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  ARGENTINA  



TFB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Deportivo Norte A. and Ramos Mejia claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Talleres TV - Deportivo Norte A. 66-67

Deportivo Norte Armstrong snatched a tough road win over Talleres in the opener. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 18-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jonatan Torresi (SG) stepped up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the visitors. Pablo Walter (202-PF-86) delivered 17 points for Talleres.
gschID: 547601


Ramos Mejia - Ameghino 83-71

Ramos Mejia held off Ameghino in Game 1 of the semifinal series. Ameghino was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-29 second half run of Ramos Mejia. Exequiel sank 26 points to lead the hosts to the victory. Abel Aristimuno (193-F-91) responded with 16 points for Ameghino.
gschID: 547600





LigaA Round 4 of 1/8 Finals. GECR Indalo, Regatas and Olimpico LB advance - by Eurobasket News

GECR Indalo - Argentino 96-73

GECR Indalo fired past Argentinto to win the series 3-1. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Argentino managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) who helped to win the game recording 23 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Juan-Manuel Rivero (191-85) who added 20 points during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. 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:
Argentino: C.Crawford 20+9reb+1ast, N.Gadson 16+6reb+4ast, M.Bolivar 14+1ast, E.Basabe 10+6reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 6+3reb, I.Gutierrez 5+2reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 23+2reb+3ast, J.Manuel Rivero 20+2reb+1ast, M.Relphorde 12+5reb+1ast, D.Romero 10+8reb+4ast, E.Vargas 9+6reb, F.Haller 7+2reb
gschID: 547594


Quilmes MP - Weber Bahia 97-86

Quilmes held off visiting Weber Bahia to force the decisive fifth game in the series. It looked good early as Weber Bahia took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Quilmes MP took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 11 points. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Quilmes MP forced 19 Weber Bahia turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Weber Bahia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!). Guard Eric Flor (186-93) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 17+5reb+3ast, M.Fjellerup 15+1reb+3ast, L.Redivo 12+3reb+5ast, J.Levy 8+10reb+1ast, D.Summers 8+2reb, F.Corvalan 7+2ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 39+4reb+3ast, E.Flor 17+5reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 11+1reb+2ast, T.Robinson 9+2reb+1ast, I.Clark 9+4reb+4ast, I.Basualdo 5+3reb
gschID: 547593


Instituto - Olimpico LB 80-87

Olimpico beat Instituto on the road to seal their next round appearance. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Instituto won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpico de La Banda made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Instituto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) produced 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Olimpico de La Banda and four Instituto players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Instituto: J.DeGroat 17+2reb, R.Green 16+2reb+4ast, P.Bertone 15+1reb+2ast, D.Phillip 12+4reb+1ast, P.Bruna 8+1reb, G.Whelan 5+1reb+2ast
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 25+8reb, M.Stanic 14+4reb+6ast, K.Lamonte 13+1reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 11+1reb+2ast, J.Williams 11+7reb, D.Nesbitt 7+3reb
gschID: 547592


Libertad S. - Regatas C. 76-82

Regatas reached the quarterfinal stage following a road win over Libertad. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 29-13 last quarter charge of Libertad Sunchales cut the lead to 82-76 at the end of the game. Regatas Corrientes made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who scored that evening 26 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 17+6reb+4ast, J.Massey 14+13reb+1ast, J.Brussino 12+4reb+5ast, S.Vega 9+5reb, P.Barrios 9+1reb, L.Goldenberg 8+2reb
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+5reb+2ast, D.Sims 20+6reb+3ast, C.Troutman 14+10reb+1ast, F.Martina 11+3reb, F.Ramirez 5+4reb, P.Espinoza 4+7reb+6ast
gschID: 547591





TNA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Estudiantes Olavarria advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 81-76

Estudiantes O. held off visiting Atenas Carmen to advance into TNA Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Atenas won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Estudiantes O. won last quarter 25-22. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Atenas' players. Swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 30 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Atenas.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: S.Arese 21+6reb+7ast, J.Gamazo 18+4reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 18+12reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 10+5reb+9ast, E.Dominguez 8+7reb+3ast, A.Brocal 4
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 30+7reb+3ast, H.Wilkerson 19+6reb+4ast, E.Agostino 14+3reb+1ast, H.Etchepare 9+3reb, B.Oprandi 4+8reb, C.Lavoratornuovo 0+3reb
gschID: 547580





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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Eltham W. - McKinnon C. 95-72

Very expected game when 7th ranked McKinnon C. (5-6) was crushed on the road by third ranked Eltham Wildcats (9-3) 95-72 on Saturday. Eltham Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. McKinnon C. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Justin Aver (190-89) stepped up and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Jordan Canovan chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Five Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) scored 13 points and 9 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. Eltham Wildcats maintains third place in League with 9-3 record having just eleven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser McKinnon C. keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Waverley Falcons (#4) in Mount Waverley in the next round. McKinnon C. will play at home against Diamond Valley Eagles and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 18+9reb, I.Platenik 13+9reb, M.Cody 12+3reb+2ast, B.Tamir 6+6reb+2ast, D.Walker 6+2reb+2ast, A.Mueller 6+2reb
Eltham W.: J.Canovan 21+4reb+4ast, J.Aver 20+5reb+5ast, S.Grant 15+12reb+2ast, C.Cameron 14+3reb, B.Waldren 10+7reb+6ast, S.Whelan 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 541344


Whittlesea City - Eltham W. 85-116

Very predictable result in Mill Park where third ranked Eltham Wildcats (9-3) smashed 12th ranked Whittlesea City (1-12) 116-85 on Sunday. Eltham Wildcats made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Whittlesea City turnovers and had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Benjamin Waldren stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Jordan Canovan chipped in 24 points. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Jonathan Maybank responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Dominic Bruno scored 24 points. Eltham Wildcats maintains third place in League with 9-3 record having just eleven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Waverley Falcons (#4) in Mount Waverley in the next round. Whittlesea City will play at home against Magic (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: J.Maybank 25+8reb+2ast, D.Bruno 24+3reb+1ast, T.Samuel 16+4reb+2ast, T.Watson 7+2reb, E.Potts-Broughton 6+9reb+1ast, S.Kalistu 4+3reb
Eltham W.: B.Waldren 27+8reb+1ast, J.Canovan 24+2reb+2ast, C.Cameron 19+5reb+3ast, J.Aver 12+3ast, J.Todd 8+3reb+3ast, S.Grant 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 541349


Casey C. - Knox R. 83-111

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Casey C. (5-6) was rolled over at home by second ranked Knox Raiders (10-3) 111-83 on Saturday. American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and center Matt Hodgson (211-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Raheem Lemons (196-93, college: Central State) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Knox Raiders and five Casey C. players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Knox Raiders maintains second place in League with 10-3 record having just thirteen point less than leader Mackay M. Newly promoted Casey C. keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Knox Raiders will face Devils (#5) in Werribee in the next round. Casey C. will play at home against Hume City Broncos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Casey C.: R.Lemons 18+8reb, B.Louis 15+4reb+1ast, C.Polk 12+6reb+2ast, E.Golong 11+5reb+2ast, D.Johnson 10+4reb, M.McInnes 6+4reb+2ast
Knox R.: M.Hodgson 23+11reb, C.Kaba 22+11reb+2ast, A.Thoseby 17+4reb+1ast, A.Tomada 17+3reb+6ast, D.McDonald 10+1reb, A. Munday-rashid 6
gschID: 541342


Hume City - Werribee D. 87-97

Everything went according to plan in Tullamarine where fifth ranked Devils (7-5) beat 10th ranked Hume City Broncos (4-8) 97-87 on Sunday. They outrebounded Hume City Broncos 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) stepped up and scored 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners and Blake Allison chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. Four Devils players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) responded with 31 points and 7 assists and forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Devils maintains fifth place in League with 7-5 record. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Devils will face league's leader Ringwood Hawks in Heathmont in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hume City Broncos will play against Casey C. (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hume City: L.Jeka 31+4reb+7ast, L.Egan 21+7reb+3ast, M.Rose 19+8reb+1ast, S.Prasad 6+3reb+3ast, S.Prendergast 6+4reb+4ast, P.Renteria 4+1reb+1ast
Werribee D.: J.Smith 37+7reb+2ast, B.Allison 23+10reb+2ast, F.Hunter 12+6reb, J.Hughes 11+10reb+3ast, D.Majok 7+2reb+3ast, N.Wilson 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 541348


Werribee D. - Hawthorn M. 71-85

There was an upset in Werribee where higher ranked Devils (7-5) were defeated by eleventh ranked Magic (4-6) 85-71 on Saturday. Magic forced 26 Devils turnovers. Jack Barry (-94) stepped up and scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward Alex Bogart-King (200) chipped in 22 points and 5 steals. Four Magic players scored in double figures. Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Jordan Hughes (192-92, college: Dakota St.) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Magic moved-up to eighth place in League. Loser Devils keep the fifth position with five games lost. Magic will face Whittlesea City (#12) in Mill Park in the next round. Devils will play at home against the league's leader Ringwood Hawks (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Smith 33+10reb+3ast, N.Wilson 10+5reb, N.Morda 9+1ast, J.Hughes 7+6reb+3ast, B.Allison 6+5reb, F.Hunter 4+5reb+3ast
Hawthorn M.: A.Bogart-King 22+4reb+2ast, J.Barry 18+9reb+6ast, K.Smith 17+3reb, J.Morrison 15+5reb+3ast, D.Mareels 6+9reb, L.Sist 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541347


Ringwood H. - Waverley F. 108-84

No shocking result in a game in Heathmont where first ranked Ringwood Hawks (10-2) outleveled 3rd placed Waverley Falcons (8-4) 108-84 on Saturday. Ringwood Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Waverley Falcons' players. American guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Matthew Snowball chipped in 13 points and 11 assists. At the losing side American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Brandon Beasley (196-88, college: William Penn) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Five Ringwood Hawks and four Waverley Falcons players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ringwood Hawks maintains first place in League with 10-2 record. Loser Waverley Falcons dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Ringwood Hawks will face Devils (#5) in Werribee in the next round. Waverley Falcons will play at home against Eltham Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 21+8reb+3ast, B.Beasley 20+5reb+3ast, J.Reardon 15+6reb+4ast, M.Harper 11+2reb+1ast, T.Boyle 5+2reb, T.Liesting 4+1reb
Ringwood H.: J.Gibson 18+5reb+5ast, M.Fennell 17+6reb+3ast, N.Truman 17+2reb, M.Snowball 13+3reb+11ast, S.Osborne 12+3reb+7ast, S.Clarke 10+5reb
gschID: 541346


Corio Bay S. - Whittlesea City 108-84

Rather expected game in Geelong where 12th ranked Whittlesea City (1-12) was crushed by tenth ranked Stingrays (4-7) 108-84 on Saturday. Stingrays dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Whittlesea City's 46. Stingrays forced 24 Whittlesea City turnovers. American point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) stepped up and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. Stingrays' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Taane Samuel (200-99) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Jonathan Maybank produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stingrays moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Stingrays will face Hume City Broncos (#10) in Tullamarine in the next round. Whittlesea City will play at home against Magic and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: T.Samuel 22+11reb+2ast, J.Maybank 21+10reb+4ast, D.Bruno 17+3reb+3ast, E.Potts-Broughton 15+13reb+2ast, T.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, S.Kalistu 3+3reb
Corio Bay S.: C.Baker 31+6reb+8ast, M.Rebula 26+4reb+1ast, J.Latham 19+13reb, J.Mcfall 17+5reb+2ast, C.Eichler 6+8reb, G. Erray 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541345


Diamond V.E. - Hume City 81-62

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Greensborough where eleventh ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (4-9) smashed 10th ranked Hume City Broncos (4-8) 81-62 on Saturday. Diamond Valley Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) stepped up and scored 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners and his fellow American import forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) responded with 19 points and forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Diamond Valley Eagles maintains eleventh place in League with 4-9 record. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Diamond Valley Eagles will face higher ranked McKinnon C. (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hume City: L.Jeka 19+4reb+2ast, L.Egan 14+6reb+2ast, S.Prasad 9+8reb+1ast, M.Rose 9+4reb+2ast, S.Prendergast 4+3reb+1ast, J.Schafer 3+1ast
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 26+8reb+6ast, B.Conley 17+5reb, M.Reynolds 9+5reb+4ast, S.Reynolds 9+1ast, G.Page 8+1reb+1ast, J.Dirkx 5+2reb
gschID: 541343


Premier League
N.Adelaide R. - Southern T. 107-101

Not a big story in a game in Greenacres where 4th placed Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (5-3) were defeated by first ranked North Adelaide Rockets (7-1) 107-101 on Saturday. North Adelaide Rockets forced 25 Noarlunga City Southern Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 50-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) stepped up and scored 40 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Alexander Starling (198-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) chipped in 27 points and 18 rebounds. At the losing side the former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, college: Boise St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Mike Nwelue (196-93, college: Drury) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Four North Adelaide Rockets and five Noarlunga City Southern Tigers players scored in double figures. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. North Adelaide Rockets maintains first place in League with 7-1 record. Loser Noarlunga City Southern Tigers keep the fourth position with three games lost. North Adelaide Rockets will face Woodville Warriors (#6) in Flinders Park in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers will play at home against Sturt Sabres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: R.Linton 24, A.Drmic 23+11reb+6ast, D.Jones 16+6reb+2ast, M.Nwelue 15+12reb+6ast, J.Dodman 13+6reb+2ast, H.Staude 4+1ast
N.Adelaide R.: A.Miller 40+6reb+3ast, A.Starling 27+18reb+1ast, D.Aistrope 16+2reb, B.Jonnek 12+2reb+1ast, L.Mapunda 5+7reb+4ast, J.Wernham 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541446


Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P. 78-84

Everything went according to plan in Mt. Barker where seventh ranked South Adelaide Panthers (3-5) beat 10th ranked Eastern Mavericks (1-7) 84-78 on Saturday. South Adelaide Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Eastern Mavericks' 40. South Adelaide Panthers forced 21 Eastern Mavericks turnovers. American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) stepped up and scored 44 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jarmal Reid (201-93, college: Oregon St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side forward Tom Cioffi (197-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) scored 20 points. Four Eastern Mavericks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. South Adelaide Panthers maintains seventh place in League with 3-5 record. Loser Eastern Mavericks keep the tenth position with seven games lost. South Adelaide Panthers will face Central District Lions (#9) in Gawler in the next round. Eastern Mavericks will play on the road against West Adelaide Bearcats in Woodville and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: L.Barker 20+3reb+2ast, D.Mcgee 16+3reb, T.Cioffi 13+13reb+1ast, D.Shorne 11+10reb+2ast, M.Hundley 9+2reb, M.Kelton 7+1ast
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 44+3reb+6ast, J. Hoppo 13+11reb+1ast, J.Reid 12+11reb+2ast, R.Gardner 5+4reb+1ast, S.Boal 5+3reb+1ast, T.McKenzie 2+5reb
gschID: 541445


W.Adelaide B. - Forestville E. 95-91

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Forestville Eagles (6-2) against sixth ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (4-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Forestville Eagles were defeated by West Adelaide Bearcats in a tough game in Woodville 91-95. West Adelaide Bearcats forced 19 Forestville Eagles turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Jordan West contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four West Adelaide Bearcats players scored in double figures. Sudanese forward Majok Deng (208-93, college: La-Monroe) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Antonio Garrett (198, college: Idaho Coll.) added 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Forestville Eagles. West Adelaide Bearcats moved-up to fifth place in League. Forestville Eagles at the other side keep the second position with two games lost. West Adelaide Bearcats' next round opponent will be Eastern Mavericks (#10) in Mt. Barker which should be theoretically an easy game. Forestville Eagles will play at home against Norwood Flames (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Forestville E.: M.Deng 25+14reb+3ast, A.Garrett 24+12reb+2ast, S. Wright 13+5reb+2ast, J.Rios 9+1reb+4ast, D.Majok 7+3reb, O.Megins 6+3reb
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 26+5reb+4ast, J.West 22+8reb+3ast, P.Thomas 18+6reb+8ast, T.Braithwaite 16+1reb+2ast, B.Truslove 7+10reb+3ast, H.Ridgeway 6+4reb
gschID: 541448


C.District L. - Woodville W. 89-92

Everything could happen in Gawler at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Woodville Warriors and 9th ranked Central District Lions had identical 2-5 record. But Central District Lions were not able to use a home court advantage and were edged by the opponent from Flinders Park 92-89 on Saturday night. Woodville Warriors looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Guard Darren Ng (189-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and forward Luke Stanbridge (192-90) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Four Woodville Warriors players scored in double figures. At the losing side Koen Sapwell responded with 29 points and guard David Humphries (193-91, college: Loyola Mary) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Woodville Warriors (3-5) moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Central District Lions keep the ninth position with six games lost. Woodville Warriors will face league's leader North Adelaide Rockets in Greenacres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Central District Lions will play at home against South Adelaide Panthers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
C.District L.: K.Sapwell 29+2reb+2ast, D.Humphries 17+12reb+1ast, R.Martin 12+6reb+4ast, N.Larkins 8+1ast, M.Makoi 8+2reb, S.Stone 5+1reb+3ast
Woodville W.: L.Stanbridge 22+8reb+3ast, D.Ng 19+5reb+12ast, C.Clausen 17+9reb+4ast, D.Carlin 16+4reb+1ast, J.Luhnow 9+6reb+2ast, A.Miller 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541449


Sturt S. - Norwood F. 87-81

No shocking result in a game in Pasadena where third ranked Sturt Sabres (6-2) won against 5th ranked Norwood Flames (3-5) 87-81 on Saturday. Sturt Sabres made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. Sturt Sabres had a 36-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Jacob Rigoni (198-98) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winners and swingman Tim Klaosen (196-89) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Daniel Webber (191-87) scored 23 points. Norwood Flames' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sturt Sabres maintains third place in League with 6-2 record having just four point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Norwood Flames dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Sturt Sabres will face Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (#4) in Morphett Vale in the next round. Norwood Flames will play on the road against the league's second-placed Forestville Eagles (#2) in Goodwood and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Norwood F.: D.Webber 23+3reb+3ast, A.Webber 21+4reb, J.Sanders 21+10reb+4ast, M.Lycett 9+8reb+1ast, K.Smith 5+5reb+5ast, J.Spurritt 2+3reb+1ast
Sturt S.: J.Rigoni 33+14reb+2ast, T.Klaosen 12+6reb+5ast, H.Reemst 10+3reb+5ast, B.Carter 9+4reb, C.McMath 7+6reb, M.Calligeros 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541447


QBL
Sunshine CR - Cairns M. 95-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Cairns Marlins (4-2) against leader Sunshine CR (3-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Cairns Marlins were defeated by Sunshine CR in 95-84. Cairns Marlins were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Isaih Tueta (187-91) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Louis Ilton (191, college: Texas A&M Int.) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Anthony Fisher (187-94) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Sunshine CR and four Cairns Marlins players scored in double figures. Sunshine CR moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Cairns Marlins dropped to the third position with two games lost. Sunshine CR will face Rollers (#9) in Gold Coast in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cairns Marlins will play at home against Ipswich Force (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 23+7reb+5ast, J.Weeks 17+4reb, A.Fisher 16+8reb+1ast, T.Jackson 14+2reb+5ast, M.Mulligan 6+3reb, A.Bin Tahal 4+2reb
Sunshine CR: L.Ilton 23+5reb, I.Tueta 20+6reb+5ast, L.Hurdle 16+4reb+4ast, R.Sutton 15+9reb+1ast, Z.Meehl 11+1reb+2ast, J.Tueta 6+4reb
gschID: 541530


Toowoomba M. - Mackay M. 79-104

Very expected game when 9th ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-3) were crushed at home by leader Mackay Meteors (5-0) 104-79 on Saturday. Mackay Meteors outrebounded Toowoomba Mountaineers 51-39 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and swingman Lukass Blicavs (192-93) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mackay Meteors players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) responded with 26 points and naturalized Sudanese center Paul Aleer (213-94) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 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. Mackay Meteors keep a position of League leader. Loser Toowoomba Mountaineers dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Mackay Meteors will face Rockhampton Rockets (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toowoomba Mountaineers will play against South West Metro Pirates and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 26+4reb+3ast, P.Aleer 16+11reb+1ast, M.Malek 10+9reb+2ast, J.Ebneter 8+3reb+1ast, J.Washington 7+3ast, C.Weber 5+1reb+2ast
Mackay M.: L.Blicavs 20+5reb, L.Walker 17+7reb+2ast, S.Bruce 17+2reb+6ast, C.Tragardh 14+9reb, M.Gange 10+4reb+2ast, C.Cedar 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541531


Rockhampton - Townsville H. 81-92

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Townsville Heat and 7th ranked Rockhampton Rockets had identical 2-2 record. But Rockhampton Rockets were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Hermit Park 92-81 on Saturday night. American power forward Justin Baker (203-89, college: Utah Valley) stepped up and scored 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds. Baker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Chris Fowler (185-93, college: Cent.Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and Canadian forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC) scored 17 points. Four Rockhampton Rockets players scored in double figures. Townsville Heat (3-2) moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Rockhampton Rockets dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Townsville Heat will face higher ranked Ipswich Force (#5) in Booval in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rockhampton Rockets will play on the road against the league's leader Mackay Meteors and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rockhampton: C.Fowler 21+6reb+12ast, D.Wagner 17+4reb, T.Young 12+4reb+1ast, J.Lopez 12+3reb+1ast, J.Mitchell 9+11reb+1ast, J.Blanchard 6
Townsville H.: J.Baker 30+8reb+2ast, J.Wilcher 24+9reb+3ast, P.Crawford 18+4reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 8+6reb+3ast, M.Rees 6+9reb+1ast, B.McCully 2+2reb
gschID: 541529


Logan T. - Gold Coast R. 107-100

There was a minor upset in Loganholme where higher ranked Rollers (2-3) were defeated by eleventh ranked Logan T. (2-3) 107-100 on Saturday. Logan T. forced 19 Rollers turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Logan T. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Rollers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and swingman Michael Cedar (190-86) chipped in 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Devon Sullivan (201-86, college: S.Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Five Logan T. and four Rollers players scored in double figures. Rollers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Logan T. moved-up to seventh place in League. Logan T. will face Maroochydore Clippers (#13) in Cotton Tree in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rollers will play against Sunshine CR (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gold Coast R.: T.Craig 32+16reb+5ast, D.Sullivan 27+11reb+3ast, S.McGregor 17+4reb+2ast, D.Vale 16+3reb+2ast, S.Gleeson 7+2reb+7ast, T.Green 1
Logan T.: M.Young 29+9reb+1ast, M.Cedar 21+7ast, S.Carroll 17+4reb+3ast, C.Salecich 12+3reb+6ast, S.Johns 11+3reb+1ast, N.Kahler 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541527


Brisbane S. - Brisbane C. 86-99

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Brisbane: Brisbane Capitals (#1) and Brisbane Spartans (#8). Brisbane Spartans were defeated at home 86-99 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Brisbane Capitals forced 23 Brisbane Spartans turnovers. Strangely Brisbane Spartans outrebounded Brisbane Capitals 51-38 including a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized American forward Dusty Rychart (201-78, college: Minnesota) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American-Nigerian guard Princeton Onwas (198-93, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Five Brisbane Capitals players scored in double figures. The former international center Tom Jervis (211-87, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 23 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ryan Jeffries (192-86) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Brisbane Spartans' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Brisbane Capitals went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Loser Brisbane Spartans dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Brisbane Capitals will meet at home Gladstone Port City Power (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brisbane Spartans will play against Gladstone Port City Power and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: T.Jervis 39+23reb+4ast, R.Jeffries 16+5reb, A.Ugrinic 11+7reb+1ast, M.Philp 9+1reb+4ast, G.Scott 6+5reb+1ast, B.Volkman 3+5reb
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 24+2reb+3ast, P.Onwas 22+9reb+3ast, S.Windsor 17+2reb+2ast, J.Davis 14+1reb+3ast, D.Rychart 13+19reb+7ast, Z.Carter 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541528


Gladstone P. - Townsville H. 65-82

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Townsville Heat (3-2) beat on the road bottom-ranked Gladstone Port City Power (0-2) 82-65 on Friday. Townsville Heat forced 23 Gladstone Port City Power turnovers. The former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and the former international swingman Todd Blanchfield (200-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Willie Shackleford (198-85, college: Martin Methodist) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Remy Lawyer (, college: Grossmont CC) scored 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Heat moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Gladstone Port City Power still closes the standings with two games lost. Townsville Heat will face higher ranked Ipswich Force (#5) in Booval in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gladstone Port City Power will play on the road against the league's second-placed Brisbane Capitals (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gladstone P.: R.Lawyer 21+4reb+2ast, W.Shackleford 10+18reb+4ast, R.Willis 9+10reb+4ast, P.Ciganovic 9+2reb+1ast, S.Russell 5+1reb, T.Allen 3+2reb+1ast
Townsville H.: J.Wilcher 21+3ast, T.Blanchfield 16+6reb, P.Crawford 10+2reb+4ast, J.Spiers 9+3reb+1ast, J.Baker 8+3reb, M.Rees 7+6reb
gschID: 541526


SW Metro P. - Mackay M. 91-102

There was no surprise in Runcorn where bottom-ranked South West Metro Pirates (0-4) were defeated by leader Mackay Meteors (5-0) 102-91 on Sunday. Mackay Meteors dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to South West Metro Pirates' 38 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Mackay Meteors forced 19 South West Metro Pirates turnovers. South West Metro Pirates were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and guard Verle Williams Jr. (180-97) scored 25 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. South West Metro Pirates' coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mackay Meteors keep a position of League leader. Loser South West Metro Pirates still closes the standings with four games lost. Mackay Meteors will face Rockhampton Rockets (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. South West Metro Pirates will play against Toowoomba Mountaineers (#11) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SW Metro P.: V.Williams Jr. 25+2reb+4ast, T.McGrew 25+15reb+1ast, B.Teys 17+2reb+1ast, R.Vines 10+1reb+2ast, J.Allen 6+2reb+2ast, T.Machado 6+1reb+1ast
Mackay M.: L.Walker 29+10reb+3ast, S.Bruce 23+6reb+8ast, C.Cedar 19+4reb+4ast, C.Tragardh 14+5reb+1ast, L.Blicavs 7+5reb, M.Gange 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541532


Ipswich F. - Mackay M. 87-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Booval where leader Mackay Meteors (5-0) won against 3rd placed Ipswich Force (3-2) 100-87 on Friday. Mackay Meteors dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ipswich Force's 28. Ipswich Force was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Lucas Walker (202-84, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) chipped in 26 points and 10 assists. At the losing side American forward Kyle Harvey (196-91, college: Williams Baptist) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Luke Shelley (188-91, college: Ky Wesleyan) scored 19 points. Five Mackay Meteors and four Ipswich Force players scored in double figures. Ipswich Force's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mackay Meteors keep a position of League leader. Loser Ipswich Force dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Mackay Meteors will face Rockhampton Rockets (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ipswich Force will play against Cairns Marlins and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ipswich F.: L.Shelley 19+1reb+2ast, J.Legan 14+5reb+1ast, K.Harvey 13+8reb+2ast, J.Kuon 11+8reb+1ast, J.Derksen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 6+1reb+2ast
Mackay M.: S.Bruce 26+2reb+10ast, L.Walker 24+18reb+3ast, C.Tragardh 19+10reb+2ast, B.Rasmussen 10+6reb+1ast, C.Cedar 10+5reb+2ast, M.Gange 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541524


Suncoast PC - Cairns M. 62-73

Very expected game in Cotton Tree where bottom-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (0-3) were defeated by second ranked Cairns Marlins (4-2) 73-62 on Friday. Maroochydore Clippers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Tevin Jackson (201-94, college: McNeese St.) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international forward Jeromie Hill (203-91, college: UTSA) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Matthew Kenyon (195-98) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Despite that victory Cairns Marlins went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Maroochydore Clippers still closes the standings with three games lost. Cairns Marlins will face Ipswich Force (#5) in Booval in the next round. Maroochydore Clippers will play on the road against Logan T. (#7) in Loganholme and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Suncoast PC: J.Hill 12+8reb+2ast, M.Donaldson 11+8reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 11+7reb+4ast, T.Fullarton 9+6reb+1ast, B.Hogan 9+3reb+2ast, H.Reed 4+3reb+1ast
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 22+6reb+3ast, T.Jackson 17+10reb+3ast, J.Weeks 14+6reb+5ast, R.Runnalls 8+5reb, K.Stattmann 4, A.Bin Tahal 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541525


SBL
East Perth E. - Stirling S. 87-91

There was a small surprise in Morley where tenth ranked Stirling S. (7-5) defeated 8th ranked Eagles (6-9) 91-87 on Saturday. Stirling S. made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Eagles turnovers. Strangely Eagles outrebounded Stirling S. 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Eagles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) stepped up and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and guard Corban Wroe (185-92, college: Hartford) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side guard Mason Bragg (182-93) responded with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stirling S. moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Eagles dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Stirling S. will face higher ranked Wanneroo (#3) in Joondalup in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eagles will play on the road against Hawks (#11) in Floreat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: M.Bragg 22+8reb+6ast, K.Davis 15+13reb+4ast, D.Williamson 15+1reb+2ast, C.Easley 15+4reb+3ast, K.Anthony 13+1reb, J.Tupaea 7+10reb+8ast
Stirling S.: R.Vague 22+8reb+7ast, C.Wroe 16+3reb+3ast, C.Ellis 14+3reb+1ast, A.Litterick 13+3reb+1ast, A.Bruton 7+3ast, J.Throns 5+1reb
gschID: 541715


Joondalup Wolves - Perry Lakes H. 81-71

Not a big story in a game in Joondalup where 11th ranked Hawks (5-9) were defeated by fourth ranked Wanneroo (10-3) 81-71 on Saturday. Wanneroo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Irish center Damian Matacz (204-79, college: N.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and power forward Robert Huntington (203, college: Nova SE) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Wanneroo players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wanneroo moved-up to third place in League. Loser Hawks keep the eleventh position with nine games lost. Wanneroo will face Stirling S. (#5) in Perth in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Eagles (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: M.Adekponya 21+8reb+6ast, B.Carlwell 13+12reb, B.Purser 11+7reb+4ast, M.Clarke 9+1ast, R.Waters 8+4reb+1ast, R.Cassir 4+2reb
Joondalup Wolves: D.Matacz 19+10reb+1ast, T.Iliadis 13+4reb+6ast, R.Huntington 13+9reb+3ast, S.Easther 10+1reb+1ast, R.Maxwell 8+2reb+1ast, S.Salinas 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 541712


Cockburn C. - Lakeside L. 96-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Hamilton Hill where eighth ranked Cougars (7-7) beat 7th ranked Lightning (7-7) 96-83 on Sunday. Cougars looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cougars made 10 blocks. Lightning was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and guard Seva Chan (187-94) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cougars moved-up to seventh place in League. Cougars will face Flames (#9) in Rockingham in the next round. Lightning will play on the road against the league's leader Tigers having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: C.Shervill 19+8reb+2ast, D.Atkinson 19+9reb+3ast, J.Padgett 19+9reb+2ast, D.Morgan 9+5reb+3ast, N.Palleschi 7+2reb, M.Garbellini 7+2reb+3ast
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 32+11reb, S.Chan 17+6reb+6ast, S.Van Lit 13+3reb, G.Field 13+6reb+8ast, L.Cummings 10+2reb+4ast, D.Thomas 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541716


Lakeside L. - East Perth E. 95-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Eagles' (6-9) road loss to seventh ranked Lightning (7-7) 74-95 on Friday. Lightning made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Eagles only scored four points from the stripe. American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) scored 14 points and 6 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. Despite that victory Lightning went down to eighth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Eagles dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Lightning will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eagles will play on the road against Hawks (#11) in Floreat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: K.Davis 22+18reb+3ast, D.Williamson 14+6ast, A.Murphy 14+3ast, C.Easley 8+6reb+2ast, M.Bragg 7+4reb+5ast, D.Tawhiti 5+4reb+1ast
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 29+15reb+3ast, D.Atkinson 22+4reb+7ast, C.Shervill 21+7reb+2ast, T.Parkinson 8+4reb+1ast, D.Morgan 5, R.Mackenzie 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541708


Stirling S. - Kalamunda E.S. 87-73

No shocking result in a game in Perth where tenth ranked Stirling S. (7-5) won against 13th ranked Suns (3-14) 87-73 on Friday. Stirling S. dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 18 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Suns 28-16 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Corban Wroe (185-92, college: Hartford) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) responded with 19 points and swingman Kerrod Horn (186-93) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Stirling S. moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Suns keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Stirling S. will face higher ranked Wanneroo (#3) in Joondalup in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Suns will play on the road against Redbacks (#4) in Northbridge and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 19+3ast, K.Horn 10+6reb, B.Grey 6+5reb+3ast, B.Pass 5+1reb, J.Lewis 5+3reb+2ast, J.Diaz 3+1ast
Stirling S.: R.Vague 19+6reb+3ast, C.Wroe 18+5reb+4ast, C.Ellis 14+6reb+3ast, J.Thwaites 9+2reb+2ast, A.Litterick 7+6reb+2ast, T.Witts 6+1ast
gschID: 541710


Perth R. - Willetton T. 100-101

The most exciting game of round 13 in the State League took place in Northbridge. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Redbacks (9-5) to second ranked Tigers (12-2) 101-100 on Friday evening. American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 23 points and 15 rebounds. Four Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) responded with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Marshall Nelson (188-94, college: Wayland Baptist) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Tigers keep a position of League leader. Redbacks at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Tigers are looking forward to face Lightning (#8) in North Lake in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Redbacks will play at home against Suns (#13) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: S.Redhage 28+7reb+4ast, B.Smith 17+2reb+5ast, M.Nelson 17+7reb+1ast, L.Roberts 13+8reb, M.Vigor 9+12reb+3ast, J.Wagner 7+8reb+7ast
Willetton T.: D.Scott 29+4reb+4ast, J.Bowie 26+14reb+3ast, R.Turner 23+15reb, N.Cody 10+2reb, H.Noordhoek 5+2reb, K.Armour 3+9reb+5ast
gschID: 541707


Mandurah M. - Joondalup Wolves 78-90

Very expected game in Mandurah where 14th ranked Magic (2-12) was defeated by fourth ranked Wanneroo (10-3) 90-78 on Friday. Magic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 assists for the winners and power forward Robert Huntington (203, college: Nova SE) chipped in 20 points. Five Wanneroo players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wanneroo moved-up to third place in League. Loser Magic keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Wanneroo will face Stirling S. (#5) in Perth in the next round. Magic will play at home against Slammers (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 24+12reb+4ast, T.Mullenax 19+6reb, C.Curtis 8+1reb, C.Simpson 8+2reb+1ast, F.Klasztorny 6+4reb+2ast, R.Kreklow 5+3reb+1ast
Joondalup Wolves: R.Huntington 20+4reb+2ast, T.Iliadis 18+3reb+5ast, S.Salinas 17, B.Ironmonger 13+3ast, R.Maxwell 10+4reb+3ast, W.Guerin 4+8reb
gschID: 541709


Kalamunda E.S. - Mandurah M. 96-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Kalamunda where fourteenth ranked Magic (2-12) defeated 13th ranked Suns (3-14) 100-96 on Saturday. Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 26. They outrebounded Suns 40-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) stepped up and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Pal Ruot (188-96) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Magic players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Brighton Pass (192-95) scored 23 points. Magic maintains fourteenth place in League with 2-12 record. Loser Suns keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Magic will face higher ranked Slammers (#6) in Bunbury in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: B.Pass 23+2reb+2ast, C.Belger 18+12reb+5ast, K.Horn 11+3reb, J.Lewis 6+1reb+1ast, R.Blanchett 5+4reb+2ast, J.Diaz 4+1reb+1ast
Mandurah M.: W.McNeill 25+6reb+4ast, T.Mullenax 16+6reb+3ast, P.Ruot 13+9reb+4ast, T.Remmerswaal 12+4reb+1ast, A.Bowman 10+7reb+5ast, C.Curtis 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541714


Goldfields G. - SW Slammers 84-91

Not a big story in a game in Kalgoorlie where 12th ranked Giants (4-8) were defeated by fifth ranked Slammers (7-5) 91-84 on Saturday. American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 31 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Five Slammers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Luke Pike (194-90) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Giants' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Slammers went down to sixth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Giants keep the twelfth place with eight games lost. Slammers will face Magic (#14) in Mandurah in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giants will play on the road against the league's second-placed Buccaneers in Wonthella and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: L.Pike 29+6reb, J.Holmen 23+10reb+3ast, J.Pillard 12+7reb+3ast, B.Holloway 5+1reb+3ast, M.Tierney 5+1reb+1ast, M.Exell 4+6reb
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 31+6reb+3ast, M.Lay 16+5reb+3ast, B.Voelkel 14+20reb+6ast, C.Weeden 11+3reb+2ast, C.Douglas 10+3reb+1ast, T.Durnin 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541713


Geraldton B. - Rockingham F. 84-79

Everything went according to plan in Wonthella where second ranked Buccaneers (12-2) beat 9th ranked Flames (6-9) 84-79 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Buccaneers made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Buccaneers outrebounded Flames 48-34 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Jackson Hussey (190-92, college: Pikeville) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Buccaneers players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Dexter Kernich-Drew (201-91, college: Washington St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Buccaneers maintains second place in League with 12-2 record having just sixteen point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Flames keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Buccaneers will face Giants (#12) in Kalgoorlie in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flames will play at home against Cougars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: D.Kernich-Drew 27+11reb+4ast, V.Zollo 14+4reb, D.Jack 10+6reb+1ast, J.Beard 8+4reb+2ast, R.Godfrey 6+6reb+3ast, B.Samuelson 6+1reb+2ast
Geraldton B.: M.Barrow 24+8reb+4ast, J.Hussey 18+9reb+3ast, M.Hancock 11+6reb, A.Ralph 10+7reb+3ast, M.Wundenberg 8+14reb+2ast, A.Ducas 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541711


SEABL
Albury W.B. - Frankston 95-73

There was no surprise in Albury where 7th ranked Frankston Blues (3-10) were outplayed by fifth ranked Bandits (6-6) 95-73 on Saturday. Bandits forced 20 Frankston Blues turnovers. Point guard Deba George (183-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 assists for the winners and American forward TJ Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and New Zealand power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bandits maintains fifth place in League with 6-6 record. Loser Frankston Blues keep the seventh position with ten games lost. Bandits will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round. Frankston Blues will play on the road against Sabres in Cheltenham and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Frankston: A.Francis 20+9reb+2ast, N.Buss 14+2reb, T.Smith-Milner 12+10reb+2ast, B.Lewis 10+1reb+1ast, T.Dyson 8+3reb+4ast, T.Lloyd 6+4reb+1ast
Albury W.B.: M.Newton 25+6reb+1ast, T.Robinson 23+11reb, J.Terrell 19+3reb+3ast, D.George 19+4reb+12ast, J.Spear 7+4reb+3ast, S.Dearborn 2+2reb
gschID: 541843


Canberra G. - Geelong S. 94-102

No shocking result in a game in Belconnen where second ranked Geelong Supercats (8-4) won against 7th ranked Canberra Gunners (1-9) 102-94 on Saturday. Geelong Supercats forced 21 Canberra Gunners turnovers. Canberra Gunners were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Jamie Medved (189-82) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Kristian Rocci (188-93) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Canberra Gunners' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Geelong Supercats went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Canberra Gunners keep the seventh place with nine games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Kilsyth Cobras (#5) on the road in the next round. Canberra Gunners will play against Bandits in Albury and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canberra G.: J.Toohey 19+2reb+3ast, D.Joyce 17+5reb+11ast, B.Allen 17+13reb+6ast, G.Morison 15+7reb+1ast, B.Doran 11+6reb+1ast, B.Kearins 6+2reb+1ast
Geelong S.: N.Herbert 19+3reb+1ast, K.Rocci 18+5reb+3ast, J.Medved 17+6reb+4ast, E.Gaff 14+7reb+1ast, D.Gatlin 13+8reb+4ast, K.Blicavs 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541842


Ballarat M. - Melbourne T. 99-83

Rather expected game in Wendouree where 6th ranked Tigers (3-8) were defeated by third ranked Ballarat Miners (8-3) 99-83 on Saturday. Ballarat Miners shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) stepped up and scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side guard Tom Wilson (196-97, college: SMU) responded with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) scored 23 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ballarat Miners moved-up to second place in League. Loser Tigers keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Ballarat Miners will face league's second-placed Chargers in Hobart in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tigers will play at home against Dandenong Rangers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Melbourne T.: T.Wilson 26+8reb+4ast, A.Stewart 23+4reb+1ast, B.Liu 13+2reb+1ast, N.Tomlinson 12+5reb+8ast, D.Corletto 6+1reb+1ast, L.Smith 2+3reb+1ast
Ballarat M.: P.Hooley 31+5reb+6ast, C.Moller 23+7reb+3ast, D.Usher 17+2reb+5ast, M.King-Davis 10+3reb, A.Constable 10+2ast, S.Short 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 546571


Kilsyth C. - Bendigo B. 83-100

Rather predictable result when third ranked Bendigo Braves (7-7) defeated on the road 5th ranked Kilsyth Cobras (5-8) 100-83 on Sunday. Bendigo Braves made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American power forward C.J. Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Dyami Starks (188-92, college: Bryant) chipped in 27 points. At the losing side forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Kieran Murphy (202-92) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Bendigo Braves and four Kilsyth Cobras players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bendigo Braves maintains third place in League with 7-7 record having just eleven point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Kilsyth Cobras keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Bendigo Braves will face Tigers (#6) in Melbourne in the next round. Kilsyth Cobras will play on the road against Dandenong Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: C.Patton 15+5reb+4ast, O.Odigie 14+3reb+3ast, G.Hadley 12, K.Murphy 12+8reb+1ast, J. Ahale 11, D.Schaffert 9+2ast
Bendigo B.: D.Starks 27+3reb+3ast, C.Aiken 25+11reb, A.Doyle 20+3reb+6ast, M.Andronicos 15+11reb+2ast, D.Hansen 11+3reb+1ast, J.Cowling 2+2reb
gschID: 541845


Mt Gambier - Kilsyth C. 82-66

Not a big story in a game in Mt Gambier where 5th ranked Kilsyth Cobras (5-8) were defeated by first ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (10-1) 82-66 on Friday. Mount Gambier Pioneers outrebounded Kilsyth Cobras 35-23 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side J Ahale responded with 16 points and guard Gabriel Hadley (190-98) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first place in League with 10-1 record. Loser Kilsyth Cobras keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face Sabres (#4) in Cheltenham in the next round. Kilsyth Cobras will play on the road against Dandenong Rangers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: J. Ahale 16+4reb+1ast, G.Hadley 15+3reb+1ast, O.Odigie 10+5reb+2ast, K.Murphy 10+5reb+2ast, D.Schaffert 6+1reb+2ast, T.Naqqash 4+4reb+2ast
Mt Gambier: D.Alexander 21+14reb+2ast, T.Daly 18+2reb+5ast, E.Burdon 16+4ast, B.Hill 11+7reb+7ast, L.Jamieson 5+5reb+1ast, J.Madgen 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541840


Hobart C. - Nunawading S. 82-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Spectres' (12-2) road victory over their biggest opponent Chargers (8-3) 87-82 on Friday. Forward Andrew Steel (200-91, college: Cal Poly Pomona) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Sam McDonald (-84) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Robert Heyer (190, college: Boise St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Chris Whitehead (175-92, college: Bellarmine) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Five Spectres and four Chargers players scored in double figures. Chargers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spectres maintains first place in League with 12-2 record. Loser Chargers keep the second position with three games lost. Spectres will face Geelong Supercats (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chargers will play against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hobart C.: R.Heyer 20+10reb+2ast, M.Muo 18+4reb, C.Whitehead 14+4reb+4ast, L.Thomas 11+5reb+2ast, T.Masunda 6+3reb+3ast, F.Gehrich 4+1ast
Nunawading S.: A.Steel 20+7reb+1ast, S.McDonald 17+4reb+4ast, S.Conn 16+3reb+6ast, D.Swetalla 14+6reb+1ast, T.Wright 13+7reb+4ast, M.O'Hea 3+3reb
gschID: 546569


BA CoE - Frankston 77-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked BA CoE's (1-7) home loss to seventh ranked Frankston Blues (3-10) 77-86 on Friday. American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and New Zealand power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Frankston Blues players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Kyle Zunic (184-99) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and power forward Samson Froling (207-0) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. BA CoE's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Frankston Blues maintains seventh place in League with 3-10 record. Loser BA CoE keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Frankston Blues will face higher ranked Sabres (#4) in Cheltenham in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BA CoE will play on the road against Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: K.Zunic 23+1reb+4ast, S.Froling 11+8reb+4ast, L.Mayen Nai 9+2reb+3ast, A.Mudronja 9+2reb+1ast, D.Grida 6, M. Johns 6+4reb+4ast
Frankston: T.Dyson 19+1ast, A.Francis 18+6reb+2ast, B.Lewis 14+6reb+2ast, T.Smith-Milner 12+9reb+3ast, J.Macaulay 9+1reb+5ast, T.Lloyd 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 541839


NW Tasmania - Nunawading S. 82-96

No shocking result in a game in Ulverstone where first ranked Spectres (12-2) won against 6th ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (4-8) 96-82 on Saturday. Spectres dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to NW Tasmania Thunder's 38. Sam McDonald (-84) stepped up and scored 30 points and 9 assists for the winners and Thomas Wright chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Ahmad Starks (175-92, college: Illinois) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spectres maintains first place in League with 12-2 record. Loser NW Tasmania Thunder keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Spectres will face Geelong Supercats (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NW Tasmania Thunder will play against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: A.Starks 19+3reb+4ast, J.Ingram 17+9reb+3ast, J.Chilcott 16+6reb, D.Sepokas 11+6reb+2ast, C.Pal 8+5reb, B.Armstrong 6+2ast
Nunawading S.: S.McDonald 30+2reb+9ast, S.Conn 19+9reb, T.Wright 18+8reb+3ast, D.King-Hawea 13+5reb+1ast, A.Steel 7+4reb+1ast, C. Hronopoulos 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546572


Dandenong R. - Sandringham S. 83-84

Important game to mention about took place in Dandenong. Fifth ranked Sabres (5-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Dandenong Rangers (7-6) 84-83 in the game for the fourth place. Strangely Dandenong Rangers outrebounded Sabres 41-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-92, college: Boise St.) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Brennan McElroy (201-91, college: Indianapolis) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Dandenong Rangers in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dandenong Rangers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sabres moved-up to fourth place in League which they share with defeated Dandenong Rangers. Dandenong Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Sabres will play against Frankston Blues (#7) in Seaford in the next round. Dandenong Rangers will play on the road against Tigers in Melbourne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dandenong R.: C.Orr 18+8reb+3ast, B.McElroy 15+14reb+3ast, T.Lang 15+9reb+1ast, L.Barker 10+1reb+9ast, M.Riggs 7+3ast, L.Gibcus 7+2reb+3ast
Sandringham S.: J.Evans 20+8reb+2ast, I.Hadziomerovic 14+3reb+4ast, J.Batish 13+2reb+3ast, E.O'Day 10+8reb+1ast, A.Macdonald 10+3reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 9+1reb+7ast
gschID: 546570


Geelong S. - NW Tasmania 87-92

There was an upset when much higher ranked Geelong Supercats (8-4) were defeated at home by sixth ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (4-8) 92-87 on Friday. NW Tasmania Thunder shot 26 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Geelong Supercats only scored eight points from the stripe. Geelong Supercats were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) stepped up and scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Chudier Pal (205-91, college: NC-Asheville) chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five NW Tasmania Thunder players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) responded with 23 points and American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. NW Tasmania Thunder maintains sixth place in League with 4-8 record. Loser Geelong Supercats dropped to the third position with four games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face league's second-placed Ballarat Miners in Wendouree in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Geelong Supercats will play on the road against Kilsyth Cobras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: N.Herbert 23+3reb+2ast, D.Gatlin 15+7reb+6ast, M.Hicks 12+5reb+1ast, A.Cannan 9+4reb+4ast, J.Medved 9+1ast, L.McInerney 8+8reb+2ast
NW Tasmania: J.Ingram 18+6reb+2ast, D.Sepokas 17+9reb+6ast, J.Chilcott 15+1reb, B.Simpson 14+9reb+2ast, C.Pal 13+14reb+1ast, B.Armstrong 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541841


Waratah
Hornsby S. - Newcastle H. 89-78

Very predictable result in Hornsby where second ranked Spiders (9-4) defeated 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-10) 89-78 on Saturday. Spiders looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spiders made 7 blocks. Daniel Moser stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Kulvir Grewal chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Spiders players scored in double figures. At the losing side Jacob Foy responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Spiders maintains second place in League with 9-4 record having just twelve point less than leader Mackay M. Loser Newcastle Hunters keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Spiders will face Bankstown Bruins (#3) in Condell Park in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Newcastle Hunters will play at home against Hills Hornets (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: J.Foy 21+7reb+3ast, D.Suttle 20+6reb+3ast, J.Rauch 11+6reb, J.Rauch 9+2reb, B.Hawkesley 5+6reb+3ast, J.Dorricott 4+3reb+4ast
Hornsby S.: D.Moser 25+8reb+3ast, K.Grewal 20+6reb+5ast, J.Chapman 17+7reb+5ast, D.Emery 10+5reb+4ast, N.Cleur 10+6reb+5ast, K.Brefo 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 539487


Sutherland S. - Cent.Coast C. 95-102

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-11) were defeated at home by eighth ranked Crusaders (6-6) 102-95 on Saturday. Crusaders made 30-of-35 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Sutherland Sharks were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Callum Jenkins chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Bailey Musulin responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American Isaac Turner (191-92, college: St.Vincent) scored 30 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sutherland Sharks' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Crusaders moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Crusaders will face higher ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#4) in Narrabeen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sutherland Sharks will play on the road against Norths Soul Sports Bears (#6) in Crows Nest and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: I.Turner 30+2reb+2ast, B.Musulin 28+12reb+6ast, G.Gerlach 12+12reb+1ast, R.Simonovski 11+11reb, J.Wilson 9+5reb+3ast, J.Biber 3+3reb
Cent.Coast C.: M.Rueter 27+7reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 26+6reb, J.Trustum 13+2reb+2ast, S.Mackay 10+11reb+3ast, T.Akamarmoi 10+6reb+1ast, M.Bateup 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 539490


Hills H. - Norths Bears 75-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Baulkham Hills where seventh ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (6-5) outscored 6th ranked Hills Hornets (6-7) 100-75 on Saturday. Norths Soul Sports Bears looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Brennan Rymer chipped in 21 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Norths Soul Sports Bears and five Hills Hornets players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Norths Soul Sports Bears moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Hills Hornets dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Norths Soul Sports Bears will face Hawks (#9) in the next round. Hills Hornets will play against Newcastle Hunters in Broadmeadow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: G.Veg 15+6reb+1ast, M.Brown 14+5reb, E.Duselis 12+4reb+3ast, P.Brotherson 10+7reb+5ast, B.Graham 10+2reb, D.Hayman 6+2reb+3ast
Norths Bears: B.Rymer 21+3reb+9ast, D.Trist 18+13reb+3ast, J.Garlepp 18+4reb+4ast, E.Dorbek 12+3reb+3ast, S.Albert 9+1reb+1ast, L.Smith-Hyde 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 539491


Illawarra H. - Manly Warr. 59-76

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Hawks (4-7) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (7-5) 76-59 on Saturday. Hawks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Cooper Wilks stepped up and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players scored in double figures. At the losing side Jarrod Sorenson responded with 4 points and 12 rebounds and guard Alexander Beagley scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Hawks' coach let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Hawks keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face Crusaders (#7) in Terrigal in the next round. Hawks will play at home against Norths Soul Sports Bears and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Illawarra H.: K.Ward 15+1reb, S.Hunter 10+4reb, A.Beagley 9+9reb+1ast, B.O'Brien 8+1reb, K.Corbyn 4+4reb, J.Sorenson 4+12reb+3ast
Manly Warr.: C.Wilks 15+8reb+1ast, L.Cooper 10+2reb+4ast, A.Bulgin 10+7reb+2ast, K.Painter 10+6reb+1ast, S.Blaszczynski 8+12reb+3ast, C.Bulgin 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 539488


Maitland M. - Bankstown B. 79-91

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Bankstown Bruins (7-4) won against on the road 3rd placed Maitland Mustangs (7-5) 91-79 on Saturday. Forward Nic Pozoglou (196, agency: MKP Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds and Jack Edwards scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Maitland Mustangs players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bankstown Bruins moved-up to third place in League. Loser Maitland Mustangs dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Bankstown Bruins will face league's second-placed Spiders in Hornsby in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maitland Mustangs will play at home against the league's leader Sydney City Comets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 25+19reb+3ast, D.Millburn 12+4reb, T.Turner 12+3reb+6ast, V.Foketi 11+4reb+3ast, J.Edwards 8+6reb+8ast, J.Clifford 4+3reb+1ast
Bankstown B.: N.Pozoglou 25+12reb+2ast, S.Markovic 24+7reb+7ast, N.Kovacina 10+2reb, G.Barnes 9+1ast, S.Gavrilovic 8+4reb, M.Franco 7+1ast
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Australian State League round 13 best performance: Tom Jervis - by Eurobasket News

Former international Center Tom Jervis (211-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Brisbane S., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 23 rebounds, while his team Brisbane S. moved-up to the 10th position in their group in Australian State League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Jervis just recently signed at Brisbane S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Tom Jervis averages this season 22.5ppg and 14.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. Davis had a very good evening with 44 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for S.Adelaide P. to edge the lower-ranked Eastern M. (#10, 1-7) 84-78. S.Adelaide P.'s 7th position in Premier League has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jacob Rigoni (198-F-98) of Sturt S. (#3). Rigoni got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . He was a key player of Sturt S., leading his team to a 87-81 win against the lower-ranked Norwood F. (#8, 3-5). Sturt S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Premier League. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Rigoni has a very solid season. In 7 games in Australia he scored 17.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Gold Coast R. - 32 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jalen Billups (198-F-92) of Cockburn C. - 32 points and 11 rebounds
6. Aric Miller (190-G-90) of N.Adelaide R. - 40 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alexander Starling (198-F-89) of N.Adelaide R. - 27 points and 18 rebounds
8. Lucas Walker (202-F-84) of Mackay M. - 24 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jeremy Smith (190-G) of Werribee D. - 37 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. - 29 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Top Greek and Italian clubs commit to Basketball Champions League - by Igor Obradovic

MIES, Switzerland (Basketball Champions League) - Six top clubs from Greece and Italy have renewed their commitment to Basketball Champions League by signing for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

Umana Reyer Venezia (2nd of the Regular Season), Scandone Avellino (3rd) and Banco di Sardegna Sassari (5th) in Italy's Serie A and AEK Athens (3rd), Aris Thessaloniki (4th) and PAOK Thessaloniki (5th) in the Greek League during the Regular Season will be among the 24 teams to receive direct access to the Basketball Champions' League Group Stage.

In Italy, Venezia and Scandone Avellino are at present in the Lega Basket Serie A Semi-finals and one of them will be fighting for the Italian League title.
In Greece, AEK Athens and Aris Thessaloniki are competing in the Playoff series for 3rd place overall for the current season.

Basketball Champions League CEO, Patrick Comninos said: "We are delighted to welcome back top teams representing two of the most competitive leagues in Europe who have once again qualified on the basis of their impressive performance on the court throughout the season. This decision reaffirms that this competition is offering clubs the ideal environment for competing at the highest level. All six clubs were also part of the inaugural Basketball Champions League season and reached the Play-Offs, contributing to the success of the competition. Their return confirms that clubs have been very happy with their experience in the Basketball Champions League during this first season".

The second season of the Basketball Champions League will tip-off on Saturday 19 September with the first round of Qualifications, and on Tuesday 10 October with the start of the Regular Season. The full calendar of the season is available in the 2017/2018 Regulations.

An initial draw sorting the Qualification Rounds and the Regular Season phase will take place on Tuesday 11 July at the House of Basketball in Geneva, Switzerland.



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

Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team 2017
Dmitry Kuzmin
Kuzmin
Ivan Aladko
Aladko
Andrei Navoichyk
Navoichyk
Maksim Liutych
Liutych
Maksym Kozlovets
Kozlovets

Finals MVP: Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Player of the Year: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen
Guard of the Year: Ivan Aladko (193-PG-95) of Vitebsk
Forward of the Year: Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) of Grodno-93
Center of the Year: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen
Domestic Player of the Year: Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93
Bosman Player of the Year: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen
Coach of the Year: Alexandr Guliaev of COR-Borisfen

1st Team
G: Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93
PG: Ivan Aladko (193-PG-95) of Vitebsk
F: Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) of Grodno-93
F: Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) of Tsmoki II
C: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen

2nd Team
G: Maksim Shustov (188-G-86) of Impuls BGUIR
PG: Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89) of COR-Borisfen
G: Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR
F: Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-F-81) of Brest
F/C: Anton Vashkevich (203-F/C-94) of Vitebsk

Honorable Mention
Genadziy Zahar (200-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR
Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint
Sergej Vabischevich (191-G-88) of BSEU-GrandPrint
Pavel Suvorov (185-G-95) of Prinemanye
Sergey Tatur (194-G-91) of COR-Borisfen
Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93
Victor Ovsepyan (204-F-91) of Vitebsk
Andrei Rogozenko (183-PG-97) of Tsmoki II



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Euromillions League Round 3 of Semifinals. Oostende are the first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Antwerp - Brussels 71-74

Brussels snatched a road win over Antwerp to regain the lead in the series. It was a good game for American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) answered with 16 points and 7 assists and the other American import guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and 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: B.Ubel 21+3reb+2ast, J.Simmons 13+6reb, T.Bray 11+4reb, A.Peciukevicius 10+6reb+9ast, C.Dowe 10+5reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 5+2reb
Antwerp: J.Clark 16+3reb+7ast, M.Smith 14+3reb+2ast, G.Ware 13+4reb+1ast, K.Punter 11+5reb+2ast, R.Anderson 6+7reb, D.Conger 3+2reb+1ast
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Oostende - Spirou 74-56

Oostende eased past Spirou at home court to complete the sweep of the series. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 30. They outrebounded Spirou Charleroi 35-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) helped adding 11 points. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Loic Schwartz (197-92) scored 5 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Boukichou 22+8reb+2ast, C.Walden 11+2reb+3ast, V.Kesteloot 8+2reb, J.Mwema 7+5reb+1ast, D.Newbill 6+3reb+2ast, J.Salumu 6+1reb
Spirou: A.Libert 17+5reb+3ast, D.Richardson 10+2reb, I.Radenovic 8+3reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 8+1reb+3ast, A.Kemp 5+2reb, L.Schwartz 5+3reb+5ast
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  BRAZIL  


Deonta Stocks claims Brazilian Liga Ouro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Blumenau and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and nine assists for Blumenau in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Contagem (#2, 14-6) 73-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Blumenau maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Blumenau will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. In the team's last game Stocks had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Blumenau, being already a very valuable addition to the team. State University of West Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stocks is in league's top in points (5th best: 13.2ppg), assists (4th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 3.2spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Blumenau's star - 26-year old forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90). Lazzaris impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Blumenau lost that game 65-70 to slightly higher-ranked Contagem (#2, 14-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Blumenau still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-8 record is not bad at all. Lazzaris is one of the most experienced players at Blumenau and similarly like Deonta Stocks has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Fernando Alvim (201-F-80) of second-ranked Contagem. Alvim scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Alvim's great performance Contagem lost 70-73 to #3 ranked Blumenau. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Contagem needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Alvim has a very solid season. In 12 games in Brazil he scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Everton Oliveira (203-F-93) of Contagem - 14 points and 6 rebounds
6. Eric Romualdo (185-PG-83) of Contagem - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Luiz Semmke (197-SF-92) of Blumenau - 11 points and 6 rebounds

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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5th Hon Fraser Save the Seed B/ball League to start August 19, 2017 - by David Edole

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Organisers of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League have announced that the 2017 League will begin on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, where all games will be played.
According to a press release from the league, registration application for both the Junior and Senior Leagues will be available from June 7, 2017. Team Captains, Coaches and Managers can obtain rosters from the Chair of the League Committee Mrs Kharid T. Fraser by calling 546-2637 or the Commissioner of the League Mr Derrick R. Varlack at 340-3790.

In the coming days, the rosters will also be available on the League's Facebook page for downloads.

This year, the cost of registration for senior teams is $200.00 and junior teams $100.00. There has been a new junior league age category, with a 9 - 12 and a 13- 16 age groups. Registration fees must accompany the rosters to be considered registered.

Rings & more Rings

At the 2017 season opening ceremony on August 19, the 2016 Championship Team 'Splash Brothers' will receive their rings and a plaque will be unveiled to honour the junior team champions from 2013 to 2016.

The deadline for roster registration is July 7, 2017 and the League will have a final roster rule for two weeks after August 19, 2017, after which no other changes will be allowed. This year, in celebration of the Hon. Julian Fraser Save the Seed fifth anniversary, the championship team will be given gold rings.

There will also be several activities leading up to the August 19, 2017 start date including the announcement of the Draft Pick date and the names of basketball Elite players participating in the draft.

An official press conference launch of the league will be held, as well as, a public meeting with all Coaches, Captains and Managers of teams to go over amendments to the rules and to elect a player representative for the Committee. The public is asked to stay tuned.

About the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League

The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League was founded in 2013 by Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, and founder of the Save the Seed Energy Centre Bishop John I. Cline.

The Basketball League is governed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules, endorsed by the BVI Basketball Federation and has its own by-laws and governing Committee.



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

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory over the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) 71-66 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Bost was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (30-4) is placed first in the ProA. It's Bost's first season with the team. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.3apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 79.5% in 37 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bost is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). Vezenkov was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (23-9) 91-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Thursday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. This season Vezenkov averages: 8.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 69.4%(75-108), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 84.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). Rowland could not help Khimki (19-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Khimki (19-5) was edged 92-89 on the road by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. Rowland scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Rowland has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.8% in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a BM Slam Stal's victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet (23-9) 92-78 in the Polish PLK last Wednesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-11) is placed third in the PLK. This year Nikolov's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg in 38 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #5. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Tofas in their game against Fenerbahce (28-2) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tofas was badly defeated 92-76 in Istanbul by the leading Fenerbahce. Ivanov has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #6. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lille Metropole (21-13) in their game against ALM Evreux (18-16) in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night's game. Marinov was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 assists in 34 minutes. But Lille Metropole lost 78-82 in Evreux to the lower-ranked (#8) ALM Evreux. Marinov has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg in eight games. Marinov is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #7. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Vrsac (14-8) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (11-1) in the Serbian KLS. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vrsac was crushed 80-55 in Beograd by the leading Crvena Zvezda. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Minchev's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He is also Bulgarian U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) could not help Ventspils (27-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Deane's good performance the league leader Ventspils was defeated 78-69 on the road by the lower-ranked VEF Riga (#6). He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Deane's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

Other top Bulgarian players, who play abroad:

Pero Antic (211-F/C-82) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish BSL
Darius Adams (188-PG-89) plays for Xinjiang Flying Tige in Chinese CBA
Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-F-90) plays for KK Zadar in Croatian A1
Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML
Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) plays for Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML
Filip Videnov (196-SF-80) plays for Arak in Iranian Superleague
Earl Calloway (191-G-83) plays for Istanbul BBSK in Turkish BSL
Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) plays for Yesilgiresun Bld in Turkish BSL

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



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Jean-Victor Traore may be added to Le Portel roster - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) is close to ink 32-year old former Burkinabe international power forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) who currently plays at Lille Metropole Basket in French ProB. Traore has played there for the last three years. In 36 ProB games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season he played also at Lille Metropole (also in ProB) where in 36 games he had 11.8ppg, 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Traore helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ProB Play-Offs Semifinals in 2014. Traore received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2011. He was a member of Burkinabe Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Traore has played previously for four other teams: ALM Evreux, Chalon/Saor, Angers BC and Longwy.
His game is described as: An athletic PF who has a slim body but is very effective near to the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to a victory over the seventh-ranked Le Portel (19-15) 88-74 in the French ProA in Thursday night's game. Nzeulie was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 37 minutes on the court. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year Nzeulie averages: 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(66-116), 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 76.1% in 36 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in French ProA which we would like to mention. Pitard contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against the seventh-ranked Le Portel (19-15) 76-63. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pitard's overall stats are: 2.1ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 34.2%, 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 53.6% in 36 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Pitard played previously for the French U18 national team, he played also for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina). Essengue was the major contributor in Comunicaciones' victory against the fourth-ranked Hindu (2-4) 73-60 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second in North group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 90.8%(108-119). He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #4. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France). Njoya could not help STB Le Havre (18-16) to beat Boulazac Basket (19-15). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Njoya scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. STB Le Havre lost 63-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Boulazac Basket. This year Njoya's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.2apg in 36 games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Njoya used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #5. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a Lille Metropole's victory against the eighth-ranked ALM Evreux (18-16) 83-74 in the French ProB (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 7 points. Lille Metropole Basket (21-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. MBida has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to a victory over the closely-ranked Beroe (15-9) 83-76 in the Bulgarian NBL last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Gibson recorded 30 points (!!!) and added 3 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gibson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.1spg. Gibson has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim (23-11) 76-60 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Temgoua recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Quimper UJAP (24-10) is placed second in the NM1. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg in 40 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

Other top Cameroonian players, who play abroad:

Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Luc Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-86) plays for Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA
Joel Embiid (213-C-94) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Pascal Siakam (206-F-94) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Kenny Kadji (211-F/C-88) plays for Tofas in Turkish BSL
Landry Nnoko (208-C-94) plays for VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A
Paul Biligha (200-C-90) plays for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A
Narace Williams (201-F-97) plays for Sluc Nancy in French ProA
Brylle Kamen (201-F-88) plays for Liege Basket in Belgian Euromillions League
Gaston Moliva (202-F-85) plays for CRA Hoceima in Moroccan D1

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



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  CANADA  


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

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

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams CB Canarias (22-10) in their last game. Despite Doornekamp's good performance CB Canarias lost 61-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Unicaja Malaga. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(54-95), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 85.9% in 35 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian senior national team two years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League). Landry led his Russian team Zenit to a victory against the closely-ranked Khimki (19-5) 99-95 in the VTB United League last Thursday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. It's Landry's sixth season with the team. This year Landry has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(92-158), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 90.1%(64-71). He played for the Canadian national team in 2013.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 88-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ejim's first season with the team. Ejim has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 67.4% in 36 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #4. Power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Boston Celtics (53-29) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Boston Celtics (53-29) were defeated 112-99 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers. Olynyk recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Celtics' roster. His stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.0apg. Olynyk used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #5. International center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-8) 63-58 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (22-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all twenty two games in the Finals. This year Birch's overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #6. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Gaziantep (16-14) in their game against Besiktas (24-6) in the Turkish BSL. Rautins scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Gaziantep was defeated 77-70 at home by the second-ranked Besiktas. Rautins averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Justin Edwards
Justin Edwards
   #7. Former University international guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Alba (25-11) in their last game. Despite Edwards' very good performance the first-placed Alba (25-11) lost 80-88 on their home court in Szekesfehervar to the lower-ranked (#3) ZTE KK in the Places 1-5 group. He was the top scorer with 19 points in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Edwards' third season in pro basketball. There are only two games left until the end of the Semifinals. So now every game will be critical. Edwards' stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in 28 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team four years ago.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #8. Forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Caballeros de Culiacan's surprising victory against the third-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (19-13) 94-90 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Saturday night. Glaze scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Caballeros de Culiacan (13-21) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the CIBACOPA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Glaze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.4apg. Glaze used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2010.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #9. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 73-67 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 4 points in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Pangos' total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg in 43 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #10. Forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Kelly Olynyk in the NBA last game. Thompson helped Cleveland Cavaliers win their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) 112-99. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Thompson has been at the team for six years. Thompson averaged so far 8.2ppg and 9.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. Former University international forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Twarde Pierniki in the Polish PLK. Surmacz scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. His team lost 52-65. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8apg in 37 games. Surmacz used to play for the Canadian university national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U17 international forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Rockhampton Rockets (2-3) in their last game. Despite Wagner's very good performance Rockhampton Rockets (#8) lost 81-92 in Hermit Park to the higher-ranked (#6) Townsville Heat in the QBL group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Wagner also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Wagner has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.4apg in five games. He used to play for the Canadian U17 national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) could not help Phoenix (4-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Phoenix were edged 116-114 on the road by the league outsider NLEX RW (#12). Wright was the top scorer with 42 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Wright's stats this season are: 15.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Filipino.

   #2. Tyler Murray (195-PG-90, college: Wagner, currently plays in Colombia) was not able to help Academia (0-2) in their last game. Despite Murray's very good performance Academia lost 78-86 in Cundinamarca to the leading Condores. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Murray also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Murray's stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.5apg in two games he played so far.

   #3. Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA, currently plays in Colombia) led Sabios to a victory over the closely-ranked Fast Break (1-1) 81-71 in the Colombian PBD on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Smith had a double-double by scoring 19 points and making 11 passes. He also added 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Sabios de Manizales (3-1) is placed second in the PBD. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Smith has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.8spg in four games.

   #4. Shamar Coombs (185-G-86, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Colombia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ashton Smith. But that was another game of his team in Colombian PBD which we would like to mention. Coombs was not able to secure a victory for Sabios (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Sabios was badly defeated 94-77 at home by the lower-ranked Fast Break (#5). Coombs was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Coombs has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg.

   #5. Norberto Torres (198-F-90, currently plays in Philippines) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Wright and both played together in the last Filipino PBA game. Torres couldn't help Phoenix (4-7) in their game against NLEX RW (2-9). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Phoenix were edged 116-114 in Makati City by the league outsider NLEX RW (#12). Torres has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Filipino.

   #6. Keanau Post (211-F-92, college: Missouri, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Logan Thunder to win against the ninth-ranked Rollers 107-100 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Post recorded only 3 points. Post has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.6rpg.

   #7. Blake Gallatly (193-G/F, college: Cape Breton, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help McKinnon Cougars in their game against Eltham Wildcats in the Australian State League (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Gallatly recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team were crushed by 23 points 95-72. This year Gallatly averages just 1.3ppg in three games.



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  CHILE  


Marcelo Perez claims Chilean Libcentro Pro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Liceo Curico and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 17-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Liceo Curico in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-5) with 25-point margin 83-58. Liceo Curico is placed at 2nd position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. They are still close to the very top. Liceo Curico would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Perez had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Liceo Curico, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Perez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg. Perez is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.2rpg), assists (7th best: 2.6apg) and averages solid 3.4spg and 50.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat. Andrade impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Arturo Prat to edge the higher-ranked Puente Alto (#1, 4-1) by 5 points 68-63. Despite this victory Arturo Prat slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Andrade is one of the most experienced players at Arturo Prat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Marko Castro (192-F-88) of Aleman (#5). Castro scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Aleman, leading his team to a 70-68 win against slightly lower-ranked Stadio Italiano (#7, 1-4). The chances of Aleman ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Castro could help Aleman to bring them higher in the standings. Castro has a great season in Chile. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Boris Guerra (87) of Arturo Prat - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Camilo Bustamante (187-F-89) of Sportiva Italiana - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) of Puente Alto - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mohunir Zerene (187-F-94) of Liceo Curico - 21 points
10. Francoise Diaz (87) of Sportiva Italiana - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Moore, Aguilas29.2 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break25.0 
 3. Demond, Condores23.0 
 4. Roberson, Condores22.5 
 5. Balbuena, Academia19.7 
 6. Almanza, Condores19.6 
 7. Murray, Academia18.7 
 8. Hardy, Cimarrones18.0 
 9. Coombs, Sabios17.3 
 10. Smith, Sabios15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Moore, Aguilas16.0 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.13.0 
 3. Romero, Piratas11.8 
 4. Ortiz, Fast Break10.7 
 5. Quinones, Academia10.0 
 6. Almanza, Condores10.0 
 7. Sandidge, Aguilas9.0 
 8. Egwuonwu, Bucaros8.0 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.8.0 
 10. Smith, Sabios7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.0 
 2. Smith, Sabios4.8 
 3. Murray, Academia4.0 
 4. McCoy, Condores3.8 
 5. Coombs, Sabios3.5 
 6. Alford, Bucaros3.5 
 7. Balbuena, Academia3.3 
 8. Demond, Condores3.3 
 9. Thomas, Piratas3.2 
 10. Hardy, Cimarrones3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Bivins, Aguilas3.6 
 2. Renteria, Cimar.3.0 
 3. Demond, Condores3.0 
 4. Romero, Piratas2.3 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones2.0 
 6. Smith, Sabios1.8 
 7. Moore, Aguilas1.8 
 8. Velandia, Aguilas1.7 
 9. Diaz, Condores1.6 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John HERNANDEZ
  Cimar.
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Hernandez, Cimar.1.5 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.4 
 3. Alford, Bucaros1.0 
 4. Renteria, Cimar.1.0 
 5. Jones, Sabios1.0 
 6. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 7. Haughton, Academia1.0 
 8. Demond, Condores1.0 
 9. Dyer, Condores0.8 
 10. Asprilla, Bucaros0.7 


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

29-year old power forward Karl Moore (203-PF-87) had a great game in the last round for Aguilas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Piratas (#5, 2-3) 82-79. Aguilas moved-up to the 8th position in Colombian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Aguilas, being already 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 29.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 16.0rpg. Moore is in league's top in and averages solid 52.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ashton Smith (187-G-89) of top-ranked Sabios. He is Canadian guard in his first season at Sabios. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Of course Sabios cruised to a 81-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Fast Break (#4, 2-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sabios consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 3-1 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Sabios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tyler Murray (195-PG-90) of Academia (#6). Murray showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Murray's great performance Academia lost 78-86 to the higher-ranked Condores (#2, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Academia not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Murray could try to bring Academia's a little bit higher in the standings. Murray has individually a great season in Colombia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92) of Condores - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lamar Demond (85) of Condores - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Fast Break - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Emiro Romero (194-G/F-84) of Piratas - 9 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Titus Mims (201-F-90) of Piratas - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. J Lopez) of Aguilas - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



PBD Round 4: Condores keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of Liga DirecTV and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Condores as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Condores defeated bottom-ranked Academia in Cundinamarca 86-78. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Venezuelan swingman Hector Diaz (197-92) contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for Academia. Condores have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sabios. Defending champion Academia still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Bucaros. Academia will play next round against Patriotas trying to get back on the winning streak. Condores will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Fast Break in Bogota.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Fast Break (1-1) in Manizales. Visitors were defeated by Sabios (3-1) 81-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and Shamar Coombs who added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sabios keep a position of league leader, which they share with Condores. Newly promoted Fast Break dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sabios will play against Cimarrones (#3) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fast Break will play at home against the league's leader Condores to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Bogota between Piratas and Patriotas. Fifth ranked Piratas (2-2) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Patriotas (1-3). Piratas managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Titus Mims who scored that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds. Piratas' coach Cesar Cassiani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by Karl Moore did not help to save the game for Patriotas. Piratas moved-up to fourth place. Patriotas lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with three games lost. Piratas will meet bottom-ranked Bucaros (#8) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Academia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Piratas - Aguilas 82-79

A very close game took place in Bogota between Piratas and Patriotas. Fifth ranked Piratas (2-2) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Patriotas (1-3). Piratas managed to escape with a 3-point win 82-79 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by American forward Titus Mims (201-90, college: Hardin-Simmons) who scored that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Emiro Romero (194-84) supported him with 9 points and 16 rebounds. Piratas' coach Cesar Cassiani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by American Karl Moore (203-87, college: Culver Stockton) did not help to save the game for Patriotas. J Lopez added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Patriotas players scored in double figures. Piratas moved-up to fourth place. Patriotas lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with three games lost. Piratas will meet bottom-ranked Bucaros (#8) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Academia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Piratas: T.Mims 24+7reb+1ast, J.Mendoza 15+8reb, V.Lans 11+2reb, D.Hernandez 11+3reb+5ast, E.Romero 9+16reb+2ast, I.Thomas 8+2reb+4ast
Aguilas: K.Moore 36+16reb+1ast, J. Lopez 19+10reb+4ast, F.Sandidge 11+11reb+2ast, J.Pardo 10+2ast, A.Bivins 3+5reb+3ast, O.Fonseca 0+1reb+1ast
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Sabios - Fast Break 81-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Fast Break (1-1) in Manizales. Visitors were defeated by Sabios (3-1) 81-71. Sabios dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Fast Break's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) who added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Sabios players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Michael Sneed (196-82, college: Texas Southern) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sabios keep a position of league leader, which they share with Condores. Newly promoted Fast Break dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sabios will play against Cimarrones (#3) in Quibdo-Choco in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fast Break will play at home against the league's leader Condores to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 19+9reb+11ast, S.Coombs 17+6reb+4ast, J.Velez 15+9reb, K.Jones 13+12reb+1ast, L.Blandon 9+8reb+3ast, E.Naranjo 4+2reb
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 23+10reb+3ast, H.Uhegwu 15+4reb+2ast, D.Crockrell 12+3reb+1ast, M.Sneed 9+12reb+2ast, L.Salazar 5+3ast, J.Ceter 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547200


Condores - Academia 86-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Condores as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Condores defeated bottom-ranked Academia in Cundinamarca 86-78. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Luis Almanza (196-91) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Venezuelan swingman Hector Diaz (197-92) contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. Condores' coach Tomas Diaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Dominican Oscar Balbuena (195-94) added 27 points in the effort for Academia. Condores have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sabios. Defending champion Academia still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Bucaros. Academia will play next round against Patriotas trying to get back on the winning streak. Condores will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Fast Break in Bogota.
Top scorers:
Condores: L.Demond 26+5reb+3ast, H.Diaz 25+4reb+5ast, L.Almanza 24+9reb+3ast, D.Balanta 3, R.Dyer 3+7reb+1ast, M.Suarez 3
Academia: O.Balbuena 27+2reb+1ast, T.Murray 24+5reb+4ast, G.Diaz 11+3reb+2ast, M.Montano 6+6reb+2ast, B.Quinones 5+8reb+1ast, T.Haughton 3+7reb+1ast
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LBS Round 10: Liberia beats higher ranked Perez Zeledon - by Eurobasket News

The game with biggest difference of round 10 in LBS was guest Liberia's (#8) road victory over higher ranked Perez Zeledon (4-5) 86-78 on Saturday evening. Liberia maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Perez Zeledon at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Liberia are looking forward to face higher ranked Grecia (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perez Zeledon will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Abogados (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-70 loss to seventh ranked U Latina (3-4) in San Jose. U Latina moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grecia. Abogados at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. U Latina will play against league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Abogados will play against U Costa Rica (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Escazu (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked U Costa Rica (3-6). Escazu smashed U Costa Rica 78-42 on Saturday. Dave Milliner had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Andres Flohr responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 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. Escazu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 7-2 record behind leader ARBA. Loser U Costa Rica dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Escazu's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Jose ARBA.

U Latina - Abogados 84-70

Bottom-ranked Abogados (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 84-70 loss to seventh ranked U Latina (3-4) in San Jose. U Latina moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grecia. Abogados at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. U Latina will play against league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Abogados will play against U Costa Rica (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 545910


U Costa Rica - Escazu 42-78

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Escazu (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked U Costa Rica (3-6). Escazu smashed U Costa Rica 78-42 on Saturday. Escazu held U Costa Rica to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Escazu forced 19 U Costa Rica turnovers and outrebounded them 71-37 including a 56-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international center Dave Milliner (197-81) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Julius Brooks (206-90, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Andres Flohr (195-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and the former international Jose Solano (189-91) scored 13 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. Escazu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 7-2 record behind leader ARBA. Loser U Costa Rica dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Escazu's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Jose ARBA.
Top scorers:
U Costa Rica: J.Solano 13+6reb+2ast, A.Flohr 11+13reb, A.Villalobos 7+1reb, C.Pereira 5+1ast, D.Vargas 4+5reb, F.Sequeira 2+3reb
Escazu: A.Sanchez 12+5reb+4ast, V.Arias 10+4reb+1ast, D.Milliner 10+16reb, J.Brooks 9+12reb+1ast, M.Jackson 8+7reb+2ast, M.Herrera 8+5reb+1ast
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Perez Zeledon - Liberia 78-86

The game with biggest difference of round 10 in LBS was guest Liberia's (#8) road victory over higher ranked Perez Zeledon (4-5) 86-78 on Saturday evening. Liberia maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Perez Zeledon at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Liberia are looking forward to face higher ranked Grecia (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perez Zeledon will have a break next round.
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Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 88-77 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 68.1% in 35 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). Tomic could not help FC Barcelona (22-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona was edged 67-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#3). Tomic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. This season Tomic has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 63.4%(166-262) and FT: 64.1%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2015.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece). Ukic was not able to help AEK Athens in their game against Panathinaikos (14-8) in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance on Monday night. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 30 minutes. But AEK Athens was crushed 105-67 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#3) Panathinaikos. It's Ukic's first season with the team. Ukic has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 84.5% in 32 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #4. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Baskonia (23-9) 94-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Planinic scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria (21-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Planinic's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #5. International swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (23-7) in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) in the Italian Serie A, despite his good performance last Thursday. Simon was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. But the league leader Armani Milano lost 66-76 in Trento to the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. Simon's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.6apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #6. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Darussafaka (23-7) in their game against Fenerbahce (28-2) in the Turkish BSL. Zizic recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Darussafaka was crushed 94-72 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Zizic's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg and 4.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Oliver Lafayette
Oliver Lafayette
   #7. International point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (22-10) in their game against CB Canarias (22-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance in Friday night's game. Lafayette was the second best scorer with 10 points in 18 minutes. But Unicaja Malaga lost 67-73 in Tenerife to the lower-ranked (#5) CB Canarias. This year Lafayette averages: 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette is also Croatian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #8. Power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked Bayern Muenchen (28-4) 80-76 in the German BBL last Thursday. He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #9. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) helped Groningen win their game against the closely-ranked Zwolle (20-8) crushing them 85-55 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Thursday night. Pasalic scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Donar Groningen (26-2) is placed first in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Pasalic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team eight years ago.

Stjepan Tesija
Stjepan Tesija
   #10. Power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bulgaria) couldn't help Beroe (9-7) in their game against Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) in the Bulgarian NBL. Tesija recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Beroe lost 81-96 in Sofia to the leading Lukoil Academic. It was Beroe's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Tesija's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.6rpg in 33 games. He is a former U18 international player as ten years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) managed to help Polski Cukier Torun to win against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni 65-52 in the Polish PLK last Tuesday. Skific scored 5 points. Skific averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Tomislav Ruzic (207-79, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Gaziantep in their game against Besiktas in the Turkish BSL. Ruzic cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 57-66. Ruzic has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Ivan Milekovic (195-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada in their game against Zornotza in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 5 points in 17 minutes. His team lost 81-92. Milekovic has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 1.6rpg in 34 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Bursaspor's victory against the 15th-ranked Sakarya BSB 80-76 in the Turkish TBL (second division) in Thursday night's game. Vragovic recorded 20 points and added 5 passes (made all of his seven free throws). Vragovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.0apg. Vragovic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the eighth-ranked Spirou Charleroi (18-21) 80-70 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Wednesday. Jagodic Kuridza recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telenet BC Oostende (33-6) is placed first in the Euromillions League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Semifinals already ended. Jagodic Kuridza's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #2. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Vrsac (14-8) in their last game. Despite Pavlovic's good performance Vrsac lost 87-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Mega Leks. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Vrsac's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Pavlovic's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 35 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Serbian.

   #3. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (7-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Drmic's very good performance the second-placed Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (7-1) were defeated 107-101 on the road by the lower-ranked North Adelaide Rockets (#3) in the Premier League. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Drmic also added 6 assists. Drmic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 26.6ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.7apg. Drmic has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #4. Experienced Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for McKinnon Cougars (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Platenik's good performance the seventh-placed McKinnon Cougars (5-6) were crushed 95-72 in Eltham by the higher-ranked Wildcats (#3) in the Big V group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Platenik also added 9 rebounds. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. Platenik also holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #5. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kapfenberg Bulls lost 57-61 in Oberwart to the leading Redwell Gunners. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg in 36 games. He holds both Croatian and Austrian passports.

   #6. Goran Veg (205-C/F, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Hills Hornets (1-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Veg's very good performance the eighth-placed Hills Hornets were crushed 100-75 in Crows Nest by the higher-ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (#3) in the WARATAH group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Veg also added 6 rebounds. Veg averaged so far 14.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg. He has Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Daniel Thomas (180-G-85, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Cougars' victory against the eighth-ranked Lightning 96-83 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Thomas recorded 6 points in 20 minutes. Thomas has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.1apg in 12 games. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #8. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help BBC Monthey to win against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers 85-74 in the Swiss LNA last Thursday. Barac scored only 3 points and added 4 assists. Barac averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg.



Igor Maric signs deal with Kosice - by Zeljko Zule

After three seasons with BC Prievidza, Igor Maric (196-F-85) has been signed by another Slovakian side KB Kosice for the 2017-18 season.
Maric averaged 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 44 Slovenian SBL League games lats season and 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals in 12 FIBA Europe Cup games. Maric has already played for Dubrava, Zabok and Svjetlost Slavonski Brod in his native Croatia plus Sentjur, Maribor Maribor Messer and Helios in Slovenia before moving to Slovakia to play for Prievidza from 2014 to 2017.



Coach Silvano Poropat takes over at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) will be led by 46-year old Croatian coach Silvano Poropat. He coached most recently at Telekom Bsk in German BBL league. Poropat also coached for Mitteldeutscher BC (also in BBL) earlier.
Among other achievements he won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2012. Poropat was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He has coached also professionally in Germany for BSG Basket Ludwigsburg.

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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the ninth-ranked Tofas (15-15) 92-76 in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Vesely recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 72.1%(124-172) and FT: 71.2% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). Schilb could not help Galatasaray (20-6) to beat Anadolu Efes (23-7). He recorded 8 points and added 8 assists. Galatasaray was defeated 95-85 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Anadolu Efes (#3). This season Schilb averages: 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(56-97), 3FGP: 50.7%(36-71) and FT: 87.0%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek was not able to help Andorra (16-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra lost 84-95 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. Jelinek was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Jelinek's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 78.9% in 35 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #4. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Chan scored 8 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Raiffeisen Wels were defeated 77-67 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. This season Chan has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) plays for Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) plays for Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vit Krejci (193-PG-0) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Patrik Auda (206-PF-89) plays for La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) plays for JL Bourg in French ProB
Jiri Hubalek (208-C-82) plays for Imola in Italian Serie A2
Filip Halada (198-F-92) plays for Rieker KN in Slovakian SBL
Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) plays for Handlova in Slovakian SBL
Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86) plays for Sixers in German Regionalliga

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



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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Ollie BAILEY
  Reales LV
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Bailey, Reales LV29.0 
 2. Santana, Titanes .27.0 
 3. Gaines, Metros S.25.0 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM24.0 
 5. Guzman, Soles SD21.0 
 6. Maldonado, Soles S.20.5 
 7. Scott, Caneros LR19.0 
 8. Mitchell, Metros S.18.0 
 9. Foster, Huracane.17.5 
 10. Rose, Huracanes PP16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 14
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.14.0 
 2. Horford, Titanes .13.0 
 3. Jones, Caneros LR12.0 
 4. Santana, Titanes .10.0 
 5. Rhett, Leones SD10.0 
 6. Montas, Huracane.9.5 
 7. Garcia, Caneros LR9.0 
 8. Okosun, Reales LV9.0 
 9. McCombs, Soles SD9.0 
 10. Guzman, Soles SD7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel DICENT
  Metros S.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dicent, Metros S.6.0 
 2. Ruiz, Soles SD5.5 
 3. Siggers, Titanes .5.0 
 4. Perez, Titanes .4.0 
 5. Horford, Titanes .4.0 
 6. Tamarez, Soles SD3.5 
 7. Beidler, Caneros LR3.5 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD3.5 
 9. Gibbs, Indios SFM3.0 
 10. Corporan, Leones SD3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan SCOTT
  Caneros LR
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Scott, Caneros LR2.5 
 2. Rose, Huracanes PP2.5 
 3. Beidler, Caneros LR2.5 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 5. Perez, Titanes .2.0 
 6. Martinez, Soles SD2.0 
 7. Moquete, Titanes .2.0 
 8. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.1.5 
 10. Tamarez, Soles SD1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.4.0 
 2. Horford, Titanes .2.0 
 3. Rhett, Leones SD2.0 
 4. Garcia, Indios SFM1.5 
 5. Martinez, Soles SD1.0 
 6. McCombs, Soles SD1.0 
 7. Rose, Huracanes PP1.0 
 8. Gaines, Metros S.1.0 
 9. Ramirez, Titanes .1.0 
 10. Guzman, Soles SD1.0 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Marcus Thomas' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Izalco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 21-year old player recorded a triple-double of 66 points adding also 12 rebounds and 21 assists, while his team outclassed Ausoles (#10, 2-14) with 78-point margin 135-57. Izalco is placed at 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They are still close to the very top. Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 73.9% from 2-point range and got ten three-pointers out of 19 attempts. He just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rosemont College star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 47.5ppg, leads league in rebounds with 17.8rpg and is league's best passer with 10.4apg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.9spg and 61.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of ADB. Scates had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led ADB to another comfortable win 79-64 over the higher-ranked San Marcos (#3, 14-4) being unquestionably team leader. ADB's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Scates is one of the most experienced players at ADB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Izalco's star - guard Samuel Leon (173-G-93). Leon showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Izalco, helping his team with a 135-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Ausoles (#10, 2-14). Izalco is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-2 record is not that bad... Leon has a very solid season. In 14 games in El Salvador he scored 5.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diego Ferrin) of Thunder - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of ABA - 49 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 16 points and 23 rebounds
7. Ronald Flores) of Marquense - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Carlos Sorto) of Marquense - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
9. F Mojica) of Thunder - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cruz Morales (87) of Biomedical - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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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  FIBA ASIA CUP  


Draw results in for FIBA Asia Cup 2017 - by Greg

BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - The Official Draw Ceremony of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 took place at Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh, Lebanon on Tuesday. The groups are as follows:

Group A: IRI, JOR, SYR, IND
Group B: IRQ, CHN, PHI, QAT
Group C: KAZ, LEB, KOR, NZL
Group D: JPN, HKG, TPE, AUS

The FIBA Asia Cup 2017 will take place in Lebanon from 8-20 August, and it will be the first ever Asia-Oceania joint continental Championship where 16 teams, including Oceanian powerhouses Australia and New Zealand, will battle for top honours in Asia.
The Group Stage of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with the sixteen (16) teams divided into four (4) groups of four (4) teams. Every team will take on its three (3) opponents in its respective group.

The top three (3) teams from each group will then advance to the Second Phase where they will be they be divided into two groups (E & F).
The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the Quarter-Finals onwards (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final).

by: fiba.com



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  FIBA OCEANIA U17  

Standings

Standings

Guam to rely on quickness and passion in FIBA U17 Oceania Championship 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

GUAM (FIBA U17 Oceania Championship 2017) - Guam U17 men's coach Jin Han is honored to lead his athletes into battle against the best teams from the region on home soil at this year's FIBA U17 Oceania Championship.
"It's a great honor to represent your country at home," Coach Han told FIBA.com."These boys are going to have the chance to play for their nation in front of family and friends."
'There's not another feeling like it in the world."
Preparations for the tournament are well underway and the final squad selection is right around the corner.
"The final squad is coming together. The athletes available for selection have been working out together and are participating in schools competition."
Coach Han is already happy with how the team is taking shape.
"One of our biggest strength is going to be our guard speed. Like most Guam teams, we will be very scrappy. We plan to get up and down the floor on teams."
They know the challenge ahead but Coach Han and Team Guam are ready to face it head on.
"We know teams like Australia and New Zealand are going to be tough, but we are going to work harder than any team out there and control what we can control."
Guam has tasted success with this mentality, last year's U18 team took home Bronze at the FIBA U18 Oceania Championship 2016.
This fast-paced style of play excited the crowd and saw Guam defeat New Caledonia 87-68 in their final game to reach the podium.
This year's squad will be looking to equal or better this performance. The home crowd should help this effort.
"These athletes are extremely excited to pull on that Guam jersey and represent their country on their home floor."

Courtesy of FIBA



Groups and schedule released for FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

GUAM (FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017) - The draw for the Group Phase of the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017 to be played in Guam's University of Guam Field House and Father Duenas Memorial School from July 10-15 has been announced.

The eight (8) teams participating in this year's event have been placed into groups of two as follows:

Group A: Guam, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti.
Group B: Australia, New Caledonia, Palau, Samoa.

The top two (2) teams from each group advance to Division A Semi-Finals.
The third (3rd) placed team from each pool advance to Division B Gold Medal game.
The fourth (4th) placed team from each pool advance to Division B Bronze Medal game.
The Final Phase will be played in a knockout format from the Semi-Finals onwards (Semi-Finals and Final).

The FIBA U17 Oceania Championships are qualifying events for the 2018 FIBA U18 Asia Championship and the 2018 FIBA U18 Women's Asia Championship. From this event, the top four (4) teams of each gender will qualify for the FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 and FIBA U19 Women's World Cup respectively.

Support your country by tuning into the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships live stream on FIBA's YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more information regarding the live stream schedule in your country.

Courtesy of FIBA



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Clark, Chalon18.4 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.6 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.9 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. 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. Jean-Charles, AS.1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.0.8 
 10. Hunt, Nancy0.8 


Stats Leaders - N1

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


Franklin Hassell to stay with Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

Le Portel have reportedly agreed on terms of contract extension with Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88, college: ODU). The centre joined the team at the start of the season. Hassell notched 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProA. Previously the centre had spells in France, Turkey, Israel, Italy and D-League. He was voted into All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2016.



UJAP Quimper claim ProB promotion - by Eurobasket News

Souffel - Quimper 79-92 OT

Quimper rallied past Souffel on the road in overtime to sweep NM1 playoffs Finals series. Quimper therefore clinched ProB promotion. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-22 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 13-point victory in overtime. Souffelweyersheim was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Mondesir (204-91) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Quimper UJAP's coach Laurent Foirest used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Five Quimper UJAP and four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Harris 22+3reb+4ast, V.Correia 15+3reb+4ast, G.Staniulis 15+11reb+3ast, R.Kayembe 10+8reb, F.Ateba 8+3reb+2ast, E.Mendy 4+3reb+1ast
Quimper: M.Choplin 16+4reb+2ast, K.Mondesir 14+9reb, R.Temgoua 13+2reb, V.Bobrov 13+12reb+2ast, J.Bluntt 11+4reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 9+5ast
gschID: 547606





Jean-Denys Choulet extends contract with Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Elan Chalon and Jean-Denys Choulet have agreed on terms of contract extension. The head coach will remain at helm for three more seasons. Jean-Denys Choulet has been working with Chalon since 2013. He guided the team to FIBA Europe Cup Final Four in 2016 and 2017. Previously the specialist worked in Lebanon with Moutahed and also in France with Roanne and Gravelines.



Jean-Victor Traore may be added to Le Portel roster - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) is close to ink 32-year old former Burkinabe international power forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) who currently plays at Lille Metropole Basket in French ProB. Traore has played there for the last three years. In 36 ProB games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season he played also at Lille Metropole (also in ProB) where in 36 games he had 11.8ppg, 9.5rpg (#5 in the league), 2.0apg and 1.2spg. Traore helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Among other achievements his team made it to the ProB Play-Offs Semifinals in 2014. Traore received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2011. He was a member of Burkinabe Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Traore has played previously for four other teams: ALM Evreux, Chalon/Saor, Angers BC and Longwy.
His game is described as: An athletic PF who has a slim body but is very effective near to the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



Richard Solomon could be added to Zalgiris roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) is considering to land 25-year old American forward Richard Solomon (208-107kg-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in France. In 31 ProA games he recorded 10.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2spg this season. Solomon also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA earlier that year.
He received All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.
Solomon has played also professionally in Japan (Toyota Alvark), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of California until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Solomon's game is described as: Has a great wingspan over a lanky frame. He's a good athlete with the right size to play the 4 position. Also, has good hands, quick feet, good timing to grab rebounds. Needs to improve his one-on-one defending skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lithuania



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.8 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.2 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.5 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.6 
 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.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.6 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
 10. Knight, Jena1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 5. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.0.8 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


BBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Ratiopharm win and this series go into fifth game decider. - by Eurobasket News

EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 61-74

Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds and international point guard Per Guenther (185-88) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 12+3reb+4ast, F.Massenat 11+2reb+4ast, B.Qvale 10+7reb+1ast, D.Kramer 8+2reb, V.Duggins 6+3reb, C.Kramer 6+5reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 18+6reb+2ast, C.Prather 12+3reb, P.Guenther 11+5reb+4ast, T.Braun 8+2reb+1ast, A.Rubit 7+6reb+4ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 7+4reb
gschID: 547695





The Telekom Baskets Bonn Secure TJ Dileo Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

T.J. DiLeo (190-G-90, college: Temple) will continue to make his basketball home in Bonn. Easycredit team Telekom Baskets Bonn announced the contract extension of T.J. DiLeo until 2019. Dileo is a 26 year old 190cm guard from Cinnaminson,New Jersey that just completed his fourth professional season and first with the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he played 16 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 70.0%. In the BBL he played 36 games averaging 4,2ppg, 1,4rpg and 2,4apg. "TJ was a total enrichment for the Telekom Baskets Bonn, had a impeccable charachter and was always there on the court when one needed him. He developed into a leader last season. We are happy to have him as an important part on board", stressed Michael Wichterich. The ex Temple (NCAA) player who played 3 years with the Giessen 46ers scored in double figures in four BBL games last season including a 14 point game against Braunschweig. In the Fiba Europe Cup, he scored in double figures twice including a 14 point effort against Apoel.

Source:Telekom Baskets Bonn




Jonathon Williams Returns Back To The Hamburg Towers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season in Kirchheim, Jonathon Williams (198-F-90, college: Wagner) returns back to the Hamburg Towers where he played two seasons ago. Williams is a 27 year old 198cm forward that will be going into his fourth professional season. Last season with the VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA) he played 35 games and led the Pro A in scoring averaging (18.4ppg), 6.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 77.6%. "It feels as if Jon is coming home. He knows the club and city and won't need any big adjustment period. I am looking forward to working with him again", stressed Hamburg Towers head coach Hamed Attarbashi. Last season he scored in double figures in 33 of 35 games and his best games occured against Gotha where he dropped 34 points, got 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists. Other good games happened against Essen with 29 points and 25 points against Hamburg and Paderborn.

Williams started his career with the City College of San Francisco (JUCO) in 2009 where he played until 2011 and then moved to Wagner (NCAA) where he played until 2013. As a junior he played Wagner 30 games averaging 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 74.6%. As a senior he played 27 games averaging 15.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 77.6%. He started his professional career in 2014 with the SC Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-ProB) playing 30 games: Score-4 (20.8ppg), 7.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 64.7%. Two season ago, he played his first season with the Hamburg Towers (Germany-ProA) playing 31 games averaging 12.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 61.5%. "My family and I are very happy to be back in Hamburg. The city is something very special for us. Our son was born here and we feel very comfortable. I can't wait to play in front of these amazing fans again", said Jonathon Williams.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NEC Regular Season Runner-Up -12, NEC Tournament Semifinals -12, 13, All-NEC 2nd Team -13
NEC All-Tournament Team -13, NEC Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -16, German ProA -17 (Player of the Week: 2 times), Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -17
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -17, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -17.

Source:Hamburg Towers





Will Sharp Shooter Kyle Kuric And FC Bayern Munich Become A Fit? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A day before game 3 between the Brose Baskets Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich, CEO Marko Pesic was displaying a friendly, but somewhat cautious smile in the Fraport arena after he witnessed the blowout win of his NBBL team against the Young Rasta Dragons as he knew that getting too confident about possibly getting that only club title of the season at the youth level was too early since the BBL team had a do or die game 24 hours later in Bamberg in hopes of saving their season. Instead the next day Pesic witnessed the third playoff loss to their archrivals in three years and second sweep in a row as he possibly was hoping for the NBBL magic of Frankfurt in the final where they destroyed IBAM would somehow have miraculously carried over to Bamberg. Or if Devin Booker who had had a solid game of 13 points, six rebounds and four assists could have inherited that major beast mode game of NBBL player Marko Pecarski who averaged 26,9ppg and 15,6rpg at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) which most likely would have got FC Bayern Munich over the hump and forced a game four in Munich. But then again maybe it wasn't so much that beast mode that was needed, but moreover that deadly sniper as the club couldn't muster anything from downtown in game one shooting 2/16 and 3/21 in game three. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville) could be that sniper and more that FC Bayern Munich was missing to help have gotten them by Bamberg.

No season is fully satisfying for any FC Bayern Munich club if the league title isn't achieved. Maybe it's something extra special that the football players are being served for meals that has made them so successful winning the last 5 Bundesliga titles, but then again one can't deny the fact that the budgets that both have and what kind of players they can reel in just isn't comparable, because if the basketball department had the money that the football team had, then you would have a starting five of top Euroleague players. The club had a very potent team this season and an excellent coach and teacher in Sasa Djordjevic who brought in a good mix of players and implemented a defensive philosophy that was understood and translated onto the court as it was the second best in the BBL giving up only 71 points per game. He was able to incorporate solid team basketball that led to the second best offense in the league registering 85 points on average per game. These are two major positive aspects of FC Bayern Munich basketball, but once again it wasn't enough to get over the hump? There were some major deficiencies with the game that didn't allow them to win another title after 2014 and the biggest was the point guard position. They tried many experiments that just didn't work. Anton Gavel is a great player, but not fit to run the FC Bayern offense, but more a guy that will excel with his defensive pressure as well as his shooting. Nick Johnson was a rookie and seemed to be a bit overwhelmed by the whole situation and was too inconsistent and couldn't bring the needed playmaking poise. Lebron James buddy Dru Joyce was brought in late, but couldn't crack the system and possibly didn't get a fair chance as he is a guy who is used to playing many minutes and couldn't shine in only 14,8 minutes per game which slowed his confidence. The club has to get back to it's roots and get that Malcolm Delaney type player back that led them to the title in 2014. However finding that perfect point guard for the system is easier said than done as Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert could attest to.

FC Bayern Munich had solid personal at the 2-4 position, but besides the point guard position, the club could make adjustments at the center position. American Devin Booker had a solid season with the minutes he got, but at the back up position they might want to make changes. German Maik Zirbes was brought in to give the team added beast like physicality in the paint and he was able to make an impact on the offensive end, but on the defensive end the team lost some stability as they lacked consistency with switching. Generally finding the right German parts for some positions won't be a cake walk, because finding good German players for Euroleague competition is difficult. A guy like Nils Giffey could be an interesting fit to help at the two-three position, but in general the club will have to evaluate their players and scope the market. There aren't any suitable German players at the one and five positions, so they may want to stock up elsewhere. A Tibor Pleiss would be a refreshing welcome, but he is too expensive for FC Bayern Munich and more present in a dream of Marko Pesic or back in Cologne having a workout at the Nike Court in Grungurtel,

The 2016-2017 season ending for FC Bayern Munich is only 72 hours old, but BBL clubs are already looking to the future as getting that quick jump on the market is vital every summer. One player that could be in the easyCredit BBL next season is Kyle Kuric. According to Eurobasket sources FC Bayern Munich are heavily pursuing his services. Kuric is a 27 year old 193cm swingman from Evansville, Indiana that just completed his fifth professional season, fifth in Spain in the top league in Europe Endesa and third with Herbalife Gran Canaria where his season just ended losing in the playoffs to Baskona. The American who has Slovakian blood started his basketball career at Louisville (NCAA) and had a great 4 year run making the NCAA tournament each season and reaching the pinnacle in 2012 reaching the NCAA Final 4 and played with future NBA players like Chris Smith, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. A memorable moment in his Louisville career where he played for legendary head coach Rick Pitino was his lay up with 4 seconds to go capping a 24-5 run in the last 5.44 to beat Marquette also later named the miracle on main street. He turned professional in 2012 and played his first two seasons with Tuenti Movil Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-Liga Endesa) and the last three seasons with Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain-Liga Endesa) and with his stock always rising, now could be time for a possible change of scenery. He was in the news in 2015 when he suffered a brain tumor and on November 5th, had surgery to remove brain tumors that were diagnosed only a few days before He eventually underwent two additional surgeries to control brain swelling and got a skull implant. In addition he was in a coma for 48 hours and according to his agent then Guillermo Bermejo, his client could have died. However having had this unforgettable and frightening experience didn't hinder him from getting back on the floor and finding his top level of performance again. Only two months after his surgery, he played in the Spanish league again and in the summer of 2016 gave a superb presentation in the NBA Summer league with the Phoenix Suns averaging 9,7ppg in six games and shot an astounding 56% from the parking lot. He was a successful player before and after as he helped bring success to his teams as he led Gran Canaria to the 2015 Eurocup final and was a Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup Winner this year and was named MVP.

So why should FC Bayern Munich sign a player like Kyle Kuric? The club do have superb players this season like Bryce Taylor who is Munich's version of Oldenburg's Rickey Paulding who shoots 48% from outside and Nihad Djedovic who is an impact player and has that valuable German citizenship shooting 44% from downtown and a Vladimir Lucic who gave suitable support with 40% from outside, but nowadays being as complete as possible is most valuable and these three players have all special qualities and are in no way one dimensional players. However Kyle Kuric also belongs into the category of being a special player that won't only shoot out the lights, but brings many different good qualities to the floor that FC Bayern Munich would benefit from. He started his college career as a defensive specialist, but soon his biggest strength became his shot and that is what is the first thing that basketball experts mention when his name is heard. His stats don't lie. He has been at around 40% from outside every season in Spain and this past season shot a ridiculous 50% from the three point line in Champions League play and in the Endesa league at 39,9% which shows just how much consistency is sprouting in his shot. On top of that, the guy has been around the 50/40/90 each season something that is very difficult to do and makes a player like him so much more worthwhile and desired by a club like FC Bayern Munich. However Kuric can do so much more than just fire away and annoy opponents with his sniper arsenal. What makes Kuric just as valuable is that thanks to his size and quick hands, he can play three positions and be very effective at both ends of the floor which is also very rare in modern basketball. He is a player that makes very good decisions and doesn't force anything and sticks to what he does best. He can dunk with the best of them and gets up to the rim like no other and will always be remembered for his monster slam dunk against Notre Dame where he got the 2011 Papa John's Dunk of the Year. The phrase that best describes him from the standpoint of any coach would be 'He's a hell of a player'. Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Tyron Mccoy attended the 2017 JBBL/NBBL Youth final 4 in Frankfurt and despite having his own thoughts on how he will build his roster this season, his eyes lit up when the name Kyle Kuric was mentioned a player that Tuebingen can only dream about as he is way out of their budget possibilities. 'I saw Kuric play a few years ago when I was coaching the Artland Dragons in Eurocup play. You could see that he really fit the Gran Canaria system. He is a decent athlete and an excellent shooter. He is simply a very effective player that reads the screens well. I think he could fit into any team's system, not only that of FC Bayern', stressed Tyron Mccoy. Of course that shooting label once there, isn't erased easily. 'He was a real shooter at Louisville', smiled ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen head coach Igor Perovic. Kuric isn't that big scorer, but that isn't what FC Bayern Munich needs, but a guy that is able to do so many good things for his team at a consistent rate. It obviously doesn't hurt that he brings that amazing shooting ability to the table. It will be interesting to see where the basketball journey of Kyle Kuric will take him. Kuric is a guy that should have deserved an NBA chance last season after a strong summer league and after another potent Endesa season also would deserve to be on the shopping lists of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona now. A guy like Nihad Djedovic could be the odd man out should he arrive, but then again he has a German passport which may keep him on board. If FC Bayern Munich will land Kuric is the question, but if they do then they will have to fork over a lot of dough for him.




The MHP Riesen Reel In Dwayne Evans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a solid rookie season in the easyCredit BBL with the Giessen 46ers, Dwayne Evans (201-F-92, college: St.Louis) has made the jump to playoff team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg getting a 2 year deal. Evans is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Illinois that will be going into his third professional season and third in Germany and last season with Giessen played 30 games averaging 11,8ppg, 7,1rpg and 1,1apg while shooting 36,4% from outside. "He is a versatile player that w eknow well from last season. We are happy that he will strengthen us with his charachter and intensity. He can fill out different roles and knows what to do to win. We was successful at every level", stressed MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick.

Last season with the Giessen 46ers, the American scored in double figures in 21 games and registered two double doubles. His best games was a 23 point 16 rebound game against Bremerhaven and a 27 point 10 rebound affair against BG Goettingen. He started his basketball career with St.Louis (NCAA) in 2010 where he played until 2014 playing a total of 134 NCAA games. As a junior he played 35 games averaging 14.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 77.4%. As a senior he played 34 games averaging 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 74.9%. He started his professional basketball career with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) in 2015 and played 36 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 31.5%, FT: 68.8%. "I am very happy to be able to play in Ludwigsburg. This was the perfect next step for me. I know to estimate this chance and am happy to help the team be successful again", stressed Dwayne Evans.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS Upstate Eight Conference -08, 09, 10, HS honorable mention All-State selection -09
HS All-State -10, HS All-Chicago Area selection -10, HS Daily Herald Player of the Year -10, HS ranked as a top-20 player by ChicagoHoops.com, and was regarded as a top-25 player by ChicagoSporting.com -10, Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team -11, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -12, Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals -12, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion -13, 14, Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -13, All-Atlantic 10 All-Tournament MVP -13, All-Atlantic 10 1st Team -13, 14, Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team -13, 14
NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 4 1st Team -14, Reese's NCAA D1 All-Star Game -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -16
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -16, and German BBL -17 (Player of the Week Rd.25).

Source:MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg



Till Gloger Makes Jump To BBL Joining MBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 4 seasons in the NCAA and one in the Pro A, Till Gloger (204-F-93, college: Maine) finally makes the jump to the easyCredit BBL at age 24. Gloger is a 204cm forward that last season had a marvelous Pro A season with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (ProA) playing 30 games averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 82.1%. "Till is a player that fits perfectly into our profile. He is young, talented and ambitious. He made life difficult for us in both games and we took notice in our notebook. We are happy that he decided to come here", stressed MBC head coach Igor Jovovic.

Gloger started his basketball career with the Paderborn Baskets II (2.Regionalliga). Before departing for Maine (NCAA), he played a season with the TV 1864 Salzkotten (Regionalliga) playing 21 games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg. He then moved to Maine (NCAA) where he was able develop his game further and played 116 NCAA games from 2012-2016 and as a senior he played 29 games averaging 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 56.0%, FT: 63.2%. His best season was his junior season where he played 30 games averaging 11.5ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 52.8%, FT: 77.6%. That season despite losing to top basketball schools Boston College and Seton Hall, he had solid games scoring 17 points and 12 points. In his senior year some of his best scoring games were 22 points against Hartford and scored 17 points against 2014 NCAA champion Uconn. "I am thankful that MBC is giving me a chance to present myself in the BBL. I got positive impressions of the coaching staff and whole club. I think I made the right choice coming here", stressed Till Gloger. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German NBBL All-Star Game -12
German ProA -17 (Player of the Week Rd.3), and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Newcomer of the Year -17.

Source:Mittledeutscher BC





The EN Baskets Schwelm Have Added Marley Jean-Louis - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EN Baskets Schwelm have gotton active on the transfer market and added Marley Jean-Louis (188-G-94). Louis is a 23 year old 188cm guard that comes from the WWU Baskets Muenster (Regionalliga) where he played the last two seasons. Last season for the WWU Baskets Muenster (Regionalliga) he played 26 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 64.3%. "Marley decided to be at a high level again. He had a good basic training with Alba Berlin and he showed in the games against last season that he can be a help for us physicaly at both ends of the court", explained head coach Falk Moeller.

Jean Louis started his career with the ALBA Berlin junior team and played his first season with Alba Berlin 2 in 2012-2013 playing 22 games averaging 7.4ppg, 2.5rpg
In the 2013-2014 season with the ALBA Berlin 2nd team (Regionalliga) he played 22 games averaging 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 71.3%
IN his last season with the ALBA Berlin 2nd team (Regionalliga) he played 23 games averaging 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.0%
He joined the WWU Baskets Muenster (Regionalliga) in 2015 playing 26 games averaging 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 76.8%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Belgrade International Junior Tournament -11 and German Regionalliga (West Group) Runner-Up -16, 17.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm



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Groningen welcomes back Roye - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Donar Groningen (Eredivisie) tabbed 29-year old former international point guard Aaron Roye (184-88). It is actually his comeback to Groningen as he has played here before. Roye has played for the last two years at BC Apollo Amsterdam in the Eredivisie. In 30 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg last season.
Among other achievements Roye won Dutch Promotie Divisie championship title in 2006 and 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention award in 2013 and 2016.
Roye was a member of Dutch international program for some years. He was called to Dutch Senior National Team between 2009 and 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
Roye has played previously for four other teams: Den Helder, ABC Amsterdam, Leiden and ZZ Leiden 2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Silvano Poropat takes over at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) will be led by 46-year old Croatian coach Silvano Poropat. He coached most recently at Telekom Bsk in German BBL league. Poropat also coached for Mitteldeutscher BC (also in BBL) earlier.
Among other achievements he won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2012. Poropat was selected to Latvian League All-Star Game back in 2010.
He has coached also professionally in Germany for BSG Basket Ludwigsburg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rotterdam lands Kasper Averink - by Eurobasket News

Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie) tabbed 24-year old point guard Kasper Averink (183-93) from Maxxcom BS Weert. In 14 Eredivisie games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Averink played at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden where in 20 Eredivisie games he had 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Averink also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded just 1.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg.
Averink represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4spg.
Averink has played previously professionally also in Slovakia (Prievidza).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.2 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.9 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.6 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Szabo, ZTE K.7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Lorant, Alba7.3 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 2. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.0 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Petty, Kormend5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba1.0 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 3 of Semifinals. Falco KC advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alba - ZTE KK 102-70

Alba cruised past visiting ZTE KK to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Alba. ZTE KK managed to win third quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 34. Alba forced 22 ZTE KK turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by ZTE KK's players. It was a good game for American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Alba players scored in double figures. Alba's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK.
Top scorers:
Alba: P.Lorant 23+7reb+1ast, B.Taylor 16+5reb+11ast, W.Shepard 15+4reb+6ast, A.Mohammed 12+1reb+7ast, J.Farr 11+7reb+2ast, A.Keller 10+5reb+1ast
ZTE KK: D.Gall 14+1reb, Z.Szabo 14+7reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 11+10reb+1ast, J.Wright 9+6reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 8+5reb+2ast, Z.Czinger 6+3reb
gschID: 547342


Falco KC - Kormend 88-84

Falco KC held off Kormend to sweep the semifinal series. It looked good early as Kormend took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco KC had a 28-23 second period charge getting the lead and Kormend was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-88. Falco KC made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Kormend was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import point guard Lester Medford (178-93, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Five Falco KC and four Kormend players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 21+2reb+9ast, L.Medford 18+3reb+3ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+5reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 12+4reb+1ast, B.Varadi 12+9reb+1ast, D.Barham 4+2reb
Kormend: L.Kromah 23+5reb+4ast, S.Gibbs 18+2reb+2ast, T.Allen 14+13reb+2ast, L.Smith Jr. 12+3reb+3ast, M.Csorvasi 8+1reb, P.Petty 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 547341





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Five teams approved to play in 2017/18 Mens Division One - by Patrick Maher

Five teams approved to play in 2017/18 Mens Division One

Five teams approved to play in Basketball Ireland Men's Division One in 2017/18
Five teams have applied to join the Basketball Ireland Men's Division One National League for the 2017/18 season, with all five applications approved by the MNCC following an interview process at the weekend.
Titans, who came bottom of the Men's Division One League last year, successfully reapplied for the Division this year, and they will be joined by four new teams including: Portlaoise Panthers, Ballincollig BC, LIT Celtics and St Paul's BC Killarney.
Speaking about the news, Chair of the MNCC Bernard O'Byrne stated: 'This is an exciting time for basketball in Ireland. We are delighted to see the continuing growth of the sport, and the addition of four new teams to the League further underlines the hard work and commitment that is being put in at underage level by clubs around the country.
'We are delighted to see a midlands team come in to the Men's National League with the arrival of Portlaoise Panthers. They have enjoyed a lot of underage success and have a women's team in the Super League so this was the next logical step for the club and we look forward to welcoming them.
'Ballincollig BC bring the number of Cork clubs participating at National League level to four, highlighting the great work that is being done in the county to grow and develop the sport while similarly in Kerry, St Paul's BC are the third Kerry club to join the National League in as many years. We are also delighted to welcome LIT Celtics to the League, and to welcome Titans BC back to the League once more. There is certainly an exciting year of basketball ahead.'
The addition of the teams has increased the Men's Division One League to 15 teams, with the five aforementioned teams joining: BFG Neptune, Ulster University Elks, ITC Basketball, Team Kilkenny, LYIT Donegal, Ej Sligo All-Stars, Keane's SuperValu Killorglin, Fr Mathews, Dublin Lions and Radisson Blu UL Eagles.

From : www.basketballireland.ie

Top flight basketball returns to Killarney

Club chairman Padraig Weldon: great news
BIG league basketball will return to Killarney for the 2017-18 season following an absence of almost a decade, it can be confirmed.
Basketball Ireland confirmed this Monday that a recent application from St Paul's Basketball Club for a place in the men's National League Division 1 has been accepted.
The application process involved an interview with club officials in Dublin last Saturday and St Paul's members, Paul Sheehan, Philip O'Connor and Mark O'Leary, presented an impressivecase before theadjudicating panel to guarantee the return of top flight basketball to Killarney
Club chairman Padraig Weldon remarked: 'It is fantastic to welcome national league basketball back to Killarney. It is something that we have been striving for in recent years'.
Padraig said there is a great tradition of basketball in Killarney and having a senior team competing at national level gives young players something to aspire to.
'It is a big step for everyone associated with the cluband I am appealing to all past and present members and anyone interested to get involved. Even if you have zero knowledge of basketball, there are several areas where volunteers are more than welcome toassist the club with time and expertise,' he said.
Basketball Ireland has yet to confirm the structure of the league for the new season - which tips-off in October - but it is possible that it may be a northern and southern conference style league system. That would mean
that St Paul's would compete in the southern conference with teams such as Ballincollig, Neptune, Fr Matthews, Killorglin, Limerick, Kilkenny, Portlaoise and others.
The Killarney club plans to acquire the services of an American player will also include at least two European players. The rest of the squad will be made up of local Killarney players while St Paul's also hope to reach out to other clubs in the East Kerry area where a structured link would allow some of their players to play national league basketball.
There is a proud tradition and great history of national league basketball in Killarney. Paudie O'Connor and the Gleneagle St Vincent's team brought in the first Americans to Irish basketball in 1979 and enjoyed national league success at the time.
St Vincent's competed in the national league until 1987 and St Paul's, founded in 1985, first entered the national league in 1993 and competed at Superleague level until 2008.

From : John O Mahony www.killarneytoday.com

Tanner Brooks (185-G, college: St.Mary's, MD)



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Hopson, Ironi N.16.7 
 7. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.7 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 9. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.0 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.2 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.0 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Long, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 6. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 7. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 8. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.0.9 
 10. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 


Recap of Winner League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel J-M 77-64

Ironi Nahariya outgunned Hapoel Jerusalem to take 2-0 lead in the series. Hapoel Jerusalem was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-28 second half run of Ironi Nahariya. American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. The former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) replied with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 16+4reb+1ast, T.Nash 14+8reb, S.Hopson 13+8reb+4ast, N.Faust 11+4reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 11+3reb+3ast, D.Kitchen 7+4reb+5ast
Hapoel J-M: L.Eliyahu 13+8reb+4ast, T.Kinsey 12+2reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 11+3reb+5ast, J.Dyson 9+3reb, B.Timor 9+4reb+3ast, T.Peterson 8+8reb
gschID: 546936


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Eilat 97-73

Maccabi Rishon stormed past Hapoel Eilat to even the series at 1-1. The game without a history. Maccabi Rishon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi Rishon outrebounded Hapoel Eilat 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Maccabi Rishon looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hapoel Eilat's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Eilat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. The former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Danish guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 18+1reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 14+7reb+3ast, P.Richard 14+3reb+4ast, E.Kadir 12+3reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 12+3reb+3ast, S.Dawson 7+8reb+3ast
Hapoel Eilat: C.Colman 13+1reb+1ast, A.Nissim 12, W.Daniels 12+1reb, R.Rothbart 8+7reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 8+4reb+1ast, R.Menco 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546935


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Maccabi T-A 63-89

Maccabi Tel-Aviv celebrated the second straight win over Bnei Herzeliyya. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Bnei Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi T-A 41-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Quincy Miller-Scott (206-92, college: Baylor) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import DJ Seeley (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) supported him with 17 points. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points by American guard Brandon Triche (193-91, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. Power forward Yariv Amiram (204-94) added 9 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: Q.Miller-Scott 19+8reb+2ast, D.Seeley 17+3reb+2ast, V.Rudd 13+2reb+3ast, D.Smith 11+1reb, A.Goudelock 11+2reb+2ast, G.Pnini 8+1reb+4ast
Bnei Hertzeliyya: B.Triche 16+4reb+2ast, J.Adrien 14+6reb, Y.Amiram 9+12reb+1ast, K.Mashour 6+8reb+1ast, T.Green 5+2reb+2ast, D.Sharp 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546934


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 101-70

Maccabi Haifa thumped visiting Hapoel Holon to draw things level in the series. The game without a history. Maccabi Haifa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Haifa outrebounded Hapoel Holon 39-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) who scored 28 points and 4 steals. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. American point guard Jordan Taylor (188-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: J.DiBartolomeo 28+4reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 13+3reb+1ast, G.Vargas 12+3reb+8ast, W.Workman 11+6reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 10+7reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 8+5reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 21+1reb+1ast, J.Taylor 16+3reb+4ast, G.Israeli 10+1reb+1ast, D.Atkins 6+5reb, S.Harush 6+2reb, J.Bell 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546933





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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.17.8 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Logan, Scandone AV16.0 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.4 
 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. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.2 
 2. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 3. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 8. Forray, Dolomiti.1.5 
 9. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 10. Logan, Scandone AV1.5 
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. Fesenko, Scandone.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwayne DAVIS
  Jesi
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 2. Smith, Roseto23.6 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.7 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
 10. Lawson, Virtus B.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.4 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
 10. Perry, Treviso .9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Green, Alma T.2.5 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 4. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 6. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 7. Spissu, Virtus B.1.8 
 8. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.4 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.2 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.6 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino18.5 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.0 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.2 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna8.9 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Di-Donato, Pescara8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 4. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 5. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.0 
 6. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 7. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 8. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.0 
 9. Panzini, Cassino4.8 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 7. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 8. Busco, Patti1.9 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 5. Mastroianni, Napoli C.1.0 
 6. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 7. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 


Serie B Round 2 of Finals. Winners from first games confirmed their wins for 2-0. - by Eurobasket News

All four teams who won in their opening in final games of their respective groups, confirmed their win on yesterdays games and now they are all leading with 2-0 in their series for Group Finals. Bergamo, Orzinouvi, Napoli and Montenegrano are now one win from advancing into Serie B Final Four 2017.

Cento - Bergamo 61-63


Bergamo forced 20 Cento turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Cento helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Guard Simone Berti (196-85) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: A.Panni 20+2reb+6ast, S.Berti 10+3reb+6ast, N.Cazzolato 8+7reb+1ast, R.Pullazi 8+11reb, M.Planezio 7+5reb, N.Bastone 7+2reb
Cento: A.Chiera 14+7reb+2ast, L.Pignatti 12+6reb+1ast, N.Sabbatino 8+1reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 7+10reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 6+3reb+4ast, L.D'Alessandro 5+4reb
gschID: 547516


Orzinuovi GaGa - Omegna 67-59

The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Orzinuovi GaGa's coach Alessandro Crotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points in the effort for Omegna.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 20+1reb+6ast, R.Valenti 17+8reb+3ast, A.Scanzi 9+3reb+3ast, M.Bona 9+1reb+1ast, D.Zambon 5+3reb+1ast, R.Perego 4+2reb+1ast
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 18+16reb, A.Simoncelli 14, G.Gasparin 9+4reb+3ast, F.Villa 5+2ast, D.Perez 5+2reb, A.Dagnello 5+1reb
gschID: 547517


Montegrano - Campli 65-58

Montegrano made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Bruno Duranti (197-93) responded with 14 points and point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 14+4reb+1ast, E.Rivali 14+2reb+4ast, O.Gueye 9, G.Broglia 9+10reb+2ast, M.Dip 8+7reb+1ast, F.Bedetti 8+3reb+1ast
Campli: B.Duranti 14+2reb+2ast, D.Petrucci 11+2reb, R.Ponziani 8+6reb+1ast, L.Salafia 8+4reb, R.Bottioni 6+5reb+4ast, O.Petrazzuoli 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547519


Napoli Cuore - Palestrina 65-58

Napoli Cuore made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Napoli Cuore outrebounded Palestrina 42-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Davide Serino (199-81) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 24+10reb+2ast, N.Visnjic 11+12reb, R.Maggio 11+4reb+4ast, A.Barsanti 5+2reb+2ast, M.Mastroianni 5+2reb, D.Marzaioli 5+2reb
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 18+7reb+4ast, D.Serino 13+6reb, N.Vangelov 11+5reb, G.Rossi 7+3reb+1ast, L.Montanari 6+2reb+5ast, F.Gagliardo 3+3reb
gschID: 547518





Serie A Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Armani win on the road. Scandone on 2-0. - by Eurobasket News

Scandone AV - Umana VE 96-83

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Scandone AV shot 60.7 percent from the field. Scandone AV had a 30-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 21 points. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Tyrus McGee (188-91, college: Iowa St.) added 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Umana Venezia's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 19+5reb+3ast, T.McGee 19+1reb+1ast, M.Ejim 9+4reb+4ast, J.Stone 8+2reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 5, E.Batista 5+5reb+2ast
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 33+5reb+5ast, D.Logan 21+2reb+1ast, A.Thomas 15+4reb, K.Fesenko 11+7reb, M.Green 8+2reb+5ast, M.Leunen 5+7reb+4ast
gschID: 547157


Dolomiti En. TR - EA7 Armani 66-87

The game without a history. Armani Milano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Armani Milano forced 19 Dolomiti En. TR turnovers. It was a good game for American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. International power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Jasmin Repesa felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Diego Flaccadori (194-96) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dolomiti En. TR.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Hogue 16+8reb+2ast, D.Flaccadori 14+6reb+1ast, S.Shields 10+2reb+3ast, A.Forray 10+1ast, A.Craft 8+8reb+4ast, J.Gomes 8+5reb+2ast
EA7 Armani: D.Pascolo 17+5reb, R.Hickman 16+3reb+4ast, M.Macvan 12+2reb+2ast, K.Tarczewski 8+3reb, M.Kalnietis 8+4reb+3ast, A.Abass 7+6reb
gschID: 547156





Danilo Gallinari To Become Unrestricted Free Agent - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88) of the Nuggets intends to decline his $16.1 MM player option for 2017/18 and become a free agent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. According to Woj's report, league sources state that the Italian-born forward remains open to the possibility of rejoining the Nuggets. Furthermore, Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has expressed a strong desire to keep Gallo as key contributor on the team. Gallinari is coming off a strong season, in which he averaged 18.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 2.1 APG.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Grissin Bon RE to sign Niccolo De Vico - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 23-year old international forward Niccolo De Vico (198-94kg-94, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He moved there from Angelico Biella in the Serie A2 where he played this season. De Vico has played there for the last four years. In 31 Serie A2 games he had 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. De Vico helped them to make it to the cup final. The last season he played also at Angelico Biella. In 30 Serie A games he recorded 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian SerieA2 All-Star Game.
De Vico's team won Italian DNA Cup in 2014.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. De Vico played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U16 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 92.3%.
On De Vico: Gives his best at the offensive side, with elegant moves and good offensive skills. Needs to add defensive toughness and continuity to play at professional level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serie A2 Round 1 of Semifinals: Trieste and Bologna with first wins - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - F.Kontatto BO 85-75

Alma Trieste made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 26+12reb+3ast, M.Da Ros 12+3reb+5ast, J.Green 11+4reb, L.Baldasso 9+1reb+2ast, A.Pecile 8+1reb, S.Bossi 7+5reb
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 22+3reb, A.Legion 15+7reb+4ast, J.Knox 13+13reb, D.Cinciarini 8+1reb, L.Candi 7+3reb+2ast, M.Montano 4+1reb
gschID: 547404


Virtus Bologna - Ravenna 73-57

Virtus Bologna made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 17+9reb, M.Umeh 11+3reb+3ast, G.Spizzichini 9+1reb, S.Gentile 9+3reb+1ast, M.Spissu 9+2reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 7+9reb+6ast
Ravenna: T.Smith 15+10reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 14+5reb, S.Masciadri 10+6reb, A.Raschi 5+2reb+3ast, G.Sabatini 5+1reb+2ast, M.Tambone 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547403





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Richard Solomon could be added to Zalgiris roster - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) is considering to land 25-year old American forward Richard Solomon (208-107kg-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who currently played at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in France. In 31 ProA games he recorded 10.1ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.2spg this season. Solomon also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA earlier that year.
He received All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.
Solomon has played also professionally in Japan (Toyota Alvark), NBA (Oklahoma City Thunder) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended University of California until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Solomon's game is described as: Has a great wingspan over a lanky frame. He's a good athlete with the right size to play the 4 position. Also, has good hands, quick feet, good timing to grab rebounds. Needs to improve his one-on-one defending skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.9 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.7 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.9 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan22.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ammons, Navolato20.7 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.5 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.4 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.7 
 7. West, Guaymas8.5 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.8 
 9. Early, Los Mochis7.4 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.9 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.3 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 7. Crawford, Culiacan5.0 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas4.7 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana4.7 
 10. Murphy, Los Mochis4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.4 
 2. Murphy, Los Mochis2.2 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Motley, Los Mochis1.4 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 8. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 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. Smith, Durango1.0 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 9. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 


CIBACOPA Round 36: Halcones de Ciudad Obregon beats Ostioneros de Guaymas in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in CIBACOPA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ciudad Obregon. Second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon faced 4th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (24-11) smashed guests from Guaymas (18-17) 114-95. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Daniel Giron (175-89) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-11 record having just one point less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave where host Garra Canera de Navolato (14-21) won against Frayles de Guasave (17-18) 103-92. It was a good game for American forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. E Zuniga contributed with 32 points for the winners. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gary Mondragon (-91) replied with 23 points and 6 assists for Frayles de Guasave. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains eighth position with 14-21 record. Frayles de Guasave lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will again play against higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twenty sixth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-22) 103-93. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jorge Camacho who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Marcus Coleman with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the ninth place with 22 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Mazatlan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (16-19). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 6-point victory 97-91. The winners were led by Richard Williams who scored that evening 23 points and 7 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 20-13 record having seven points less than leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 36 Los Mochis defeated Durango in a road game 88-83.

Navolato - Guasave 103-92

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave where host Garra Canera de Navolato (14-21) won against Frayles de Guasave (17-18) 103-92. Garra Canera de Navolato made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Garra Canera de Navolato outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 38-20 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Garra Canera de Navolato especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. It was a good game for American forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. E Zuniga contributed with 32 points for the winners. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gary Mondragon (-91) replied with 23 points and 6 assists and American forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) added 29 points in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains eighth position with 14-21 record. Frayles de Guasave lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will again play against higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 29+2reb, G.Mondragon 23+3reb+6ast, E.Pittman 13+8reb+2ast, A.Cervantes 10+5reb, L.Davis 9+2reb, R.Soto 8+2ast
Navolato: E. Zuniga 32+1reb+1ast, M.Ammons 25+18reb+3ast, K.Rogers 17+6reb+4ast, D.Mitchell 14+9reb+6ast, B.Heredia 7+5ast, J.Horton 6+5ast
gschID: 536456


Durango - Los Mochis 83-88

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (9-25) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (16-19) 88-83. Pioneros Los Mochis outrebounded Aguilas Doradas de Durango 43-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who scored that evening 19 points and 9 rebounds and Manuel Hernandez supported him with 24 points. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Even 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by American guard Ronnie Battle (185, college: Chattahoochee V.) did not help to save the game for Aguilas Doradas de Durango. His fellow American import forward Roscoe Smith (206-91, college: UNLV) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mazatlan. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 25 lost games. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Pioneros Los Mochis (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Durango: R.Battle 25+1reb, R.Smith 15+6reb, J.Crawford 11+2reb+4ast, M.Samarco 9+4reb+3ast, S.Soriano 7+2reb, I.Avalos 7+10reb
Los Mochis: M.Hernandez 24+4reb+1ast, T.Motley 19+9reb+2ast, T.Miller 16+11reb+1ast, J.Early 11+9reb, N.Murphy 9+6reb+3ast, D.Leal 3
gschID: 536455


Obregon - Guaymas 114-95

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ciudad Obregon. Second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon faced 4th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (24-11) smashed guests from Guaymas (18-17) 114-95. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Daniel Giron (175-89) who recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. 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. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-11 record having just one point less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Jones 18+4ast, D.Giron 15+6reb+1ast, R.Woods 15+3reb, P.Reyes 15+3reb+1ast, B.West 12+8reb, P.Marigney 12+4reb+4ast
Obregon: M.Glover 25+9reb+1ast, L.Atterberry 21+10reb+2ast, I.Alvarado 21+6reb+1ast, G.Rice Jr. 17+6reb+6ast, K.Capers 11+2reb+7ast, O.Quintero 11+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536453


Culiacan - Hermosillo 93-103

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twenty sixth victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (13-22) 103-93. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and American Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Marcus Coleman (203-88, college: Wash.Adventist) with 31 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Chris Crawford (193-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports) scored 32 points and 5 assists. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-8 record. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the ninth place with 22 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: C.Crawford 32+3reb+5ast, M.Coleman 31+9reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 13+3reb+2ast, B.Puckett 10+9reb+4ast, G.Glaze 4+5reb, J.Villalobos 3
Hermosillo: J.Camacho 24+6reb+1ast, E.Little 19+5reb+3ast, J.Wilson 18+9reb+2ast, S.Monreal 14+5reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 10+5reb, M.Henry 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536452


Mazatlan - Tijuana 91-97

The game in Mazatlan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (20-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (16-19). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 6-point victory 97-91. The winners were led by American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) who scored that evening 23 points and 7 assists and swingman Kareem Rodriguez (192) supported him with 26 points. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) did not help to save the game for Lobos UAD Mazatlan. His fellow American import forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) added 19 points. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 20-13 record having seven points less than leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: S.Edwards 19+4reb+1ast, O.Thomas 18+8reb+4ast, P.Howard 17+1reb+1ast, D.White 16+4reb+1ast, M.Lizarraga 8+3reb+4ast, D.Onofre 7+1reb+2ast
Tijuana: K.Rodriguez 26+1reb+2ast, R.Williams 23+4reb+7ast, C.Tate 15+7reb, T.Lathan 9+5reb, G.Smith 8+4reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 5+1reb
gschID: 536454





Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 36 - by Eurobasket News

American Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Navolato and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Guasave (#5, 17-18) 103-92. Navolato maintains the 8th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Navolato is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-21 record. Ammons just recently signed at Navolato, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of South Alabama graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ammons is in league's top in points (9th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 63.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman Orlando Coleman (196-F-92, college: Texas Southern) of Culiacan. Coleman impressed basketball fans with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Culiacan lost that game 93-103 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 26-8). Culiacan managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-22 record. Coleman is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Glover (203-F-87) of second-ranked Obregon. Glover scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Obregon, leading his team to a 114-95 easy win against #4 ranked Guaymas in a game of the week. Obregon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 11 lost games. Glover has a great season in Mexico. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. E Zuniga) of Navolato - 32 points
6. Chris Crawford (193-G-92) of Culiacan - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Manuel Hernandez) of Los Mochis - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Idris Alvarado (196-F-91) of Obregon - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 29 points and 2 rebounds
10. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Danilo Gallinari To Become Unrestricted Free Agent - by Eurobasket News

Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88) of the Nuggets intends to decline his $16.1 MM player option for 2017/18 and become a free agent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. According to Woj's report, league sources state that the Italian-born forward remains open to the possibility of rejoining the Nuggets. Furthermore, Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has expressed a strong desire to keep Gallo as key contributor on the team. Gallinari is coming off a strong season, in which he averaged 18.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 2.1 APG.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



C.J. Miles To Opt Out, Become Free Agent - by Eurobasket News

Veteran swingman C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) will opt out of his contract with the Pacers this summer, becoming an unrestricted free agent, reports Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. Miles has a player option for the 2017/18 season worth approximately $4.77MM, but will decline that option in search of a more lucrative deal. Miles, who turned 30 last month, was a key rotation piece for the Pacers in 2016/17, making a career-best 41.3% of his attempts from beyond the arc. He also averaged 2.2 made three-pointers per game for the third consecutive season. Miles was one of two Pacers players who had a mutual option of sorts for '17/18. The Pacers had the opportunity to waive both Miles and Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) before the end of the regular season to avoid the risk of guaranteeing their salaries for next season. The team cut Stuckey and hung onto Miles, but with Miles opting out, Indiana won't carry his salary on its books next year anyway. While Miles' reps may point to a player like Courtney Lee, who signed a four-year, $48MM contract with the Knicks last summer at age 30, as a logical comparison for their client, I'd be surprised if Miles lands a deal in that range. He should do fairly well in free agency, earning a raise and a multiyear commitment, but teams around the league simply won't have the same kind of cap room available to overspend on free agents this time around.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Spurs' Dewayne Dedmon opts for free agency - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon (7'0''-C-89, college: USC) will decline his $3 million player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told The Vertical. Dedmon, one of the top available centers this summer, averaged 17.5 minutes, 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games this season. Dedmon also started 37 regular-season games and three playoff games. The 7-foot Dedmon will command a market as an active rim protector and reliable starter. He signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Spurs last offseason. San Antonio went 61-21 this season and lost to Golden State in the Western Conference finals. In four NBA seasons, Dedmon, 27, has averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



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  NBLCANADA  


Lightning Top Hurricanes 105-92 In Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning battled back to beat the Halifax Hurricanes 105-92 on Tuesday and take a 2-1 series lead in the NBL Canada Finals. London scored a 27-25 advantage in the first quarter but Halifax fought in the second to take a 49-44 lead going into halftime. The Lightning started the second half by gaining a two point lead over the Hurricanes, but Halifax retook the lead by ten points with 5:54 left in the quarter. The Hurricanes remained ahead 79-70 heading into the final frame. London surged in the fourth to gain a 83-79 lead with 8:26 left in the game, and continued their momentum to win with a 14 point advantage. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) led London with 33 points, ten assists and seven rebounds. The two teams return to the court on Thursday for Game 4 at 7pm in Halifax.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



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  PHILIPPINES  


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

27-year old forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Star Hotshots and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Meralco Bolts (#4, 7-4) with 18-point margin 108-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Star Hotshots maintains the 3rd position in Filipino league. They are still close to the very top. Star Hotshots would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Ratliffe just recently signed at Star Hotshots and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Ricardo Ratliffe averages just after two games 34.5ppg and 17.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces. He is American forward in his first season at Alaska Aces. In the last game Jefferson recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Alaska Aces lost that game 92-100 to the lower-ranked NLEX RW (#12, 2-9). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Alaska Aces dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Jefferson is one of the most experienced players at Alaska Aces and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.3ppg (#1). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Blackwater (#11). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds and five assists. Despite Smith's great performance Blackwater lost 82-96 to the higher-ranked B.Ginebra (#2, 8-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Blackwater can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.4ppg (4th best), rebounds with 21.1rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 5.1apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 35 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Duke Crews (203-F-88) of Rain or Shine - 23 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of Globalport - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84) of B.Ginebra - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. JR Quinahan (198-C-84) of NLEX RW - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Juami Tiongson (178-G) of NLEX RW - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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)



Draw results in for FIBA Asia Cup 2017 - by Enzo Flojo

The Official Draw Ceremony of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 took place at Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh, Lebanon on Tuesday.

In Group A, we have Iran, Jordan, Syria, and India.
In Group B, we have Iraq, China, Philippines, and Qatar.
In Group C, we have Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Korea, and New Zealand.
In Group D, we have Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and Australia.

The FIBA Asia Cup 2017 will take place in Lebanon from 8-20 August, and it will be the first ever Asia-Oceania joint continental Championship where 16 teams, including Oceanian powerhouses Australia and New Zealand, will battle for top honors in Asia.

The Group Stage of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with the sixteen (16) teams divided into four (4) groups of four (4) teams. Every team will take on its three (3) opponents in its respective group.

The top three (3) teams from each group will then advance to the Second Phase where they will be they be divided into two groups (E and F). They will carry their win-loss records against their fellow qualified teams. The teams will play the three (3) other teams they haven't faced yet in their new group, and the top four (4) teams of Groups E and F will advance to the Quarter-Finals.

The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the Quarter-Finals onwards (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Final).

The sixteen (16) teams in this tournament are also the same teams who will play in the Asia Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 starting in November.




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  POLAND  


PLK Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Stelmet ZG enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Stal Ostrow 95-71

The game was mostly controlled by Stelmet. BM Slam Stal managed to win second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BM Slam Stal to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Stelmet made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Stelmet had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Stelmet players scored in double figures. American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: A.Moore 21+6reb+3ast, A.Hrycaniuk 15+9reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 13+4reb+2ast, J.Florence 12+1reb+3ast, T.Kelati 11+4reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 8+2reb+2ast
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 17+2reb+3ast, S.King 10+8reb+3ast, A.Johnson 10+2reb+10ast, L.Majewski 8+1reb, S.Szewczyk 7+2reb, K.Chanas 5+3reb
gschID: 547573





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  PORTUGAL  


Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Awards 2017 - by Hugo Carvalho

Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga 1st Team 2017
Antonio Pires
Pires
Deshaunt Walker
Walker
Mohamed Camara
Camara
Ekjersey Viana
Viana
Kenny Martin
Martin

Player of the Year: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira
Guard of the Year: Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Barreirense
Forward of the Year: Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) of Terceira
Center of the Year: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira
Newcomer of the Year: Deshaunt Walker (180-PG-91) of Angra
Most Improved Player of the Year: Pedro Santos (190-SF-94) of Terceira
Import Player of the Year: Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of Barreirense
Domestic Player of the Year: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira
Defensive Player of the Year: Miguel Romao (G-96) of Terceira
Coach of the Year: Daniel Brandao of Terceira

1st Team
G: Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Barreirense
PG: Deshaunt Walker (180-PG-91) of Angra
F: Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) of Terceira
C: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira
F: Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of Barreirense

2nd Team
C: Pedro Oliveira (204-C-00) of FC Porto
F: Pedro Azevedo (193-F-81) of Sanjoanense
G/F: Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-88) of Angra
G/F: Daniel Margarido (191-G/F-92) of Barreirense
C: Kevin Clay Gomes (209-C-95) of Dragon Force

Honorable Mention
Miguel Romao (G-96) of Terceira
Pedro Santos (190-SF-94) of Terceira
Diogo Araujo (201-F/C-97) of FC Porto
Aljaz Slutej (188-G-96) of Benfica
Sergio Silva (193-G/F-96) of Benfica
Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) of Estoril Basket
Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) of Estoril Basket
Ricardo Rosa (193-G/F-92) of Belenenses CF
Pedro Bagio (194-F/C-79) of Fisica
Ricardo Monteiro (208-C-97) of Benfica
Marco Goncalves (206-C-84) of Ginasio
Elias Desport (203-F-92) of Sanjoanense
Carlos Tavares (194-F-84) of Academia
Pedro Gouveia (192-F/C-94) of Academico FC

All-Domestic Players Team
C: Pedro Oliveira (204-C-00) of FC Porto
G: Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Barreirense
F: Pedro Azevedo (193-F-81) of Sanjoanense
F: Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) of Terceira
C: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira

All-Imports Team
PG: Deshaunt Walker (180-PG-91) of Angra
G: Aljaz Slutej (188-G-96) of Benfica
G/F: Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-88) of Angra
C: Kevin Clay Gomes (209-C-95) of Dragon Force
F: Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of Barreirense

All-Defensive Team
G: Miguel Romao (G-96) of Terceira
G/F: Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) of Estoril Basket
G/F: Tiago Raimundo (194-G/F-90) of Barreirense
F: Carlos Tavares (194-F-84) of Academia
C: Ekjersey Viana (203-C-77) of Terceira

All-Newcomers Team
PG: Deshaunt Walker (180-PG-91) of Angra
G/F: Bogdan Riznic (202-G/F-90) of Terceira
F: Elias Desport (203-F-92) of Sanjoanense
F/C: Pedro Gouveia (192-F/C-94) of Academico FC
F: Kenny Martin (208-F-93) of Barreirense



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Liz, Ponce20.5 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama19.8 
 3. Huertas, Arecibo19.1 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas19.0 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Laury, Mayaguez18.3 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo17.4 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada16.8 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.0 
 2. Laury, Mayaguez9.8 
 3. Akindele, Bayamon9.8 
 4. Romero, Bayamon9.7 
 5. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez8.8 
 7. James, Fajardo8.7 
 8. James, Fajardo8.5 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.0 
 2. Browne, San German6.9 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.7 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.4 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.6 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.4 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.3 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Liz, Ponce1.9 
 2. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Browne, San German1.4 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas1.4 
 6. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 7. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Ayuso, Fajardo1.2 
 10. Belardo, Ponce1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.9 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 5. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 
 9. Hernandez, Quebradi.0.8 
 10. Smith, Quebradillas0.8 


Romero number one in Puerto Rico for week 25 - by Eurobasket News

Cuban Center Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) had a very impressive game in the last week for Bayamon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 25.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Humacao (#9, 9-14) with 20-point margin 89-69. Bayamon maintains the 8th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Bayamon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. Romero just recently signed at Bayamon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ismael Romero has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.7rpg) and averages impressive 69.1% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 25-year old American power forward Devon Collier (203-PF-91) of Mayaguez. Collier had a very good evening with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Mayaguez lost that game 83-92 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 14-8). 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 7-14 record. Collier is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American Mike Harris (198-SF-83) of Ponce (#7). Harris scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Harris' great performance Ponce lost 98-100 to slightly higher-ranked San German (#5, 11-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ponce ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Ponce to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a very solid season. In 4 games in Puerto Rico he scored 22.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Devin Ebanks (206-F-89) of San German - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83) of Bayamon - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. William Orozco (201-F-85) of Humacao - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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



BSN Round 25: Atleticos defeat Leones in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 25 in the BSN took place in San German. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Leones (10-12) to eighth ranked Atleticos (10-14) 100-98 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atleticos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Atleticos moved-up to seventh place. Leones at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Guayama. Atleticos are looking forward to face league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leones will have a break next round.
8th ranked Caciques (9-14) were outscored at home by ninth ranked Vaqueros (10-15) with the biggest margin this round 89-69. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Jeleel Akindele accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Vaqueros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Caciques in the defeat. Vaqueros moved-up to eighth place. Caciques at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Vaqueros will play against higher ranked Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last game of round 25 Quebradillas won against Mayaguez on the opponent's court 92-83.

Humacao - Bayamon 69-89

8th ranked Caciques (9-14) were outscored at home by ninth ranked Vaqueros (10-15) with the biggest margin this round 89-69. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vaqueros outrebounded Caciques 45-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Vaqueros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 14 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Four Caciques players scored in double figures. Vaqueros moved-up to eighth place. Caciques at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Vaqueros will play against higher ranked Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Orozco 21+8reb, W.Martinez 14+2reb+2ast, M.De Jesus 10+2reb, Y.Perez 10+4reb+2ast, M.Rodriguez 4+1reb+2ast, F.Morales 3+5reb+1ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 20+17reb+3ast, J.Akindele 15+9reb+1ast, D.Stephens 15+4reb, B.Santiago 13+1reb+1ast, C.Dalmau 7+4reb+7ast, J.Soto 6+1reb+9ast
gschID: 540174


Mayaguez - Quebradillas 83-92

Very expected game in Mayaguez where 10th ranked Indios (7-14) were defeated by third ranked Piratas (13-8) 92-83. The guests were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Indios' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-83 at the end of the game. Piratas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) accounted for 18 points. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. International Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) came up with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Indios in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Piratas maintains third place with 13-8 record having four points less than leader Aguada. Indios lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Piratas will play against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Collier 28+9reb+5ast, D.Laury 14+8reb+2ast, A.Ayala 13+2reb, K.Young 9+6reb+1ast, Q.Doggett 4+3reb, R.Suarez 3+1reb
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 21+6reb+2ast, M.Rosario 18+3reb+3ast, J.Bryan Diaz 12+2reb+5ast, L.Hernandez 10+2reb+1ast, J.Mojica 10+5reb+3ast, D.Smith 8+7reb+8ast
gschID: 540171


San German - Ponce 100-98

The most exciting game of round 25 in the BSN took place in San German. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Leones (10-12) to eighth ranked Atleticos (10-14) 100-98 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atleticos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and Dominican Victor Liz (193-86) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Five Atleticos and four Leones players scored in double figures. Atleticos moved-up to seventh place. Leones at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Guayama. Atleticos are looking forward to face league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leones will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ponce: M.Harris 29+9reb+3ast, V.Liz 22+2reb+10ast, C.Emory 16+2reb+2ast, E.Dawson 12+12reb+4ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 8+2reb+7ast, G.Colon 8+3reb+2ast
San German: J.Keenan 26+10reb+3ast, D.Ebanks 22+11reb+2ast, I.Sosa Carrion 16+3reb+3ast, G.Browne 14+9reb+12ast, A.Franklin 13+1reb+2ast, P.Graham 4+1ast
gschID: 540172



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  RUSSIA  


Hunter left Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American power forward Vince Hunter (203-93kg-94, college: UTEP) left Avtodor Saratov (VTB). In 17 VTB League games he had 14.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg this season. Hunter also spent pre-season at the Grizzlies in NBA earlier that year. He was also tried-out by the Bulls in NBA.
Hunter was voted NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Hunter has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Russia



Maxim Grigoriev extended the contract with Nizhny Novgorod for 2 years - by Alex Rovenskyi

Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) extended the contract with BC Nizhny Novgorod until 2019.

In the season-2016/17 Maxim Grigoryev played in 8 matches in the VTB United League, gaining 3.5 points and 1.4 assists on average per game.

In January, Grigoriev underwent surgery due to damage to the meniscus.

"Maxim Grigoriev signed a new agreement with our club, for two years, and will remain in the team until the end of the season-2018/2019. The 27-year-old came to Nizhny Novgorod in 2015, but due to a serious injury he had to spend almost a year without games ... We sincerely wish Max to get as much time as possible on the dance floor and give fans a lot of bright moments, protecting the colors of our Club ", - is informed on the official site of the club.



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  SERBIA  


Stefan Matovic agreed terms with Inter Bratislava - by Igor Obradovic

Defending champion BK Inter Bratislava (SBL) inked 26-year old Serbian small forward Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) from KB Kosice. In 33 SBL games in Slovakia he recorded 14.3ppg, 8.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.1spg last season. Matovic helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team. He also played that season for Sloga in Serbian KLS where in 11 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg.
Matovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for two other Serbian teams: BKK Radnicki and Mega Leks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nemanja Nedovic reportedly extended contract with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) has reportedly extended his deal with Unicaja Malaga. The Serbian guard will spend two more seasons in Spain. Nemanja Nedovic joined the Malaga team at the start of 15/16 season. This season he averages 9.3 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 13.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds per appearance. Previously Nemanja Nedovic had stints in Spain, NBA, Lithuania and Serbia. He has been the member of the Serbian National Team since 2012.




Lesic's double-double lands him (Superliga) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Sava Lesic (205-PF-88, agency: BeoBasket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mega Leks and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Dynamic BG (#6, 4-8) 89-85. Mega Leks maintains the 4th position in Serbian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Mega Leks will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game Lesic had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mega Leks, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Sava Lesic averages this season 14.1ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jovan Novak (188-PG-94). He is a guard in his first season at Mega Leks. In the last game Novak recorded impressive double-double of 10 points and 14 assists. It was enough for Mega Leks to edge slightly lower-ranked Dynamic BG (#6, 4-8) by 4 points 89-85. Mega Leks' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Novak is a newcomer at Mega Leks 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.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG (#6). Cakarevic scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Cakarevic's great performance Dynamic BG lost 85-89 to slightly higher-ranked Mega Leks (#4, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs 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 8 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 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.7rpg (7th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 51.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) of Crvena Zvezda - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) of Dynamic BG - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) of FMP - 15 points and 5 rebounds
9. Marko Radovanovic (205-C/F-96) of FMP - 17 points and 3 rebounds
10. Igor Kesar (210-C-92) of Spartak - 15 points and 3 rebounds

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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Stefan Matovic agreed terms with Inter Bratislava - by Igor Obradovic

Defending champion BK Inter Bratislava (SBL) inked 26-year old Serbian small forward Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) from KB Kosice. In 33 SBL games in Slovakia he recorded 14.3ppg, 8.4rpg (#3 in the league), 2.5apg and 1.1spg last season. Matovic helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Bosman Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Bosmans Team. He also played that season for Sloga in Serbian KLS where in 11 games he averaged 14.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg.
Matovic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for two other Serbian teams: BKK Radnicki and Mega Leks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid15.9 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.6 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.5 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Voigtmann, Basko.5.7 
 9. Dubljevic, Valencia5.7 
 10. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.5 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.0 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 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. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
 10. Vidal, Joventut1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 
 8. Ayon, Real Madrid0.8 
 9. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 10. Jordan, Joventut0.8 


Nemanja Nedovic reportedly extended contract with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) has reportedly extended his deal with Unicaja Malaga. The Serbian guard will spend two more seasons in Spain. Nemanja Nedovic joined the Malaga team at the start of 15/16 season. This season he averages 9.3 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 13.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds per appearance. Previously Nemanja Nedovic had stints in Spain, NBA, Lithuania and Serbia. He has been the member of the Serbian National Team since 2012.




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Edin Hanusa is a newcomer at Nassjo - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketligan) added to their roster 19-year old forward Edin Hanusa (198-98). He has played for the last two seasons at Wetterbygden in the Basketettan. In 21 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.4rpg last season.
Hanusa was a member of Swedish U18 National Team last year.
He has played previously for Sanda Basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TURKEY  

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. McKissic, Usak15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.5 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 5. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 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 .6.9 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Granger, Anadolu .5.2 
 6. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 7. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Roll, Besiktas4.7 
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. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 9. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
 10. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


BSL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Two easy win for home teams in Semifinal game 1. - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Anadolu Efes 90-71

Besiktas outrebounded Anadolu Efes 39-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard DJ Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) fired 22 points for the winners. The former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Besiktas' coach Ufuk Sarica used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Dogus Balbay (185-89, college: Texas) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: D.Strawberry 22+4reb+3ast, S.Sanli 15+7reb, V.Stimac 12+6reb, E.Veyseloglu 11+8reb+3ast, E.Clark 9+5reb+1ast, M.Roll 8+1reb+5ast
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 15+1reb+3ast, D.Balbay 15+6reb+2ast, D.Brown 14+9reb+2ast, J.Granger 11+1reb+5ast, C.Osman 7+1reb, D.Thomas 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547612


Fenerbahce - Darussafaka 94-72

Fenerbahce made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Melih Mahmutoglu (193-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) answered with 16 points and the other American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Darussafaka. 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:
Fenerbahce: M.Mahmutoglu 18+1reb+1ast, E.Udoh 12+3reb+2ast, J.Nunnally 12+1reb+3ast, N.Kalinic 12+4reb+4ast, B.Dixon 10+2reb+3ast, L.Datome 9+2reb+3ast
Darussafaka: W.Clyburn 16+3reb, S.Wilbekin 16+3reb+2ast, L.Harangody 8+7reb+3ast, A.Zizic 8+6reb, J.Anderson 8+8reb+4ast, B.Batuk 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547611





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  UBL  


UBLChampionship 2017 - by Ozzie Denson



The UBL is getting ready for their UBL Championship Game on June 24, 2017 in Little Rock, AR. The two teams that will battle for the right to become the UBL champion will be the Arkansas Warriors who defeated the Texas Wranglers to make it to the Championship Game, And the four times UBL Champions the Arkansas Bobcats. This game will be the battle of Arkansas best teams and the best of the UBL.
All UBL Teams play games year round, and the UBL Championship game is played in June. The UBL Bobcats being winners of four UBL Championships, will be the team to beat. This team has great players and a very good Coach, but don't count the Warriors out so easy, They are also coached by a great coach and this team can put points on the board.
The Texas Wranglers will be playing games the last Saturday of every month in Dallas Texas. Please visit our site at www.ublhoops.com

THE UBL COME GET SOME !!!



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  UGANDA  


Makiadi number one in Uganda for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

International Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Power, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out UCU Canons (#6, 1-1) 81-80. Power is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Power won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Makiadi's second year at Power and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mickeal Makiadi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international forward Jonathan Egau (190-F-93) of UCU Canons. Egau had a very good evening with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as UCU Canons was edged by Power (2-0) 81-80. 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. Egau is well-known at UCU Canons and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another UCU Canons' star - Tanzanian forward Fadhili Chuma (F-95). Chuma showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Chuma's great performance UCU Canons lost 80-81 to Power (#2, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing UCU Canons needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Chuma as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Okello (193-F-90) of City Oilers - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Steven Wundi (G-93) of UCU Canons - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Isaac Afridra (193-G/F-85) of Power - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Tonny Drileba (G-93) of City Oilers - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Paul Odong (91) of Power - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Joseph Ikong (193-F/G-85) of Power - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Stephen Omony (198-F-81) of City Oilers - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  URUGUAY  

Stats Leaders - LUB

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



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  VENEZUELA  

Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros20.0 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.6 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 8. Swann, Marinos17.5 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.5 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.6 
 2. Massie, Marinos9.6 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.1 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.6 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Guillent, Guaros4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.7 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 8. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.8 
 9. Cazorla, Gigantes3.8 
 10. Silva, Guaiqueries3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.8 
 3. Silva, Guaiqueries1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.4 
 6. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 7. Chourio, Trotamun.1.4 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.3 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 10. Powell, Trotamun.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael CARRERA
  Marinos
  (196-SF-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Carrera, Marinos1.4 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.3 
 5. Johnson, Toros1.0 
 6. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


LPB Round 21: Trotamundos beat Gigantes by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Gigantes (12-14) were very close to win a game against third ranked Trotamundos (17-9) in Valencia on Sunday. Trotamundos managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected easier game. Trotamundos looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Gigantes' players. It was a good game for the former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 12 assists. The former international Dwight Lewis (197-87, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Gigantes. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trotamundos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-9 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gigantes lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost.
An interesting game for Cocodrilos (19-7) which played road game in La Guaira against second-best Bucaneros (14-12). First ranked Cocodrilos had an easy win 75-60. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Maurice Sutton chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Bucaneros at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost.
An interesting game for Guaros (17-6) which hosted in Barquisimeto 4th placed Toros (8-18). Second ranked Guaros had an easy win 106-83. Gregory Echenique nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Kyle Fuller came up with 23 points for Toros in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Guaros. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-6 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 18 games lost.
An interesting game for Trotamundos (17-9) which hosted in Valencia 4th placed Gigantes (12-14). Third ranked Trotamundos had an easy win 104-53. The best player for the winners was Ricardo Powell who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Trotamundos. They maintain third place with 17-9 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gigantes lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost.
An interesting game for Cocodrilos (19-7) which played road game in La Guaira against second-best Bucaneros (14-12). First ranked Cocodrilos managed to get a 13-point victory 77-64. It was a good game for Maurice Sutton who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Loser Bucaneros dropped to the third position with 12 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Panteras were beaten by Marinos on the road 83-74. Marinos destroyed Panteras on its own court 92-71. Toros were outscored by Guaros in Barquisimeto 114-92.

Marinos - Panteras 83-74

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Marinos (13-13) beat 5th ranked Panteras (10-16) in Puerto La Cruz 83-74 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Panteras were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Juan Herrera (197-81) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Panteras. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Marinos. They moved-up to second place. Loser Panteras keep the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Marinos: M.Carrera 17+6reb+1ast, I.Swann 13+5reb+2ast, J.Herrera 13+8reb+4ast, D.Sweetney 11+2reb+1ast, J.Centeno 11+3reb+7ast, M.Marriaga 8+7reb
Panteras: T.Gilder 25+11reb+3ast, J.Romero 10+9reb+2ast, L.Julio 10+7reb+1ast, M.Sierralta 8+3reb+2ast, E.Burguillos 6+4reb+1ast, J.Martinez 5+2reb
gschID: 546820


Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 60-75

An interesting game for Cocodrilos (19-7) which played road game in La Guaira against second-best Bucaneros (14-12). First ranked Cocodrilos had an easy win 75-60. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) stepped up and scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international center Windi Graterol (204-86, agency: Pro Sports) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Bucaneros at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: C.Elliott 30+5reb+5ast, M.Sutton 12+11reb+1ast, C.Garcia 11+5reb+4ast, J.Rodriguez 10+5reb+1ast, K.Caraballo 5+5reb+2ast, N.Palacios 5+1reb+2ast
Bucaneros: W.Graterol 14+8reb+1ast, S.Gay 13+5reb, J.Hamilton 12+10reb, E.Torres 9, C.Cedeno 4+2reb+6ast, S.Quiroz 3+1reb
gschID: 546821


Guaros - Toros 106-83

An interesting game for Guaros (17-6) which hosted in Barquisimeto 4th placed Toros (8-18). Second ranked Guaros had an easy win 106-83. Guaros outrebounded Toros 39-28 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Toros' players. International center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and international point guard Heissler Guillent (186-86) accounted for 24 points and 8 assists. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 23 points and power forward Jesus Martinez (206-86) added 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Toros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Guaros. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-6 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Guaros: H.Guillent 24+1reb+8ast, G.Echenique 20+13reb+3ast, N.Robinson 15+2reb+4ast, E.Baez 14+1reb, J.Martinez 13+2reb, Y.Sifontes 5+2reb
Toros: K.Fuller 23+2reb+1ast, J.Martinez 18+7reb, J.Guerrero 17+8reb, E.Gimenez 10+5reb+7ast, K.Palacios 7+2reb, A.Barrios 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546819


Trotamundos - Gigantes 104-53

An interesting game for Trotamundos (17-9) which hosted in Valencia 4th placed Gigantes (12-14). Third ranked Trotamundos had an easy win 104-53. Trotamundos shot 61.4 percent from the field. Trotamundos outrebounded Gigantes 43-24 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. Trotamundos players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Gigantes' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Gigantes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). International center Javinger Vargas (202-90) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard) who recorded 15 points and the other American import center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) added 8 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Trotamundos. They maintain third place with 17-9 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gigantes lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: R.Powell 26+5reb+3ast, J.Vargas 16+4reb, A.Perez 10+3reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 9+2reb+7ast, D.Lewis 9+1reb+4ast, P.Chourio 8+2reb+4ast
Gigantes: H.Wormely 15+3reb+1ast, A.Feeley 8+3reb, L.Cappare 6+1reb, J.Vargas 5+3reb+1ast, A.Jackson 4+2reb, Y.Umbria 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546818


Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 64-77

An interesting game for Cocodrilos (19-7) which played road game in La Guaira against second-best Bucaneros (14-12). First ranked Cocodrilos managed to get a 13-point victory 77-64. The game was mostly controlled by Cocodrilos. Bucaneros was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. International swingman Cesar Garcia (193-90, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 11 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Bucaneros. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Loser Bucaneros dropped to the third position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 28+11reb, C.Garcia 17+5reb+5ast, C.Elliott 10+4reb+8ast, L.Lopez 6+6reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 6+12reb+2ast, K.Caraballo 6
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 27+13reb+3ast, S.Gay 11+15reb, C.Cedeno 8+2reb, T.Wroten 7+3reb+2ast, E.Hernandez 6+2reb+1ast, W.Graterol 3+5reb
gschID: 546816


Trotamundos - Gigantes 78-76

Fourth-ranked Gigantes (12-14) were very close to win a game against third ranked Trotamundos (17-9) in Valencia on Sunday. Trotamundos managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected easier game. Trotamundos looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Gigantes' players. It was a good game for the former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 12 assists. The former international Dwight Lewis (197-87, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gigantes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Trotamundos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-9 record having just two points less than leader Guaiqueries. Gigantes lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: D.Lewis 14+3reb+4ast, P.Chourio 12+1reb+4ast, J.Powell 10+7reb+1ast, R.Powell 10+3reb+3ast, D.Cubillan 9+3reb+12ast, A.Perez 7+1reb+2ast
Gigantes: A.Sucre 15+5reb+4ast, H.Cazorla 11+4reb+2ast, A.Feeley 10+9reb+1ast, H.Wormely 10+5reb+3ast, Y.Umbria 8+2reb, O.Polanco 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546813


Marinos - Panteras 92-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Panteras (10-16) were smashed by third ranked Marinos (13-13) in Puerto La Cruz 92-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-71. Marinos dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Panteras' 38. It was a good game for American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Morris Sierralta (190-87) added 15 points in the effort for Panteras. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Marinos. They moved-up to second place. Loser Panteras keep the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 25+1reb+4ast, M.Carrera 13+5reb+2ast, J.Herrera 12+7reb+1ast, R.Perez 8+1reb, C.Massie 8+12reb, T.White 8+1reb+1ast
Panteras: T.Gilder 24+10reb, M.Sierralta 15+1reb+1ast, A.Acosta 8+5reb+4ast, J.Martinez 8+3reb, E.Burguillos 7+1reb+2ast, J.Romero 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546815


Guaros - Toros 114-92

Rather predictable result when second ranked Guaros (17-6) rolled over 4th placed Toros (8-18) in Barquisimeto 114-92 on Sunday. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 assists. International center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Guaros players scored in double figures. International guard Elder Gimenez (186-91) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Toros. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Guaros. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-6 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Toros lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Guaros: L.Bethelmy 16+2reb+2ast, E.Baez 14+2reb, N.Robinson 14+3reb+8ast, N.Colmenares 13+3reb+1ast, G.Echenique 13+11reb, L.Hayward 11+1reb+6ast
Toros: E.Gimenez 22+7reb+3ast, K.Fuller 15+3reb+6ast, J.Guerrero 12+6reb+1ast, A.Barrios 11+2reb+2ast, H.Bayona 8+4reb+3ast, L.Berroteran 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 546814





Powell's 26 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old forward Ricardo Powell (199-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Trotamundos and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Trotamundos in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Gigantes (#4, 12-14) with 51-point margin 104-53. Trotamundos maintains the 3rd position in their group in Venezuelan league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trotamundos will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. In the team's last game Powell had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Trotamundos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of South Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. Powell is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 54.4% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Maurice Sutton (211-C-89) of top-ranked Cocodrilos. He is American center in his first season at Cocodrilos. In the last game Sutton recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Cocodrilos to another comfortable win 77-64 over slightly lower-ranked Bucaneros (#3, 14-12) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Western Conference. Cocodrilos consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 19-7 record. Sutton is a newcomer at Cocodrilos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cocodrilos' star - guard Carl Elliott (193-G-83). Elliott got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and five assists. He was another key player of Cocodrilos, helping his team with a 75-60 easy win against #3 ranked Bucaneros. Cocodrilos confirms their top position in Western Conference. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 7 lost games. Elliott has a very solid season. In 4 games in Venezuela he scored 17.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Hamilton (201-G/F-90) of Bucaneros - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Panteras - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) of Guaros - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) of Guaros - 24 points and 8 assists
8. Isaiah Swann (188-PG-85) of Marinos - 25 points and 4 assists
9. Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) of Toros - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Michael Carrera (196-SF-93) of Marinos - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Maccabi Tel-Aviv ready to snatch Aaron Jackson,and also Interested in Higgins - by Anton Levov

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv will make a move to CSKA Moscow playmaker Aaron Jackson (190-G-86, college: Duquesne) at the end of the season,according to sources in Moscow.
The American guard,who finishes his two years deal and a total of 5 seasons in the Red Army club and will be a free agent this summer.
Jackson,who singed in the summer of 2012 from Bilbao was always the sixth player of the team behind Star man Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87),
Italian Coach Ettore Messina brought him to the club due to his playmaking skills and defensive quality and since them he was always in the Coaches plans.
Jackson is looking for a new challenge and Maccabi already made him as their No1 target for this summer.
Maccabi is also marked Jackson's teammate Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) who finishes his two years deal with CSKA Moscow,but the Red Army team still hasn't decided if to give him a new deal or not.



Hunter left Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

23-year old American power forward Vince Hunter (203-93kg-94, college: UTEP) left Avtodor Saratov (VTB). In 17 VTB League games he had 14.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg and 1.2bpg this season. Hunter also spent pre-season at the Grizzlies in NBA earlier that year. He was also tried-out by the Bulls in NBA.
Hunter was voted NABC All-District 11 1st Team in 2015 at his college time.
Hunter has played also professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), NBA (Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

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Jessica Richardson claims Argentinian Superliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jessica Richardson (180-F) had a very impressive game in the last round for Hindu and that's her to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The forward had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team edged out Olimpico LB (#5, 1-5) 58-56. Hindu maintains the 4th position in their group in Argentinian Superliga. Hindu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Richardson just recently signed at Hindu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Southern Utah University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Richardson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international point guard Sandra Pavon (175-PG-85) of Velez S.. Pavon impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Velez S. lost that game 64-71 to SUR's leader Union Florida (#1, 6-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in SUR. Velez S. still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Pavon is a newcomer at Velez S. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Florencia Martinez (171-G-94) of top-ranked Union Florida. Martinez scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Union Florida, leading her team to a 71-64 win against #4 ranked Velez S.. Union Florida started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game in SUR. Martinez turns to be one of the very best players in the league while she is also a leader of the top team having her eyes on the championship title. Martinez has a very solid season. In 5 games in Argentina she scored 8.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marta Tudanca (182-G/F-90) of Union Florida - 19 points and 4 rebounds
5. Belen Echeverria (178-F-89) of Obras Basket - 14 points and 6 rebounds
6. Ariel Edwards (190-F-92) of Obras Basket - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Paula Reggiardo (183-F-84) of Obras Basket - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ashley Ezeh (185-C) of Olimpico LB - 13 points and 9 rebounds
9. Macarena Durso (169-G-91) of Berazategui - 16 points and 3 rebounds
10. Maribel Barzola (177-F-97) of Hindu - 10 points and 6 rebounds

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



Superliga Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 5 in Superliga was guest Hindu's (#4) road victory over Olimpico LB (#5) 58-56 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-56. Hindu dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpico LB to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jessica Richardson (180, college: S.Utah) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Antoina Robinson (188, college: Utah St.) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. American center Ashley Ezeh (185, college: Texas St.) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Newly promoted Hindu maintains fourth place in Norte with 2-4 record. Olimpico LB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Hindu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Olimpico LB will play on the road against the league's second-placed Berazategui (#2) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Obras Basket (#1) and Berazategui (#2). Obras Basket (6-0) won against visiting Berazategui (3-3) 68-61. American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Belen Echeverria contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Obras Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Macarena Durso (169-91) answered with 16 points for Berazategui. Undefeated Obras Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Norte with 6-0 record. Berazategui at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Quimsa. Obras Basket will play against Quimsa (#3) in Santiado Estero in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Berazategui will play at home against Olimpico LB and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sarsfield. Leader Union Florida faced 4th placed Velez S.. Guests from Florida (6-0) defeated host Velez S. (2-4) 71-64. Florencia Martinez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Sandra Pavon responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Velez S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Union Florida. They maintain first place in Sur with 6-0 record. Loser Velez S. keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Union Florida will meet at home league's second-placed Lanus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Velez S. will play against Rocamora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

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Olimpico LB - Hindu 56-58

The biggest surprise of round 5 in Superliga was guest Hindu's (#4) road victory over Olimpico LB (#5) 58-56 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-56. Hindu dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpico LB to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jessica Richardson (180, college: S.Utah) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Antoina Robinson (188, college: Utah St.) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. American center Ashley Ezeh (185, college: Texas St.) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and Paraguayan point guard Maria Mercado (162-89) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Newly promoted Hindu maintains fourth place in Norte with 2-4 record. Olimpico LB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Hindu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Olimpico LB will play on the road against the league's second-placed Berazategui (#2) in Buenos Aires and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: M.Mercado 14+2reb+2ast, A.Ezeh 13+9reb+1ast, L.Aliaga 9+1reb+1ast, C.Berardi 6+1reb+2ast, V.Ibarra 5+6reb+2ast, E.Benonaih-Jumbo 4+5reb
Hindu: J.Richardson 26+13reb+1ast, A.Duarte 11+1reb, M.Barzola 10+6reb+1ast, A.Robinson 6+12reb+2ast, I.Gari 3+2reb+2ast, R.Carosio 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544750


Obras Basket - Berazategui 68-61

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Obras Basket (#1) and Berazategui (#2). Obras Basket (6-0) won against visiting Berazategui (3-3) 68-61. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Obras Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Berazategui's 22. Obras Basket forced 26 Berazategui turnovers. Berazategui was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: Penn St., agency: ProDep Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Belen Echeverria (178-89) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Obras Basket's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Macarena Durso (169-91) answered with 16 points and point guard Luciana Delabarba (167-97) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Berazategui. Obras Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Norte with 6-0 record. Berazategui at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Quimsa. Obras Basket will play against Quimsa (#3) in Santiado Estero in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Berazategui will play at home against Olimpico LB and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Berazategui: M.Durso 16+3reb+1ast, F.Chagas 13+4reb, A.Suarez 8+7reb+2ast, L.Delabarba 8+8reb+2ast, A.Leiva 6+7reb, L.Weaver 5+7reb+3ast
Obras Basket: A.Edwards 17+6reb+3ast, B.Echeverria 14+6reb, P.Reggiardo 14+2reb+4ast, S.Castillo 9+6reb+3ast, S.Aispurua 5+7reb, J.Ale 4+2ast
gschID: 544751


Group SUR
Velez S. - Union Florida 64-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sarsfield. Leader Union Florida faced 4th placed Velez S.. Guests from Florida (6-0) defeated host Velez S. (2-4) 71-64. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Florencia Martinez (171-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Spanish swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 19 points. The former international point guard Sandra Pavon (175-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and Maria Garcia-Leon scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Velez S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Union Florida. They maintain first place in Sur with 6-0 record. Loser Velez S. keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Union Florida will meet at home league's second-placed Lanus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Velez S. will play against Rocamora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Velez S.: S.Pavon 13+12reb+3ast, M.Garcia Leon 12+6reb, M.Velasco 10+2reb, B. Fontana 9+2reb, O.Pag 8+2reb+4ast, A.Siciliano 4+1reb
Union Florida: M.Tudanca 19+4reb+1ast, F.Martinez 17+10reb+1ast, M.Gretter 14+5reb+3ast, R.Williams 9+10reb+1ast, C.Miculka 6+1reb, D.Cabrera 4+5reb
gschID: 544752





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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian State League round 11 best performance: Darcy Garbin - by Eurobasket News

Forward Darcy Garbin (185-F-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Townsville F., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 18 rebounds, while her team Townsville F. moved-up to the 9th position in their group in Australian State League. Townsville F. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Garbin had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Townsville F., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Darcy Garbin averages this season 26.0ppg and 9.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Olivia Thompson (185-F-93) of Forestville E.. Thompson had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she led Forestville E. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked W.Adelaide B. (#7, 3-5) 84-63. This victory allowed Forestville E. to move up to 5th position in Premier League. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thompson is one of the most experienced players at Forestville E. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183-F) of Gladstone PCP (#7). Richardson-Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. She went also for fourteen rebounds . She was a key player of Gladstone PCP, leading her team to a 96-84 win against slightly lower-ranked Townsville F. (#9, 2-3). Gladstone PCP needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in QBL. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Richardson-Smith has a very solid season. In 2 games in Australia she scored 33.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ula Motuga) of Logan T. - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nicolette Gilday) of Mandurah M. - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) of Geelong S. - 28 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rebecca Cole (178-G-92) of Eltham W. - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Victoria Jarosz) of Ringwood H. - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carly Boag (188-F-95) of Mandurah M. - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) of Mackay M. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Sunbury - S.Peninsula S. 70-54

Very expected game when 7th ranked Sharks (4-7) were defeated on the road by leader Sunbury (11-0) 70-54 on Sunday. Sunbury forced 20 Sharks turnovers and outrebounded them 41-24 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sunbury made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for Karen Duever who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Chelsea Burns (177, college: Utah St.) helped adding 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Sunbury's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American point guard Brittany Carter (183-93, college: Illinois) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Ella Ogier scored 10 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted Sunbury maintains first place in League with 11-0 record. Loser Sharks dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Sunbury will face Hume City Broncos (#7) in Tullamarine in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sharks will play on the road against Diamond Valley Eagles in Greensborough and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sunbury: K.Duever 26+12reb+4ast, C.Burns 11+7reb+6ast, J.Stockill 10+7reb+1ast, O.Reilly 9+3reb+1ast, M.Stevens 4+3reb+1ast, K.Theodore 3+1reb+2ast
S.Peninsula S.: B.Carter 12+6reb+4ast, E.Ogier 10+3reb+4ast, C.Byrnes 9+2reb, G.McRae 6+2reb, R.Mawdsley 5+2reb, A.Noblett 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541952


Knox R. - Eltham W. 79-76

Sixth-ranked Wildcats (5-6) gave a tough game to second ranked Knox Raiders (10-3) in Wantirna South on Sunday. Knox Raiders managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Knox Raiders outrebounded Wildcats 50-33 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Knox Raiders made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan (175-93, college: San Jose St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Ott helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Guard Rebecca Cole (178-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international swingman Alice Kunek (187-91) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Knox Raiders maintains second place in League with 10-3 record having just one point less than leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Wildcats keep the sixth position with six games lost. Knox Raiders will face Cougars (#8) in McKinnon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Wildcats will play on the road against Falcons in Mount Waverley and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: T.Cunnigan 20+6reb+3ast, D.Middleton 16+6reb, R.Ott 14+7reb+5ast, L.Dawson 12+6reb+3ast, R.Quirk 8+5reb, M.Ivanov 7+12reb+7ast
Eltham W.: R.Cole 27+3reb+10ast, A.Kunek 22+10reb+1ast, J.Kitto 9+4reb+2ast, A.McBean 6+4reb, K.Hibbert 5+1reb+2ast, O.Bontempelli 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541953


Diamond VE - Hume City B. 66-76

Rather predictable result in Greensborough where ninth ranked Hume City Broncos (4-7) defeated 11th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-10) 76-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hume City Broncos. Diamond Valley Eagles was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hume City Broncos won last quarter 30-22. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Diamond Valley Eagles' 32. Hume City Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Vivien Saad who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Colleen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) helped adding 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hume City Broncos' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Kate Oliver (193-91, college: USC) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and guard Courtenay Wragg (-90) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Diamond Valley Eagles players scored in double figures. Hume City Broncos moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the eleventh position with ten games lost. Hume City Broncos will face league's leader Sunbury in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Diamond Valley Eagles will play against Sharks (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hume City B.: V.Saad 24+12reb+3ast, C.Planeta 22+11reb+2ast, N.Zammit 15+9reb+10ast, M.Laloifi 6+3reb+2ast, S.Byrnes 5+2reb+1ast, K. Wakartschuk 3+1ast
Diamond VE: K.Oliver 22+10reb+3ast, C.Wragg 15+2reb+4ast, M.Pirini 13+4reb+4ast, K.Burton 10+7reb+3ast, S.Wawrzyniak 2+3reb, S.Gillam 2+5reb
gschID: 541948


S.Peninsula S. - Knox R. 55-68

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Sharks (4-7) were defeated at home by second ranked Knox Raiders (10-3) 68-55 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Rebecca Ott who led her team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Milica Ivanov (178-96) helped adding 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Jamilee Pearce responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Brittany Carter (183-93, college: Illinois) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Knox Raiders maintains second place in League with 10-3 record having just one point less than leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Sharks dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Knox Raiders will face Cougars (#8) in McKinnon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sharks will play on the road against Diamond Valley Eagles in Greensborough and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: R.Ott 16+7reb+3ast, M.Ivanov 15+6reb+4ast, T.Cunnigan 14+8reb+2ast, D.Middleton 13+10reb+1ast, T.Lee 4+2reb+2ast, L.Dawson 4+2reb
S.Peninsula S.: J.Pearce 17+6reb, B.Carter 9+7reb+3ast, C.Byrnes 8+2reb, I.Hodgson 8+3reb+2ast, G.McRae 5+2reb, E.Ogier 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541950


Warrandyte V. - McKinnon C. 51-56

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Cougars (4-7) beat on the road 10th ranked Venom (2-10) 56-51 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American guard Ariel Thomas (168, college: Oregon) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points. Her fellow American import Morgan Pullins (183, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Two Points) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. Center Amanda Meinking (192-96) responded with 8 points and 21 rebounds and Meg Dargan scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Venom's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cougars maintains eighth place in League with 4-7 record. Loser Venom keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Cougars will face league's second-placed Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Venom will play at home against Diamond Valley Eagles (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: A.Thomas 22+4reb+3ast, M.Pullins 13+12reb, M.Ioannidis 9+5reb+2ast, K.Bluzer 5+3reb, E.Nikolitsis 4+11reb+6ast, C.Ioannidis 3+1reb+1ast
Warrandyte V.: M.Dargan 21+5reb+4ast, A.Meinking 8+21reb+2ast, G.Werninghaus 8+1reb+1ast, S.Patterson 6+2reb+1ast, E.Pattison 4+2reb+4ast, M.Burke 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541951


Ringwood H. - Waverley F. 89-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Heathmont where 3rd placed Falcons (7-4) were outplayed by fourth ranked Hawks (8-4) 89-62 on Saturday. Falcons were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Sydney Coffey (183, college: Marist) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Victoria Jarosz helped adding 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Coffey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Hawks players scored in double figures. Forward Kelly Bowen (182-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Renae Mokrzycki (183-94, college: Idaho) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Hawks moved-up to third place in League. Loser Falcons dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Hawks will face Boomers (#5) in Bulleen in the next round. Falcons will play at home against Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: V.Jarosz 21+11reb+4ast, S.Coffey 20+14reb+3ast, E.Beddome 16+1reb+3ast, D.Bone 12+2reb+5ast, S.Mottin 12+2reb+1ast, P.Goldie 4+1reb+1ast
Waverley F.: K.Bowen 17+11reb+3ast, R.Mokrzycki 16+9reb, S.Yousef 10+1reb+1ast, T.Cunninghan 8+7reb+3ast, J.Vanderzaag 5+2reb+1ast, S.Rourke 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541949


Premier League
Sturt S. - Norwood F. 54-62

Quite upsetting was Sabres' home defeat in a game versus Flames 62-54. Flames outrebounded Sabres 46-29 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jessica Good (186-94) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Chelsea Brook (188) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Flames players scored in double figures. Flames' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Sarah Elsworthy produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Hannah Richards (, college: Bethel, IN) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Flames maintains fourth place in League with 5-3 record. Loser Sabres dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Flames will meet Eagles (#5) in the next round. Sabres will play against the league's second-placed Tigers in Morphett Vale and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Norwood F.: J.Good 20+16reb+5ast, C.Brook 14+11reb+1ast, S.Mckay 11+7reb+1ast, M.Stabile 10+6reb+2ast, K.Tindall 4+3reb+2ast, K.McKay 2+1reb+2ast
Sturt S.: H.Richards 14+6reb+1ast, S.Elsworthy 13+10reb+5ast, K.Mathews 12+2ast, H.Stewart 7+1reb+1ast, C.Burgess 6+5reb+2ast, L.Gibbons 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 542039


Eastern M. - S.Adelaide P. 71-58

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Mavericks as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. Mavericks defeated 9th ranked Panthers in Mt. Barker 71-58. Mavericks forced 20 Panthers turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Alex Wilson (174-94) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Brooke Basham helped adding 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Teonna Campbell responded with a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals and Haley Bunce (-91) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Panthers at the other side keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Panthers will play next round against Lions trying to get back on the winning streak. Mavericks will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Bearcats in Woodville.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: A.Wilson 22+10reb+3ast, B.Basham 14+11reb+4ast, K.Kartinyeri 9+3reb+2ast, S.Paech 8+4reb, H.Wadforth 5+5reb+1ast, R.Hines 5+5reb+1ast
S.Adelaide P.: T.Campbell 14+16reb+10ast, H.Bunce 13+14reb, K.Aitken 12+1reb, S. Dayman 4+3reb+1ast, M.Cunningham 4, P.Wittwer-Smith 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 542037


N.Adelaide R. - Southern T. 56-67

Leading Rockets (6-2) recorded its second loss in Adelaide. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Tigers (7-1) 67-56. It was a key game for the second position in League. Tigers outrebounded Rockets 46-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Mollie McKendrick (183-93, college: Boston U.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexandra Green accounted for 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Tigers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Opal Mader (-97) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Tayla Corrigan (190-93, college: Idaho) added 14 points respectively for Rockets in the defeat. Tigers maintains second place in League with 7-1 record having seven points less than leader Kilsyth LC. Rockets at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Tigers will play against Sabres (#6) in Pasadena in the next round. Rockets will play at home against Warriors and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: A.Green 16+4reb+4ast, M.McKendrick 15+10reb+3ast, T.Dodman 13+5reb+3ast, T.Kinross 7+9reb, J.Frost 6+5reb, J.Thacker 4+6reb
N.Adelaide R.: O.Mader 15+6reb+3ast, T.Corrigan 14+2reb+1ast, C.Hansen 12+3reb, L.Thornett 6+3reb+2ast, N.Victrum 5+7reb+5ast, K.Williams 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 542038


W.Adelaide B. - Forestville E. 63-84

And what about another game where Eagles (#6) beat Bearcats by 21 points 84-63 on the road. Eagles made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Bearcats turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Bearcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Olivia Thompson (185-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Samantha Defrancesco contributed with 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Michaela Lappin answered with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ieva Nagy (177-91, college: Troy) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bearcats. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Eagles (4-4) moved-up to fifth place in League. Bearcats at the other side keep the seventh position with five games lost. Eagles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Flames (#4) in Marden and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bearcats will play at home against the league's leader Mavericks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Forestville E.: S.Defrancesco 28+2reb, O.Thompson 27+14reb+4ast, D.Rees 10+8reb+1ast, A.Brett 5, J.Westhoff 4+6reb+2ast, K.Stamatelopoulos 4+4reb+2ast
W.Adelaide B.: I.Nagy 18+6reb, M.Lappin 13+8reb+4ast, A.Vordermaier 8+6reb+3ast, S.Langenbrinck 6+5reb+5ast, A.Nairn 5+3reb, A.Porter 4+1reb
gschID: 542040


C.Districts L. - Woodville W. 88-74

There was a small surprise in Gawler where tenth ranked Lions (1-7) won against 8th ranked Warriors (2-6) 88-74 on Saturday. Lions made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Warriors turnovers. Warriors were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Rhianna Stringer who led her team to a victory scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Hannah Hank helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Five Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Jennifer Monroe (180, college: Anderson, SC) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Ashley Claussen (168, college: S.Oregon) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Lions maintains tenth place in League with 1-7 record. Loser Warriors keep the eighth position with six games lost. Lions will face higher ranked Panthers (#9) in Adelaide in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
C.Districts L.: R.Stringer 25+5reb+4ast, H.Hank 20+9reb+2ast, D.Greaves 15+2reb+1ast, J.Puvogel 11+6reb+2ast, A.Carlin 10+9reb+4ast, E.Schrapel 7+4reb+1ast
Woodville W.: J.Monroe 27+12reb+1ast, A.Claussen 22+8reb+4ast, K.Porplycia 7+5reb+2ast, E.Sims 6+2reb+1ast, K.Perkas 5+6reb, D.Troia 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 542041


QBL
Logan T. - Gold Coast R. 113-29

Very expected game in Loganholme where bottom-ranked Rollers (0-5) were crushed by fourth ranked Logan Thunder (4-1) 113-29 on Saturday. Logan Thunder held Rollers to an opponent 16.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.2 percent accuracy of the winners and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Logan Thunder forced 29 Rollers turnovers and outrebounded them 47-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Logan Thunder looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Rollers' players. It was a great evening for Ula Motuga who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Miela Goodchild (175-0) helped adding 21 points. Five Logan Thunder players scored in double figures. Shanelle Tolley responded with 4 points and 7 rebounds and A Condon scored 2 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Logan Thunder moved-up to third place in League. Loser Rollers still closes the standings with five games lost. Logan Thunder will face Clippers (#10) in Cotton Tree in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rollers will play against SC Rip (#13) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Logan T.: U.Motuga 24+13reb+3ast, M.Goodchild 21+3reb+3ast, J.Fuiava 17+6reb+3ast, S.Ambrose 14+6reb+1ast, J.Kirisome 11+6reb+5ast, C.Smith 9+2reb+5ast
Gold Coast R.: N.Morris 7+2reb, J.Renata 6+1reb+1ast, S.Tolley 4+7reb+1ast, G.Rankin 4+3reb, S.Woods 3+1ast, S.Johnston 3+3reb
gschID: 542119


Brisbane S. - Brisbane C. 70-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both leader Brisbane Spartans and 3rd placed Capitals had identical 3-0 record. This time Brisbane Spartans used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Brisbane 70-59 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. It was a great evening for New Zealand forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU) who led her team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Aja Parham (183-84, college: Boston Coll.) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. American center Ariel Butts (190-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Heidi Freeburn (-86) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brisbane Spartans (4-0) moved-up to second place in League. Loser Capitals dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. Brisbane Spartans will face Power (#7) in Gladstone in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capitals will play at home against Power and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Brisbane S.: A.Parham 18+6reb+3ast, N.Taylor 18+4reb+1ast, K.Purcell 16+9reb+3ast, M.Allen 7+7reb, A.Karaitiana 5+3reb+1ast, R.Haynes 3+6reb+3ast
Brisbane C.: H.Freeburn 14+4reb+2ast, V.Aldred 12+4reb+1ast, A.Butts 11+9reb, A.Lewis 9+4reb+3ast, D.Lloyd 6+3reb+2ast, E.Read 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542120


Ipswich F. - Mackay M. 64-84

Not a big story in a game in Booval where 7th ranked Force (2-3) was rolled over by leader Meteorettes (6-0) 84-64 on Friday. Meteorettes forced 22 Force turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Force's players. It was a great evening for power forward Nadeen Payne (188-93) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. New Zealand guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Meteorettes players scored in double figures. American forward Shenita Landry (188-87, college: Temple) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import forward Markel Walker (185-90, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Meteorettes maintains first place in League with 6-0 record. Loser Force dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Meteorettes will face Cyclones (#5) in Rockhampton in the next round. Force will play on the road against Dolphins in Cairns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: N.Payne 25+15reb+2ast, M.Cocks 16+5reb+3ast, J.Haughton 13+2reb+3ast, J.Zelenka 11+5reb, T.Willey 10+8reb+1ast, C.Paalvast 5+4reb+10ast
Ipswich F.: S.Landry 16+11reb+2ast, R.Mate 14+3reb+4ast, M.Walker 13+13reb, B.Farley 9+4reb, A.Eaton 4+1reb, G.Williams 4+3reb
gschID: 542116


SC Rip - Cairns D. 72-94

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Dolphins (3-3) outscored on the road bottom-ranked SC Rip (0-3) 94-72 on Saturday. Dolphins dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to SC Rip's 28. They outrebounded SC Rip 50-27 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. SC Rip was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Alli Gloyd (185-92, college: Arizona) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Jade Kennedy (185-89, college: Wyoming) helped adding 10 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Dolphins players scored in double figures. American guard Brooke Lemar (168-91, college: N.Dakota St.) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Leah Scott (183-93, college: Marshall) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Dolphins moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser SC Rip still closes the standings with three games lost. Dolphins will face Force (#8) in Booval in the next round. SC Rip will play on the road against Rollers (#15) in Gold Coast and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cairns D.: A.Gloyd 22+8reb+3ast, R.Pryor 13+15reb+1ast, L.Williams 12+3reb, J.Kennedy 10+14reb+5ast, T.Evans 10+3reb, M.Donkin 9+1reb+2ast
SC Rip: B.Lemar 21+2reb+4ast, L.Scott 17+8reb+1ast, H.Beede 15+5reb+1ast, S.Davis 9+5reb+3ast, T.Sheppard 5+2reb, E.Davis 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542122


Gladstone PCP - Townsville F. 96-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Gladstone where 7th ranked Flames (2-3) were defeated by eighth ranked Power (2-1) 96-84 on Friday. Power made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith (183, college: Seton Hall) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. New Zealand guard Moengaroa Subritzky (178-93, college: Md-E Shore) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Power players scored in double figures. Forward Darcy Garbin (185-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and guard Mia Murray (184-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Flames' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Power moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Flames dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Power will face higher ranked Capitals (#4) in Brisbane in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Flames will play at home against Force (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gladstone PCP: T.Richardson-Smith 42+14reb+3ast, M.Subritzky 21+6reb+2ast, K.Kiriau 13+5reb+3ast, C.Rochel 10+6reb+1ast, C.Mellars 6+5reb+1ast, A.Carline 4+5reb
Townsville F.: D.Garbin 34+18reb+3ast, M.Carey 11+1reb+1ast, M.Murray 11+6reb+1ast, R.McCully 9+2reb+4ast, H.Andrews 7+1reb+3ast, L.Brennan 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 542118


Suncoast PC - Cairns D. 57-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Dolphins' (3-3) road victory over 9th ranked Clippers (1-2) 80-57 on Friday. Dolphins forced 20 Clippers turnovers. Clippers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Rachel Pryor (184-89) who led her team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Alli Gloyd (185-92, college: Arizona) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Dolphins players scored in double figures. American forward Ashlee Wallis (178-88, college: La-Monroe) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Dolphins moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Clippers dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Dolphins will face Force (#8) in Booval in the next round. Clippers will play on the road against Logan Thunder in Loganholme and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cairns D.: R.Pryor 24+9reb+1ast, T.Evans 14+3reb+1ast, A.Gloyd 12+8reb, M.Donkin 10+2reb+1ast, E.Hutchinson 6, L.Williams 5+6reb+2ast
Suncoast PC: A.Wallis 14+7reb, E.Carlson 12+8reb, C.Clancy 10+5reb+2ast, J.Adams 6+2reb+1ast, G.Berry 5+1ast, N.Saunders 5+1reb
gschID: 542117


Toowoomba M. - Mackay M. 41-86

Very expected game in Toowoomba where bottom-ranked Mountaineers (0-4) were crushed by leader Meteorettes (6-0) 86-41 on Saturday. Meteorettes held Mountaineers to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.9 percent accuracy of the winners. Meteorettes forced 24 Mountaineers turnovers. Mountaineers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Tami Willey (183-79) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Nadeen Payne (188-93) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Meteorettes players scored in double figures. Meteorettes' coach felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Ezria Parsons (183-83, college: S.Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Kimberlee Wilson scored 10 points. Meteorettes maintains first place in League with 6-0 record. Loser Mountaineers still closes the standings with four games lost. Meteorettes will face Cyclones (#5) in Rockhampton in the next round. Mountaineers will play at home against Pirates (#11) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: T.Willey 20+7reb+2ast, C.Paalvast 12+3reb, M.Macdonald 11+4reb+1ast, N.Payne 10+9reb+1ast, M.Cocks 9+3ast, J.Willis 7+2reb
Toowoomba M.: E.Parsons 16+10reb+4ast, K.Wilson 10+4reb, T.Charlton 4+8reb, F.Donders 4+2reb, K.Watson 3+2reb+1ast, E.Derksen 2+2reb
gschID: 542123


Rockhampton C. - Townsville F. 89-78

Everything could happen in Rockhampton at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Cyclones and 7th ranked Flames had identical 2-2 record. This time Cyclones used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Townsville 89-78 on Saturday night. Cyclones made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Abby Bishop (189-88) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Natalie Novosel (180-89, college: Notre Dame, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 24 points and 5 assists. Four Cyclones players scored in double figures. Cyclones' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Darcy Garbin (185-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Rachael McCully (170-82) scored 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Cyclones (3-2) moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Flames dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Cyclones will face league's leader Meteorettes in Mackay in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Flames will play at home against Force (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rockhampton C.: N.Novosel 24+4reb+5ast, A.Bishop 20+16reb+1ast, K.Clifford 20+2reb+1ast, C.Boag 10+7reb+4ast, C.Morrow 9+5reb, A.Brady 5+4reb+2ast
Townsville F.: D.Garbin 31+10reb+1ast, R.McCully 16+3reb+5ast, A.Mackay 8+3reb+1ast, K.Ward 7+5reb+1ast, H.Andrews 6+1reb+1ast, L.Hustler 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 542121


SW Metro P. - Mackay M. 84-92

Not a big story in a game in Runcorn where 11th ranked Pirates (1-3) were defeated by leader Meteorettes (6-0) 92-84 on Sunday. Meteorettes forced 19 Pirates turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Pirates were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Nadeen Payne (188-93) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. New Zealand guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon) helped adding 22 points and 7 assists. Swingman Stephanie Bairstow (188-94, college: Utah St.) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American center Shelby Cheslek (196-92, college: Gonzaga) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Meteorettes and four Pirates players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Meteorettes maintains first place in League with 6-0 record. Loser Pirates keep the eleventh position with three games lost. Meteorettes will face Cyclones (#5) in Rockhampton in the next round. Pirates will play on the road against Mountaineers (#14) in Toowoomba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mackay M.: N.Payne 22+8reb+4ast, M.Cocks 22+4reb+7ast, T.Willey 16+7reb, C.Paalvast 11+6reb+3ast, J.Haughton 10+7reb+6ast, S.Storeshaw 8+2reb
SW Metro P.: S.Bairstow 25+5reb+2ast, M.Willey 13+5reb+7ast, S.Parsons 12+4reb+4ast, S.Cheslek 12+11reb+2ast, S.Rees 6+5reb+1ast, K.Page 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542124


SBL
Cockburn C. - Lakeside L. 81-90

Everything went according to plan in Hamilton Hill where fourth ranked Lightning (8-4) beat 9th ranked Cougars (3-9) 90-81 on Saturday. Lightning looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Sydnee Fipps (178, college: Cal-Davis) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Ali Schwagmeyer (180-90, college: Quincy) helped adding 28 points and 5 assists. Forward Kersten Mitchell (185-90, college: Illinois) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lindsey Doucette (190-94, college: Mass.-Lowell) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lightning maintains fourth place in League with 8-4 record. Loser Cougars dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Lightning will face Tigers (#5) in Willeton in the next round. Cougars will play on the road against Flames (#8) in Rockingham and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: A.Schwagmeyer 28+4reb+5ast, S.Fipps 24+11reb+7ast, J.Van Schie 15+8reb+3ast, S.Roscoe 12+5reb+1ast, A.Grant 8+4reb+1ast, A.Bell 3+1reb+1ast
Cockburn C.: K.Mitchell 24+8reb+1ast, L.Doucette 18+7reb+4ast, B.Moyes 17+8reb+3ast, I.Miotti 12+1reb+3ast, V.Michael 6+7reb, T.Priestly 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 542279


Lakeside L. - East Perth E. 88-71

There was no surprise in Bullcreek where 12th ranked Eagles (2-10) were defeated by fourth ranked Lightning (8-4) 88-71 on Friday. Lightning forced 21 Eagles turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Ali Schwagmeyer (180-90, college: Quincy) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Her fellow American import forward Sydnee Fipps (178, college: Cal-Davis) helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian power forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-93, college: New Hampshire) responded with 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Eryn Fisher scored 9 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lightning maintains fourth place in League with 8-4 record. Loser Eagles dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Lightning will face Tigers (#5) in Willeton in the next round. Eagles will play on the road against the league's leader Hawks (#1) in Floreat and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: A.Schwagmeyer 26+9reb+5ast, S.Fipps 21+7reb+3ast, A.Grant 11+6reb+1ast, T.Ucich 8+3reb+2ast, A.Knowles 6+2reb+1ast, J.Van Schie 5+1reb
East Perth E.: K.Kilpatrick 33+8reb+4ast, E.Fisher 9+15reb+2ast, H.Desousa 7+3reb+1ast, E.Coffin 7+2reb, N.St Jorre 7+4reb+6ast, A.Duinker 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 542276


Kalamunda E.S. - Mandurah M. 81-104

No shocking result in a game in Kalamunda where leader Magic (11-0) outleveled 11th ranked Suns (2-11) 104-81 on Saturday. Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 38 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Magic forced 22 Suns turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Suns' players. It was a great evening for Nicolette Gilday who led her team to a victory scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Carly Boag (188-95, college: Minot St.) helped adding 26 points and 7 rebounds. American center Devanny King (185, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Tahlia Fejo scored 12 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Magic maintains second place in League with 11-0 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Suns dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Magic will face Slammers (#9) in Bunbury in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Suns will play on the road against Redbacks in Northbridge and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: N.Gilday 29+8reb+7ast, C.Boag 26+7reb+2ast, R.Halleen 12+1reb+6ast, C.Mihovilovich 12+5reb+4ast, E.Klasztorny 8+2reb, K.Miegel 6+1reb+3ast
Kalamunda E.S.: D.King 18+9reb+3ast, J.Rintala 16+4reb, T.Fejo 12+2reb+7ast, M.Moyle 10+4reb+4ast, R.Motroni 9+7reb+1ast, H.King 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542282


East Perth E. - Stirling S. 68-65

There was an upset in Morley where 3rd placed Senators (9-4) were edged by twelfth ranked Eagles (2-10) 68-65 on Saturday. Eagles had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Canadian power forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-93, college: New Hampshire) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Nicole St Jorre (170-82) helped adding 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Kisha Lee (182-85, college: UNLV) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Taylor Roberts scored 14 points. Eagles moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Senators keep the third position with four games lost. Eagles will face league's leader Hawks in Floreat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Senators will play on the road against Wanneroo in Joondalup and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: N.St Jorre 19+11reb+4ast, K.Kilpatrick 15+17reb+3ast, A.Duinker 12+3reb+2ast, E.Fisher 8+3reb+1ast, E.Coffin 5+1reb+4ast, H.Desousa 4+2reb+2ast
Stirling S.: K.Lee 18+14reb, J.Martin 14+3reb+1ast, T.Roberts 14+4reb+2ast, M.Hooper 9, R.Throns 6+1reb, A.Land 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 542281


Joondalup W. - Perry Lakes H. 58-76

Very predictable result in Joondalup where leader Hawks (12-0) defeated 7th ranked Wanneroo (5-8) 76-58 on Saturday. Hawks forced 22 Wanneroo turnovers. It was a great evening for New Zealand guard Antonia Edmondson (181-87) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International power forward Natalie Burton (194-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: LBM Management) helped adding 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Forward Klara Wischer (185-91, college: San Diego) responded with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and guard Shani Amos (170-91) scored 6 points and 7 rebounds. Hawks maintains first place in League with 12-0 record. Loser Wanneroo keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Hawks will face Eagles (#11) in Morley in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wanneroo will play at home against Senators (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: A.Edmondson 22+11reb+4ast, N.Burton 18+9reb+1ast, S.Donovan 12+6reb+1ast, G.O'Sullivan 11+2reb+4ast, L.Jeffers 9+1reb+3ast, J.Kautsky 4+5reb+3ast
Joondalup W.: K.Wischer 15+9reb+6ast, E.Ironmonger 10+2reb+1ast, C.Belcher 8+2reb, K.Hayward 7+2reb+2ast, S.Swain 6+2reb+3ast, S.Amos 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 542280


Stirling S. - Kalamunda E.S. 82-73

Not a big story in a game in Leederville where 11th ranked Suns (2-11) were defeated by third ranked Senators (9-4) 82-73 on Friday. Senators dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 38. Senators forced 27 Suns turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Kisha Lee (182-85, college: UNLV) who led her team to a victory scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Amber Land (188) helped adding 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Senators players scored in double figures. Power forward Jennie Rintala (-90) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Tahlia Fejo scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Suns' coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Senators maintains third place in League with 9-4 record behind leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Suns dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Senators will face Wanneroo (#7) in Joondalup in the next round. Suns will play on the road against Redbacks (#6) in Northbridge and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stirling S.: K.Lee 29+7reb+3ast, A.Land 17+12reb+2ast, J.Martin 14+2reb+1ast, T.Roberts 11+1reb+3ast, H.Throns 6+4reb+4ast, C.Jones 5+3reb+2ast
Kalamunda E.S.: J.Rintala 16+9reb+4ast, D.King 12+6reb+3ast, T.Fejo 11+8reb+2ast, J.Smith 9+1reb, M.Moyle 9+5reb+4ast, H.King 8+3reb
gschID: 542278


Mandurah M. - Joondalup W. 63-60

Everything went according to plan in Mandurah where leader Magic (11-0) edged 7th ranked Wanneroo (5-8) 63-60 on Friday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Magic forced 20 Wanneroo turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Casey Mihovilovich (173-82) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Carly Boag (188-95, college: Minot St.) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Klara Wischer (185-91, college: San Diego) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Nikita-Lee Martin (184-88) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Magic maintains second place in League with 11-0 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Wanneroo keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Magic will face Slammers (#9) in Bunbury in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wanneroo will play at home against Senators and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: C.Mihovilovich 19+6reb+4ast, C.Boag 17+11reb+1ast, N.Gilday 12+2reb+3ast, B.Klasztorny 8+7reb, R.Halleen 3+2reb+2ast, E.Klasztorny 2+2reb
Joondalup W.: K.Wischer 21+9reb+3ast, N.Martin 19+6reb+4ast, E.Ironmonger 8+15reb, S.Amos 6+3reb+4ast, K.Hayward 4+3reb+1ast, S.Swain 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 542277


Perth R. - Willetton T. 79-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Northbridge where 5th ranked Redbacks (6-5) were defeated by sixth ranked Tigers (7-5) 86-79 on Friday. Tigers forced 20 Redbacks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Redbacks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Stacey Barr (173-92, college: Idaho) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). German power forward Jessica Hootmann (190-85) helped adding 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gabriella Clayton (173-90) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Emilee Harmon (188, college: Ohio St.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tigers moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Redbacks dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Tigers will face higher ranked Lightning (#4) in Bullcreek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Redbacks will play at home against Suns and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: J.Hootmann 25+6reb+1ast, S.Barr 23+8reb+4ast, D.Kelley 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Harper 12+10reb+3ast, K.Malpass 8+5reb+9ast, E.Gandini 2+1reb+1ast
Perth R.: G.Clayton 19+8reb+6ast, E.Harmon 18+9reb+3ast, L.Wallbutton 12+7reb+2ast, D.Lipscombe 10+4reb+1ast, B.Donovan 8+3reb+3ast, R.Benson 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 542275


SEABL
Albury LB - Frankston B. 82-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Albury where seventh ranked Frankston Blues (4-7) won against 6th ranked Lady Bandits (1-8) 87-82 on Saturday. It was a great evening for power forward Carley Mijovic (196-94) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Guard Tenaya Phillips (178-94) helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. American center Adijat Adams (188-92, college: Biola, CA) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and guard Emma Mahady (180-92, college: California, PA) scored 20 points. Four Lady Bandits players scored in double figures. Frankston Blues maintains seventh place in League with 4-7 record. Loser Lady Bandits keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Frankston Blues will face Sabres (#8) in Cheltenham in the next round.
Top scorers:
Frankston B.: C.Mijovic 34+12reb+3ast, T.Phillips 22+6reb+2ast, C.D'Angelo 19+4reb+3ast, T.Jackson 7+3reb, E.Ferrier 3+2reb, E.Bravington 2+4reb+1ast
Albury LB: A.Adams 22+15reb+1ast, E.Mahady 20+4reb+3ast, T.Ross 14+7reb+4ast, S.Gorman 14+2reb+2ast, O.Barber 8+6reb+1ast, M.Kirby 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 542383


Sydney Uni S. - Kilsyth LC 67-79

Very expected game when 5th ranked Sydney Uni S. (6-4) was defeated at home by first ranked Lady Cobras (10-2) 79-67 on Friday. Lady Cobras looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American center Angela Beadle (190-93, college: Sam Houston St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Chantella Perera (174-86, college: Fresno St.) helped adding 23 points. Power forward Shanae Greaves (183-93) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Tahlia Tupaea (174-97) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lady Cobras maintains first place in League with 10-2 record. Newly promoted Sydney Uni S. keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Lady Cobras will have a break next round. Sydney Uni S. will play against BA CoE (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth LC: A.Beadle 27+6reb, C.Perera 23+3reb+1ast, M.Garrick 19+3reb+2ast, S.Parsons 4+7reb+5ast, E.Fryters 2+2reb+1ast, E.Van Poppel 2+1reb+1ast
Sydney Uni S.: S.Greaves 27+7reb+1ast, T.Tupaea 21+7reb+3ast, K.Hodge 6+4reb+2ast, S.Graham 5+1reb+3ast, L.McSpadden 4+5reb+1ast, C.Evans 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 542381


Kilsyth LC - Bendigo LB 76-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Lady Cobras' (10-2) home victory over second-ranked Lady Braves (8-4) 76-66 on Sunday. They outrebounded Lady Braves 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Madeleine Garrick (178-92) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. American center Angela Beadle (190-93, college: Sam Houston St.) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Ashley Rininger (193, college: Liberty) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Chante Black (195-85, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lady Cobras maintains first place in League with 10-2 record. Loser Lady Braves keep the second position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth LC: M.Garrick 23+7reb+1ast, A.Beadle 16+12reb+3ast, C.Perera 13+3reb+3ast, J.O'Shea 13+5reb+4ast, G.Ogier 8+7reb+4ast, C.Spicer 3+2reb+1ast
Bendigo LB: A.Rininger 17+9reb, C.Bibby 15+5reb+1ast, B.Dufelmeier 14+2reb+3ast, C.Black 12+10reb+1ast, M. Wild 6, M.Sexton 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542384


Canberra C. - Geelong S. 51-70

Not a big story in a game in Belconnen where 4th placed Nationals (2-7) were rolled over by second ranked Geelong Supercats (8-3) 70-51 on Saturday. It was a great evening for international forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized British center Alexandra Bunton (198-93) helped adding 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Marianna Tolo (196-89, agency: ProDep Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Keely Froling (188-96, college: SMU) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Geelong Supercats keep a position of League leader. Loser Nationals keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Spectres (#3) in East Burwood in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nationals will play on the road against Lady Bandits in Albury and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: S.Blicavs 20+9reb+3ast, C.Horvat 16+6reb+2ast, B.Alexandra 14+12reb+4ast, A.Duck 9+7reb+7ast, E.Rolph 8+3reb, I.Brancatisano 2+1reb
Canberra C.: M.Tolo 20+11reb+4ast, M.Penn 11+3reb, K.Froling 8+8reb+4ast, S.Mcappion 5+1reb+3ast, A.Fall 4+2reb+2ast, C.Bourne 3+3reb
gschID: 542382


Geelong S. - Launceston T. 95-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Geelong Supercats' (8-3) home victory over 3rd placed Tornadoes (7-3) 95-59 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in League. Geelong Supercats dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tornadoes' 38. They outrebounded Tornadoes 51-26 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Geelong Supercats looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Tornadoes' players. It was a great evening for international forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized British center Alexandra Bunton (198-93) helped adding 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Geelong Supercats players scored in double figures. Geelong Supercats' coach felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Tayla Roberts (191-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Lauren Mansfield (170-89, college: Iowa St., agency: ProDep Management) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Geelong Supercats keep a position of League leader. Loser Tornadoes keep the third place with three games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Spectres (#3) in East Burwood in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: S.Blicavs 28+11reb+3ast, C.Horvat 16+7reb+1ast, B.Alexandra 14+11reb+4ast, A.Duck 11+3reb+4ast, E.Rolph 10+10reb+4ast, E.Kett 8+1reb+1ast
Launceston T.: T.Roberts 22+12reb+2ast, L.Nicholson 15+2reb, L.Mansfield 11+5reb+2ast, O.Chugg 9+4reb+3ast, J.Brazendale 2+1reb, R.Abel 0+1reb+2ast
gschID: 542380


Waratah
Illawarra H. - Manly Warr. SE 71-88

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Hawks (0-9) were defeated at home by second ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (7-4) 88-71 on Saturday. It was a great evening for guard Erin Todd (175-86) who led her team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Rebecca Duke (183-87) helped adding 23 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Georgia Ohrdorf (183-95, college: Metro St.) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Olivia White produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles maintains second place in League with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Hawks still closes the standings with nine games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will have a break next round. Hawks will play on the road against Comets (#6) in Alexandria and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr. SE: E.Todd 33+6reb+6ast, R.Duke 23+10reb+5ast, C.Trevenna 14+18reb+2ast, F.Sparks 8+3reb+3ast, K.Forbes 6+3ast, J.Cullen 2+3reb+1ast
Illawarra H.: G.Ohrdorf 22+7reb+2ast, O.White 15+13reb+2ast, L.Sparks 11+8reb+10ast, E.Morris 7+6reb+1ast, T.Porter 6+2reb, P.Blanton 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 542464


Sutherland S. - Bankstown B. 42-65

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Sutherland where fifth ranked Bruins (4-3) outleveled 4th placed Sharks (5-3) 65-42 on Saturday. Bruins held Sharks to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.7 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a great evening for guard Casey Samuels (182-94) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Marjy Grealish helped adding 6 points and 12 rebounds. Lisa Watkins responded with 8 points and 8 rebounds and Peta Kneen scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Bruins maintains fifth place in League with 4-3 record. Loser Sharks keep the fourth position with three games lost. Bruins will face league's leader Spireds in Hornsby in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sharks will play on the road against North Bears in Crows Nest and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bankstown B.: C.Samuels 24+12reb+3ast, A.Bywater 7+4reb+5ast, K.Parker 7+1reb+1ast, M.Grealish 6+12reb, J.Barnes 6+5reb+2ast, M.Bennett 5+3reb
Sutherland S.: L.Watkins 8+8reb+3ast, P.Kneen 7+10reb+2ast, A.Heal 6, J.Scrivens 5+11reb+1ast, R.Herrick 5+3reb+1ast, M. Hines 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542462


Hills H. - Norths Bears 43-77

Very expected game in Baulkham Hills where 8th ranked Hills Hornets (1-7) were crushed by third ranked North Bears (6-1) 77-43 on Saturday. North Bears forced 26 Hills Hornets turnovers and outrebounded them 53-37 including 20 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Kate Seebohm (170-91, college: California, PA) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals. American guard Kallie Hovatter (175-89, college: Elon) helped adding 16 points. North Bears' coach felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Brittany Ridlen responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Madison Hare scored 6 points and 8 rebounds. North Bears maintains third place in League with 6-1 record having nine points less than leader Kilsyth LC. Loser Hills Hornets keep the eighth position with seven games lost. North Bears will face Sharks (#4) in Sutherland in the next round. Hills Hornets will play on the road against Hunters (#7) in Newcastle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: K.Seebohm 23+8reb+5ast, K.Hovatter 16+2reb+2ast, B.Delaney 9+2reb+4ast, T.Jones 9, T.Black 6+14reb, A.Burke 5+2reb
Hills H.: B.Ridlen 10+11reb, E.Claus 8+4reb+2ast, S.Calleia 7+2reb+2ast, M.Hare 6+8reb+3ast, Z.Burke 4+4reb+3ast, R. Kinchington 4
gschID: 542463


Hornsby S. - Newcastle H. 88-78

Very predictable result in Hornsby where leader Spireds (9-0) defeated 7th ranked Hunters (3-6) 88-78 on Saturday. Spireds looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Alicia Poto (166-78) who led her team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kristina Moore helped adding 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spireds players scored in double figures. The former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and Alison Ebzery scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Spireds maintains first place in League with 9-0 record. Loser Hunters keep the seventh position with six games lost. Spireds will face Bruins (#5) in Condell Park in the next round. Hunters will play at home against Hills Hornets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hornsby S.: K.Moore 22+6reb+1ast, D.Rowe 18+5reb+5ast, A.Poto 17+10reb+10ast, R.Maenpaa 14+6reb+1ast, S. Waters 9+3reb+2ast, R.Black 4+5reb+1ast
Newcastle H.: S.Batkovic-Brown 31+14reb+1ast, C.Lum 15+3reb, C.McLean 11+6reb+3ast, A.Ebzery 7+8reb+8ast, S.Parente 6+2reb+2ast, K.Moss 6+4reb
gschID: 542461





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  BELGIUM  


Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. adds Mestdagh to their roster - by Lior Hai

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) added to their roster 27-year old Belgian international shooting guard Kim Mestdagh (179-90, college: Colorado State, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Flammes in French LFB league. In 9 Eurocup games she recorded 14.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 3.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mestdagh won Belgian League championship title in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
Mestdagh has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Mestdagh also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 16.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 54.2%, FT: 66.7%.
Mestdagh has played previously professionally in Spain (Zamarat) and Belgium (Castors Braine and Walloon 3 Team).
She attended Colorado State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.
On Mestdagh: Undersized 3 player who knows how to attack the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hatay lands Hind Ben Abdelkader - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) tabbed 22-year old Belgian international point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-95, college: California). She played most recently at Wisla Can-Pack in Polish TBLK. In two Eurocup games she averaged 15.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 5.0apg last season. Ben Abdelkader also played 37 games in TBLK where she had 12.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.3apg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Ben Abdelkader played at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in French LFB. In 33 games she recorded 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Among other achievements Ben Abdelkader won Belgian League championship title in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013 at her college time.
Ben Abdelkader has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Ben Abdelkader represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg.
Ben Abdelkader has played previously professionally in Spain (Cadi La Seu) and Belgium (Belfius Namur, Sint Kateline Waver, Declercq Stortbeton and CRF AWBB).
She attended University of California until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


Stipe Bralic take charge of Sibenik for fifth time - by Zeljko Zule

Stipe Bralic has been named as the head coach of Sibenik for the fifth time. He was last seen as the head coach of men's club Ribola Kastela from 2013 through 2015.
He has had four previous stints as coach of Sibenik, 1997-2004, from April 2005 through January 2006, from April 2007 to February 2009 and from April 2009 till end of the season.
Bralic guided Sibenik to three Croatian League titles, three Croatian Ruzica Meglaj-Rimac Cup titles and the 2007-08 WABA crown.



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Toughness and defense key for New Caledonia women in FIBA U17 Women's Oceania Championship - by Igor Obradovic

NEW CALEDONIA (FIBA U17 Women's Oceania Championship 2017) - New Caledonia U17 Women's coach Sylvain Bailly is happy with her team's mentality during preparations for the FIBA U17 Women's Oceania Championship 2017.
'We have trained once a week since February, Coach Bailly told FIBA.com. 'It is an assiduous and motivated group. On top of the national team, the girls also train once or twice a week with their clubs.'
Coming up against Australia and New Zealand, Coach Bailly wants to keep her team progressing towards their goal.
'They must continue to progress on intensity and hardness during the sessions.'
The New Caledonia women showed glimpses of the intensity and toughness Coach Bailly is seeking from her team during the FIBA U18 Oceania Championships 2016 in Fiji.
Oriane Quenenoj, Leilani Tartas, Sophie Hamu and Maylyze Kamodji were a part of last year's team that finished fourth after falling to Samoa 65-75 in the bronze medal match.
Coach Bailly will look to build on this foundation during this year's preparations.
'We hope to offer an intense and tough defensive group. We will need to bring tough defence every possession.'
'It is only by playing a powerful game that we can succeed during the tournament.'
The New Caledonia women are determined to not leave anything out on the floor.
'The expectation is to play quality basketball with commitment and intensity. This way we will return without any regrets from the tournament.'
'The girls are eager to play the different teams. Emotions are divided between fear, excitement and joy. This is a real chance for everyone to show their skills in the tournament.'
The FIBA U17 Women's Oceania Championship 2017 will be held on Guam from 10-15 of July.

Courtesy of FIBA



Groups and schedule released for womens FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

GUAM (FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017) - The draw for the Group Phase of the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships 2017 to be played in Guam's University of Guam Field House and Father Duenas Memorial School from July 10-15 has been announced.

The eight (8) women's teams participating in this year's event have been placed into groups of two as follows:

Group A: Australia, Samoa, Marshall Islands, Tahiti.
Group B: Guam, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau.

The top two (2) teams from each group advance to Division A Semi-Finals.
The third (3rd) placed team from each pool advance to Division B Gold Medal game.
The fourth (4th) placed team from each pool advance to Division B Bronze Medal game.
The Final Phase will be played in a knockout format from the Semi-Finals onwards (Semi-Finals and Final).

The FIBA U17 Oceania Championships are qualifying events for the 2018 FIBA U18 Asia Championship and the 2018 FIBA U18 Women's Asia Championship. From this event, the top four (4) teams of each gender will qualify for the FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 and FIBA U19 Women's World Cup respectively.

Support your country by tuning into the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships live stream on FIBA's YouTube channel. Stay tuned for more information regarding the live stream schedule in your country.

Courtesy of FIBA



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Halle signs Monique Smalls - by Eurobasket News

SV Halle Lions (DBBL) signed 26-year old American guard Monique Smalls (168-91, college: Texas Tech) from TV Saarlouis Royals. In 9 DBBL games in Germany she had 12.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.9apg and 3.9spg last season.
The most of previous (2015-16) season Smalls spent at BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen where in 18 DBBL games she recorded 14.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.9apg and 4.8spg. She helped them to make it to the group semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team. Smalls also spent pre-season at Rotenburg/Scheessel that year. Quite impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year and named to 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team was regular season runner-up in German 2.Bundesliga Group North in 2015. Smalls was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Player of the Year in 2015.
She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 and it is her fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @@TheFlashAgency)

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  INDIA  


Indian star Kavita Akula gets full college scholarship to play D1 basketball for Grand Canyon University - by Eurobasket News

Seven years ago, the IMG Academy in Florida selected eight Indian teenagers on scholarship to be trained in basketball and educated in the United States. The youngsters developed in different ways and some found more success than others. The biggest name in the group turned out to be Satnam Singh, a seven-footer from Punjab, who in 2015 bypassed college to become the first Indian player to be drafted to the NBA. But while Satnam hogged the limelight, another star from the original group of eight has blossomed from the shadows.
Talented guard Akula Kavita (165-G-96) - from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh - has made history by becoming the first Indian-born female basketball player to receive a full scholarship from a Division 1 college in the United States, the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. After making a name for herself in two years of junior college at the Garden City Community College (GCCC) in Kansas, this is a major step forward for the 21-year-old. Akula signed a letter of intent with Grand Canyon on Monday and will be joining them in September this year. ESPN reported that Akula will major in business management and marketing.
Courtesy of: hoopistani.blogspot.com



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Vigarano inks Benedetta Bagnara - by Eurobasket News

Meccanica Nova Vigarano (Serie A1) agreed terms with 30-year old ex-international guard Benedetta Bagnara (178-87, agency: LBM Management). She played last season at Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in the Serie A1. In two Eurocup games she had just 2.5ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Bagnara played at Reyer Venezia Mestre where in 30 games she recorded 5.2ppg and 1.3rpg. She also played 10 games in Eurocup where she averaged only 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bagnara won MZRKL championship title in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Bagnara was also a member of Italian international program for some years. She played for Italian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2008 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2007.
Bagnara also represented Italy at the European Championships in France four years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 3.0ppg.
Bagnara has played previously for five other teams: La Spezia, Reggio Emilia, Umbertide, Livorno and Lucca.
She could be described: A young player yet in the development stage. Can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions, has great offensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Loris Barbiero signs at Lucca - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) landed experienced 52-year old coach Loris Barbiero (agency: SPORTlab Agency). He coached most recently at Fulgor Omegna in the Serie A2.
The previous (14-15) season Barbiero coached at Velco Vicenza (also in Serie A2).
He won Italian A2 South championship title in 2013.
Barbiero has coached previously three other teams: Comense, La Spezia and Venezia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vucetic re-signs at Kazanochka - by Eurobasket News

Kazanochka Kazan (PBL) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Montenegrin international guard Jelena Vucetic (178-93). She played there last season. In 20 PBL games she had 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vucetic played at PINKK Pecsi in Hungarian A Division where in 15 games she recorded 10.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Vucetic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she averaged 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg.
She has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Vucetic has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
She also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Vucetic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Vojvodina, Partizan and Palanka 2012 Smed. Palanka) and Montenegro (BC Herceg Novi, Heceg Novi and Antivari Bar).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @MiroKojic)

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  MOROCCO  


The semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

The semifinals are set in Morocco Basketball League Women 2016/2017. Four top teams will continue in the Final Four scheduled for 2nd and 3rd of June. CRA Chabab Rif Al Hoceima overcame ACK 69-66 and will face ASE. Kenitra AC edged ASE 73-30 to play ACK on Saturday.
Earlier ASE overcame FAR Forces Armee Royales 78-59, while CODM Meknes outscored ACK 86-81.



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HBU Inks Transfer Kennedy Burks - by Eurobasket News

The HBU women's basketball program has added Florida A&M transfer Kennedy Burks (5'11''-G), Huskies head coach Donna Finnie announced Tuesday. "Having recruited Kennedy in high school, we got to know her and her family very well and feel they will be a great fit for us," Finnie said. "Kennedy has high aspirations in the medical field after college and she carries that work ethic on the floor. She is one of the most relentless defenders we saw on the circuit and she can score both in transition and in the half court. With her length on the wing, we feel she is the perfect addition for what we were looking for." Burks is a 5-foot-10 guard/forward from Grand Prairie, Texas, who played her freshman season for the Rattlerettes. She appeared in 30 games, including nine starts, averaging 10.4 minutes per game. Burks averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while recording 19 steals. She scored a career-high 10 points against Morgan State on Jan. 9 and had a career-high six rebounds against Delaware State on Jan. 28. She was a three-year letterwinner at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield for coach Stephani Gray, leading the Lady Eagles in both scoring and rebounding, while also being named defensive player of the year. Burks was also an academic all-district selection and her most memorable sports moment happened on her high school senior night, when she hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to clinch a playoff spot. "Kennedy will of course have to sit this year, but I am confident she will push our young group in practice every day and learning our system this year will make her ready to be a key contributor next season," Finnie said. "We are excited to have her and her family join us." Burks is the daughter of Zach and Connie Burks and has two brothers, Zachary IV and Logan. Her father, Zach, played at Central Arkansas from 1987-91 and is a member of the Bears' Hall of Fame as the 10th-leading scorer in school history with 1,447 points. He also played professionally overseas. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Burks will participate in practice, but will have to sit out the 2017-18 season and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2018-19 campaign. She will be a pre-med major.
Courtesy of: hbuhuskies.com



Indian star Kavita Akula gets full college scholarship to play D1 basketball for Grand Canyon University - by Eurobasket News

Seven years ago, the IMG Academy in Florida selected eight Indian teenagers on scholarship to be trained in basketball and educated in the United States. The youngsters developed in different ways and some found more success than others. The biggest name in the group turned out to be Satnam Singh, a seven-footer from Punjab, who in 2015 bypassed college to become the first Indian player to be drafted to the NBA. But while Satnam hogged the limelight, another star from the original group of eight has blossomed from the shadows.
Talented guard Akula Kavita (165-G-96) - from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh - has made history by becoming the first Indian-born female basketball player to receive a full scholarship from a Division 1 college in the United States, the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. After making a name for herself in two years of junior college at the Garden City Community College (GCCC) in Kansas, this is a major step forward for the 21-year-old. Akula signed a letter of intent with Grand Canyon on Monday and will be joining them in September this year. ESPN reported that Akula will major in business management and marketing.
Courtesy of: hoopistani.blogspot.com



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Daniela Wallen is a newcomer at Sol de America Asuncion - by Eurobasket News

Sol de America Asuncion (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Venezuelan international forward Daniela Wallen (180-95). She just graduated from Oklahoma City (NAIA).
As mentioned above Wallen is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Wallen has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2013 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2011.
She represented Venezuela at the NAIA D1 Championship Most Outstanding Player this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roselis Silva (ex Araski) is a newcomer at Sol de America Asuncion - by Eurobasket News

Sol de America Asuncion (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Venezuelan international point guard Roselis Silva (166-91, college: Arkansas Tech). She moved there from Araski in Spanish LFB league where she started the season. In 29 games she recorded 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg (in top 5) this season. Silva helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at Azkoitia (also in LFB). In 23 games she averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.3apg and 4.5spg (leader !!!). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention.
Silva won Venezuelan LINABAFE championship title in 2014.
She has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Silva has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2008 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
She also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes seventeen years ago. But her stats at that event were not that remarkable as she did not score anything.
Silva has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Escuela Pedagogica de Baloncesto and Anzoategui.
She attended Arkansas Tech until 2014 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Wisla Can-Pack tabs Dominika Miloszewska - by Eurobasket News

TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (TBLK) inked 23-year old power forward Dominika Miloszewska (190-94). She has played for the last three years at Basket Gdynia in the TBLK. In two Eurocup games she averaged 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg last season. Miloszewska also played 25 games in TBLK where she had 5.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Miloszewska was also a member of Polish international program for some years. She played for Polish Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Miloszewska also represented Poland at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.4ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 32.9%, FT: 70.8%.
Miloszewska has played previously for two other teams: SMS Lomianki and Politechnika Gdanska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  


Vucetic re-signs at Kazanochka - by Eurobasket News

Kazanochka Kazan (PBL) confirmed in their roster 24-year old Montenegrin international guard Jelena Vucetic (178-93). She played there last season. In 20 PBL games she had 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.3apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vucetic played at PINKK Pecsi in Hungarian A Division where in 15 games she recorded 10.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Vucetic also played 5 games in Eurocup where she averaged 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg.
She has been also a member of Montenegrin international program for some years. Vucetic has regularly played for Montenegrin senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
She also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.0%.
Vucetic has played previously professionally in Serbia (Vojvodina, Partizan and Palanka 2012 Smed. Palanka) and Montenegro (BC Herceg Novi, Heceg Novi and Antivari Bar).

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Cadi La Seu lands Caitlyn Ramirez - by Eurobasket News

Cadi La Seu D'urgell (LFB) tabbed 23-year old American forward Caitlyn Ramirez (188-94). She just graduated from Troy (NCAA). Ramirez has played there for the last three years. In 30 games she averaged 13.6ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.8spg last season. She helped them to win Sun Belt Tournament. She can count that season as a very successful as All-Sun Belt All-Tournament MVP and selected to All-Sun Belt 1st Team.
As mentioned above Ramirez is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.

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Zamarat signs Ainhoa Lopez - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) signed 20-year old shooting guard Ainhoa Lopez (180-97). She played last season at Spar Citylift Girona in the LFB. In 7 Eurocup games she had 3.1ppg and 1.7apg.
The previous (15-16) season Lopez played at Sant Adria (LF2) where in 30 games she recorded 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Matosinhos (Portugal) last year. Lopez's team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 2.2ppg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg.

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TBB2L Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Nirra FIELDS
  Edremit
  (175-G-93)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fields, Edremit24.3 
 2. Grant, Edremit22.2 
 3. Houston, Elazig21.7 
 4. Covington, Edirne20.4 
 5. Goodlett, Mersin U.19.8 
 6. Costa, Mersin K.19.6 
 7. Staschuk, Urla BLD19.4 
 8. Parker, Mersin G.18.6 
 9. Schlemer, Istanbul.18.0 
 10. Jones, Izmit17.0 
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.12.0 
 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. Selby, Bodrum5.3 
 7. Kanat, Orduspor5.2 
 8. Ayyildiz, Ferko Ilgaz4.5 
 9. Aslan, Edremit4.4 
 10. Sencebe, Bornova4.3 
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. Gurcavdi, Urla BLD1.0 


Hatay lands Hind Ben Abdelkader - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) tabbed 22-year old Belgian international point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-95, college: California). She played most recently at Wisla Can-Pack in Polish TBLK. In two Eurocup games she averaged 15.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 5.0apg last season. Ben Abdelkader also played 37 games in TBLK where she had 12.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.3apg. She helped them to win the cup and make to league final. She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish BLK 2nd Team.
The previous (15-16) season Ben Abdelkader played at Cavigal Nice Basket 06 in French LFB. In 33 games she recorded 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Among other achievements Ben Abdelkader won Belgian League championship title in 2011. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2013 at her college time.
Ben Abdelkader has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2015 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Ben Abdelkader represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg.
Ben Abdelkader has played previously professionally in Spain (Cadi La Seu) and Belgium (Belfius Namur, Sint Kateline Waver, Declercq Stortbeton and CRF AWBB).
She attended University of California until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

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Viktoria Mircheva signs at Hatay - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) landed 30-year old Ukrainian international center Viktoria Mircheva (190-87, agency: ProDep Management). She is a well-known player in Turkish Eurocup as she played most recently at Canik Belediyesi Samsun in the KBSL. In 8 Eurocup games she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mircheva played at Istanbul Uni where in 24 games she had 13.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 10.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements Mircheva won Czech Republic D1 championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Mircheva represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 22.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 25.0%.
Mircheva is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse), Germany (TH Wohnbau Angels), Poland (Pabianice), France (Tarbes, COB Calais, Nantes Reze and Roche), Czech Republic (USK Praha and VS Praha) and Ukraine (BK Frankivsk-Halichina).

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Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. adds Mestdagh to their roster - by Lior Hai

Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) added to their roster 27-year old Belgian international shooting guard Kim Mestdagh (179-90, college: Colorado State, agency: ProDep Management). She has played for the last two seasons at Flammes in French LFB league. In 9 Eurocup games she recorded 14.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.2apg and 3.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mestdagh won Belgian League championship title in 2015. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Domestic Player of the Year in 2015.
Mestdagh has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Mestdagh also represented Belgium at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 16.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 54.2%, FT: 66.7%.
Mestdagh has played previously professionally in Spain (Zamarat) and Belgium (Castors Braine and Walloon 3 Team).
She attended Colorado State until 2012 and it will be her sixth season as a professional player.
On Mestdagh: Undersized 3 player who knows how to attack the basket.

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Sylvia Fowles joins Girne Universitesi!!!!! - by Lior Hai

Girne Universitesi (KBSL) agreed terms with 32-year old American international center Sylvia Fowles (198-91kg-85, college: LSU). She played last summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). In 6 games she had very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg and 2.3bpg. The last season Fowles played at Beijing Great Wall in Chinese WCBA where in 33 games she recorded also remarkable stats: 21.7ppg, 11.5rpg (#4 in the league), 1.5apg, 1.4spg and 1.3bpg. She helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as she was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Player of the Year, Center of the Year and Import of the Year.
In 2008 Fowles was drafted by Chicago Sky (WNBA) as #2 pick overall.
She attended Louisiana State University and it is her tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fowles was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year back in 2010.
She also represented USA at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. Fowles' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 6 games: 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP-3 (72.7%), FT: 55.6%.
Fowles' career allowed her to visit three different continents. She tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. Fowles has played previously professionally in Russia, Turkey (Galatasaray and Samsun) and China (Bayi Kylin and Shanghai Dahua).

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TKBL Round 6 of Final Four. Orman clinch title, Bornova advance to BSL! - by Eurobasket News

Bodrum - Cankaya 74-55

Bodrum dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Cankaya's 26. Bodrum forced 24 Cankaya turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a good game for American guard Shay Selby (175-90, college: Duke) who led her team to a victory with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Melek Bilge (193-89) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Bodrum players scored in double figures. Bodrum's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Azerbaijani center Marcedes-Marie Walker (191-86, college: Pittsburgh) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Hande Celebi (-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cankaya.
Top scorers:
Bodrum: S.Selby 14+6reb+8ast, M.Bilge 12+5reb+3ast, D.Dedeoglu 12+1ast, N.Anaz 10+4reb+5ast, B.Onbasi 10+3reb+2ast, G.Turkoglu 7+8reb
Cankaya: M.Marie Walker 15+10reb+2ast, G.Sandallioglu 11+4reb, H.Celebi 10+7reb+2ast, M.Gultekin 6+5ast, G.Celebi 5+8reb+3ast, E.Capali 3+1reb
gschID: 546265


Ormanspor - Bornova 50-51

Bornova outrebounded Ormanspor 39-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Chanita Jordan (196-87, college: Bowie St., agency: Gamble Sports Management) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Nazli Guler (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bornova players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Serife Onar (167-96) who recorded 15 points and 4 steals and forward Harika Eldas (182-90, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Bornova: C.Jordan 13+8reb+2ast, I.Daricioglu 13+4reb+2ast, G.Akkaya 10+7reb+3ast, N.Guler 10+8reb+2ast, B.Yapar 5+2reb+2ast, D.Firat 0
Ormanspor: S.Onar 15+2reb+2ast, C.Aslan 10+5reb+2ast, D.Gezgin 8+2reb, H.Eldas 7+9reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 6+7reb+3ast, P.Kuccuk 2+4ast
gschID: 546264





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Viktoria Mircheva signs at Hatay - by Lior Hai

Hatay Bsb (KBSL) landed 30-year old Ukrainian international center Viktoria Mircheva (190-87, agency: ProDep Management). She is a well-known player in Turkish Eurocup as she played most recently at Canik Belediyesi Samsun in the KBSL. In 8 Eurocup games she averaged 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Mircheva played at Istanbul Uni where in 24 games she had 13.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 10.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements Mircheva won Czech Republic D1 championship title in 2012. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Mircheva represented Ukraine at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 22.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 25.0%.
Mircheva is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse), Germany (TH Wohnbau Angels), Poland (Pabianice), France (Tarbes, COB Calais, Nantes Reze and Roche), Czech Republic (USK Praha and VS Praha) and Ukraine (BK Frankivsk-Halichina).

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Vigor pens new deal with Flyers - by Paul Nilsen

Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90) has penned a new one-year deal with the Bristol Flyers, with an option to extend for a further year.

The Australian forward returns for his third season in the BBL, after joining the Flyers in June 2016 following a one-year spell with the Plymouth Raiders.

Born in Aberdeen, Vigor made 33 appearances last season, averaging 9.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

'There's just a really good feeling around the club,' Vigor told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"The fact that they have a three-to-five year plan shows there's some really exciting times ahead.

"We want to be a powerhouse club. We don't want to just make it into the play-offs anymore - we see ourselves as a top four team in the years to come.'

The 6ft 9in forward also has experience in Australia's top flight with the Perth Wildcats and in the second tier (SEABL) with the Bendigo Braves.

Vigor, who holds both Australian and British nationality, is currently playing for the Perth Redbacks in Australia's SBL this summer, and will link up with his Flyers team-mates following the conclusion of their campaign.

"Bristol has been like a second home to me and I've really felt like a part of the Flyers Family,' he continued.

"There's no secret as to why it was voted the best place to live in the UK.

'Last season turned out to be a successful year for us in the end, but I still feel like there's a lot more to come from us.

"We felt like we had some unfinished business - it was great to make the play-offs but we really want to take another step forward this season.'

Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas was pleased secure the services of another key member from last season's squad.

"Mike is a big part of what we are trying to build here in Bristol,' he said.

"He offers us a lot of flexibility as a player does a lot of great things on the court to really add value to our team.

"It's beyond numbers or shooting percentages - he is able to compliment everybody in our squad.

"He can score inside and out, but he is also a great passer and I think this coming season he will be able to expand his game even more for the benefit of our team."

Vigor becomes the third player to return for Bristol Flyers ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, joining the likes of Brandon Boggs and Leslee Smith.




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Roselis Silva (ex Araski) is a newcomer at Sol de America Asuncion - by Eurobasket News

Sol de America Asuncion (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Venezuelan international point guard Roselis Silva (166-91, college: Arkansas Tech). She moved there from Araski in Spanish LFB league where she started the season. In 29 games she recorded 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg (in top 5) this season. Silva helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at Azkoitia (also in LFB). In 23 games she averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.3apg and 4.5spg (leader !!!). Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Defensive Player of the Year and voted to All-Imports Team and voted to Honorable Mention.
Silva won Venezuelan LINABAFE championship title in 2014.
She has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Silva has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2008 and previously for U18 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
She also represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes seventeen years ago. But her stats at that event were not that remarkable as she did not score anything.
Silva has played also professionally for other Venezuelan teams like Escuela Pedagogica de Baloncesto and Anzoategui.
She attended Arkansas Tech until 2014 and it is her third season in pro basketball.

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Daniela Wallen is a newcomer at Sol de America Asuncion - by Eurobasket News

Sol de America Asuncion (Metropolitan League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old Venezuelan international forward Daniela Wallen (180-95). She just graduated from Oklahoma City (NAIA).
As mentioned above Wallen is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
She has been also a member of Venezuelan international program for some years. Wallen has regularly played for Venezuelan senior team since 2013 and previously for U16 National Team back in 2011.
She represented Venezuela at the NAIA D1 Championship Most Outstanding Player this year.

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Celje lands Oderah Chidom - by Zeljko Zule

champion Cinkarna Celje continued building a roster for the 2017-18 season by signing American Oderah Chidom (193-F-95), who will make her debut in Europe.
Chidom arrives from Duke, where she had a great career, averaging 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. As a senior, Chidom had her best season at Duke where she averaged 8.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Chidom averaged more than eight points per game in each of her last three years at Duke. She also averaged at last five rebounds in her last three seasons. For her career, Oderah Chidom (193-F-95) finishes Top 10 in school history for field goal percentage and total blocked shots.
She was picked with the 35th overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.
Chidom was a member of the 2012 USA Women's U17 World Championship team that won the gold medal in Netherland. She 6.0 points and 6.1 rebounds in eight games, including a 10-point and seven rebound performance against Canada in the semifinals.



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Seattle routs Indiana, 94-70 - by Eurobasket News

Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored a season-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting and three 3-pointers to pace the Seattle Storm to a fourth straight win in a 94-70 victory over the Indiana Fever. Clark set a Storm record by hitting her first nine shots of the game. The 24-point margin represented Seattle's largest margin of the young WNBA season, and the Fever's largest loss. The win was similar to an 87-82 Storm victory over the Fever 11 days ago - until Indiana failed to recover from the early deficit. When Seattle opened its five-game homestand against Indiana, May 14, the Fever whittled away at a 12-point advantage before the Storm earned their first win of the streak in the final minutes. This time, the Storm led 47-34 at intermission and used a 10-4 run out of the locker room to extend the lead to 19. Seattle never looked back, pushing the lead to 24 late in the third quarter, and 28 on a 3-pointer by reserve guard Sami Whitcomb with 2:16 left in the contest. It was the fifth straight game, in fact, that Indiana trailed by double figures. Though the Fever erased those deficits three times, that was not the case Sunday as the Storm shot 61 percent and eclipsed 20 points in each of three quarters to command a 77-55 lead heading to the fourth. The Storm's 35-of-57 shooting from the floor was the best by an Indiana opponent this season, and the fifth-best by an opponent in Fever history. "Our defense was pretty bad," said Indiana's Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple, agency: ProDep Management), who finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds. "We gave up entirely too many points." That sentiment was echoed by head coach Pokey Chatman, "We not beating anybody when we give up 94 points. We have to get some stops and stop trying to be a comeback team." Seattle defense played its role, too, slowing the Indiana offense for a second time. In the first meeting, Indiana shot a respectable 44 percent, but turned the ball over 13 times and were outrebounded 34-25. Seattle also made 24-of-27 foul shots. It was more of the same in the second meeting, but without the comeback. Indiana shot 45 percent, but committed a season-high 20 turnovers and got beat on the boards, 27-20. "We didn't get off to a comfortable start," said Chatman. "We gave [Seattle] a lot of momentum early, especially to Clark. That comfort led to a rout. Offensively, we got off to a slow start and couldn't execute. We came in here leading the league with the fewest turnovers, but 20 turnovers is not getting the job done." Jewell Loyd (5'10''-G-93, college: Notre Dame) added 13 points for the Storm, with Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Breanna Stewart each contributing 12. Stewart had a game-high nine rebounds. All-Star guard Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80, college: Connecticut) added six points and eight assists. Indiana's bench (41 points) outscored its starters (29) for the second time this season, led by Tiffany Mitchell with a team-high 13 points. Dupree was the club's only starter in double figures. Natalie Achonwa was perfect on three shot attempts and contributed 10 points. The Storm scored the first nine points of the second quarter to command a 13-point advantage, 35-22. Seattle kept Indiana scoreless in the period until a 3-pointer by Briann January (5'8''-PG-87, college: Arizona St., agency: ProDep Management) with 5:31 left in the half. The Storm led by as many as 14 in the period, 39-25, buckets by Langhorne and Stewart. Indiana continues a two-game road swing Tuesday at Dallas.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com