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  ABA  



Burgess jois the Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci

Georgia Gwizzlies are pleased to announce that Utah native Skyler Burgess (6'5''-F) is now on team roster. While in Mexico, Burgess averaged 25.0 ppg. He will join the backcourt with Justin Zachary and Lance White. "I am really excited about Skyler because he rebounds, defend and is a Coachable team player" states Embry Malone . "Burgess also had numerous offers overseas, but want a shot at the NBA D-League first".


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  ABA LEAGUE  


Series of decisions made at the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly - by Igor Obradovic

After a conclusion has been made that ABA League j.t.d. has had an extraordinarily successful season, the Assembly of its clubs has made a series of decisions at its session on 23 May 2017 in the International Hotel in Zagreb, with a goal of further strengthening and progress of the competition.

ABA League j.t.d. has furtherly strengthened itself as a powerful brand and a driving force of the progress of basketball in the region, which has been confirmed by financial, sporting and marketing reports for the 2016/17 season. The evidence of this is also a satisfaction of fans, as well as a huge growth of the visits at the official website, applications and all social media of the league. ABA League j.t.d. has made a step forward in every essential way, answered many challenges and built a strong foundation for further development. In accordance with this, clear guidelines and priorities for the future work have been set.

ABA League j.t.d. has generated profit in financial terms during the 2016/17 season, which will be divided in equal shares to its member clubs.

With a goal of further strengthening of the competition, but also because of the delicacy regarding the calendar, with the majority of its votes, the Assembly of the ABA League j.t.d. has decided that there will be 12 clubs competing in the league in the 2017/18 season.

Having analysed the current situation in European and the regional basketball, as well as the fact that the ABA League j.t.d is still not officially recognized by the national basketball federations, and with a goal to protect the interests of the ABA League j.t.d. founding clubs, the clubs that have competed in the 2016/17 season will have a right to participate in the forthcoming season as well and the priority of participation will be given to the founders of the ABA League j.t.d. (from the 2015/16 season). The formula to determine the participants which will be respected is the following:

- Serbia - three clubs
- Croatia - three clubs
- Slovenia - one club
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - one club
- Montenegro - one club
- Macedonia - one club


Two additional spots will be allocated to the clubs from countries, whose clubs have achieved the best coefficients in the country rankings during the 2016/17 season. Those two countries are Serbia and Montenegro.

The places from Serbia will be filled in accordance with the final standings of the Basketball League of Serbia, in accordance with the recognition and cooperation with the ABA League.

In accordance with the previously mentioned decisions, the participating clubs of the ABA League j.t.d. for the 2017/18 season are: Cedevita, Zadar, Cibona, Union Olimpija, Igokea, Budunost VOLI, MZT Skopje Aerodrom and Mornar, while the remaining four places (from Serbia), will be determined in accordance with the standings in the Basketball League of Serbia.

The ABA League j.t.d. Assembly has reached a decision to organize a ABA Supercup in Bar with a desire for it to become a tradition and for the best teams of the league to be gathered there.

With a goal of popularization and strengthening of basketball in the region, the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly has decided to organize several U19 tournaments during the 2017/18 season.

The standpoint of the ABA League j.t.d. Assembly is that for the further progress of the basketball within the region it is necessary to establish the second division of the ABA League in as short period as possible. Intensive work will be done in the following period on this project, with a desire that all of the basketball subjects would be involved in it. In accordance with this, the meetings will be made with interested clubs in as short period as possible.

The ABA League j.t.d. Assembly also believes that it is necessary to conduct discussions with the national basketball federations as soon as possible, to overcome current situation, which is not in the interest of further development of basketball in the region. The clubs should at the same time discuss the opportunities of creating the best possible ambience for development of basketball with national basketball federations of their respective countries.

Courtesy of ABA League



BCB - Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches announce confirmed lectures for Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017. After confirmation of coaches Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) and Filip Mihajlovic , coach Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) and Dennis Felton are confirmed lecturers.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) has four decades bright experience as basketball coach. During career he was head coach Serbian, Montenegrin, Italian, Spanish and French teams. Head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team was 2003 and Montenegro National team from 2007 until 2010. This summer coach Vujosevic will be on the bench of third National team in his career, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) is one most respectable coaches of Spanish basketball. During career coach Plaza head coach of Real, Cajasol Sevilla, Unicaja and Zalgiris Kaunas. This season coach Plaza won Eurocup with Unicaja.

Dennis Felton , Head coach of Cleveland state, with more then 20 years of experience in NCAA. Coach Felton was assistant coach Clemson University and University of Tulsa and head coach of W. Kentucky and University of Georgia.

Filip Mihajlovic is young, but very experienced strength and condition coach. During the career he worked Serbian woman national team, Montenegrin National team, Azovmash and this season is strength and condition coach in Partizan Belgrade.




BCB - Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches announce confirmed lectures for Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017. After confirmation of coaches Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) and Filip Mihajlovic , coach Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) and Dennis Felton are confirmed lecturers.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) has four decades bright experience as basketball coach. During career he was head coach Serbian, Montenegrin, Italian, Spanish and French teams. Head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team was 2003 and Montenegro National team from 2007 until 2010. This summer coach Vujosevic will be on the bench of third National
team in his career, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) is one most respectable coaches of Spanish basketball. During career coach Plaza head coach of Real, Cajasol Sevilla, Unicaja and Zalgiris Kaunas. This season coach Plaza won Eurocup with Unicaja.

Dennis Felton , Head coach of Cleveland state, with more then 20 years of experience in NCAA. Coach Felton was assitant coach Clemson Universityand University of Tulsa and head coach of W. Kentucky and University of Georgia.

Filip Mihajlovic is young, but very experienced strength and condition coach. During the career he worked Serbian woman national team, Montenegrin National team, Azovmash and this season is strength and condition coach in Partizan Belgrade.




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  ANGOLA  


Libolo celebrate third straight win in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Recreativo do Libolo earned the third consecutive win in the BIC Finals. They edged Petroleos 106:103 on the road to move closer to the title. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Petroleos and Libolo stayed close throughout the game. They went neck and neck before Libolo unloaded 36 points in the fourth period and snatched the win. Pedro Bastos (191-G-93) delivered game-high 34 points for the home side.
In the meantime 1 de Agosto claimed the Bronze medals. They edged Interclube 96:82 in the decisive third game of the consolation finals series.



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Solano, Echague19.8 
 3. Green, Instituto19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 5. Deck, San Lorenzo17.8 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.17.8 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.9 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.8 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.2 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Vargas, GECR I.8.6 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Wood, San M.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 4. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.8 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


LigaA Round 1 of 1/8 Finals. Three home wins, only GECR Indalo win as away team - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Libertad S. 92-69

Regatas Corrientes players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Libertad Sunchales' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Uruguayan point guard Santiago Vidal (180-89, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Lucas Goldenberg (190-93) added 14 points in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. 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:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 20+8reb+4ast, L.Goldenberg 14+2reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 10+6reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 8+2reb+2ast, J.Brussino 5+3reb+2ast, P.Barrios 5+1reb+1ast
Regatas C.: D.Sims 18+4reb+4ast, P.Quinteros 14+1reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 14+3reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 12+4reb+6ast, J.Saiz 12+2reb+1ast, F.Martina 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546845


Olimpico LB - Instituto 78-76

Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olimpico de La Banda made 7 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) added 9 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Instituto: J.DeGroat 23+5reb+2ast, G.Whelan 13+3reb, P.Bertone 10+6reb, S.Clancy 9+14reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 8+1reb+2ast, R.Green 6+3ast
Olimpico LB: J.Williams 14+11reb, D.Nesbitt 13+4reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 13+5reb+6ast, F.Van Lacke 9+3reb+1ast, M.Cosolito 8+7reb+3ast, D.Guaita 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546846


Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 91-50

Weber Bahia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 36. Weber Bahia had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Quilmes MP's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) contributed with 11 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) answered with 11 points and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. 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:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 11+4reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 10+4reb, L.Vildoza 9+6reb+1ast, A.Eslava 8+5reb, T.Robinson 5+3reb, E.Ruiz 3
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 18+4reb, M.Fjellerup 14+6reb+7ast, F.Corvalan 11+3reb+1ast, L.Redivo 11+4reb+7ast, M.Fernandez 10+5reb+2ast, D.Summers 8+4reb
gschID: 546847


Argentino - GECR Indalo 83-92

It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) contributed with 27 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 16 points in the effort for Argentino.
Top scorers:
Argentino: C.Crawford 30+11reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 16+1reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 16+3reb+3ast, E.Basabe 7+9reb+4ast, N.Gadson 6+2reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 4+2reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 27+3reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 19+11reb+6ast, M.Relphorde 17+4reb+1ast, D.Romero 10+4reb, E.Vargas 9+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546848





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  AUSTRALIA  


Joondalup Wolves tab Ryan Wright - by Hugh McAuliffe

Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (SBL) inked 30-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-111kg-87, college: Oklahoma). He moved there from Vasas in Hungarian NB I. B where he started the season. In 21 games he recorded 13.0ppg and 7.3rpg this season. Wright also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 9 NB I. B games he averaged 6.1ppg and 5.7rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big 12 in 2009. Wright received also Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL 1st Team award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Wright has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Wright has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales), Finland (Namika Lahti), Mexico (Soles), Poland (Anwil), Turkey (Gelisim), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), South Korea (Sonic Boom KT) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Wright's game is described as: Explosive dunker that does some things above the rim that really electrifies the crowd.. A phenomenal athlete who can score with his back to the basket or faced up. Advanced to the NCAA Final 4 (2) Consecutive years in a row while at UCLA before transferring to Oklahoma. Exceptional timing for shot blocking and hits the glass for rebounds hard. Shows leadership quality while setting the example in the classroom with Pac-10 & Big 12 All-Academic Team Honors.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  AUSTRIA  


BK Dukes Klosterneuburg and Head Coach Zoran Kostic part ways - by Stefan Prager

The BK Klosterneuburg Dukes and head coach Zoran Kostic have parted ways. The club announced a statement today that Kostics contract was terminated on a mutual agreement because he has been offered a long term job by another team. Kostic is expected to sign with the Traiskirchen Lions on a four year agreement. He has alreday worked for the Lions from 2001 to 2014 in different positions.

Kostic came to the Dukes a year ago. He was believed to be the orchestrator in what the Dukes call "Project 2020". The main goal was to build a young team which is capable to be back on top of the league by 2020. The young Dukes team, hampered by many injuries this season, just managed to win 4 games and suffered 28 losses, 20 of them straight to close out the season. The Dukes finished the season on the bottom of the league. Rumours have it that ex head coach Armin Goettlicher could be back in Klosterneuburg when he finishes the season with UBC St. Poelten.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


St. Frances basketball standout Eral Penn commits to Long Island University Brooklyn - by David Edole

St. Frances senior forward Eral Penn, an All-Metro second-team selection in the 2016-17 season, has committed to Long Island University Brooklyn.

The 6-foot-5 Penn led the Panthers (16-18) with 16 points and nine rebounds -- both team highs as they advanced to the Baltimore Catholic League semifinals.

"He was our best player all year and led a young team with leadership and production. The sky's the limit for Eral and he's just scratching the surface getting better every day," St. Frances coach Nick Myles said.

Long Island plays Division I in the Northeast Conference and Penn will be playinig for first-year coach Derek Kellogg, who spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Memphis under current Kentucky coach John Calipari.

"It's a great fit with a new staff and being part of the first freshman class," Myles added.

Penn plans to major in business management.




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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 2. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 3. Shelton, Rilski19.5 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.2 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.2 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.8 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Bozov, Rilski16.2 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.6 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.7 
 6. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski8.1 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.9 
 10. Daniels, Balkan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.5 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.4 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.3 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.3 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 10. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.8 
 6. Jones, Beroe1.8 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 8. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.5 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Daniels, Balkan0.6 


NBL Round 1 of Finals. Lukoil open final series with victory - by Eurobasket News

Group 3-4 Place
Rilski - Cherno More 102-82

Rilski made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Rilski outrebounded Cherno More 44-21 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rilski players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) produced 28 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) added 11 points and 13 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 31+11reb+1ast, E.Bruinsma 16+9reb+5ast, Y.Bozov 14+3reb+5ast, N.Stoyanov 12+7reb+2ast, S.Francis 10+2ast, Z.Georgiev 9+4reb+4ast
Cherno More: N.Djuric 28+4reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 17+4reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 11+4reb+13ast, S.Tsonkov 8+2reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 6+1reb+2ast, A.Natskin 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547084


Group FINAL
Lukoil Acad. - Beroe 96-81

Lukoil Acad. made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) fired 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. American center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 22+1reb+7ast, P.Ivanov 19+2reb+3ast, M.Korniyenko 16+6reb+1ast, S.Zack 14+10reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 7+1reb+4ast, D.Dimitrov 7+3reb+1ast
Beroe: A.Jones 19+10reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 17+4reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 9+3reb+3ast, S.Gibson 8+1reb+2ast, O.Gudul 8+1reb+1ast, S.Tesija 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547085





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

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He could not help Monaco (30-4) in their last game. Despite Bost's good performance the league leader Monaco was edged 72-69 at home by the much lower-ranked (#8) ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Bost also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 79.8% in 35 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia). Mirkovic led Kalev/Cramo to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) 77-74 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Mirkovic scored 27 points (!!!) and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Mirkovic has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 87.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2013.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Iran). Videnov was not able to help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was edged 95-94 on the road by the second-ranked Azad in the Group 1. Videnov was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Videnov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 63.9%. Videnov played for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #4. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Simmons contributed to a 3-point Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (20-12) 77-74. He scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 4 blocks in 30 minutes. Simmons has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2012. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #5. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams BM Slam Stal (21-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite Nikolov's good performance BM Slam Stal was defeated 89-74 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nikolov's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #6. Forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Vrsac (14-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite Minchev's good performance Vrsac was defeated 81-74 on their home court in Vrsac by the second-ranked Partizan. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Minchev also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Minchev's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Bulgarian National Team roster.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #7. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory over the league outsider Saint-Quentin (13-21) 80-73 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Marinov was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (21-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Marinov has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg in six games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #8. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help FC Barcelona (22-10) in their game against Valencia Basket (23-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Vezenkov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. FC Barcelona was crushed 83-61 in Valencia by the higher-ranked Basket (#3). Vezenkov's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #9. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (16-44) in their game against Toyama Grouses (18-42) in the Japanese B League. Washburn recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. But Yokohama BC (#6) lost 71-79 in Toyama to the higher-ranked (#5) Grouses in the Central group. It was Yokohama BC's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Washburn's stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2apg in 54 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) could not help Ventspils (27-5) in their last game. Despite Deane's very good performance the league leader Ventspils lost 76-84 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) VEF Riga. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Deane also added 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 33 minutes. It's Deane's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg in 36 games he played so far. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-11) 80-64 in the Euroleague in Sunday night's game. Antic recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.5rpg in 30 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Cholet Basket in their game against Le Portel (19-15) in the French ProA. Evtimov recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cholet Basket was crushed 84-43 on the road by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#7). It was Cholet Basket's first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. It's Evtimov's first season with the team. He averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Evtimov is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.



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Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to a 3-point victory over the 12th-ranked Le Mans (14-20) 97-94 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Nzeulie was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes on the court. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year Nzeulie averages: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 55.7%(59-106), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 76.8% in 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina). Essengue led Comunicaciones to a 2-point victory against the leader Union SF (24-12) 73-71 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Monday night. He scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(258-466), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 90.5%(105-116) in 46 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last French ProA game. Pitard contributed to a 3-point Chalon/Saor's victory against the 12th-ranked Le Mans (14-20) 97-94. He recorded 6 points in 18 minutes. This year Pitard's overall stats are: 1.9ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 32.4%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 57.7% in 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard played previously for the French U18 national team, he played also for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #4. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory against the league outsider Saint-Quentin (13-21) 80-73 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. MBida recorded 11 points. Lille Metropole Basket (21-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. MBida's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #5. Former international point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre to win against the league leader JL Bourg (25-9) 94-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded only 2 points. STB Le Havre (18-16) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Njoya's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.2apg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Njoya used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to a victory over the closely-ranked Rilski (14-10) 80-76 in the Bulgarian NBL last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Gibson scored 28 points (!!!) and added 5 assists. 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. Gibson has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.3apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul to win against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (23-7) 91-90 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. Strawberry scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (24-6) is placed second in the BSL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Strawberry has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Narace Williams (201-F-97, currently plays in France) contributed to a Sluc Nancy's victory against the closely-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-23) 96-91 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Williams recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (8-26) is located at the very bottom in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. This year Williams' total stats are: 5.2ppg and 4.4rpg in five games he played so far.

   #4. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, 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) on Tuesday night. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Quimper UJAP (24-10) is placed second in the NM1. This year Temgoua's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg in 39 games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities.



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Aaron Doornekamp selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams CB Canarias (22-10) in their last game. Despite Doornekamp's very good performance CB Canarias lost 65-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja Malaga. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Doornekamp also added 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes on the court. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(52-92), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 86.4% in 33 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian senior national team two years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague). Birch was not able to help Olympiacos (19-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Olympiacos was badly defeated 80-64 in Istanbul by the lower-ranked Fenerbahce (#5). Birch was the top scorer with 14 points. This season Birch averages: 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(103-165) and FT: 64.3%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA). Olynyk was the major contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Washington Wizards (49-33) 115-105 in the NBA on Monday night. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Olynyk's fourth year with the team. This season Olynyk has relatively solid stats: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 61.6%(233-378), 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 72.7% in 91 games. He played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #4. Forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory against the Boston Celtics (53-29) 117-104 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Thompson recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. Thompson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Cavaliers' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 8.3ppg and 9.3rpg. Thompson is also Canadian national team player.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #5. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (33-3) in their game against Neptunas (21-15) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance last Tuesday. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Pangos also added 3 passes in 26 minutes. But the league leader Zalgiris was edged 73-70 in Klaipeda by the lower-ranked (#4) Neptunas. It's Pangos' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.9apg in 42 games. Pangos is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Slovenian. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #6. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 72-68 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. Ejim scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ejim's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #7. Former U18 international forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Caballeros de Culiacan's victory against the fourth-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-15) 123-117 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Saturday night's game. Glaze recorded 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Caballeros de Culiacan (12-18) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the CIBACOPA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Glaze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg in 30 games. Glaze used to play for the Canadian U18 national team seven years ago.

Greg Surmacz
Greg Surmacz
   #8. Forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni (19-13) in their game against Twarde Pierniki (21-11) in the Polish PLK. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He was the top scorer with 15 points. Surmacz also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Surmacz's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #9. Former international guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in France) couldn't help Le Mans (14-20) in their game against Chalon/Saor (27-7) in the French ProA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night. Hanlan recorded 12 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes. But Le Mans was edged 97-94 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. The Regular Season already ended. This year Hanlan's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in 34 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson
   #10. Point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Galitos-Barreiro (18-14) in their game against Vitoria SC (21-11) in the Portuguese LPB. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Ogungbemi-Jackson was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Ogungbemi-Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg. Ogungbemi-Jackson is a former university international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international center Sean Denison (210-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Romania) led Oradea to a victory over the second-ranked CSU Sibiu 70-66 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Denison scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Denison averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team ten years ago.

   #12. International center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He scored 6 points. His team were crushed by 36 points 136-100 in the NBA. Anthony has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) could not help Phoenix (4-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Phoenix were edged 122-121 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Mahindra. Wright was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 46 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Wright's third season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended. Wright's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg in six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Filipino.

   #2. Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA, currently plays in Colombia) led Sabios to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Bucaros (0-2) 69-65 in the Colombian PBD on Saturday night. Smith was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sabios de Manizales (2-0) is placed second in the PBD. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Smith has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg.

   #3. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ashton Smith. But that was another game of his team in Colombian PBD which we would like to mention. Coombs was the major contributor in Sabios' victory against one of league's weakest teams Bucaros (0-2) 73-59. He scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. Sabios de Manizales (2-0) is placed second in the PBD. Coombs has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in two games.

   #4. Keanau Post (211-F-92, college: Missouri, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Logan Thunder's victory against the third-ranked Ipswich Force (3-1) 89-85 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Post scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Logan Thunder (2-1) is placed fifth in QBL group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Post's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 7.8rpg in four games.

   #5. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Saint-Quentin in their game against Lille Metropole (21-13) in the French ProB (second division). Laroche recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Saint-Quentin lost 73-80 in Lille to the much higher-ranked (#3) Metropole. It was Saint-Quentin's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Laroche has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg in 34 games.

   #6. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) helped MAFC win their game against the third-ranked Vasas 81-68 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sihota averaged so far 14.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Indian and Canadian.

   #7. Dallin Bachynski (213-C-91, college: Utah, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni in their game against Twarde Pierniki in the Polish PLK. Bachynski scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 76-83. Bachynski has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg in 17 games. He has both Canadian and Polish nationalities.

   #8. Norberto Torres (198-F-90, currently plays in Philippines) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Wright and both played together in the last Filipino PBA game. Torres couldn't help Phoenix in their game against Mahindra. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Torres scored only 2 points. His team were edged 122-121. Torres has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.6rpg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Filipino.

   #9. Jose Araujo (186-G-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in El Salvador) couldn't help Halcones in their game against Cojute in the Salvadorean Liga MB (second division). Araujo scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 33 minutes. His team lost 87-100. Araujo has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.7apg in 21 games. He has Canadian and Salvadorean nationalities.



Joondalup Wolves tab Ryan Wright - by Hugh McAuliffe

Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (SBL) inked 30-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-111kg-87, college: Oklahoma). He moved there from Vasas in Hungarian NB I. B where he started the season. In 21 games he recorded 13.0ppg and 7.3rpg this season. Wright also played that season for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (A Division) in Hungarian league. In 9 NB I. B games he averaged 6.1ppg and 5.7rpg.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Big 12 in 2009. Wright received also Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL 1st Team award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Wright has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eleven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Wright has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales), Finland (Namika Lahti), Mexico (Soles), Poland (Anwil), Turkey (Gelisim), Ukraine (Cherkasy), Venezuela (Trotamundos), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), South Korea (Sonic Boom KT) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
He attended University of Oklahoma until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Wright's game is described as: Explosive dunker that does some things above the rim that really electrifies the crowd.. A phenomenal athlete who can score with his back to the basket or faced up. Advanced to the NCAA Final 4 (2) Consecutive years in a row while at UCLA before transferring to Oklahoma. Exceptional timing for shot blocking and hits the glass for rebounds hard. Shows leadership quality while setting the example in the classroom with Pac-10 & Big 12 All-Academic Team Honors.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) crushing them 83-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Sato recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 34.9% in 31 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Olympique Antibes' victory against the ninth-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-18) 79-71 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Kouguere recorded 6 points. Sharks Antibes (12-22) is placed 14th in the ProA. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 39.4%. Kouguere has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. He played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France). Zianveni could not help Boulazac Basket (19-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Boulazac Basket lost 68-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) ALM Evreux. Zianveni recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(82-135), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 56.9% in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni played for the Central African national team four years ago.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #4. Power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Max Kouguere in the French ProA last game. Djimrabaye was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Olympique Antibes (12-22). His contribution was not very remarkable in Tuesday's game. Djimrabaye recorded only 2 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 79-71 in Antibes by the lower-ranked Olympique (#14). It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Djimrabaye's total stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

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



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  CHILE  


Chilean Libcentro Pro round 4 best performance: Sascha Frings - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Sascha Frings (202-F/C-86) had a great game in the last round for Brisas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-4) with 23-point margin 63-40. Brisas maintains the 4th position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Brisas will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Frings had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Brisas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sascha Frings has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.3ppg), assists (9th best: 2.7apg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international Ramiro Galvez (96) of Arturo Prat. Galvez had a very good evening with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Arturo Prat lost that game 74-79 to Aleman (1-3). Arturo Prat managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Arturo Prat managed to get this year. Galvez is one of the most experienced players at Arturo Prat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Marko Castro (192-F-88) of Aleman (#6). Castro showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Aleman, leading his team to a 79-74 win against Arturo Prat (1-3). Aleman can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Castro he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Castro has individually a great season in Chile. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sebastian Alvarez (91) of Stadio Italiano - 15 points and 8 rebounds
6. Marcelo Villagran (184-F-88) of Aleman - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Lorenzo Cifuentes) of Puente Alto - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) of Liceo Curico - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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)



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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 48
 1. Moore, Aguilas48.0 
 2. McCoy, Condores22.0 
 3. Almanza, Condores20.0 
 4. Watkins, Bucaros19.0 
 5. Hardy, Cimarrones18.0 
 6. Smith, Sabios17.0 
 7. Pardo, Aguilas17.0 
 8. Coombs, Sabios15.5 
 9. Roberson, Condores15.0 
 10. Diaz, Condores14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Moore, Aguilas13.0 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.13.0 
 3. Almanza, Condores11.0 
 4. Carraway, Cimar.8.0 
 5. Romero, Piratas8.0 
 6. Sandidge, Aguilas8.0 
 7. Egwuonwu, Bucaros8.0 
 8. Diaz, Condores7.0 
 9. Dobbs, Piratas7.0 
 10. Smith, Sabios6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Velandia, Aguilas9.0 
 2. Coombs, Sabios4.0 
 3. Alford, Bucaros3.5 
 4. Acevedo, Condores3.0 
 5. Moore, Aguilas3.0 
 6. Hardy, Cimarrones3.0 
 7. Garcia, Aguilas3.0 
 8. Bivins, Aguilas3.0 
 9. Thomas, Piratas3.0 
 10. Blandon, Sabios3.0 
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. Williams, Cimarrones1.0 
 10. Almanza, Condores1.0 
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. Roberson, Condores1.0 
 6. Dobbs, Piratas1.0 
 7. Castro, Sabios1.0 
 8. Renteria, Cimar.1.0 
 9. Jones, Sabios0.5 
 10. Mendoza, Piratas0.5 


Academia continues with the Dominican School. - by Victor Garcia

The basketball in Medellin has a story of Dominican players, we can remember names like Otto Vantroy, Marlon Martinez, Alejandro Flores, Juan and Miguel Suero, Cesar Chavez, Jonathan Rodriguez among others, all them with good success.
For the 2017 Colombian Professional Basketball League the Academia de la Montana chooses to bring another Dominican : Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) from the Club Mauricio Baez, Balbuena plays the off guard and small forward positions and is a very good long range shooter.
The team also brings back Tyler Murray (195-PG-90, college: Wagner) who was its point guard in the 2016.
Among the Colombians the main names of Academia are: Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89) who comes back to the pro-basketball , Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) who is back in the team that makes them pro-player, Divier Perez (201-F/C-89), Juan Fajardo (193-F-96) and Simon Granados (182-PG-93).
Hernan Dario Giraldo continues as the coach of the reigning champions.



Condores de Cundinamarca got its roster for the Colombian Professional League. - by Victor Garcia

With the addition of the americans Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports), Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) and Ramon Dyer (201-F-84, college: Houston) the Condores de Cundinamarca is ready to play its first game in the Colombian Professional Basketball League 2017.
Mccoy and Roberson are both veterans in the southamerican basketball, Mccoy is a combo guard that can score specially in the one on one, had a good 2015 season in Venezuela with the Gaiteros, Lamar Roberson has played in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay, in the 2016 with Atenas in the Uruguayan league averaged 20 PPG and 7 RPG.
Ramon Dyer is a forward that has played most of his career in the D-League, comes to southamerica for the first time.
Colombians Luis Almanza (196-F-91), Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92), Vanderley Valencia and Diego Balanta (196-F-94) are joining the local players.
Tomas Diaz is the coach of the team.



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  COSTA RICA  


Costa Rican LBS round 9 best performance: Marquis Aaron - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Marquis Aaron (196-F) had a great game in the last round for Grecia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The player had a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Abogados (#9, 0-8), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-68. Grecia is placed at 5th position in Costa Rican LBS. Grecia is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. In the team's last game Aaron had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Grecia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bellevue University star has very solid stats this year. Aaron is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.5ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Grecia's star - -year old American Duelle Gore (196-G/F). Gore had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Grecia cruised to a 76-68 relatively comfortable win over Abogados (#9, 0-8). This victory allowed Grecia 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 3-4 record. Gore is a newcomer at Grecia, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#5). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Panamanian Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) of league's second-best Barva. Alvarado scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Barva, leading his team to a 86-76 win against the lower-ranked Liberia (#8, 1-6). Barva is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Alvarado has a great season in Costa Rica. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amaurys Ripool (196-F-86) of ARBA - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91) of ARBA - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Carlos Quesada (198-C-85) of Barva - 11 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cory Bradford (191-G-78) of Liberia - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kevin Letford) of U Latina - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Rafael Farley (193-G-93) of Perez Zeledon - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Javier Bustamante (187-G/F-79) of Abogados - 20 points and 4 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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  CROATIA  


Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 72-68 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 68.2% in 33 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy). Simon was the main contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Simon scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. This season Simon has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 56.4%(53-94), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 85.4%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece). Ukic could not help AEK Athens (19-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance AEK Athens lost 72-81 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#3) Panathinaikos. Ukic was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 assists in 32 minutes. Ukic has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 84.5% in 32 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #4. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (7-23) crushing them 95-72 in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. Zizic scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (23-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Zizic's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.3ppg and 4.8rpg. Zizic is also Croatian national team player.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #5. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (28-4) crushing them 82-59 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Radosevic averages: 7.1ppg and 3.1rpg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #6. Forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Twarde Pierniki's victory against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 83-76 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Skific scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. Skific's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Croatian team eleven years ago.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #7. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Real Madrid in their game against CSKA (22-8) in the Euroleague. Draper recorded 5 points in 7 minutes. The league leader Real Madrid was crushed 94-70 at home by the second-ranked CSKA. This year Draper's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also Croatian national team player. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #8. Center Ante Tomic (217-87, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for FC Barcelona (22-10) in their game against Valencia Basket (23-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tomic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. FC Barcelona was crushed 83-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#3). Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. He averaged so far 12.4ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.0apg. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

Mario Delas
Mario Delas
   #9. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon in the Italian Serie A last game. Delas couldn't help Betaland Cdo (15-15) in their game against Armani Milano (23-7), despite his good performance last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. But Betaland Cdo lost 80-94 on their home court in Capo d'Orlando to the leading Armani Milano. It was Betaland Cdo's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Delas' total stats are: 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Dominik Mavra
Dominik Mavra
   #10. Guard Dominik Mavra (195-94, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help Karpos Sokoli (7-3) in their game against MZT Skopje (9-1) in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Mavra was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Mavra averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.0apg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (211-86, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help MZT Skopje in their game against Karpos Sokoli in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Lalic was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. But his team lost 93-104. Lalic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in Groningen's victory against the closely-ranked Zwolle crushing them 96-51 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Tuesday. Pasalic scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pasalic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Beroe in their game against Lukoil Academic Sofia in the Bulgarian NBL. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 96-81. Tesija has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

   #14. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria in their game against Baskonia in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Planinic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 59-71. Planinic has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 2.8rpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok in their game against ZTE KK in the Hungarian A Division. Andric scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 85-68. He averaged so far 10.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.9apg. Andric used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the eighth-ranked Kangoeroes (18-18) 73-62 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Wednesday. Jagodic Kuridza recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Telenet BC Oostende (30-6) is placed first in the Euromillions League. Jagodic Kuridza's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 4.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #2. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Vrsac (14-8) in their last game. Despite Pavlovic's good performance Vrsac lost 87-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Mega Leks. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Vrsac's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Pavlovic's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 33 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Serbian.

   #3. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help PVSK Pannon (20-14) in their last game. Despite Budimir's very good performance the first-placed PVSK Pannon (20-14) lost 89-103 on their home court in Pecs to the lower-ranked (#3) Kormend in the Places 6-10 group. He recorded 18 points in 27 minutes. Budimir has been at the team for four years. Budimir averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.9apg in 37 games.

   #4. Experienced Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for McKinnon Cougars (5-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed McKinnon Cougars (5-5) lost 90-101 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Stingrays in the Big V group. Platenik had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds in 28 minutes. Platenik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 10 games. Platenik has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #5. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a 2-point Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the closely-ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) 61-59 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (21-11) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #6. Matija Poscic (206-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Hungary) led MAFC to a victory against the third-ranked Vasas 81-68 in a derby game in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds in 39 minutes. Poscic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2apg in 32 games. Worth to mention Poscic played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #7. Daniel Thomas (180-G-85, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Cockburn Cougars to win against the 13th-ranked Suns 92-91 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and had 4 steals. Thomas has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (193-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.3 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 


Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the league leader Real Madrid (23-7) 84-75 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Vesely recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Vesely averages: 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(130-228) and FT: 55.7% in 34 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). Schilb could not help Galatasaray (20-6) to beat Anadolu Efes (23-7). He recorded 8 points and added 8 assists. Galatasaray was defeated 95-85 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3). Schilb's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(56-95), 3FGP: 51.4%(36-70) and FT: 87.0%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France). Kyzlink was not able to help JL Bourg (25-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader JL Bourg lost 79-94 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) STB Le Havre. Kyzlink recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. This year Kyzlink's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(19-34), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 77.8% in 11 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #4. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) led Raiffeisen Wels to a victory over the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 63-57 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Thursday night's game. Chan was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. Chan has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

David Jelinek (195-G/F-90) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) plays for Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) plays for Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vit Krejci (193-PG-0) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Patrik Auda (206-PF-89) plays for La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jiri Hubalek (208-C-82) plays for Imola in Italian Serie A2
Filip Halada (198-F-92) plays for Rieker KN in Slovakian SBL
Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) plays for Handlova in Slovakian SBL
Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86) plays for Sixers in German Regionalliga

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



Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 1st Team 2017
Jaromir Bohacik
Bohacik
Lukas Palyza
Palyza
Howard Sant-Roos
Sant-Roos
Ladislav Pecka
Pecka
Pavel Houska
Houska

Finals MVP: Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
Player of the Year: Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha
Guard of the Year: Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha
Forward of the Year: Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
Center of the Year: Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin
Import Player of the Year: Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
Bosman Player of the Year: Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83) of BK Kolin
Domestic Player of the Year: Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha
Most Improved Player of the Year: Pavel Grunt (208-C-94) of USK Praha
Defensive Player of the Year: Radek Necas (206-F-80) of BK Pardubice
Coach of the Year: Levell Sanders of BK Pardubice

1st Team
F/G: Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha
F: Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) of BK Decin
F: Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
F: Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem
F/C: Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin

2nd Team
G: Lamb Autrey (190-G-89) of BK Pardubice
G: Bryon Allen (193-G-92) of CEZ Nymburk
PG: Tomas Vyoral (190-PG-92) of BK Decin
F: Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice
C: Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava

Honorable Mention
Roman Marko (193-PG-86) of Svitavy
Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87) of BK Opava
Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin
Kevin Ware (188-G-93) of MMCITE Brno
Joseph Wall (199-F-89) of BK Pardubice
Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of CEZ Nymburk
Lee Skinner (198-F-92) of BK Kolin
Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of Svitavy
Bojan Bakic (195-SG-83) of BK Kolin
Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) of J.Hradec

All-Domestic Players Team
F/G: Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92) of USK Praha
PG: Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87) of BK Opava
F: Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of CEZ Nymburk
F: Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem
F/C: Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin

All-Imports Team
G: Lamb Autrey (190-G-89) of BK Pardubice
G: Bryon Allen (193-G-92) of CEZ Nymburk
F: Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk
F: Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice
C: Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava



CEZ Nymburk with 14th consecutive championship! - by Eurobasket News

Group FINAL
CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 70-56

CEZ Nymburk over and over again .... The Czech powerhouse claimed 14th!! consecutive title as they beat BK Decin in two-game finals. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and claim MVP honors. American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Even 11 points and 9 rebounds by the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for BK Decin. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 21+8reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 15+3reb+5ast, P.Benda 11+4reb+1ast, V.Hruban 7+3reb+1ast, T.Meier 5+2reb, J.Welsch 4+8reb+1ast
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 13+4reb+1ast, P.Houska 11+9reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 10+4reb, O.Siska 6+6reb, J.Houska 6+7reb, J.Krakovic 6+4reb+3ast
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Group 3-4 Place
BK Pardubice - BK Opava 82-82

BK Pardubice claimed 3rd place in NBL as they were better in home/away series against BK Opava. Second game ended with an extraordinary result - 82-82. Guests looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Viktor Cvek (200-89) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 22 points.



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

Mario Ramirez had a great game in the last round for league's best team Marquense and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ausoles (#10, 2-13) with 64-point margin 120-56. It allowed Marquense to consolidate first place in the Salvadorean league. Marquense have a solid 14-2 record. In the team's last game Ramirez had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Marquense, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mario Ramirez averages this season 6.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Diego Ferrin of Thunder. He is a in his second season at Thunder. In the last game Ferrin recorded impressive 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Thunder was edged by slightly higher-ranked San Marcos (#2, 14-3) 85-82. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thunder still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 10-7 record is not bad at all. Ferrin is well-known at Thunder and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 10.9rpg and 3.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Marquense's star - David Navas. Navas showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Marquense, helping his team with a 120-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Ausoles (#10, 2-13). Marquense confirms their top position in the standings. Navas has a very solid season. In 13 games in El Salvador he scored 5.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Sorto) of Marquense - 15 points and 7 rebounds
5. Ronald Flores) of Marquense - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Milton Martinez (88) of San Marcos - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. F Mojica) of Thunder - 16 points and 14 rebounds
8. Eduardo Recinos (192-F-88) of San Marcos - 10 points and 13 rebounds
9. Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) of Marquense - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Leonardo Gomez) of San Marcos - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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)



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.5 
 5. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 6. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.4 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.3 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.3 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 7. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.3 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.5 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.3 
 4. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.4.1 
 5. Kabin, Parnu4.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Bratoz, Rapla3.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 10. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bratoz, Rapla1.9 
 2. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.6 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 9. Post, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Jois, Tartu Ulikool0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 


Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Awards 2017 - by Janar

Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team 2017
Sten Olmre
Olmre
Branko Mirkovic
Mirkovic
Janari Joesaar
Joesaar
Mark Tollefsen
Tollefsen
Thomas van der Mars
van der Mars

Finals MVP: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
Player of the Year: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla
Guard of the Year: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
Forward of the Year: Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Tartu Ulikool
Center of the Year: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla
Import Player of the Year: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla
Domestic Player of the Year: Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU
Defensive Player of the Year: Martin Dorbek (194-G-91) of Kalev/Cramo
U20 Player of the Year: Norman Kabin (188-PG-97) of Parnu
Coach of the Year: Aivar Kuusmaa of Rapla

1st Team
G: Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
F: Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Tartu Ulikool
F: Mark Tollefsen (206-PF-92) of Kalev/Cramo
C: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla

2nd Team
PG: Tanel Sokk (187-PG-85) of Tartu Ulikool
PG: Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-PG-89) of Kalev/Cramo
SG: Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Kalev/Cramo
F: Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F-90) of TTU
F/C: Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kalev/Cramo

3rd Team
PG: Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla
SG: Martin Paasoja (191-SG-93) of Rapla
G/F: Edvinas Seskus (196-G/F-95) of Parnu
F: Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88) of Rapla
PF: Janar Talts (206-PF-83) of Tartu Ulikool

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU
PG: Tanel Sokk (187-PG-85) of Tartu Ulikool
F: Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F-90) of TTU
SF: Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Tartu Ulikool
PF: Janar Talts (206-PF-83) of Tartu Ulikool

All-Imports Team
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
G: Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla
F: Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Kalev/Cramo
F: Mark Tollefsen (206-PF-92) of Kalev/Cramo
C: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla

All-U20 Players Team
PG: Norman Kabin (188-PG-97) of Parnu
PG: Siim-Markus Post (183-PG-97) of Tarvas
SG: Sander Viilup (190-SG-97) of TTU
PG: Carlos Jurgens (190-PG-98) of Noorteliiga
SG: Taavi Jurkatamm (201-SG-97) of Noorteliiga



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CSKA Moscow wants to take Sergio Rodriguez in - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Serbian maestro Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) most probably will join Sacramento Kings at summer. So Russian powerhouse wants to fill his place with the Spannish wizard Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86). He will be a free agent at 1st July and he explained that his first option to remain at NBA. However if he won't get a valuable contract offer his direction can be Euroleague again.
Milos Teodosic played for CSKA Moscow at 29 games with the stats of 16.1ppg 2.1rpg 6.8apg. On the other hand ex-Real Madrid Sergio Rodriguez played for Philadelphia 76ers at 68 games with the stats of 7.8ppg 2.4rpg 5.1apg.



Tornike Shengelia may join Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) who currently plays Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. Shengelia has played there for the last three years. In 25 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 24 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2012 Shengelia was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Shengelia represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Who Are The Best European Basketball Players In The NBA ? - by Eurobasket

With the 2017 NBA season in its playoffs, it's a great time to look at the best European players in the league. We have not based our list only on this season's performances, but on the players' overall quality, what they have achieved in their career so far and their future prospects.


Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece, Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) has been at the Milwaukee Bucks since 2013 and is one of the best players in the NBA. The 22-year-old, who can operate as a small forward or as a guard, enjoyed a hugely successful 2015-16 season. The youngster averaged 7.2 assists after the All-Star break and became a very potent scorer. Antetokounmpo, who hails from Greece and is affectionately known as the "Greek Freak", is a joy to watch; the way he gracefully moves across the court is a marvel to behold. The Bucks were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, but there was no question over the effort put in by Antetokounmpo. The youngest can only get better, and he is probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA at the moment.



Tony Parker, France, San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker is one of the most well-known and most recognisable European basketball players currently featuring in the NBA. The veteran Frenchman is one of the best point guards in the league and has been a key player in Spurs' qualification to the Western Conference finals in the NBA. A ruptured quad means that Parker will miss the rest of the playoffs, and this could affect Spurs' chances of winning the 2017 NBA this season, which are rated at 18/1 odds on Betway as of 20th May, 2017. The 34-year-old point guard has been at the San Antonio Spurs since 2001, and has been named in six NBA All-Star games, and in three All-NBA Second Teams. Tony Parker has a sponsorship deal with Peak sports clothing, which includes his TP3 and more recent TP4 signature basketball shoes.


Nicolas Batum, France, Charlotte Hornets

Nicolas Batum did not have a great 2016-17 campaign, but there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best European basketball players in the NBA at the moment. The Charlotte Hornets star, who can play as a small forward or as a shooting guard, averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game this season. It was always going to be hard for the 28-year-old to repeat his heroics of the 2015-16 campaign when he scored two triple-doubles, but Batum's ability as a distributor and his willingness to help out his teammates offensively cannot be understated. If the Frenchman returns to his great form of the 2015-16 season, there is a very good chance that the Charlotte Hornets will have a successful 2017-18 campaign.


Nikola Vucevic, Montenegro, Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic is one of the more established European basketball players in the NBA. The Montenegrin played for Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2012. The 26-year-old center is a key player for the Magic, but he failed to guide the team into the NBA playoffs for the first year in a row. During the 2016-17 season, Vucevic enjoyed career highs in 3-pointers made assists and steals. The 26-year-old improved his game defensively, and he would be an important player in the middle next season. Vucevic's shooting ability is stunning and his desire to win is fierce; one should not be surprised if he drags the Magic into the playoffs next season.


Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, New Yorks Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis is a very promising young power forward who can become a star of the NBA. The 21-year-old, who can also operate as a center, has been at the New York Knicks since 2015. The youngster is arguably the best player at the Knicks, with Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox recently suggesting to The New York Daily News that he would be willing to change his game if it meant playing with Porzingis. There have been suggestions that Porzingis is frustrated at the Knicks, but if the New York-based franchise is able to keep hold of him, then they could have a reasonably positive season in 2017-18.


Honourable mentions

Italian small forward Danilo Gallinari, who also plays as a power forward, of the Denver Nuggets, Frenchman Rudy Gobert (center) at the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat from Poland, and 36-year-old Spaniard Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs are some of the other well-known European players in the NBA.



Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team 2017
Sergio Llull
Llull
Nando De Colo
De Colo
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Georgios Printezis
Printezis
Ekpe Udoh
Udoh

Finals MVP: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
Player of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Guard of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Forward of the Year: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
Center of the Year: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
Alphonso Ford Trophy: Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics
European Player of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Import of the Year: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce
Defensive Player of the Year: Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia
Rising Star Award: Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid
Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic of Fenerbahce

1st Team
SG: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
SG: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA
G/F: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
PF: Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85) of Olympiacos
F/C: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce

2nd Team
PG: Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA
G: Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka
PF: Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask.
C: Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes
C/F: Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid

Honorable Mention
Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid
Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of CSKA
Mike James (185-PG-90) of Panathinaikos
Derrick Brown (203-F-87) of Anadolu Efes
Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia
Marko Simonovic (201-F-86) of Crvena Zvezda
Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris
Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) of FC Barcelona
Sinan Guler (192-SG-83) of Galatasaray
Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A
Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of EA7 Armani
Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics

All-Europeans Team
SG: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
SG: Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA
G/F: Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce
PF: Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85) of Olympiacos
PF: Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask.

All-Imports Team
SG: Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics
G: Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka
C: Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes
C/F: Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid
F/C: Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce



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  FINLAND  


Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team 2017
Antto Nikkarinen
Nikkarinen
Teemu Rannikko
Rannikko
Juwan Staten
Staten
Austin Hollins
Hollins
Kervin Bristol
Bristol

Finals MVP: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket
Player of the Year: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
Guard of the Year: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
Forward of the Year: Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki
Center of the Year: Kervin Bristol (206-C-88) of Kataja Basket
Import Player of the Year: Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas
Domestic Player of the Year: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
Newcomer of the Year: Aatu Kivimaki (186-PG-97) of Salon Vilpas
Sixth Man of the Year: Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Helsinki Seagulls
Defensive Player of the Year: Vesa Makalainen (200-SF-86) of Kataja Basket
Coach of the Year: Joonas Iisalo of Salon Vilpas

1st Team
PG: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
PG: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket
PG: Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas
F/G: Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki
C: Kervin Bristol (206-C-88) of Kataja Basket

2nd Team
G: Daniel Mullings (189-G-91) of Kataja Basket
G/F: Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket
F: Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua
F/C: Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of Bucaneros
C: Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Helsinki Seagulls

Honorable Mention
Raymond Cowels III (193-F/G-90) of Helsinki Seagulls
Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas
Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket
Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Kauhajoki
Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot
Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) of BC Nokia
Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot
J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Pyrinto
Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-F-89) of Salon Vilpas
Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85) of KTP Basket
Matias Ojala (199-PF-89) of Salon Vilpas
Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) of Helsinki Seagulls

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
PG: Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Kataja Basket
SF: Carl Lindbom (206-SF-91) of Helsinki Seagulls
PF: Matias Ojala (199-PF-89) of Salon Vilpas
C: Gerald Lee (208-C-87) of Helsinki Seagulls

All-Imports Team
G: Daniel Mullings (189-G-91) of Kataja Basket
G/F: Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket
PG: Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas
F/G: Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki
C: Kervin Bristol (206-C-88) of Kataja Basket



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Clark, Chalon18.4 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.8 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.5 
 3. Olaseni, Orleans8.0 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.9 
 6. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre7.1 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.2 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Watkins, AS.0.8 
 9. Jeanne, Nancy0.8 
 10. Hunt, Nancy0.8 


ProA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Paris-Levallois 85-88

The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) answered with 23 points and the other American import forward Brian Conklin (198-89, college: St.Louis) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Labeyrie 20+5reb, J.Rich 17+1reb+4ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 14+3reb+2ast, L.Campbell 10+3reb+8ast, V.Poirier 9+1reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 6+3reb+1ast
Nanterre: C.Warren 23+1reb+3ast, B.Conklin 17+6reb, M.Riley 13+7reb, S.Butterfield 12+6reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 9+3reb+6ast, S.Braimoh 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546993


Chalon - Le Portel 76-63

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-63. It was a very good performance for center Moustapha Fall (218-92) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: M.Fall 14+6reb+7ast, L.Harris 12, C.Clark 12+9reb+2ast, J.Roberson 10+4reb+8ast, J.Nzeulie 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pitard 8+5reb+1ast
Le Portel: J.Donaldson 19+5reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 15+4reb, J.Begarin 7+3reb, B.Mangin 6+6reb+2ast, F.Hassell 6+10reb+3ast, D.Dorsey 5+3ast
gschID: 546991


Monaco - ASVEL 69-72

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-11. But Monaco won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. International Billy Ouattara (191-92) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points in the effort for Monaco. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: C.Ware 18+4reb+4ast, D.Nelson 15+4reb+4ast, N.Lang 10+2reb+1ast, L.Jean-Charles 9+4reb+1ast, D.Andersen 8+4reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 7+4reb+1ast
Monaco: B.Ouattara 20+5reb+1ast, D.Bost 12+4reb+2ast, B.Davies 9+6reb, J.Shuler 7+5reb+3ast, S.Gladyr 6+1reb, A.Sy 6+4reb
gschID: 546990


Strasbourg - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 92-102 OT

Pau-Lacq-Orthez needed two OT to get a win in Strasbourg. It was a tie game after four quarters (75-75), first overtime didn't call the winner. In second OT Pau stormed the hosts and eventually win by 10 points. John Cox led the guests with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Alain Koffi registered a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. AJ Slaughter responded with 21 points and 4 rebounds for Strasbourg.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Cox 33+6reb+1ast, A.Koffi 22+10reb+1ast, T.Dean 20+7reb+2ast, D.Cooper 10+7reb+8ast, Y.Bokolo 7+2reb+3ast, A.Robinson 5+5reb+2ast
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 31+4reb+1ast, E.Walker 18+6reb+6ast, J.Leloup 9+4reb, M.Howard 8+12reb+4ast, P.Lacombe 8+8reb+5ast, P.Sy 7+4reb
gschID: 546992





Le Mans welcome back Eito - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) tabbed 29-year old former international guard Antoine Eito (186-88). It is actually his comeback to Le Mans as he has played here before. Eito He moved there from Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) where he played this season. In 18 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.7spg. The last season Eito played also at Entente Orleans 45. In 34 ProA games he had 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg (in top 5). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to French ProA All-Star Game.
Eito's team made it to the French Leaders Cup final in 2015.
He also represented France at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.0ppg.
Eito has played previously for three other teams: ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Cognac BB and JA Vichy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Winner takes all - by Mario Divanisov

As we come to the end of what was an exciting season in Prva Liga, where after a while 10 teams competed for one single price - the ultimate trophy. For some, the path ended before the Superliga, some where set to capitulise in it, while others were on the verge to reach the finals, but there were only two spots in it. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom and Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje had a tourbulent season this year, both participated in ABA Liga where they didn't make much of an impact, but both teams sattisfed their role in the Macedonian league. Both MZT Skopje and Karpos Sokoli reached the finals with a sweep over KK Kumanovo 2009 on one hand, and KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje on the other to set their guard in the finals as we were seeking for years. Totally equal starting for the bench, over to the starting lineup and up to the coaching position the "storks" and the "falcons" gave us the ultimate finals where they managed to defend their home court in the first four games (2-2) giving us the satisfaction of one last game where the winner takes all.

Highly motivated, seeking the sixth consecutive title the "storks" will try to defend their "nest" one last time this season from the historical "falcons" who are on the verge of grabbing both titles this season. The action will take place at SC "Jane Sandanski" where the curtains will be raised at 18:00.



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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi17.8 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.4 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.1 
 4. Ransom, Mgzavrebi16.5 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.2 
 6. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.1 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi16.0 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.2 
 9. Florveus, Cactus T.14.9 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi9.2 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 5. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.5 
 7. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.7 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.7 
 9. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.9 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.6 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.7 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.6 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.3 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.3 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 9. Woodson, Sokhumi3.8 
 10. Patsatsia, Dinamo T.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.0 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.4 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.1 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.7 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Lathan, Sokhumi1.6 
 9. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.6 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.1.0 


Dinamo Leads the Final Series 2:0 - by Greg

The second game of the Final Series was played today between Dinamo and Kutaisi. This time Dinamo defeated Kurtaisi without any difficulties and leads the series 2:0.

Yesterday was a bad day for Dinamo on the court, as they had the hardest time shooting from the distance, but today it was all vice-versa: they were more solid in every aspect of the game. Vaughn's die-hard efforts deserve to be mentioned, as he was perfect today on the court - assisting, shooting from the distance, you name it - he had all. Grdzelidze had one of his best game today as well, scoring 3 out of 3 3-pointers. All these productive endeavors lead Dinamo to 25 point advantage. Kutaisi had the minimum chance to draw the different picture.

During the Big break GBF President Mikheil Gabrichidze awarded a veteran Basketball player Tamaz Kakauridze with a special prize and a National Team Jersey #80, as he was celebrating his 80th birthday.

Starting from the 3rd period, the best Kutaisi could do was to skip the gap in the score to 16 points. Dinamo won 88:65 overall and is only a victory away from being the league champion. The best players from Tbilisi were Vaughn with 25 points, Londaridze with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Grdzelidze scored 11 points. The most productive players from Kutaisi were Tsintsadze with 18 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds and Bekauri with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

The next game in the series is scheduled on May 26, at Kutaisi Sports Palace, 18:30. In case Kutaisi wins, another game will be played next day, if vice-versa, Dinamo will be a champion of the Superleague. See you in Kutaisi!



Rustavi Is the 3rd Place Holder - by Greg

The 3rd place holder of the Superleague 2017 is Rustavi. They defeated Cactus 93:85 and got the hit. The fate of the game was decided in the last period, but until then it was an equal game, changing the lead back and forth.

In the 3rd period Rustavi managed to skip the difference in the score, as Cactus dominated before. They wasted the advantage and Rustavi played a more solid defensive style. Briggs, Atuashvili, Chachanidze and Lee were constructive on the court and did a 13:0 runaway, gained 78:73 advantage and held till the end. The most efficient players were Briggs with 31 points, Lee with 22 points, Chachanidze with 17 points. He most productive players from Cactus were Florveus with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Chlaidze and Lomidze scored 15 points each.

The special awards ceremony was held afterwards, where GBF President Mikheil Gabrichidze awarded the winner team Rustavi with Medals and special prizes.



Tornike Shengelia may join Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) who currently plays Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. Shengelia has played there for the last three years. In 25 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 24 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2012 Shengelia was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Shengelia represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague Round 1 of Finals. Dinamo Tbilisi make first step to title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL

Dinamo Tbilisi - Kutaisi 81-74


Dinamo Tbilisi made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Kutaisi turnovers. Kutaisi was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals and the former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Patsatsia 23+6reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 16+5reb+1ast, N.Maravic 14+4reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 12+9reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 9+1reb+2ast, N.Gogodze 5+2reb+2ast
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 17+7reb+9ast, B.Bekauri 16+6reb, D.Tubak 11+8reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 9+2reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 8+3reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 6+4reb
gschID: 546910


Group Play-Out
Batumi - Sokhumi 105-87

The game was mostly controlled by Batumi. Sokhumi managed to win third quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Batumi looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Levan Revazashvili (210-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Otari Buliava (202-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Giorgi Kvetenadze (201-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Batumi: L.Revazashvili 23+10reb+1ast, K.Jintcharadze 18+9reb+6ast, I.Shemosiuk 17+3reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 12+5reb+5ast, M.Revazashvili 11+5reb, I.Maisuradze 9+3reb+6ast
Sokhumi: O.Buliava 24+10reb+7ast, D.Barbakadze 20+6reb, G.Kvetenadze 14+16reb+3ast, K.Tomaradze 14+4reb+9ast, V.Beruashvili 9+5reb+2ast, L.Zakradze 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 547392


Olimpi - Batumi 95-76

The hosts trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 19 points. Olimpi dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 34. They outrebounded Batumi 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Olimpi looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Gegi Baqradze (203-94) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: G.Baqradze 24+7reb, T.Burnette 20+15reb+2ast, R.Rogava 18+6reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 15+5reb+4ast, K.Tomaradze 7+1reb, I.Mikeladze 7+4reb+11ast
Batumi: I.Shemosiuk 22+3reb, K.Jintcharadze 17+7reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 16+9reb, N.Tenieshvili 7+3reb+3ast, L.Revazashvili 6, B.Lezhava 5+5reb+11ast
gschID: 547394


Mgzavrebi - Sokhumi 108-87

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 55-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mgzavrebi dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Sokhumi's 50. Mgzavrebi forced 20 Sokhumi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American guard Darnell Taylor (193-91, college: CS San Marcos) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Taylor is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. Naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: D.Taylor 21+13reb+1ast, K.Ransom 20+5reb+7ast, G.Turdzeladze 14+8reb+3ast, O.Pkhakadze 13+4reb+5ast, C.Allen 12+5reb+5ast, R.Murphy 11+8reb+2ast
Sokhumi: D.Lathan 20+7reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 20+6reb+4ast, G.Kvetenadze 9+7reb+1ast, R.Woodson 9+4reb+6ast, O.Tishchenko 8+3reb, G.Jgerenaia 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547393





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.1 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.2 
 5. Babb, Ratiopharm15.9 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.1 
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. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 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.6.9 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.7 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 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.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 7. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.0.8 


EN Baskets Schwelm Add Chris Hortman - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EN Baskets Schwelm have gotten active on the transfer market and added Chris Hortman. Hortman is a 28 year old 190cm guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that comes from the Ballers Ibbenbueren (Germany-Regionalliga) where he led the league in scoring playing 26 games:averaging 25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. "It is a great thing that he decided to join us since he had other offers from the Pro A and Pro B. I think he will give us alot of versatility at the guard position and he is an excellent scorer, but also has a good eye for his teammates. He also is a great defender. We will have much enjoyment with him", stressed head coach Falk Moeller

Last season in the German Regionalliga, he scored in double figures in every game and had some big games scoring 45 points against Frintrop, 35 points against Bielefeld, and 34 points against Duesseldorf. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO) playing 30 games averaging 14.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41%, 3PT: 29%, FT: 78%. He then moved to Missouri Valley (NAIA) playing 27 games averaging 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 65.7%. IN his last season of school, he got additional experience with Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) playing 27 games averaging 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 85.5%. Before coming to Germany, he got his first taste of professional experience with the Gold Coast Rollers (Australia-SBL): 28.6ppg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been WIAC Tournament Semifinals -13, All-WIAC Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Newcomer of the Year -17, and Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West 1st Team -17.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm



Demetrius Ward ( I'm Not A One Dimensional Player And Think I Can Make An Impact In The Pro A) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Demetrius Ward (188-G-90, college: W.Michigan) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that completed his fifth professional season with MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege (Germany-ProB) averaging 19,0ppg, 6,4rpg and 4,2apg.. This was his fourth Pro B season with the club after having helped the team move back up from the Regionaliga last season where he played 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 72.9%He played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He recently was promoted to player/coach and spoke to eurobasket after the completion of the 2016-2017 season.

Demetrius thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on helping Wolfenbuettel stay in the Pro B. What kind of experience was it playing 6 pressure games this season in the playdowns compared to the playoff pressure from last season?

Hello Miles thanks for taking the time to do the interview. The experience was a lot different from last season being in the playoffs at the 2nd seed. We accomplished our goal by making the playoffs last season. This year we were unfortunately in the playdowns and had to play to stay in the league. Just coming from the 2nd spot in the north last season into the 10 spot this season was pretty difficult.

Wolfenbuettel played some fine basketball in the second half of the season beating playoff teams like Schalke, Bochum and Iserlohn. How disappointing was it not reaching the playoffs?

Not making the playoffs was a hard pill to swallow. Throughout the season we showed how good we can be by beating some of the top teams in the league. We also showed how inconsistent we can be by losing to some of the team we should've beaten. Overall we didn't have consistency to get us over that hump to make the playoffs.

Did Wolfenbuettel have a large chip on their shoulder going into the playdowns? You won four of your first five playdown games. You took care of business quickly.

Going into the playdowns we knew how close the teams were in comparison to points in how important each game was to stay in the league. We started clicking late toward the end of the season where we as a team played with good confidence.

The playdown loss to Stahnsdorf was very surprising. Is this the type of game that a young player/coach like yourself can learn from?

Standsdorf changed a few things at the end of the season getting a new coach and started playing well offensively and defensively. The loss at their place was a good learning experience for me as a player and as a coach.

What was your overall summary of the season. You finished the season at 7-3 in the last 10 games. Despite reaching only the playdowns, what positives could you take from the season?

There are a few positive things we could take for this season. First is we managed to win some close games that we weren't able to win in the first half of the season. Losing two games in the last minutes and one at the buzzer we were able to turn that around in the second half of the season. We won at the buzzer against Rostock after being down 13 with 3mins left in the game. We won at the buzzer against Iserlohn after losing to them at their place at the buzzer. Those two wins showed how good of a team we could be. We as a team overall had so much adversity during this season with the injury bug, player/coach, and playing with 8 guys at times. So when we look back at this season we have a few things to be proud of.

Wolfenbuettel had many German BBL license players. What player do you feel improved the most from day one until the last playdown game against Itzehoe?

I would say Niklas Bilski for sure. He improved so much from last year being 17 first year Pro B averaging limited minutes into being a good point guard for our team. At times he comes out with some really good passes putting us in good situations to score the ball. He also has the highest 3pt percentage on the team. He's a young talent with a bright future.

Who was the toughest guard that you faced this season and how were your battles with him?

The toughest guard to guard this season, thats a good question. I would say Davis from Rostock and CB from Schalke. Davis was a quick scoring guard who can score in transition or in the half court. Courtney was a stronger crafty guard that was good at using ball screens and also good in the open court. I really didn't guard them two that much because they both had bigger wing players that I had to guard.

You had another very strong season especially in the scoring department like in the 2013-2014 season, but you remained very versatile filling up the stat sheet. Wolfenbuettel needed you to score again. How did your game improve in the last months when you were looking at the game in a total different light because you were player/coach?

I was able to get others involved more. In the second half of the season my stats went down but we were winning games. I think I was able to put us in good situation to win ball games.

What kind of experience was it for you the last few months being a coach while also being on the court. What do you feel did you learn about a players mind from a coaches perspective that you didn't' know before when you were just the player?

It was a great experience to see both sides of being a player and also a coach. At times being out there on the court I get caught up in the game and forget that I'm the coach haha. I've made mistakes during the games but with the help of the president of the club he communicated with me and told me some helpful things during time outs or during halftime.

You stated in our last interview that 'I would say I critique my game different being the coach now, I must watch a lot of our game film and I cannot ignore my mistakes. I think that it's making me a better player and I can see things differently on the court from watching so much film'. How did your game improve in the last months just through your new experience as coach?

In the last months I would say my game improved as a leader. I was able to put us in good situations to win games without me being the leading scorer all the time. In the last months players stepped up and gained confidence and started producing. We also stayed unbeaten at home in 2017.

What is the next step for Demetrius Ward? You stated in our last interview that you aren't in your prime yet. Do you have the game to make an impact in the Pro A?

Yes I believe so, I definitely think I can make an impact in the Pro A on and off the court. I'm not a one dimensional player, I can create my own shot and also create for others. I guess all I need is a chance to show my talents at the next level.

After helping Wolfenbuettel stay in the Pro B, what summer plans do you have? Will you just hang out with the family and work on your game or take a trip somewhere?

This summer I'm actually taking the B coaching license in June, so I will be in Germany for another couple months. Other than that I plan on working out spending time with my girl and with my family.

On what things will you be specifically working on this summer on your game that will help continue you to progress as a professional player?

I will work on my body. Eating the right food stretching more paying more attention to details. I will also work on my defense on and away from the ball.

Now that the 2017 NCAA tournament is long over what do sports do you focus on now in the summer months?

I really don't watch too much TV. I catch the highlight at times.

Will we see any surprises in this years NBA playoffs and who do you have reaching the finals and winning it all?

It would be nice to see a rematch from last season finals. A big surprise would be the Golden State Warriors not making the finals.

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

Devin Booker is a young gifted player with a promising future.

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

I had South Carolina losing they messed my brackets up. Its good to see teams like South Carolina compete in the tournament and upset some good team. Thats what march madness is all about.

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

Lonzo can play ball for sure, he's special with many talents. I don't think people should listen to his dad and focus the numbers that the guy is putting up.

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

I feel Westbrook goes out there and gives it 100% every night. People are always going to criticize people if they are doing good or bad.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Fast and furious 8.

Thanks Demetrius for the chat.



Derrick Allen Joins The 30 And Over Club Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Who says that players over 30 can't ball anymore and are unable to help a team be successful anymore. Science City Jena head coach Bjoern Harmsen will be the first person to disagree, because he has made reeling in players well into their thirties his very own special fashion as in the last two seasons he brought in guys like Wayne Bernard, Julius Jenkins, Immanuel Mcelroy and now a fourth is on the way with Mr ballerina Derrick Allen (201-F-80, college: Mississippi who brings 411 BBL games to Jena. Allen hails from Gadsen, Alabama and will be turning 37 in July and simply remains infected with the basketball disease and will go into his 15th professional season and 13th in Germany. It doesn't matter which player you ask through the last 10 years, but the majority will say that D.A as he is called by all belongs to the hardest working players in the BBL and has a great charachter. He continues to show that he plays like a 28-30 year old as he puts up consistent stats each year. He played 69 games the last two seasons with SC Rasta Vechta and last season played 33 games averaging 8,2ppg, 3,5rpg and 1,3apg. "We lost an experienced player with Wayne Bernard and wanted to get a guy with routine. Derrick will fulfill the crack and has very high qualities and will be an important leader. He also has a good relationship with Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy who he played together with in Berlin. He is still very fit and has high professionalism. His strength was always his leadership and defense. I am happy that we have three very experienced players on the roster that will lead the team with their individual and mental qualities", stressed head coach Bjoern Harmsen.

Allen started his basketball career in 1998 at Southern Union State CC where he played two seasons and moved to Mississippi (NCAA where he played 59 NCCA games in his last two seasons. He started his basketball career in 2003 in Iceland and then came to Germany playing in Karlsruhe, Leverksuen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Bremerhaven and Braunschweig. He also played one season with Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-Ethias League). "I am Science City Jena thankful that I can play at the highest level in Germany. They showed last season that they could be successful and play attractive basketball coming form the second league. I am looking forward to see my two friends Mac and Julius. I hope that next season we can write another successful chapter of Jena basketball history with a mix of experience and youth", warned Derrick Allen.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been JUCO All-Region 22 first team -99, Alabama Junior Community College Conference (AJCCC) Player of the Year -00, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America second team -00, All-AJCCC first team, All-Region 22 first team and Region 22 All-Tournament Team -00, Icelandic Hopbilar Cup Finalist -04, Icelandic Cup Winner -04, Icelandic League Champion -04, Eurobasket.com Icelandic League All-Import Players Team -04, All-WBA 1st Team -04, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -08, 11, 12, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -08, 10, 11, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -08, 10, 11
German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -09, German Bundesliga Finalist -10, 11, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -13, Belgian League Champion -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -16
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -16, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -16.

Source:Science City Jena










Kruize Pinkins Makes Jump To easyCredit BBL in Third Professional Season Joining MBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After two potent seasons in the Pro A, Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93, college: USF) has made the jump to the easyCredit BBL as the 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC have announced his arrival. Kruize Pinkins is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Marianna, Florida who played the last two seasons for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau amassing 59 games. He proved after his solid rookie season where he played 29 games averaging 13.1ppg, Reb-3 (9.1rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 68.9%, that was no fluke as this season he stepped up his game further playing 30 games: Score-2 (17.9ppg), Reb-2 (9.5rpg), 2.5apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.5%. " He showed his talent the last 2 years. I am convinced that he has further talent. The Bundesliga will be a new challenge for him. We are awaiting that he uses this chance", stressed head coach Igor Jovovic.

Last season the American scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games and registered 18 double doubles. Some top games where 30 points and 11 rebounds against MBC, and 28 points and 11 rebounds and 25 points and 12 boards against Crialsheim. He started his basketball career at Chipola (JUCO) and then played two more seasons at USF playing a total of 63 games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 65.0%. "I am happy the club will give me the chance to prove myself in the top league. We will try to carry the euphoria from last season. I want to give my part of staying in the league", stressed Kruize Pinkins. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been All-Panhandle League First Team -13
WCC Regular Season Runner-Up -14, WCC Tournament Semifinals -14, All-WCC Honorable Mention -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -16, 17, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -16, 17, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Newcomer of the Year -16
German ProA -17 (Player of the Week Rd.12), and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Forward of the Year -17.

Source:MBC






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  GREECE  


A1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals: PAO enters the finals! - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens - Panathinaikos 67-105

The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Panathinaikos outrebounded AEK Athens 39-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by AEK Athens' players. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) replied with 16 points and the former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) added 14 points in the effort for AEK Athens. 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:
AEK Athens: R.Ukic 16+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 14+2reb, D.Mavroeidis 10+4reb, C.Elonu 8+5reb, M.Dixon 8+1reb+4ast, M.Milosevic 5+4reb
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 17+3reb+9ast, C.Singleton 16+6reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 15+9reb+2ast, M.James 14+1reb+2ast, K.Rivers 8+2reb+2ast, K.Gabriel 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 547094





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  HUNGARY  


Benedek Varadi extends with Falco - by Levente Szabo

Falco KC Szombathely announced the extension of their current team captain and home grown player, Benedek Varadi (195-G-95). The 195 cm (6'5") player spent his whole career with Falco. He moved up to the senior team and made his debut in the top league of Hungary at the age of 17. The now 22 year old Hungarian guard is one of the key performers in the import loaded team. He is averagig 10.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 3apg and 1.4spg.

Benedek Varadi and his team is still competing in the Hungarian League playoffs and will face Egis Kormend in the semifinals begining tomorrow evening.



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  INDIA  


India rout Bangladesh 142-71 in its 3rd match at SABA Championships - by Anil Kumar

Playing its third round robin encounter, defending champs India routed Bangladesh 142-71 in a lopsided affair. India came out the gates strong and outscored Bangladesh 36-9 in the very first quarter and posted a rather insurmountable lead.

India centre Amritpal Singh had his third straight game scoring over 20 points, with 22 in this contest. Veteran shooting guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi also joined the party by chipping in with 14 points of his own while controlling the flow of the game.

For Bangladesh, captain Kumar Biswas Mithun led the charge with 25 points and was ably supported by Khan Md. Shamsuzzamam with 22 points but the duo lacked support from the rest of the team.

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi was declared player of the match.

India now take on Nepal on the final day of the championship, i.e. 23rd May, to retain the trophy and complete a historic five-peat.

India (Amritpal Singh 22, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 14) bt Bangladesh (Kumar Biswas Mithun 25, Khan Md. Shamsuzzaman 22) 142-71 [36-9, 32-20, 45-13, 29-29]
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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Jones, Azad27.5 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.3 
 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, Arak8.5 
 7. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.5 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jones, Azad5.5 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.4 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.1 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 10. Aslani, Naft Abadan2.9 
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. Afagh, Arak1.8 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
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 2 of Finals: Petrochimi 2, Naft Abadan 0 - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi - Naft Abadan 84-62
Petrochimi defeated Naft Abadan in Game 2 and took 2-0 lead in the Finals. Petrochimi made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Petrochimi outrebounded Naft Abadan 42-28 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 16 points. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 points and the former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 17+15reb+1ast, J.White 16+3reb+3ast, B.Yakhchali 15+6reb+1ast, M.Atashi 10+1reb, M.Jamshidi 7+4reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 6+8reb+2ast
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 22+4reb+3ast, S.Mashayekhi 13+5reb, R.Richards 11+5reb, F.Aslani 7+1reb, E.Salmani 3+3reb, M.Hassanzadeh 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547321





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  IRAQ  


Kosay Hatem backs to head coach of Qatari National Team position !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Qatari basketball federation has announced earlier today that the Iraqi coach Kosay Hatem will be the new head coach of Qatar National Team in the upcoming events, Actually it won't be the first experience for coach Kosay in this position, he leaded the Qatari National Team to win the Pan Arab Games in Doha in 2011.
The specialist Iraqi coach has been coaching Al Gharrafah club since season 2009-2010 until now, he leaded the club to win the league in 2014 and Emir cup three times, he also have experience in different countries in Middle East such as Syria and Lebanon as well, he was in Lebanon National Team coaching staff in world championship 2006 and he coached Iraq national team last summer.



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Hopson, Ironi N.17.0 
 7. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.4 
 8. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.3 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.6 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.0 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.0 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Long, Maccabi .2.0 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .2.0 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Seeley, Maccabi .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 


Winner League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Ironi Nahariya 85-86

Hapoel Jerusalem was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) stepped up and scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) responded with 21 points and 6 assists and swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) scored 23 points and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: D.Kitchen 19+6reb+7ast, J.Skjoldebrand 16+7reb, S.Hopson 13+4reb, S.Douglass 12+2ast, N.Faust 11+4reb+1ast, T.Nash 9+11reb+3ast
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 23+2reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 21+2reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 14+4reb+2ast, T.Peterson 10+8reb+1ast, R.Howell 7+8reb+2ast, B.Timor 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546932


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 104-99 2OT

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 23-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 4-4. Hapoel Holon made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Haifa only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side international Oz Blayzer (199-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 22 points. Four Hapoel Holon and five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 34+2reb+5ast, D.Atkins 18+10reb, S.Harush 17+4reb+3ast, J.Taylor 13+5reb+3ast, J.Bell 9+8reb+1ast, R.Huber 7+2reb+5ast
Maccabi Haifa: A.Simhon 22+4reb+3ast, J.DiBartolomeo 19+4reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 18+10reb+2ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 13+2reb+5ast, K.Pinkney 10+6reb+1ast, G.Vargas 10+5reb+5ast
gschID: 546930


Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hertzeliyya 87-73

The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Bnei Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 16-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 21+5reb+4ast, V.Rudd 17+11reb+2ast, Q.Miller-Scott 14+4reb+2ast, J.Alexander 11+1reb+3ast, I.Segev 8+7reb, Y.Ohayon 6+2reb+5ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: D.Sharp 16+3reb, K.Mashour 13+10reb+1ast, D.Williams 13+9reb+2ast, B.Triche 12+2reb+5ast, J.Adrien 8+2reb, H.Kanacevic 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546931


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 93-83

Maccabi Rishon was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Hapoel Eilat, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Rishon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international Rafi Menco (198-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman J.J. Moore (198-91, college: Rutgers) scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Hapoel Eilat and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: P.Henry 25+10reb+4ast, L.Milbourne 14+3reb, N.Sharon 12+1reb+5ast, R.Menco 11+7reb+5ast, R.Buckner 11+3reb+2ast, W.Daniels 10+7reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Moore 19+4reb, S.Dawson 18+8reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 11+2reb+3ast, P.Richard 11+2reb+1ast, C.Long 7+1reb+5ast, I.Zalmanson 7+1reb
gschID: 546929





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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 .9.0 
 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 .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 5. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
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 .1.2 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


Serie A2 Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinals picture is set - by Eurobasket News

In fourth matches of quarterfinals, F. Kontatto BO, Alma Trieste and Virtus Bologna garbed their wins and advanced into semifinals of Serie A2.

F.Kontatto BO - Treviso Basket 80-63


Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Davide Moretti (188-98) responded with 14 points and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: D.Moretti 14+3reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 11+4reb+2ast, J.Perry 9+7reb+2ast, Z.Perl 8+7reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 6+6reb, A.Saccaggi 6+1reb
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 15+7reb, S.Mancinelli 15+7reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 12+3reb+2ast, A.Legion 10+7reb+2ast, L.Gandini 8+4reb+2ast, L.Candi 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547409


Alma Trieste - Tortona 74-60

The winners were led by the former international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) did not help to save the game for Tortona. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Tortona players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 17+5reb+1ast, L.Garri 15+11reb+3ast, P.Greene IV 13+2reb+2ast, G.Ricci 10+7reb+1ast, D.Alviti 2+4reb, M.Sanna 2+2reb+3ast
Alma Trieste: D.Cavaliero 21+5reb+4ast, M.Da Ros 16+4reb+3ast, J.Parks 16+9reb, L.Baldasso 7+1reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 5+3reb, A.Coronica 4+4reb
gschID: 547161


Roseto - Virtus Bologna 83-97

Virtus Bologna shot 60.3 percent from the field. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) fired 23 points for the winners. Guard Marco Spissu (182-95) chipped in 23 points. Five Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) added 19 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Roseto's coach Emanuele Di Paolantonio rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Roseto: B.Sherrod 23+6reb, A.Smith 19+1reb+1ast, R.Fultz 12+1reb+4ast, G.Fattori 8+3reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 8+6reb+4ast, R.Casagrande 5+4reb+2ast
Virtus Bologna: M.Spissu 23+1reb+3ast, M.Umeh 23+4reb+2ast, S.Gentile 14+5reb+2ast, K.Lawson 13+8reb, K.Ndoja 12+4reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547160





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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera14.9 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 5. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 6. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 7. Blums, VEF Riga13.9 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.4 
 9. Fischer, Valmiera13.3 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Fischer, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.7.3 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 9. Meiers, VEF Riga6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 4. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.5 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.5 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.5 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Mitchell, Valmiera1.4 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.2 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Grazulis, Ventspils0.9 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 


LBL Round 3 of Finals: VEF Riga one win away from the title - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Ventspils 90-82
The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 35-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 25 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 9 rebounds. International center Martins Meiers (208-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) who recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Aigars Skele (192-92) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Five VEF Riga and four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: M.Mejeris 18+9reb, A.Gaddy 18+4reb+2ast, J.Blums 17+3reb+6ast, K.Richard 15+3reb+6ast, M.Meiers 12+11reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 6+1reb
Ventspils: K.Janicenoks 21+6reb+5ast, A.Skele 16+2reb+3ast, A.Grazulis 13+6reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+8reb+1ast, W.Deane 9+5reb+3ast, F.Campbell 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546836





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  LEBANON  


Pepsi LBL Round 5 of Finals. Al Riyadi celebrate third victory - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen - Al Riyadi 64-76

Al Riyadi overcame Homenetmen to take 3-2 lead in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Al Riyadi. Homenetmen managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: K.Galloway 17+5reb+4ast, D.Jackson 16+5reb, F.El Khatib 10+5reb+5ast, E.Chamoun 9+5reb, A.Majok 6+9reb, S.Ketenjian 3
Al Riyadi: M.Haidar 16+4reb+2ast, B.Cvetkovic 14+5reb+2ast, A.Aminu 14+18reb, E.Sosa 13+2reb+12ast, J.Abdel Nour 11+3reb+1ast, A.Ismail 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547149





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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.1 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Kacinas, Neptunas5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.4 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
 10. Fisher, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 7. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 8. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 9. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 7. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


LKL Round 4 of Semi-Finals: Lietkabelis and Zalgiris in the Finals! - by Eurobasket News

Lietkabelis - Lietuvos rytas 86-77

A historic night for Lietkabelis as they advanced to the LKL Finals for the first time in club history! Lietuvos rytas trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Lietkabelis made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) contributed with 7 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Taylor Brown (200-89, college: Bradley) replied with 18 points and American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) added 13 points and 5 assists in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: T.Brown 18+3reb+1ast, C.Fisher 13+1reb+5ast, D.Gordon 12+5reb, R.Giedraitis 7+4reb+3ast, A.Gudaitis 6+7reb+1ast, J.Baron 5+2reb+4ast
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 24+8reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 12+5reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+3reb+2ast, L.Williams 10+2reb+3ast, G.Leonavicius 8+5reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 7+9reb+3ast
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Neptunas - Zalgiris 53-69

The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter and checked Finals ticket.. Zalgiris outrebounded Neptunas 40-24 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Neptunas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Paulius Jankunas (205-84) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Arturas Milaknis (195-86) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) responded with 14 points and forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Girdziunas 14+2reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 11+2reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 7, J.Grant 6+2reb, A.Butkevicius 5+6reb, M.Kacinas 4+5reb+2ast
Zalgiris: A.Milaknis 15+1ast, E.Ulanovas 11+4reb, L.Lekavicius 10+2reb+3ast, B.Motum 8+3reb, P.Jankunas 7+8reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+6reb+1ast
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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Franklin, Guasave26.1 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.6 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.3 
 6. Rogers, Navolato21.3 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.0 
 9. Crawford, Durango20.9 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.9 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.5 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.7 
 7. Murphy, Los Mochis8.1 
 8. Rogers, Navolato7.6 
 9. Early, Los Mochis7.5 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Crawford, Durango6.4 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato6.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.9 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
 9. Murphy, Los Mochis4.6 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.7 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Crawford, Durango1.9 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Motley, Los Mochis1.5 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 8. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
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. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Smith, Durango0.9 
 7. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 8. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 9. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 
 10. Keller, Durango0.6 


Libertad adds Gibson to their roster, ex Tijuana - by Francisco Vega

Libertad Asuncion (Metropolitan League) added to their roster 26-year old American center Leon Gibson (206-111kg-91, college: Houston). He moved there from Zonkeys de Tijuana in Mexican CIBACOPA where he started the season. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.6apg this season. This season Gibson played at Ciudad (LNBP) in Mexican league. In three CIBACOPA games he averaged 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for The Storm in Canadian NBL Canada. In 8 CIBACOPA games he had 8.9ppg and 7.4rpg. Gibson also spent pre-season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB that year. In three CIBACOPA games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Gibson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Aubenas) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Gibson attended University of Houston until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Gibson: Athletic post player who brings size and athleticism.. Talented scorer who can hit shots from the inside and the outside... Runs the floor well... Has tremendous potential... Hails from an award-winning junior college program. NBA body with a knack for rebounds and finishing strong.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

29-year old forward Michael Glover (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Obregon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Tijuana (#3, 15-13) 106-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Obregon will need more victories to improve their 20-10 record. Glover just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glover is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Crawford (193-G-92, agency: Babcock Sports) of Culiacan. He is American guard in his first season at Culiacan. In the last game Crawford recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Culiacan to edge the higher-ranked Guaymas (#4, 15-15) by 6 points 123-117. Culiacan's 9th 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. Crawford is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave (#5). Yeager showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Yeager's great performance Guasave lost 82-85 to the lower-ranked Durango (#10, 10-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guasave needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Yeager has a great season in Mexico. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.5ppg (2nd best) and assists with 5.2apg (4th best). He also has FGP: 61.9% and 3PT: 41.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shane Edwards (201-F-87) of Mazatlan - 36 points and 8 rebounds
5. Nick Murphy (193-G-88) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kevin Capers (188-G-93) of Obregon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan - 28 points and 5 rebounds
8. Martin Samarco (190-G-85) of Durango - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Du'Vaughn Maxwell (201-F-91) of Culiacan - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 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)



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. 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.11.0 
 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. Lowry, Toronto R.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. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.7 
 9. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
 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 


Who Are The Best European Basketball Players In The NBA ? - by Eurobasket

With the 2017 NBA season in its playoffs, it's a great time to look at the best European players in the league. We have not based our list only on this season's performances, but on the players' overall quality, what they have achieved in their career so far and their future prospects.


Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece, Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) has been at the Milwaukee Bucks since 2013 and is one of the best players in the NBA. The 22-year-old, who can operate as a small forward or as a guard, enjoyed a hugely successful 2015-16 season. The youngster averaged 7.2 assists after the All-Star break and became a very potent scorer. Antetokounmpo, who hails from Greece and is affectionately known as the "Greek Freak", is a joy to watch; the way he gracefully moves across the court is a marvel to behold. The Bucks were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, but there was no question over the effort put in by Antetokounmpo. The youngest can only get better, and he is probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA at the moment.



Tony Parker, France, San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker is one of the most well-known and most recognisable European basketball players currently featuring in the NBA. The veteran Frenchman is one of the best point guards in the league and has been a key player in Spurs' qualification to the Western Conference finals in the NBA. A ruptured quad means that Parker will miss the rest of the playoffs, and this could affect Spurs' chances of winning the 2017 NBA this season, which are rated at 18/1 odds on Betway as of 20th May, 2017. The 34-year-old point guard has been at the San Antonio Spurs since 2001, and has been named in six NBA All-Star games, and in three All-NBA Second Teams. Tony Parker has a sponsorship deal with Peak sports clothing, which includes his TP3 and more recent TP4 signature basketball shoes.


Nicolas Batum, France, Charlotte Hornets

Nicolas Batum did not have a great 2016-17 campaign, but there is no doubt that the Frenchman is one of the best European basketball players in the NBA at the moment. The Charlotte Hornets star, who can play as a small forward or as a shooting guard, averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game this season. It was always going to be hard for the 28-year-old to repeat his heroics of the 2015-16 campaign when he scored two triple-doubles, but Batum's ability as a distributor and his willingness to help out his teammates offensively cannot be understated. If the Frenchman returns to his great form of the 2015-16 season, there is a very good chance that the Charlotte Hornets will have a successful 2017-18 campaign.


Nikola Vucevic, Montenegro, Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic is one of the more established European basketball players in the NBA. The Montenegrin played for Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2012. The 26-year-old center is a key player for the Magic, but he failed to guide the team into the NBA playoffs for the first year in a row. During the 2016-17 season, Vucevic enjoyed career highs in 3-pointers made assists and steals. The 26-year-old improved his game defensively, and he would be an important player in the middle next season. Vucevic's shooting ability is stunning and his desire to win is fierce; one should not be surprised if he drags the Magic into the playoffs next season.


Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, New Yorks Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis is a very promising young power forward who can become a star of the NBA. The 21-year-old, who can also operate as a center, has been at the New York Knicks since 2015. The youngster is arguably the best player at the Knicks, with Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox recently suggesting to The New York Daily News that he would be willing to change his game if it meant playing with Porzingis. There have been suggestions that Porzingis is frustrated at the Knicks, but if the New York-based franchise is able to keep hold of him, then they could have a reasonably positive season in 2017-18.


Honourable mentions

Italian small forward Danilo Gallinari, who also plays as a power forward, of the Denver Nuggets, Frenchman Rudy Gobert (center) at the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat from Poland, and 36-year-old Spaniard Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs are some of the other well-known European players in the NBA.



Orlando Magic hire John Hammond as general manager - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have named John Hammond general manager, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. Hammond brings more than 35 years of coaching and administrative experience to Orlando, including the last nine seasons (2008-17) as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. During Hammond's 26 years in the NBA, his teams have made 15 postseason appearances. Weltman served as assistant general manager under Hammond for five seasons (2008-13) and also worked with him in Detroit (2007-08). 'John (Hammond) brings tremendous experience and is a great talent evaluator,' said Weltman. 'He has experience in everything from day-to-day operations to player development. He built a great team in Milwaukee, and won a championship while in Detroit. We are very fortunate to have him as part of the Magic family.' 'We are very excited to join Jeff (Weltman) and be a part of the team in Orlando,' said Hammond. 'The Magic are a first-class organization all the way around and we look forward to this tremendous opportunity. I want to thank the ownership in Milwaukee, Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan, for their support and I certainly wish them well.' Hammond was named general manager of Milwaukee on April 11, 2008 and promptly generated an eight-win improvement in his first season and another 12 during his second, earning the 2009-10 NBA Executive of the Year Award. Prior to joining the Bucks, Hammond spent seven seasons as vice president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons, where he was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department, handling player personnel issues and assisting in roster development. During his time with Detroit, the Pistons were 330-158 (.676), reached the Eastern Conference Finals six consecutive times (2003-08), made two straight trips to the NBA Finals (2004-05) and captured the NBA World Championship in 2004. In addition to his time as vice president of basketball operations, Hammond also served as director of player personnel, scouting director and assistant coach in two stints with the Pistons. Hammond began his NBA career in 1989 as an assistant coach and scout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. From there, he joined Larry Brown's staff with the Los Angeles Clippers, where they advanced to the playoffs in 1992 and 1993. Hammond had a second stint with the Clippers in 2000-01, joining Alvin Gentry's staff as lead assistant. That team saw a 16-game improvement and Hammond was noted as a key in developing first-year players Darius Miles, Keyon Dooling and Quentin Richardson. Prior to his NBA career, Hammond spent six seasons at Southwest Missouri State, where he helped lead the school to three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (1986-88) and a trip to the NIT in 1985. He also spent two seasons at Houston Baptist (1981-83), two seasons at Nebraska (1979-81) and three seasons at the high school level in Nebraska. A native of Zion, Ill., Hammond graduated from Greenville College in Illinois, where he earned two letters in basketball and served as a student assistant coach.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Kyrie Irving Scores 42 to Help Cavaliers Rally Past Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) added 34, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved to within one win of the N.B.A. finals by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics, 112-99, on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 in less than five minutes, and James shook off early foul trouble as the Cavs opened a 3-1 lead in the series. Cleveland, the defending league champion, seems all but assured of a third consecutive meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the title round. Game 5 is Thursday night in Boston. If Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won't be easy. Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics aren't giving an inch despite playing without the All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery for a hip injury. With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second straight game after James followed an 11-point Game 3 by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show in the third quarter. Freezing Boston defenders with his dribble and driving to the basket whenever he wanted, Irving made six layups, two 3-pointers and a free throw in a dizzying span of 4 minutes 48 seconds. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3-pointer in the final second of the quarter. When the horn sounded, Cleveland's players poured off the bench to greet him. They had to be careful not to knock him off his feet after Irving had put a scare through the Quicken Loans Arena crowd moments earlier when he stepped on the foot of Boston's Terry Rozier (6'1''-PG-94, college: Louisville). Irving stayed on the floor for several seconds before sitting up and retying the laces on his left sneaker. Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are 11-1 in the postseason. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) scored 19 and Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) 18 for Boston. Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue chuckled before the game when he was asked if he planned to say anything to James about his substandard performance in Game 3. 'No message,' Lue said. 'Just come out, be aggressive, in attack mode like he has been over the last four or five months. Nothing has changed.' Beyond James's early foul trouble, the Cavs had other problems as the Celtics outplayed them at both ends while opening a 16-point lead. Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



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  NIGERIA  


Hoppers coach, Odaudu confident of sustaining wining streak on the road - by Olusegun Ikuesan

After playing 9 games in the 2016/2017 Kwese Premier Basketball league, winning 8 games in succession including 7 home wins, many still doubt the potentials of the River state owned basketball team, Rivers Hoopers.

Some basketball enthusiasts believe such run of form would be difficult for the Ogoh Odaudu-led team to sustain when they face their bulky away schedule.

As much as one may be tempted to agree that the new players in the squad have made meaningful quota to the team's success so far this season and as such capable of winning games away from home, we must also not fail to overlook the contributions made by the 2016 squad who won 5 out of their 8 away games last season losing one of the two games against Nigeria Customs, Kwara Falcons and Oluyole Warriors.

A belief held by head coach of the team, Ogoh Odaudu is that his present squad is better and would consolidate on last season's away form.

'Even from last season when we had a weaker and depleted team, we played our best basketball away from home. I do not see any team who we convincingly beat here (in Port Harcourt) going ahead to beat us except otherwise,' Odaudu affirmed.

The KingsMen turn their attention away from home starting with the game against Kwara Falcons on Thursday. The ex-international admits he faces a strong Falcons side.

'We have only one really tough game that I can say it's going to be a little difficult and that's against Kwara Falcons which is our next game. But apart from that all the other games are games we can win,' he maintained.

Last season's six meetings between the two sides from the Atlantic division ended in 4 wins for the Port Harcourt side while losing two. Odaudu is thus positive on the outcome in Ilorin.

'We are not going to just show up in Kwara because anytime we go out, we play to compete. We will go all out against Kwara. They are a team we know very well, they are a team we respect and so we are going to go all out and play. We won't take any game for granted as we are going to play very hard,' Odaudu concluded.



Reggie Okosa (ex Osorno) joins Libertad - by Francisco Vega

Libertad Asuncion (Metropolitan League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Reggie Okosa (207-107kg-80, college: La Salle). He moved there from Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional where he started the season. Okosa managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 18 Liga Nacional games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional Honorable Mention. Okosa also played that season for Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP. In 6 Liga Nacional games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. The other team Okosa played shortly was Union Atletica in Uruguayan LUB. In two Liga Nacional games he averaged 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Okosa won Korean KBL championship title in 2008. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year back in 2008.
Okosa is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seventeen different countries. Okosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), China (Xinjiang Flying Tige), Dominican Rep., Germany, Iraq (Al Karkh), Japan (Sendai 89ers), Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, UAE, Venezuela (Gaiteros), United Arab Emirates (Al Wasl), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito) and Dominican Republic (Cupes, La Cancha and Leones de Santo Domingo).
Okosa is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Libertad.
Okosa attended La Salle University until 2002 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Reggie Okosa (ex Osorno) joins Libertad - by Francisco Vega

Libertad Asuncion (Metropolitan League) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Reggie Okosa (207-107kg-80, college: La Salle). He moved there from Osorno Basquetbol in Chilean Liga Nacional where he started the season. Okosa managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year. In 18 Liga Nacional games he had very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg this season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional Honorable Mention. Okosa also played that season for Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP. In 6 Liga Nacional games he recorded 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. The other team Okosa played shortly was Union Atletica in Uruguayan LUB. In two Liga Nacional games he averaged 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Okosa won Korean KBL championship title in 2008. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Player of the Year and Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Import Player of the Year back in 2008.
Okosa is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seventeen different countries. Okosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), China (Xinjiang Flying Tige), Dominican Rep., Germany, Iraq (Al Karkh), Japan (Sendai 89ers), Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, UAE, Venezuela (Gaiteros), United Arab Emirates (Al Wasl), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito) and Dominican Republic (Cupes, La Cancha and Leones de Santo Domingo).
Okosa is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Libertad.
Okosa attended La Salle University until 2002 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

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Libertad adds Gibson to their roster, ex Tijuana - by Francisco Vega

Libertad Asuncion (Metropolitan League) added to their roster 26-year old American center Leon Gibson (206-111kg-91, college: Houston). He moved there from Zonkeys de Tijuana in Mexican CIBACOPA where he started the season. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.1ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.6apg this season. This season Gibson played at Ciudad (LNBP) in Mexican league. In three CIBACOPA games he averaged 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.0apg. He also played that season for The Storm in Canadian NBL Canada. In 8 CIBACOPA games he had 8.9ppg and 7.4rpg. Gibson also spent pre-season at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB that year. In three CIBACOPA games he got 11.0ppg and 6.3rpg.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Gibson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (Aubenas) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Gibson attended University of Houston until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Gibson: Athletic post player who brings size and athleticism.. Talented scorer who can hit shots from the inside and the outside... Runs the floor well... Has tremendous potential... Hails from an award-winning junior college program. NBA body with a knack for rebounds and finishing strong.

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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.4 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.3 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.1 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.9 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 4. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.6 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 5. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 9. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


PLK Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Home teams take 2-0 in series. - by Eurobasket News

Both teams who played in home court this semifinal round took their wins and they did go on 2-0 before third match. Stelmet and Torun will have match-point to advance into final series.

Stelmet ZG - Stal Ostrow 89-74


Stelmet made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BM Slam Stal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) chipped in 9 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Stelmet players scored in double figures. American swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international power forward Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: A.Moore 14+6reb, N.Djurisic 12+4reb+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 12+5reb, T.Kelati 10+3reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 10+5reb+1ast, K.Gruszecki 9+1ast
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 13+4reb+1ast, H.Nikolov 12+4reb+1ast, A.Johnson 9+1reb+5ast, S.Szewczyk 8+8reb+2ast, S.King 6+5reb
gschID: 546896


Torun - Energa Czarni 83-76

Twarde Pierniki outrebounded Energa Czarni 43-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Twarde Pierniki made 8 blocks. Power forward Krzysztof Sulima (204-90) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Twarde Pierniki's coach Jacek Winnicki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Canadian forward Greg Surmacz (203-86) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Torun: B.Diduszko 15+3reb+1ast, K.Sulima 14+10reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 13+3reb+2ast, J.Skific 12+6reb+3ast, O.Trotter 9+3reb+6ast, K.Weaver 8+4reb+6ast
Energa Czarni: G.Surmacz 15+8reb+4ast, A.Goods 13+2reb+5ast, M.Ginyard 13+4reb+2ast, D.Kravish 13+3reb+1ast, C.Lewis 9+6reb+8ast, D.Bachynski 4+1reb
gschID: 546895





Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga 1st Team 2017
Pawel Hybiak
Hybiak
Wojciech Jakubiak
Jakubiak
Jakub Zalucki
Zalucki
Wojciech Pisarczyk
Pisarczyk
Aleksander Dziewa
Dziewa

Player of the Year: Jakub Zalucki (194-G/F-89) of R8 Basket Krk.
Guard of the Year: Pawel Hybiak (173-PG-89) of KK Warszawa
Forward of the Year: Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of R8 Basket Krk.
Center of the Year: Aleksander Dziewa (206-C/F-97) of Slask Wroclaw
U21 Player of the Year: Aleksander Dziewa (206-C/F-97) of Slask Wroclaw
Coach of the Year: Dominik Tomczyk of Slask Wroclaw

1st Team
PG: Pawel Hybiak (173-PG-89) of KK Warszawa
PG: Wojciech Jakubiak (180-PG-96) of Slask Wroclaw
G/F: Jakub Zalucki (194-G/F-89) of R8 Basket Krk.
F: Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of R8 Basket Krk.
C/F: Aleksander Dziewa (206-C/F-97) of Slask Wroclaw

2nd Team
PG: Jakub Musial (186-PG-98) of Slask Wroclaw
G/F: Marcin Malczyk (193-G/F-82) of R8 Basket Krk.
G/F: Bartlomiej Karolak (198-G/F-92) of AZS UMCS Lbn
C: Michal Hlebowicki (204-C-76) of R8 Basket Krk.
C: Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-C-93) of Gornik Walbrzych

Honorable Mention
Karol Debski (198-PF-84) of Pelplin
Michal Kolodziej (202-F/C-97) of Asseco
Mateusz Marciniak (190-G-90) of Domino Inowr.
Radoslaw Plebanek (190-SG-85) of AZS UMK Torun
Michal Wojtynski (193-G/F-89) of KK Warszawa
Mateusz Wisniewski (202-C/F-91) of AZS UMCS Lbn
Lukasz Kuczynski (194-F-85) of Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Tomasz Pisarczyk (202-F/C-85) of Tur Bielsk Pdl.
Dawid Zagula (185-PG-96) of Stal SW
Arkadiusz Zabielski (197-PF-84) of Zubry
Daniel Olszewski (200-PF-94) of Shmoolky W-wa
Patryk Pelka (202-PF-89) of R8 Basket Krk.
Emil Podkowinski (194-SF-88) of Polonia Bytom
Wojciech Leszczynski (190-SG-92) of AZS KU PO
Artur Mikolajko (197-PF-79) of Przemysl
Pawel Minciel (203-C/F-88) of Sudety
Wojciech Zurawski (202-C-76) of Stal II Ostrow
Rafal Malitka (205-F/C-91) of Gimbasket WRC
Lukasz Wojciechowski (184-G-88) of Kalisz

All-U21 Players Team
PG: Jakub Kobel (190-PG-98) of WKK Wroclaw
PG: Wojciech Jakubiak (180-PG-96) of Slask Wroclaw
PF: Michal Jodlowski (206-PF-98) of WKK Wroclaw
G: Dominik Wilczek (193-G/F-99) of Slask Wroclaw
C/F: Aleksander Dziewa (206-C/F-97) of Slask Wroclaw



Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team 2017
Filip Zegzula
Zegzula
Hubert Mazur
Mazur
Kacper Radwanski
Radwanski
Maciej Klima
Klima
Tomasz Andrzejewski
Andrzejewski

Finals MVP: Piotr Robak (194-SG-91) of Legia W-wa
Player of the Year: Hubert Mazur (190-G/F-84) of GKS Tychy
Guard of the Year: Filip Zegzula (188-SG-94) of Rosa Radom
Forward of the Year: Maciej Klima (203-C/F-82) of Sokol Lancut
Center of the Year: Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) of Legia W-wa
Defensive Player of the Year: Maksym Kulon (191-SG-93) of Polonia Leszno
U21 Player of the Year: Szymon Kiwilsza (202-F-97) of Polonia Leszno
Coach of the Year: Pawel Turkiewicz of GTK Gliwice

1st Team
SG: Filip Zegzula (188-SG-94) of Rosa Radom
G/F: Hubert Mazur (190-G/F-84) of GKS Tychy
G/F: Kacper Radwanski (189-G/F-94) of GTK Gliwice
C/F: Maciej Klima (203-C/F-82) of Sokol Lancut
F/C: Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-F/C-79) of Legia W-wa

2nd Team
G: Marcin Dymala (188-G-90) of Spojnia
F/G: Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (192-F/G-85) of Pogon Prudnik
SF: Marcin Sroka (201-SF-81) of Sokol Lancut
PF: Marcin Kowalewski (200-PF-86) of GKS Tychy
F: Marcin Bluma (201-F-89) of Nysa Klodzko

Honorable Mention
Alan Czujkowski (198-SF-90) of Sokol Lancut
Lukasz Wilczek (190-PG-86) of Legia W-wa
Grzegorz Kukielka (191-G/F-83) of Legia W-wa
Adam Linowski (201-F/C-87) of Legia W-wa
Marek Zywert (192-G-96) of Sokol Lancut
Szymon Kiwilsza (202-F-97) of Polonia Leszno
Mikolaj Grod (194-PF-89) of Notec Inowr.
Marcin Salamonik (202-F/C-83) of GTK Gliwice
Patryk Gospodarek (184-PG-94) of Astoria Bydg.
Damian Cechniak (208-C-93) of Znicz Basket
Lukasz Bodych (201-C/F-90) of Kotwica
Tomasz Prostak (188-SG-88) of Pogon Prudnik
Filip Struski (200-F-94) of Biofarm PZN
Hubert Pabian (200-F-89) of Spojnia

All-U21 Players Team
PG: Michal Jedrzejewski (186-PG-98) of GTK Gliwice
G: Marek Zywert (192-G-96) of Sokol Lancut
F: Szymon Kiwilsza (202-F-97) of Polonia Leszno
F: Szymon Szymanski (205-F-96) of Rosa II Radom
C: Mateusz Fatz (205-C-96) of Astoria Bydg.



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Proliga Round 1 of Finals. Terceira open final series with win - by Eurobasket News

Terceira take advantage of home court in first game of final series of Proliga and grab first win. Next game will be played on 26th of May.

Terceira - Barreirense 63-56


Naturalized Sao Tome and Principe center Ekjersey Viana (203-77) stepped up and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Luis-Felipe Tomassi (175-92) chipped in 16 points. Terceira's coach Daniel Brandao used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Kenny Martin (208-93, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Antonio Pires (185-86) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Terceira: L.Felipe Tomassi 16+2reb+2ast, E.Viana 12+9reb+2ast, M.Camara 10+7reb+2ast, P.Santos 9+1reb+2ast, M.Romao 6+3reb+3ast, F.Ferreira 3+3reb+1ast
Barreirense: K.Martin 14+6reb, A.Coelho 13+1reb+1ast, A.Pires 10+6reb+2ast, F.Pinheiro 8+5reb, T.Raimundo 7+6reb, C.Sico 4+1reb
gschID: 546857





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Damien WILKINS
  Guayama
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Wilkins, Guayama19.9 
 2. Liz, Ponce19.7 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez18.9 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas18.7 
 5. Huertas, Arecibo18.7 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.5 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.0 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.1 
 2. Laury, Mayaguez9.7 
 3. Famous, Humacao9.3 
 4. Collier, Mayaguez9.2 
 5. Romero, Bayamon9.1 
 6. James, Fajardo8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.5 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Samhan, Aguada7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo6.9 
 2. Browne, San German6.8 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.6 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas6.5 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.6 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.2 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.1 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 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. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 4. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 5. James, Fajardo1.3 
 6. Romero, San German1.3 
 7. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Browne, San German1.3 
 10. Belardo, Ponce1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. James, Fajardo2.4 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.1 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 6. Romero, Bayamon0.9 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas0.9 
 8. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 9. Orozco, Humacao0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 


BSN Round 23: Santeros edge Vaqueros by one point - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Vaqueros (9-14) made lots of trouble for first ranked Santeros (17-4) in Bayamon on Monday. The visitors from Coamo managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Vaqueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Santeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Santeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vaqueros will play at home against Brujos (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Quebradillas. Third ranked Piratas (12-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Leones (9-11) 79-78 on Monday evening. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) saved the victory with a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Gerald Fitch contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Piratas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Leones. Piratas maintains third place with 12-7 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Leones at the other side keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Piratas will play against league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play against Capitanes in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Guayama between Brujos and Caciques. Eighth ranked Brujos (9-12) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Caciques (8-12). Brujos managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Al Thornton who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Jarrid Famous responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Brujos moved-up to sixth place. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Brujos will meet Vaqueros (#7) in the next round. Caciques will play against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Arecibo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Atleticos (8-14) to fourth ranked Capitanes (11-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was an exceptional evening for David Huertas who led the winners and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Atleticos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-11 record. Atleticos at the other side keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz. Atleticos will play on the road against Caciques (#8) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Bayamon - Aguada 72-73

Seventh-ranked Vaqueros (9-14) made lots of trouble for first ranked Santeros (17-4) in Bayamon on Monday. The visitors from Coamo managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Santeros made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Vaqueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and international point guard Javier Gonzalez (185-89, college: N.Carolina St.) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Santeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Santeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vaqueros will play at home against Brujos (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aguada: R.Mendoza 20+8reb+1ast, O.Samhan 19+8reb, F.Jonathan Han 8+4reb, J.Rodriguez 7, E.Andujar 6+2reb+1ast, A.Abreu 5+2reb+9ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 14+11reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 13+1reb+5ast, B.Santiago 10+3reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 10+5reb+3ast, J.Villegas 9+5reb+1ast, J.Soto 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540163


Quebradillas - Ponce 79-78

Important game to mention about took place in Quebradillas. Third ranked Piratas (12-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Leones (9-11) 79-78 on Monday evening. Leones were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Piratas, which allowed them to win the game. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) saved the victory with a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Piratas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Angel-Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Leones. Five Piratas and four Leones players scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third place with 12-7 record having seven points less than leader Aguada. Leones at the other side keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Piratas will play against league's second-placed Fajardo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play against Capitanes in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: G.Fitch 18+6reb+6ast, D.Smith 14+10reb+10ast, J.Mojica 11+4reb+2ast, A.Carmona 11+3reb, R.Chaney 11+4reb, M.Rosario 7
Ponce: A.Daniel Vassallo 22+5reb+3ast, M.Harris 17+5reb+1ast, E.Dawson 16+11reb+4ast, V.Liz 11+2reb+4ast, E.Gonzalez 4+1reb+3ast, G.Colon 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540164


Guayama - Humacao 86-83

A very close game took place in Guayama between Brujos and Caciques. Eighth ranked Brujos (9-12) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Caciques (8-12). Brujos managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Sunday evening. Caciques cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Brujos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Al Thornton (203-83, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Darnell Hinson (185-80, college: Northeastern St.) helped adding 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and international forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Four Brujos and five Caciques players scored in double figures. Brujos moved-up to sixth place. Caciques lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Brujos will meet Vaqueros (#7) in the next round. Caciques will play against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guayama: A.Thornton 21+9reb+1ast, D.Hinson 18+7reb+4ast, K.Vinales 17+2reb+5ast, R.Sanchez 10+3reb+4ast, K.Penn 8+8reb+2ast, M.Fillyaw 7+3reb+4ast
Humacao: J.Famous 18+17reb+1ast, W.Orozco 17+15reb, A.Galindo 17+2reb+3ast, R.Cintron Cortes 15+3reb+7ast, W.Martinez 13+3reb+1ast, M.Rodriguez 3+2ast
gschID: 540162


Arecibo - San German 81-79

A very interesting game took place in Arecibo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Atleticos (8-14) to fourth ranked Capitanes (11-11) 81-79 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Anthony Young (200-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Atleticos in the defeat. Atleticos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 11-11 record. Atleticos at the other side keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz. Atleticos will play on the road against Caciques (#8) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 26+8reb+5ast, A.Young 25+5reb+3ast, A.Alamo 12+6reb+2ast, A.Matias 8+1reb, C.Pizarro 4+1reb+1ast, D.Clemente 4+2reb+6ast
San German: D.Ebanks 24+6reb+4ast, J.Keenan 20+6reb+2ast, I.Sosa Carrion 17+3ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 8+12reb+3ast, O.Branch 6+3reb+3ast, G.Ruiz 2+1reb
gschID: 540161





BSN All-Star rosters announced - by Luis Modestti


BSN announced the rosters for the All-Star Game to be played in Aguada on May 27.

East:

Carlos Arroyo (Cariduros de Fajardo)

Victor Liz (Leones de Ponce)

Carlos Emory (Leones de Ponce)

Alex Galindo (Vaqueros de Bayamon)

Kleon Penn (Brujos de Guayama)

Reserves:

Alexis Colon (Cariduros de Fajardo)

Miguel Ali Berdiel (Cariduros de Fajardo)

Eric Dawson (Leones de Ponce)

Ricky Sanchez (Brujos de Guayama)

Damien Wilkins (Brujos de Guayama)

Ismael Romero (Vaqueros de Bayamon)

Johwen Villegas (Vaqueros de Bayamon)

Head coach: Allans Colon (Cariduros de Fajardo)

West:

Alex Abreu (Santeros de Aguada)

Rigoberto Mendoza (Santeros de Aguada)

Gilberto Clavell (Santeros de Aguada)

Chris Gaston (Santeros de Aguada)

Jorge Bryan Diaz (Piratas de Quebradillas)

Reserves:

David Huertas (Capitanes de Arecibo)

Denis Clemente (Capitanes de Arecibo)

Alejandro Carmona (Piratas de Quebradillas)

Donta Smith (Piratas de Quebradillas)

Mike Rosario (Piratas de Quebradillas)

Gary Browne (Atleticos de San German)

Devon Collier (Indios de Mayagueez)

Head coach: Eddie Casiano (Santeros de Aguada)



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  QATAR  


Kosay Hatem backs to head coach of Qatari National Team position !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Qatari basketball federation has announced earlier today that the Iraqi coach Kosay Hatem will be the new head coach of Qatar National Team in the upcoming events, Actually it won't be the first experience for coach Kosay in this position, he leaded the Qatari National Team to win the Pan Arab Games in Doha in 2011.
The specialist Iraqi coach has been coaching Al Gharrafah club since season 2009-2010 until now, he leaded the club to win the league in 2014 and Emir cup three times, he also have experience in different countries in Middle East such as Syria and Lebanon as well, he was in Lebanon National Team coaching staff in world championship 2006 and he coached Iraq national team last summer.



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  SERBIA  


KLS Round 10: FMP is defeated by Crvena Zvezda in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and FMP (#3). Crvena Zvezda (9-1) won against visiting FMP (6-4) 77-69. FMP trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Crvena Zvezda made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Crvena Zvezda had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International swingman Nemanja Dangubic (204-93, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Luka Mitrovic (204-93) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Partizan. FMP at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Crvena Zvezda is looking forward to face Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Dynamic BG.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Beograd: Partizan (#2) and Dynamic BG (#5). Dynamic BG was defeated at home 83-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Branislav Ratkovica supported him with 9 points and 8 assists. Even 31 points and 5 assists by American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) did not help to save the game for Dynamic BG. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Partizan (9-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Borac. Partizan will play against Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round where they are favorite. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Mega Leks (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Vrsac (1-9). Mega Leks managed to secure a 5-point victory 92-87 on Monday. Ognjen Jaramaz fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nikola Jeftic produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Mega Leks have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with FMP. Vrsac lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. They share it with Spartak. Mega Leks will meet at home league's leader Crvena Zvezda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vrsac will play against Borac (#5) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 10 Spartak lost to Borac on the opponent's court 76-84.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 9 rebounds by Alpha Kaba of Mega Leks.

Vrsac - Mega Leks 87-92

The game in Vrsac was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Mega Leks (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Vrsac (1-9). Mega Leks managed to secure a 5-point victory 92-87 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vrsac won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mega Leks made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Vrsac only scored eight points from the stripe. International guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) added 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Mega Leks have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with FMP. Vrsac lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. They share it with Spartak. Mega Leks will meet at home league's leader Crvena Zvezda in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vrsac will play against Borac (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: O.Jaramaz 26+5reb+2ast, A.Kaba 20+9reb+1ast, S.Lesic 14+9reb+1ast, R.Spasojevic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Simeunovic 8+7reb+1ast, N.Rebic 6+3reb+1ast
Vrsac: N.Jeftic 20+9reb+1ast, S.Fundic 19+8reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 13+3ast, M.Pavlovic 11+7reb+2ast, K.Jovovic 6+3reb+5ast, M.Savovic 6+4reb
gschID: 544641


Crvena Zvezda - FMP 77-69

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and FMP (#3). Crvena Zvezda (9-1) won against visiting FMP (6-4) 77-69. FMP trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Crvena Zvezda made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Crvena Zvezda had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International swingman Nemanja Dangubic (204-93, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Luka Mitrovic (204-93) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87) responded with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Aleksandar Bursac (206-95) scored 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Partizan. FMP at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Crvena Zvezda is looking forward to face Mega Leks (#4) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Dynamic BG.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 16+3reb, M.Guduric 15+3reb, N.Dangubic 10+8reb+4ast, O.Dobric 8+5reb+1ast, B.Lazic 7+3reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 7+5reb+7ast
FMP: A.Bursac 19+2reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 13+8reb+4ast, J.Bolden 11+4reb+2ast, I.Austin 9+6reb+1ast, N.Zizic 4+3reb+3ast, A.Radanov 4
gschID: 544640


Borac - Spartak 84-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Spartak's (1-9) road loss to sixth ranked Borac (4-6) 76-84 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-76. Point guard Marko Radonjic (191-93) fired 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Bosnian power forward Aleksandar Todorovic (206-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Borac players scored in double figures. Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds and center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Borac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Dynamic BG. Spartak lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Vrsac. Borac will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round. Spartak will play against the league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Borac: M.Radonjic 20+4reb+7ast, I.Djokovic 15+1reb+1ast, M.Marinovic 13+2reb+1ast, I.Gavrilovic 12+10reb, A.Todorovic 10+12reb+1ast, U.Carapic 4+4reb+2ast
Spartak: I.Jelenic 28+5reb+2ast, I.Kesar 20+6reb+2ast, N.Jovisic 13+11reb+2ast, M.Nikolic 4+1reb+3ast, S.Fekete 4+7ast, A.Kuridza 3+2reb
gschID: 544638


Dynamic BG - Partizan 83-87

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Beograd: Partizan (#2) and Dynamic BG (#5). Dynamic BG was defeated at home 83-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Partizan made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Partizan outrebounded Dynamic BG 40-29 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Dynamic BG was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 9 points and 8 assists. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Even 31 points and 5 assists by American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) did not help to save the game for Dynamic BG. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) added 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Partizan (9-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Borac. Partizan will play against Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round where they are favorite. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Andric 17+1reb+1ast, N.Velickovic 12+9reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 12+2reb+3ast, S.Bircevic 10+3reb+1ast, V.Marinkovic 10+9reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 9+4reb+8ast
Dynamic BG: D.Brooks 31+3reb+5ast, M.Cakarevic 20+9reb+5ast, K.Ffriend 11+5reb, A.Lazic 8+5reb, A.Radulovic 6+1reb, S.Gavrilovic 5+1reb
gschID: 544639





BCB - Basketbal clinic Belgrade 2017 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches announce confirmed lectures for Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017. After confirmation of coaches Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) and Filip Mihajlovic , coach Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) and Dennis Felton are confirmed lecturers.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) has four decades bright experience as basketball coach. During career he was head coach Serbian, Montenegrin, Italian, Spanish and French teams. Head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team was 2003 and Montenegro National team from 2007 until 2010. This summer coach Vujosevic will be on the bench of third National
team in his career, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) is one most respectable coaches of Spanish basketball. During career coach Plaza head coach of Real, Cajasol Sevilla, Unicaja and Zalgiris Kaunas. This season coach Plaza won Eurocup with Unicaja.

Dennis Felton , Head coach of Cleveland state, with more then 20 years of experience in NCAA. Coach Felton was assistant coach Clemson University and University of Tulsa and head coach of W. Kentucky and University of Georgia.

Filip Mihajlovic is young, but very experienced strength and condition coach. During the career he worked Serbian woman national team, Montenegrin National team, Azovmash and this season is strength and condition coach in Partizan Belgrade.




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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sergio DE LA FUENTE
  Valladol.
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.17.4 
 2. Diaz-Morera, L''Hospit.16.4 
 3. Hansen, Zamorano16.4 
 4. Narros, Navarra16.2 
 5. Beranek, Avila16.1 
 6. Davis, Albacete15.9 
 7. Vucetic, Zornotza15.6 
 8. Mbamalu, Agustino.15.1 
 9. Wade-Chatman, Valladol.15.0 
 10. Nkaloulou, Camba.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sergio DE LA FUENTE
  Valladol.
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.9.7 
 2. Crook, Agustino.9.5 
 3. Torres, Tarragona9.0 
 4. Salazar, Zornotza8.0 
 5. Beranek, Avila7.6 
 6. Solarin, Zamorano7.5 
 7. Conde, Gandia7.0 
 8. De-L., Granada6.9 
 9. Dezelski, Sammic I.6.9 
 10. Elias, Albacete6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lamonte THOMAS
  Alcazar
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Thomas, Alcazar4.8 
 2. Niang, Zamorano4.3 
 3. Rejon, Lucentum3.8 
 4. Marzo, Lucentum3.3 
 5. Fuentes, Navarra3.2 
 6. Guia, L''Hospitalet3.2 
 7. Chapela, Cambados3.1 
 8. Medina, Agustino.3.1 
 9. Maiza, Sammic ISB3.0 
 10. Hernandez, Tarra.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik QUINTELA
  Cambados
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Quintela, Cambados2.0 
 2. Fuentes, Navarra1.9 
 3. Chapela, Cambados1.6 
 4. Gonzalez, Tarragona1.5 
 5. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.1.5 
 6. Marin, Moron1.5 
 7. Graham, Valladolid1.5 
 8. Gil, Gandia1.4 
 9. Dezelski, Sammic I.1.4 
 10. Elias, Albacete1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boubacar SIDIBE
  Valladolid
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sidibe, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Martinez, Agustino.1.1 
 3. De-L., Granada1.1 
 4. Keshinro, Moron1.1 
 5. Miller, Gandia1.1 
 6. Kasse, Moron1.1 
 7. Elias, Albacete1.0 
 8. Graham, Valladolid1.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Albac.0.9 
 10. Conde, Gandia0.9 


Tornike Shengelia may join Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Real Madrid (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 26-year old Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-100kg-91) who currently plays Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. Shengelia has played there for the last three years. In 25 Liga Endesa games he recorded 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. Shengelia helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played 24 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg.
In 2012 Shengelia was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Shengelia represented Georgia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 83.3%.
Shengelia is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi and VOO Verviers Pepinster), NBA (Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets), Spain (Valencia Basket and Valencia 2) and D-League (Springfield A.).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Giovanni Conte for NBADraft.net in 2012)
A natural small forward, but can also play with his back to the basket, thanks to his physical strength ... He's an agile player with skills in various parts of the game: he can shoot, dribble and also play off the ball adroitly .... Physically is strong and athletic, so he can be a good rebounder for the position. His first step is not a strength. On defense he can struggle in the post when he plays power forward, and on the perimeter with the quickness of small forwards ... He has to improve his efficiency on free throws and develop the range and consistency to shoot behind the arc ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSKA Moscow wants to take Sergio Rodriguez in - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Serbian maestro Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) most probably will join Sacramento Kings at summer. So Russian powerhouse wants to fill his place with the Spannish wizard Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86). He will be a free agent at 1st July and he explained that his first option to remain at NBA. However if he won't get a valuable contract offer his direction can be Euroleague again.
Milos Teodosic played for CSKA Moscow at 29 games with the stats of 16.1ppg 2.1rpg 6.8apg. On the other hand ex-Real Madrid Sergio Rodriguez played for Philadelphia 76ers at 68 games with the stats of 7.8ppg 2.4rpg 5.1apg.



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  SWITZERLAND  

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 Lions17.9 
 8. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 9. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.4 
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. Ballard, Geneve Lions8.3 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Taylor, Fribourg8.0 
 10. Braswell, Geneve L.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.5 
 2. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 3. Young, Monthey5.6 
 4. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 5. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 6. Williams, Geneve L.4.6 
 7. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 8. Wright, Fribourg4.2 
 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. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 7. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 8. Carey, Lugano T.1.6 
 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 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lugano Tigers - Monthey 75-77

Monthey tied the series after road win in Lugano. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Brandon Young (193-91, college: De Paul) who scored that evening 20 points and 9 assists and forward Markel Humphrey (198-86, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists by guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Diamond Sports) did not help to save the game for Lugano Tigers. Guard Tristan Carey (193-91, college: Longwood) added 23 points and 6 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: T.Carey 23+6reb, T.Everett 19+9reb+9ast, D.Stockalper 15+9reb+3ast, F.Steinmann 8, E.Williams 7+2reb+1ast, N.West 3+4reb+1ast
Monthey: B.Young 20+4reb+9ast, M.Humphrey 20+6reb+1ast, J.Dubas 18+8reb+1ast, J.Sinclair 5+4reb+1ast, M.Maruotto 5+9reb, P.Barac 4+1reb
gschID: 547326


Geneve Lions - Fribourg 70-61

Geneve took a 3-1 lead in the series. Fribourg was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 25-6 charge of Geneve Lions, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fribourg to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Geneve Lions made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fribourg 49-25 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Antonio Ballard (193-88, college: Miami, OH) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds and the former international forward Marko Mladjan (205-93) who added 6 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Ballard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side the former international swingman Dusan Mladjan (198-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and the former international forward Westher Molteni (200-87) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Fribourg's coach Petar Aleksic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: D.Mladjan 19+4reb, J.Roberson 10+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 10+1reb, W.Molteni 8+5reb+1ast, N.Jurkovitz 4+4reb+2ast, J.Jaunin 2+1reb
Geneve Lions: A.Ballard 21+18reb+1ast, R.Kovac 18+1reb+4ast, C.Braswell 13+7reb+2ast, C.Timberlake 8+3reb+1ast, M.Mladjan 6+15reb+4ast, S.Louissaint 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547325





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  TURKEY  

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.5 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.4 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.0 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.6 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.2 
 4. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 5. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 9. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.8 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas HEURTEL
  Anadolu .
  (189-G-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Heurtel, Anadolu .7.2 
 2. Theodore, Banvit BK7.1 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Granger, Anadolu .5.2 
 6. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.0 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Sloukas, Fenerbahce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 5. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 6. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 7. Cherry, Gaziantep1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 9. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.8 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.3 
 5. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir0.9 


BSL Play Off Programme - by Baha Kurtulus

Fenerbahce finished the regular season as leader.
After 30 games, BEST Balkesir and Halk Enerji TED Ankara Kolejliler said bye to BSL and next year they will be struggling at TBL.
Season's point leader Ricardo Ledo 21.18 ppg, assist leader Jordan Theodore 7.1 apg and rebound leader Vladimir Stimac 9.6 rpg.

Playoff pairings and game programme is given below.

Game 1
23.05.2017 Besiktas Sompo Japan - Gaziantep BSB

23.05.2017 Anadolu Efes - Galatasaray Odeabank

24.05.2017 Darussafaka Dogus- Banvit

24.05.2017 Fenerbahce - TOFAS

Game 2
25.05.2017 Gaziantep BSB - Besiktas Sompo Japan

25.05.2017 Galatasaray Odeabank - Anadolu Efes

26.05.2017 Banvit - Darussafaka Dogus

26.05.2017 TOFAS - Fenerbahce



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Ashton Khan signs up for another season with Worcester Wolves - by Paul Nilsen


Worcester Wolves Basketball Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin) for his third season with the team.

Khan first joined the Wolves for the 2015-16 campaign and last season produced some outstanding and consistent performances, averaging eight points and three assists per game for the University of Worcester-owned side

The 6ft 1in guard, who fits in training alongside studying for a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching at the University, says he hopes to help the team - which went on a 12-game winning streak in the second half of the season - finish what it started last time around.

Wolves Head Coach, Paul James, said he was delighted that Khan had decided to stay on with the club for the upcoming British Basketball League season and that even more was expected from him this time around.

"Ashton is an important part of what we are building here at Worcester,' he said.

'I have watched Ashton mature as a player and a person since being with us and he has had some very special performances to go with that.

'He is a very exciting guard and will be even better this season than he was last. I expect even bigger things to come from him.'

Khan said: 'I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to sign back to the Worcester Wolves.

'Through my time with the Club I've developed an ongoing relationship with the fans and culture of the city.

'I'm looking forward to working with Coach PJ and his coaching staff, who, along with the management, have shown a great deal of loyalty.

'I am going to come in as a leader and help this team finish what we started last season. Worcester is like my second home and I'm looking forward to seeing the Wolf Pack in September!'

Wolves Managing Director, Mick Donovan, said: "We are thrilled to see Ashton returning for his third year with the Club and the University. The exciting thing is that there is so much more to come from him as an athlete and a student."




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  URUGUAY  

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Anthony YOUNG
  Larre Borges
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Young, Larre Borges25.4 
 2. Danridge, Sayago22.8 
 3. Alexander, Olimpia22.7 
 4. Garcia-M., Hebra.20.9 
 5. Guerrero, Cordon20.2 
 6. Lamonte, Olimpia19.4 
 7. Kent, Welcome19.4 
 8. Drye, Sayago19.3 
 9. Jennings, Cordon19.2 
 10. Canton, U Atletica18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUERRERO
  Cordon
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Guerrero, Cordon13.8 
 2. Alexander, Olimpia12.5 
 3. Glenn, Bigua12.3 
 4. Drye, Sayago11.6 
 5. Lloreda, Hebraica11.2 
 6. Feeley, U Univer.10.6 
 7. Kent, Welcome10.6 
 8. Passos, Malvin10.4 
 9. Rutty, U Atletica10.4 
 10. Smith, Aguada9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Defensor
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Osimani, Defensor7.1 
 2. Barrera, Aguada6.7 
 3. Parodi, Hebraica6.3 
 4. Mazzarino, Malvin5.2 
 5. Lado, Sayago5.2 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 7. Osimani, Bigua4.5 
 8. Romero, Trouville4.4 
 9. Jennings, Cordon4.4 
 10. Smith, Aguada4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Luciano PARODI
  Hebraica
  (182-G-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Parodi, Hebraica2.3 
 2. Lamonte, Olimpia2.0 
 3. Nesbitt, Goes1.8 
 4. Nicoletti, Larre B.1.8 
 5. Alexander, Olimpia1.7 
 6. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.7 
 7. Shellman, Sayago1.7 
 8. Barrera, Aguada1.7 
 9. Lado, Sayago1.6 
 10. Drye, Sayago1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Larre B.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jackson, Larre B.1.9 
 2. Feeley, U Univer.1.8 
 3. Guerrero, Cordon1.7 
 4. Kent, Welcome1.4 
 5. Carter, Welcome1.2 
 6. Warner, Goes1.1 
 7. Moultrie, Defensor1.1 
 8. Newsome, Trouville1.1 
 9. Chaney, Bigua1.0 
 10. Haller, Defensor1.0 


Aguada defeated Hebraica, which is stille leading 3-2 the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez

Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) scored 20 points and added 9 assists and 5 rebounds, leading Aguada to beat Hebraica Macabi 93-78, which is still leading 3-2 the final series for the best of seven Uruguayan League championship games.. For the winner Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) added 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) netted 13 points with 2 rebounds. For Hebraica, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 31 points, including 14/14 from the free throw line. Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 21 points and 4 rebounds, while Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C-85) finised with 11 points and Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) added 3 points and 12 rebounds. The Uruguayan League will decide today when will be played the sixth game, May 27th or 29th.


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  VENEZUELA  

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras21.9 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Brown, Gigantes18.6 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.18.3 
 8. Swann, Marinos17.5 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.5 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.8 
 2. Massie, Marinos9.9 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.5 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.3 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Graterol, Bucaneros7.6 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.7.3 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.1 
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. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.7 
 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. Hamilton, Bucan.1.4 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 7. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
 10. Colmenares, Guaros1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CARRERA
  Marinos
  (196-SF-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carrera, Marinos1.6 
 2. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 3. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Jackson, Gigantes1.0 
 6. Graterol, Bucaneros1.0 
 7. Johnson, Toros1.0 
 8. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


CSKA Moscow wants to take Sergio Rodriguez in - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Serbian maestro Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) most probably will join Sacramento Kings at summer. So Russian powerhouse wants to fill his place with the Spannish wizard Sergio Rodriguez (191-PG-86). He will be a free agent at 1st July and he explained that his first option to remain at NBA. However if he won't get a valuable contract offer his direction can be Euroleague again.
Milos Teodosic played for CSKA Moscow at 29 games with the stats of 16.1ppg 2.1rpg 6.8apg. On the other hand ex-Real Madrid Sergio Rodriguez played for Philadelphia 76ers at 68 games with the stats of 7.8ppg 2.4rpg 5.1apg.




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Women News


Argentinian Superliga round 4 best performance: Macarena Rosset - by Eurobasket News

International Swingman Macarena Rosset (178-G/F-91, agency: Players Group) had a great game in the last round for Velez S., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) to her team's victory, helping them to beat Penarol (#6, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 70-58. Velez S. maintains the 4th position in their group in Argentinian Superliga. Velez S. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Rosset had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Velez S. and it was her first game, where she immediately became new team's leader.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international center Gisela Vega (188-C-82, agency: ProDep Management) of Quimsa. Vega had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Quimsa lost that game 70-80 to slightly lower-ranked Olimpico LB (#5, 1-4). Quimsa managed to keep the same 3rd spot in NORTE. Her team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Vega is one of the most experienced players at Quimsa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#4). Her other stats are also decent: 14.7rpg and 3.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Spanish swingman Irene Gari (185-G/F-94, agency: ProDep Management) of Hindu (#4). Gari got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She went also for five rebounds . She was a key player of Hindu, leading her team to a 71-63 win against Olimpico LB (1-4). Hindu can only dream about fighting for top spots in NORTE. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gari she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Gari has individually a great season in Argentina. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sandra Pavon (175-PG-85) of Velez S. - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johanna Puchetti (191-C/F-87) of Olimpico LB - 23 points and 4 rebounds
6. Tatiana Conceicao (187-C-81) of Rocamora - 15 points and 15 rebounds
7. Regina Carosio) of Hindu - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marta Tudanca (182-G/F-90) of Union Florida - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) of Lanus - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ornella Santana (183-F/C-90) of Estrella Berisso - 13 points, 9 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)



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE  


2017 Women's Chicago Eurobasket Summer League Results! - by ESL News

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

Skill Tests and Drills Performed:

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

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

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

Shooting Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zX50JcuBe8

Practice Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGtv4jKJluw

Women's Group A

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG/Post%
18Ivory Russell3.81 sec10.09 sec11.37 sec361740%48%19P
6Miracle Woods4.03 sec10.62 sec12.78 sec321940%44%18P
8Deandra Williams4.06 sec10.75 sec12.35 sec321644%40%22P
10Jada Buggs4.13 sec10.68 sec11.62 sec362044%40%19P
15Kelsey Miller3.78 sec10.07 sec11.67 sec351836%36%17P
49Calisha Clark3.94 sec10.44 sec12.47 sec342056%36%52%
77Terrina Robinson3.75 sec9.78 sec11.13 sec362040%56%44%
4Shallante Clements3.69 sec9.97 sec12.47 sec302056%44%60%


Women's Group B

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
39Brooke Smith3.6 sec9.72 sec11.25 sec342044%72%28%
79Jasmin Howe3.91 sec10.28 sec11.56 sec351972%72%92%
37Nicki Monahan3.85 sec10.35 sec11.75 sec351868%52%80%
33Shante Glenn3.41 sec9.06 sec9.94 sec392268%68%44%
83Sheyna Deans3.46 sec9.47 sec11.75 sec332248%28%68%
44Zaporia Smith3.81 sec10.16 sec10.84 sec331856%40%48%
41Caroline Kelty3.69 sec9.88 sec11.88 sec342220%60%68%
42Tierny Austin (175-G)3.63 sec9.66 sec11.5 sec352552%16%68%
110Kimmy Young4.0 sec10.41 sec11.53 sec321760%56%52%


Sunday Game Results

Women's Game 1:
Indianapolis 46 v St. Louis 65
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdUcRlFE1p4

#St. LouisPtsRebAstStlBlk
77Terrina Robinson83210
42Tierny Austin127340
49Calisha Clark37101
33Shante Glenn133461
37Nicki Monahan02210
41Caroline Kelty27101
110Kimmy Young91410
10Jada Buggs86100
6Miracle Woods102010
#IndianapolisPtsRebAstStlBlk
79Jasmin Howe41301
15Kelsey Miller118001
18Ivory Russell813221
4Shallante Clements44120
76Sheyna Deans34110
39Brooke Smith64320
44Zaporia Smith72110
8Deandra Williams32110


Women's Game 2:
Indianapolis 59 v St. Louis 68

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K942uT2TP8


#St. LouisPtsRebAstStlBlk
77Terrina Robinson83100
42Tierny Austin63032
49Calisha Clark34111
33Shante Glenn153420
37Nicki Monahan51310
41Caroline Kelty96310
110Kimmy Young52110
10Jada Buggs44220
6Miracle Woods134211

#IndianapolisPtsRebAstStlBlk
79Jasmin Howe33410
15Kelsey Miller118300
18Ivory Russell87010
4Shallante Clements00201
76Sheyna Deans42000
39Brooke Smith148301
44Zaporia Smith134130
8Deandra Williams67020




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  ISRAEL  


Presley re-signs at Maccabi Ashdod - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Bnot Ashdod (D1) confirmed in their roster American guard Tia Presley (178, college: Washington State, agency: LBM Management). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 games Last season she scored 8.3ppg. She also Played two Eurocup games she recorded just 0.5ppg and 1.0spg last season.
Presley was voted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2015 at her college time.
Presley graduated from Washington State in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Israel



Maccabi R.Gan keeps Diamant for another season - by Lior Hai

Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan (D1) re-signed 26-year old American power forward Dannielle Diamant (196-91, college: Northwestern). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 D1 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.0apg last season. Diamant's team won Israeli Cup.
She received All-Big Ten Honorable Mention award back in 2013 at her college time.
Diamant represented USA at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT-3 (75.0%), FT: 0.0%.
Diamant has played previously professionally also in Hungary (UNI Gyor).
She attended Northwestern University until 2013 and it will be her fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Israel



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  POLAND  


Justyna Cegielska is a newcomer at Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

Artego Bydgoszcz (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old international forward Justyna Cegielska (188-85) from Wisla Can-Pack. Cegielska has played there for the last four years. She won Polish BLK championship title for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Cegielska received Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK Domestic Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Cegielska has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2008 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2004.
She represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 13.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT-3(75.0%), FT: 66.7%.
Cegielska has played previously professionally also in France (Basket Landes) and Poland (Basket Gdynia and AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SERBIA  


Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017 - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches announce confirmed lectures for Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017. After confirmation of coaches Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) and Filip Mihajlovic , coach Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) and Dennis Felton are confirmed lecturers.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) has four decades bright experience as basketball coach. During career he was head coach Serbian, Montenegrin, Italian, Spanish and French teams. Head coach of Serbia and Montenegro National team was 2003 and Montenegro National team from 2007 until 2010. This summer coach Vujosevic will be on the bench of third National
team in his career, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

Joan Plaza (agency: BeoBasket ) is one most respectable coaches of Spanish basketball. During career coach Plaza head coach of Real, Cajasol Sevilla, Unicaja and Zalgiris Kaunas. This season coach Plaza won Eurocup with Unicaja.

Dennis Felton , Head coach of Cleveland state, with more then 20 years of experience in NCAA. Coach Felton was assistant coach Clemson University and University of Tulsa and head coach of W.Kentacky and University of Georgia.

Filip Mihajlovic is young, but very experienced strenght and condition coach. During the career he worked Serbian woman's national team, Montenegrin National team, Azovmash and this season is strength and condition coach in Partizan




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TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Nirra FIELDS
  Edremit
  (175-G-93)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fields, Edremit24.3 
 2. Grant, Edremit22.2 
 3. Houston, Elazig21.7 
 4. Covington, Edirne20.4 
 5. Goodlett, Mersin U.19.8 
 6. Costa, Mersin K.19.6 
 7. Staschuk, Urla BLD19.4 
 8. Parker, Mersin G.18.6 
 9. Schlemer, Istanbul.18.0 
 10. Selby, Bodrum17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Elazig
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Houston, Elazig16.3 
 2. Parker, Mersin G.13.7 
 3. Costa, Mersin K.13.6 
 4. Goodlett, Mersin U.12.8 
 5. Gordon, Orduspor12.6 
 6. McDonald, Yalova V.12.5 
 7. Schlemer, Istanbul.12.4 
 8. Staschuk, Urla BLD12.0 
 9. Mohammed, Orman.11.9 
 10. Covington, Edirne11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Esen OZDEMIR
  Elazig
  (--89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ozdemir, Elazig8.5 
 2. Gonen, Anadolu .6.7 
 3. Uygul, Mersin Univ.6.5 
 4. Ekiz, Mersin Kurtulus5.9 
 5. Uslular, Mersin G.5.9 
 6. Selby, Bodrum5.3 
 7. Kanat, Orduspor5.2 
 8. Ayyildiz, Ferko Ilgaz4.5 
 9. Sencebe, Bornova4.4 
 10. Aslan, Edremit4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shay SELBY
  Bodrum
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Selby, Bodrum3.1 
 2. Parker, Mersin G.2.8 
 3. Tozlu, Edremit2.8 
 4. Grant, Edremit2.7 
 5. Ozcan, Orduspor2.6 
 6. Fields, Edremit2.6 
 7. Celebi, Cankaya2.5 
 8. Kumandanoglu, Urla B.2.3 
 9. Demir, Anadolu Univ.2.2 
 10. Sencebe, Bornova2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Corinne COSTA
  Mersin K.
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Costa, Mersin K.2.9 
 2. Houston, Elazig2.3 
 3. Kritscher, Urla BLD2.0 
 4. Jordan, Bornova1.6 
 5. Parker, Mersin G.1.4 
 6. Staschuk, Urla BLD1.3 
 7. Tozlu, Edremit1.3 
 8. McDonald, Yalova V.1.1 
 9. Karatas, Bornova1.1 
 10. Schlemer, Istanbul.1.0 


TKBL Round 4 of Final Four. Bodrum and Ormanspor on 3-1. - by Eurobasket News

Final Four of TKBL is close to end. There is now four rounds played and both, Bodrum and Ormanspor clinched very important victories for championship ring. They are now on 3-1 record.

Bodrum - Bornova 66-57


Bodrum forced 24 Bornova turnovers. American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals for the winners. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) produced 9 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Nazli Guler (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Bornova: N.Guler 12+7reb+3ast, C.Jordan 9+12reb+3ast, I.Daricioglu 9+1reb+2ast, G.Duman 9+4reb, B.Yapar 7+5reb+1ast, G.Akkaya 6+3reb
Bodrum: S.Selby 21+5reb+7ast, M.Bilge 16+6reb+2ast, B.Onbasi 12+5reb+3ast, S.Sale 7+6reb+5ast, M.Kaya 6+4reb+1ast, G.Turkoglu 2+4reb
gschID: 546261


Cankaya - Ormanspor 61-79

Ormanspor dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Cankaya's 30. Cankaya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Asli Sevinc (178-79, agency: LBM Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Ormanspor players scored in double figures. Ormanspor's coach Furkan Saglik allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Seda Tabakci (188-85, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and forward Gulnur Sandallioglu (187-87, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) added 19 points in the effort for Cankaya.
Top scorers:
Cankaya: G.Sandallioglu 19+3reb+1ast, S.Tabakci 11+14reb, G.Celebi 8+8reb+4ast, I.Dumlu 6+1ast, H.Celebi 6+4reb+2ast, M.Gultekin 6+1ast
Ormanspor: A.Mohammed 19+16reb+2ast, S.Onar 16+3ast, P.Kuccuk 10+1reb+1ast, M.Bakircioglu 10+10reb+4ast, A.Sevinc 10+12reb+3ast, C.Aslan 6+2reb
gschID: 546260





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M'Kayla Mike signs on to play basketball for the Minnesota West Lady Jays - by David Edole

On Monday (5/22), Minnesota West Lady Jay Women's basketball coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka added to her recruiting class for next season as M'Kayla Mike, a 5'4' point guard from Sleepy Eye Public, signed a letter to play basketball for the Lady Jays.

M'Kayla Mike averaged 3.2 points per game, along with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game this year for the Indians who went 21-8 and lost in the Section 2A Championship game to Cedar Mountain/Comfrey. She was a part of Sleepy Eye's 28-3 season as a junior which included a trip to the Minnesota Class A State Tournament.

Sleepy Eye Public Girls Basketball Coach Ryan Hulke feels M'Kayla Mike's style of play will work well as she transitions to Minnesota West. "M'Kayla isn't a girl that's going to light up the scoring column but will be a girl that will take care of the basketball from the point guard position and play good man to man defense. She's a small guard at 5'4", but is physically strong and sees the floor very well. She's a great listener and is still figuring out the American game of Basketball. We play a college type system and run a lot of things at Sleepy Eye, so M'Kayla should adapt quickly to their system."

M'Kayla Mike previously played basketball at the FIBA International level with the U.S. Virgin Islands 15-U team and played organized basketball since she was in fourth grade.

Lady Jays Women's Basketball Coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka is very excited to add M'Kayla Mike to her recruiting class. Although M'Kayla Mike was not a heavily recruited player coming out of high school, Moz sees similarities between her and Taylor Noid, who was an All-Division point guard who just recently signed on to play the rest of her career at Mount Marty.

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  WNBA  


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

26-year old center Brittney Griner (203-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Phoenix M. and receives a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
She had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Indiana F. (#4, 1-2) with 23-point margin 85-62. Phoenix M. is placed at 3rd position in their group in WNBA WNBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Phoenix M. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Griner just recently signed at Phoenix M., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Baylor University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griner is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 68.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of league's second-best Minnesota L.. She is a center in her first season at Minnesota L.. In the last game Fowles recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Minnesota L. to edge Dallas W. (1-1) by 2 points 89-87. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Fowles is one of the most experienced players at Minnesota L. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#4). She also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) of Chicago S. (#3). Dolson scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was a key player of Chicago S., leading her team to a 75-71 win against #2 ranked Atlanta D. in a game of the week. The chances of Chicago S. not to end season at such low position in Eastern, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Dolson could try to bring Chicago S.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Dolson has a very solid season. In 3 games in WNB she scored 13.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Candace Parker (193-C/F-86) of L.Angeles S. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Elena Delle Donne (196-G/F-89) of Washington M. - 27 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jewell Loyd (178-G-93) of Seattle S. - 26 points and 5 rebounds
7. Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) of Indiana F. - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F-90) of L.Angeles S. - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jonquel Jones (198-C-94) of Connecticut S. - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Skylar Diggins (175-G-90) of Dallas W. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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)