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  ABA  



ABA welcomes Team Perseverance - by Gianni Pascucci

The Amercan Basketball Association (ABA) announced that Team Perseverance located in Sumter, SC has been added to the growing list of expansion teams getting set to begin play in November. "We have one great new team owner in Junko "Coach J" Allen," stated ABA Co-founder Joe Newman . "We have no doubt this will be a great organization on and off the court. Can't miss."
Coach Allen is a native New Yorker who now resides in Sumter, SC. She has served almost 24 years in the US Air Force; her first 3.5 spent as an intramural and varsity director and her last 20 years as an AF medic and Medical Clinic Manager. While in the AF, she began her coaching and officiating career.
She is the founder of Perseverance Basketball Association, a not-for-profit program that reaches out to "at risk" youth to provide a place of grace and a program that student athletes can learn the game of basketball while learning life skills.
"I am really looking forward to the challenge of owning and operating a team in the ABA. I have no doubt that we will be a force both on and off the court and we will do everything we can to make Sumter proud," added Ms. Allen. "Great works are done not by strength, but Perseverance."
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/teamperseverancebasketball or email coachj_perseverance@hotmail.com, or call 803 795 5513. Or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  ANGOLA  


Libolo is the new Champion! - by Greg

Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo defeated Petroleos 96-87 on the road in Game 4 and swept the series 4-0 for the National Championship! It is 3rd title in club's history (previously in 2012 and 2014).

Petroleos - Libolo 87-96


Libolo: Francisco Sousa (02), Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) (12), Andre Harris (10), Roberto Fortes (04), Elmer Felix (02), Je'Kel Foster (194-G-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Inception Sports) (17), Valdelicio Joaquim (11), Jorge Tati (00), Eduardo Mingas (12), Benvido Quimbamba (198-F-93) (14), Milton Barros (12).

Petro de Luanda: Childe Dundao (04), Pedro Bastos (14), Erickson Silva (03), Leonel Paulo (11), Domingos Bonifacio (11), Divaldo Mbunga (05), Joaquim Pedro (00), Gerson Lukeny (14), Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) (15) e Teotonio Do (05).



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  ARGENTINA  


TNA Round 3 of Semi-Finals: Comunicaciones enters the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones - Hindu 73-60

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-60. Comunicaciones made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Pablo Moya (203-83) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Hindu.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: G.Essengue 15+11reb, N.Lauria 15+8reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 14+4reb+1ast, G.Torres 12+2reb, S.Ferreyra 7+2reb, C.Romero 4+5reb+1ast
Hindu: P.Moya 18+8reb+1ast, S.Mora 14+1ast, K.Jones 11+11reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 6+4reb+2ast, N.Paletta 6+4reb+2ast, M.Coronel 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547490


Atenas Carmen - Estudiantes O. 91-79

The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Estudiantes O. was better in third quarter 30-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) helped adding 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) with 22 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Five Atenas and four Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 24+4reb+3ast, S.Cutley 20+9reb+3ast, H.Etchepare 15+4ast, E.Agostino 14+2reb, B.Oprandi 12+5reb+2ast, G.Peralta 4+1reb
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 22+7reb+2ast, S.Arese 17+4reb+5ast, J.Gamazo 14+6reb, L.Portillo 11+3ast, R.Sanchez 8+4reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547489





LigaA Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Argentino - GECR Indalo 85-68

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Argentino dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to GECR Indalo's 28. The best player for the winners was American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) who scored 21 points. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo's coach Gonzalo Garcia rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 21+3reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 15+2reb+8ast, E.Basabe 14+7reb+3ast, C.Crawford 12+8reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 7+3reb+2ast, F.Zarate 6+3reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 20+8reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 18+1reb, S.Johnson 13+5reb+3ast, N.De los Santos 10+5reb+1ast, F.Haller 3+2reb, Y.Mensia 2
gschID: 546852


Weber Bahia - Quilmes MP 98-93

Quilmes MP trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 34-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 93-98 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Quilmes MP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) added 20 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 35+4reb+5ast, A.Laveal Johnson 22+14reb+2ast, A.Ramos 12+2reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 9+4reb+3ast, D.Summers 6+1reb, H.Jasen 6
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 27+6reb+4ast, E.Ruiz 20+1reb+2ast, E.Flor 16+1reb+5ast, I.Clark 9+5reb, I.Basualdo 8+6reb, M.Maciel 6+1reb
gschID: 546851


Olimpico LB - Instituto 89-81

The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 33-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda shot 62.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Instituto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points and 9 assists. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) produced 26 points and 4 assists and British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: M.Stanic 20+4reb+9ast, A.Boccia 18+5reb+7ast, D.Nesbitt 18+2reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 11+3reb+6ast, K.Lamonte 7+1reb+2ast, D.Guaita 7+2reb
Instituto: R.Green 26+2reb+4ast, D.Phillip 20+6reb+2ast, G.Whelan 11+1reb+2ast, S.Clancy 8+9reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 6+3reb+5ast, M.Gerlero 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546850


Regatas C. - Libertad S. 82-77

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-19. But Libertad Sunchales won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Regatas Corrientes won last quarter 20-17. The best player for the winners was the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who scored 26 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96, agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+2reb+4ast, D.Sims 23+2reb+5ast, P.Espinoza 16+11reb+3ast, F.Martina 7+1reb+1ast, S.Vidal 3+1reb+2ast, C.Troutman 3+10reb+2ast
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 25+5reb+4ast, J.Brussino 16+6reb+6ast, J.Massey 14+5reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 7+1reb+1ast, S.Vega 7+4reb+1ast, L.Goldenberg 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546849





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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 5 of Semi-Finals: Oberwart joins Kapfenberg in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Wels 77-67

Regular season champion finally claimed their Final spot as they defeated Wels at home in decisive Game 5.The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. His fellow American import guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-88) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 25+4reb+1ast, D.Jackson 16+3reb+1ast, A.Cumberbatch 16+7reb+5ast, B.Blazevic 7+6reb+2ast, S.Kaeferle 7+2reb, J.Traylor 4+2reb+2ast
Wels: D.Wright 17+5reb, L.O'Neal 15+2reb+6ast, D.Lamesic 10+13reb+5ast, A.Chan 8+2reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 7+4reb, K.Payton 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547389





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp16.4 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar14.7 
 4. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 5. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .14.1 
 7. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 8. Ubel, Brussels13.7 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.2 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. Ubel, Brussels6.9 
 4. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Punter, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 5. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 10. Muya, Brussels1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 9. Ware, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 1 of Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Antwerp - Brussels 81-90

Basic-Fit Brussels looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kevin Punter (188-93, college: Tennessee) added 21 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Brussels: C.Dowe 24+8reb+4ast, B.Ubel 22+9reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 11+4reb+3ast, J.Simmons 9+7reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 8+3reb+5ast, T.Bray 8+1reb+1ast
Antwerp: K.Punter 21+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 20+3reb+1ast, D.Conger 19+6reb+2ast, G.Ware 11+5reb+1ast, J.Clark 4+3reb+7ast, R.Anderson 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 547384


Oostende - Spirou 80-70

Oostende made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and American guard D.J. Newbill (193-92, college: Penn St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 25 points and Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 20+4reb+1ast, C.Walden 14+1reb+3ast, D.Newbill 14+5reb+2ast, P.Gillet 12+6reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 8+4reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 7+3reb+9ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 25+3reb, I.Radenovic 16+7reb+3ast, A.Libert 16+3reb+2ast, M.Fusek 6+4reb, I.Iarochevitch 3+1reb+1ast, A.Kemp 2+2reb
gschID: 547383





Amaury Gorgemans to play for Spirou - by Greg

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) already started to strenght their roster for new season and signed 25-year old international center Amaury Gorgemans (212-109kg-92). He moved there from Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) where he played this season. Gorgemans has played there for the last seven years. In 33 Euromillions League games he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.9rpg. The last season he played also at Belfius Mons Hainaut (Scooore League). In 32 games he averaged 10.9ppg and 5.8rpg. Gorgemans also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 9.3ppg and 4.3rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Louis Hazard prolonged his contract with Liege Basket - by Bert Larsimont

Earlier this week, the betFIRST Liege Basket staff announced that young forward Louis Hazard (199-F-94, agency: Promotex) will stay in Liege next season. His contract at betFIRST Liege Basket has officially been prolonged.
Hazard progressedd tremendously in his last two seasons at the Belgian top level. The young Belgian forward averaged 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.5 steals per game for betFIRST Liege Basket this past Euromillions League season.
Louis Hazard previously played for other historic clubs like CEP Fleurus or VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster. He was also an active member of youth national teams in the past (U16, U18 and U20). Louis Hazard was also elected Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Source: http://www.liegebasket.be/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=876&cntnt01origid=25&cntnt01returnid=17 (in French)



Augustas Peciukevicius signed new contract with Basic Fit Brussels - by Bert Larsimont

Yesterday, the Basic-Fit Brussels staff announced that the contract of Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91) has been extended for one more season. The Lithuanian guard has just helped the Brussels team reach the 2017 Euromillions League Play-Off Semi-Finals (first game against Port of Antwerp Giants to be played tonight).
He is a very reliable fast point-guard with excellent ball-handling and shows great spirit on the court. The Lithuanian player, who also played in Lithuanian, Estonian and Spanish leagues in the past, is a great addition in defense too. In the Euromillions League, Peciukevicius has averaged 6.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game so far in this season.
Augustas Peciukevicius also played for his country in youth categories from 2007 to 2013 (Lithuanian U16, U18, U20 and University National Teams).



Belgian coaches Etienne Louvrier and Pascal Meurs will coach teams in neighbouring Luxembourg next season - by Bert Larsimont

Next season, it will be interesting to follow the performances and the hard work done by two Belgian coaches in the Luxembourg Total League. Pascal Meurs will return to Luxembourg where he will coach T71 Dudelange during the 2017-18 season. He will replace Philip Dejworek at the head of the team. Meurs already coached another team in the Luxembourg Total League from February 2014 to May 2015: BC Musel Pikes. He also experienced the Dutch Eredivisie at the head of Maxxcom BS Weert in 2015-16. Pascal Meurs was also quite successful in women's competitions, especially in Belgian Division 1 with DBC Houthalen in 2012.
In Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (in France's LFB-Ligue Feminine de Basketball), Pascal Meurs filled the position of assistant coach during the 2012-13 season.

The other Belgian coach who has been hired by a club from Luxembourg is Etienne Louvrier. Louvrier signed a deal with Racing Luxembourg. Racing Luxembourg finished strongly in Luxembourg N2 and got a ticket to join the Total League next season by winning rather easily the Total League Playdowns 2.
It will be Louvrier's first experience in a club outside Belgium. He coached Spirou Girls Charleroi in the women's competition in Belgium, was at the head of men's teams BC Carnieres and BBC Loyers in the last few years and also trained several Belgian youth national teams. Louvrier will replace Coach Mike Oppland who decided to leave Luxembourg and inked a contract with Finland's team Lahti Basketball earlier this month.





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  CANADA  


Bennett leaves Fenerbahce - by Greg

New Euroleague Champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) parted ways with ex-no1 pick of the NBA draft Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). In 7 BSL games he recorded 9.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg this season. He also played 10 games in Euroleague, but he averaged only 1.2ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas31.5 
 2. Roberson, Condores22.5 
 3. Almanza, Condores21.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores19.0 
 5. Watkins, Bucaros19.0 
 6. Bivins, Aguilas19.0 
 7. Hardy, Cimarrones18.0 
 8. Smith, Sabios17.0 
 9. Coombs, Sabios15.5 
 10. Velandia, Aguilas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.13.0 
 2. Moore, Aguilas13.0 
 3. Almanza, Condores12.5 
 4. Romero, Piratas8.0 
 5. Egwuonwu, Bucaros8.0 
 6. Carraway, Cimar.8.0 
 7. Sandidge, Aguilas7.0 
 8. Dobbs, Piratas7.0 
 9. Bermudez, Bucaros6.5 
 10. Diaz, Condores6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.5 
 2. Coombs, Sabios4.0 
 3. Bivins, Aguilas4.0 
 4. Alford, Bucaros3.5 
 5. McCoy, Condores3.0 
 6. Acevedo, Condores3.0 
 7. Hardy, Cimarrones3.0 
 8. Thomas, Piratas3.0 
 9. Blandon, Sabios3.0 
 10. Garcia, Aguilas2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.0 
 2. Renteria, Cimar.3.0 
 3. Smith, Sabios2.5 
 4. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 5. Coombs, Sabios1.5 
 6. Rivera, Sabios1.5 
 7. Romero, Piratas1.5 
 8. Almanza, Condores1.5 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
 10. Pena, Piratas1.5 
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. Sandidge, Aguilas1.0 
 5. Alford, Bucaros1.0 
 6. Dobbs, Piratas1.0 
 7. Castro, Sabios1.0 
 8. Renteria, Cimar.1.0 
 9. Egwuonwu, Bucaros0.5 
 10. Roberson, Condores0.5 


PBD Round 2: Condores hand first defeat to Patriotas - by Eurobasket News



Aguilas - Condores 93-105

Patriotas (1-1) recorded a loss in Boyaca on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Condores (1-1) 105-93. The game was mostly controlled by Condores. Patriotas managed to win second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Condores dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 30. Condores forced 19 Patriotas turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Patriotas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) who scored 30 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Five Condores players scored in double figures. American forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) produced 29 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and naturalized American guard Julio Velandia (188-90, college: Missouri Baptist) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Condores is looking forward to face Academia (#5) in Montana in the next round. Patriotas will play on the road against Piratas in Bogota and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aguilas: A.Bivins 29+3reb+5ast, J.Velandia 22+3reb+4ast, K.Moore 15+13reb, F.Sandidge 9+6reb+2ast, J.Pardo 9+4reb+2ast, D.Garcia 5+2reb+2ast
Condores: L.Roberson 30+6reb+2ast, L.Almanza 23+14reb, R.McCoy 16+4reb+5ast, J.Acevedo 14+4reb+2ast, H.Diaz 11+6reb+2ast, M.Suarez 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547194


Aguilas - Condores 96-82

There was no surprise in Boyaca where Condores (1-1) were defeated by Patriotas (1-1) 96-82 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-82. Patriotas dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Condores' 34 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Patriotas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Condores' players. American Karl Moore (203-87, college: Culver Stockton) had a double-double by scoring 48 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jairo Pardo (-95) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 22 points. Four Condores players scored in double figures. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Patriotas will meet Piratas (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Condores will play against Academia (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Condores: R.McCoy 22+4reb+1ast, L.Almanza 20+11reb, L.Roberson 15+2reb, H.Diaz 14+7reb+2ast, R.Dyer 6+1reb, J.Acevedo Trujillo 3+3reb+3ast
Aguilas: K.Moore 48+13reb+3ast, J.Pardo 17+5reb+2ast, F.Sandidge 9+8reb+2ast, A.Bivins 9+3reb+3ast, J.Velandia 7+2reb+9ast, C.Balaguera 2+1reb
gschID: 547190


Bucaros - Sabios 59-73

The game in Bucaramanga was also worth to mention about. Sabios (2-0) played at the court of Bucaros (0-2). Sabios defeated Bucaros 73-59. Strangely Bucaros outrebounded Sabios 47-31 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Jair Jaimes replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Miguel Bermudez added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bucaros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sabios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bucaros will play on the road against Cimarrones (#1) in Quibdo-Choco to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bucaros: J.Jaimes 13+10reb+3ast, R.Perez Ayala 11+4reb, M.Bermudez 10+7reb+1ast, K.Walters Forbes 9+5reb+3ast, M.Parra 6+5reb, P.Egwuonwu 4+5reb
Sabios: A.Smith 17+5reb+2ast, S.Coombs 15+6reb+6ast, D.Castro 11+4reb, K.Jones 8+3reb+1ast, J.Velez 7+1reb+1ast, R.Rivera 6+1reb
gschID: 547191


Piratas - Cimarrones 56-89

The game in Bogota supposed to be also quite interesting. Cimarrones (2-0) played at the court of Piratas (0-2). Cimarrones smashed Piratas 89-56 on Sunday. Cimarrones dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 28. They outrebounded Piratas 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Cimarrones looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Jay Hardy (196, college: Shippensburg) scored 27 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center John Hernandez (207-84) chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Cimarrones players scored in double figures. Swingman Emiro Romero (194-84) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds and point guard David Hernandez (172-96) scored 11 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cimarrones will meet at home Bucaros (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Piratas will play against Patriotas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piratas: D.Hernandez 11+2reb+4ast, E.Romero 8+9reb, C.Dobbs 8+4reb+1ast, G.Pena 8+5reb, I.Thomas 7+3reb+4ast, J.Mendoza 5+4reb+1ast
Cimarrones: J.Hardy 27+1reb+6ast, J.Hernandez 16+13reb+2ast, A.Carraway 15+6reb+3ast, E.Renteria 12+5reb+2ast, R.Caicedo 9+3reb+2ast, S.Mosquera 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547192





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Zoric, Cibona17.2 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Bilan, Cedevita8.2 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Sakic, Cibona7.0 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Zganec, Cedevita5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.2 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 5. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 8. Reynolds, Cibona1.7 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
 10. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona1.0 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 8. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Vern keeps hope alive for promotion (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern beat bottom placed Borovo 101-83 on road in the last game of Croatian A2 League Championship Stage Round 15 to keep alive their hope to promote. Ivan Penic (202-F-89) poured in 24 points and 10 rebounds, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) collected 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Filip Simovic (95) came off the bench for 20 points on shooting 5-of-7 behind the 3-point line and Luka Jakic added 17 points.
After trailing by one, Vern scored eight straight points including back-to-back 3-pointers by Ivan Penic (202-F-89) and Luka Jakic to go ahead 26-19 and never looked back the rest of the game. Borovo were down by two points midway through the second quarter, when the visitors went on a decisive 19-2 run for a 59-40 lead early in the second half. Vern shot 12-of-24 behind the 3-point arc, while Borovo hit just five 3-pointers and commited 28 turnovers. Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) scored a game-high 25 points on shooting 12-of-17 from the field for Borovo, Mario Rajsic (94) added 19 points including four 3-pointers and Toni Kovac (97) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.



Cibona take 2-1 lead over Cedevita in Finals - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth quarter and defeated reigning champion Cedevita 72-67 in Finals Game 3 to grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-the-five series. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) scored 25 points on shooting 9-of-13 from the field including 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line and grabbed 10 rebounds, Marin Rozic (201-F-83) added 15 points and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) 11. Game 4 will be played on Sunday.
The game featured three ties and just one lead change that came on back-to-back 3-pointers by Marin Rozic (201-F-83) that made it 10-7. Cibona later scored 10 straight points to extend their advantage to 22-11 and the margin never dropped below eight points midway through the fourth quarter. Cibona had their largest lead of the contest at 59-42 early in the fourth quarter. At that point, Cedevita went on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to six points. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) and Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) both hit 3-pointers to re-establish Cibona's double digit advantage, 67-56 with 3:16 remaining. Cedevita came within four points after a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left by Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89). Cibona's Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) was fouled on the next possession. He made the first free throw and missed the second one. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. He knocked down both free throws to put Cibona up 72-65 with 19 seconds to play.
Cedevita were outrebounded 28-34 and shot just 23-percent (6-of-26) from the 3-point range. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) scored 19 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Marko Tomas (201-G-85) poured in 16 points and Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) finished with 10 points.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Giancarlos ACOSTA
  Leones SD
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Acosta, Leones SD11.0 
 2. De Leon, Metros S.9.0 
 3. Tineo, Metros S.7.0 
 4. Rhett, Leones SD6.0 
 5. Glenn, Metros S.5.0 
 6. Corporan, Leones SD4.0 
 7. Filion, Metros S.4.0 
 8. Richardson, Leones S.2.0 
 9. Ramirez, Metros S.2.0 
 10. Morillo, Metros S.0.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Rhett, Leones SD15.0 
 2. Glenn, Metros S.7.0 
 3. Filion, Metros S.6.0 
 4. Acosta, Leones SD4.0 
 5. Corporan, Leones SD4.0 
 6. Soliver, Metros S.3.0 
 7. De Leon, Metros S.2.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 10. Ramirez, Metros S.0.0 
Assists Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 2. Filion, Metros S.2.0 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.2.0 
 4. Glenn, Metros S.1.0 
 5. Acosta, Leones SD1.0 
 6. Corporan, Leones SD1.0 
 7. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 8. Soliver, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Richardson, Leones S.0.0 
 10. Ramirez, Metros S.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 2. Morillo, Metros S.1.0 
 3. De Leon, Metros S.1.0 
 4. Filion, Metros S.0.0 
 5. Acosta, Leones SD0.0 
 6. Soliver, Metros S.0.0 
 7. Glenn, Metros S.0.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.0.0 
 9. Corporan, Leones SD0.0 
 10. Richardso. Leones S.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 M.J. RHETT
  Leones SD
  (206-PF-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rhett, Leones SD4.0 
 2. Filion, Metros S.1.0 
 3. Glenn, Metros S.0.0 
 4. Corporan, Leones SD0.0 
 5. Richardson, Leones S.0.0 
 6. Acosta, Leones SD0.0 
 7. Morillo, Metros S.0.0 
 8. Tineo, Metros S.0.0 
 9. De Leon, Metros S.0.0 
 10. Soliver, Metros S.0.0 



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE  


2017 Las Vegas Summer League Expecting Large Turnouts of Scouts - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) is coming off of one of its best years in 2016. It featured 108 players receiving contracts overseas, in the NBA D-League, or even the NBA. 2016 Las Vegas Participant David Nwaba (193-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) finished his 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, after spending the majority of his season with D-League affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders. With that being said, all of the professional coaches that helped run the 2016 Las Vegas ESL are coming back for another year. Thomas Roijakkers (Belgium). Allen Mkrtychyan (Russia), Pascual Padilla (Latin America), and Matthew Otten (Netherlands) are all back for another year. ESL will also add Graham Wilson (England), Vincent Van Sliedregt (197-F) (Netherlands), Martin Knezevic (NBA D-League), and Todd Triplett (Iceland) to the team for 2017!

These coaches along with the Eurobasket.com staff will be on the court with the players helping them advance their games to the international level. Meanwhile, last year had scouts from 25 different countries all in attendance during the ESL camp scouting from the bleachers! The first day of the camp will allow the players to get acclimated with the coach they will have during their ESL games. The acclimation process will include various skill set drills, offensive sets, and defensive strategy implementation to help advance them through the new Double Elimination tournament. The last two days will be strictly games as the coaches and teams look to win the Las Vegas ESL Championship. The event run by the biggest name in International Basketball will be the most talked about event during the NBA Summer League.



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Unicaja may land Leo Westermann - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old French guard Leo Westermann (197-86kg-92, agency: BeoBasket) who currently plays at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 37 LKL games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. The last season Westermann played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 ProA games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Westermann won French ProA championship title in 2015. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2015.
Westermann was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Westermann also represented France at the European Championships two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg.
Westermann has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan), Spain (FC Barcelona) and France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and CFBB).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Excellent basketball IQ and maturity as a floor general make him a very promising, tall bodied PG. Sees the court very well, has great patience offensively and goos shot selection, trying to keep any teammate involved. Great upside, even at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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-Levallois17.6 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.9 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
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, Monaco5.3 
 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.2.3 
 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. Lacombe, Stras.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Chalon2.3 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 
 9. Joseph, Orleans0.8 
 10. Jeanne, Nancy0.8 


ProA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals: Chalon and Paris-Levall enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Nanterre 77-71

Paris-Levallois used homecourt advantage and defeated Nanterre. Hosts claimed their semifinals spot. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-20 JSF Nanterre's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-71 at the end of the game. Paris-Levallois dominated on the defensive end, holding JSF Nanterre to just 3 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded JSF Nanterre 44-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jason Rich (191-86) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists during the contest. Mathias Lessort (205-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: M.Lessort 16+13reb, H.Schaffartzik 14+1reb+5ast, H.Invernizzi 13+3reb+1ast, M.Riley 10+3reb+1ast, S.Butterfield 8+4reb+2ast, B.Conklin 4+1reb
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 24+2reb+5ast, L.Labeyrie 14+19reb, V.Poirier 10+7reb+1ast, L.Campbell 10+5reb+5ast, M.N'Doye 8+3reb+2ast, G.Oniangue 3+2reb
gschID: 546996


Le Portel - Chalon 74-88

Chalon is second Semifinalist of ProA as they defeated Le Portel on the road in Game 2. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Chalon/Saor made 7 blocks. Naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 20 points and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds by American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Guard Benoit Mangin (191-88) added 16 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: B.Mangin 16+2reb+5ast, D.Dorsey 15+3reb+3ast, F.Hassell 12+6reb+3ast, J.Donaldson 10+13reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 7+1reb, K.Spain 6+1reb+1ast
Chalon: J.Nzeulie 22+8reb+3ast, J.Roberson 20+3reb+6ast, C.Clark 18+4reb+2ast, A.Bouteille 11+1reb, L.Harris 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fall 7+12reb+2ast
gschID: 546995


ASVEL - Monaco 66-71

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Monaco won last quarter 22-19. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Guyanese Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: L.Jean-Charles 14+3reb+2ast, D.Watkins 12+13reb, C.Kahudi 10+3reb, D.Nelson 9+5reb+2ast, C.Ware 7+1reb+5ast, D.Andersen 5+2reb+1ast
Monaco: D.Bost 16+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Wright 11+2reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 9+5reb+1ast, A.Sy 9+8reb+2ast, B.Davies 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546994


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Strasbourg 68-83

The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to win fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 42-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Robinson 14+2reb+1ast, A.Koffi 13+7reb+2ast, D.Cooper 12+2reb+12ast, T.Dean 12+2reb+1ast, J.Cox 11+5reb+1ast, C.Carne 5
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 19+2reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 15+10reb+4ast, R.Travis 12+7reb, E.Murphy 8+6reb+1ast, M.Howard 7+3reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 546997





Blassingame stays at Antibes - by Greg

Sharks Antibes (ProA) and experienced 36-year old American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) agreed on terms of new two-year contract extension. J-Blass moved to France in mid-season and in 9 games in France he averaged 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 7.1apg and 1.7spg. He started the season at Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL, starting five) and then moved to ASP Promitheas Patras (Greece-A1)
He is a very experienced player. Blassingame has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Cyprus (Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios and Keravnos), Finland (Namika Lr), Israel (Maccabi Rishon), Sweden (08 Stockholm and Solna Vikings), Ukraine (BC Odessa), Greece (AEK Athens) and Poland (Asseco).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unicaja may land Leo Westermann - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old French guard Leo Westermann (197-86kg-92, agency: BeoBasket) who currently plays at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 37 LKL games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. The last season Westermann played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 ProA games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Westermann won French ProA championship title in 2015. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2015.
Westermann was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Westermann also represented France at the European Championships two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg.
Westermann has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan), Spain (FC Barcelona) and France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and CFBB).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Excellent basketball IQ and maturity as a floor general make him a very promising, tall bodied PG. Sees the court very well, has great patience offensively and goos shot selection, trying to keep any teammate involved. Great upside, even at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.1 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.2 
 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. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.9 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.7 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 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. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 10. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 


BBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

B.Muenchen - Brose Bask. 76-80

Brose Baskets won Game two and took 2-0 lead in the series. French Fabien Causeur (195-87) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 8 points and 6 assists. Even 10 points and 5 rebounds by naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Bayern Muenchen. Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 12+2reb, V.Lucic 11+3reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 10+5reb+1ast, D.Joyce 9+1reb+4ast, A.Gavel 8+1reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 7+2reb
Brose Bask.: F.Causeur 23+6reb+3ast, J.Strelnieks 13+1reb+2ast, D.Miller 12+3reb+1ast, N.Zisis 8+2reb+6ast, N.Melli 8+5reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 6+3reb
gschID: 547136


EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 107-103

EWE Baskets ties the series after beating Ratiopharm at home in Game 2. EWE Baskets made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by ratiopharm Ulm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) scored 28 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds and forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 27+5reb, A.Rubit 17+11reb+1ast, T.Braun 15+5reb+1ast, C.Prather 14+2reb+3ast, C.Babb 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tadda 9+1reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 28+4reb+4ast, F.Massenat 18+1reb+4ast, B.Qvale 17+6reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 15+7reb, C.Kramer 11+7reb+8ast, V.Duggins 10+1ast
gschID: 547135





Ron Howard Is The Basketball Mr Everything That Gives Unknown Players Hope With His Howard Hoops Opportunity - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If you're a German basketball fan and primarily follow the easyCredit BBL, you surely will be able to easily find the arena's in big cities like Berlin and Munich, but if your driving through the beautiful countryside of Germany and town hoping, you may not necessarily know if that place has a professional basketball team if you aren't caught up with the lower leagues like the Regionalliga, second Regionalliga or Oberliga. You won't find the same caliber of players in these lower leagues then you would in the easyCredit BBL where guys like Rickey Paulding, Bryce Taylor and Quantez Robertson have become the identity players of the league and why people come to watch games. Very often it is these import players in German lower leagues that have some kind of special story and have made their dream come true usually coming from a lower college league, but not necessarily giving less than the BBL players, but often having a special kind of heart that only these type of players can have, because they never had an easy journey to get to the professional level. One of these guys is Ronald Howard. Three years ago, one could of discovered him earning a living playing in the Regionaliga in Limburg in a small school gym in front of not more than 300-400 people. At first glance, one may have thought that 196cm NBA star James Harden had gotten lost or secretly been loaned out for a game, but with closer scrutiny one would of seen the 15cm difference as it really was Ron Howard even if his goatee made him a dead ringer for Harden, but only if one was at more of a distance away. The American is quick to point out what he likes and dislikes about Harden and that having a goatee has nothing to do with him. 'I think James is a good offensive player but he doesn't play defense and that is what I can't stand about James. Best PG in the league is tough for me because I don't watch the NBA much because I love Euroleague but I give it to Kyrie that boy knows how to win and as a PG he must know how to be a winner. I grew my goatee out because I'm Muslim', stated Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.) Even if Howard had played for some other German Pro B teams and in Romania, his professional career was never a cake walk, but one in that he witnessed what lesser known players really go through as making the professional level has many hardships and twists and turns that he somewhat tackled and conquered. Once his professional career ended in 2014, he knew right away, that it was his duty to try to make the professional route for other Americans easier.

Currently Howard is 32 and will be turning 33 in August and had a short professional career, but at least he can always boast that he was able to live the dream of playing overseas. After a storied high school career at J. W. North High School, Moreno Valley, California where he averaged nearly 30ppg, he got the first taste of the professional waters in 2002 and would last until 2014 of what his basketball future would be like with always having to prove himself again over and over and never getting anything given to him, but moreover always having to fight and somewhat have that 'grind' word in his middle name. After playing at Cuesta JC (CJCAA) and San Bernardino Valley JC (CJCAA), he was able to make the next step and finished his college basketball career at Mayville State (NAIA) where he played two successful seasons and as a senior averaged 18.5ppg, 4.6apg, 3.0spg. He then came to Europe and played some seasons in Germany with teams RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-ProB), BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga) and Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and Limburg. He also played in Romania and Bulgaria. He hung up his sneakers in 2014 a few months before his 30th birthday. He didn't even waste a day bumming around the beach at Long Beach, but already had an idea where his life would be going after his professional career. ' I always knew while I was playing overseas there were player's getting scammed every week by either a fake agent fake Manager or just people getting over on American kids with the Dream of becoming a pro player. So I knew when I finished playing I had a lot of changing to do', warned Ronald Howard The American probably could of played a few more years in Europe, but not at a high level where he could be earning good money to put away for later in life. 'I started with XBA (xcellbasketball academy)in Livermore California with my best friend/business partner Kenyatta Madison. There we attached the youth market heavy, but with girls than added a boys program. Than is when I decided it was time to get back to Germany and help guys get the legit opportunity to showcase their talent in actual games against Real Germans/GermanTeams', added Ronald Howard When trying to define what Howard's job title is with his project, the California native doesn't hesitate a moment, but blurts out his job description quicker than Indiana (NCAA) legend Bobby Knight can hurl a chair at an official. 'I do it all. ProTrainer, Youth Development Coach, Coach, Mentor you name it I can do it', warned Ronald Howard

The American decided to have his base in Germany and continued to live there and was coach for Oberliga team Offenbach only a short ride over the Main river from Frankfurt. At the same time, he would travel back and forth from Germany and the United States coordinating his new basketball baby Howard Hoops which ultimately would give unknown American basketball players who played at the lowest school divisions a chance to come to Germany and play against German professional teams and in front of team general managers. It isn't only a challenge for the players to give their best on the court, but also for Howard who has to be an ace with the coordination and building his connection resume. 'Howard Hoops all came about from just me wanting to give players the right opportunity to put up or shut up. So I knew I could provide the facilities teams coaches and Gm's the next step was putting it all together', stressed Ronald Howard In the last few summers, Howard has put together teams to be competitive in Germany, but finding the right mix isn't always easy. 'The process is difficult, but fun once you get to actually see who is really interested and who is wasting your time. I have done better over the last year. But character is highly important', warned Ronald Howard

One of the great things about the job of Ron Howard is helping full-fill the dreams of young, basketball hungry kids who otherwise would be working at a Wendy's or KFC for minimum wage if they hadn't come across his project Howard Hoops is to see the fulfillment that both sides get. Howard as the mentor who get kid's into the door and the player being thankful for the opportunity. One of the many kids that Howard has helped not only get that first overseas job, but in many cases that difficult second one is Chris Miller from Brooklyn, New York who's only prior professional experience was for semi-pro league team Jamestown Jackals (PBL). His path in the last 8 months has been a Cinderella story as he played in Germany's sixth league for Bensheim and just tore up the competition averaging 24.1 Points 7 Rebounds 4 Assists 2.2 Steals Per Game , 30.2 points in the last 11 Games and had a single game high 49 Points and 5 Assists. Granted this league is as far away from the big time as it is pigs ever flying, but it's a start. After his great season in Germany, he got a follow up job in El Salvador for Denver-FAS San Salvador (El Salvador-Liga MB) which is that countries second league. Another basketball team and added experience plus a new name for the resume. Here the American is also turning heads as currently he is averaging 29,2ppg, 4,7rpg and 4,0apg. He had two 38 point games and one 42 point game. In September 2016 after the Howard Hoops tour, Miller didn't even have an overseas job yet, but was more than thankful for having connected with the right person Ronald Howard ' I respect Ron Howard tremendously because he is a truthful man. I have been scammed with opportunities like this in the past. They would take my money and never be seen again. I was hesitant to take this chance with Ron because I did not know him. Something told me to take that chance, and I am happy I did because he is true to his word and he has a brand that is growing all throughout Germany and Europe. He has placed players in big leagues and has a high success rate. I think what he is doing is great because he is providing a way for quality players to be seen', warned Chris Miller. Miller also knows that the Howard Hoops program is one that defines success. It is 2017 and Howard Hoops has placed 40 Americans in Germany/Europe. 'I am thankful for Ronald Howard's Tour. I think what he is doing is great. He is helping guys like me get in front of these coaches and actually show them that it doesn't matter what school that person went to. A lot of players get denied because they didn't go to top D1 schools which to me is not fair. Ronald's tours are defiantly changing the mindsets of these International coaches and agents while giving guys a legit chance to show their talents', added Chris Miller. Howard also creates a big smile and pats his goatee when discussing the Chris Miller success story. 'Chris is a great guy and a hell of a scorer. I joke with him all the time about how he should have come 2 years ago. Each and everyone of my players that has played in Germany/Europe all showed gratitude,love and appreciation all of them was something special for me because without them there wouldn't be a Howard Hoops.
', stressed Ronald Howard

It is now May 2017 and in Germany all the lower leagues have closed down shop for the summer while the first division easyCredit BBL are currently starting the semi-finals of the playoffs. For Ron Howard no time to sit back and inform himself how good the chances are for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg to upset top ranked team ratiopharm Ulm, but he is busy in his basketball lab working on the next Howard Hoops tour. In the last weeks Howard has been very busy jetting all over the country from Germany to California to Minnesota and back to California. He recently was in Germany for five days and explains that all this traveling is a great way for him to expand his horizons as his mind is always at full-throttle. ' I have so many ideas in my head so when I'm on the planes flying to these different workouts and clinics. That's my time to write new ideas down and set more goals', added Ronald Howard On June 24/25 Howard will be conducting the Pro exposure Overseas Tryouts in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Is this a new way of finding new Howard Hoops players instead of the usual film watching? 'No not a new way this is just a better way for me to make it much easier for players in America that can't afford the Howard Hoops tour. This camp will allow players to showcase their talents for 2 days in front of coaches agents and GMs', stressed Ron Howard, This will be a full packed summer for Howard and Howard Hoops as there will be various tours in Germany and for the first time a tour in the UK. Plus Howard has another surprise slated for release on October first. 'This will be the best Summer Howard Hoops has had in 2years. I'm very anxious for the summer. A DVD will be released and you will see it all with a little emotional entertainment exposure and one of the greatest experiences that these young players will ever get in their life', said Ronald Howard Even if Howard has a very busy summer with his ever growing Howard Hoops project, he never fears from looking into the future and seeing where he can go with his basketball baby. 'My Long term goal is to have Howard Hoops tours all around the world and to eventually own my own team in Europe', added Ronald Howard But the most important thing for Ron Howard is to continue to help young kids live their basketball dream overseas and utters the same line over and over to his players. 'if you can play I can get you paid. But you have to trust The process My process my way if you don't have a Division one Resume', warned Ronald Howard So far his process has been a winner and if you are a young, starved basketball hopeful from a tiny school and play ball and run into Ron Howard, don't fear the beard, because Ron Howard's process is special love and dedication for you to succeed.




Coach Scepanovic Leaves PS Karlsruhe Lions For Mitteldeutscher BC - by Dockers Hoops

PS Karlsruhe Lions' coach Aleksandar Scepanovic has left the team to join Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels.

PSK announced Scepanovic will assume an assistant coaching role with MBC, moving up to the BBL in 2017-18, after helping the Lions jump to the Pro A as runner-ups in Pro B finals.

Scepanovic has spent three years coaching in Karlsruhe, helping the team make a quick jump up from the German Regionalliga.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.7 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.4 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.4 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Singleton, Panathin.1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 8. Milutinov, Olympiacos0.9 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


A2 Round 2 of Finals: Faros earn promotion to A1 - by Eurobasket News

Faros - Iraklis 86-75

Faros will play in A1 League next season as they defeated Iraklis in the Final series. Faros shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Iraklis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Guard Giannis Dimakos (192-94) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Four Faros players scored in double figures. Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) added 16 points in the effort for Iraklis.
Top scorers:
Faros: G.Dimakos 26+1reb, G.Skordilis 17+11reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 11+1reb+8ast, K.Kakaroudis 10+3reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 9+1reb+3ast, S.Katoufas 5+3reb
Iraklis: R.Rutkauskas 22+11reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 16+3reb+2ast, V.Angelakopoulos 13+2reb, D.Kalaitzidis 7+3reb+6ast, D.Cheilaris 7+3reb, S.Chrysopoulos 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547319





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  HOLLAND  


Groningen with the Triple-Crown! - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Zwolle 85-55

Groningen destroyed Zwolle 85-55 and won Eredivisie Championship title! It is their 3rd trophy this as they won Supercup and Cup earlier this season!
Game 5 without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) added 8 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Groningen: L.Jeter 22+6reb+3ast, C.Fieler 21+3reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 11+9reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 7+4reb+1ast, A.Smith 5+3reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 5+4reb+3ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 21+7reb, J.Tiller 8+3reb+2ast, J.Yoho 7+1reb, K.Hyland 7+1reb, N.Oudendag 6+7reb, M.Schilder 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547130





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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darrin GOVENS
  Falco KC
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Govens, Falco KC21.3 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.8 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Szabo, ZTE K.8.0 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Petty, Kormend5.8 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Kromah, Kormend2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.1 
 6. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 3. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 6. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 7. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 1 of Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Falco KC - Kormend 89-88

Kormend was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of Falco KC, which allowed them to win the game. Falco KC had a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Belarusian-Russian Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points. Five Kormend players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 33+8reb+9ast, A.Pustahvar 20+8reb+1ast, B.Varadi 14+4reb+2ast, N.Toth 8+5reb+1ast, L.Medford 7+5reb+6ast, D.Barham 4+3reb+1ast
Kormend: S.Gibbs 24+2reb, L.Smith Jr. 20+7reb+3ast, L.Kromah 16+6reb+4ast, P.Petty 14+5reb, T.Allen 12+5reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 2+1reb
gschID: 547338


Alba - ZTE KK 80-88

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-13. But Alba won third quarter 25-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ZTE KK looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) added 19 points in the effort for Alba. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: J.Norfleet 23+5reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 17+10reb, A.Drungilas 16+6reb+5ast, E.Ubilla 14+3reb+8ast, J.Wright 8+1ast, S.Benke 7+3reb+3ast
Alba: J.Edwards 19+3reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 14+4reb+4ast, B.Taylor 13+6reb+10ast, J.Farr 11+2reb+1ast, P.Lorant 11+7reb+4ast, W.Shepard 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 547337





Marcell Pongo stays in Germany - by Levente Szabo

20 year old Hungarian guard, Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97) reached a new agreement with Ratiopharm Ulm and will stay for another year in Germany.

The talented guard left Hungary 2 years ago and played mostly for Ratiopharm Ulm's farm team, the Weissenhorn Youngstars.

The 2016/2017 season was very successful for Marcell. He was one of the key players for Weissenhorn Youngstas recording 11.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.2apg and 2.4spg and leading the team to win the Pro-B championship! After such a successful season the 194 cm (6'5') guard was selected as the Most Improved Player of the Year with Weissenhorn.

Besides playing in Pro-B league, Marcell also made his debut with Ratiopharm Ulm in the Eurocup and BBL as well. Marcell is expected to continue practicing with the BBL-team while he will most probably be a key part of Weissenhorn in the Pro-A league.



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.5 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.1 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 9. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. MBaye, Enel B.1.0 


Serie B Round 5 of Semi-Finals: Palestrina, Napoli Cuore and Omegna entered group finals - by Eurobasket News

Bisceglie - Palestrina 63-75

It was a great shooting night for Palestrina especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Davide Serino (199-81) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Enzo-Damian Cena (200-92) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marco Cucco (188-94, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: D.Serino 17+5reb+1ast, L.Montanari 13+1reb+3ast, M.Drigo 12+3reb+2ast, S.Rischia 9+1reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 8+3reb, R.Pederzini 8+11reb+3ast
Bisceglie: A.Chiriatti 13+1reb, E.Damian Cena 12+7reb+1ast, S.Bruno 9+2reb+2ast, G.Leggio 9+4reb, M.Cucco 7+4reb+4ast, E.Di Emidio 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547375


Napoli Cuore - Cassino 90-69

Napoli Cuore made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Maurizio Del-Testa (188-89) scored 13 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 23+9reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 21+1reb, S.Nikolic 16+7reb+6ast, R.Maggio 13+5reb+5ast, A.Murolo 7+3reb+1ast, M.Mastroianni 6+7reb+5ast
Cassino: N.Petrucci 14+5reb+1ast, M.Del Testa 13+2reb+5ast, B.Sergio 10+7reb, D.Birindelli 9+4reb+3ast, G.Valesin 7+1ast, L.Panzini 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547374


Omegna - Piacenza 94-87

Piacenza was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five Omegna players scored in double figures. Point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and point guard Giovanni Bruni (185-82, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Piacenza.
Top scorers:
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 19+10reb, G.Gasparin 18+7ast, G.Gurini 16+3reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 14+3ast, F.Fratto 12+4reb+1ast, A.Dagnello 6+1reb
Piacenza: G.Sanguinetti 19+4reb+4ast, M.Rezzano 17+5reb, G.Bruni 16+4reb+4ast, M.Magrini 9+2reb+1ast, M.Samoggia 8+2reb+1ast, M.Soragna 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 547373





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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 Riga14.1 
 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. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.7.3 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 9. Meiers, VEF Riga6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.7 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.5 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 8. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.4 
 9. Mitchell, Valmiera1.4 
 10. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.2 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 6. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Grazulis, Ventspils0.8 


Dairis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the closely-ranked Banvit (21-9) 72-67 in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Bertans recorded 18 points in 23 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (23-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Bertans has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 84.8% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks 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 8 points and added 3 assists. 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 season Strelnieks has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(41-73), 3FGP: 45.1%(51-113) and FT: 82.7%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). Pasecniks could not help Gran Canaria (21-11) to beat Baskonia (23-9). He recorded 8 points in 17 minutes. Gran Canaria lost 59-71 on the road to the second-ranked Baskonia. This year Pasecniks averages: 8.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(97-148), 3FGP: 58.3% and FT: 62.3% in 33 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Berzins
Janis Berzins
   #4. Small forward Janis Berzins (201-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Betaland Cdo in their game against Armani Milano (23-7) in the Italian Serie A. Berzins was the second best scorer with 9 points. But Betaland Cdo was defeated 77-62 at home by the leading Armani Milano. It was Betaland Cdo's sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Berzins' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. Berzins is also Latvian national team player.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #5. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) led Nantes to a victory against the 16th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-21) 72-65 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (10-12) is placed first in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kuksiks has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #6. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA. Bertans did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs (61-21) were defeated 120-108 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. Bertans' overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Other top Latvian players, who play abroad:

Arturs Kurucs (189-SG-0) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Gluditis (191-G-95) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Rodions Kurucs (206-SF-98) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Janis Timma (201-SF-92) plays for Zenit in Russian VTB
Zanis Peiners (203-F/G-90) plays for PAOK in Greek A1
Kaspars Berzins (213-PF-85) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian VTB
Arturs Strautins (198-SF-98) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Ojars Silins (203-PF-93) plays for Telekom Baskets in German BBL
Anrijs Miska (201-F-0) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristaps Porzingis (221-C/F-95) plays for New York Knicks in the NBA

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



VEF Riga won the title! - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Ventspils 78-69

After two years of absence VEF Riga is once again LBL Champion! They didn't struggle and swept higher-ranked Ventspils 4-0 in the final series.
Game 4 was without a history. Ventspils trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Mareks Mejeris (208-91, agency: Players Group) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international Janis Blums (191-82) chipped in 18 points. Forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Andrejs Grazulis (202-93) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: M.Mejeris 20+5reb+1ast, J.Blums 18+3reb, M.Meiers 10+4reb, K.Richard 10+4reb+6ast, A.Gordon 9+4reb+3ast, I.Gromovs 6+6reb+1ast
Ventspils: A.Skele 18+3ast, A.Grazulis 12+8reb+2ast, W.Deane 11+4reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 10+10reb+2ast, R.Zakis 8+5reb, A.Ate 5+1reb
gschID: 547418





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  LITHUANIA  


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

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-16) crushing them 107-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Maciulis recorded 8 points in 25 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. This year Maciulis averages: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 81.3% in 28 games he played so far. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia). He led Barons Riga to a victory over the closely-ranked Valmiera (21-11) 79-60 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Krestinin was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (16-15) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Krestinin's first season with the team. Krestinin's overall stats this year are: 9.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(110-191) and FT: 73.2%. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2014.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). Orelik could not help one of league's weakest teams Banvit (21-9) to beat Darussafaka (23-7). He recorded 7 points in 28 minutes. Banvit lost 67-72 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Darussafaka. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 61.9%(65-105), 3FGP: 42.7% in 30 games. Orelik is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #4. Forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help Ventspils (27-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the league leader Ventspils was defeated 76-66 at home by the lower-ranked VEF Riga (#6). Zelionis was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Zelionis has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2009.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Krestinin. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Jogela was the major contributor in a Barons Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Valmiera (21-11) 83-65. He scored 15 points in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (16-15) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Jogela has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 38 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #6. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano to win against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) 77-62 in the Italian Serie A on Thursday night. Kalnietis recorded only 4 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. Kalnietis' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a ZTE KK's victory against the leader Alba (24-11) 88-80 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Drungilas recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (23-12) is placed third. There are only two games left until the end of the Semifinals. So now every game will be critical. Drungilas has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg in 38 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #8. An experienced guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni (19-13) in their game against Twarde Pierniki (21-11) in the Polish PLK. Despite his good performance last Tuesday Cesnauskis scored 11 points. Cesnauskis' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #9. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams CB Canarias (22-10) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (22-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Grigonis cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 14 minutes. CB Canarias lost 65-79 in Malaga to the higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja. This year Grigonis' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg in 28 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Tadas Sedekerskis
Tadas Sedekerskis
   #10. Swingman Tadas Sedekerskis (203-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baskonia (23-9) in their game against Gran Canaria (21-11) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Sedekerskis cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Baskonia was defeated 94-79 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). Sedekerskis' total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 2.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. Former University international forward Arnas Labuckas (206-87, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Latvia) helped VEF Riga win their game against the league leader Ventspils 78-69 in the Latvian LBL last Thursday. Labuckas recorded only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Labuckas' total stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Iraklis in their game against Faros in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Wednesday He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Rutkauskas averaged so far 11.5ppg and 6.9rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. International point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-93, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca edge the third-ranked Steaua CSM 87-85 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night. Kariniauskas recorded 5 points and added 7 assists in 22 minutes. Kariniauskas has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.0apg in 16 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Eigirdas Zukauskas (203-92, currently plays in France) helped Saint Chamond win their game against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne 87-80 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zukauskas has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) could not help Steaua CSM (17-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Runkauskas' very good performance the third-placed Steaua CSM (17-11) was defeated 84-80 on the road by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Runkauskas also added 4 passes. Runkauskas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg.

   #2. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to help COR-Borisfen in their game against Vitebsk (21-11) in the Belarusian Premier League. Kamarunas scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 17 minutes. The league leader COR-Borisfen lost 82-91 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#3) Vitebsk. Kamarunas averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.2apg and 1.8spg in 36 games he played so far.

   #3. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Gmunden Swans (22-10) in their game against Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Gaidys scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gmunden Swans was defeated 81-68 in Kapfenberg by the lower-ranked Bulls (#3). Gaidys has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lourdes-Tarbes lost 77-87 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Souffelweyersheim. Virbalas was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games.

   #5. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Virbalas and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Kazonas couldn't help Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in their game against Souffelweyersheim (23-11), despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Lourdes-Tarbes lost 77-87 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Souffelweyersheim. Kazonas has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 26 games.

   #6. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Quesos Cerrato de Palencia to win against the closely-ranked Oviedo CB 76-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.7rpg.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.8 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.5 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.0 
 6. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 7. Glover, Obregon20.9 
 8. Mitchell, Navolato20.8 
 9. Rogers, Navolato20.8 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.8 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.3 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.9 
 6. West, Guaymas8.8 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis8.2 
 9. Rogers, Navolato7.3 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Crawford, Durango6.1 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.9 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.4 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.1 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana4.8 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis4.7 
 9. Marigney, Guaymas4.6 
 10. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.6 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.3 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.7 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Motley, Los Mochis1.4 
 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. West, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.8 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.3 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. 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. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
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 



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  NBLCANADA  


Hurricanes in the Finals! - by Greg

The defending champion Halifax Hurricanes are going back to the NBLC Finals after defeating the Island Storm 107-104 at Charlottetown's Eastlink Centre on Tuesday Game 6 of the Atlantic Division Final to win the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) had 28 points and Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 26 for the Hurricanes, who rallied to win after trailing by double-digits early. The Storm were paced by Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) and Akeem Ellis (6'6''-G-90, college: Coppin St.) with 25 and 24 points, respectively. White was the game's top rebounder with 15, while his teammate Clifford Clinkscales led all players with 10 assists.
A tight battle saw each team grab 54 boards, while shooting nearly identical field-goal percentages (.426 for Halifax, .425 for the Storm), and committing nearly the same amount of personal fouls (26 by Island, one more than the Hurricanes).
Trailing 35-23 after one quarter, Halifax reduced the Storm's advantage to 5, 57-52, at halftime, and outscored Island by 10 in the third quarter to take a 85-80 lead into the final frame.
Halifax now faces the London Lightning n the best-of-seven Finals, a rematch of the 2016 championship which went seven games before the Hurricanes prevailed.

Courtesy of NBL Canada



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  NCAA1  


Four-star guard picks Florida State over UCLA giving Seminoles a top 15 class - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of cbssports.com
Replacing the production of leading scorers Dwayne Bacon and one-and-done center Jonathan Isaac off a 26-win team won't be an easy task for Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton. But he has plenty of help on the way after four-star shooting guard M.J. Walker committed to play for the Seminoles in a ceremony on Wednesday morning.
Walker chose Florida State over UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

With the commitment of Walker, Florida State now boasts the 12th-rated recruiting class according to 247Sports-jumping up 13 spots in the national rankings. He now becomes the top-rated commitment for the 'Noles in the Class of 2017 and is the second top-100 recruit headed to play for Hamilton next season, joining 7-foot center Ikechukwu Obiagu.
Landing a recruit of Walker's caliber this late in the process is a huge coup for Hamilton, who will bring in three highly touted freshmen shooting guards in Bryan Trimble, Anthony Polite and Walker to, in theory, replace Bacon's production in a committee-like approach. With Walker joining the fold, FSU will likely rely heavily on his scoring production from day one as it determines a new offensive identity next season.

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Leonard Hamilton has landed top-30 prospects in three consecutive classes at Florida State now, joining Dwayne Bacon (2015) and Jonathan Isaac (2016). And while top recruiting classes don't always translate to wins, the Seminoles have steadily trended upwards over the last several seasons, going 17-16 in 2014-15, 20-14 in 2015-16, and 26-9 in 2016-17.



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Hoppers loss on the road, as Pillars go past Mentors in Abuja - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt fell 93-57 road loss to Kwara Falcons on Thursday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin.

Somto Managor scored 11 points and 2 rebounds, the lone bright spot with double digits for the Port Harcourt side as Hoopers lost just their second game of the 2016/2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League Season.

The KingsMen started the game in a lackadaisical manner, lacking patience on the ball from the onset, missing point blank layups with multiple careless passes equating to 31 turnovers committed by the team.

Falcons exploited defensive errors by the away side, and the only time there were lead changes was early in the first quarter. The first quarter however ended with Hoopers trailing with as much as 13 points (25-12). A 49-22 second half score saw a 22-point half time deficit.

It got worse from there with Falcons adding 37 points in the third while Hoopers could only score 16 points thereby trailing by 48 points going into the final quarter in what eventually became a 36-point rout.

The damage had already been done by the new conference leaders despite Hoopers winning the last quarter (11-19). The Port Harcourt side was able to limit the Falcons to a 0-6 run with less than two minutes left to play. And the only three point shot by the team came in the last few minutes of the last quarter by Victor Atisele. The only 3 point shot in 12 attempts.

Kwara Falcons head coach Adewunmi admitted after the emphatic victory that his side exploited the lapses seen in Rivers Hoopers.

"We came to Port Harcourt and we lost by 6 points that means they are a good team. Then how will this same good team lose by 25 points today," Aderemi questioned.

"The Port Harcourt team lost to fatigue there is no way you will play such a game and you go on a 12 hour trip and play a very good team its going to be very difficult. Towards the fourth quarter, they played very well but because they were fatigued they couldn't do much. I capitalised on the first to third quarter of the game," he opined.

Hoopers coach, Ogoh Odaudu however, dismissed the notion that his team lost due to fatigue.

"I don't think so, Kwara Falcons came to Port Harcourt, they travelled in a worst condition than us and they still put up a good performance. I won't attribute it to fatigue. I think we just played terribly. We could not string two or three passes together, we could not run two offences back to back perfectly.

"You can not win basketball with that amount of mistakes. We will go back to our drawing board because our focus now is on our next game against Oluyole Warriors in Ibadan," said a furious Odaudu.

Hoopers will now look to banish the effect of the debilitating loss, like they did after their Match week one loss in Lagos, when they travel to Ibadan to engage Oluyole Warriors on Saturday.

In other games played on Thursday saw Hoops and Read in narrow win of 67-65 points over Nigeria Customs in Lagos, Oluyole Warriors gave it fans much to cheer with a superb 92-67 points victory over its visitor Delta Force of Asaba while Police Baton defeated NAF Rockets by 80-63 points.

Defending champion Kano Pillars humbled Mark Mentors by 87-79 points on the road, Civil Defenders however gave Abuja fans something to cheer when they defeated Kada Stars of Kaduna by 77-64 points, Gombe Bulls continues its good run in the Savannah Conference with an 84-49 points bashing of Plateau Peaks and Bauchi Nets pushing for a place in the conference playoff with a 63-54 points win over Niger Potters.



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  POLAND  

2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Radoslaw PLEBANEK
  AZS U.
  (190-SG-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Plebanek, AZS U.22.2 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.1 
 3. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.19.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal I.18.6 
 5. Mrowczynski, Kalisz18.5 
 6. Niesobski, Sudety18.2 
 7. Debski, Pelplin18.1 
 8. Gworek, Gimbaske.17.9 
 9. Zabielski, Zubry17.7 
 10. Karolak, AZS U.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrzej MISIEWICZ
  Zubry
  (199-PF-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Misiewicz, Zubry11.1 
 2. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.10.2 
 3. Mikolajko, Przemysl10.0 
 4. Malitka, Gimbaske.10.0 
 5. Barycza, Otmuchow9.7 
 6. Pruefer, Pro-Bask.9.4 
 7. Wojdyr, Polonia .9.3 
 8. Olszewski, Shmoolky.9.3 
 9. Kwiatkowski, Miedz.9.0 
 10. Budnikowski, Gniezno8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.8.3 
 2. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw7.6 
 3. Konopatzki, Asseco I.7.3 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz7.2 
 5. Balcerek, Goleniow7.0 
 6. Makuch, Syntex K.6.6 
 7. Glapinski, Gornik W.6.3 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.6.2 
 9. Gnatowicz, Otmuc.5.9 
 10. Tradecki, AZS U.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mariusz KONOPATZKI
  Asseco I.
  (192-G-96)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Konopatzki, Asseco I.3.8 
 2. Leszczynski, AZS K.3.3 
 3. Plebanek, AZS U.3.2 
 4. Fafara, AZS U.3.2 
 5. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz3.1 
 6. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw3.1 
 7. Malinowski, AZS U.3.0 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.3.0 
 9. Balcerek, Goleniow2.8 
 10. Wasowicz, AZS P.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Krystian KOZLUK
  Ostrow M.
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kozluk, Ostrow M.3.1 
 2. Olszewski, Shmoolky.2.3 
 3. Jodlowski, WKK W.2.0 
 4. Wilk, Otmuchow1.9 
 5. Pisarczyk, Tur B.1.8 
 6. Hlebowicki, R8 Baske.1.7 
 7. Zaczek, Wisla K.1.6 
 8. Minciel, Sudety1.6 
 9. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.1.5 
 10. Krupa, AZS P.1.5 


PLK Round 3 of Semi-Finals: Torun writes its history! - by Eurobasket News

Stal Ostrow - Stelmet ZG 92-78

BM Slam Stal shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. It was a great evening for American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) with 14 points and 4 assists and American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: L.Koszarek 14+4reb+4ast, T.Kelati 12+1reb+2ast, V.Dragicevic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Moore 10+6reb+1ast, J.Florence 9+3reb+5ast, K.Gruszecki 9+2reb+1ast
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 18+6reb+3ast, M.Kostrzewski 17+5reb+3ast, A.Johnson 17+3reb+8ast, H.Nikolov 11+5reb+2ast, R.Tomaszek 10, S.King 7+8reb
gschID: 546898


Energa Czarni - Torun 52-65

History in making! Torun advanced to the finals after sweep over Czarni Slupsk! Twarde Pierniki dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Energa Czarni's 26. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) added 12 points respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: D.Kravish 12+16reb+2ast, C.Lewis 12+3reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 11+2reb+1ast, G.Surmacz 6+4reb+3ast, A.Goods 5+2reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 3+5reb+3ast
Torun: O.Trotter 16+3reb+3ast, K.Sulima 13+5reb, K.Weaver 11+10reb+6ast, B.Diduszko 8+5reb, C.Mbodj 6+4reb, J.Skific 5+3reb
gschID: 546897





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Liz, Ponce20.5 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama19.8 
 3. Rosario, Quebradillas19.1 
 4. Huertas, Arecibo19.1 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez18.6 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.4 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.0 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.9 
 2. Laury, Mayaguez9.9 
 3. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 4. Collier, Mayaguez8.8 
 5. Romero, Bayamon8.8 
 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: 7
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.0 
 2. Browne, San German6.8 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.5 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.6 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.4 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 9. Soto, Bayamon5.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.8 
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. Romero, San German1.3 
 5. Browne, San German1.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas2.0 
 4. Orozco, Humacao1.1 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas0.9 
 7. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 8. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.9 
 9. Romero, Bayamon0.8 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


BSN Round 24: Fajardo beats Indios by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most impressive performance of 24th round was 17 points by Kevin Young of Mayaguez.

Mayaguez - Humacao 83-85

A very interesting game took place in Mayaguez. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Indios (7-13) to ninth ranked Caciques (9-13) 85-83 on Thursday evening. Indios were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-17 charge of Caciques, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 25 points. Five Caciques players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists and international Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) added 20 points respectively. Indios' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Caciques moved-up to seventh place. Indios lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon. Indios will play at home against Piratas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Collier 20+3reb+1ast, K.Young 17+2reb+3ast, D.Laury 12+14reb+8ast, C.Arroyo 7+2reb+1ast, L.Steven Ramirez 7+1reb+8ast, O.Alvarado 7+4reb+5ast
Humacao: W.Martinez 25+1reb+3ast, W.Orozco 19+10reb+2ast, R.Cintron Cortes 13+3reb+6ast, J.Famous 11+11reb, M.Rodriguez 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Perez 7+1reb
gschID: 540170


Quebradillas - Fajardo 80-91

An interesting game for Fajardo (15-7) which played road game in Quebradillas against one of their biggest challengers Piratas (12-8). Second ranked Fajardo managed to get a 11-point victory 91-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Piratas. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Piratas was better in second period 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Fajardo brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) who added 15 points and 10 assists during the contest. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) with 26 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Fajardo and four Piratas players scored in double figures. Fajardo maintains second position with 15-7 record having just one point less than leader Aguada. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play on the road against Indios in Mayaguez and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 26+4reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 20+6reb+1ast, D.Smith 13+8reb+8ast, J.Mojica 10+2reb+5ast, J.Bryan Diaz 5+3reb, A.Carmona 4+2reb+1ast
Fajardo: S.James 23+14reb+3ast, C.Arroyo 15+2reb+10ast, E.Ayuso 15+2reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 12+5reb+2ast, D.James 11+5reb+3ast, F.Rivera 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 540169


Bayamon - Guayama 51-72

The game in Bayamon supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Brujos (10-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaqueros (9-15). Brujos smashed Vaqueros 72-51 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Brujos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brujos outrebounded Vaqueros 42-24 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brujos players scored in double figures. Even 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Vaqueros. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brujos maintains sixth position with 10-12 record. Vaqueros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 15 games lost. Brujos will meet at home league's leader Santeros in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vaqueros will play against Caciques (#7) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: A.Galindo 14+1reb+3ast, I.Romero 11+6reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 10+4reb+1ast, J.Akindele 8+7reb+5ast, J.Villegas 4+2reb+1ast, B.Santiago 2
Guayama: D.Wilkins 18+5reb+6ast, D.Hinson 13+3reb+4ast, K.Vinales 13+6reb+2ast, A.Thornton 10+8reb+1ast, K.Penn 8+5reb, M.Fillyaw 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 540167


Arecibo - Ponce 70-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Leones (10-11) crushed one of their biggest challengers Capitanes (11-12) in Arecibo 90-70. After very bad start, Capitanes stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 1 point 38-37. But it was not enough and Leones took back the control in second half. They also forced 20 Capitanes turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Capitanes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Dominican Victor Liz (193-86) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who recorded 28 points and 5 assists and naturalized American forward Angel Matias (193-92, college: Georgia South) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones maintains fifth position with 10-11 record. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Leones' next round opponent will be Atleticos (#8) in San German.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 28+2reb+5ast, A.Matias 15+8reb+1ast, A.Alamo 10+7reb+1ast, A.Cruz 8+6reb+3ast, C.Soto 5+3reb, A.Young 4+2ast
Ponce: V.Liz 34+2reb+5ast, D.Reese 12+4reb, A.Daniel Vassallo 11+1reb+2ast, G.Colon 9+3reb+1ast, A.Torres 8+1reb+4ast, E.Dawson 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 540168


Mayaguez - Fajardo 82-83

Tenth-ranked Indios (7-13) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Fajardo (15-7) in Mayaguez on Tuesday. The visitors managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-82. It was a good game for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) added 19 points in the effort for Indios. Indios' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fajardo maintains second position with 15-7 record having just one point less than leader Aguada. Indios lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Indios will play at home against Piratas (#3) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Laury 22+14reb+4ast, O.Alvarado 19+2reb, C.Arroyo 11+3reb+1ast, D.Collier 9+7reb+2ast, Q.Doggett 8+2reb, J.Rodriguez 5+4reb
Fajardo: M.Ali Berdiel 14+6reb+4ast, D.James 14+12reb+1ast, C.Arroyo 11+5reb+4ast, C.Ortiz 11+3reb, E.Ayuso 10+1ast, S.James 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 540165


Humacao - San German 85-99

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Caciques (9-13) lost to ninth ranked Atleticos (9-14) in Humacao 85-99. It looked good early as Caciques took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Atleticos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 14 points. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Atleticos players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Devin Ebanks (206-89, college: W.Virginia) who scored 30 points. The former international Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic) chipped in 23 points. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) who recorded 21 points and 4 assists and American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atleticos moved-up to eighth place. Caciques lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Martinez 21+3reb+4ast, J.Famous 20+5reb, R.Cintron Cortes 16+6reb+2ast, W.Orozco 14+7reb+4ast, A.Guzman 9+2reb+9ast, M.Rodriguez 3+1reb+1ast
San German: D.Ebanks 30+2reb+2ast, P.Graham 23+3reb+3ast, J.Keenan 15+9reb+1ast, I.Sosa Carrion 10+2reb+1ast, O.Branch 7+3reb+1ast, G.Browne 6+6reb+10ast
gschID: 540166





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KLS Round 11: FMP beats Dynamic BG in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

Partizan - Spartak 100-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Partizan (10-1) outscored 7th ranked Spartak (1-10) 100-80. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Spartak was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spartak 43-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Partizan players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Spartak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Nikola Tanaskovic (203-97, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Djordje Tresac (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) added 19 points respectively for Spartak in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Partizan have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Spartak lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with ten games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Borac (#5) in Cacak. Spartak will play at home against FMP and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: U.Lukovic 20+6reb+1ast, V.Marinkovic 16+2reb+4ast, M.Andric 12+2reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 10+5reb+1ast, N.Tanaskovic 9+15reb+2ast
Spartak: D.Tresac 19+2reb, I.Kesar 19+7reb+1ast, I.Jelenic 10+4ast, N.Jovisic 9+5reb+3ast, S.Fekete 8+6reb+5ast, S.Matic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544645


FMP - Dynamic BG 89-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: FMP (#3) and Dynamic BG (#6). FMP (7-4) won against visiting Dynamic BG (4-7) 89-75. FMP forced 19 Dynamic BG turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Dynamic BG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Filip Covic (178-89) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. Five FMP players scored in double figures. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and Jamaican center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska) added 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FMP maintains third place with 7-4 record having just three points less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Newly promoted Dynamic BG dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Borac. FMP are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in Subotica in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamic BG will play at home against Mega Leks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FMP: D.Davidovac 18+6reb+3ast, F.Covic 16+2reb+8ast, J.Bolden 14+7reb+1ast, A.Radanov 14+4reb+4ast, S.Lazarevic 10+3reb, R.Seslija 4+3reb
Dynamic BG: K.Ffriend 28+5reb+3ast, M.Cakarevic 22+12reb+2ast, D.Brooks 13+8reb+6ast, A.Lazic 5+5reb+1ast, S.Gavrilovic 4+2reb+1ast, D.Beslac 3+1reb
gschID: 544644


Mega Leks - Crvena Zvezda 67-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sremska Mitrovica. First ranked Crvena Zvezda faced 4th placed Mega Leks. Guests from Beograd (10-1) defeated host Mega Leks (6-5) 73-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mega Leks. It looked good early as Mega Leks took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Mega Leks were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-73. International guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. The former international Luka Mitrovic (204-93) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) answered with 12 points and 5 assists and German swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points in the effort for Mega Leks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record, which they share with Partizan. Mega Leks at the other side keep the fourth position with five games lost. Crvena Zvezda will play against Vrsac (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mega Leks will play against Dynamic BG in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: S.Jovic 20+3reb+8ast, L.Mitrovic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 11+4reb+1ast, M.Guduric 9+3reb, B.Lazic 7+4reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 5+6reb+2ast
Mega Leks: K.Mushidi 16+1reb+1ast, J.Novak 12+3reb+5ast, R.Spasojevic 12+1reb+1ast, O.Jaramaz 7+1reb+4ast, D.Simeunovic 6+4reb, A.Kaba 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 544643


Vrsac - Borac 81-76

An interesting game where host Vrsac (#8) won against 5th ranked Borac 81-76 on Thursday evening. The game without a history. Vrsac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 5 assists. Forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Vrsac's coach Vladimir Djokic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and point guard Marko Radonjic (191-93) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Vrsac (2-9) moved-up to seventh place. Loser Borac keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Dynamic BG. Vrsac will meet league's leader Crvena Zvezda in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Borac will play against the league's second-placed Partizan (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: B.Krstovic 23+2reb+5ast, S.Fundic 13+10reb, N.Jeftic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 8+2reb+5ast, M.Savovic 7+2reb+1ast, M.Djeric 6+1reb
Borac: M.Marinovic 19+4reb+5ast, M.Radonjic 13+6reb+5ast, N.Todorovic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Popovic 9+3reb+2ast, A.Todorovic 8+3reb, I.Djokovic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 544642





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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid15.9 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.5 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.2 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 8. Nedovic, Unicaja13.8 
 9. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.8 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.5 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.2 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Voigtmann, Basko.5.8 
 9. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 10. Sikma, Valencia5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.1 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.6 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia4.9 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.7 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Machado, Manresa3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 3. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Aguilar, Gran Canaria1.1 
 9. Diot, Valencia1.1 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier REY
  Manresa
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 2. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 
 9. Eric, RE.0.8 
 10. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sam PRESCOTT
  Ponferra.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Prescott, Ponferra.21.7 
 2. Valge, Venta d.21.5 
 3. Perez, Casvi19.6 
 4. Hinnenkamp, Leon19.2 
 5. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.7 
 6. Matemalas, Calvia18.5 
 7. Morales, Calvia18.5 
 8. Goncalves, Yosiq.18.0 
 9. Llorente, Estudian.17.8 
 10. Serrataco, Mataro17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dionte ADAMS
  Innova Chef
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Adams, Innova Chef13.3 
 2. Cambronne, Ponferra.11.2 
 3. Perez, Casvi11.1 
 4. Graham, Muro B.11.1 
 5. Vazquez, Novaschool11.0 
 6. Gill, Naron10.7 
 7. Orlov, Pielagos10.6 
 8. Hinnenkamp, Leon10.6 
 9. Thiam, Betanzos10.5 
 10. Morales, Calvia10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CALVO
  Azuqueca
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Calvo, Azuqueca5.8 
 2. Fernandez, Andor.5.3 
 3. Ortega, ULB O.5.1 
 4. Garcia, Meridian.4.8 
 5. Ruiz, Leon4.8 
 6. Balboa, Santfeliuenc4.8 
 7. Fernandez, Betanzos4.3 
 8. Ruzafa, Arenys4.3 
 9. Jimenez, Menorca4.2 
 10. Mendiburu, Pardinye.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bobby HARRIS
  BVM 2012
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harris, BVM 20123.2 
 2. Martinez, La Fecha2.9 
 3. Rodriguez, BVM2.7 
 4. Ballesta, Myrtia2.7 
 5. Mendez, Coin2.6 
 6. Imbroda, Medacbas.2.3 
 7. Betolaza, Santurtzi2.3 
 8. Carter, Cartagena2.3 
 9. Dunston, Guadalaj.2.3 
 10. Vaquero, Vigo VGO2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Volodymyr ORLOV
  Pielagos
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Orlov, Pielagos2.0 
 2. Diene, Lanzarote1.8 
 3. Zhauniarovic., L Alf.1.7 
 4. Miranda, Ponferra.1.6 
 5. Iglesias, Santurtzi1.4 
 6. Seck, Pielagos1.4 
 7. Fall, CAM E.1.3 
 8. Sakho, Martorell1.3 
 9. Rivas, L Alfas1.3 
 10. Mourtala, Torrelod.1.3 


La Roda, Myrtia, Real Canoe and Martorell earn LEB Silver promotion - by Eurobasket News

La Roda, Myrtia, Real Canoeand Martorell earned LEB Silver promotion as they all won their Fase Final Groups

Group Fase Final 1
Cazorla - La Roda 78-87

La Roda defeated Cazorla to secure the top position in the group. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American guard DeAngelo Hailey (190-90, college: NW Missouri St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Arturo Fernandez (182-90) chipped in 25 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Chadian center Placide Nakidjim (205-94) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks and American guard Michael Crane (190-91, college: E.Oregon) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
La Roda: A.Fernandez 25+2reb+3ast, D.Hailey 18+13reb+2ast, N.Rey 17+8reb+2ast, J.Williams 12+2reb+1ast, T.Samson 9+4reb+1ast, M.Blazquez 4+1reb+1ast
Cazorla: P.Nakidjim 19+10reb+7ast, V.Faniel 16+3reb+3ast, L.Murphy 14+9reb+1ast, M.Crane 11+5reb+9ast, C.Sanchez 9+4reb+1ast, M.Diop 4+4reb
gschID: 547537


Calvia - Cartagena 79-68

Group Fase Final 2
Myrtia - CAM E.Soler 78-68

Myrtia defeated CAM E.Soler to secure the promotion to LEB Silver. The game was mostly controlled by Myrtia. CAM E.Soler was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was power forward Jose Fernandez (200-78) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jorge Lledo (203-80) chipped in 18 points. Myrtia's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Miguel Ramirez (195-93) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Senegalese center Masine Fall (208-93) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Myrtia: J.Lledo 18+4reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 17+6reb, E.Delegal 13+3reb, J.Ballesta 9+3reb+4ast, J.Llorente 6+2reb+1ast, S.Alcaraz 6+6reb+2ast
CAM E.Soler: A.Garcia 15+2reb, M.Ramirez 15+12reb, M.Fall 14+7reb, D.Terron 7+2reb+3ast, J.Martinez 5+8reb, J.Gonzalez 4
gschID: 546517


Chantada - Pardinyes-L. 73-67
Group Fase Final 3
Estela - Real Canoe 54-63

Real Canoe defeated Estela and got promoted to LEB Silver! The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-7. But Estela won second period 8-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Canoe dominated on the defensive end, holding Estela to just 7 points in first quarter. Real Canoe had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Estela was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Ander Martinez (199-95) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Center Pablo Rodrigo (204-86) contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Real Canoe's coach Miguel Angel Aranzabal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Miguel-Angel Blanco (195-74) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Pablo Sanchez (198-81) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Estela.
Top scorers:
Real Canoe: A.Martinez 17+5reb, P.Marinan 12+2reb+1ast, I.Fort 7+8reb+1ast, O.Herrero 7+4reb+3ast, P.Rodrigo 6+11reb+1ast, M.Bustillo 4+2reb+2ast
Estela: M.Angel Blanco 16+6reb+2ast, P.Sanchez 10+9reb+1ast, M.Diouf 8+4reb, J.Pena 7, C.Iradier 5+3reb+2ast, T.Hampl 3+4reb
gschID: 547538


Mollet - Valencia II 71-64
Group Fase Final 4
Martorell - Yosiquese 88-59

Marotell beat Yosiquese in the final game of the tournament and secure the top position in the group. The game without a history. Martorell led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Martorell forced 21 Yosiquese turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Guillem Jou (196-97) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Portuguese Henrique Onofre (189-94) chipped in 15 points. Four Martorell players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Carlos Garcia who recorded 18 points and forward Adolfo Vega (195-97) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. 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:
Martorell: G.Jou 18+8reb, H.Onofre 15+2reb+2ast, A.Hernandez 14+3reb+1ast, C.Oliva 11+2reb+3ast, D.Jofresa 8+2reb+6ast, M.Deng 6+2reb
Yosiquese: C.Garcia 18+2reb+1ast, A.Lopez 11+3reb+1ast, A.Vega 10+6reb+2ast, R.Goncalves 8+6reb+2ast, J.Gutierrez 5+1reb+1ast, A.Lopez 4+7reb
gschID: 547540


Casvi - Leon 84-79



Liga Endesa Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Andorra 107-76

The game without a history. Real Madrid led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Real Madrid outrebounded Andorra 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international Sergio Llull (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 15 assists. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Andorra. 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:
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 16+2reb, A.Randolph 14+7reb+2ast, O.Hunter 13+4reb, F.Reyes 12+5reb+2ast, S.Llull 9+15ast, A.Nocioni 9+2reb+1ast
Andorra: G.Shermadini 21+6reb, T.Antetokounmpo 16+3reb+4ast, O.Stevic 14+7reb+2ast, D.Jelinek 7+1reb+2ast, G.Colom 7+1reb+1ast, C.Czerapowicz 5+1reb
gschID: 546871


Unicaja - Iberostar Tener. 79-65

The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. CB Canarias managed to win third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unicaja Malaga made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while CB Canarias only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded CB Canarias 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by CB Canarias helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for DR Congolese Christian Eyenga (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. The former international forward Carlos Suarez (203-86, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-French forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CB Canarias. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: C.Eyenga 21+4reb+1ast, C.Suarez 14+2reb+4ast, N.Nedovic 12+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 10+1reb, A.Omic 9+8reb+1ast, J.Brooks 5+5reb
Iberostar Tener.: T.Kirksay 16+6reb, A.Doornekamp 15+5reb+1ast, D.White 11+3reb+3ast, G.Bogris 6+2reb, W.Hanley 4+1reb, R.San Miguel 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546872


Valencia - FC Barcelona 83-61

Valencia Basket forced 19 FC Barcelona turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 9 rebounds. French point guard Antoine Diot (193-89) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 14 points and international Victor Claver (207-88) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for FC Barcelona. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 16+1reb, P.Oriola 11, R.Martinez 11+1reb, A.Diot 10+4reb+4ast, W.Thomas 9+1reb, L.Sikma 9+9reb+2ast
FC Barcelona: T.Rice 14+1reb+3ast, P.Koponen 10+1reb+2ast, S.Perperoglou 9+4reb+1ast, V.Claver 9+5reb+1ast, B.Oleson 5+1ast, A.Renfroe 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546874


Baskonia - Gran Canaria 71-59

The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Gran Canaria managed to win second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gran Canaria to just 7 points in first quarter. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Gran Canaria's 24. It was a very good performance for Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international Pablo Aguilar (202-89) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gran Canaria. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: A.Hanga 17+8reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 13+7reb, S.Larkin 11+3reb+6ast, R.Beaubois 6+5reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 6+4reb+2ast, K.Tillie 6+2reb
Gran Canaria: P.Aguilar 12+6reb+2ast, K.Kuric 11+5reb+1ast, A.Oliver 8+3ast, A.Pasecniks 8+3reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 6+1reb+5ast, R.O'Neale 4+11reb
gschID: 546873





Unicaja may land Leo Westermann - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) is close to add to their roster 25-year old French guard Leo Westermann (197-86kg-92, agency: BeoBasket) who currently plays at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania. In 37 LKL games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.7apg this season. He helped them to win the cup. The last season Westermann played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 ProA games he averaged 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg. Westermann also played 10 games in Euroleague where he had 10.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Westermann won French ProA championship title in 2015. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game in 2015.
Westermann was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Westermann also represented France at the European Championships two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg.
Westermann has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan), Spain (FC Barcelona) and France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and CFBB).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Excellent basketball IQ and maturity as a floor general make him a very promising, tall bodied PG. Sees the court very well, has great patience offensively and goos shot selection, trying to keep any teammate involved. Great upside, even at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MCC2017: Spain to host Mediterranean Cup (Barcelona) - by Mike Amico

Spain - Dates set for Mediterranean Cup basketball tournament
www.mcceuropebasket.com

The 2017 International Mediterranean Cup of Champions Invitational Tournament will be held from September 1-5, a Spain basketball official said Thursday.

The MCC event will take place in Barcelona, Spain at the Palau Josep Mora Unio Esportiva Feimat Mataro gymnasium and will host six men's teams.

"The MCC will become an annual international tournament for Spain and America," said Jesus Murat, MMC board member. "This will be a good time for all clubs to see American talent and improve our locals in the off-season."

Among the men's teams participating are local favorites B.C. Martorell Solvay, Feimat Mataro, AE Muro Basquet Academy, UB Sant Adria, GIE Maile Matrix (UBA-US) and the Atlanta Legends (UBA-US).

Murat voiced that he expects the Feimat Mataro team to be the top box office draw, as usual, since they are the hosting team in Spain and have a long known history of being very passionate about the sport of basketball having had very impressive youth groups throughout the years.

"Moreover, the UBA teams were selected to bring in a high level of competition and give an opportunity to get more Americans exposure in Europe. I think the team will be highly competitive," Murat said.

The Universal Basketball Association has participated in several FIBA events including the Williams Jones Cup (Taiwan), Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic) and now the 2017 International Mediterranean Cup Invitational Tournament (Spain).

"We take great pride in being one of the few minor leagues to ever be invited to FIBA events", said Basketball Operations Director Travis McAvene . We want to continue to be the league (UBA) to continuously send out players to the next level.

For more information on the 2017 International Mediterranean Cup Invitational Tournament just follow us @ www.mcceuropebasket.com.



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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. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 9. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.5 
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. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 5. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 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. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 3. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.9 
 6. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 7. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 8. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
 9. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.1.5 
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 5 of Semi-Finals: Monthey to meet Geneve Lions in the Final - by Eurobasket News

Monthey - Lugano Tigers 85-74

Monthey defeated Lugano Tigers in decisive game and entered the Finals! The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Lugano Tigers managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Markel Humphrey (198-86, college: Marshall, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Brandon Young (193-91, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Guard Tristan Carey (193-91, college: Longwood) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Monthey: M.Humphrey 25+10reb+1ast, J.Dubas 19+7reb, B.Young 18+4reb+6ast, J.Sinclair 11+1reb+5ast, M.Maruotto 9+6reb+4ast, P.Barac 3+1reb+4ast
Lugano Tigers: T.Carey 19+10reb+4ast, E.Williams 18+9reb, J.Aw 13+5reb, T.Everett 12+2reb+5ast, F.Steinmann 6+4reb+1ast, A.Louissaint 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547416





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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 BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 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.9.1 
 4. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 5. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Pleiss, Galatasaray7.0 
 8. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 9. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 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. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Granger, Anadolu .5.1 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.0 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Banvit BK
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 2. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 5. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 7. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 8. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.8 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.3 
 5. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Elijah JOHNSON
  Istanbul.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Johnson, Istanbul.22.2 
 2. Coleman, Yalova Bld21.2 
 3. Holmes, Mamak DSI21.0 
 4. Monroe, Turk T.20.6 
 5. Smith, Samsun20.1 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.20.1 
 7. Tucker, Final Genclik19.6 
 8. Wright, Acibadem19.6 
 9. Borovnjak, Bursa.19.0 
 10. Harris, Mugla O.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenny ADELEKE
  Final G.
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Adeleke, Final G.13.8 
 2. Monroe, Turk T.12.2 
 3. Drame, Samsun11.5 
 4. Hopkins, Samsun10.8 
 5. Arar, Pertevniyal10.6 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.9.8 
 7. Brown, Istanbul.9.7 
 8. Yucel, Pertevniyal9.6 
 9. Smith, Akhisar Bld9.4 
 10. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tyshawn TAYLOR
  Mamak DSI
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Taylor, Mamak DSI7.2 
 2. McKee, Turk T.6.2 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Final G.5.8 
 4. Campbell, Socar P.5.4 
 5. Gen, Mamak DSI5.3 
 6. Smith, Samsun5.0 
 7. Erdogan, Pertevni.5.0 
 8. Gedikli, Afyon4.9 
 9. Tuncer, Eskisehi.4.8 
 10. Cetin, Turk T.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Turk T.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McKee, Turk T.2.5 
 2. Hughes, Duzce Bld.2.2 
 3. Coleman, Yalova Bld1.8 
 4. Holmes, Mamak DSI1.8 
 5. Cantitiz, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Brown, Istanbul.1.8 
 7. Turna, Sakarya BSB1.6 
 8. Rizvic, Gelisim1.5 
 9. Mentese, Afyon1.5 
 10. Ulusoy, Bandirma Kir.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Mugla O.
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jefferson, Mugla O.1.9 
 2. Rizvic, Gelisim1.6 
 3. Ford, Acibadem1.5 
 4. Arar, Pertevniyal1.4 
 5. Brown, Istanbul.1.4 
 6. Dendy, Duzce Bld.1.3 
 7. Hopkins, Samsun1.0 
 8. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.0.9 
 9. Harris, Final Genclik0.9 
 10. Drame, Samsun0.9 


BSL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka - Banvit BK 72-67

Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. His fellow American import guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Darussafaka's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Slovenian center Gasper Vidmar (211-87) added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Banvit.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 18+3reb+1ast, S.Wilbekin 14+4reb+4ast, W.Clyburn 7+11reb+2ast, A.Zizic 4+2reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 4+7reb
Banvit BK: F.Korkmaz 18+10reb, J.Theodore 15+7reb+8ast, G.Vidmar 14+14reb+1ast, G.Orelik 7+1ast, J.Chappell 6+3reb+2ast, D.Kulig 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546982


Fenerbahce - Tofas 92-76

Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 5 assists. Center Ahmet Duverioglu (209-93) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Dominican-American swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) answered with 12 points and Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic (196-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Tofas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: K.Sloukas 13+1reb+3ast, J.Vesely 12+4reb+1ast, L.Datome 11+6reb, J.Nunnally 11+1reb+5ast, B.Bogdanovic 10+4reb+5ast, A.Duverioglu 9+9reb+1ast
Tofas: V.Micic 13+1reb+4ast, K.Peker 12+4reb, S.Mejia 12+4reb+2ast, Y.Arslan 12+2reb+2ast, C.Copeland 9+4reb+1ast, B.Ermis 7+5ast
gschID: 546981


Anadolu Efes - Galatasaray 95-85

Anadolu Efes outrebounded Galatasaray 39-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) fired 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. International forward Cedi Osman (204-95) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) produced 20 points and American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Five Anadolu Efes and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Galatasaray's coach Ergin Ataman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 20+4reb+7ast, C.Osman 19+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 17+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 11+8reb+3ast, T.Heurtel 10+3reb+10ast, D.Thomas 8+3reb
Galatasaray: E.McCollum 20+3reb, S.Guler 12+3reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 11+6reb+1ast, A.Tyus 11+3reb, V.Micov 8+1reb+4ast, B.Schilb 8+2reb+8ast
gschID: 546984


Besiktas - Gaziantep 66-57

Gaziantep was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 6 points and 11 rebounds. American guard DJ Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Will Cherry (185-91, college: Montana) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Gaziantep.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: D.Strawberry 15+2reb+2ast, K.Weems 12+4reb+1ast, M.Roll 9+3reb+2ast, V.Stimac 6+11reb+2ast, E.Clark 6+2reb, K.Sipahi 5+3reb+2ast
Gaziantep: M.Denmon 18+6reb+4ast, M.Haislip 16+1reb+1ast, J.Balazic 8+4reb+1ast, W.Cherry 7+12reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 6+10reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 2+2reb
gschID: 546983





Bennett leaves Fenerbahce - by Greg

New Euroleague Champion Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) parted ways with ex-no1 pick of the NBA draft Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV). In 7 BSL games he recorded 9.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg this season. He also played 10 games in Euroleague, but he averaged only 1.2ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Virgin Islands readies for Centro Basket U17 - by David Edole

http://www.fiba.com/centrobasket/u17/2017/news/draw-results-in-for-centrobasket-u17-championship-2017

The Centrobasket U17 Championship will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 26-30, 2017. The Virgin Islands are in group B along with Panama, Jamaica and host Dominican Republic. The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2018, that will be played in St. Catharines, Canada from June 11-17, 2018.
The Coaches are Jareem Dowling of North Texas University, Jerome Tang of Baylor University, Pedrito Estrill (Formerly of CAHS) and Kevin Sheppard (Educational Complex).



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  UBA  


MCC2017: Spain to host Mediterranean Cup (Barcelona) - by Mike Amico

Spain - Dates set for Mediterranean Cup basketball tournament
www.mcceuropebasket.com

The 2017 International Mediterranean Cup of Champions Invitational Tournament will be held from September 1-5, a Spain basketball official said Thursday.

The MCC event will take place in Barcelona, Spain at the Palau Josep Mora Unio Esportiva Feimat Mataro gymnasium and will host six men's teams.

"The MCC will become an annual international tournament for Spain and America," said Jesus Murat, MMC board member. "This will be a good time for all clubs to see American talent and improve our locals in the off-season."

Among the men's teams participating are local favorites B.C. Martorell Solvay, Feimat Mataro, AE Muro Basquet Academy, UB Sant Adria, GIE Maile Matrix (UBA-US) and the Atlanta Legends (UBA-US).

Murat voiced that he expects the Feimat Mataro team to be the top box office draw, as usual, since they are the hosting team in Spain and have a long known history of being very passionate about the sport of basketball having had very impressive youth groups throughout the years.

"Moreover, the UBA teams were selected to bring in a high level of competition and give an opportunity to get more Americans exposure in Europe. I think the team will be highly competitive," Murat said.

The Universal Basketball Association has participated in several FIBA events including the Williams Jones Cup (Taiwan), Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic) and now the 2017 International Mediterranean Cup Invitational Tournament (Spain).

"We take great pride in being one of the few minor leagues to ever be invited to FIBA events", said Basketball Operations Director Travis McAvene . We want to continue to be the league (UBA) to continuously send out players to the next level.

For more information on the 2017 International Mediterranean Cup Invitational Tournament just follow us @ www.mcceuropebasket.com.



Will Richard named UBA Player of the Week - by David Walls

UBA News
5/25/2017

The Louisville Diesel guard Will Richard (6'3''-G-84) was today named UBA Player of the Week.

Richard led the Diesel over the Dayton Sharks 80- 78 Saturday night. He scored a game high 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The Diesel are now tied for the top record in the UBA (16-2). Last week marked the number one seed for the Louisville team in the UBA playoffs.

He has played professional in Chile and the Dominican Republic. In 2014 he played for Club Deportivo Valdivia. In 12 games Richard averaged a team best 17.0 points per game along with 6.4 rebounds.




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  UKRAINE  


Hoverla in new Higher League Champion! - by Eurobasket News

Politekhn.Lvov - Hoverla 77-79
Hoverla defeated Polotekhnik Lvov in Game 2 and swept Final series for the title! The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. The best player for the winners was point guard Kyrylo Podkovyrov (180-96) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. Guard Oleksandr Shostuha (192-84) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Center Roman Novikov (204-92, agency: AproK Sports Group) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Andriy Kobets (192-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: K.Podkovyrov 19+4reb+4ast, S.Serpilin 18+2reb+1ast, O.Shostuha 16+8reb+1ast, R.Gumeniuk 8+10reb+4ast, Y.Koroviyakov 7+4reb+2ast, D.Koshovets 5+1reb
Politekhn.Lvov: R.Novikov 22+9reb+2ast, D.Khodov 15+5reb+1ast, A.Kobets 15+4reb+6ast, M.Tiutiunyk 6+3reb+1ast, M.Vorobjov 6+4reb+3ast, M.Nasennik 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 547142





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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. Hamilton, Bucan.18.5 
 7. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 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, Gaiteros9.2 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.3 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Graterol, Bucaneros7.4 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.7.3 
 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. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 6. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.1.4 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
 10. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CARRERA
  Marinos
  (196-SF-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carrera, Marinos1.6 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.0 
 6. Jackson, Gigantes1.0 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Unics Kazan targeting Simone Pianigiani - by Anton Levov

After announcing that Evgeny Pashutin (agency: BeoBasket ) won't continue as a head coach of the team,Unics Kazan are in the market for a new head coach.
According to sources from Kazan,the Tatarstans number one target for the head coach position is Italian coach Simone Pianigiani .
Simone Pianigiani ,who is the current head coach of Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem has an option for next season but Kazan already sniffing around and trying to lure him to Russia with a much lucrative deal and according to a source from the team Kazan will wait until Jerusalem season will be over and then will make the move.
Pianigiani has a good European reputation,starting as a assistant coach of Carlo Recalcati at Siena and then moving to the head coach position and leading the Italian team to two Euroleague Final fours and Italian Championships and cups.in 2012 the Italian has moved to Turkish Giants Fenerbahce Istanbul but left in February 2013.
It was just last summer (2016)that the Italian has returned to manage a club by taking Hapoel Jerusalem and he led them to the Eurocup Semi-Final.in Between he was head coach of the Italian National team.
Kazan already had an Italian coach,Andrea Trincheiri who managed the team for one season (13/14) and led them to the Eurocup Final and winning the Russian cup.




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Women News


Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team 2017
Gaelle Skrela
Skrela
Amel Bouderra
Bouderra
Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Katherine Plouffe
Plouffe
Clarissa Dos Santos
Dos Santos

Finals MVP: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Villeneuve
Player of the Year: Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
Guard of the Year: Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
Forward of the Year: Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92) of Nantes
Center of the Year: Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) of Bourges
Domestic Player of the Year: Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
Import Player of the Year: Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92) of Nantes
Bosman Player of the Year: Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Villeneuve
Best Young Player: Lisa Berkani (176-SG-97) of Mondeville
Defensive Player of the Year: Elodie Godin (191-C-85) of Lattes Montp.
Coach of the Year: Frederic Dusart of Villeneuve

1st Team
G: Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
G: Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) of Flammes
G/F: Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Villeneuve
F: Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92) of Nantes
C: Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) of Bourges

2nd Team
SG: Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) of Landes
SF: Margret Skuballa (186-SF-87) of Nantes
F: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (5'11''-F-93) of Flammes
F: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Villeneuve
F/C: Geraldine Robert (183-F/C-80) of Nice

Honorable Mention
Elodie Godin (191-C-85) of Lattes Montp.
Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86) of Flammes
Valerianne Ayayi (184-F-94) of Villeneuve
Kayla Alexander (6'4''-C-91) of Bourges
Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) of Villeneuve
Marieme Badiane (190-F/C-94) of Mondeville
Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (185-F-84) of Mondeville
Jacinta Monroe (196-F/C-88) of Hainaut
Laetitia Kamba (187-F-87) of Nice
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Tarbes
Adja Konteh (178-G-92) of Tarbes
Djene Diawara (192-C-85) of Lyon
Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Lyon
Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-PG-84) of Tarbes

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp.
G: Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) of Flammes
SG: Celine Dumerc (169-SG-82) of Landes
F: Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Villeneuve
F/C: Geraldine Robert (183-F/C-80) of Nice

All-Imports Team
PG: Bintou Dieme-Marizy (164-PG-84) of Tarbes
F: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (5'11''-F-93) of Flammes
F: Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92) of Nantes
C: Clarissa Dos Santos (184-C-88) of Bourges
C: Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Tarbes

All-Bosmans Team
SG: Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) of Villeneuve
SG: Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90) of Flammes
G/F: Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92) of Villeneuve
SF: Margret Skuballa (186-SF-87) of Nantes
C: Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86) of Flammes



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  GERMANY  


Sonja Greinacher signs with Wisly Can-Pack - by Juliane Hoehne

Sonja Greinacher (190-F/C-92, college: Gonzaga) signs with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow for the upcoming season. The 24-year old German national player graduated from Gonzaga University in 2015. The past two years Greinacher played for Herner TC, where she averaged last season 13.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg. She was named to the Eurobasket All-Domestic Team and 2nd Team in both years and as All-Domestic Player in 2016. It will be the first season for the Power Forward competing in EuroLeague.


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Olympiacos welcome back Spyridopoulou - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos Pireus (A1) inked 29-year old international forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-88). It is actually her comeback to Ellinikou as she has played here before. Spyridopoulou She moved there from Proteas in the A1 where she played this season. Spyridopoulou has played there for the last three years. In 20 A1 games she averaged 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. A very good season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Honorable Mention. The last season Spyridopoulou played also at Proteas. In 19 games she had 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Among other achievements Spyridopoulou's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2011 and 2015.
She has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. Spyridopoulou has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
She also represented Greece at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.2rpg.
Spyridopoulou has played previously professionally also in Sweden (AIK Basket) and Greece (M.Aleksandros, AS Aris Thessalonikis and Terpsithea).
Her game is described as: She can play equal both positions of Forward and is a player with a very good shoot from long and short distance. Understands the game well and is able to pass the ball very good. She contributes always her teams with the many rebounds that she is collecting.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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Lekdetec sack headcoach and grab game 3 - by Bas Hendriks

After their second straight finals defeat at the hands of Grasshoppers it was now or never for Lekdetec that fired newly acquired headcoach Paul van den Heuvel who just signed with them in january to lead the team to a cupvictory and a finals spot after sweeping the semifinals versus powerhouse den Helder. His assistants Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) and Faizal Pasaribu took over and led the injury depleted team to a game 3 victory.

The game in Katwijk last wedsnesday saw a furious opening cupwinnersteam that raced to a 10-2 opening only to clinch the first quarter 24-13. Dominating the boards in the first half and almost uniquely scoring from close range they managed to bring a 40-27 lead to the break. After winning all two (league and cupfinal) games of the season in Katwijk Lekdetec seemed on pace to clinch yet another victory in an away game.

After the break the tables slightly turned and Grasshoppers managed to grab momentum, only to come back to 48-52, but Lekdetec , led by 21 points for Jacobine Klerkx regrouped and pulled away 8 points only to nearly collapse as Grasshoppers pulled within 4 with only little more than a minute to go. It proved enough of a cushion for the relieved Bemmel team that pulled away 55-66 for a 2-1 deficit going into game four this saturday. Grasshoppers didn't seem to mind very much: 'if you would have told me we'd be up 2-1 after three games I would have signed blindly' the speaker said. Tipoff for game 4 including livestream saturday at 20.30 Amsterdam time.



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  ITALY  


Serie A2 Round 2 of Finals: Sesto SG claimed A1 promotion! - by Eurobasket News

Ferrara - Sesto SG 42-55

Sesto SG claimed Serie A1 promotion as they swept Ferrara in two-game series. Sesto SG dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Ferrara's 22. Beatrice Barberis (178-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Virginia Galbiati (173-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Forward Nene Diene (180-92) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Rosa Cupido (173-92) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Sesto SG: B.Barberis 19+11reb, G.Arturi 11+4reb+1ast, E.Ercoli 8+8reb+1ast, F.Gambarini 8+2reb+1ast, V.Galbiati 7+9reb+2ast, V.Schieppati 2+4reb+5ast
Ferrara: R.Cupido 10+7reb, N.Diene 9+11reb+1ast, F.Santarelli 9+3reb, L.Miccio 7+4reb, E.Ramo 6+6reb+1ast, V.Furlani 1+3reb
gschID: 547335


Vicenza - Bologna 51-39

Vicenza stays alive in the battle as they crushed Bologna in Game 2. Slovenian forward Tina Jakovina (183-92) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Lucia Ferri (182-85) supported her with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by point guard Chiara Mini (165-86) did not help to save the game for Bologna. Power forward Chiara Cadoni (182-94) added 10 points for the guests. Bologna's coach Paolo Andreoli rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Vicenza: T.Jakovina 15+8reb+2ast, L.Ferri 11+8reb, T.Madonna 10+4reb+4ast, M.Giulia Pegoraro 5+2reb+2ast, G.Nicolodi 5+6reb+2ast, I.Pieropan 5+3reb
Bologna: C.Mini 12+5reb+2ast, C.Cadoni 10+4reb, A.Tava 5+4reb, F.Franceschelli 5+6reb, R.D'Alie 4+3reb+1ast, M.Meroni 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547336





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  MONTENEGRO  


Rakovic moves to Bembibre - by Zeljko Zule

Kristina Rakovic (186-F/C-94, agency: ProDep Management) will continue her career in Spain, but she moved from Liga Femenina 2 side Valencia to Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM for the upcoming season.
Rakovic averaged 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks in 15 Spanish LF2 games last season. Rakovic grew up with Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje before moving to Bosnia and Herzegovina to play for Mladi Krajisnik from 2012 to 2014. At the beginning of that year, she joined Serbian side Sumadija Kragujevac for a season and a half. In the summer 2015, Rakovic returned to Montenegro and joined Buducnost Bemax with whom she won MZRKL/WABA title.
Rakovic represented Montenegro at the 2015 European Championship in Hungary and Romania, averaging 2.0 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.1 assists in 8 games. She also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.3 apg and 0.5 spg.



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  POLAND  


AZS UMCS Lublin inks Dajana Butulija - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

AZS UMCS Lublin (TBLK) agreed terms with 31-year old Serbian international shooting guard Dajana Butulija (176-86, agency: BeoBasket). She played last season at CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 21 games she had 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. Butulija helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team. She also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league. But in 6 Eurocup games she recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg. Butulija also spent pre-season at Radivoj Korac in Serbian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Swedish Damligan championship title in 2014. Butulija was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year back in 2010 and 2011.
She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Butulija has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
She represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Butulija is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Lyon), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok), Spain (CREF Hola), Serbia (Usce) and Sweden (Lulea Basket, Norrkoping Dolphins and Sallen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AZS UMCS Lublin adds Cebulska to their roster - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

AZS UMCS Lublin (TBLK) added to their roster 26-year old guard Martyna Cebulska (165-91, agency: Promotex). She played last season at Energa Torun in Polish TBLK. But in 9 games she recorded just 1.8ppg. Cebulska also played 4 games in Baltic League where she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.5apg and 2.5spg. The other team she played that season for was TS Ostrovia. In 17 games she had 5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Cebulska's team made it to the BWBL Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 1st Team back in 2013.
Cebulska represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Serbia six years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 2.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg.
Cebulska has played previously for Wilki Morskie.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wisla Can-Pack added Jelena Antic - by Grzegorz Ozog

Polish vice-champion TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow added to their roster next new player. It's 26-years old Macedonian forward Jelena Antic (187-F-91, college: Liberty).

She spent last season in Lulea Basket, played 36 games and scored 14.3ppg, 8.3rpb and 5.3apg.

2016-2017: Lulea Basket (Sweden-Damligan, starting five): 32 games: 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.7apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 69.2%; Eurocup: 4 games: 9.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg.




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Bembibre keeps Ndoye for another season - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) re-signed 24-year old Senegalese center Bineta Ndoye (196-93, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 5 LFB games she recorded just 2.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Ndoye also played that season for Ciudad de la Adelantados where in 11 LFB games she averaged 4.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9bpg.
Her team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2014.
Ndoye was a member of Senegalese U20 National Team back in 2006.
She has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Sporting).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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  SERBIA  


AZS UMCS Lublin inks Dajana Butulija - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

AZS UMCS Lublin (TBLK) agreed terms with 31-year old Serbian international shooting guard Dajana Butulija (176-86, agency: BeoBasket). She played last season at CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 21 games she had 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.0spg. Butulija helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team. She also played that season for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league. But in 6 Eurocup games she recorded just 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg. Butulija also spent pre-season at Radivoj Korac in Serbian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won Swedish Damligan championship title in 2014. Butulija was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year back in 2010 and 2011.
She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Butulija has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2011 and previously for University National Team in 2009.
She represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg.
Butulija is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in France (Lyon), Slovakia (MBK Ruzomberok), Spain (CREF Hola), Serbia (Usce) and Sweden (Lulea Basket, Norrkoping Dolphins and Sallen).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  


Bembibre keeps Ndoye for another season - by Eurobasket News

Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre PDM (LFB) re-signed 24-year old Senegalese center Bineta Ndoye (196-93, agency: ProDep Management). She played there last season. In 5 LFB games she recorded just 2.4ppg and 2.4rpg. Ndoye also played that season for Ciudad de la Adelantados where in 11 LFB games she averaged 4.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9bpg.
Her team made it to the LFB Semifinals in 2014.
Ndoye was a member of Senegalese U20 National Team back in 2006.
She has played previously professionally also in Portugal (Sporting).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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  TURKEY  


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL 1st Team 2017
Courtney Vandersloot
Vandersloot
Moriah Jefferson
Jefferson
Kayla McBride
McBride
Candace Parker
Parker
Jantel Lavender
Lavender

Finals MVP: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
Player of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
Guard of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
Forward of the Year: Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86) of Fenerbahce
Center of the Year: Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce
Import Player of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
Domestic Player of the Year: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
Bosman Player of the Year: Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) of Mersin BSB
Defensive Player of the Year: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
Coach of the Year: Zafer Kalaycioglu of Yakin Dogu BGD

1st Team
PG: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
PG: Moriah Jefferson (170-PG-94) of Galatasaray
G: Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92) of Yakin Dogu
C/F: Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86) of Fenerbahce
C: Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce

2nd Team
G: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
C: Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) of Yakin Dogu BGD
G: Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86) of Fenerbahce
C: Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Fenerbahce
C: Kiah Stokes (6'3''-C-93) of Besiktas

Honorable Mention
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Fenerbahce
Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) of Fenerbahce
LaToya Sanders (6'3''-PF-86) of Abdullah Gul
Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of Besiktas
Courtney Paris (6'3''-C-87) of Hatay
Bahar Ozturk (183-G/F-84) of Hatay
Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) of Mersin BSB
Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88) of Istanbul Univ.
Avery Warley (190-F/C-87) of Adana ASKI
Eshaya Murphy (5'11''-G/F-85) of Samsun
Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83) of Girne Unov.
Michelle Snow (196-C-80) of Mersin MBK
Rebekah Gardner (6'1''-G-90) of Osmaniye
Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) of Yakin Dogu BGD
Tilbe Senyurek (190-C-95) of Botas
Nilay Kartaltepe (172-PG-79) of Mersin BSB

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Nilay Kartaltepe (172-PG-79) of Mersin BSB
G: Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray
PG: Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) of Fenerbahce
F: Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) of Yakin Dogu BGD
C: Tilbe Senyurek (190-C-95) of Botas

All-Imports Team
PG: Courtney Vandersloot (5'8''-PG-89) of Yakin Dogu
PG: Moriah Jefferson (170-PG-94) of Galatasaray
G: Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92) of Yakin Dogu
C/F: Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86) of Fenerbahce
C: Jantel Lavender (191-C-88) of Fenerbahce

All-Bosmans Team
G: Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) of Mersin BSB
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Fenerbahce
C/F: Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) of Mersin BSB
C/F: Iva Perovanovic (188-C/F-83) of Besiktas
C: Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) of Fenerbahce