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  ALGERIA  



D1 Round 12: USS hands first loss to CRB Dar El-B. - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated CRB Dar El-B. (7-1) in Setif on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked USS (6-4) 69-63. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of CRB Dar El-B.. USS maintains third position with 6-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader CRB Dar El-B. CRB Dar El-B. at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Skikda. Eighth ranked USMB (2-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Skikda (3-5) 71-68 on Friday evening. USMB maintains eighth position with 2-7 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with El Eulma.
An interesting game for Constantine CSC (6-3) which hosted in Constantine 4th ranked Olympic Batna (4-4). Second ranked Constantine CSC managed to get a 4-point victory 75-71. Constantine CSC maintains second position with 6-3 record having just one point less than leader CRB Dar El-B. Loser Olympic Batna keeps the fourth place with four games lost.
D1 top team - GS Petroliers (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Olympi Miliana (3-4) in Alger 94-61. Undefeated GS Petroliers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-0 record. Olympi Miliana lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost.
Bottom-ranked Oran is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to second ranked Arreridj (6-2) 127-57 on Friday evening. Arreridj have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-2 record having just two points less than leader CRB Dar El-B., which they share with WA Boufarik. Loser Oran still closes the standings with eight games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: NAH Dey beat Constantine JP on the road 75-62. Staoueli destroyed Ouargla on its own court 75-42. El Eulma unfortunately lost to WA Boufarik in a road game 62-77.

US Setif - CRB Dar El-B. 69-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated CRB Dar El-B. (7-1) in Setif on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked USS (6-4) 69-63. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of CRB Dar El-B.. USS maintains third position with 6-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader CRB Dar El-B. CRB Dar El-B. at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost.
gschID: 547588


Constantine JP - NAH Dey 62-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked NAH Dey (5-3) beat on the road 7th ranked Constantine JP (1-8) 75-62 on Friday. NAH Dey maintains fourth position with 5-3 record. Constantine JP lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with eight games lost.
gschID: 547589


Constantine CSC - Olympic Batna 75-71

An interesting game for Constantine CSC (6-3) which hosted in Constantine 4th ranked Olympic Batna (4-4). Second ranked Constantine CSC managed to get a 4-point victory 75-71. Constantine CSC maintains second position with 6-3 record having just one point less than leader CRB Dar El-B. Loser Olympic Batna keeps the fourth place with four games lost.
gschID: 547586


Arreridj - Oran 127-57

Bottom-ranked Oran is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to second ranked Arreridj (6-2) 127-57 on Friday evening. Arreridj have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-2 record having just two points less than leader CRB Dar El-B., which they share with WA Boufarik. Loser Oran still closes the standings with eight games lost.
gschID: 547587


GS Petroliers - Olympi Miliana 94-61

D1 top team - GS Petroliers (8-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Olympi Miliana (3-4) in Alger 94-61. GS Petroliers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-0 record. Olympi Miliana lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost.
gschID: 547585


Staoueli - Ouargla 75-42

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Staoueli and 7th ranked Ouargla had identical 3-5 record. This time Staoueli used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from 75-42 on Friday night. Staoueli (4-5) moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Ouargla keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
gschID: 547583


Skikda - USM Blida 68-71

Important game to mention about took place in Skikda. Eighth ranked USMB (2-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Skikda (3-5) 71-68 on Friday evening. USMB maintains eighth position with 2-7 record. Skikda at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with El Eulma.
gschID: 547584


WA Boufarik - El Eulma 77-62

Rather predictable result when third ranked WA Boufarik (6-2) won against at home 6th ranked El Eulma (3-5) 77-62 on Friday. WA Boufarik moved-up to second place, which they share with Arreridj. Loser El Eulma keeps the sixth position with five games lost.
gschID: 547582





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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  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.0 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.9 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.7 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.6 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.0 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.2 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Pais, Platense2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Stibbins, Union SF1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 9. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 10. Moya, Hindu1.0 


TNA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Atenas Carmen beat Estudiantes O. - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Carmen - Estudiantes O. 87-78

Atenas Carmen overcame Estudiantes O. at home court to level things up at 2-2 in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Estudiantes O. won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Atenas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes O.Five Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 21+2reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 17+9reb+2ast, S.Cutley 15+6reb+6ast, B.Oprandi 9+4reb+8ast, G.Peralta 8+2reb, H.Etchepare 7+2reb+1ast
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 23+5reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 16+9reb+3ast, E.Dominguez 12+5reb+2ast, S.Arese 11+6reb, J.Gamazo 10+4reb, L.Portillo 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547542





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  AUSTRALIA  


Blanchfield is back at Townsville Heat - by Hugh McAuliffe

Townsville Heat (QBL) agreed terms with 26-year old ex-international swingman Todd Blanchfield (200-94kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Townsville Heat as he has played here before. Blanchfield He moved there from United (NBL) where he started the season. In 22 games he had 8.8ppg and 3.9rpg this season. QBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Blanchfield played also at United (also in NBL). In 30 games he recorded 9.6ppg and 6.5rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Blanchfield won New Zealand NBL championship title in 2015. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team in 2015.
Blanchfield was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Blanchfield also represented Australia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for four other teams: Mackay Meteors, Townsville Crocodiles, Sharks and Australian Institute Sport.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


Traiskirchen Lions bring back Zoran Kostic, replace Luigi Gresta - by Stefan Prager

Just a few days after Zoran Kostic parted ways with the BK Klosterneuburg Dukes he has signed a multi year contract with the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. Kostic is replacing Luigi Gresta (agency: Interperformances ). Kostic was a part of the Lions for many years, worked there from 2001 to 2014 in different positions. He left the Lions in 2014 for BC Vienna. Last season he coached the young Klosterneuburg team to a 4-28 record placing last in the ABL standings.

Luigi Gresta (agency: Interperformances ) came to Traiskirchen in January as a successor for Georgi Mladenov. He led the Lions to the playoffs where they came up short in the quarterfinals losing 0-2 versus the Kapfenberg Bulls.



Villach Raiders crowned as 2nd League Champions - by Stefan Prager

The Villach Raiders crowned themselves as 2nd league champions for the first time in franchise history. In a five game finals series against the reigning champs from Chin Min Dragons St. Polten the Raiders won the decisive fifth game beating St. Poelten 96:80 on the road. Being down 0-2 after the first two games Villach won three straight games to clinch the title. Erik Rhinehart (206-F-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) scored 25 points in the showdown, Finals MVP Marko Kolaric (212-C/F-84, college: Chaminade) added 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Timi Huber (179-G-92) added 20 points as well. Martin Speiser (202-F-83) scored a game 32 for St. Poelten in defeat.

Marko Kolaric was voted Finals MVP scoring 19.2 ppg in the finals. He also added 10.6 rebounds per game.



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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. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.6 
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, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Punter, Antwerp1.7 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Hertay, Liege1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. 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 


Roel Moors signs extension with Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Roel Moors has agreed on terms of contract extension with Antwerp. The specialist has been working with the Giants since 2015. He was named All-Belgian League Coach of the Year in 2016. Moors guided Antwerp to the Belgian SuperCup title in 2017. Previously he worked as assistant coach with the Belgian U20 National Team.


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





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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 2 of Finals. Belmopan Bandits even title series - by Eurobasket News

Belmopan B. - San Pedro T. 81-73

Belmopan Bandits bounced back from the opening defeat and edged San Pedro Tigersharks to even the championship series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Devin Daley came up with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. George Williams (198-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) responded with 21 points for the Tigersharks.
gschID: 546974





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  BOLIVIA  


Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno signs Richard Ford, ex Brujos Izalco - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (Libobasquet) signed 32-year old American forward Richard Ford (205-85, college: So.Poly State). He played last summer at Brujos Izalco in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. The last season Ford played at Giants in U.S. semi-pro league ABA. He helped them to win the ABA title (twice).
Ford was voted Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta All-Tournament 2nd Team back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Ford has played also professionally in Japan (Fukuoka Rizing), Mexico, NABL (Snohomish C.) and ABA (California SK, Port City P. and Baltimore Hawks).
He attended Southern Polytechnic State University until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Ford could be described: Richard was the glue in the middle for his teams championship run. He was excellent on the boards, played great defense and scored in a team sense. Richard runs the floor very well and showed a high basketball IQ which helped his team win the ESL Championship.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 1st Team 2017
James Robinson
Robinson
Drasko Knezevic
Knezevic
Maksim Kovacevic
Kovacevic
Bojan Pelkic
Pelkic
Maksim Sturanovic
Sturanovic

Finals MVP: James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea
Player of the Year: Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT
Guard of the Year: Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT
Forward of the Year: Maksim Kovacevic (196-G-87) of Spars Sarajevo
Center of the Year: Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88) of Bosna-Royal
Domestic Player of the Year: Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT
Import Player of the Year: James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea
Bosman Player of the Year: Jan Mocnik (178-PG-87) of Siroki Primorka
Defensive Player of the Year: Zeljko Palavra (194-F/G-82) of Kakanj
Best Young Player of the Year: Djordje Aleksic (187-PG-97) of Mladost
Most Improved Player of the Year: Adi Zahiragic (187-PG-95) of Spars Sarajevo
Coach of the Year: Dusan Gvozdic of Bosna-Royal

1st Team
PG: James Robinson (190-PG-94) of Igokea
PG: Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT
G: Maksim Kovacevic (196-G-87) of Spars Sarajevo
F: Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar
C: Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88) of Bosna-Royal

2nd Team
G: Vojin Svilar (187-G-86) of Kakanj
SG: Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla
SG: Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) of Igokea
F: Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT
C: Obrad Tomic (206-C-93) of Kakanj

3rd Team
PG: Jan Mocnik (178-PG-87) of Siroki Primorka
SF: Vladimir Djordjevic (201-SF) of Bosna-Royal
SF: Goran Ikonic (196-SF-80) of Bosna-Royal
F/G: Zeljko Palavra (194-F/G-82) of Kakanj
C: Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka

Honorable Mention
Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79) of Bosnjak
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84) of Spars Sarajevo
Ibrahim Durmo (201-F/C-97) of Spars Sarajevo
Vojin Svilar (187-G-86) of Kakanj
Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost
Bozo Djumic (208-C/F-92) of Sloboda Tuzla
Danilo Negovanovic (194-F/G-88) of Gradjanski
Ivan Karacic (202-C-96) of Siroki Primorka
Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT
Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT
SG: Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla
F/G: Zeljko Palavra (194-F/G-82) of Kakanj
F: Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar
C: Obrad Tomic (206-C-93) of Kakanj



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


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

Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL) re-signed 27-year old British V.Islands international forward Leslee Smith (203-111kg-90, college: Nebraska). He played there last season. In 34 BBL games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Olimpi (Superleague) in Georgia where in 14 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2.4spg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Georgian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He also represented British Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. Smith's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3spg.
Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in British Virgin Islands (East), Bolivia (La Salle Tarija) and PBL (Kentucky Mavericks).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Smith's game is described as: A good defender in the paint, he can block over a shot a game. He's a great worker, who returned from a ACL tear in less than six months.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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  COLOMBIA  


Karl Moore claims Colombian Liga DirecTV weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Karl Moore (203-PF-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aguilas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 48 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Condores (1-1) 96-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aguilas maintains the 3rd position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. Aguilas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Moore just recently signed at Aguilas and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Culver Stockton College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.5ppg. Moore is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 67.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Aguilas' star - 24-year old American forward Antonio Bivins (198-F-92). Bivins impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Aguilas lost that game 93-105 to Condores (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Bivins is one of the most experienced players at Aguilas and similarly like Karl Moore has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, agency: Haylett Sports) of Condores (#4). Roberson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Condores, leading his team to a 105-93 win against #3 ranked Aguilas in a game of the week. Condores needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost games. Roberson has a great season in Colombia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jay Hardy (196-G/F) of Cimarrones - 27 points and 6 assists
6. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Cimarrones - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jairo Pardo (95) of Aguilas - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) of Sabios - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Academia inks its third import Tyrone Haughton - by Victor Garcia

To complete its roster towards its first game in the Colombian Professional League 2017, the Academia de la Montana inked an athletic american center.
Tyrone Haughton (206-C-93) is a defensive threat that has played at JUCO, NCAA DivII and finally at St Thomas in the NAIA.
Haughton main assets on the court are his quickness to run the court , his tenacious fight for the rebounds and his timing to make blocks.
Haughton joins Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) and Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) as the big men in Medellin.



Caciques de Valledupar (Former Bucaros) changes its imports - by Victor Garcia

After a bad start with two defeats at home the Caciques de Valledupar quickly choose a new group of imports to face the Colombian Professional Basketball League:

The first one is an american guard, Anthony Gurley (190-G-88, college: Massachusetts) can play both the off guard and the point guard position, at just 29 years old has a large experience in Europe and in the D-League, has played in New Zealand, Hungary, Israel, France and lately in Iceland,

The second one is the Bahamenian forward Mark St.Fort (200-F-88, college: Warner) who played his collegiate career at Savanah St in the NCAA and at Warner in the NAIA, a very thletic player has played at PBL and shortly at the France third division.

The third import is the american guard / forward Justin Martin (198-F-90, college: SMU, agency: Interperformances) a wing player with nice shooting stroke that played in the D-League, Germany ProB and Russian Div2.




Bucaros moves to Valledupar and changes its name to Caciques de Valledupar - by Victor Garcia

Carlos Parra, the owner of the franchise formerly known as Bucaros de Bucaramanga struggled to find the support of the local sponsors in the city and was forced to move the team to the City of Valledupar in the north of Colombia.
Getting the sponsorship of the local goverment the team changed its name to Caciques de Valledupar, but this is not the only change in the organization, after began the championship with two straight losses at its new home Parra and the team coach Bernardo Gonzalez decided to change the three foreigners.
A new teams logo will be released soon.



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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Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno signs Richard Ford, ex Brujos Izalco - by Francisco Vega

Universidad Autonoma Gabriel Rene Moreno (Libobasquet) signed 32-year old American forward Richard Ford (205-85, college: So.Poly State). He played last summer at Brujos Izalco in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. The last season Ford played at Giants in U.S. semi-pro league ABA. He helped them to win the ABA title (twice).
Ford was voted Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta All-Tournament 2nd Team back in 2010.
He is quite experienced player. Ford has played also professionally in Japan (Fukuoka Rizing), Mexico, NABL (Snohomish C.) and ABA (California SK, Port City P. and Baltimore Hawks).
He attended Southern Polytechnic State University until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
Ford could be described: Richard was the glue in the middle for his teams championship run. He was excellent on the boards, played great defense and scored in a team sense. Richard runs the floor very well and showed a high basketball IQ which helped his team win the ESL Championship.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga MB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Isidro Metapan and Brujos Izalco record wins - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla - Isidro Metapan 84-93

Isidro Metapan upset Santa Tecla on the road to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Isidro Metapan looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Isidro Metapan made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89) who helped to win the game recording 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Oscar Rivera (190-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Santa Tecla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Oglivie 31+9reb+5ast, D.James 20+11reb+5ast, J.Colorado 12+3reb+1ast, K.Palmer 11+17reb+5ast, R.Sandoval 9+3reb+4ast, A.Regalado 6
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 24+5reb+4ast, O.Rivera 17+10reb+7ast, O.Torres 17+6reb, C.Arias 13+12reb+2ast, E.Escalante 5+2reb+5ast, A.Arias Serrano 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547379


Brujos Izalco - Cojute 118-100

Brujos Izalco topped Cojute in the opener. It looked good early as Cojute took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brujos Izalco took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 18 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 62. Brujos Izalco forced 28 Cojute turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Brujos Izalco brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Cojute was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners and forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in 31 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) produced a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists and 4 steals. Four Brujos Izalco and five Cojute players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 42+12reb+6ast, G.McArthur 31+19reb+1ast, T.Elliott 11+10reb+3ast, R.Mendez 10+8reb+3ast, D.Thompson 9+6reb+1ast, M.Flores 7+2reb+7ast
Cojute: A.Moe 36+16reb+3ast, B.Golden 25+12reb+15ast, B.Garcia 11+7reb, S.Sill 11+13reb+1ast, R.Melendez 10+5reb+1ast, J.Quintanilla 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547380





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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. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 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. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
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. Jean-Charles, AS.1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 
 10. Joseph, Orleans0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.2 
 3. Burton, Roanne16.7 
 4. Williams, Boulazac16.5 
 5. Henry, Evreux16.5 
 6. Jones, Lille16.1 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.5 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.1 
 10. Obasohan, Provence.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.2 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.9 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.5 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Williams, Boulazac6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.3 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 4. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 5. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
 10. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 6. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 7. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 8. Turner, Blois1.8 
 9. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 10. Duren, Boulogne1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. Traore, Lille1.1 
 7. Jones, Lille1.1 
 8. MBida, Lille1.1 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Boateng, Blois0.9 


ProA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. ASVEL and Strasbourg complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Monaco - ASVEL 71-74

ASVEL upset Monaco on the road to win the series 2-1. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-71. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Monaco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import Jamal Shuler (192-86, college: VCU) added 6 points and 7 assists in the effort for Monaco. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Watkins 20+12reb+1ast, D.Nelson 12+6reb+5ast, C.Kahudi 12+7reb, N.Lang 10+2reb+1ast, L.Jean-Charles 6+1reb+1ast, D.Andersen 6+3reb+1ast
Monaco: B.Davies 17+7reb+2ast, N.Caner-Medley 12+3reb, B.Ouattara 9+5reb, B.Fofana 8+2reb, D.Bost 7+2reb+3ast, J.Shuler 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 547499


Strasbourg - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-68

Strasbourg held off Pau-Lacz-Orthez at home court to advance into the semifinal stage. It looked good early as Pau-Lacq-Orthez took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Strasbourg IG had a 21-15 second period charge getting the lead and Pau-Lacq-Orthez was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-72. They outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 45-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (194-81, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 16 points. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Walker 18+1reb+3ast, E.Murphy 13+3reb, R.Travis 13+7reb+2ast, F.Ntilikina 7+5reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 6+4reb, A.Slaughter 6+1reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Cox 16+3reb+3ast, A.Koffi 14+3reb+2ast, T.Dean 13+9reb+2ast, A.Robinson 11+5reb, D.Cooper 10+4reb+5ast, D.Agbelese 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547496





Recap of ProB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac - Le Havre 65-67

Le Havre upset Boulazac on the road to surge ahead in the series. Boulazac Basket was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of STB Le Havre, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American-Jamaican guard TJ Sapp (190-92, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: B.King 26+4reb+1ast, D.Odiakosa 10+7reb+1ast, F.Paschal 10+3reb, Y.Morin 8+10reb, J.Greene 8+5reb+1ast, R.Martin 3+3reb
Boulazac: T.Sapp 12+4reb+4ast, J.Williams 10+7reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 9+6reb, M.Zianveni 7+7reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 6+2reb+2ast, T.Gipson 5+3reb
gschID: 547306


Lille - Evreux 78-82

Evreux secured the winning start to their playoff campaign. Lille Metropole was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) fired 24 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Walker 24+4reb+4ast, L.Kante 16+3reb+1ast, C.Henry 14+4reb+6ast, A.Anagonye 11+5reb, S.Mekdad 7+2ast, B.Pinault 5+3reb+2ast
Lille: J.Traore 20+12reb+3ast, P.Marinov 19+3reb+6ast, L.Asceric 15+2reb+2ast, D.Jones 8+5reb+2ast, P.Duwiquet 6+3reb+2ast, J.MBida 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 547305


Charleville - Nantes 78-88

Nantes outgunned Charleville to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Charleville-Mezieres was better in fourth quarter 32-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes had a 37-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Vafessa Fofana (198-92) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) added 28 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Five Nantes and four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nantes: V.Bigote 19+2reb+3ast, K.Mitchell 15+8reb+4ast, C.McKnight 14+5reb, V.Fofana 14+9reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 14+9reb+1ast, R.Kuksiks 7+4reb+2ast
Charleville: W.Brown 28+7reb, M.Kone 16+16reb+4ast, W.Mensah 11+1reb+6ast, D.Bouquet 10+1reb+2ast, L.Dussoulier 9+1reb, J.Fouse 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 547300


Provence Basket - Roanne 79-65

Provence Basket held off Roanne to secure 1-0 lead in the series. It was a great shooting night for Provence Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) nailed 12 points and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Clement Cavallo (200-90) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: D.Obasohan 14+1ast, R.Desroses 12+1reb+3ast, A.Broussard 12+4reb+4ast, B.Waldow 11+6reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 9+3reb+3ast, M.Dia 9+2reb+1ast
Roanne: A.Rozenfeld 14+1reb+3ast, C.Cavallo 14+2reb+6ast, B.Clark 14+9reb, J.Burton 9+7reb, A.Gavrilovic 5+2reb, M.Nuutinen 5+4reb
gschID: 547299





Limoges add Howard to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) added to their roster 24-year old small forward William Howard (201-93). He moved there from Hyeres-Toulon (ProA) where he played this season. In 32 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to French ProA All-Star Game. The last season Howard played also at Hyeres-Toulon (ProB). In 33 games he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Howard represented France at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Howard has played previously for three other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, CFBB and Denain Voltaire.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


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

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). McCalebb led Gran Canaria to an easy victory against the second-ranked Baskonia (23-9) 94-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Thursday. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 55.5%(121-218), 3FGP: 23.2% and FT: 77.5%. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). Travis led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-12) 83-68 in the French ProA on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. Strasbourg IG (23-11) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Travis averages: 9.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 66.1% in 29 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Travis is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina). Massey could not help Libertad Sunchales (29-27) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Libertad Sunchales (29-27) was defeated 82-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) in the Norte group. Massey scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(154-271), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 76.9%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He used to play for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #4. Power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hendrix was not able to help Gran Canaria in their game against Baskonia (23-9). He recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Gran Canaria lost 59-71 in Vitoria to the second-ranked Baskonia. This year Hendrix's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #5. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help BC Mega Leks to win against the closely-ranked Borac (4-7) 84-70 in the Serbian KLS on Friday night. Samardziski scored only 4 points. BC Mega Leks (6-5) is placed fourth in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Samardziski's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (18-12) 95-85 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-7) is placed third in the BSL. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. Osman has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Dino Radoncic (202-F-99) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa
Pero Antic (211-F/C-82) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL
Marques Green (165-PG-82) plays for Scandone AV in Italian Serie A
Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-PG-98) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristijan Nikolov (187-PG-96) plays for Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL
Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) plays for Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa
Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90) plays for Metalac in Serbian KLS
Nenad Zivcevic (203-F-87) plays for DSG in Tunisian Division I
Aleksandar Kostoski (186-PG-88) plays for Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala

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



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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kaheem RANSOM
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Ransom, Mgzavrebi17.9 
 2. Allen, Mgzavrebi17.6 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.4 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.4 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi16.0 
 6. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.0 
 7. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.0 
 8. Burnette, Olimpi15.5 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.2 
 10. Florveus, Cactus T.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi9.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 5. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.5 
 7. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.4 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi7.0 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.6 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.4.9 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.8 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.6 
 6. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.3 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi4.3 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 9. Woodson, Sokhumi4.0 
 10. Ransom, Mgzavrebi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.1 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.3 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.1 
 4. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi1.9 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.6 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi1.6 
 9. Vaughn, Dinamo T.1.5 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.1.0 


Dinamo Tbilisi claim Superleague title - by Eurobasket News

Kutaisi - Dinamo Tbilisi 76-93

Dinamo Tbilisi are the new Superleague champions. They stormed past Kutaisi on the road to sweep the title series. The game without a history. Dinamo Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Kutaisi only scored eight points from the stripe. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 21 Kutaisi turnovers. Kutaisi was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) answered with 19 points and 9 assists and the former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Five Dinamo Tbilisi and four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 19+2reb+9ast, B.Bekauri 16+10reb, Z.Pashaev 14+3reb+2ast, A.Lomouri 12+4reb, D.Tubak 6+4reb, G.Barbakadze 5+2reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: D.Vaughn 17+5reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 16+2reb+5ast, I.Londaridze 16+6reb+2ast, L.Patsatsia 10+10reb+4ast, L.Grdzelidze 10+1reb+1ast, N.Gogodze 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547009





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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





Mahir Agva agreed terms with Giessen 46ers - by Eurobasket News

Giessen 46ers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old center Mahir Agva (206-109kg-96). He moved there from Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (BBL) where he played this season. In 21 games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.8rpg. The last season Agva played at Walter Tigers. In 31 BBL games he averaged 6.5ppg and 3.4rpg. His team made it to the InterContinental final.
Despite young age Agva had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 1st Team award back in 2014.
He represented Germany at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. Agva's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 7 games: 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 53.8%.
Agva has played previously for two other teams: SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team and Ehingen/Urspringschule.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucien Schmikale Moves To The Romerstrom Gladiators - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After spending the last years up north playing with the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (ProB), Lucien Schmikale (194-G/F-97) will attempt to make the next step with the Romerstrom Gladiators as they gave him a 2 year contract.. Schmikale is a 20 yera old 194cm swing man that brings 83 Pro A games to Trier. Last season the German played for two teams with the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB, starting five): 25 games: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 66.0%, played also at TSG Westerstede (Regionalliga, starting five): 15 games: 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 86.7%. Lucien is a very versatile player and fits well t our profile of wanting to develop young German talents. We are happy that he decided to join us", stressed head coach Marco Van Den Berg.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -13, European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht (Holland) -13, European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) -13: 9 games: 5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 69.2%, Kaunas International Junior Tournament (Qualifications to NIJT) -14: 3 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3spg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -14, 15, FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Debrecen (CZE) -15, and NBBL All-Star Game -16.

Source:Romerstrom Gladiators



The Hamburg Towers Keep Anthony Canty - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ex BBL player Anthony Canty (183-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) will remain with the Hamburg Towers and go into his third season with them. Canty is a 183cm point guard and only 26 years old as it has felt like he hasbeen around forever as he had already played 6 years in the BBL playing 83 games with Bremerhaven and Trier before coming to Hamburg in 2014. He has improved his play each season since coming to Hamburg averaging 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 85.0% and last season improved his numbers averaging 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 93.2%. "He showed very good play and we are convinced that he can continue to heighten his game", stressed head coach Hamed Attarbashi. Last season the German scored in double figures in 25 of 27 games showing his undeniable consistency and his best scoring games were against Essen with 27 points and 26 points against Chemnitz and Trier. "In my opinion, the Hamburg Towers are the most interesting project in German basketball and there is so much potential. I still want to reach a lot with the club and be a part of the development", stressed Anthony Canty.

Source:Hamburg Towers



Jasper Guenther Gets promotion From Phoenix Hagen With Contract - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing for all the Phoenix Hagen youth teams and paying further dues with BG Hagen (Regionalliga), Jasper Guenther (180-PG-99) has got promoted from Phoenix Hagen and will play Pro A basketball this season. Guenther is a 18 year old 180cm point guard and the younger brother of German national player Per Guenther. He played the last two seasons for BG Hagen (Regionalliga) and played 49 games the last two seasons and last season played 25 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 64.9%. "Jasper has a fighting nature and has game intelligence and showed he belonged to the best guards in the last two seasons in the youth area. Now he has to make new challenges in the Pro A and combined iwth his good play in the Regionalliga and the known Guenther genes something he will be able to do", stated ehad coach Matthias Grothe. Last season for BG Hagen he scored in double figures 4 times including 13 point games against Bielefeld, Duesseldorf and Herford.

Source:Phoenix Hagen










Karl Moore (Aguilas de Tunja) I Treat My Opponent As If They Are Taking Food From My Family Plate - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Karl Moore (203-PF-87, college: Culver Stockton) is a 29 year old 203cm forward born in 1987 that is playing his third professional season with Aguilas de Tunja (Colombia-Liga DirecTV) after completing the season with the Crailsheim Merlins 2 team where he averaged 25,9pp. Last season he played for Telstar Hesperange (Luxembourg-N2). As a rookie, he played for TV 1872 Saarlouis (Germany-ProB) where he played 28 games averaging 16.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 73.5%. He scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games including three double doubles. He scored 20 points or more eight times. His best scoring games was 28 points against Hanau and 27 points against BG Karlsruhe. He played college ball at Schoolcraft Community College (JUCO), Rio Grande (NAIA), and Culver Stockton (NAIA). He spoke to eurobasket about his season with the Crailsheim Merlins 2 team and new basketball adventure in Columbia.

Karl thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You could be home in Detroit enjoying late spring, but instead earning additional money in Columbia. How good is life at the moment?

You're welcome Miles. It's always a pleasure doing interviews with you. I remember one night back in the year of 2014, I spent over eight hours on eurobasket searching for agents and coaches to contact for an opportunity. Here we are three years later doing our fourth interview together. Getting back to the question that you asked, life for me at this moment is going well. I serve an awesome God, He may not have been there when I wanted him, but He was always there on time.

Before we get to your next basketball adventure in South America, let us look back to your season in Germany. You played with TSV Crailsheim Merlins 2nd team (Germany-2.Regionalliga). Were you satisfied with your season? You averaged 25,9ppg?

Yes, I was satisfied with my season in Crailsheim. I came there and did what they paid me to do, which was to lead their team to a championship. It was no surprise to me being the league leading scorer. All season long during our days off from practice, I was either in the weight room or outside running 18 miles per week. It felt good seeing the sacrifices such as those pay off.

After being a rookie in the Pro B with Saarlouis and then playing in the second league in Luxemburg last season, how do you see playing in the second Regionalliga positively as not being a step back?

When the process became hard to trust, I always believed that everything both the good and bad works together for the good of those who love God. Starting off my career on the Pro B level then going to the Regionalliga league had humbled me. There I learned how to lead a team under any circumstance and became a much better teammate.

You had the chance all season long to practice with German Pro A team in Crailsheim. How do you feel about your game developing last season with the combination of playing Regionalliga 2 and also practicing with the big boys of the Pro A team Crailsheim?

When I arrived in Crailsheim, the plan was for me to practice with the Pro A team. I was able to play in all the preseason games. I performed well and brought a lot of energy unto the floor. The head coach already had the players that he wanted. Therefore when the last player arrived to Crailsheim, I was told not to practice anymore. During that time, I could've easily became frustrated at the fact that I wasn't able to attend anymore practices but I kept a positive attitude.

Do you feel that with your second season in Germany all wrapped up that it could be very likely that you will return to Germany next season as you continue to make a name for yourself?

My options are always open. I was always told from experienced players that I am a Middle East type of player. Being out here playing in the top league of Colombia, I finally see what they were talking about. My style of play fits well here.

How excited are you to be in Colombia? Talk a bit how this new opportunity came about with Aguilas de Tunja (Colombia-Liga DirecTV)? How key was German head coach Kevin Magdowski who has coached in Luxemburg for years.

I am extremely excited. I put in years and years of working on my craft so that I can dominate on this type of level when the opportunity approached. This job came across me from a player who had been observing my facebook page. He liked how much faith that I had in God and admired my hunger. God placed me on his heart for some time. God truly works in mysterious ways. Coach Kevin knew of me through averaging 34 points per game in Luxemburg, When we spoke on the phone for the first time a week ago, one of the things that stood out the most to me was when he said "I don't care what people may think of you, I just want to win." Hearing those words come from him, made my decision that much easy for me to come here and help win a league title.

How much of taking this job weighs in with the idea that getting extra exposure could help you land a good job for next season?

I am aware that playing here could lead to other opportunities to play in countries such as Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, etc. Everyone knows that those are good paying countries. Imagining myself playing in one of those places and bringing a championship to either of the organizations is motivation within itself.

What has been your first impression of the play in Colombia? How would you compare it to the other leagues in Germany and Luxemburg that you have played in?

Knowing that there are a lot of experienced Americans that play in this league, my first impression of playing in Colombia was not to let them outwork me. As we know, there are different levels of competition but talent is talent to me. I dislike the fact that most players talent get judged based off the level that they are playing on. From experience, I have seen some of the most hungry players with no opportunity and I have seen players play on top levels with no hunger for the game.

There are some very experienced guys in this league including ex BBL player Amir Carraway. How important has your patience been in general the last few years sticking to the process as your route continues even if only slowly up the basketball level ladder?

Right now, I am blessed to be leading the league in scoring and rebounding. To hear that there are experienced players who have played in big leagues playing in this league, motivates me to keep going hard. Having patience wasn't always easy. The process can be tough, especially if you don't have many connections. I was always taught that it is best to be ready and not get the call, then to not be ready and get the call. Knowing that, I always made sure that I stayed hungry and stayed ready. Having the talent to play on any level was always inside of me but the lack of opportunity is what made this journey seem a bit slow, while moving up the basketball ladder.

You needed no adjustment period scoring 48 points in your first game. When you stepped on the court, did you feel as though you could have such an extraordinary game in your debut?

The same way that I played in Germany and Luxemburg is the same way that I am playing here. No adjustments needed to be made. All I ever needed was the opportunity to play on a bigger platform. I am a special type of player. To be able to score 48 points while shooting 20/27 from the field was outstanding. My teammates did a good job at finding me in my sweet spots. What keeps my motor going while over here is knowing that I got family back at home who are struggling and a daughter who needs me. Therefore regardless of what level that I am playing on, I will treat my opponent as if they are taking food from off my family plate.

You were lethal all around going 20/27. Does this first taste of the league already have your confidence at a level where you believe that you could be an MVP type player?

Yes, all praises goes to God.

This is a time when you would normally be back in the gym at home in the States, but instead are playing more competitive games. What goals do you have in Columbia with your game? What do you believe can you achieve now besides getting extra competitive experience that you wouldn't have gotten had you been home now?

If I was at home right now, I would be playing in the PBL (Provinground Basketball League). It's a summer league located in Detroit, Michigan and have some of the most competitive games that I ever played in. I don't want to start listing names because I don't want to leave no one out but in that summer league, there are all type of players who played at the division one college level,
overseas, and NBA. One goal while out here in Colombia is to do whatever the team needs me to do, so that we can be in good positions to win games. While out here, I can achieve by showing others that I can play in competitive leagues such as this one. I wouldn't had been able to do that while at home because I most likely would've been judged based off where I played before.

Besides helping the team win, will you use your time in Columbia only to work on your strengths or do you feel like the league and style would also help you work on other parts of your game?

Both, I am not the perfect player but I am always looking forward to working on my strengths, as well as learning how to become the total package player.

You are concentrating on basketball, but you can't deny the beauty of Columbia. Your living in Boyaca which is in the northern part of the country near Venezuela. What has fascinated you most so far about living there?

I am staying in Tunja, it is two hours away from Boyaca. I flew into Boyaca and had a chance to view the city. I must say that it's a beautiful place. Can't wait to fly my family out here so that they can be able to see this side of the world.

Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

With that type of performance, it shows how mentally locked in that he was during that game. Basketball is truly 90% mental and 10% game.

Draymond Green recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

That is a good question, I actually don't know why it took long for someone to do that but it shows how much that the game of basketball is evolving.

Devin Booker lit up the Boston Celtics and was only the sixth player to ever have done that in the NBA. Did it surprise you that it was him and not someone else as there are other guys that come to mind that could probably have done it before the talented 20 year old?

Yes, it was surprising to see him do it there before seeing Steph Curry.

What is your opinion about Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas. Is he a top 5 NBA point guard at the moment or does he need a big playoff run to get there?

When I look at Isaiah Thomas, I see heart. He is listed at a height that others believe can't play in the NBA. Secondly, he was the last pick in the NBA draft. Seeing the things that he is doing with the Boston Celtics shows where hard work can get you. Rather he is a top five NBA point guard or not, he has proved a lot of people wrong.

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

South Carolina had a good run in the March Madness. Hard work always beat talent when talent doesn't work hard. They reminded me of the Butler team that made it to the final four a couple years ago. Teams like those are considered Cinderella story's when making it that far in the tournament. There is nothing more special than that.

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

I haven't had a chance to watch that much college basketball being that I was out the country playing in Germany for eight months. I haven't watched a full game of Lonzo Ball game to give my opinion about him. But I have heard that he is a good player and his dad constantly making head lines. I have had the chance to watch one of his dad interviews and that man can sure speak his mind lol.

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

Being that his team had no chance at making it to the finals, I don't see nothing wrong with him going and making history another way.

What was the last movie that you saw?

"Kidnap" which is a film starred by Halle Berry.

Thanks Karl for the chat.




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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  


Zoltan Supola extended for 2 more seasons with PVSK - by Tamas Deri

The 190 cm tall hungarian guard played his first season with PVSK Pannonpower Pecs after spending 3 seasons in a row with Alba Fehervar, where he started his carreer before moving to the United Kingdom and playing 4 seasons abroad.
Zoltan Supola (190-G-88, agency: HMS) was a key player of head coach Ferenc Csirke's team and one of the best scorers averaging 11.5 points wile shooting with 56.1% the 2pt's and phantastic 46.5% the 3pt's in 36 games of the Hungarian League. He also added 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.6 steals per game in 27.1 minutes on the court.
The former National Team player played also in the Hungarian All-Star Game.



Andras Rujak agreed with ASE for the next season - by Tamas Deri

The management of Atomeromu SE Paks published yesterday, that they agreed with hungarian NT guard, Andras Rujak (189-G-88, agency: HMS) for the coming season.
The 189 cm tall guard spent the last 4 seasons with Sopron KC after playing 3 seasons in a row for EGIS Kormend and spending some seasons with PVSK and Enternet-NTE Hegyvidek in the Hugarian Top Division.
Rujak had a solid season not reaching the playoffs with his team, however averaging 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 34 games of the Hungarian League. In 6 games of the FIBA Europe Cup he added 3.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 27.3 minutes on the court.
During the summer he will prepare with the Hungarian National Team and in September attend the European Championship in Cluj Napoca, Romania.



Andreas Wagner is the new head coach for Szolnok - by Adam Patonay

Szolnoki Olajbanyaszj KK couldn't make the final four in hungarian league after long years and the president of the club decided to make serious changes. After he named former player legend of the club Marton Bader as sport director today the club signed a one-year contract with german coach Andreas Wagner .
Wagner worked for Bayer Munchen as an assistant coach from 2012 to 2015 and reached to qualify to Bundesliga from Pro A with SC Rasta Vechta in 2015/16. The 41 years old coach will work together with David Vojvoda and Adam Toth in the following season and they added Peter Kovacs and Laszlo Polyak to their hungarian roster as well.



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Jones, Azad28.4 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.4 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad15.8 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.4 
 7. Kardoust, Arak8.3 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.7 
 9. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jones, Azad5.7 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.0 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Arak2.9 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.4 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Afagh, Arak1.8 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Yousofvand, Azad0.7 


Petrochimi clinch Superleague title - by Eurobasket News

Naft Abadan - Petrochimi 73-87
Petrochimi celebrated SuperLeague title. They rallied past Naft Abadan on the road to sweep the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Naft Abadan managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petrochimi had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petrochimi made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was international center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Saeed Davarpanah (190-87, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 26 points and 4 steals and American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: S.Davarpanah 26+1reb+2ast, D.Perkins 12+4reb+7ast, M.Mirzaei 10+13reb, M.Hassanzadeh 8+6reb, R.Richards 6+1reb+2ast, F.Aslani 5+1reb+1ast
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 28+13reb+4ast, J.White 18+8reb+7ast, B.Yakhchali 12+6reb+2ast, O.Sahakian 9+4reb, M.Jamshidi 9+4reb+3ast, M.Nabipour 6
gschID: 547400





Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team 2017
Dominique Jones
Jones
Behnam Yakhchali
Yakhchali
Saeed Davarpanah
Davarpanah
James White
White
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi

Finals MVP: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Petrochimi
Player of the Year: Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad
Guard of the Year: Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad
Forward of the Year: Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) of Naft Abadan
Center of the Year: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Petrochimi
Defensive Player of the Year: Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak
Domestic Player of the Year: Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) of Naft Abadan
Import Player of the Year: Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad
Coach of the Year: Mehran Shahintab of Petrochimi

1st Team
G: Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad
SG: Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Petrochimi
G/F: Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) of Naft Abadan
F/G: James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi
C: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Petrochimi

2nd Team
G: Doron Perkins (189-G-83) of Naft Abadan
PG: Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Petrohimi
PG: Daequan Cook (195-G-87) of Chermidor
SF: Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90) of Army
C: Zvonko Buljan (206-C-87) of Hoops

Honorable Mention
Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) of Naft Abadan
Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90) of Naft Abadan
Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan
Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Arak
Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak
Mohammad Yousofvand (207-C-96) of Azad
Ali Baheran (188-SG-86) of Azad
Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan
Amir Allahverdi of Shiraz a.s Pipe
Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87) of Tabriz
Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Azad
Povilas Cukinas (210-C/F-83) of Chemidor
Keyvan Riaie of Chemidor

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Erfan Nasajpour (177-PG-84) of Tabriz
SG: Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Petrochimi
G/F: Saeed Davarpanah (190-G/F-87) of Naft Abadan
PF: Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90) of Naft Abadan
C: Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan

All-Imports Team
G: Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Azad
PG: Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Petrohimi
F: Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak
F/G: James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi
C: Zvonko Buljan (206-C-87) of Hoops



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Al Nift wins their first league title over Al Shurtah !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Nift Baghdad celebrated Iraqi Super League title for their first time in Iraqi basketball history, They edged Al Shurtah Police in the final game 84-82 after dramatic game where Al Shurtah Police was leading the game by 16 points but Al Nift Baghdad stood up in the last minutes of game to turn the result to brilliant won over Al Shurath, the both teams played on 3rd & 4th positions game last season where Al Shurtah Police beat Al Nift Baghdad and grabbed the 3rd position, but this season was different story Al Nift Baghdad beat Al Shurtah Police 5 times this season !! 2 in the regular season 2 in the 2nd stage of the league and the last one in the final game which give them advantage 5-0 over Al Shurtah Police to win the title.
After he was the best scorer in the league season 2015-2016, Demario Mayfield (196-G/F-91, college: Angelo St.) shined again this season and helped the team to achieve this achievement with his average 29.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 7.9apg in 31 games !!
The first quarter ended 23-19 for Al Shurtah Police, 2nd quarter, 41-39 for Al Shurtah Police, 3rd quarter 62-58 for Al Shurtah Police but the 4th quarter ended 82-84 for Al Nift Baghdad.
Demario lead his team performance with 30pts 11rebs & 4 ast his teammate the swingman of iraq national team Karrar Jasem ended the game with 23pts while from Al Shurtah Police Justin Hawkins was the best scorer in the team with 34 points 6rebs & 5asst, Kenny Brown 23pts 5reb & 6asst and Salah Mahdi with 13pts 13rebs.



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 9. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.4 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Moore, The F.5.4 
 6. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.3 
 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. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 3. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 7. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 8. Lighty, Dolomiti.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 A Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Avellino and Trento - by Eurobasket News

Umana VE - Scandone AV 73-80

Scandone Avellino edged Umana Venezia on the road to take 1-0 lead in the series. Umana Venezia was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists. American guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 8 points and 6 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Umana Venezia's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 18+5reb+2ast, S.Tonut 11+3reb+1ast, T.McGee 10+2reb+3ast, M.Haynes 8+1reb+6ast, M.Bramos 8+1reb+3ast, M.Ejim 6+3reb+1ast
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 20+3reb+7ast, L.Randolph 13+3reb+2ast, K.Fesenko 9+6reb+1ast, D.Logan 9+1reb+1ast, A.Zerini 8+1reb, A.Thomas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547153


EA7 Armani - Dolomiti En. TR 66-76

Dolomiti Trento outgunned EA7 Armani in Milan to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dolomiti En. TR forced 21 Armani Milano turnovers. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. American center Kaleb Tarczewski (213-93, college: Arizona) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: K.Tarczewski 15+11reb, K.Simon 12+4reb+4ast, R.Hickman 11+5reb+4ast, R.Sanders 8+1reb, J.McLean 6+4reb, M.Macvan 5+3reb+1ast
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Hogue 23+7reb+3ast, J.Gomes 13+8reb, S.Shields 12+6reb+1ast, D.Sutton 10+4reb, D.Flaccadori 10+3reb+4ast, A.Craft 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547152





Luca Banchi is the new head coach of Auxilium Torino - by Antonello Varallo

After the leaving of Frank Vitucci, Auxilium Torino announced the name of the new head coach: Luca Banchi. 52 years old next August, born in Grosseto, Banchi returns to Italian basket
after a 2 years absence. In his very long career, Banchi won 2 Serie A titles as head coach (with Siena in 2012-2013, and Milano in 2013-2014), and 1 Coppa Italia (with Siena, in 2013).
He also managed Livorno, Trapani, Jesi and was the assistant coach of Simone Pianigiani during the best years of Mens Sana Siena (2006-2012).



Massimiliano Menetti stays at helm of Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia have agreed on terms of contract extension with Massimiliano Menetti (agency: SPORTlab Agency ). The specialist inked a new two-year deal with the team. Menetti has been working with Grissin Bon RE since 2011. He was named All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year back in 2014. Previously he had stints with Montegranaro and Pallacanestro Reggiana.


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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.5 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
 10. Youngblood, Byblos21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.4 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Sosa, Al Riyadi5.7 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Arakji, Al Riyadi4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.4 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 


Riyadi conquer Pepsi League title - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Homenetmen 70-57

Al Riyadi celebrated Pepsi League title. They edged Homenetmen in Game 6 to capture the trophy. Strangely Homenetmen outrebounded Al Riyadi 44-31 including a 19-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international swingman Jean Abdel-Nour (198-83) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Egyptian power forward Ahmad Ismail (205-76) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. Forward Hayk Gyokchyan (203-90, college: Franklin & Marshall) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and international center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Homenetmen.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: E.Sosa 16+3ast, J.Abdel Nour 13+6reb+5ast, A.Ismail 13+6reb+4ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Saoud 10, A.Aminu 6+10reb+2ast
Homenetmen: H.Gyokchyan 20+13reb+1ast, A.Majok 15+10reb, D.Jackson 12+4reb+4ast, K.Galloway 6+9reb+6ast, N.Souaid 2+2reb, E.Chamoun 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 547372





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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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  MALI  


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

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) 71-66 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Sy scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (30-4) is placed first in the ProA. This year Sy averages: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.9% in 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). He led Blancos de Rueda to a victory against the closely-ranked Moron (16-14) 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Sidibe recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Sidibe's first season with the team. Sidibe's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 54.8%. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France). Traore could not help Chorale de Roanne (14-20) to beat Saint Chamond (14-20). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne was defeated 87-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Saint Chamond (#13). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Traore's overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 28.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #4. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) contributed to Aix-Maurienne's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-15) 83-71 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (13-21) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. The Regular Season already ended. This year Ballo's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 4.1rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France). Sy could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) to beat Monaco (30-4). He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 66-71 on the road to the leading Monaco. This year Sy's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 2.7rpg in 34 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProA
Sourata Cisse (196-F/G-86) plays for Orchesien BC in French NM1
Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94) plays for Zornotza in Spanish LEB Silver
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for JSA Bordeaux in French NM2
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Cheick Soumaoro (204-F/C-90) plays for SAP Vaucluse in French NM1
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Mamadou Sy (196-F-85) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Ludovic Chelle (183-PG-83) plays for Caen in French NM1

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



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.8 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.8 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.0 
 6. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 8. Rogers, Navolato21.0 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato20.6 
 10. Ammons, Navolato20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.6 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. West, Guaymas8.9 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis8.0 
 9. Early, Los Mochis7.4 
 10. Rogers, Navolato7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Crawford, Durango6.2 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.9 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.2 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 5. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 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: 2.5
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.4 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.0 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.8 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Motley, Los Mochis1.4 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 8. Maxwell, Culiacan1.3 
 9. Henry, Hermosillo1.3 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.3 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 5. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Smith, Durango0.9 
 9. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 10. Edwards, Mazatlan0.7 


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

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-16) crushing them 107-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Ayon recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 18 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 Ayon averages: 8.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.2%(104-162) and FT: 62.7% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel). Mendez-Valdez could not help Maccabi Haifa (16-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance Maccabi Haifa lost in a double overtime (!!!) 99-104 on the road to the leading Hapoel Holon. Mendez-Valdez recorded 13 points and added 5 assists in 34 minutes. It was Maccabi Haifa's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Mendez-Valdez's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 39.0% in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Hector Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Hector Hernandez (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Hernandez was not able to help Vaqueros in their game against Santeros (17-4) in the Puerto Rican BSN. Despite his good performance in Monday night's game He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Hernandez has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 68.4%. Ex-Soles de Mexicali player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #4. Center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Atletico Argentino Junin in a victory against the fifth-ranked GECR Indalo (28-28) 85-68 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. He scored 5 points in 12 minutes. Atletico Argentino Junin (29-27) is placed fourth in Sur group. This year Gutierrez's total stats are: 6.1ppg and 4.1rpg in 15 games. He is also Mexican national team player.

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

   #1. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Vaqueros (9-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Soto's good performance Vaqueros was defeated 76-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Leones (#5). He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. Soto's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 5.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) was the major contributor in a ExSAL ST's victory against the league outsider Ausoles (2-13) crushing them 105-46 in the Salvadorean Liga Superior on Saturday night. Villalobos scored 25 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ExSAL Santa Tecla (9-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Superior. The Regular Season already ended. It's Villalobos' first year with the team. This season Villalobos has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to help Caciques in their game against Atleticos (9-14) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He cannot count it as his best performance. Gierbolini scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Caciques this season. Caciques lost 85-99 in San German to the lower-ranked (#8) Atleticos. It was Caciques' eighth consecutive loss in a row.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93) plays for San Lorenzo in Argentinian LigaA
Francisco Cruz (190-G-89) plays for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88) plays for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL
Edgar Garibay (208-F-90) plays for Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB
Braulio De La Cruz plays for Titanes Licey in Dominican Rep. LNB
Mauricio Cheda (198-F-90) plays for Cambados in Spanish LEB Silver
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver

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



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

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (22-10) crushing them 83-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Dubljevic was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 84.6% in 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Todorovic could not help Khimki (19-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the third-placed Khimki (19-5) was defeated 99-95 on the road by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. Todorovic recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 69.3%(115-166) and FT: 52.4%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). Bjelica contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (6-5) 73-67 in the Serbian KLS on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (10-1) is placed first in the KLS. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Bjelica averages: 8.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(21-37), 3FGP: 55.6% and FT: 84.4% in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #4. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bojan Dubljevic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Rice was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against Valencia Basket (23-9). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He was the top scorer with 14 points. Rice also added 3 assists. Rice has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #5. Former international shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak (1-10) in their game against Borac (4-7) in the Serbian KLS, despite his very good performance last Monday. Jelenic was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Spartak lost 76-84 in Cacak to the higher-ranked (#5) Borac. It was Spartak's eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Jelenic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 15 games. Jelenic used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #6. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Stelmet's victory against the closely-ranked BM Slam Stal (21-11) 94-88 in the Polish PLK on Friday night. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-9) is placed second in the PLK. Dragicevic's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #7. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Milko Bjelica in the Serbian KLS last game. Spasojevic couldn't help Mega Leks (6-5) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (10-1), despite his good performance in Thursday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 21 minutes. But Mega Leks lost 67-73 at home to the leading Crvena Zvezda. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. This year Spasojevic's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Nikola Zizic
Nikola Zizic
   #8. Swingman Nikola Zizic (197-94, currently plays in Serbia) helped FMP win their game against one of league's weakest teams Vrsac (2-9) crushing them 83-63 in the Serbian KLS last Thursday. Zizic scored 9 points. FMP Beograd (7-4) is placed third in the KLS. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Zizic's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #9. International power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Djurisic helped Stelmet win their game against the closely-ranked BM Slam Stal (21-11) 94-88. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Djurisic's second season in pro basketball. Djurisic's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Milos Savovic
Milos Savovic
   #10. Swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Nikola Zizic in the Serbian KLS last game. Savovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Vrsac (14-8) in their game against FMP (7-4). He scored 9 points and added 4 assists. But Vrsac was badly defeated 83-63 in Beograd by the higher-ranked FMP (#3). It was Vrsac's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Savovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Vrsac's roster. Savovic's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help EWE Baskets in their game against ratiopharm Ulm in the German BBL. Mihailovic recorded 6 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 79-86. This year Mihailovic's total stats are: 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Betaland Cdo in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian Serie A. Ivanovic recorded 6 points and added 4 passes. His team was defeated 77-62. He averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Ivanovic is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. He recorded only 4 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 73-87. Kanacevic has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.8apg in 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

   #14. Former international small forward Aleksa Popovic (201-87, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against the third-ranked ZTE KK 83-75 in the Hungarian A Division on Friday night. Popovic recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg in 30 games. Popovic used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

   #15. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) is a teammate of previously mentioned Aleksa Popovic. But that was another game of his team in Hungarian A Division which we would like to mention. Pavlicevic couldn't help Szolnok in their game against ZTE KK. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

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

   #1. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 2-point Un.Olimpija's victory against the second-ranked Rogaska (7-3) 75-73 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Friday. Milosevic scored 6 points. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-5) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Milosevic's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg.

   #2. Experienced Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSU Sibiu's victory against the fifth-ranked Oradea (2-7) 69-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Lalovic recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (18-10) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. Lalovic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in 40 games he played so far.

   #3. Mikaile Tmusic (188-G-93, currently plays in Kosovo). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Bashkimi (23-5) to beat Sigal Prishtina (25-3). Tmusic cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 25 minutes. Bashkimi was badly defeated 81-65 on the road by the leading Sigal Prishtina. Tmusic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Kosovan.



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Lakers To Hire Miles Simon As Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers will hire Miles Simon as an assistant coach. Simon will replace Theo Robertson. Like Luke Walton, Simon played collegiately at Arizona. Simon was an assistant coach for Arizona for several seasons and he's since coached AAU and USA Basketball.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



It's on: Cavaliers to face Warriors in Finals after 135-102 series clincher over Celtics - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) and the Cavaliers have done it again. They're going back to the Finals for another clash with the Golden State Warriors. James is the new NBA all-time leading scorer in the postseason and is headed to the Finals for the seventh consecutive year as an Eastern Conference champion because of the Cavs' 135-102 win over Boston in Game 5. With the victory, the Cavs set the NBA record for consecutive wins in closeout games at 13, which dates to the 2009 playoffs and set the franchise record for points in a playoff game. James passed Michael Jordan (5,987 points) for the most playoff points in history and finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. He rested the entire fourth quarter after the Cavs had built a 35-point lead. And with that, Game 1 of the Finals against the Warriors is at 9 p.m. on June 1 in Oakland, Calif. This is of course the third straight Finals featuring the two teams -- the first time in NBA history the same two teams reached the Finals in three consecutive seasons. It's the matchup penciled in almost from the moment the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and won their first championship on June 19, 2016 in Oakland. If it wasn't pre-determined then, perhaps it was when Kevin Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors on July 4. Either way, buckle up. The Cavs and Warriors are the only teams in NBA history to score at least 100 points in all of their playoff games (technically, the Cavs are the first team ever to score 100 in their first 13 playoff games, but the Warriors haven't played no. 13 yet). The Warriors have four stars; Cleveland three. Golden State feels it has a score to settle after what happened last year, while the Cavs want to topple a franchise built for a sustained run of titles with the addition of Durant. For James, this is his eighth Finals in the past 11 seasons. He is the first player to lead his team to the Finals in seven consecutive years since Boston's Bill Russell did it eight in a row from 1959-66. Who's betting against James tying Russell's mark next season? Cleveland earned the right to defend its title by wiping out the Celtics in four of the five games in this series. The Cavs' average margin of victory in the four wins was 25.75 points. The Celtics were the No. 1 seed and Cleveland second because the Cavs went 10-14 from March 1 through the end of the regular season. And then the Cavs went ahead and wiped the Celtics out in all three games at TD Garden. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 24 points (13 in the third quarter) and Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) added 15 and 11 rebounds -- again, all in three quarters. Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 14 points off the bench. At age 32 and in his 212th playoff game, James passed Jordan with a 3-pointer at 2:40 of the third quarter. He needed 28 points to pass Jordan. It wasn't a problem. James admitted Thursday he's been feeling sick this week, and sounded worse with nasal congestion than he had over the past several days. Just two games prior, James endured one of the worst personal playoff games of his illustrious career, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a 111-108 loss at home. The Celtics, who lost their best player Isaiah Thomas to a hip injury in Game 2, led by as many as 16 in Game 4 before Irving and James washed them out. Game 5 was never close, and the Cavaliers never trailed in any of their three games in Boston. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) led the Celtics with 23 points. This was James' 12th game this postseason with at least 25 points and his 10th with at least 30. Cleveland's 75-57 lead at the half stood not only as the largest point total at halftime of a playoff game in franchise, but was the most points in any NBA playoff game at halftime since 2003. James was up to 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists at the break. The Cavs led 43-27 after one period -- setting the franchise record for points in any quarter of a playoff game. James was off to the races with 11 points, four rebounds and six assists. According to Elias Sports, this was Cleveland's third 40-point quarter this series. They'd only had two in franchise history (1977, 1985) entering the conference finals.
Courtesy of: cleveland.com



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Lightning Hold On To Beat Hurricanes In Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning struck down the Halifax Hurricanes 105-97 in Game 1 of the NBL Canada Finals on Friday. The Lightning scored a 24-17 lead in the first quarter and remained ahead by three points heading into halftime. The score was tied at 81 points apiece after the quarters, but London battle back in the final frame to win with an eight point advantage. Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) and Joel Friesen (6'4''-G-90, college: Alberta) led the Lightning with 17 points each. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) also added 14 points, ten rebounds and nine assists. London has yet to lose a game during the playoffs, sweeping both series with Orangeville and Windsor. The Lighting are currently riding a 16-game win streak. The two teams return to Budweiser Gardens on Saturday at 7pm for Game 2.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



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Jalen Coleman-Lands to transfer out of Illinois - by Eurobasket News

The already-thin Illinois roster got thinner on Thursday afternoon. Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (6'3''-G-96) has requested and received his release from the program. He will have to sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility remaining. Coleman-Lands was a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. He becomes the second player from that recruiting class this month to exit the school. Reserve guard D.J. Williams elected to transfer on May 8. With Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett, two incoming recruits, both previously reopened their recruitments following John Groce's firing. Even with the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork, who officially joined the Fighting Illini on Wednesday, Illinois is left with only nine scholarship players as of right now. Coleman-Lands' production dipped from his freshman campaign, ending the 2016-17 season averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, shooting 38 percent from three. One destination that will likely be rumored will be nearby DePaul. Coleman-Lands played for new DePaul assistant coach Shane Heirman at prep school powerhouse La Lumiere School. Heriman quickly tapped into that prep pipeline, helping secure a commitment from La Lumiere from five-star 2019 point guard Tyger Campbell earlier this month. Coleman-Lands had taken official visits to Notre Dame and UNLV before committing to the Illini in September 2014.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Villanova lands four-star 2018 guard - by Eurobasket News

Villanova added its first recruit in the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night. Jay Wright and his staff landed a verbal commitment from Paul VI Catholic High School's Brandon Slater (6'7''-G), a four-star guard by Rivals as the No. 42 overall prospect in the rising senior class. The 6-foot-5 Slater announced his decision via Twitter. Slater, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, picked the Wildcats over Maryland, Miami, South Carolina, and Virginia. He is currently playing the Nike EYBL with Team Takeover, the same grassroots program that produced current Villanova guard Phil Booth.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury24.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.4 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.7 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.9 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.7 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.4 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.8 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.6 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.8.1 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.7.8 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.7 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.1 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.5.3 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.5 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.5 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.0 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.7 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.5 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 
 10. Kay, Southland S.0.7 


Dyson King-Hawea selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). He led Spectres to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Sabres (3-7) crushing them 107-80 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. King-Hawea scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Nunawading Spectres (10-2) are placed first in SEABL-East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year King-Hawea averages: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 65.9%(29-44), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 75.0% in 12 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team three years ago.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). Newton could not help Bandits (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Bandits (5-6) were crushed 107-86 on the road by the lower-ranked Canberra Gunners (#7) in the SEABL-East group. Newton scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Newton has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 91.3%(21-23). He played for the New Zealand national team in 2015.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia). Paringatai contributed to Buccaneers' victory against the fifth-ranked Slammers (6-5) 96-86 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. Geraldton Buccaneers (11-2) are placed second in SBL group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Paringatai's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 58.8% in 13 games. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eagles in their game against Giants (4-7) in the Australian State League (second division). Tawhiti scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. his team were edged 85-83 in Kalgoorlie by the much lower-ranked Giants (#12) in the SBL group. Tawhiti's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Norths Soul Sports Bears in a victory against the fourth-ranked Bankstown Bruins (6-4) 105-99 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Giles scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Norths Soul Sports Bears (5-1) are placed third in WARATAH group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg in nine games he played so far.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Steven Adams (213-C/F-93) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Samuel Waardenburg (207-PF-99) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Zac Carter (203-F/G-89) plays for Brisbane Capitals in Australian State League
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League

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



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  NIGERIA  


Alade Aminu selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). He led Al Riyadi to a victory over the leader Homenetmen (23-1) 86-75 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Sunday night's game. Aminu was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. It's Aminu's first season with the team. Aminu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 65.8% in 37 games he played so far. Aminu is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a STB Le Havre's surprising victory against the league leader JL Bourg (25-9) 94-79 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Odiakosa recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. STB Le Havre (18-16) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Odiakosa has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(192-331) and FT: 68.4%. He played for the Nigerian U22 national team in 2004.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). Udoh managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul in a victory against the ninth-ranked Tofas (15-15) 92-76 in the Turkish BSL on Wednesday night. He recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. This year Udoh's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 57.3%(90-157), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 64.7% in 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Udoh is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #4. An experienced point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Virtus Bologna's victory against the sixth-ranked Roseto (17-13) 97-83 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Umeh is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #5. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) could not help Andorra (16-16) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance Andorra was crushed 107-76 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Antetokounmpo also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. This year Antetokounmpo's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.7rpg in 31 games. He has both Nigerian and Greek nationalities. Antetokounmpo plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #6. Power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in France) was not able to help JSF Nanterre in their game against Paris-Levallois (20-14) in the French ProA. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. JSF Nanterre was edged 88-85 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6). Braimoh has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Braimoh is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) helped Chalon/Saor win their game against the seventh-ranked Le Portel (19-15) 76-63 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Ibekwe has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe is also Nigerian national team player.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #8. Guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Monthey (18-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Monthey (18-7) lost 72-77 in Lugano to the lower-ranked (#3) Tigers in the Places 1-6 group. Efevberha was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. Efevberha has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 5.7apg in six games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #9. International power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Zenit win their game against the closely-ranked Khimki (19-5) 99-95 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Mbakwe recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Mbakwe has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 4.0rpg in 23 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #10. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help Vaqueros (9-15) in their game against Brujos (10-12) in the Puerto Rican BSN. He scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Vaqueros was crushed 72-51 in Guayama by the higher-ranked Brujos (#6). It was Vaqueros' third consecutive loss in a row. This season Akindele has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. Akindele is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia win their game against the seventh-ranked The Flexx PT 92-79 in the Italian Serie A in Friday night's game. He recorded only one point and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Ejim has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg in 34 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team five years ago.

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

   #13. International point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Okapi Aalstar in their game against Spirou Charleroi in the Belgian Euromillions League. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. His team was crushed by 32 points 86-54. Uzoh has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg in 14 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uzoh is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Provence Basket win their game against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen 83-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 8 points. Obasohan has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.3apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Gunma in their game against Dragonflies in the Japanese B League D2. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 13 minutes. His team lost 65-78. Kuso's stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg in 63 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AEK Athens (19-7) to beat Panathinaikos (14-8). Elonu recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. AEK Athens was crushed 105-67 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#3) Panathinaikos. Elonu has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 5.3rpg in 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) led Rangers to a victory over the closely-ranked Sharks (9-5) crushing them 112-82 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Egwu recorded 26 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. James Blond Supercity Rangers (8-5) are placed third in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Egwu has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Olajide Keshinro (203-C-90, agency: Duran International, college: Mercy, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Moron (16-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Keshinro's very good performance Moron was defeated 86-78 at home by the higher-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Keshinro has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Olaniyi Akingkube (208-C, college: N.Carolina A&T, currently plays in El Salvador) was not able to secure a victory for Denver-FAS (15-13) in their last game. Despite Akingkube's very good performance Denver-FAS lost 85-99 on their home court in San Salvador to the second-ranked Brujos Izalco. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Akingkube also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Akingkube has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg in 27 games. Akingkube has both American and Nigerian nationalities.



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Michael Hicks' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). He was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the third-ranked Aguada (8-6) 91-89 in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Hicks had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 45 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 1. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first. It's Hicks' first season with the team. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 37.4% and FT: 77.8% in 35 games he played so far. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda led Hebraica to a 2-point victory against the third-ranked Aguada (8-6) 91-89. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 11.2rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%(138-211) and FT: 64.8%. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Quilmes MP (26-30) crushing them 91-50 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. Levy recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (31-25) is placed third in Sur group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Levy's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.6%(102-171), 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 58.9% in 52 games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Amir Alvarado
Amir Alvarado
   #4. Small forward Amir Alvarado (198-84, college: Marshalltown CC, currently plays in Costa Rica) led Barva to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Liberia (1-6) 86-76 in the Costa Rican LBS last Saturday. Alvarado was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds in 21 minutes. Ferreteria Brenes Barva (7-1) is placed second in the LBS. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Alvarado has very impressive stats this year: 22.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in six games. He used to play for the Panamanian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Indios (7-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Butler Lind's good performance Indios was defeated 92-80 on the road by the leading Santeros. He recorded 11 points. Butler Lind's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA
Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) plays for Echague in Argentinian LigaA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Tymell Murphy (196-F-90) plays for Kagoshima in Japanese B League D2
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) plays for Sonsonate in Salvadorean Liga MB

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



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  PERU  


LBL Round 17: Inmaculada beats Ejercito in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and Ejercito (#7). Inmaculada (11-6) won against visiting Ejercito (3-14) 84-75. Inmaculada maintains third place with 11-6 record having four points less than leader Regatas. Ejercito lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Regatas (#1) and San Marcos (#6). Regatas (15-2) crushed visiting San Marcos (7-10) by 35 points 90-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Marcos. Regatas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. San Marcos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Circolo. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 65-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. La Family lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.

In the last game of round 17 Circolo was crushed by Real Club in Lima 80-51.

Inmaculada - Ejercito 84-75

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and Ejercito (#7). Inmaculada (11-6) won against visiting Ejercito (3-14) 84-75. Inmaculada maintains third place with 11-6 record having four points less than leader Regatas. Ejercito lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
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Regatas - San Marcos 90-55

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Regatas (#1) and San Marcos (#6). Regatas (15-2) crushed visiting San Marcos (7-10) by 35 points 90-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Marcos. Regatas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-2 record. San Marcos at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Circolo. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.
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Real Club - Circolo 80-51

There was no surprise in Lima where 5th ranked Circolo (7-10) was crushed by second ranked Real Club (14-3) 80-51 on Friday. Real Club maintains second place with 14-3 record behind leader Regatas. Circolo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with San Marcos. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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La Family - EOFap 65-74

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 65-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. La Family lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.1 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.29.7 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater28.4 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.8 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix25.1 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.9 
 9. White, Globalport21.8 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.1 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .21.0 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.1 
 4. White, Globalport14.8 
 5. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Wright, Mahindra14.2 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.2 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.14.2 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.7.3 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.8 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.8 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.3 
 6. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.1 
 7. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 8. Thompson, B.Gin.4.8 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 10. Wright, Phoenix4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.4 
 3. Jalalon, Star H.2.3 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.2 
 5. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.7 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.6 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.4 
 8. Newsome, Meralco .1.4 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix1.4 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.9 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.6 
 4. White, Globalport2.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.9 
 7. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 8. Fajardo, SM Be.1.7 
 9. Stepheson, Meralco .1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


Charles Rhodes gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 37 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 1-9) 114-108. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Rhodes had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at SM Beermen, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhodes is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.8ppg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 69.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra. Brownlee impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds. Of course B.Ginebra cruised to a 107-99 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked SM Beermen (#1, 8-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. B.Ginebra consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Brownlee is a newcomer at B.Ginebra and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 11.1rpg and 5.4apg. St.John's University alumni Brownlee played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Duke Crews (203-F-88) of Rain or Shine (#6). Crews scored 28 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rain or Shine, leading his team to a 118-112 win against the higher-ranked B.Ginebra (#3, 7-2). Rain or Shine needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. The season just started for Crews as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Mahindra - 18 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Earl Thompson) of B.Ginebra - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
8. LA Revilla (173-PG-89) of Mahindra - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Reden Celda (183-G) of Mahindra - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.4 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.2 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.1 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.1 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 8. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 9. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.6 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.4 
 5. King, Stal Ostrow1.2 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 9. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


PLK Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Stal Ostrow force decider against Stelmet ZG - by Eurobasket News

Stal Ostrow - Stelmet ZG 58-57

Stal Ostrow nipped visiting Stelmet ZG to even the semifinal series at 2-2. The decisive fifth game is scheduled for May 29th. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Stelmet won fourth quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Stelmet 38-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 assists and Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four BM Slam Stal players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: S.King 14+8reb, M.Kostrzewski 12+8reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 12+8reb+1ast, A.Johnson 11+2reb+11ast, H.Nikolov 5+3reb, K.Chanas 4+2reb
Stelmet ZG: V.Dragicevic 12+6reb+3ast, A.Moore 11+5reb+2ast, T.Kelati 8+2reb+3ast, J.Florence 6+1reb, L.Koszarek 6+4reb+5ast, P.Zamojski 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547507





Start Lublin tabs Michael Gospodarek - by Eurobasket News

TBV Start Lublin (PLK) inked 26-year old point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91, agency: BeoExcell). He moved there from PGE Turow (PLK) where he played this season. Gospodarek has played there for the last three years. In 28 PLK games he averaged just 3.0ppg and 1.4apg. Gospodarek helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. The last season he played also at PGE Turow (TBL). But in 23 games he had only 1.8ppg. Gospodarek also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.0rpg.
His team won Polish Supercup in 2015.
Gospodarek has played previously for four other teams: Kotwica, MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, MCKiS Termo-Rex Jaworzno and Novum Lublin.
His game is described as: Very quick and solid point guard. True team leader which take care of the basketball well. Good assists to turn over ratio. Great of the dribble drive. Finishes strong around the rim both hands. Has to improve his shooting percentage in order to get to another level. Very good defensive player. Ambitious character with great working habbits.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Terceira claim Proliga title - by Eurobasket News

Barreirense - Terceira 56-60

Terceira celebrate Proliga title. They upset Barreirense on the road to sweep the championship series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barreirense won third quarter 11-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Terceira won last quarter 14-12. Naturalized Sao Tome and Principe center Ekjersey Viana (203-77) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Pedro Santos (190-94) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Terceira players scored in double figures. Terceira's coach Daniel Brandao used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Antonio Pires (185-86) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Tiago Raimundo (194-90) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Barreirense: K.Martin 13+5reb, A.Pires 13+5reb+4ast, F.Pinheiro 9+1reb+2ast, T.Raimundo 8+9reb+2ast, D.Margarido 8+4reb, A.Coelho 5+5reb
Terceira: E.Viana 13+9reb, P.Santos 11+2reb+5ast, M.Romao 11+3reb+1ast, B.Riznic 10+3reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 6+1reb+1ast, L.Felipe Tomassi 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547073





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  PUERTO RICO  


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

33-year old center Shawn James (208-C-83) had a great game in the last week for second-ranked Fajardo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 24.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#3, 12-8) 91-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Fajardo maintains the 2nd position in Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fajardo will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. James just recently signed at Fajardo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 71.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez. He is American forward in his first season at Mayaguez. In the last game Laury recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Mayaguez was edged by the higher-ranked Fajardo (#2, 15-7) 83-82. Mayaguez is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-13 record. Laury is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 9.9rpg and 3.2apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German (#8). Ebanks got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last week. He was a key player of San German, leading his team to a 99-85 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Humacao (#7, 9-13). The chances of San German not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ebanks could try to bring San German's a little bit higher in the standings. Ebanks has a very solid season. In 7 games in Puerto Rico he scored 21.1ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Victor Liz (193-SG-86) of Ponce - 34 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Paul Graham (196-SG-85) of San German - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kevin Young (203-F-90) of Mayaguez - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Damion James (201-F-87) of Fajardo - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) of Quebradillas - 26 points and 4 rebounds
9. Devon Collier (203-PF-91) of Mayaguez - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Fajardo - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists

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



Clarke comes back to Arecibo, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Clarke He moved there from Unics in Russian VTB league where he started the season. In 19 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. The last summer Clarke played at Capitanes. In 19 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and had 6.3rpg and 4.4apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Clarke has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Clarke has played previously professionally in Israel (Galil Elion), NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 6. Dykes, UBT C.16.6 
 7. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.5 
 8. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 9. Moldoveanu, UBT C.15.5 
 10. Zeno, Oradea15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.2 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.9 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu7.0 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Barnette, Oradea6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.0 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.4 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.7 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 8. Adamovic, UBT C.1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Denison, Oradea1.0 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 8. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 9. Barro, UBT C.0.8 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 


Liga Nationala Round 3 of Finals. UBT Cluj Napoca won the title! - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM - UBT Cluj Napoca 61-75

UBT Cluj Napoca claimed the League title. They beat Steaua on the road to complete the sweep of the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by UBT Cluj Napoca. Steaua CSM managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Steaua CSM 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Nikola Malesevic (202-89, college: Rhode Island, agency: BeoExcell) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: D.Dudzinski 14+7reb, M.Curry 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Frasenyuk 10+2reb, N.Malesevic 9+5reb+4ast, C.Baciu 6+5reb+1ast, R.Falker 5+4reb+1ast
UBT Cluj Napoca: O.Barro 16+9reb, V.Moldoveanu 14+9reb+2ast, R.Torok 13+8reb, K.Dykes 9+2reb+4ast, V.Kariniauskas 9+5reb+3ast, F.Adamovic 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 546862





Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team 2017
Filip Adamovic
Adamovic
Kevin Hardy
Hardy
Vlad Moldoveanu
Moldoveanu
Dave Dudzinski
Dudzinski
Ousmane Barro
Barro

Finals MVP: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Player of the Year: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Guard of the Year: Filip Adamovic (183-PG-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Forward of the Year: Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Center of the Year: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Import Player of the Year: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Bosman Player of the Year: Filip Adamovic (183-PG-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Domestic Player of the Year: Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu
Coach of the Year: Mihai Silvasan of UBT Cluj Napoca

1st Team
PG: Filip Adamovic (183-PG-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
G: Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu
PF: Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
F/C: Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92) of Steaua CSM
C/F: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca

2nd Team
PG: Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
G: Mladen Jeremic (198-G-88) of BC Timisoara
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
SG: Kyndall Dykes (192-SG-87) of UBT Cluj Napoca
F/C: Randal Falker (201-F/C-85) of Steaua CSM

3rd Team
G: Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) of Steaua CSM
G: Cameron Long (193-G-88) of Maccabi Rishon
G/F: Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81) of Phoenix Galati
F: Danilo Tasic (207-F-93) of Dinamo B.
C/F: Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84) of Pitesti

Honorable Mention
Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89) of Craiova
Igor Mijajlovic (192-PG-84) of CSU Sibiu
Sean Barnette (197-F-86) of Oradea
Sean Denison (210-C-85) of Oradea
Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Oradea
Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Craiova
Morris Curry (181-G-87) of Steaua CSM
Nikola Malesevic (202-F-89) of Steaua CSM
Goran Martinic (187-PG-87) of Targu Mures
Lamarcus Reed (196-G/F-88) of Targu Mures
Travis Bureau (202-F-88) of Craiova
Christopher Lee (206-F/C-85) of Craiova
Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88) of Dinamo B.
Tony Gugino (207-C/F-86) of Phoenix Galati
Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) of Boulazac
Drew Brandon (193-G-92) of Phoenix Galati
Marko Pavlovic (210-C-86) of Phoenix Galati
Adrian Diaz (213-C-93) of BC Timisoara
Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84) of BC Timisoara
Aleksandar Kostoski (186-PG-88) of Pitesti
Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) of Lille
Alexandar Mladenovic (207-C-84) of Pitesti

All-Domestic Players Team
G/F: Andrei Mandache (191-G/F-87) of Oradea
PF: Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
F: Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78) of CSU Sibiu
F: Yurii Frasenyuk (200-F-86) of Steaua CSM
C: Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Craiova

All-Imports Team
G: Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu
G: Cameron Long (193-G-88) of Maccabi Rishon
SG: Kyndall Dykes (192-SG-87) of UBT Cluj Napoca
F/C: Randal Falker (201-F/C-85) of Steaua CSM
C/F: Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Filip Adamovic (183-PG-88) of UBT Cluj Napoca
PG: Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
G: Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Kalev/Cramo
G/F: Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81) of Phoenix Galati
F: Danilo Tasic (207-F-93) of Dinamo B.



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Clarke comes back to Arecibo, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Coty Clarke (201-105kg-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Clarke He moved there from Unics in Russian VTB league where he started the season. In 19 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg this season. The last summer Clarke played at Capitanes. In 19 BSN games he was third best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and had 6.3rpg and 4.4apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Clarke has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Clarke has played previously professionally in Israel (Galil Elion), NBA (Boston Celtics) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended University of Arkansas until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kimani Ffriend gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian KLS (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Jamaican Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dynamic BG and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
The 39-year old center had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Dynamic BG as his team lost the game against FMP (#3, 7-4) 75-89. Dynamic BG maintains the 6th position in Serbian KLS. Dynamic BG is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 11 games. Ffriend turned to be Dynamic BG's top player in his first season with the team. Kimani Ffriend averages this season 14.6ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old center Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) of second-ranked Partizan. Lukovic impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he led Partizan to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Spartak (#8, 1-10) 100-80. Partizan's second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 10-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Lukovic is a newcomer at Partizan and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Dynamic BG's star - Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88). Cakarevic scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Cakarevic's great performance Dynamic BG lost 75-89 to the higher-ranked FMP (#3, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Dynamic BG not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cakarevic could try to bring Dynamic BG's a little bit higher in the standings. Cakarevic has individually a great season in Serbia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of Vrsac - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Borac - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Igor Kesar (210-C-92) of Spartak - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Nikola Tanaskovic (203-F-97) of Partizan - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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 Madrid15.8 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.6 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.2 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.6 
 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.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Voigtmann, Basko.5.8 
 9. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 10. Eric, RE.5.6 
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. Fernandez, Real M.1.1 
 9. Mumbru, RE.1.1 
 10. Diot, Valencia1.1 
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. Ayon, Real Madrid0.8 
 10. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 9. Bivia, Palma14.3 
 10. Huskic, Burgos13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.1 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.8 
 6. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 7. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.7 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat6.4 
 10. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Araberri
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 2. Perez, Oviedo5.3 
 3. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 4. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 9. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 10. Arevalo, Castello3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 6. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 7. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 8. Faner, Castello1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Corrales, Caceres1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Samb, Palencia1.1 
 3. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 4. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 5. Marti, Prat1.0 
 6. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 7. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 8. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 
 9. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 10. Diagne, FC Barc.0.8 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sergio DE LA FUENTE
  Valladol.
  (198-C-89)
  Avg: 17
 1. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.17.0 
 2. Hansen, Zamorano16.4 
 3. Diaz-Morera, L''Hospit.16.4 
 4. Narros, Navarra16.2 
 5. Beranek, Avila16.1 
 6. Davis, Albacete15.9 
 7. Vucetic, Zornotza15.6 
 8. Mbamalu, Agustino.15.1 
 9. Wade-Chatman, Valladol.15.1 
 10. Nkaloulou, Camba.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack CROOK
  Agustino.
  (211-C-93)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Crook, Agustino.9.5 
 2. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.9.5 
 3. Torres, Tarragona9.0 
 4. Salazar, Zornotza8.0 
 5. Beranek, Avila7.6 
 6. Solarin, Zamorano7.5 
 7. Conde, Gandia7.0 
 8. Dezelski, Sammic I.6.9 
 9. De-L., Granada6.9 
 10. Rejon, Lucentum6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lamonte THOMAS
  Alcazar
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Thomas, Alcazar4.8 
 2. Niang, Zamorano4.3 
 3. Rejon, Lucentum3.8 
 4. Marzo, Lucentum3.3 
 5. Fuentes, Navarra3.2 
 6. Guia, L''Hospitalet3.2 
 7. Chapela, Cambados3.1 
 8. Medina, Agustino.3.1 
 9. Maiza, Sammic ISB3.0 
 10. Hernandez, Tarra.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik QUINTELA
  Cambados
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Quintela, Cambados2.0 
 2. Fuentes, Navarra1.9 
 3. Chapela, Cambados1.6 
 4. Gonzalez, Tarragona1.5 
 5. Marin, Moron1.5 
 6. Gil, Gandia1.4 
 7. De-La-Fuente, Valladol.1.4 
 8. Dezelski, Sammic I.1.4 
 9. Graham, Valladolid1.4 
 10. Elias, Albacete1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boubacar SIDIBE
  Valladolid
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sidibe, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Miller, Gandia1.1 
 3. Martinez, Agustino.1.1 
 4. Keshinro, Moron1.1 
 5. De-L., Granada1.1 
 6. Kasse, Moron1.1 
 7. Elias, Albacete1.0 
 8. Graham, Valladolid1.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Albac.0.9 
 10. Conde, Gandia0.9 


LEB Gold Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Burgos enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Burgos - Breogan 92-81

Burgos edged Breogan to clinch Finals birth. Burgos made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Leche Rio Breogan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Serbian center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Alejandro Lopez (189-91) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Jose-Salvador Arco (196-84, agency: Duran International) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Ivan Cruz-Uceda (208-91, college: Miami, FL) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Burgos and five Leche Rio Breogan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Burgos: G.Huskic 19+3reb+5ast, J.Vega 18+4reb, A.Lopez 15+5reb+3ast, A.Barrera 10+2reb, E.Martinez 9+1reb, M.Soluade 7+2reb
Breogan: J.Salvador Arco 16+5reb+3ast, R.Huertas 15+2reb+1ast, I.Cruz Uceda 13+7reb, J.Fernandez 11+2reb+5ast, M.Stainbrook 11+7reb+1ast, S.Quintela 6+1reb
gschID: 547004


Palencia - Oviedo 81-70

Palencia beat visiting Oviedo to take 2-1 lead in the series. Oviedo CB was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Samb (210-89) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Daniel Perez (188-90) came up with 21 points and 4 steals and swingman Victor Perez (195-82) added 14 points respectively for Oviedo CB in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Palencia: U.Otegui 22+5reb+2ast, R.Bas 14+2reb+1ast, M.Samb 14+5reb, D.Rodriguez 9+3reb+2ast, J.Zamora 6+1ast, L.Barnes 5+5reb+1ast
Oviedo: D.Perez 21+3reb+3ast, V.Perez 14+3reb+1ast, J.Lofberg 14+3reb+1ast, M.Barro 8+6reb, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 7+3reb+1ast, F.Dos Anjos 5+7reb
gschID: 547003





LEB Silver Round 1 of Finals. Valladolid grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

Zornotza - Valladolid 68-73

Valladolid upset Zornotza in the Finals opener. Zornotza was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Blancos de Rueda, which allowed them to win the game. British forward Rowell Graham (197-94) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and American guard Henri Wade-Chatman (188-92, college: Edinboro) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side Bahamas swingman JR Cadot (196-87, college: TCU, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and American-Jamaican guard Khalid Mutakabbir (193-91, college: Presbyterian, agency: Duran International) scored 17 points. Four Zornotza players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Zornotza: K.Mutakabbir 17+3reb+1ast, V.Vucetic 16+3reb+2ast, J.Cadot 14+14reb+1ast, D.De La Rua 11+3ast, I.Salazar 6+8reb+3ast, J.Martin Orellano 4+3reb+2ast
Valladolid: R.Graham 23+4reb+1ast, H.Wade-Chatman 17+3reb+1ast, D.Astilleros 10+10reb, P.Esteban 9+1ast, G.Mukendi 6+3reb, S.De La Fuente 3+2reb
gschID: 547420





Recap of Liga Endesa Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Iberostar Tener. - Unicaja 73-67

Iberostar Tenerife held off Unicaja to even the series at 1-1. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 22-14 last quarter charge of Unicaja Malaga cut the lead to 73-67 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: Inception Sports) produced 13 points and international power forward Daniel Diez (202-93) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: N.Richotti 14+1reb+5ast, T.Kirksay 12+4reb+3ast, A.Doornekamp 12+8reb+1ast, D.White 9+2reb+2ast, F.Vazquez 8+6reb, M.Grigonis 7+1reb+1ast
Unicaja: J.Smith 13+2reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 10+2reb+2ast, D.Diez 9+7reb, C.Suarez 8+2reb+2ast, C.Eyenga 8+6reb, N.Nedovic 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546876


Andorra - Real Madrid 89-77

Andorra dropped visiting Real Madrid to force the decisive third game in the series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Real Madrid outrebounded Andorra 49-34 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Real Madrid's players. 25 personal fouls committed by Real Madrid helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Andorra players scored in double figures. Argentinian-Italian Andres Nocioni (203-79) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Real Madrid. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Andorra: G.Shermadini 19+11reb, O.Stevic 15+8reb+1ast, A.Albicy 15+8ast, T.Antetokounmpo 12+5reb, D.Walker 9+1reb+2ast, D.Navarro 7+6reb+4ast
Real Madrid: A.Nocioni 15+6reb, J.Carroll 15, S.Llull 12+2reb+4ast, L.Doncic 8+6reb+2ast, G.Ayon 7+12reb, F.Reyes 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546875


FC Barcelona - Valencia 91-79

FC Barcelona bounced back from the road loss and edged Valencia at home court to knot things up at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by FC Barcelona. Valencia Basket was better in third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. FC Barcelona made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. FC Barcelona outrebounded Valencia Basket 30-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. American-Bosnian point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. The former international guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) responded with 15 points and 7 assists and international point guard Guillem Vives (192-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Renfroe 16+6reb+2ast, A.Vezenkov 13+5reb+1ast, M.Eriksson 12, V.Claver 11+7reb+2ast, A.Tomic 10+7reb+4ast, B.Oleson 9
Valencia: J.Sastre Morro 17+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 15+3reb+7ast, G.Vives 14+1reb+4ast, L.Sikma 8+1reb+3ast, B.Dubljevic 6+2reb+1ast, P.Oriola 5+3reb
gschID: 546878


Gran Canaria - Baskonia 94-79

Gran Canaria rallied past Baskonia to draw things level at 1-all in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Gran Canaria. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gran Canaria dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Baskonia's 30 and made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Baskonia 34-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. American Royce ONeale (198-93, college: Baylor) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 17 points and 4 assists by American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) did not help to save the game for Baskonia. Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91) added 12 points for the guests. 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:
Gran Canaria: R.O'Neale 20+6reb+3ast, E.Baez 18+6reb+2ast, B.McCalebb 14+3ast, D.Planinic 14+7reb, S.Salin 8+2reb+1ast, A.Oliver 8+4ast
Baskonia: S.Larkin 17+4ast, T.Shengelia 12+3reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 10+2ast, I.Diop 10+5reb, N.Laprovittola 9+1reb, A.Hanga 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546877





Artem Pustovyi extends deal with Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Obradoiro and Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Ukrainian centre will stay with the team through 2019. Artem Pustovyi joined the Spanish team in 2015. He notched 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in ACB last season. Previously Artem Pustovyi played for Khimik Yuzhny. He has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2012.


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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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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
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .7.2 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Granger, Anadolu .5.1 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
 10. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 6. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 8. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 9. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 10. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.8 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.3 
 5. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 9. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 
 10. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 


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, Acibadem19.5 
 9. Borovnjak, Bursa.19.0 
 10. Brown, Istanbul.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenny ADELEKE
  Final G.
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Adeleke, Final G.13.8 
 2. Monroe, Turk T.12.2 
 3. Drame, Samsun11.5 
 4. Hopkins, Samsun10.8 
 5. Arar, Pertevniyal10.6 
 6. Moultrie, Mamak D.9.8 
 7. Brown, Istanbul.9.7 
 8. Yucel, Pertevniyal9.6 
 9. Smith, Akhisar Bld9.4 
 10. Jekiri, Bandirma Kir.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tyshawn TAYLOR
  Mamak DSI
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Taylor, Mamak DSI7.2 
 2. McKee, Turk T.6.2 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Final G.5.8 
 4. Campbell, Socar P.5.4 
 5. Gen, Mamak DSI5.3 
 6. Erdogan, Pertevni.5.0 
 7. Smith, Samsun5.0 
 8. Gedikli, Afyon4.9 
 9. Tuncer, Eskisehi.4.8 
 10. Cetin, Turk T.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Turk T.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. McKee, Turk T.2.5 
 2. Hughes, Duzce Bld.2.2 
 3. Coleman, Yalova Bld1.8 
 4. Cantitiz, Turk T.1.8 
 5. Holmes, Mamak DSI1.8 
 6. Brown, Istanbul.1.8 
 7. Turna, Sakarya BSB1.6 
 8. Wright, Acibadem1.6 
 9. Rizvic, Gelisim1.5 
 10. Celebioglu, Gelisim1.5 
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 2 of Quarter-Finals. Fenerbahce, Darussafaka and Besiktas reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Tofas - Fenerbahce 73-79

Fenerbahce outlasted Tofas on the road to sweep the series. Fenerbahce shot 63.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90) scored 17 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Baris Ermis (194-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists and Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic (196-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Tofas: B.Ermis 21+2reb+10ast, V.Micic 14+4reb+4ast, C.Copeland 7, K.Peker 6+3reb+1ast, M.Yasar 6+2reb, K.Ivanov 5+2reb+2ast
Fenerbahce: M.Mahmutoglu 17+1reb+4ast, K.Sloukas 13+2reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Nunnally 8+2reb, L.Datome 7+3reb+1ast, E.Arna 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547556


Banvit BK - Darussafaka 70-74

Darussafaka beat Banvit to advance into the next round. American forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Jordan Theodore (182-89, college: Seton Hall) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Slovenian center Gasper Vidmar (211-87) added 14 points in the effort for Banvit. Four Banvit players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Banvit BK: J.Theodore 18+5reb+10ast, G.Vidmar 14+4reb, D.Kulig 11+5reb, E.Muric 11+5reb+1ast, G.Orelik 7+9reb, J.Chappell 5+4reb+1ast
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 20+3reb+5ast, W.Clyburn 18+8reb+3ast, L.Harangody 17+4reb+1ast, S.Wilbekin 7+4reb+4ast, A.Zizic 5+4reb+1ast, B.Batuk 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547555


Galatasaray - Anadolu Efes 73-63

Galatasaray held off Anadolu Efes to force the decisive third game in the series. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points. German center Tibor Pleiss (217-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-90, college: UCLA) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 15+7reb, D.Brown 14+7reb+1ast, T.Honeycutt 12+9reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 11+1reb+9ast, C.Osman 7+8reb, J.Granger 2+2reb+3ast
Galatasaray: V.Micov 18+3reb+3ast, S.Guler 13+4reb+5ast, T.Pleiss 12+10reb+1ast, G.Koksal 11+4reb, E.McCollum 10+8reb+2ast, A.Daye 9+7reb
gschID: 547554


Gaziantep - Besiktas 70-77

Besiktas fired past Gaziantep on the road to seal their semifinal birth. Besiktas made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Tunisian Michael Roll (197-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: M.Denmon 20+8reb+3ast, M.Haislip 20+5reb, W.Cherry 10+3reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 8+6reb+1ast, A.Rautins 7+9reb+5ast, T.Ruzic 2+1reb
Besiktas: E.Clark 21+8reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 11+2reb+5ast, M.Roll 10+6reb+5ast, M.Thompson 10+2ast, V.Stimac 9+8reb+2ast, K.Sipahi 7+1ast
gschID: 547553





TBL Round 4 of Final Four. Acibadem and Bursaspor post wins - by Eurobasket News

Acibadem - Eskisehir Basket 84-74

Acibadem held off Eskisehir Basket to improve at 1-3 record in Final Four standings. The winners were led by American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) who scored that evening 18 points and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson) supported him with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Four Acibadem players scored in double figures. Acibadem's coach Serhan Aydanarig allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) did not help to save the game for Eskisehir Basket. Guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) added 14 points and 5 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Acibadem: D.Engindeniz 19+1reb+3ast, B.Wright 18+4reb+5ast, N.Yildirim 14+8reb+3ast, S.Ford 10+13reb+3ast, C.Ozer 8+1reb, C.Altintig 6+2reb+4ast
Eskisehir Basket: J.Duncan 16+9reb+3ast, Y.Sonsirma 14+2reb+5ast, M.Goktas 14+1reb+2ast, T.Gillenwater 9+2reb, E.Cosar 6+3reb+1ast, E.Buker 5+2reb
gschID: 546644


Bursaspor - Sakarya BSB 80-76

Bursaspor topped Sakarya to gain the second victory in Final Four stage. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sakarya BSB won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bursaspor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Sakarya BSB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell) who added 20 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side center Hakan Yapar (202-84) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American CJ Harris (191-91, college: Wake Forest, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Sakarya BSB players scored in double figures. Sakarya BSB's coach Burak Selcuk Ernak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bursaspor: D.Borovnjak 25+6reb+3ast, K.Vragovic 20+2reb+5ast, S.Ugrasan 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Cankaya 9+4reb+5ast, S.Ekmen 8+5reb, E.Ilter 6+2reb+3ast
Sakarya BSB: H.Yapar 19+5reb+1ast, C.Harris 14+2reb+5ast, Y.Turna 13+3reb+3ast, K.Ozkan 12+5reb+1ast, A.Saruhan 6+1reb, F.Can Akin 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546643





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Sam Mitchell a candidate for New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff - by David Edole

Former Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is a candidate to join the New Orleans Pelicans staff as an assistant under coach Alvin Gentry, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night.

When executive vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis announced May 15 that general manager Dell Demps and Gentry would return for the 2017-18 season, he said the evaluation of the coaching staff was not yet complete, indicating changes could be imminent.

Mitchell, who was hired by the Raptors in 2004, was selected the 2007 NBA Coach of the Year after leading them to a 47-35 record and a division title before being fired after an 8-9 start the following season.

He had assistant coaching stints with the New Jersey Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves before serving as their interim head coach in 2015-16. He is currently the head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands team.



Ahsan Asadullah signs with Lipscomb - by David Edole

Ahsan Asadullah signed his National Letters of Intent with Lipscomb University as announced by head coach Casey Alexander.

'I'm extremely proud of Ahsan for making his decision on continuing his education at Lipscomb University,' said North Clayton head coach Martisse Troup. 'Ahsan has always been a student-athlete with his high Grade Point Average of 3.67. It is truly a blessing for him and his family to be able to continue his education and also grow in his basketball career.'

The senior center chose Lipscomb over the likes of Georgia State, Arkansas-Little Rock, James Madison, Bucknell, Brown and Alcorn State. Asadullah said the decision wasn't easy, but that he felt like he fit in best at Lipscomb.

'There were a variety of schools who were recruiting me, but Lipscomb stood out for many reasons,' said Asadullah. 'I took a visit there this past weekend and I instantly was very interested. The coaching style and playing style of Lipscomb fits my direct playing style, and I will be a great addition to the team.'

Asadullah added that Lipscomb offers his intended major, sports marketing, and that he's excited to begin classes next fall.

A member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association AAAA South team and honorable mention all-state selection, Asadullah, a center from Atlanta, averaged a double-double per game as a junior scoring 15.1 points per contest and grabbing 10 rebounds a night for North Clayton High School. The honor roll student earned team MVP honors a year ago for the Eagles leading them to the state playoffs.

'Ahsan has a great future ahead of him,' said Alexander. 'His size and skill in the low post are a perfect match for our four-out-one-in motion offense.'



USVI National team versus James Madison and Vanderbilt in August - by David Edole

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Basketball Travelers, Inc., will take three NCAA Division-I men's basketball teams on summer foreign tours to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the company announced Friday. BTI has partnered with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation to bring in three American Division-I universities, as well as two Canadian university teams, to the islands this August.

In April, the NCAA sanctioned the U.S. Virgin Islands as an international tour destination for Division-I universities, allowing James Madison University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Vanderbilt University the opportunity to travel to the U.S. territory.

Basketball Travelers, the company that hosts the annual Paradise Jam basketball tournament on St. Thomas, has created the Paradise Jam Summer Tours, providing visiting teams with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the U.S.V.I., while playing competitive out-of-season games against international opponents.

'We're very excited to build on the success we've had with the Paradise Jam for the last 18 years and bring additional teams to the Virgin Islands,' said Nels Hawkinson, CEO of Basketball Travelers. 'We're looking forward to beginning this new initiative and continuing our great partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands and the people here.'

In addition to the five teams traveling to the territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team will compete in the Paradise Jam Summer Tours, marking the first time in 15 years the national team will compete in the islands. Fans hoping to see the U.S.V.I. National Team will have their first opportunity when the side faces Vanderbilt University in the opening game of the Paradise Jam Summer Tours, August 13 on St. Croix.

Games will continue on St. Thomas, with competition held at the U.V.I. Sports & Fitness Center. Paradise Jam Summer Tours concludes Wednesday, Aug. 23, with a game between James Madison and the U.S.V.I. National Team. Tickets for all games will be available at the door.

The approval of the U.S. Virgin Islands as a foreign tour destination will allow for future growth of the Paradise Jam Summer Tours. All NCAA Division-I sports are now sanctioned to travel to the territory for summer tours, including volleyball, football, soccer, and the other 20 NCAA-sponsored sports. Basketball Travelers has also agreed to utilize local FIBA-certified basketball referees, in addition to bringing in NCAA-certified referees, to officiate all of the games.

For more information about Paradise Jam and Basketball Travelers, visit paradisejam.com and basketballtravelers.com.



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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NBL Round 2: JKL Dolphins lose to KIU Titans - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBAL. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The biggest surprise of round 2 in NBAL took place in Kampala where host KIU Titans (2-0) crushed JKL Dolphins (1-1) 68-41 on Friday evening. KIU Titans held JKL Dolphins to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. KIU Titans forced 25 JKL Dolphins turnovers. Strangely JKL Dolphins outrebounded KIU Titans 56-42 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Chris Omanye (183-94) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Micheal Bwanga chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Center Francis Ogola (-91) produced 5 points and 18 rebounds 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Our Saviour (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Pemba Warriors. Visitors were defeated by Pemba Warriors 57-44. Forward Amisi Saidi (-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 17 rebounds. Michael Buzangu contributed with 9 points for the winners. Forward Steven Mwesigye replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for Our Saviour. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pemba Warriors will play against Nkumba M. (#6) in the next round. Our Saviour will play against Falcons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

KIU Titans - JKL Dolphins 68-41

The biggest surprise of round 2 in NBAL took place in Kampala where host KIU Titans (2-0) crushed JKL Dolphins (1-1) 68-41 on Friday evening. KIU Titans held JKL Dolphins to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. KIU Titans forced 25 JKL Dolphins turnovers. Strangely JKL Dolphins outrebounded KIU Titans 56-42 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Chris Omanye (183-94) who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Micheal Bwanga chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four KIU Titans players scored in double figures. Center Francis Ogola (-91) produced 5 points and 18 rebounds and guard Jeane-Phillipe Pemha (-93) added 15 points and 5 rebounds 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. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: M.Bwanga 14+7reb+2ast, G.Soro 11+3reb, C.Omanye 11+8reb+9ast, S.Ulanga 10+3reb+3ast, C.Kasujja 7+1ast, E.Kazungu 5+10reb+2ast
JKL Dolphins: J.Phillipe Pemha 15+5reb+2ast, I.Ocakacon 5+5reb, F.Ogola 5+18reb, M.Libe 4+9reb+3ast, F.Odama 4+9reb+2ast, I.Odour 3+1reb
gschID: 547430


Pemba Warriors - Our Saviour 57-44

Our Saviour (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Pemba Warriors. Visitors were defeated by Pemba Warriors 57-44. Pemba Warriors held Our Saviour to an opponent 24.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 33.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Forward Amisi Saidi (-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Michael Buzangu (-82) contributed with 9 points for the winners. Forward Steven Mwesigye replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and Daniel Monoja added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Our Saviour. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pemba Warriors will play against Nkumba M. (#6) in the next round. Our Saviour will play against Falcons and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pemba Warriors: M.Opiyo 10+4reb, M.Buzangu 9+3reb+3ast, C.Kizito 8+2reb, A.Saidi 8+17reb, S.Kiviiri 7+4reb, P.Amenyi 5+8reb+2ast
Our Saviour: S.Mwesigye 10+15reb+2ast, D.Monoja 9+11reb+1ast, J.Mony 7+4reb, D.Opolot 6, P.Elungat 6+4reb, R.Balemwa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547429





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Artem Pustovyi extends deal with Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Obradoiro and Artem Pustovyi (218-C-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Ukrainian centre will stay with the team through 2019. Artem Pustovyi joined the Spanish team in 2015. He notched 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in ACB last season. Previously Artem Pustovyi played for Khimik Yuzhny. He has been the member of the Ukrainian National Team since 2012.


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

Bristol Academy Flyers (BBL) re-signed 27-year old British V.Islands international forward Leslee Smith (203-111kg-90, college: Nebraska). He played there last season. In 34 BBL games he recorded 12.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Olimpi (Superleague) in Georgia where in 14 games he averaged impressive 17.4ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2.4spg and 1.6bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Georgian League All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He also represented British Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. Smith's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3spg.
Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in British Virgin Islands (East), Bolivia (La Salle Tarija) and PBL (Kentucky Mavericks).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2015 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Smith's game is described as: A good defender in the paint, he can block over a shot a game. He's a great worker, who returned from a ACL tear in less than six months.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)

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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras21.9 
 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, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.3 
 5. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 6. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.8 
 7. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 8. Hamilton, Bucan.7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 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. Hamilton, Bucan.1.4 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 8. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
 10. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
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 


LPB Round 20: Leader Cocodrilos lose to Marinos - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LPB. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Top ranked Cocodrilos (23-11) recorded its eleventh loss in Caracas on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Marinos (17-17) 79-75. Marinos outrebounded Cocodrilos 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the hosts. Marinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-17 record having six points less than leader Guaiqueries. Cocodrilos lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion still keep top place with 11 games lost. Marinos are looking forward to face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Caracas. Third ranked Marinos faced top-ranked Cocodrilos. Guests from Puerto La Cruz (17-17) defeated host Cocodrilos (23-11) 75-65. The former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Christophe Massie contributed with 10 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Cesar Garcia (193-90, agency: Pro Sports) replied with 22 points for Cocodrilos. Cocodrilos' coach Nestor Salazar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Marinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-17 record having six points less than leader Guaiqueries. Cocodrilos lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion still keep top place with 11 games lost. Marinos will play against Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in La Guaira. Second ranked Bucaneros faced 4th ranked Toros. Host Bucaneros (19-15) defeated guests from Maracay (12-22) 86-72. Worth to mention a great performance of Jordan Hamilton who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Fuller responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 22 games lost. Bucaneros will meet at home league's leader Cocodrilos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against the league's second-placed Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Maracaibo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Bucaneros (19-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27). Bucaneros defeated Gaiteros 86-71. The winners were led by Jordan Hamilton who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Bucaneros' next round opponent will be league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries (#1) in Porlamar and hope to win that game.
The game in Maracaibo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bucaneros (19-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27). Bucaneros defeated Gaiteros 94-78 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Jordan Hamilton who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Bucaneros will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries (#1) in Porlamar and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 20 Gaiteros were defeated by Panteras in Caracas 85-77. Panteras smashed Gaiteros at home 116-52.

Gaiteros - Bucaneros 71-86

The game in Maracaibo was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Bucaneros (19-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27). Bucaneros defeated Gaiteros 86-71. Bucaneros dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 24. They outrebounded Gaiteros 47-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) supported him with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Even 24 points by naturalized Colombian guard Douglas Chiquito (193-86) did not help to save the game for Gaiteros. The former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Bucaneros' next round opponent will be league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries (#1) in Porlamar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 21+6reb+3ast, T.Wroten 11+2reb+1ast, S.Gay 10+9reb+2ast, W.Graterol 8+3reb+1ast, S.Quiroz 8+2reb, J.Medina 7+5reb+4ast
Gaiteros: D.Chiquito 24+1ast, D.Matos 11+2reb, H.Salcedo 11+5reb+3ast, D.Ananguren 8+8reb+2ast, E.Harris 5+1reb+5ast, J.Cruz 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546811


Cocodrilos - Marinos 75-79

Top ranked Cocodrilos (23-11) recorded its eleventh loss in Caracas on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Marinos (17-17) 79-75. Marinos outrebounded Cocodrilos 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Marinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-17 record having six points less than leader Guaiqueries. Cocodrilos lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion still keep top place with 11 games lost. Marinos are looking forward to face Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: J.Centeno 17+3reb+6ast, I.Swann 16+1reb+6ast, C.Massie 14+16reb+1ast, R.Perez 13+3reb+1ast, T.White 11, J.Herrera 4+4reb+3ast
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 18+8reb+3ast, J.Flowers 14+5reb+3ast, C.Elliott 13+7reb+9ast, J.Rodriguez 12+4reb, Y.Palacios 6+2ast, C.Garcia 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 546808


Gaiteros - Bucaneros 78-94

The game in Maracaibo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bucaneros (19-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27). Bucaneros defeated Gaiteros 94-78 on Thursday. They outrebounded Gaiteros 46-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. International center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 12 points. Four Bucaneros players scored in double figures. Point guard Jose Cruz produced 27 points and swingman Darwin Matos (197-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Bucaneros will face league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries (#1) in Porlamar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 24+9reb+3ast, T.Wroten 13+2reb+1ast, W.Graterol 12+3reb+2ast, T.Cobos 10+6reb+1ast, S.Quiroz 10+3reb+1ast, C.Cedeno 6+6reb+5ast
Gaiteros: J.Cruz 27+4reb+1ast, D.Matos 14+5reb+2ast, E.Harris 11+5reb+2ast, R.Millan 8+5reb+1ast, D.Ananguren 5+5reb+1ast, D.Chiquito 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546810


Panteras - Gaiteros 85-77

There was a minor upset in Caracas where 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27) were defeated by fifth ranked Panteras (13-21) 85-77 on Tuesday. Gaiteros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Panteras dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 42. The best player for the winners was American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Morris Sierralta (190-87) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. The former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Deivis Ananguren (192-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Panteras maintains fifth position with 13-21 record which they share with defeated Gaiteros. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Panteras will face higher ranked Marinos (#3) in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries in Porlamar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Panteras: T.Gilder 29+5reb+4ast, M.Sierralta 17+5reb+4ast, J.Romero 13+5reb, L.Julio 10+10reb+2ast, E.Burguillos 7+6reb, E.Montano 3+4reb
Gaiteros: H.Salcedo 19+13reb+4ast, E.Harris 17+3ast, D.Ananguren 15+6reb+2ast, D.Matos 9+3reb, D.Chiquito 8+7reb+5ast, J.Cruz 7
gschID: 546809


Cocodrilos - Marinos 65-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Caracas. Third ranked Marinos faced top-ranked Cocodrilos. Guests from Puerto La Cruz (17-17) defeated host Cocodrilos (23-11) 75-65. It looked good early as Cocodrilos took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Marinos had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Cocodrilos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-75. They outrebounded Cocodrilos 50-26 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Five Marinos players scored in double figures. International swingman Cesar Garcia (193-90, agency: Pro Sports) replied with 22 points and American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Cocodrilos. Cocodrilos' coach Nestor Salazar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Marinos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-17 record having six points less than leader Guaiqueries. Cocodrilos lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion still keep top place with 11 games lost. Marinos will play against Panteras (#5) in Caracas in the next round. Cocodrilos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros (#2) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: J.Centeno 22+9reb+4ast, M.Carrera 17+11reb, R.Perez 12+2reb, C.Massie 10+18reb, I.Swann 10+2reb+4ast, J.Herrera 4+3reb+1ast
Cocodrilos: C.Garcia 22+2reb+3ast, C.Elliott 18+3reb+5ast, M.Sutton 10+8reb+1ast, N.Palacios 5+3reb, J.Flowers 4+7reb+1ast, L.Lopez 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546805


Panteras - Gaiteros 116-52

There was a small surprise in Caracas where fifth ranked Panteras (13-21) smashed 5th ranked Gaiteros (7-27) 116-52 on Monday. Panteras dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Gaiteros' 20. They outrebounded Gaiteros 40-25 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panteras looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Gaiteros' players. The best player for the winners was American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. The former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Deivis Ananguren (192-85) added 7 points and 8 rebounds 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. Panteras maintains fifth position with 13-21 record which they share with defeated Gaiteros. Gaiteros lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 27 games lost. Panteras will face higher ranked Marinos (#3) in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gaiteros will play on the road against the league's leader Guaiqueries in Porlamar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Panteras: T.Gilder 29+7reb+5ast, L.Julio 20+6reb+2ast, J.Martinez 17+1reb+1ast, A.Acosta 13+2reb+4ast, M.Sierralta 8+3reb+8ast, E.Ramos 8+5ast
Gaiteros: H.Salcedo 22+7reb, D.Ananguren 7+8reb, D.Chiquito 6+2reb+1ast, E.Harris 5+1reb+1ast, E.Coronado 4+2reb, J.Cruz 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546807


Bucaneros - Toros 86-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in La Guaira. Second ranked Bucaneros faced 4th ranked Toros. Host Bucaneros (19-15) defeated guests from Maracay (12-22) 86-72. Bucaneros outrebounded Toros 50-29 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists and international center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 19 points and Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93) scored 14 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. Bucaneros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-15 record having four points less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 22 games lost. Bucaneros will meet at home league's leader Cocodrilos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Toros will play against the league's second-placed Guaros in Barquisimeto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: W.Graterol 17+10reb, C.Cedeno 16+1reb+4ast, J.Hamilton 15+8reb+12ast, S.Gay 10+7reb+1ast, T.Cobos 9+2reb+2ast, S.Quiroz 4+3reb
Toros: K.Fuller 19+3reb+3ast, A.Barrios 15+1reb+2ast, J.Guerrero 14+6reb+2ast, K.Pena 10+2reb+5ast, P.Brito 7+1reb, D.Johnson 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546806





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Round 1 of Semi-Finals. CSKA and Zenit claim wins - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lokomotiv 101-95

CSKA shot down Lokomotiv in Moscow to victoriously open the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French Nando De-Colo (196-87) fired 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American guard Matt Janning (195-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 21 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five 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:
CSKA: N.De Colo 20+1reb+7ast, V.Fridzon 15+1reb, J.Augustine 13+3reb+1ast, M.Teodosic 12+3reb+6ast, C.Higgins 12+1ast, A.Jackson 11+4reb+3ast
Lokomotiv: M.Janning 21+3reb+4ast, M.Collins 21+2reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 17+2reb+5ast, I.Vougioukas 10+4reb+2ast, R.Broekhoff 10+2reb, G.Shukhovtsov 6+1ast
gschID: 546760


Zenit - Khimki 99-95

Zenit held off Khimki in Game 1. It looked good early as Khimki took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zenit had a 19-16 second period charge getting the lead and Khimki was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 95-99. Zenit made 29-of-38 charity shots (76.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Khimki was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American Aaron White (206-92, college: Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 31 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and American forward Robbie Hummel (205-89, college: Purdue) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Khimki. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Zenit: A.White 22+7reb+2ast, S.Karasev 21+3reb+5ast, K.Landry 18+6reb+1ast, S.Markovic 13+3reb+9ast, J.Timma 9+4reb+3ast, E.Valiev 8+1reb
Khimki: A.Shved 31+7ast, R.Hummel 15+6reb+1ast, M.Todorovic 13+6reb+3ast, E.Rowland 12+2reb+4ast, S.Monya 7+4reb+1ast, V.Zaytsev 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546759






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Women News


Allen leaves Montana 2003 - by Eurobasket News

31-year old American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame) left Montana 2003 (NBL). Allen played there also last season. In 20 games she averaged 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg. She helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team. Allen played there also last season. She also played 16 games in WABA where she had 13.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 6.0apg and 1.4spg. Allen contributed to her team making it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-WABA 1st Team.
In 2008 she was drafted by Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) in third round (43rd overall).
The former University of Notre Dame standoutis in her tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements she won Bulgarian League championship title in 2012 and 2016. Allen received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
She is a very experienced player. Allen has played also professionally in Israel (Elitzur Netanya), Turkey (Ceyhan Bld) and WNBA (Sacramento M. and San Antonio Silver Stars) and Bulgaria (Levski, Neftochimic and Dunav 8806 Ruse).

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Ivana Tikvic extends with Torino for one more season - by Zeljko Zule

Ivana Tikvic (189-C-94) has extended the contract with Italian side Fixi Piramis Torino for the upcomining 2017-18 season, the club announced.
Joining the team last summer, Tikvic became one of the team's key players in a short time. She has played 24 Serie A 1 games, with an average of 10.6 points, 8.4 rebounds (ranked fifth), 0.8 assists, 2.1 steals and league-leading 1.2 blocks per appearance.
Tikvic grew up with Medvescak, before moving to Italy to play for Acqua&Sapone Umbertide in the 2015-16 season. Tikvic helped Medvescak to win consecutive Croatian league titles in 2014 and 2015, as well as lifting the Croatian Cup trophy in 2015.
Tikvic represented Croatia at the 2015 European Championship in Hungary and Romania, averaging 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 steals in 5 games. She also represented Croatia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg and 0.8 bpg.
Tikvic was a member of Croatian U16 and U18 national team at European Championships from 2009 through 2012. With the Croatian national team, Tikvic won the gold medal at 2011 EuroBasket U18 Division B and silver medals at 2009 EuroBasket U16 Division B and 2010 EuroBasket U16.



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Marburg keeps Bradley, Koeppl leaves - by Juliane Hoehne

BC Pharmaserv Marburg keeps Paige Bradley (175-G-94, college: Denver) for another season. The 23-year old American graduated Denver University in 2016 and joined BC Pharmaserv Marburg for her rookie season. Last season she averaged 3.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and Coach Unger is glad to have the point guard for another season.
After three years, Julia Koeppl (184-F/C-91, college: Dowling) will leave the team. Koeppl also joined BC Pharmaserv Marburg in her first year after graduating Dowling College. Last season the Austrian power forward improved the most, averaging 5.7ppg, 4.9rpg.



Keltern inks Fikiel - by Juliane Hoehne

Gruner Stern Keltern ink Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) from the championship rival TSV 1880 Wasserburg. The 29-year old Power Forward played last season for TSV 1880 Wasserburg winning the German Cup and German Championship, both times the final was played against the Gruner Stern Keltern. Agnieszka Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) averaged in season 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, while having great shooting percentages from all over the court (FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 87.1%). Agnieszka Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) also appeared in EuroCup, where she put up 3.4ppg, 2.6rpg in 8 games. Agnieszka Agnieszka Fikiel (194-F/C-87) has won numerous awards and championships, in example three times the German Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2017. Fikiel is looking forward to the new season to help her new team accomplish the same success.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Loon L.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Broering, Loon L.18.1 
 2. Essenstam, Binne.14.3 
 3. Klein, Den Helder14.3 
 4. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl13.7 
 5. Guijt, Binnenland12.3 
 6. Beld, Grasshoppers11.5 
 7. Klerx, Lekdetec.nl11.3 
 8. Ligthart, Loon L.11.0 
 9. van-Veen, Den H.10.9 
 10. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.10.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jill BETTONVIL
  Lekdetec.
  (188-F-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.8.0 
 2. Pruijs, Amazone7.3 
 3. Van-der-Plas, Grasshop.7.2 
 4. Broering, Loon L.7.0 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.0 
 6. Ligthart, Loon L.6.9 
 7. Jongeling, Lekdetec.6.9 
 8. Essenstam, Binne.6.8 
 9. Jez, Royal Eagles6.7 
 10. Hoveling, Amazone6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Maaike KLEIN
  Den Helder
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Klein, Den Helder5.0 
 2. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl4.9 
 3. van-Veen, Den H.4.8 
 4. Broering, Loon L.4.5 
 5. van-Vlijmen, Royal E.4.1 
 6. Dobner, Royal E.3.6 
 7. Hoveling, Amazone3.5 
 8. van-Hulsen, Binne.3.3 
 9. Van-Den-Adel, Binnenla.3.0 
 10. Klerx, Lekdetec.nl2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Danielle PRUIJS
  Amazone
  (184-PF-97)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Pruijs, Amazone3.5 
 2. Broering, Loon L.2.9 
 3. Hoveling, Amazone2.6 
 4. Klein, Den Helder2.4 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.2.4 
 6. Van-D., Binnenland2.3 
 7. van-Hulsen, Binne.2.3 
 8. Ligthart, Loon L.2.1 
 9. van-Veen, Den H.1.9 
 10. Hartman, Loon L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marieke VAN SCHIE
  Grasshop.
  (178-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. van-Schie, Grasshop.1.1 
 2. Jong, Amazone0.9 
 3. Lutje, Rotterdam0.9 
 4. Steggink, Royal E.0.8 
 5. Jongeling, Lekdetec.0.8 
 6. Zappeij, Den Helder0.6 
 7. Schoen, Lekdetec.nl0.6 
 8. Peek, Royal Eagles0.6 
 9. de-Jonge, Lekdetec.0.6 
 10. Bouman, Amazone0.5 


Eredivisie Round 3 of Finals. Lekdetec.nl celebrate first win - by Eurobasket News

Grasshoppers - Lekdetec.nl 55-65

Lekdetec.nl snapped two-game losing skid and beat Grasshoppers on the road to narrow the Finals deficit. Lekdetec.nl outrebounded Grasshoppers 39-13 including a 30-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international guard Jacobine Klerx (175-94) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Jill Bettonvil (188-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ingrid Van-der-Plas (178-91) who recorded 16 points and the former international forward Sharon Beld (186-88) added 17 points respectively. Grasshoppers' coach Rick Driessen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Grasshoppers: S.Beld 17+1reb, I.Van der Plas 16+4reb+1ast, I.Govers 6+1reb+1ast, F.Kuyt 6, E.Messemaker 4+1reb, I.Sanchez 4+2reb
Lekdetec.nl: J.Klerx 21+3reb+4ast, K.Kuijt 15+2reb+7ast, J.Bettonvil 11+14reb+1ast, R.Jongeling 6+9reb, L.Bettonvil 6+10reb+2ast, K.Biesters 4
gschID: 547307





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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
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Kristine Vitola (ex Galatasaray) is a newcomer at Basket Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

Basket 90 Gdynia (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Latvian international center Kristine Vitola (193-91, college: UTEP). She played most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. In 14 Eurocup games she recorded 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vitola played at Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB where in 30 games she averaged 6.4ppg and 4.4rpg. She helped them to win the Spanish LFB title (twice) and they also played in the Supercup final (twice). Vitola also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had 4.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Vitola has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2011.
She also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Vitola has played previously professionally in Spain (Mann Filter) and Latvia (BJBS Riga/Jugla and SK Riga).
She attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.




Kristine Vitola (ex Galatasaray) is a newcomer at Basket Gdynia - by Eurobasket News

Basket 90 Gdynia (TBLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Latvian international center Kristine Vitola (193-91, college: UTEP). She played most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL. In 14 Eurocup games she recorded 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Vitola played at Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB where in 30 games she averaged 6.4ppg and 4.4rpg. She helped them to win the Spanish LFB title (twice) and they also played in the Supercup final (twice). Vitola also played 13 games in Euroleague where she had 4.9ppg and 6.2rpg.
She has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Vitola has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2011.
She also represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 62.5%.
Vitola has played previously professionally in Spain (Mann Filter) and Latvia (BJBS Riga/Jugla and SK Riga).
She attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Slovenia ease past Turkey in warm-up game - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia have eased to a 76-64 victory over Turkey in their third EuroBasket 2017 warm-up game in Trbovlje tonight. Eva Lisec (192-C-95) scored 23 points on shooting 9-of-11 from the field, Nika Baric (169-PG-92) added 16 points while going 3-of-4 behind the 3-point arc, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) chipped in with 12 points, missing just one shot, and Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) posted 11 points.
The game featured just one lead change. Slovenia made a 5-0 run to turn a two point defciit into a 7-4 and later Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) and Nika Baric (169-PG-92) both hit a 3-pointer to ignite a decisive 12-1 run for a 19-7 lead midway first quarter. Slovenia led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and had their largest lead of the game at 47-31 early in the third quarter.
Turkey was led by Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Slovenia-Turkey 76-64 (24-11, 15-18, 23-19, 14-16)
Slovenia: Ljubenovic, *Oblak 11 (1-2), Zdolsek, *Erkic 12 (1-2), Prezelj, Abramovic 6 (1-2), Rupnik, *Baric 16 (3-4), Jakovina, *Pirsic 4, *Lisec 23 (4-6), Trebec 4 (2-2), Evans DNP, Ocvirk. Coach: Grgic.
Turkey: Karaman DNP, Bilgic 7, Cora 4 (2-2), Turgut 5 (2-2), *Demirmen 18 (2-2), *Alben, *Canitez 1 (1-2), *Hollingsvorth 19 (7-10), Uner, Senyurek 5, *Koksal 5 (2-2), Ural. Coach: Memnun.



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Nystrom starts her pro career at IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco - by Eurobasket News

IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old Swedish guard Ellen Nystrom (185-93). Nystrom just graduated from Colorado State University (NCAA). In 31 games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-MWC Player of the Year, named to All-MWC 1st Team and named to MWC All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above Nystrom is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her college team won MWC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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Nystrom starts her pro career at IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco - by Eurobasket News

IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco (LFB) added to their roster 24-year old Swedish guard Ellen Nystrom (185-93). Nystrom just graduated from Colorado State University (NCAA). In 31 games she had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg last season. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in her career as she was selected All-MWC Player of the Year, named to All-MWC 1st Team and named to MWC All-Defensive Team.
As mentioned above Nystrom is just out of the college and it will be her first season as a pro.
Her college team won MWC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nico_prodep)

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  TURKEY  

TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Nirra FIELDS
  Edremit
  (175-G-93)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fields, Edremit24.3 
 2. Grant, Edremit22.2 
 3. Houston, Elazig21.7 
 4. Covington, Edirne20.4 
 5. Goodlett, Mersin U.19.8 
 6. Costa, Mersin K.19.6 
 7. Staschuk, Urla BLD19.4 
 8. Parker, Mersin G.18.6 
 9. Schlemer, Istanbul.18.0 
 10. Selby, Bodrum17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon HOUSTON
  Elazig
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Houston, Elazig16.3 
 2. Parker, Mersin G.13.7 
 3. Costa, Mersin K.13.6 
 4. Goodlett, Mersin U.12.8 
 5. Gordon, Orduspor12.6 
 6. McDonald, Yalova V.12.5 
 7. Schlemer, Istanbul.12.4 
 8. Mohammed, Orman.12.1 
 9. Staschuk, Urla BLD12.0 
 10. Covington, Edirne11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Esen OZDEMIR
  Elazig
  (--89)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ozdemir, Elazig8.5 
 2. Gonen, Anadolu .6.7 
 3. Uygul, Mersin Univ.6.5 
 4. Uslular, Mersin G.5.9 
 5. Ekiz, Mersin Kurtulus5.9 
 6. Kanat, Orduspor5.2 
 7. Selby, Bodrum5.2 
 8. Ayyildiz, Ferko Ilgaz4.5 
 9. Aslan, Edremit4.4 
 10. Celebi, Cankaya4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shay SELBY
  Bodrum
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Selby, Bodrum3.1 
 2. Parker, Mersin G.2.8 
 3. Tozlu, Edremit2.8 
 4. Grant, Edremit2.7 
 5. Fields, Edremit2.6 
 6. Ozcan, Orduspor2.6 
 7. Celebi, Cankaya2.4 
 8. Kumandanoglu, Urla B.2.3 
 9. Demir, Anadolu Univ.2.2 
 10. Alkis, TED Ankara2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Corinne COSTA
  Mersin K.
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Costa, Mersin K.2.9 
 2. Houston, Elazig2.3 
 3. Kritscher, Urla BLD2.0 
 4. Jordan, Bornova1.6 
 5. Parker, Mersin G.1.4 
 6. Staschuk, Urla BLD1.3 
 7. Tozlu, Edremit1.3 
 8. Karatas, Bornova1.1 
 9. McDonald, Yalova V.1.1 
 10. Gordon, Orduspor1.0 


TKBL Round 5 of Final Four. Victories for Ormanspor and Bornova - by Eurobasket News

Ormanspor - Bodrum 68-53

Ormanspor edged Bodrum for the fourth victory in Final Four. Ormanspor outrebounded Bodrum 44-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American center Aisha Mohammed (191-85, college: Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds. Forward Asli Sevinc (178-79, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) produced 15 points and Senay Sale (-90) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ormanspor: A.Mohammed 24+20reb+3ast, A.Sevinc 15+8reb+4ast, D.Gezgin 9+3reb+1ast, S.Onar 8+2reb+2ast, H.Eldas 5+4reb+4ast, P.Kuccuk 3+1reb+1ast
Bodrum: S.Selby 15+3reb+2ast, M.Bilge 11+2reb+1ast, S.Sale 9+5reb+2ast, B.Onbasi 6+3reb+2ast, D.Dedeoglu 6+4reb+1ast, M.Kaya 6+6reb
gschID: 546263


Bornova - Cankaya 63-48

Bornova held off Cankaya to improve at 3-2 record. The former international forward Nazli Guler (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 11 rebounds. American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Azerbaijani center Marcedes-Marie Walker (191-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Hande Celebi (-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Cankaya.
Top scorers:
Bornova: C.Jordan 16+5reb, G.Duman 11+2reb+3ast, I.Daricioglu 10+2reb+7ast, B.Yapar 9+3reb+3ast, N.Guler 8+11reb+2ast, N.Gungor 5+3reb+1ast
Cankaya: M.Marie Walker 19+11reb+1ast, H.Celebi 16+8reb+2ast, G.Celebi 5+7reb+7ast, I.Dumlu 3+7reb+2ast, Y.Koc 2+3reb+1ast, S.Tabakci 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546262





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  WNBA  


Stars collapse in fourth, fall to Wings - by Eurobasket News

Whether it was battling injuries to key players or trying to mesh a retooled roster, the winless Stars remained optimistic. They said it was simply a matter of time before their talent, chemistry and potential came together. And when they did, the real Stars would appear. And indeed, for 30 minutes Thursday against the Dallas Wings, the Stars displayed what could be. During the final 9 minutes, they displayed what has been. Undone by a rash of missed shots, turnovers and defensive lapses, the Stars blew a 10-point second-half lead and were outscored 33-13 in the final quarter, falling 94-82 before 9,621 at the AT&T Center. 'Looking up and seeing that we were winning going into the fourth quarter was a good thing for us,' Stars guard Kayla McBride (5'11''-G-92, college: Notre Dame) said. 'I think we had played really well for three quarters, but it is about finishing.' And the Stars (0-4) did not. The deficiencies that led to Thursday's fourth-quarter collapse continued an early season trend. In the season opener against New York on May 13, missed free throws were the culprit. A day later in Washington, foul trouble was the issue. In the home opener against Phoenix on May 19, foul woes again plagued the Stars. This time, it was poor shooting, defense and ball security that turned what began as a banner day - 2017 No. 1 pick Kelsey Plum (5'8''-G-94, college: Washington) and Moriah Jefferson (5'7''-PG-94, college: Connecticut) saw their first action of the season - into a bummer. The two guards had been sidelined by injuries. Plum finished with four points and five turnovers in 12 minutes. Jefferson had nine points, four steals and three assists. 'I am a competitor and I expect myself to play at a certain standard,' said Plum, who entered with less than a minute left in the first quarter. 'I know what I can do, and so I knew it was going to be difficult coming out. I didn't have a lot of time to prepare (because of a sprained right ankle), but it is what it is.' With Isabelle Harrison continuing her hot play, tallying 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks - all career highs - the Stars looked poised for a win. McBride, in her second game, had a game-high 18 points. Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) had 11 off the bench and Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 10 as all but one Stars player scored. But those positives were negated by a woeful final 10 minutes in which the Stars shot 12.5 percent (2 of 16), including nine straight misses, and went 6 minutes without a field goal. 'The second half, we had a lot of breakdowns,' Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. 'We didn't play tough. (The Wings) actually just put the ball on the floor and attacked us off the dribble. We're tougher than that.' The Stars' woes were not confined to defense. They shot 53.1 percent in the first half, including a smoking 68.8 in the first quarter, and shot 51.9 percent through three quarters. Then things stunningly fell apart. 'I think we just got unfocused,' Harrison said. 'We knew that Dallas was a hard-working team and they hustle and get in the passing lanes. I think we were just careless with the ball, so we just really lost focus.' Dallas (2-1) capitalized, with Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90, college: Notre Dame) converting back-to-back three-point plays to jump-start the 33-11 run. Diggins-Smith had nine of her 17 points during the spree. 'With Skylar, she is a competitor,' Dallas coach Fred Williams said. 'I think someone blocked her shot earlier and she didn't like that, so that really upped her game. She really went after it and played hard. That's the type of player she is.'
Courtesy of: mysanantonio.com