CAM E.1.3 


Lleon Tillman (ex Cantbasket) agreed terms with San Jose - by Eurobasket News

San Jose Arequipa (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Lleon Tillman (198-88kg-92, college: W.Alabama). He spent his 2-year professional career in Spain. He moved there from Cantbasket in Spanish EBA league where he started the season. In 25 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Tillman played at UCAM Murcia (also in EBA). In 26 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.2bpg.
He played in the final of GSC Tournament in 2015.
Tillman graduated from University of West Alabama in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Estudiantes keep Omar-Sharif Cook - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes have reportedly agreed on terms of contract extension with Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, college: St.John's, agency: BeoBasket). The point guard joined the Madrid team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in ACB. Previously Omar-Sharif Cook had stints in Montenegro, Lithuania, Spain, Russia and Belgium. Last season the guard made it onto All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team.


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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Jeffery Taylor selected the top Swedish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Jeffery Taylor (201-89, college: Vanderbilt, 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. Taylor recorded 6 points in 19 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 Taylor averages: 4.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 57.7%(30-52), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 53.1% in 28 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Taylor played for the Swedish senior national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Sweden.

Jonathan Skjoldebrand
Jonathan Skjoldebrand
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83, currently plays in Israel). Skjoldebrand led Ironi Nahariya to a 2-point victory against the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-12) 80-78 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. He scored 12 points, had 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Ironi Nahariya (18-15) is placed sixth in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Skjoldebrand has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 75.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Swedish and Israeli. Former Sodertalje Kings starter played for the Swedish national team in 2013.

Pierre Hampton
Pierre Hampton
   #3. The Swedish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Pierre Hampton (201-91, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in United Kingdom). Hampton was the major contributor in a Leicester Riders' victory against the closely-ranked Newcastle Eagles (23-10) crushing them 84-63 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (27-6) is placed first in the BBL. This year Hampton has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(140-241), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 72.0% in 35 games. Former Eco Orebro starter played for the Swedish national team three years ago.

Chris Czerapowicz
Chris Czerapowicz
   #4. Guard Chris Czerapowicz (201-91, college: Davidson, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Jeffery Taylor in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Czerapowicz. He could not help Andorra (16-16) to beat Real Madrid (25-7). Czerapowicz recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But Andorra was edged in an overtime 88-86 at home by the leading Real Madrid. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Czerapowicz's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Czerapowicz is also Swedish national team player. Apparently he has never played in Sweden.

Marcus Eriksson
Marcus Eriksson
   #5. Former international shooting guard Marcus Eriksson (201-93, currently plays in Spain) 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. Eriksson recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Eriksson's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games. He used to play for the Swedish national team four years ago.

Ludvig Hakanson
Ludvig Hakanson
   #6. Point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Baskonia (23-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Hakanson recorded 8 points and added 3 passes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 103-66 on the road by the second-ranked Baskonia. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Hakanson's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.2apg. Hakanson is an international player who is currently on the senior Swedish National Team roster.

Jonas Jerebko
Jonas Jerebko
   #7. Former international power forward Jonas Jerebko (208-87, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Boston Celtics (53-29) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) in the NBA. He scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. The Boston Celtics (53-29) were crushed 130-86 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers. This year Jerebko's total stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.3rpg in 87 games. He is a naturalized American. Jerebko used to play for the Swedish national team four years ago. He played also for Boras/Marbo Basket in Swedish league.

Johan Lofberg
Johan Lofberg
   #8. Shooting guard Johan Lofberg (199-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Oviedo CB's victory against the ninth-ranked Ourense (18-16) 74-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Lofberg recorded 10 points. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (22-12) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Lofberg has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Swedish national team.

Tobias Borg
Tobias Borg
   #9. International point guard Tobias Borg (184-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB (14-18) in their game against Gran Canaria (21-11) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Borg cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. RETAbet BB lost 80-86 in Las Palmas to the higher-ranked (#7) Gran Canaria. It was RETAbet BB's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Borg has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He is also in the roster of the Swedish national team.

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

   #1. David Leal (188-G-98, currently plays in Mexico). Leal could not help Pioneros Los Mochis (13-17) to beat Rayos de Hermosillo (22-7). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Leal scored only 3 points. Pioneros Los Mochis was defeated 86-78 on the road by the leading Rayos de Hermosillo. This season Leal averages just 0.9ppg.



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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Rashad WHACK
  Winterthur
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Whack, Winterthur21.5 
 2. Cochran, Lausanne21.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings19.8 
 4. Niles, Massagno19.6 
 5. Day, Massagno18.7 
 6. Wilson, Lausanne18.6 
 7. Ballard, Geneve Lions17.7 
 8. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 9. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Starwings
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Vinson, Starwings12.6 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 3. Bergstedt, Massa.9.1 
 4. Heath, Monthey9.1 
 5. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 6. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
 7. Taylor, Fribourg8.2 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Braswell, Geneve L.7.8 
 10. Ballard, Geneve Lions7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.4 
 2. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 3. Young, Monthey5.4 
 4. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 5. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 6. Williams, Geneve L.4.6 
 7. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 8. Wright, Fribourg4.4 
 9. Savoy, Neuchatel4.1 
 10. Southwell, Winterthur3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cochran, Lausanne2.7 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.9 
 6. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 7. Carey, Lugano T.1.6 
 8. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 9. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
 10. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.5 
 3. James, Neuchatel1.0 
 4. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 5. Cotture, Fribourg0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Winte.0.8 
 7. Bergstedt, Massa.0.8 
 8. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.7 
 9. Voss, Swiss C.0.6 
 10. West, Lugano T.0.5 


LNA Round 3 of Semi-Finals: Two close games - in both home wins - by Eurobasket News

Geneve Lions - Fribourg 79-77

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Geneve Lions shot 19 for 27 from the free-throw line, while Fribourg only scored 0 point from the stripe. They outrebounded Fribourg 37-21 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Roberto Kovac (189-90) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Dusan Mladjan (198-86, agency: Interperformances) with 18 points and American point guard Derek Wright (179-86, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 15 points. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. Fribourg's coach Petar Aleksic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: R.Kovac 19+2reb+1ast, M.Mladjan 16+6reb+2ast, C.Braswell 12+7reb+1ast, B.Garrett 11+4reb+1ast, C.Timberlake 8+7reb+5ast, A.Ballard 7+5reb+5ast
Fribourg: D.Mladjan 18+3reb+2ast, D.Wright 15+3reb+2ast, J.Jaunin 12+1reb+1ast, W.Molteni 11+3reb, J.Roberson 10+3reb+2ast, A.Cotture 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546623


Lugano Tigers - Monthey 77-72

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Monthey won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Tristan Carey (193-91, college: Longwood) who led the winners and scored 43 points (!!!). His fellow American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Nigerian-American guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge) came up with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Jonathan Dubas (204-91) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Monthey in the defeat. Five Monthey players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: T.Carey 43+3reb, E.Williams 15+10reb+4ast, D.Stockalper 12+1reb+2ast, T.Everett 5+6reb+10ast, F.Steinmann 2+2reb, D.Lukic 0
Monthey: M.Efevberha 21+8reb+4ast, B.Young 14+2reb+2ast, J.Dubas 13+8reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 10+4reb+1ast, R.Maza 10+5reb+1ast, M.Maruotto 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 546624





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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. Wright, Acibadem19.6 
 8. Tucker, Final Genclik19.6 
 9. Harris, Mugla O.18.9 
 10. Brown, Istanbul.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. Tuncer, Eskisehi.4.8 
 10. Cetin, Turk T.4.7 
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. Holmes, Mamak DSI1.8 
 4. Coleman, Yalova Bld1.8 
 5. Brown, Istanbul.1.8 
 6. Cantitiz, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Turna, Sakarya BSB1.6 
 8. Rizvic, Gelisim1.5 
 9. Yilmaz, Bandirma Kir.1.5 
 10. Wright, Acibadem1.5 
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 


Fenerbahce won their first Euroleague title - by Igor Obradovic

Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) gave Fenerbahce a quick start. He drained two three-pointers as the hosts grabbed a 10:6 lead. Bobby Dixon then added another one for a 13:6 advantage. Fenerbahce maintained the lead throughout the first period entering the second one up by 8 points 26:18. Olympiacos started the second period strong. Erick Green and Milutinov put the Greek side as close as 4 points 25:29. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) though responded with five points in a row for the hosts to restore a 9-point cushion. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) soon gave Fenerbahce a double-digit advantage at 35:25. Olympiacos capped the half on a 9:4 rally to pull within five points 34:39 at halftime. As soon as second half started Fenerbahce started to play their game, like they did entire season. They won third quarter with 21:14 which was great indicator in Sinan Erdem Dome for Fenerbahce fans to start celebrating slowly. Third quarter was finished with 60:48. In fourth quarter it was all ended in just two minutes of last period, Fenerbahce was on the run of 8:2 for 68:50 and Olympiacos didn't have time for making another comeback in their history. On 3:11 until the end, Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) scored 2 points for biggest lead of Turkish powerhouse, it was 78:58. Final result of Euroleague F4 Final Game was 80:64 for Fenerbahce who win their first Euroleague trophy in team history.
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) was selected as MVP of Final game.

Fenerbahce: Nikola Kalinic 17pts+5rbd+5ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic 17pts+5rbd, Ekpe Udoh10pts+9rbd+4ast, Jan Vesely 8pts+8rbd
Olympiacos: Khem Birch 14pts, Nikola Milutinov 10pts+4rbd, Evangelos Mantzaris 9pts+3ast



Fenerbahce win their first Euroleague title - by Igor Obradovic

Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) gave Fenerbahce a quick start. He drained two three-pointers as the hosts grabbed a 10:6 lead. Bobby Dixon then added another one for a 13:6 advantage. Fenerbahce maintained the lead throughout the first period entering the second one up by 8 points 26:18. Olympiacos started the second period strong. Erick Green and Milutinov put the Greek side as close as 4 points 25:29. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) though responded with five points in a row for the hosts to restore a 9-point cushion. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) soon gave Fenerbahce a double-digit advantage at 35:25. Olympiacos capped the half on a 9:4 rally to pull within five points 34:39 at halftime. As soon as second half started Fenerbahce started to play their game, like they did entire season. They won third quarter with 21:14 which was great indicator in Sinan Erdem Dome for Fenerbahce fans to start celebrating slowly. Third quarter was finished with 60:48. In fourth quarter it was all ended in just two minutes of last period, Fenerbahce was on the run of 8:2 for 68:50 and Olympiacos didn't have time for making another comeback in their history. On 3:11 until the end, Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) scored 2 points for biggest lead of Turkish powerhouse, it was 78:58. Final result of Euroleague F4 Final Game was 80:64 for Fenerbahce who win their first Euroleague trophy in team history.
Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) was selected as MVP of Final game.

Fenerbahce: Nikola Kalinic 17pts+5rbd+5ast, Bogdan Bogdanovic 17pts+5rbd, Ekpe Udoh10pts+9rbd+4ast, Jan Vesely 8pts+8rbd
Olympiacos: Khem Birch 14pts, Nikola Milutinov 10pts+4rbd, Evangelos Mantzaris 9pts+3ast



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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  UKRAINE  


Kyrylo Fesenko selected the top Ukrainian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kyrylo Fesenko
Kyrylo Fesenko
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86, currently plays in Italy). He led Scandone AV to a victory over the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE (17-13) 82-64 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Fesenko was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 15 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. Fesenko has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.8%(125-199) and FT: 54.3% in 27 games he played so far. Ex-BC Donetsk player is currently a member of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Sergii Gladyr
Sergii Gladyr
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG (23-11) 92-85 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Gladyr was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (30-4) is placed first in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Gladyr averages: 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 44.4%. He is in the roster of the Ukrainian senior national team.

Maksym Kozlovets
Maksym Kozlovets
   #3. The Ukrainian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90, currently plays in Belarus). Kozlovets could not help COR-Borisfen (29-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader COR-Borisfen lost 82-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Vitebsk. Kozlovets was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Kozlovets has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 80.4% in 37 games. Kozlovets played for the Ukrainian U16 national team eleven years ago.

Maksym Pustozvonov
Maksym Pustozvonov
   #4. Small forward Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the third-ranked Steaua CSM (17-11) 84-80 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He scored 22 points. 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. It's Pustozvonov's first season with the team. Pustozvonov's overall stats this year are: 8.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also Ukrainian national team player.

Maxym Korniyenko
Maxym Korniyenko
   #5. International power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against the closely-ranked Rilski (14-10) 80-66 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Korniyenko was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Korniyenko has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

Jerome Randle
Jerome Randle
   #6. Point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California, currently plays in France) was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (15-19) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Randle's good performance Limoges CSP Elite was badly defeated 101-81 in Orleans by the one of league's weakest teams Entente 45 (#17). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Randle also added 3 passes. The Regular Season already ended. Randle has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Randle is a former international player as he played for the Ukrainian senior team two years ago. He used to play for 90.2%; in Feb.'12 agreed terms with Azovmash Mariupol in Ukrainian league.

Maksim Sandul
Maksim Sandul
   #7. International power forward Maksim Sandul (207-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Polski Cukier Torun to win against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 78-72 in the Polish PLK last Thursday. Sandul recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. Sandul's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also Ukrainian national team player.

Artem Pustovyi
Artem Pustovyi
   #8. Center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, another player represented by Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus (11-21) in their game against FC Barcelona (22-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded 5 points. Blusens Monbus was defeated 76-71 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#6). The Regular Season already ended. Pustovyi's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the Ukrainian national team.

Vyacheslav Bobrov
Vyacheslav Bobrov
   #9. International forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92, currently plays in France) helped Quimper UJAP win their game against the seventh-ranked Rueil (19-15) 79-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Tuesday. Bobrov scored 17 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 31 minutes. Quimper UJAP (24-10) is placed second in the NM1. Bobrov averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1bpg in 39 games. He is also in the roster of the Ukrainian national team.

Maks Adam Konate
Maks Adam Konate
   #10. Power forward Maks Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Estonia) helped Tartu Ulikool win their game against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 66-57 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Monday night's game. Konate scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (29-3) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Konate's overall stats are: 9.2ppg and 6.1rpg in 15 games. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Ukrainian national team.

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

   #1. Igor Nesterenko (203-C-90, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 2-point Ironi Nahariya's victory against the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-12) 80-78 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Nesterenko scored 8 points in 19 minutes. Ironi Nahariya (18-15) is placed sixth 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 Nesterenko's overall stats are: 3.1ppg and 1.1rpg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Israeli. Despite Nesterenko's Ukrainian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ukrainian team.

   #2. Ivan Kaliayev (200-F-87, currently plays in Belarus). Kaliayev could not help Grodno-93 (27-5) to beat Tsmoki-Minsk. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Grodno-93 was badly defeated 101-85 at home by the league outsider (#10) Tsmoki-Minsk. This year Kaliayev's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in 41 games.

   #3. Yurii Frasenyuk (200-F-86, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Steaua CSM (17-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Frasenyuk's good performance the third-placed Steaua CSM (17-11) was edged 87-85 on the road by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 11 points. Frasenyuk's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ukrainian and Romanian.



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Bristol Acadamy Flyers keep Boggs for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL) re-signed 25-year old American guard Brandon Boggs (196-86kg-92, college: W.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He played there last season. In 35 BBL games he averaged 12.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Boggs played at Kongsberg Miners in Norwegian BLNO where in 21 games he had very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements he played in the final of SoCon Tournament in 2012 and 2014. Boggs received also SoCon All-Tournament 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Boggs graduated from Western Carolina University in 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @sportlabagency)

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  URUGUAY  


Jayson Granger selected the top Uruguayan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Jayson Granger (189-89, currently plays in Turkey). Granger could not help one of league's weakest teams Anadolu Efes (23-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Anadolu Efes was edged 91-90 in a derby game by the second-ranked Besiktas. Granger was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 4 passes in 36 minutes on the court. It was Anadolu Efes' third consecutive loss in a row. Granger's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Granger averages: 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 76.7% in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Granger played for the Uruguayan senior national team two years ago.

Esteban Batista
Esteban Batista
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Umana Venezia (21-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Batista's good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 89-75 on the road by the lower-ranked The Flexx PT (#7). He scored 13 points. Batista's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27) and FT: 65.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Spanish. Batista is in the roster of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Mathias Calfani
Mathias Calfani
   #3. The Uruguayan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Lorenzo to a victory against the tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (17-39) 90-83 in the Argentinian LigaA on Saturday night. Calfani scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (40-16) is placed first in Sur group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Calfani has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.1%(149-229), 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 66.4% in 47 games. He is also a member of the Uruguayan senior national team.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #4. Forward Mauricio Aguiar (199-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Ferrocarril (34-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Aguiar's good performance the second-placed Ferrocarril (34-22) was defeated 95-90 in Bahia Blanca by the lower-ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the Sur group. He scored 13 points. The Regular Season already ended. Aguiar's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Italian and Uruguayan nationalities. Aguiar is also Uruguayan national team player.

Marcel Souberbielle
Marcel Souberbielle
   #5. Former international forward Marcel Souberbielle (200-91, college: Indiana, PA, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Leones (9-10) in their game against Capitanes (10-11) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He scored 8 points in only 7 minutes. Leones lost 81-92 in Arecibo to the higher-ranked (#4) Capitanes. This year Souberbielle averages only 3.7ppg in three games. He used to play for the Uruguayan national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 1-point CAM E.Soler's victory against the leader Chantada (22-4) 67-66 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Holm scored 19 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group D Clasif. Ciudad Autonoma de Melilla Enrique Soler (15-6) is placed first in Group D Clasif. It was CAM E.Soler's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Holm's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg. Holm has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and German.

Other top Uruguayan players, who play abroad:

Imanol Asaravicius (193-F/G-95) plays for Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA
Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish BSL
Federico Haller (198-F-88) plays for GECR Indalo in Argentinian LigaA
Santiago Vidal (180-PG-89) plays for Regatas Corrientes in Argentinian LigaA
Daniel Martinez plays for Pinar in Cuban LSB
Facundo Medina (190-G-94) plays for Rocamora in Argentinian TNA
Brad Kanis (218-C-83) plays for Quart in Spanish EBA
Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88) plays for Real Madrid II in Spanish EBA
Fernando Lozano (186-PG-81) plays for Villarrobledo in Spanish EBA

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



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras21.4 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.1 
 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 


LPB Round 19: Guaros are defeated by Panteras - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LPB.

The game between second ranked Guaros (22-12) and fifth ranked Panteras (11-21) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Guaros were defeated by Panteras in a tough game in Caracas 92-98. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. Panteras made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Panteras outrebounded Guaros 43-30 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Guaros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kareem Canty (185-93, college: Auburn) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) responded with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panteras maintains fifth place with 11-21 record. Defending champion Guaros keep the second position with 12 games lost. Panteras are looking forward to face Gaiteros (#5) in Maracaibo in the next round. Guaros will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Third ranked host Trotamundos (20-14) defeated 4th placed Toros (12-21) 86-76. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Anthony Perez accounted for 22 points. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws) for Toros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Trotamundos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-14 record having just one point less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros at the other side keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Maracay. 4th placed host Toros (12-21) lost to third ranked Trotamundos (20-14) 86-79. Ricardo Powell fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kyle Fuller produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Trotamundos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-14 record having just one point less than leader Guaiqueries. Loser Toros keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Caracas was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Guaros (22-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Panteras (11-21). Guaros defeated Panteras 91-77. Worth to mention a great performance of Gregory Echenique who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 22-12 record behind leader Guaiqueries. Panteras at the other side keep the fifth position with 21 games lost. Guaros will have a break next round. Panteras will play at home against Gaiteros (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Maracaibo supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Marinos (16-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-24). Marinos smashed Gaiteros 120-59 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Isaiah Swann who led his team to a victory scoring 47 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marinos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Gaiteros lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Marinos will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play at home against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 Marinos destroyed Gaiteros on the opponent's court 112-84.

Trotamundos - Toros 86-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Third ranked host Trotamundos (20-14) defeated 4th placed Toros (12-21) 86-76. Trotamundos forced 20 Toros turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The former international forward Anthony Perez (206-93, college: Mississippi) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. Four Trotamundos players scored in double figures. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 22 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international center Alejandro Barrios (204-79) added 22 points respectively for Toros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Trotamundos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-14 record having just one point less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros at the other side keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Barrios 22+3reb+2ast, K.Fuller 22+4reb+3ast, D.Johnson 9+8reb+1ast, J.Guerrero 8+3reb+2ast, J.Leon 5+1reb+1ast, P.Brito 4+5reb+1ast
Trotamundos: A.Perez 22+4reb+1ast, R.Powell 19+5reb+4ast, P.Chourio 12+4reb+2ast, R.Farias 11+2reb+4ast, D.Lewis 6+3reb+5ast, T.Aguilera 6+3reb
gschID: 546802


Panteras - Guaros 77-91

The game in Caracas was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Guaros (22-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Panteras (11-21). Guaros defeated Panteras 91-77. The game was mostly controlled by Guaros. Panteras was better in fourth quarter 32-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guaros players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Zach Graham (198-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Guaros players scored in double figures. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) answered with 19 points and the other American import guard Kareem Canty (185-93, college: Auburn) added 14 points in the effort for Panteras. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 22-12 record behind leader Guaiqueries. Panteras at the other side keep the fifth position with 21 games lost. Guaros will have a break next round. Panteras will play at home against Gaiteros (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: T.Gilder 19+4reb+1ast, K.Canty 14+3ast, E.Montano 10+3reb+2ast, A.Kent 8+5reb+2ast, M.Sierralta 7+2reb+2ast, E.Burguillos 6+5reb
Guaros: Z.Graham 19+2reb+3ast, L.Hayward 18+3reb+2ast, G.Echenique 13+9reb+2ast, N.Robinson 10+2reb+4ast, H.Guillent 9+2reb+4ast, E.Baez 6+1ast
gschID: 546803


Gaiteros - Marinos 59-120

The game in Maracaibo supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Marinos (16-17) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-24). Marinos smashed Gaiteros 120-59 on Thursday. Marinos shot 67.6 percent from the field. Marinos had a 29-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 24 long-distance shots on high 72.7 percentage. Marinos looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Gaiteros' players. It was a great evening for American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 47 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Marinos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) responded with 19 points and British V.Islands power forward Lester Prosper (208-88, college: Old Westbury, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marinos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Gaiteros lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Marinos will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play at home against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gaiteros: E.Harris 19+1reb+3ast, L.Prosper 13+7reb, D.Matos 9+1reb, R.Millan 8+4reb+1ast, E.Coronado 4, D.Macuare 3+4reb+5ast
Marinos: I.Swann 47+5ast, C.Massie 15+7reb+3ast, E.Cappare 14+2reb+1ast, J.Centeno 14+4reb+6ast, J.Akindele 13+4reb+3ast, J.Herrera 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 546800


Panteras - Guaros 98-92

The game between second ranked Guaros (22-12) and fifth ranked Panteras (11-21) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Guaros were defeated by Panteras in a tough game in Caracas 92-98. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. Panteras made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Panteras outrebounded Guaros 43-30 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Guaros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kareem Canty (185-93, college: Auburn) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) responded with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and international center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 16 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. Panteras maintains fifth place with 11-21 record. Defending champion Guaros keep the second position with 12 games lost. Panteras are looking forward to face Gaiteros (#5) in Maracaibo in the next round. Guaros will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaros: N.Robinson 29+6reb+8ast, G.Echenique 16+4reb+1ast, J.Vargas 14+2reb+5ast, L.Hayward 11+2reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 9+2reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 8+5reb+3ast
Panteras: T.Gilder 28+11reb+3ast, K.Canty 21+4reb+1ast, A.Kent 12+7reb+1ast, L.Julio 11+3reb, J.Romero 6+1reb, A.Acosta 6+2ast
gschID: 546804


Gaiteros - Marinos 84-112

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Gaiteros' (7-24) home loss to fourth ranked Marinos (16-17) 84-112 on Friday. The game without a history. Marinos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 44. Marinos looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Gaiteros' players. It was a great evening for American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). His fellow American import point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) helped adding 15 points and 7 assists. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Tony Ruiz felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side the former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and British V.Islands power forward Lester Prosper (208-88, college: Old Westbury, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Marinos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Gaiteros lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost. Marinos will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play at home against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gaiteros: L.Prosper 19+10reb+1ast, H.Salcedo 18+6reb+8ast, D.Matos 13+2reb+1ast, C.Poleo 8+9reb, E.Coronado 8+1reb+1ast, E.Harris 7+1reb
Marinos: R.Perez 19+5reb, C.Massie 17+7reb+4ast, I.Swann 15+4reb+7ast, E.Cappare 15+1reb+3ast, H.Bompart 11+2ast, M.Marriaga 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 538153


Toros - Trotamundos 79-86

The game between Top Four teams took place in Maracay. 4th placed host Toros (12-21) lost to third ranked Trotamundos (20-14) 86-79. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Dwight Lewis (197-87, college: USC) chipped in 19 points. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Trotamundos have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-14 record having just one point less than leader Guaiqueries. Loser Toros keep the fourth position with 21 games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: J.Guerrero 19+6reb+3ast, K.Fuller 19+5reb+4ast, D.Johnson 16+11reb+1ast, K.Pena 9+2reb+3ast, E.Gimenez 7+5reb+1ast, A.Barrios 5+2reb+1ast
Trotamundos: R.Powell 20+5reb+5ast, D.Lewis 19+4reb+1ast, J.Powell 17+3reb+1ast, A.Perez 5+5reb, R.Farias 5+3reb, A.Morillo 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546801





John Cox selected the top Venezuelan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

John Cox
John Cox
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard John Cox (194-81, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in France). He could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) in their last game. Despite Cox's very good performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez was edged 85-82 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) JDA Dijon. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Cox also added 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cox has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 37.0% and FT: 62.5% in five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Cox is currently a member of the Venezuelan senior national team. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Gregory Vargas
Gregory Vargas
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Israel). Vargas was the major contributor in a Maccabi Haifa's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (14-19) 95-79 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 12 passes. Vargas also added 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (16-17) is placed eighth in the Winner League. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vargas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.8apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 71.9%. Ex-Protectores de Miranda BBC player is in the roster of the Venezuelan senior national team.

Donta Smith
Donta Smith
   #3. The Venezuelan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Smith led Piratas to a victory over the closely-ranked Vaqueros (9-13) 79-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Smith recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 38 minutes. Piratas de Quebradillas (11-7) is placed third in the BSN. This year Smith has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.0%(56-100), 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 81.1% in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Smith played for the Venezuelan national team two years ago. He used to play for Marinos de Anzoategui in Venezuelan league.

Jhornan Zamora
Jhornan Zamora
   #4. Guard Jhornan Zamora (196-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against the closely-ranked Leyma Basquet (20-14) 106-101 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Zamora recorded 14 points. Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (22-12) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. It's Zamora's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. Zamora has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Spanish. He used to play for the Venezuelan national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Dario Castro (206-C-91, currently plays in Colombia) managed to help Sabios de Manizales in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Bucaros (0-1) 69-65 in the Colombian PBD last Saturday. Castro recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. It was his first game for Sabios this season. His team is placed second in the PBD. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.

   #2. Raul Orta (196-G-85, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Orta could not help Santeros (16-4) to beat Fajardo (13-7). He did not beat the league record on Monday evening. Orta scored only 3 points. The league leader Santeros was defeated 71-64 on the road by the second-ranked Fajardo. This season Orta averages just 1.4ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Venezuelan and Puerto Rican.

Other top Venezuelan players, who play abroad:

Jose Materan (196-G/F-96) plays for Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA
Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) plays for Brooklyn Nets in the NBA
Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83) plays for Goes in Uruguayan LUB
Freddy Toro (201-F-88) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Miguel Ruiz (197-F-90) plays for Libertad Sunchales in Argentinian LigaA
Calvin Cage (183-PG-84) plays for Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL
Albis Coronel plays for Estudiantes Olavarria in Argentinian TNA
Juan Fontena (196-F-87) plays for Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional
Vladimir Lamberg (202-89) plays for Espanol de Talca in Chilean Liga Nacional

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



Vaqueros inks DJ Stephens - by Marcos Carlo

Vaqueros of Bayamon inks the swingman D.J. Stephens (198-G/F-90, college: Memphis). Stephens is know for his huge vertical jump and explosiveness. He played in DLeague and won the Slam Dunk contest.

With his athleticism he can rebound, score, block shots and play multiple positions. He arrive in a crucial moment for Vaqueros of Bayamon that are fighting for one of the eight spots for the playoffs.

Also Bayamon bring back Jaleel Akindele hoping to improve in the paint area.



Guayama welcomes back Thornton - by Marcos Carlo

Brujos de Guayama (BSN) landed experienced 34-year old American forward Al Thornton (203-97kg-83, college: Florida State). It is actually his comeback to Brujos as he has played here before. Thornton He moved there from Gaiteros in Venezuelan LPB league where he started the season. In 21 games he averaged impressive 23.6ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2apg this season.

Thornton already played with Brujos two times and and do an extraordinary work being the scoring leader of the league. This is the third change of import player.

In 2007 Thornton was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in first round (14th overall). He attended Florida State and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements Thornton received Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team award in 2016.





Parra is back at Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno - by