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  ANGOLA  



Libolo beat Interclube (89-83) - by Eurobasket News

Recreativo do Libolo defeated on Tuesday Interclube by 89-83 in the second game of the semi-finals of Bic Basket2017, which is being in playoff at the best of five matches. At half-time, Libolo were already winning the games by 44-37. In the first match, played on Saturday, Libolo had won the game by 97-96. The third match is scheduled for Thursday at Dream Space, which may determine the first finalist.
In the other semi-finals match, 1 de Agosto lead the series of over Petro de Luanda after a 101-93 victory. The second match is scheduled for this Wednesday at 6 p.m in Luanda's Cidadela pavilion.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



Yanick Moreira is a newcomer at Naft Abadan - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Naft Abadan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Angolan ex-international center Yanick Moreira (211-100kg-91, college: SMU). He moved there from Raptors 905 Missisauga (D-League) in the U.S. where he played the last season. In 55 D-League games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg this season.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Moreira's college team won AAC Tournament in 2015. He was also voted All-AAC Most Improved Player of the Year and NABC All-District 25 2nd Team in 2015.
Moreira was also a member of Angolan international program for some years. He played for Angolan Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Moreira also represented Angola at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.0ppg, 5.3rpg.
Moreira has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), Spain (UCAM Murcia) and NBA (LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets).
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A young center who protects the rim and grabs lots of rebounds. He is improving his ball handling, can score the ball with either hand and is expecte to become a top level player very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.8 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.7 
 6. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 7. Deck, San Lorenzo16.9 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 10. Redivo, Weber B.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.6 
 9. Wood, San M.8.4 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.8 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.4 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
 10. Byro, Hispano Am.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 



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  AUSTRALIA  


Rob Brandenberg (ex Naron) signs at Suns - by Eurobasket News

Kalamunda Eastern Suns (SBL) landed 25-year old American guard Rob Brandenberg (188-86kg-92, college: VCU). He moved there from Baloncesto Naron in Spanish EBA league where he started the season. In 26 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.8spg this season.
Among other achievements Brandenberg played in the final of Atlantic 10 Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Brandenberg is described as: Quick, athletic guard who can score in bunches.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Australian State League round 9 best performance: Majok Deng - by Eurobasket News

Sudanese Forward Majok Deng (208-F-93) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Forestville E., receiving a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 47 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed S.Adelaide P. (#6, 2-3) with 20-point margin 100-80. It allowed Forestville E. to consolidate first place in the Australian State League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Forestville E. already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Deng had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Forestville E., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Louisiana at Monroe star has very solid stats this year. Deng is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.5ppg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg,51.3% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American forward Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of league's second-best Perth Redbacks. Redhage had a very good evening with a double-double of 46 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Perth Redbacks to another comfortable win 107-89 over the lower-ranked Cockburn C. (#5, 5-4) being unquestionably team leader. Perth Redbacks' second position in SBL has not changed. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Redhage is one of the most experienced players at Perth Redbacks and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 11.0rpg and 4.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Brian Carlwell (211-C-87) of Perry Lakes H. (#8). Carlwell showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twenty rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Perry Lakes H., leading his team to a 90-85 win against the higher-ranked Perth R. (#2, 7-2). Perry Lakes H. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in SBL. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Carlwell has a very solid season. In 8 games in Australia he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 10.9rpg, 2.3bpg and FGP: 62.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Simon Conn (206-F/C-83) of Nunawading S. - 36 points and 9 rebounds
5. Dee Oldham (193-G-94) of W.Adelaide B. - 40 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tom Jervis (211-C-87) of Brisbane S. - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeremiah Ingram (201-F-93) of NW Tasmania - 35 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lucas Walker (202-F-84) of Mackay M. - 26 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ray Turner (206-F-90) of Willetton T. - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Charles Polk (200-F/C-84) of Casey C. - 30 points and 14 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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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp17.1 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .15.2 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar15.2 
 6. Badji, Kangoeroes14.2 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 8. Demps, Mons-Hai.13.9 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.6 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.1 
 3. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.7 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.7 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Fields, Liege6.2 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Anderson, Limburg .5.4 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.9 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Channels, Kango.1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.4 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 3. Fields, Liege0.9 
 4. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 5. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.6 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.1 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.6 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.7 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.1 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.7 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 7. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 9. Hockins, RPC A.1.4 
 10. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.5 


Top Division I Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Waregem and Gent Hawks to enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oxaco - Waregem 71-75

Waregem upset Oxaco on the road to ensure Finals birth. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-71. Waregem dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Oxaco's 22. They outrebounded Oxaco 42-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Nick Celis (196-88) who recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Christopher Pegg (185-82) added 14 points respectively. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Waregem: T.Foucart 23+13reb, B.Guillemyn 18+1reb+2ast, B.Willy Samaey 10+8reb+2ast, L.De Lepeleire 7+3reb+5ast, A.Van Vooren 4+3reb, S.Naudts 4+5reb+1ast
Oxaco: N.Celis 17+7reb+6ast, C.Pegg 14+2reb+1ast, G.Nau 9+5reb+1ast, S.Van Hoey 9+5reb+2ast, M.Van Gelder 8+4reb+1ast, M.De Meyer 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545540


Gent Hawks - Gembo BBC 77-73

Gent Hawks held off Gembo BBC to advance into Finals. Gembo BBC was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Gent Hawks made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Gregory De-Pooter (197-84) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Forward Sam Renier (187-92) answered with 25 points and center Brecht Iliaens (203-94) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Gembo BBC.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: G.De Pooter 17+9reb, M.Verspeeten 12+2reb+2ast, L.Lhote 12+2reb+7ast, J.Vermoessen 12+13reb, R.Van den Berghe 9+7reb+4ast, S.Stevens 7+3reb+1ast
Gembo BBC: S.Renier 25+2reb+1ast, B.Iliaens 14+9reb+1ast, A.Vermeersch 10+11reb, T.Beaujean 9+2reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 7+5reb+1ast, E.Van Aken 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545539





Bill Amis extends deal with Allstar - by Eurobasket News

Bill Amis (206-PF-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Aalstar. The power forward has penned a two-year extension. He notches 10.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in Euromillions League this season. Previously Bill Amis had stints in Poland, Cyprus, Estonia and Romania. He was named All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2014.



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.0 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.8 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.7 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 8. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.5 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.7 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 4. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Sena, Contagem17.4 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville16.1 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau14.9 
 5. Gaines, Blumenau14.3 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.13.9 
 7. Maistro, Contagem13.1 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.12.2 
 10. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Sena, Contagem8.6 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.1 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.6 
 5. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.9 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.5 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville6.3 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.2 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.9 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.5 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.3 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem1.0 
 3. Silva, Blumenau0.9 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Jeronimo, Joinville0.7 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 7. Machado, Santos/M.0.7 
 8. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 9. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


Recap of NBB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria - Mogi 82-80

Vitoria nipped Mogi to even the series at 2-2. Universo/Vitoria dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Mogi's 18. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists and center Douglas Kurtz (213-87, college: Hawaii) who added 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Guilherme Filipin (185-83) scored 17 points. Five Universo/Vitoria and four Mogi players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Mogi: G.Filipin 17+3reb+1ast, T.Curnell 15+9reb+1ast, C.Silveira 13+7reb, F.Russo 12+5reb+4ast, J.de Oliveira 9+3reb, L.Taylor 8+3reb+5ast
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 17+2reb+5ast, R.Scholz 13+6reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 12+3ast, A.Silva 12+5reb+2ast, D.Kurtz 11+9reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545457


Paulistano - Franca 87-105

Franca cruised past Paulistano to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Paulistano's 26. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Vivo/Franca players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Paulistano's players. Pedro Lima (191-87) fired 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Point guard Yago Dos-Santos (178-99) produced 24 points and point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) added 17 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: Y.Dos Santos 24+3reb+3ast, A.Pecos 17+4reb+2ast, L.Dias Silva 10+4reb, J.Luz dos Santos 7+2reb+1ast, D.Hure 6+1reb, G.Hubner 6+2reb+1ast
Franca: P.Lima 18+2reb+3ast, A.Ferreira 17+3reb, L.Cipolini 13+3reb, A.Borges 12+1reb+9ast, I.Goncalves 9+2ast, C.Borges dos Santos 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545459


Pinheiros - Flamengo 102-98

Pinheiros held off Flamengo to stay alive in the series. Pinheiros made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Pinheiros outrebounded Flamengo 42-24 including 27 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Flamengo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The other American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Ricardo Fischer (185-91) added 10 points and 8 assists in the effort for Flamengo. Four Pinheiros and five Flamengo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 24+5reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 19+1reb+1ast, M.Machado 17+1reb+1ast, J.Paulo Lopez 12+7reb+2ast, R.Fischer 10+4reb+8ast, R.Ramon 8+1reb+6ast
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 32+9reb+6ast, C.Bennett 22+6reb+5ast, A.Neto 12+1reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 11+8reb+4ast, R.Ansaloni 8+3reb+1ast, R.Lenz 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545458


Bauru - Brasilia 80-78

Bauru nipped Brasilia to seal their semifinal appearance. Paschoalotto/Bauru outrebounded Brasilia 38-27 including 26 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) supported him with 20 points and 7 assists. Even 21 points and 5 assists by international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) did not help to save the game for Brasilia. The former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 21+3reb+5ast, D.Ramos 15+3reb+1ast, L.Mariano 15+4reb+2ast, F.de Assis 13+6reb+4ast, A.Oliveira 6+4reb, P.Da Costa 4+3reb
Bauru: J.Andrade 20+14reb+1ast, L.Meindl 20+2reb+7ast, A.Garcia 11+6reb+5ast, G.Santos 9+2reb+2ast, G.Yeye Torres 9+1reb+3ast, J.Carlos Junior 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 545243





America tabs Hernan Winkler, ex Amambay - by Paulo Freire

America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil (Paulista) inked Paraguayan forward Hernan Winkler. He moved there from Amambay in Paraguayan league where he started the season. Winkler missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Winkler has played also professionally for other Paraguayan teams like Libertad, Pedro Juan and Gigantes.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Leandro Rubens is a newcomer at America - by Paulo Freire

America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil (Paulista) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old guard Leandro Rubens (196-92kg-94). He played last summer at Sport Club do Recife in the Liga Ouro. In 12 games he recorded 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg.
Rubens helped his team to make it to the Liga Ouro Final in 2015.
He has played previously for three other teams: Tijuca TC, Araraquara and Rio Claro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Rilski, Beroe and Cherno More reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski - Balkan 82-73

Rilski outgunned Balkan to advance into the next round of playoffs. Rilski made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rilski outrebounded Balkan 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international Martin Durchev (203-87) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Balkan. Four Balkan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 18+8reb+2ast, Y.Bozov 16+2reb+5ast, D.Vutev 13+10reb, D.Shelton 9+3reb, S.Francis 8+1reb, D.Ivanov 8+4reb+7ast
Balkan: M.Durchev 17+5reb+2ast, A.Hott 14+1reb+4ast, S.Marinov 11+2reb+5ast, M.Sekulovic 10+9reb+2ast, T.Daniels 9+5reb, D.Cvetkovic 9+4reb
gschID: 545536


Beroe - Spartak Pleven 103-79

Beroe cruised past Spartak Pleven to secure the semifinal birth. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 26 and made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) contributed with 20 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Martin Marinov (191-85) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. 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:
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 20+8reb+3ast, T.Zhelev 20+4reb+6ast, O.Gudul 18+8reb, P.Aleksiev 12+1reb+2ast, A.Jones 11+9reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 7
Spartak Pleven: M.Marinov 19+5reb+1ast, M.Savic 15+10reb+2ast, A.Gruev 10+3reb+1ast, G.Nikolov 9+2reb, K.Koev 8+2reb+2ast, D.Marincheshki 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 545535


Akademik PL - Cherno More 92-94

Cherno More shocked Akademik in Plovdiv to stay in the title chase. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) who recorded 31 points and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Five Cherno More and four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: N.Djuric 19+11reb+1ast, D.Karamfilov 17+5reb+8ast, V.Hristov 14+2reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 12+3reb+3ast, A.Natskin 12+4reb, F.Dedijer 11+5reb+3ast
Akademik PL: S.Smith 31+1reb+4ast, O.Bellfield 16+5reb+7ast, J.Semple 12+8reb+6ast, S.Davis 10+3reb, V.Aleksandrov 9+2reb+1ast, V.Mihaylov 8+7reb
gschID: 545534





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Chilean Libcentro Pro round 1 best performance: Marcelo Perez - by Eurobasket News

Guard Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Liceo Curico, receiving a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 17-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Aleman (#6, 0-1) with 22-point margin 78-56. Liceo Curico is placed at 2nd position in Chilean Libcentro Pro. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Liceo Curico won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Perez just recently signed at Liceo Curico and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Marcelo Perez has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg and is league's best passer with 6.0apg. Perez is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.0rpg) and averages impressive 3.0bpg and 66.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Sascha Frings (202-F/C-86) of league's leader Brisas. Frings had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Brisas to another comfortable win 76-57 over Arturo Prat (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Frings is one of the most experienced players at Brisas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Diego Lubiano (99) of Sportiva Italiana (#4). Lubiano scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Sportiva Italiana, leading his team to a 75-64 win against Sergio Ceppi (#8, 0-1). Sportiva Italiana has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Lubiano also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Lubiano as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jose Ignacio Collao (194-F/G-87) of Puente Alto - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Antonio Pinedo (195-F-94) of Puente Alto - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Piero Simonetti (93) of Stadio Italiano - 10 points and 10 rebounds
7. Sebastian Fuentes (95) of Brisas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marcelo Villagran (184-F-88) of Aleman - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Benjamin Acuna (182-G-88) of Liceo Curico - 18 points and 3 assists
10. Francoise Diaz (87) of Sportiva Italiana - 17 points and 9 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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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Zoric, Cibona17.0 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.7 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 6. Sakic, Cibona6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Zganec, Cedevita5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.4 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona1.9 
 4. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 5. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona0.9 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 8. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.6 


Split never trailed in decisive Game 3 - by Zeljko Zule

Split never trailed in the decisive Game 3 to beat Vrijednosnice Osijek 64-57, advanced into the semifinals where will face reigning champion Cedevita. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) came off the bench for 16 points, Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) added 12 and Josip Jukic (207-F/C-96) 11.
Split opened the game with six straight points and took their first double-digit lead of the nigth at 25-14 late in the first quarter. Osijek cut the deficit to 27-32 and was down by four midway the third quarter, when Split went on a 14-3 run to make it 57-42, largest margin of the contest. The visiting team responded with nine consecutive points and later Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) scored six point in a row to cut the deficit to 57-61 with two and a half minute to go. Osijek then missed their final four shots to close the game. Split's Filip Najev (206-C-92) made his first free throw and grabbed his own rebound when he missed the second with a half minute remaining. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) was fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win for Split.
Split outrebounded Osijek 43-34, with 15 those offensive boards. Aljosa Sarac scored 21 points including four 3-pointers, Domagoj Vukovic (208-F/C-93) and Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) both posted 11 points and Jalen Robinson (206-F/C-93, college: Dalton St.) grabbed 10 rebounds.



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Division A Round 3 of Finals. Keravnos take 2-1 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - AEK 82-72

Keravnos held off AEK to regain the lead in the Division A Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Keravnos. AEK managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Keravnos outrebounded AEK 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) helped adding 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) with 20 points and Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: R.Ross 19+8reb+5ast, M.Abukar 15+5reb+2ast, T.Parks 13+15reb+4ast, J.O'Brien 11+2reb, K.Barker 9+7reb+4ast, N.Stylianou 9+3reb
AEK: P.Brezec 20+3reb+1ast, T.Petrovic 17+5reb, A.Sizopoulos 10+1reb, I.Panteli 9+3ast, L.Anderson 5+7reb+3ast, T.Biggs 5+4reb
gschID: 545120





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.4 
 3. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 4. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.4 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.4 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.5 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Necas, BK Pardubice1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 
 10. Kvapil, BK Opava0.6 


NBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for BK Pardubice and CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

BK Pardubice - BK Decin 72-63

Pardubice held off BK Decin in the second game of the semifinal series to level things at 1-1. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Levell Sanders used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: L.Autrey 21+8reb+5ast, V.Pulpan 12+1reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 11+4reb, D.Pandula 10+6reb+1ast, J.Wall 9+8reb+2ast, D.Burnett 5+2reb+1ast
BK Decin: P.Houska 16+4reb, O.Siska 13+4reb+6ast, T.Pomikalek 8+9reb+2ast, L.Bazant 6+6reb+1ast, J.Houska 6+4reb, S.Jezek 4+3reb
gschID: 545326


CEZ Nymburk - BK Opava 117-51

CEZ Nymburk secured the second straight victory in the series as they crushed BK Opava. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to BK Opava's 28. They outrebounded BK Opava 49-31 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. CEZ Nymburk players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BK Opava's players. The former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) notched 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Martin Peterka (205-95) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by center Jakub Blazek (203-80) did not help to save the game for BK Opava. Viktor Cvek (200-89) added 2 points and 8 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: K.Hall 16+4reb+2ast, V.Hruban 14+8reb+3ast, M.Kriz 13+6reb+3ast, T.Meier 11+7reb, M.Peterka 11+8reb+3ast, P.Benda 10+4reb
BK Opava: J.Blazek 15+5reb, R.Klecka 10+1reb, V.Bujnoch 7+2reb, R.Kouril 5+4reb+1ast, M.Kvapil 4+2reb, R.Dragoun 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545325





Recap of NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BK Pardubice - BK Decin 67-69

BK Decin snatched a narrow road win over BK Pardubice to surge ahead in the semifinal series. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 22+8reb+4ast, T.Pomikalek 17+6reb+2ast, O.Siska 10+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 9+4reb+1ast, R.Landa 7+7reb, L.Bazant 2+2reb
BK Pardubice: L.Autrey 15+10reb+4ast, J.Wall 15+5reb, D.Burnett 15+4reb+3ast, R.Necas 9+4reb+5ast, L.Kotas 4+1reb+2ast, D.Pandula 4+2reb
gschID: 545324


CEZ Nymburk - BK Opava 100-64

CEZ Nymburk beat BK Opava to take 1-0 lead in the series. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BK Opava's 20. CEZ Nymburk forced 21 BK Opava turnovers and outrebounded them 43-31 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by BK Opava's players. American power forward Kenny Hall (206-90, college: Tennessee) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Martin Kriz (200-93) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Viktor Cvek (200-89) came up with 15 points and point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for BK Opava in the defeat.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: K.Hall 18+7reb+2ast, M.Kriz 14+8reb+3ast, P.Benda 13+4reb, B.Allen 10+2reb+6ast, E.Lawrence 10+1reb+4ast, V.Hruban 9+2reb+5ast
BK Opava: V.Cvek 15+3reb, R.Kouril 12+1reb+5ast, R.Klecka 11+5reb, V.Bujnoch 9+4reb+1ast, J.Blazek 8+5reb+1ast, J.Sirina 5+3reb+5ast
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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Bonneau, Svendborg15.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGrew, SI.10.5 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.5 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.7 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.0 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 5. Baru, SISU0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 10. Colas, Randers0.8 


Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory against the 13th-ranked AV Cantu (11-18) 91-77 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Shields scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Dolomiti Energia Trento (17-12) is placed fifth in the Serie A. Shields' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25) in three games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the ninth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League last Thursday. He scored 8 points. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) is placed first in the Winner League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Colman averages: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 81.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy). Voskuil led Viola RC to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 95-93 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Voskuil recorded 33 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 44 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Voskuil has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 74.2% in 14 games. Voskuil is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team. Voskuil used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #4. Power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) helped Mitteldeutscher BC win their game against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights (20-10) crushing them 100-79 in the German ProA (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Larsen's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 3.6rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #5. Former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) to beat Sodertalje Kings (23-9). He scored 5 points in 25 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins lost 69-78 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Sodertalje Kings. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. It's Plannthin's first season with the team. This year Plannthin's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in 41 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Stefan Jevric (200-F-98) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) plays for Beroe in Bulgarian NBL
Darko Jukic (199-G-90) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Nicolai Andersen (203-C-96) plays for Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga
Zarko Jukic (201-F-93) plays for Ourense in Spanish LEB Gold
Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) plays for Leche Rio Breogan in Spanish LEB Gold
Mads Sturup (195-F/G-97) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Sebastian Petersen (188-G-95) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Lasse Elbaek (208-C-94) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Mikkel Andersen (194-G-95) plays for Gimle BBK in Norwegian BLNO

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



Ligaen Round 4 of Finals. Bakken register third consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Bakken 85-93

Bakken knocked down Horsens IC to secure the third straight victory in Ligaen title series. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Horsens IC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who added 25 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Australian forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: M.Mack 22+5reb+7ast, D.Trist 17+5reb+4ast, L.Alexander 17+2reb, V.Borovcanin 13+7reb+3ast, M.Mornar 6+7reb, G.Lundberg 6+5reb+2ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 25+6reb+2ast, M.Diouf 22+13reb+2ast, J.Williamson 21+5reb+2ast, A.Darboe 8+3reb+2ast, T.Laerke 6+7reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 5+2reb
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  D-LEAGUE  


USBasket.com All-D-League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team 2017
Keith Benson
Benson
Vander Blue
Blue
Quinn Cook
Cook
Dakari Johnson
Johnson
Edy Tavares
Tavares

Finals MVP: Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94)
Player of the Year: Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92)
Guard of the Year: Quinn Cook (6'2''-PG-93)
Forward of the Year: Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95)
Center of the Year: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Devondrick Walker (6'5''-G-92)
Rookie of the Year: Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93)
Impact Player of the Year: John Holland (195-F/G-88)
Defensive Player of the Year: Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92)
Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award: Keith Wright (203-F-89)
Coach of the Year: Jerry Stackhouse of Raptors 905

1st Team
C: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88)
SG: Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92)
PG: Quinn Cook (6'2''-PG-93)
C/F: Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95)
C: Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92)

2nd Team
F: Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93)
G: Josh Magette (6'1''-G-89)
F: Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93)
F: Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93)
PG: Briante Weber (6'2''-PG-92)

3rd Team
F/G: John Holland (195-F/G-88)
F: Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94)
G/F: Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93)
F: Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91)
G/F: Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92)

All-Rookie Team
G/F: Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93)
F: Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93)
G: David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93)
F: Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93)
PG: Isaiah Taylor (6'3''-PG-94)

All-Defensive Team
C: Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88)
F: Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91)
G: David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93)
C: Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92)
PG: Briante Weber (6'2''-PG-92)



Timberwolves Finalize Purchase Of Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News

The Timberwolves have finalized the purchase of the Iowa Energy, a D-League franchise, the team announced today. The Energy previously had a partnership with the Grizzlies, but we learned back in January that the Wolves would be taking over control of the Des Moines-based club going forward. In the wake of today's announcement, it makes sense to take stock of where things stand in regard to NBA teams and their D-League affiliates. In 2016/17, 22 NBA clubs had one-on-one relationships with D-League teams, leaving eight NBA franchises without their own affiliates. However, changes are in store for the 2017/18 season, as the Development League becomes known as the Gatorade League. Here are the changes expected for the 2017/18 G-League season, including updates on all the teams without affiliates:
Atlanta Hawks: Will take over the Erie BayHawks, with an affiliate of their own in College Park, Georgia lined up for the 2019/20 season. Previously unaffiliated.
Denver Nuggets: No concrete plans reported.
Los Angeles Clippers: No concrete plans reported.
Memphis Grizzlies: Will own and operate a new affiliate in Southaven, Mississippi. Previously affiliated with the Iowa Energy.
Milwaukee Bucks: Will own and operate a new affiliate in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Previously unaffiliated.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Will take over the Iowa Energy. Previously unaffiliated.
New Orleans Pelicans: No affiliation for 2017/18. Intend to own and operate a new affiliate for the 2018/19 season. Search reportedly narrowed to six cities.
Orlando Magic: Will own and operate a new affiliate in Lakeland, Florida. Previously affiliated with the Erie BayHawks.
Portland Trail Blazers: No concrete plans reported.
Washington Wizards: No concrete plans reported.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Sammy Mejia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dominicans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia was the major contributor in Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK (11-17) 80-79 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 16 rebounds. Mejia also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. Tofas Bursa (13-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mejia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.1%(99-157), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 76.2% in 28 games he played so far. Mejia has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Mejia has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza led Houston Rockets to a victory over the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) crushing them 126-99 in the NBA last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Ariza recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. The Houston Rockets have a solid 55-27 record this season. Ariza has very impressive stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.5%(146-263), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 75.7% in 86 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Ariza played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an Mataro's surprising victory against the third-ranked Menorca (15-11) crushing them 75-43 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Cabrera had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. Feimat Mataro (11-15) is placed 13th in Group C-A. The Regular Season already ended. Cabrera has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 57.5%(65-113) and FT: 59.6% in 15 games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). Greer could not help Poitiers (16-14) to beat JL Bourg (22-8). He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Poitiers was crushed 86-64 on the road by the leading JL Bourg. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. Greer's overall stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Greer used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. He played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Marin in their game against Gipuzkoa (25-9) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Adon cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. The bottom-ranked Marin was defeated 98-90 at home by the leading Gipuzkoa. The Regular Season already ended. It's Adon's first season with the team. Adon's overall stats this year are: 3.9ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a 2-point GECR Indalo's victory against the sixth-ranked Quimsa (0-2) 89-87 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (25-26) is placed fifth in Sur group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vargas has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games he played so far.

   #2. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) led Boston Celtics to a victory against the Washington Wizards (49-33) 123-111 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 10 passes. Horford also added 9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Horford has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.2bpg.

   #3. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Santeros to a victory over the closely-ranked Leones (7-5) 81-72 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Mendoza scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Santeros de Aguada (11-1) is placed first in the BSN. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Mendoza has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. Victor Liz (188-SG-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the main contributor in Leones' victory against the closely-ranked Capitanes (5-6) 86-77 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Wednesday night. Liz was the best player in that game. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Leones de Ponce (7-5) is placed third in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Liz has very high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.9spg.

   #5. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague). Feldeine could not help Panathinaikos (19-11) to beat Fenerbahce (18-12). He scored 6 points in 18 minutes. Panathinaikos was badly defeated 79-61 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Fenerbahce. This year Feldeine's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.0apg in 33 games. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Flamengo in their game against Pinheiros in the Brazilian NBB. He recorded 8 points and added 6 passes. His team was defeated 102-98. Ramon's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. His team was edged 75-72. This year Baez's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games.

   #8. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (8-44) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague was crushed 88-66 at home by the higher-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (#9) in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 passes. This season Solano has very high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.1apg and 2.0spg.

   #9. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, another player represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Southeastern CC, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Toros (6-17) in their last game. Despite Pena's very good performance the fifth-placed Toros lost 73-82 on their home court in Maracay to the lower-ranked (#5) Panteras in the Western Conference. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Pena also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Pena has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg in 19 games.

   #10. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in France) contributed to a Cholet Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Chalons-Reims 76-71 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rhett's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Tobias Dowdell claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) had a great game in the last round for Santa Ana and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 36 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Quezaltepeque (#8, 10-13) 96-86. Santa Ana maintains the 12th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Santa Ana have already lost 17 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Dowdell had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Santa Ana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Tobias Dowdell averages this season 23.2ppg and 11.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido. Ishman impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 35 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Bad luck as El Rapido lost that game 84-97 to the higher-ranked Brujos Izalco (#2, 20-3). This loss caused El Rapido to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ishman is one of the most experienced players at El Rapido and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#9). He also registered 11.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Arcense (#13). Birdsong got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Arcense, leading his team to a 84-78 win against slightly lower-ranked San Miguel (#14, 5-18). Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Birdsong he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Birdsong has a very solid season. In 14 games in El Salvador he scored 20.5ppg. He also has 11.1rpg, 3.6apg and 2.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93) of Denver-FAS - 38 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 30 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Malcolm Tatum (188-G) of Santa Ana - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Luis Portal (186-PF-86) of Quezaltepeque - 29 points and 4 rebounds
8. Brandon Thompson (193-G) of Arcense - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Brian De Leon (206-F-89) of San Miguel - 12 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 11 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)



Liga MB Round 35: Isidro Metapan beats Canarios by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 35 in the Liga MB took place in Ahuachapan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Canarios (14-9) to fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (16-8) 100-97 in the game for the fourth place. Isidro Metapan looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) contributed with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) answered with 32 points and 9 assists for Canarios. Isidro Metapan maintains fourth place with 16-8 record. Canarios at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Isidro Metapan are looking forward to face league's second-placed Brujos Izalco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Canarios will play against El Rapido in La Union and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Brujos Izalco (21-3) and 9th ranked Sonsonate (9-14) in Izalco ended with biggest points difference. Brujos Izalco outscored guests from 101-66. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. Garland McArthur helped adding 22 points and 11 rebounds. Brujos Izalco's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds. Brujos Izalco have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Santa Tecla. Sonsonate lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Brujos Izalco will play against Isidro Metapan (#4) on the road in the next round. Sonsonate will play against Giants (#14) in San Salvador and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 35: Denver-FAS smashed San Miguel on the road 100-66. Halcones destroyed Santa Ana on its own court 108-84. Brujos Izalco managed to outperform Denver-FAS in a road game 98-81.
The most impressive performance of 35th round was 38 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Christopher Miller of Denver-FAS.

San Miguel - Denver-FAS 66-100

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Denver-FAS (10-13) crushed on the road bottom-ranked San Miguel (5-19) 100-66. Denver-FAS dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 42. They outrebounded San Miguel 63-34 including a 27-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Denver-FAS players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by San Miguel's players. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American center Olaniyi Akingkube (208, college: N.Carolina A&T) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 25 rebounds. American swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) helped adding 38 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Josue Cruz produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Four San Miguel players scored in double figures. Denver-FAS moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. San Miguel at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 19 games lost. They share it with Giants. Denver-FAS will play against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round. San Miguel will play at home against Santa Ana (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
San Miguel: J.Johnson 19+12reb+5ast, J.Cruz 18+11reb+6ast, E.Guzman 14+3reb, N.Ezeamii 11+5reb+1ast, J.Guillen 2+3reb, N. Flores 2+2ast
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 38+9reb+5ast, O.Akingkube 26+25reb+2ast, T.Alexander 20+11reb+7ast, E.Aguilar 8+4reb+8ast, K.Serrano 4+1reb, A.Alas 2+3reb
gschID: 537109


Brujos Izalco - Sonsonate 101-66

The game between second ranked Brujos Izalco (21-3) and 9th ranked Sonsonate (9-14) in Izalco ended with biggest points difference. Brujos Izalco outscored guests from 101-66. Brujos Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Sonsonate's 48. Brujos Izalco forced 25 Sonsonate turnovers and outrebounded them 71-58 including 25 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Brujos Izalco brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. His fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) helped adding 22 points and 11 rebounds. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Brujos Izalco have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Santa Tecla. Sonsonate lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Brujos Izalco will play against Isidro Metapan (#4) on the road in the next round. Sonsonate will play against Giants (#14) in San Salvador and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 24+18reb+2ast, A.Rojas 22+16reb+5ast, T.Vansdell 18+6reb+2ast, O.Tobar 2+8reb, Y.Haiti 0, J.Rivera 0
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 23+7reb+13ast, G.McArthur 22+11reb+2ast, T.Elliott 18+15reb+2ast, D.Thompson 16+12reb+2ast, R.Mendez 5+2reb+1ast, A.Navarrete 4+3reb
gschID: 537107


Halcones - Santa Ana 108-84

Very expected game when 12th ranked Santa Ana (7-17) was smashed by third ranked Halcones (17-6) in Sonzacate 108-84. Halcones outrebounded Santa Ana 65-51 including 23 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Tre Brewer (196-90, college: Youngstown St.) helped adding 29 points and 9 rebounds. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. Halcones' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Halcones maintains third place with 17-6 record having five points less than leader Santa Tecla. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Halcones will play against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santa Ana will play on the road against San Miguel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 32+18reb+4ast, M.Tatum 28+10reb+6ast, E.Guevara 9+6reb+1ast, E.Molina 7+4reb+3ast, T.Butler 5+5reb+7ast, D.Pena 3+4reb+2ast
Halcones: T.Brewer 29+9reb+3ast, R.Miller 24+19reb+4ast, J.Moss 21+13reb+5ast, J.Araujo 11+4reb+5ast, L.Valle 6+2reb+2ast, A.Merino 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 537105


Canarios - Isidro Metapan 97-100

The most exciting game of round 35 in the Liga MB took place in Ahuachapan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Canarios (14-9) to fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (16-8) 100-97 in the game for the fourth place. Isidro Metapan looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) answered with 32 points and 9 assists and the other American import guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) added 30 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Canarios. Isidro Metapan maintains fourth place with 16-8 record. Canarios at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. Isidro Metapan are looking forward to face league's second-placed Brujos Izalco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Canarios will play against El Rapido in La Union and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 32+2reb+9ast, W.Hepburn 30+8reb+2ast, R.Brown 15+16reb+3ast, A. Gross Ruano 8+3reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 7+5reb+1ast, W.Quijano 5+2reb+1ast
Isidro Metapan: K.Palmer 26+19reb+1ast, D.James 25+12reb+3ast, E.Mijares 18+4reb+7ast, J.Colorado 12+2reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 9+1reb+8ast, A.Regalado 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537106


Denver-FAS - Brujos Izalco 81-98

Very predictable result when second ranked Brujos Izalco (21-3) won against 10th ranked Denver-FAS (10-13) in San Salvador 98-81. Denver-FAS was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 36-16 charge of Brujos Izalco, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 17 assists and 5 steals. Center Travis Elliott (203-91, college: Beth.-Cookman) helped adding 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Brujos Izalco. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Santa Tecla. Denver-FAS lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Quezaltepeque. Brujos Izalco will play against Isidro Metapan (#4) on the road in the next round. Denver-FAS will play against 11 Lobos (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 29+5reb+8ast, T.Alexander 26+9reb+4ast, O.Akingkube 19+10reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 5+10reb+3ast, R.Iglesias 2+6reb+9ast, R.Chicas 0
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 36+2reb+17ast, T.Elliott 17+20reb+5ast, G.McArthur 14+9reb+3ast, R.Mendez 13+5reb+3ast, A.Navarrete 12, E.Navarrete 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537104





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Alexela KML Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Kalev/Cramo and Rapla record wins - by Eurobasket News

Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 67-77

Kalev/Cramo upset Parnu on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. It looked good early as Parnu took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kalev/Cramo had a 21-12 second period charge getting the lead and Parnu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-77. The former international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-89) notched 23 points to lead the effort and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) supported him with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) did not help to save the game for Parnu. Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Parnu: D.Bubalo 20+8reb, E.Seskus 16+3reb+4ast, R.Hallik 11+7reb+2ast, M.Kirves 8+4reb+1ast, R.Raap 8+1reb+3ast, K.Kask 2+2reb
Kalev/Cramo: S.Sokk 23+2reb+3ast, C.Simmons 19+6reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 14+8reb+5ast, V.Liutych 9+5reb+1ast, M.Tollefsen 4+5reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544886


Rapla - Tartu Ulikool 71-58

Rapla overcame Tartu Ulikool to secure 2-0 advantage. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Tartu Ulikool managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Australian forward Venky Jois (202-93, college: E.Washington) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: T.Sokk 14+3reb+3ast, V.Jois 13+6reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 9+1reb+2ast, J.Talts 6+9reb, D.Milka 6+10reb, J.Joesaar 5+4reb+2ast
Rapla: T.van der Mars 22+10reb+1ast, R.Suarez 16+2reb+4ast, D.Bratoz 11+4reb+4ast, M.Paasoja 10+7reb+4ast, J.Kok 7+4reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 5+4reb
gschID: 544885





Tanel Kurbas selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). He led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) 78-69 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. Kurbas was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and added 3 passes in 38 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. It's Kurbas' first season with the team. This year Kurbas averages: 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 32.2% and FT: 81.1% in 43 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur managed to help Openjobmetis Varese to win against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (8-21) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Openjobmetis Varese (13-16) is placed tenth in the Serie A. Kangur's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kangur's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 86.2%. He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain). Hermet contributed to a 3-point Lleida Basquet's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (10-24) 87-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Actel Forca Lleida (18-16) is placed tenth in the LEB Gold. The Regular Season already ended. This year Hermet's overall stats are: 2.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.1%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 70.6% in 21 games. He is also a member of the Estonian U20 national team.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #4. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) could not help Ethnikos (15-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Laane's very good performance Ethnikos was defeated 82-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Doukas (#3). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Laane also added 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Laane has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.4spg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Robert Valge
Robert Valge
   #5. Former U18 international small forward Robert Valge (192-97, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Burgos (24-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Valge did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Palencia Baloncesto was crushed 97-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Valge averages just 0.4ppg in nine games. He used to play for the Estonian U18 national team two years ago.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristian Kullamaee (190-G-99) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
Siim-Sander Vene (201-SF-90) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian VTB
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90) plays for Bakken in Danish Ligaen
Jaan Puidet (191-G/F-92) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Erik Dorbek (196-F/G-82) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Rain Veideman (192-G-91) plays for Udine APU in Italian Serie A2

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



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Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 1st Team 2017
Chris Warren
Warren
John Roberson
Roberson
Cameron Clark
Clark
Frank Elegar
Elegar
Moustapha Fall
Fall

Finals MVP: Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre
Player of the Year: Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon
Guard of the Year: John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon
Forward of the Year: Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Enisey
Center of the Year: Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon
European Player of the Year: Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon
Import of the Year: Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon
Defensive Player of the Year: Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon
Coach of the Year: Pascal Donadieu of Nanterre

1st Team
PG: Chris Warren (178-PG-88) of Nanterre
PG: John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon
G/F: Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon
C: Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Enisey
C: Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon

2nd Team
G: Marcus Denmon (191-G-90) of Gaziantep
PG: Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of Groningen
PG: D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez
G/F: Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre
F/C: Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad.

3rd Team
PG: Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
PG: Dru Joyce (185-PG-85) of B.Muenchen
F: Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya
F: Terry Allen (203-F-93) of Kormend
C/F: Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Groningen

Honorable Mention
Raven Barber (206-F/C) of Benfica
Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of Groningen
Lamb Autrey (191-G-89) of BK Pardubice
Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba
Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Istanbul BBSK
Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) of Nanterre
Perry Petty (185-PG-88) of Kormend
Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Telekom Bsk
Rastko Dramicanin (208-C-86) of Prievidza
Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines
Kenneth Hayes (188-PG-87) of Demir IBB
Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89) of Demir IBB

All-Europeans Team
PG: Aleksandar Rasic (195-PG-84) of UBT Cluj Napoca
PG: Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) of Nanterre
F/C: Maxym Korniyenko (205-F/C-87) of Lukoil Acad.
C/F: Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Groningen
C: Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon

All-Imports Team
PG: Chris Warren (178-PG-88) of Nanterre
PG: John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon
G/F: Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre
G/F: Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) of Chalon
C: Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Enisey



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.5 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.2 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.8 
 5. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Morris, Lapua7.3 
 10. Bristol, Kataja B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.2 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Gran Canaria (19-11) to beat Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-17). Salin recorded 8 points in 17 minutes on the court. Gran Canaria was edged 75-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#11) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 78.4% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). Koponen managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa to win against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-21) 89-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists. FC Barcelona Lassa (20-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Koponen's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 90.9%(40-44). Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Kolossos HH (13-13) in their last game. Despite Ahonen's good performance Kolossos HH lost 55-69 in Rethymno to the higher-ranked (#6) AGOR. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Kolossos HH's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Ahonen's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(26-46), 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 76.5% in 29 games. Ex-ToPo Helsinki player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #4. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (16-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed USK Praha (16-15) was defeated 73-68 in Opava by the lower-ranked BK Opava (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. Madsen was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Madsen's first season with the team. Madsen has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #5. International power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 16th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-20) 78-68 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Murphy scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. Strasbourg IG (20-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Murphy's total stats are: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #6. Forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) led Chorale de Roanne to a 3-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Aix-Maurienne (11-19) 79-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Nuutinen scored 11 points. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-17) is placed 13th in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #7. An experienced international point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their game against Real Madrid (21-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Wilson cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points in 16 minutes. The league leader Movil Estudiantes lost 72-79 in a derby game to the second-ranked Real Madrid. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Wilson has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #8. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matti Nuutinen and both played together in the last French ProB game. Kanervo helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against one of league's weakest teams Aix-Maurienne (11-19) 79-76. He scored only 2 points. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL
Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) plays for Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA
Anton Odabasi (206-F-95) plays for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Crailsheim Merlins in German ProA
Daniel Lindner (193-F/G-0) plays for Dragons Rhoendorf in German ProB
Joonatan Torbica (191-SG-98) plays for TV Langen in German Regionalliga

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



Korisliiga Round 1 of Finals. Kataja open win count - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - Kataja Basket 74-75

Kataja snatched a narrow road win over Salon Vilpas in the opening game of Korisliiga Finals. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Salon Vilpas 45-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. American-Haitian center Kervin Bristol (206-88, college: Fordham) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 12+11reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 11+1reb+2ast, J.Staten 11+4reb+5ast, M.Ojala 11+4reb, M.Pounds 10+2ast, O.Jarvi 7+1reb
Kataja Basket: K.Bristol 23+10reb, J.Bradley 18+5reb, R.Brown 16+8reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 8+4reb+7ast, D.Mullings 6+12reb+4ast, I.Seppala 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 545460





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.9 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.7 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.3 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.9 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.7 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.9.0 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.3 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.3 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel4.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Chalon2.5 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.5 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


ProA Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most interesting game of round 30 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Strasbourg IG (20-10) to third ranked JSF Nanterre (21-9) 74-65 in the game for the third place. It ended the ten-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having six points less than leader Monaco. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JSF Nanterre are looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Strasbourg IG will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
ProA top team - Monaco (27-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (19-11) 91-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Dee Bost supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. Monaco have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Monaco will play against JDA Dijon (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Portel (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Le Portel was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Le Portel (16-14). Le Portel defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque 75-62 on Tuesday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Franklin Hassell who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Justin Cobbs who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Limoges. Le Portel will meet at home higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Chalons-Reims and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Limoges where higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-10) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-15) 75-66. It was a good game for William Buford who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gravelines. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Sluc Nancy and hope to win that game.
11th ranked Cholet Basket (11-19) was defeated at home by ninth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-14) with the biggest margin this round 72-57 on Tuesday night. Walter Hodge scored 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Cholet Basket dropped to the twelfth position with 19 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cholet Basket will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#16) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Le Mans won against Dijon on the opponent's court 74-66. Chalon managed to outperform Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 89-81. Orleans recorded a loss to Chalons-Reims on the road 89-75. Antibes defeated Nancy on its own court 86-77.

Paris-Levallois - Monaco 85-91

ProA top team - Monaco (27-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (19-11) 91-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. Monaco forced 19 Paris-Levallois turnovers. Paris-Levallois was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by the former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) did not help to save the game for Paris-Levallois. The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Monaco have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Monaco will play against JDA Dijon (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Paris-Levallois will play against Le Portel (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Davies 20+6reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 18+4reb+1ast, D.Bost 16+2reb+5ast, J.Shuler 13+3reb, Z.Wright 9+3reb+2ast, A.Sy 8+8reb+4ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 22+3reb+2ast, V.Poirier 15+12reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 14+13reb+2ast, L.Campbell 12+5reb+7ast, M.N'Doye 6+1reb, L.Sane 5+1ast
gschID: 486084


Strasbourg - Nanterre 65-74

The most interesting game of round 30 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Strasbourg IG (20-10) to third ranked JSF Nanterre (21-9) 74-65 in the game for the third place. It ended the ten-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) scored 11 points. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JSF Nanterre have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having six points less than leader Monaco. Strasbourg IG at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JSF Nanterre are looking forward to face Limoges CSP Elite (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Strasbourg IG will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: S.Butterfield 17+4reb+2ast, C.Warren 16+2reb+4ast, B.Conklin 12+4reb, H.Schaffartzik 11+4reb+6ast, M.Riley 9+4reb+1ast, J.Morency 7+8reb+1ast
Strasbourg: R.Travis 14+8reb+4ast, A.Slaughter 11+3reb+2ast, J.Leloup 8, M.Jaiteh 8+2reb, P.Lacombe 6+5reb+5ast, F.Ntilikina 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 486085


Limoges - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 75-66

An interesting game took place in Limoges where higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-10) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-15) 75-66. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-11 third quarter run of Limoges CSP Elite. It was a good game for American guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points and his fellow American import point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) added 6 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Limoges CSP Elite moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gravelines. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Sluc Nancy and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 17+1reb+3ast, W.Buford 12+9reb+3ast, O.Camara 10+8reb, D.Wood 10+2reb+9ast, C.Fair 9+2reb, L.Frejus Zerbo 8+3reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Dean 19+4reb+2ast, A.Robinson 10+1reb, J.Cox 9+6reb+2ast, A.Koffi 9+6reb, J.Mipoka 7+6reb, D.Cooper 6+8reb+11ast
gschID: 486083


Le Portel - Gravelines 75-62

The game in Le Portel was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Le Portel (16-14). Le Portel defeated Gravelines-Dunkerque 75-62 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-62. Le Portel dominated on the defensive end, holding Gravelines-Dunkerque to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gravelines-Dunkerque's 18. They outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 41-22 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds. Point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) added 21 points respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Limoges. Le Portel will meet at home higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Chalons-Reims and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: F.Hassell 18+20reb+3ast, J.Begarin 13+3reb+1ast, D.Dorsey 12+4reb+6ast, J.Donaldson 9+6reb+2ast, B.Mangin 9+2ast, L.Goulbourne 6+4reb+2ast
Gravelines: K.Gibson 21+1reb+1ast, J.Cobbs 14+6reb+4ast, S.Henry 10+1reb+3ast, R.Solomon 8+4reb+1ast, A.Cel 4+5reb, Q.Serron 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486082


Dijon - Le Mans 66-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked JDA Dijon's (10-20) home loss to twelfth ranked Le Mans (12-18) 66-74 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The former international Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) scored 8 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) scored 16 points. Le Mans moved-up to eleventh place. JDA Dijon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Le Mans will face Olympique Antibes (#14) at home in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against the league's leader Monaco where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: G.Watson 16+2reb+1ast, O.Hanlan 12+2reb+3ast, R.Pearson 11+2reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 8+13reb+1ast, L.Konate 6+4reb+3ast, P.Cornelie 6+5reb
Dijon: D.Holston 20+6reb+8ast, R.Brooks 16+2reb+2ast, I.Miles 10+5reb, A.Julien 6+4reb+3ast, J.Alingue 6+4reb, M.Judith 4
gschID: 486081


Cholet - ASVEL 57-72

11th ranked Cholet Basket (11-19) was defeated at home by ninth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-14) with the biggest margin this round 72-57 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Cholet Basket was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket forced 20 Cholet Basket turnovers. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) scored 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) with 20 points and center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Cholet Basket dropped to the twelfth position with 19 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cholet Basket will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Nelson 12+5reb+4ast, W.Hodge 12+2reb+7ast, N.Dragovic 11+3reb+1ast, D.Watkins 10+6reb, L.Jean-Charles 6+5reb+1ast, B.Sy 6+2reb
Cholet: I.Almeida 20+3reb, J.Boutsiele 12+5reb, M.Williams 6+2reb+5ast, G.Bell 4+2reb+3ast, I.Maras 4+5reb+1ast, A.N'doye 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 486080


Chalon - Hyeres-Toulon 89-81

Very predictable result when second ranked Chalon/Saor (23-7) defeated at home 14th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-20) 89-81 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Ferdinand Prenom (203-91) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chalon/Saor have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. Hyeres-Toulon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 20 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Entente Orleans 45 (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Cholet Basket (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 22+14reb+4ast, L.Harris 21+1reb+4ast, J.Roberson 14+8reb+5ast, M.Fall 12+9reb+6ast, A.Bouteille 8+2reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 8+2reb+4ast
Hyeres-Toulon: F.Prenom 14+4reb+2ast, D.Michineau 14+4reb+1ast, R.Evans 13+8reb+4ast, M.Acker 13+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 11+2reb+4ast, P.Carter 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 486079


Chalons-Reims - Orleans 89-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45's (8-22) road loss to sixteenth ranked Chalons-Reims (10-20) 75-89 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Entente Orleans 45 was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalons-Reims dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Entente Orleans 45's 36. Chalons-Reims forced 19 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 20 points. Five Chalons-Reims and four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Entente Orleans 45 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: N.de Jong 23+7reb+1ast, A.Young 22+6reb+2ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 16+3reb+5ast, T.Cain 10+6reb+4ast, J.Smith 10+4reb+7ast, E.Choquet 5+1reb
Orleans: K.McAlarney 20+1reb+2ast, G.Olaseni 18+8reb, M.Downs 15+4reb+3ast, J.Prince 14+3reb+3ast, M.Sommerville 4+2reb+1ast, A.Mendy 4+3reb
gschID: 486078


Antibes - Nancy 86-77

Everything went according to plan when fifteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (10-20) beat at home bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (7-23) 86-77 on Tuesday. Sluc Nancy trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. Olympique Antibes made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Five Olympique Antibes and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Sluc Nancy stay dead last with 23 lost games. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked Le Mans (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sluc Nancy will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 20+5reb, M.Kouguere 19+1reb, J.Blassingame 15+6reb+11ast, I.Cordinier 14+3reb+5ast, T.Blue 13+11reb+5ast, N.Diarra 5
Nancy: E.Brown 18+7reb+1ast, B.Rush 15+1reb+4ast, E.Ere 14+2reb+2ast, B.Sene 11+2reb+2ast, J.Jeanne 8+7reb, A.Urtasun 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 486077





Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in CSKA's victory against the seventh-ranked Baskonia (17-13) 90-88 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. De Colo scored 15 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (22-8) is placed second in the Euroleague. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(125-221), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 95.6%(129-135) in 26 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Anadolu Efes to a victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-11) 64-60 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Heurtel scored 13 points and added 6 assists. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (17-13) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.6apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 86.7%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA). Parker contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) 103-96 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 27 points (!!!) and added 4 passes in 31 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. It's Parker's 16th year with the team. This year Parker has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 75.6% in 70 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #4. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Darussafaka (16-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Moerman's good performance Darussafaka was defeated 88-81 at home by the leading Real Madrid. He scored 11 points. Moerman's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 5.1rpg. He is also French national team player.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #5. International guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) helped Baskonia win their game against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Beaubois recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 19 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Beaubois has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #6. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) helped Byblos win their game against the third-ranked Tadamon (10-14) 101-95 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Monday night. Traore recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-8) is placed second. This season Traore has very high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Traore is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #7. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-20) 85-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. Valencia Basket (22-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Diot's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. He is also French national team player.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #8. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gobert's very good performance the Utah Jazz (51-31) was defeated 98-93 on the road by the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored 15 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.6bpg. Gobert plays currently for the French national team.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #9. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets win their game against the 13th-ranked Science City Jena (11-21) 74-61 in the German BBL on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and had 3 steals in 15 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (29-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Causeur's first season with the team. Causeur's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.2apg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to win against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) 80-73 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Westermann recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Westermann's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.7apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) helped Enel Brindisi win their game against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo 87-75 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. M'Baye recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.4apg. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team eight years ago.

   #12. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) helped Mega Leks edge the closely-ranked Borac 77-75 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. Kaba scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Kaba's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 4.7rpg in three games. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

   #13. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias in their game against Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Kirksay recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 88-67. Kirksay has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay used to play for the French national team nine years ago. He played also for Mulhouse in French league.

   #14. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rudy Gobert. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers 104-91. He recorded 10 points and added 3 assists. Diaw has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Lauvergne scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). His team were crushed by 22 points 105-83 in the NBA. Lauvergne has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Academik Plovdiv (16-8) in their last game. Despite Semple's very good performance Academik Plovdiv lost 79-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Cherno More. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Semple also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0bpg and 2.2spg in 26 games he played so far. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #2. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a victory against the ninth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. He scored 16 points in only a mere 10 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) is placed first in the Winner League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel's roster. This season Nissim's total stats are: 9.7ppg and 1.5apg in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the eighth-ranked Verona (17-13) 84-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Tuesday. Udom scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Angelico Biella (24-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (12-18) 91-74 in the Israeli Winner League on Wednesday night. Kadir scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (16-14) is placed sixth in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Kadir's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1apg in 29 games. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tillie recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tillie's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Dutch and French.

   #6. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks crushing them 91-70 in the British BBL on Friday night. Niktash recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Niktash has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg. Niktash has French and Iranian nationalities.

   #7. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Swiss Central crushing them 99-48 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. Jurkovitz scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg in 25 games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #8. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the leader Lausanne crushing them 74-53 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. Maruotto was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Maruotto averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #9. David Ramseier (202-F/C-87, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Neuchatel (13-12) in their last game. Despite Ramseier's very good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel lost 78-84 in Geneve to the higher-ranked (#4) Lions in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 28 minutes. Ramseier averaged so far 10.3ppg and 4.3rpg in nine games. Similarly like Maruotto and Jurkovitz above he has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #10. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Kangoeroes in their game against Limburg United in the Belgian Euromillions League. Chada scored 5 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 83-67. Chada has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg. He holds both French and Belgian passports.



French ProA round 30 best performance: Cameron Clark - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Hyeres-Toulon (#16, 10-20) 89-81. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 23-7 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Oklahoma star has very solid stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.5ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88) of Le Portel. Hassell had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 20 rebounds. Of course he led Le Portel to another comfortable win 75-62 over the lower-ranked Gravelines (#10, 15-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Le Portel to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hassell is a newcomer at Le Portel, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Chalon's star - center Moustapha Fall (218-C-92). Fall showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Chalon, helping his team with a 89-81 win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#16, 10-20). Chalon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 7 lost games. Fall has a great season in France. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.5bpg and FGP: 68.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Antibes - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Louis Labeyrie (209-C/F-92) of Paris-Levallois - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nicolas de Jong (210-C-88) of Chalons-Reims - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gabriel Olaseni (211-C-91) of Orleans - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre - 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)



NM1 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Lourdes enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Lourdes - GET Vosges 70-52

Lourdes cruised past GET Vosges to sweep the quarterfinal series. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Lourdes-Tarbes's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-9 extending their advantage to 18 points. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) notched 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Eric Bosc (200-93) supported him with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Even 13 points by point guard Ulysse Adjagba (183-93) did not help to save the game for GET Vosges. Serbian Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St., agency: HMS) added 5 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: F.Lesca 11+3reb, E.Bosc 11+5reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 11+4reb, L.Vaty 9+3reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 8+6reb, A.Thimon 8+2reb
GET Vosges: U.Adjagba 13+3reb+2ast, M.Gountas 6+2reb+1ast, M.Doumbe 6+4reb+1ast, G.Lobela-Nkuna 5+4reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 5+9reb+1ast, L.Gigant 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545235


ALS Basket - Souffel 74-70

ALS Basket held off Souffel to even the series at 1-1. Souffelweyersheim was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of ALS Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 assists. Forward Jean-Francois Christnel (198-91) contributed with 18 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Moroccan power forward Adam El-Gazhi (204-95) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 24+3reb+6ast, J.Christnel 18+3reb+3ast, N.Kovanusic 9+13reb+1ast, P.Blackwell 8+2reb+2ast, M.N'Doye 6+3reb+4ast, L.Piotrowski 5+4reb+3ast
Souffel: R.Kayembe 17+7reb+1ast, A.El Gazhi 12+6reb+3ast, F.Ateba 10+8reb+1ast, F.Harris 8+2reb+4ast, V.Correia 7+5reb+1ast, E.Mendy 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 545234


Chartres - Quimper 77-70

Chartres topped Quimper for 1-1 in the series. The game without a history. UB Chartres led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UB Chartres forced 23 Quimper UJAP turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) scored 14 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four UB Chartres players scored in double figures. UB Chartres' coach Sebastien Lambert allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Chartres: J.Mitchell 15+4reb+4ast, O.Romain 14+3reb+9ast, K.Bichard 12+2reb+3ast, J.Ricard 10+2reb+1ast, H.Disy 8+5reb, M.Ruikis 8+2ast
Quimper: V.Bobrov 16+8reb+2ast, D.Burke 15+3reb, K.Mondesir 11+2reb+2ast, M.Tensorer 8+4reb+5ast, F.Herard 8+2reb+1ast, R.Temgoua 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 545233


RAC Basket - Challans 90-56

Rueil coasted past Challans to force the decisive third game in the series. The game without a history. Rueil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Vendee Challans' 24. The best player for the winners was American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 31 points. The other American import power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) produced 8 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian Djordje Petrovic (202-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: W.Felder 31+2reb+2ast, R.Anderson 18+6reb, G.Daurces 8+1reb, L.Sambe 8+2ast, K.Gourari 7+9reb+3ast, J.Bichard 5+2reb+4ast
Challans: I.Saounera 10+3reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 9+6reb, A.Dudit 8+1reb+1ast, D.Cox 8+8reb, D.Gentil 8+3reb+3ast, E.Monceau 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545236





Aboubakar Zaki comes back to Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) inked 29-year old Nigerien center Amadou Aboubakar Zaki (214-118kg-88). It is actually his comeback to SO Maritime Boulogne as he has played here before. Aboubakar Zaki moved there from Svendborg Rabbits in Danish Ligaen where he played this season. In 33 games he recorded 7.0ppg and 4.8rpg. The last season Aboubakar Zaki was tested by Saint Quentin.
His team made it to the French Cup final in 2009.
Aboubakar Zaki has played previously for five other French teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Sluc Nancy, Denain Voltaire, Le Portel and Lille Metropole.
His game is described as: A great project at center postion. Has great size and an excellent wingspan, can be an intersting shot-blocking presence when he puts his mind to it. Has lot of things to improve yet, but for a guy who started playing organnized basketball only 3 years from now, he's ina a very good stage.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.1 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.9 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.1 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.4 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.3 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi16.0 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.4 
 8. Ransom, Mgzavrebi15.2 
 9. Florveus, Cactus T.15.0 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.9 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.7 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 9. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.2 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.4 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.0 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.8 
 10. Ransom, Mgzavrebi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.2 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.2 
 4. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.2 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.1 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.8 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.6 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Tubak, Kutaisi1.1 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 
 10. Kadaria, Kutaisi0.9 


Tornike Shengelia selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite Shengelia's very good performance Baskonia was edged 90-88 at home by the second-ranked CSKA. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Shengelia also added 7 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Shengelia has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 54.2%(13-24) and FT: 77.8% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Armani Milano (22-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hickman's good performance the league leader Armani Milano was defeated 90-79 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (#15). He was the top scorer with 13 points. Hickman also added 3 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Hickman has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 70.8%. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). Shermadini was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (15-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Andorra lost 67-81 in Bilbao to the lower-ranked (#9) RETAbet BB. Shermadini was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Shermadini has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(150-236) in 29 games. Shermadini is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a 2-point Bnei Hasharon's victory against the eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-15) 96-94 in the Israeli Winner League on Wednesday night. He scored 16 points and added 5 passes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (17-13) is placed fourth in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Green's first season with the team. Green has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #5. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Utah Jazz (51-31) 106-94 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Pachulia recorded 10 points in only 14 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 67-15 record this season. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8apg in 75 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #6. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help Andorra (15-14) in their game against RETAbet BB (14-15). He recorded only 4 points. Andorra was defeated 81-67 in Bilbao by the lower-ranked RETAbet BB (#9). Burjanadze's stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #7. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help Feni Industries (2-8) in their last game. Despite Sharabidze's good performance the fifth-placed Feni Industries (2-8) lost 65-71 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Kumanovo in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. This year Sharabidze's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 5.2rpg in 19 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Shota Gelazonia
Shota Gelazonia
   #8. Center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) led Cambados to a victory against the eighth-ranked Moron (16-14) 78-70 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Gelazonia recorded 12 points. Xuven Cambados (21-9) is placed second in the LEB Silver. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

Merabi Mirziashvili
Merabi Mirziashvili
   #9. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Innova Chef (10-16) in their game against Rosalia (13-13) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Mirziashvili scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Innova Chef (#10) was badly defeated 71-53 in Santiago de Camp. by the higher-ranked (#8) Rosalia in the Group A-B. The Regular Season already ended. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team three years ago.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #10. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Givova Scafati Basket in a victory against the 15th-ranked Unieuro Forli (9-21) 87-77 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Givova Scafati Basket (11-19) is placed 14th in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Metreveli has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 1.7rpg in six games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite Hosley's very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was defeated 91-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Chemidor (#3) in the Group 1. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Hosley also added 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 5 steals. Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.4apg and 3.0spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-20) 85-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Thomas recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes. Valencia Basket (22-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Thomas averages: 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 29 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quintanar in their game against Azuqueca (20-9) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Shvangiradze scored 7 points. Quintanar (#11) was crushed 93-72 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Azuqueca (#5) in the Group B. It was Quintanar's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Watts, Oettinge.7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.6 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Matthews, Chemnitz4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


The EN Baskets Schwelm Hold Mirko Krieger And Bring In Dario Fiorentino - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EN Baskets Schwelm announced this week that they will contain Mirko Krieger and also have brought in their first new player for the upcoming season with Dario Fiorentino (206-PF-86). Last season the 19 year old 198cm forward Krieger averaged 2,0ppg and had 2,1rpg. "I am happy that he will remain with us. He is a good example of how a youth player can stay in the program, work hard and make the Pro B", stressed Falk Moeller. The club also announced that Dario Fiorentino will return back to Schwelm where he played form 2012-2014. He played with Barmer TV 1846 Wuppertal (Germany-2.Regionalliga) the last three seasons. The 31 year old 206cm forward brings a lot of experience having played with Dortmund and Hagen in the Regionaliga, with Herten in the Pro B and balled three seasons in the Pro A with Essen.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm



Dennis Schroeder's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) in their last game. Despite Schroeder's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) lost 99-103 on the road to the Washington Wizards. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 11 passes in 38 minutes on the court. It was Hawks' first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Schroeder's fourth season with the team. Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 85.3% in 85 games he played so far. Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #2. Second place goes to U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Zalgiris to a victory against the fifth-ranked Juventus (19-17) 90-76 in the Lithuanian LKL last Wednesday. Hartenstein scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Hartenstein's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.4%(36-65), 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 69.0%. Hartenstein is in the roster of the German U18 national team.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Voigtmann recorded only 4 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in 26 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Voigtmann's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(68-117), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 72.2% in 28 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. An experienced point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a 3-point JSF Nanterre's victory against the leader Chalon/Saor (5-1) 82-79 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Tuesday. Schaffartzik scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group N. JSF Nanterre (4-2) is placed second. Schaffartzik has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.0apg in 20 games. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) led Gmunden Swans to an overtime victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-25) 96-91 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Friday night. Klette was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and blocked 2 blocks. Basket Swans Gmunden (22-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. The Regular Season already ended. This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Austrian. Klette used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #6. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (41-41) were crushed 105-83 in Boston by the Celtics. This year Zipser's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 2.9rpg in 50 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (9-20) in their game against UCAM Murcia (13-16) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Benzing recorded only 2 points. Zaragoza was defeated 88-80 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#10). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Benzing has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg. He is also German national team player.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #8. Center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Starwings (12-13) in their game against Lugano Tigers (15-10) in the Swiss LNA. Schoo recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. The sixth-placed Starwings (12-13) lost 58-73 in Lugano to the higher-ranked (#3) Tigers in the Places 1-6 group. Schoo has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.3rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the German national team back in 2006.

Thomas Kaspereit
Thomas Kaspereit
   #9. Former U16 international power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Kordall Steelers (17-14) in their game against Basket Esch (18-13) in the Luxembourg Total League. Kaspereit scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kordall Steelers (#3) was crushed 101-76 in Esch by the leading Basket in the Playdowns 2 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Kaspereit has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the German U16 national team eighteen years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (17-13) 84-82 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Timor scored 15 points and added 6 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem (16-13) is placed fifth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Timor has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland). Tomaszek could not help BM Slam Stal (21-11) to beat Energa Czarni (19-13). He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BM Slam Stal was defeated 82-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Energa Czarni (#8). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Defensor in their game against Aguada (8-6) in the Uruguayan LUB. Wachsmann recorded 5 points in 23 minutes. The seventh-placed Defensor (6-8) was badly defeated 108-92 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. Wachsmann has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.5apg in 35 games he played so far.

   #4. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Iraklis (20-2) in their game against Faros (22-6) in the Greek A2 (second division). Cheilaris cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Iraklis lost 78-87 in Keratsiniou to the lower-ranked (#4) Faros. Cheilaris' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 29 games. He has both German and Greek nationalities.



ProA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Oettinger Rockets reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Chemnitz - Oettinger R. 67-70

Oettinger snatched a narrow road win over Chemnitz on the road to secure ProA Finals appearance. The best player for the winners was center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. American guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) added 13 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: V.Matthews 13+3reb+1ast, C.Carter 13+2reb+5ast, M.Seiferth 8+6reb+3ast, J.Lawson 6+2reb+1ast, C.Bradshaw 6+3reb+1ast, J.Richter 6+3reb
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 19+2reb+5ast, R.Oehle 18+13reb+1ast, M.DiLeo 14+4reb, G.Gibbs 9+6reb, D.Watts 6+6reb+2ast, J.Grof 2+4reb
gschID: 545848





The Miles Basketball Minute: Ratiopharm Ulm-MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 3-1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It must have been Dej vu for Chris Babb (196-G-90, college: Iowa St.) last Sunday when he possibly caught the first quarter of his ex team Boston Celtics with whom he played 14 NBA games for in the 2013-2014 season as they somehow allowed the Washington Wizards to lead 16-0 in the first quarter in game one. It has been almost been four months since the bitter Ratiopharm Ulm cup loss to current playoff opponent the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg that dashed their hopes of the Cup Top 4 final and technically was their first loss of the season, but didn't interfere with their 25 game BBL regular season winning streak that ended against FC Bayern Munich on April 8. Just like in Boston, ratiopharm Ulm had a horrible first quarter in the cup affair against Ludwigsburg being scoreless for seven minutes and mustering only 7 points and allowing 21 points. In Boston the mighty Isaiah Thomas who has had his real break out season this year and easily belongs to the top 5 point guards in the NBA had a painful experience losing his tooth, but that was exactly what he needed as well as his team to get out of this woeful period and he sucked up the strain with adrenaline and dropped 33 points to help his team to the victory. In game two, he didn't need another lost tooth as he exploded for 53 points the most points in a playoff game since Allen Iverson's 55 in 2003. Babb who learned his basketball trade at iowa (NCAA) never played a NBA minute with Isaiah Thomas, but joined the Boston Celtics on April 12 2015 again after spending the season in the D-league with Maine and witnessed the last 6 Celtic games of the season from the bench including five against the Cleveland Cavaliars which included the 4 game sweep against Boston. Thomas was a known player in the NBA and already showed signs of becoming a superstar dropping 34 points against the Detroit Pistons. Babb probably already knew in his mind two years ago that Thomas had the potential to get to where he is now. If ratiopharm Ulm ever have a slow start in a playoff game or are suffering a very down period, Chris Babb will surely remember the Isaiah Thomas tooth caper in Boston. He also will recall how Thomas rebounded from a 3-26 shooting span against Chicago in the last three games and rebound against Washington to shoot almost 50% from outside and with or without a painful experience use that as fuel to his advantage when he is on the court to get his team out of a jam especially with his three pointer as he is shooting 42,9% from the parking lot.

The season of ratiopharm Ulm so far has been like a Cinderella story even if the club has belonged to the top 5 teams in the BBL for years, but the fewest people would have ever believed that they could flirt with an undefeated season except for maybe head coach Thorsten Leibenath and manager Thomas Stoll. As April came along and ratiopharm was still undefeated, you just had to root for that undefeated season, but that came to an end after 25 straight wins as they lost in Munich 83-68 where they got destroyed inside on the boards as well as giving up easy buckets inside. Ratiopharm Ulm closed out the season after the Munich loss finishing winning four of five, but losing to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg for the second time 79-61. Could this be a bad omen for this playoff series for ratiopharm Ulm? The club has many strengths, but their biggest surely is their togetherness and team chemistry that has developed well from last season where they reached the final. The club kept six players and the new players that came on board like Braydon Hobbs and Karsten Tadda who are true professionals and great character guys bought into the system from day one and the other new guy wasn't so new since Tim Ohlbrecht had played with Ulm in the 2014-2015 season. With Chris Babb and Raymar Morgan, the club easily have the best guard and center in the league. Da Sean Butler and Augustine Rubit are also top players in the BBL at their positions and can burn you for 25 plus points on any night. When a guy like ratiopharm Ulm fan favorite and crucial BBL identity figure Per Guenther isn't the main man on this teams roster, but accepts his role 100% and works hard every day despite coming from the bench more than starting, then you know something special is occurring this season where simply everything works. Another strengths is their offense where they are a lethal scoring machine averaging 88 points per game and are sharp on the defensive end as well allowing only 75 points per game which is fourth best. They like to play quick and thrive on transition and their small ball game simply works and their smaller inside guys like Morgan and Rubit continue to burn bigger players with their quickness time after time after time.

Even if the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg reached the playoffs this season, the BBL season was surely not the most satisfactory for head coach John Patrick as the team was unable to equal or better their fifth place from last season . Patrick has continued to show consistency leading the team into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive time and eighth place for the third time. The team did have success this season reaching the BBL Cup top 4 and were a few seconds away from reaching the Champions League Final 4, but ex Fraport Skyliner Jordan Theodore went coast to coast making an off balance shot in the lane against the lax Ludwigsburg defense. The club had some good phases registering two four game winning streaks, but also suffered two three game losing streaks and just never really had that true consistency that they needed to have a better record in the standings. For many years, the club seemed to always play very well against Alba Berlin and have beat FC Bayern Munich in the past, but this season up to the late season win against ratiopharm Ulm had had little luck beating playoff teams and did it only twice beating Oldenburg and Bonn. A big problem was forming a heathy team chemistry as the club retained only three players with David Mccray, Tekele Cotton and Brad Loesing from last season. Patrick did a good job bringing in a good mix of talent at each position, but it just didn't mesh. Point guards like Wes Washpun and Bazou Kone had to pack their bags while bringing in Clifford Hammond has panned out as a good pick up. Top player Alex Ruoff also had to depart going back to BG Goettingen and Jason Boone retreated to Poland. All in all many players coming and going not necessarily positive for team chemistry development. They have a very strong inside presence with ex NBA player Jack Cooley and up and coming German Johannes Thiemann and a good guard rotation with Rocky Trice, Tekele Cotton, Drew Crawford and Chad Toppert as well as athletic beast Kelvin Martin who can hurt you from all over the court. They may only average 76 points per game which is 13th in the BBL, but can light up the scoreboard on any night as they have scored 80 points or more 15 times. They are the sixth best rebounding team in the league and haul down 11 offensive rebounds a game best in the league. The pick up of ex NBA player DJ Kennedy was crucial as he knows the organization and BBL and his all-around game and leadership skills will prove vital for the team.

This season the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg have had the number of ratiopharm Ulm winning two of three, but will they be able to withstand a five game series against ratiopharm Ulm. In their first BBL meeting at home, ratiopharm Ulm destroyed Ludwigsburg 97-80 as they shot at a very high percentage inside, took care of the ball well allowing six more possessions and spread the ball around well as five guys scored in double figures. In the return game in Ludwigsburg, ratiopharm Ulm suffered a tough 79-61 defeat. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg defended very well showing what they are capable of when 100% effort is there as the guests had a horrible shooting night going only 18-41 in the paint area and Raymar Morgan played only 13 minutes scoring three points on 1/9 shooting. This could be the toughest series for ratiopharm Ulm and one of those where if they move on could be that experience that pushes them to greater heights. Both teams come into this series playing good basketball in the last weeks. The deeper the series goes the more dangerous the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg will become which could affect ratiopharm Ulm mentally. Ratiopharm Ulm have to start well and play their basketball. Ratiopharm will win this series if they can consistently play defense as the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg aren't the best shooting team and ratiopharm Ulm twice had very bad offensive games which doesn't happen too often. Ludwigsburg have the edge from the bench as there is more experience as ratiopharm Ulm's majority of the bench is their young German Pro B players. If Ludwigsburg can use their physicality and get the Ulm big men in foul trouble on a consistent basis then this series could go five games. However ratiopharm Ulm is on a mission and have revenge from their two losses to Ludwigsburg and will present the successful take no prisoners ratiopharm Ulm basketball that the world witnessed this season



The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Hold Konstantin Schubert - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors have announced the contract extension of Konstantin Schubert (197-SF-98) Schubert is a 18 year old 197cm forward that recently completed his third season ifor the Pro B team. This season in 21 Pro B games he averaged 7,1ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,9apg. He had more of a role this season in the Pro B and had some big games against FC Bayern Munich and Wurzburg scoring 16 points and scored in double figures in seven games. "He is a great example of a guy who has improved on account of hard daily training. He experienced all facets from the U-14 up to the NBBL. With the help of Bernd Bruckmann, we have had the chnace to offer him a good structure between studies and basketball. He has had some good Pro B games and now he needs to be able to establish consistency", added head coach Sebastian Gleim. He also played 1 minute against FC Bayern Munich in the BBL.

The big German forward started his career at BC Neu Isenburg and had his first pro B experience in the 2014-2015 season playing one game. In the 2015-2016 Pro B season, he played 22 games averaging 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg and helped the team reach the Pro B final. Last season he was also one of the top NBBL players for Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners, but his career there due to age has come to an end and now he can fully concentrate on the Pro B. "Frankfurt is a labor of love for me. I have been here since the U-14 and am looking forward to being a part of the program and will do my best so we can be as successful in the next two yeasr", stated Konstantin Schubert

Source:Fraport Skyliners EV



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

30-year old swingman Alex Ruoff (198-F/G-86, agency: Inception Sports) had a great game in the last round for Goettingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#16, 6-26) 114-107. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Goettingen is placed at 10th position in German league. Goettingen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-18 record. In the team's last game Ruoff had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Goettingen's top player in his first season with the team. West Virginia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ruoff is in league's top in assists (9th best: 4.7apg) and averages solid 58.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Geoffrey Groselle (212-C-93) of Braunschweig. He is American center in his first season at Braunschweig. In the last game Groselle recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Braunschweig lost that game 107-114 to the higher-ranked Goettingen (#10, 14-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Braunschweig keeps 16th position. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Braunschweig managed to get this year. Groselle is a newcomer at Braunschweig and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Braunschweig's star - forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93, agency: BeoBasket). Pierre got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and four assists. Despite Pierre's great performance Braunschweig lost 107-114 to the higher-ranked Goettingen (#10, 14-18). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-26 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pierre he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pierre has individually a great season in Germany. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk - 27 points and 6 rebounds
5. Jesse Sanders (190-PG-89) of Goettingen - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Carl English (195-G-81) of ALBA - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vincent Sanford (193-G-90) of Wuerzburg - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Frantz Massenat (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Ivan Elliott (203-F-86) of Bremerhaven - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 15 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)



Oscar Da Silva Ends Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners NBBL Top 4 Dream Propelling IBAM To 61-60 Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A little more than a week ago German wonder boy Isaac Bonga saw the sides of two worlds once again as the sky is the limit for the 17 year special talent was able to broaden his horizons again something he has been able to experience time in and time out if it was playing in the basketball without boarders tournament in Lithuania or shooting the breeze with New York Knick Justin Holiday at the 2017 NBA allstar weekend in New Orleans. Bonga skipped off the sold out court in Ulm of 6,000 plus people having played the most BBL minutes this season with 26 contributing six points, four rebounds and three assists in a narrow 90-84 defeat to ratiopharm Ulm and 20 hours later, he was brought back down to reality that his basketball life isn't only a bed of roses as he departed the floor in Munich a defeated young man as he had to accept the bitter 75-44 NBBL loss against the International basketball academy Munich with only 200 people in attendance and had ran around like a mad man leaving his heart on the floor having played 38 minutes filling up the stat sheet like a mini Lebron posting seven points, six rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block. With his BBL season over, Bonga wanted to make his last season goal of reaching the NBBL top 4 in Frankfurt reality, but he as well as his teammates had to really show what they were made of, dig deep down within themselves and play with heart. Bonga wanted to avenge his unsatisfactory 3/18 shooting in Munich and at the same time force another do or die meeting with Munich and other German super talent Oscar Da Silva who dropped 59 points and 35 rebounds in the two game playoff series against Urspring and can continue to tell his friends that he will be attending Stanford next fall and play at the alma mater of ex Bamberg legend Casey Jacobsen. It was no secret that this special do or die game would bring out the best in Bonga and Da Silva as they combined for 40 points and 24 rebounds, but the International basketball academy Munich also known as IBAM came out on top escaping Frankfurt with a hard fought 61-60 victory. As the buzzer sounded, the few Munich fans that had made the trip jumped up in excitement as if lightening had struck them and star player and young phenom Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) was calm, but one could see in his eyes that he was not only relieved, but also very proud for reaching the NBBL Top 4 tournament. 'I am very happy about getting this win in Frankfurt. We never stopped fighting and played with high intensity. We came back through our good defense which helped us get transition baskets and that was key for the win', stressed future Stanford Cardinal Oscar Da Silva. For Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners, it was a very successful season, but their goal of reaching the NBBL Final 4 in Frankfurt was not met and one could easily read the frustration of the players on their faces. Especially for team second top scorer Konstantin Schubert it was a disappointing way to end his NBBL career. 'We knew that we could of won this game. Game one was depressing, but we had a different face today and defended very well against very good individual players. But when you only score 60 points, it will be difficult to win. We didn't do much wrong on defense, but didn't rebound well in the first half and when they couldn't hit from outside, we were unable to stop their penetration', stressed Fraport Skyliner Konstantin Schubert. 'They switched to zone in the second half which gave us problems and took us out of rhythm', added Fraport Skyliner Isaac Bonga.

The first quarter displayed the normal kind of NBBL jitters as both teams had their problems scoring while getting their defense in gear. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had the better start getting into their sets and executing thus lifting their self confidence after the embarrassing game one loss. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got some vital scoring in bunches early on as ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons showed his explosiveness inside using his quickness for two easy lay ups while German Oliver Babitsch tested his 35,9% three point percentage nailing a high rainbow from the corner as Isaac Bonga got the assist. The International Basketball Academy Munich got production from Da Silva and 19 year old 185cm guard Johannes Klughardt who played the last three seasons at TUS Urspringschule to cut the Frankfurt lead to 7-4. That The International Basketball Academy Munich can defend is something they have shown all season long having kept teams to 70 points or less 15 times and stopped Frankfurt on three possessions and went on an annoying 10-0 run to get the 14-7 advantage. In the run, 18 year old Oscar Da Silva got going using his extreme athleticism that he has for 206cm scoring inside twice and 17 year old 206cm Fynn Fischer also scored inside as the guests were doing what they wanted inside against Frankfurt getting easy baskets. Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert was spending his first day of summer vacation watching the game and was impressed by Da Silva. 'I watched him on film when I was looking at Richard Freudenberg. He has a good flow to the game and is a good team player. Sometimes it seems like he is doing more than he really is. Stanford will be good for him. They play in a good conference and if you get a degree from there then it means a lot', stressed Gordon Herbert. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners stopped the run as Isaac Bonga closed out the first quarter with a runner and free throw to trail the The International Basketball Academy Munich 14-10. 'Both teams shot very bad from the perimeter. Munich was very big and physical and we had problems rebounding the ball', stressed Gordon Herbert. The International Basketball Academy Munich was shooting 43% from the field and 0% from outside while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting 31% from the field and 14% from outside. Munich had the 12-5 rebound edge, but five turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

In the second quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners started to make their comeback as there were three lead changes, but in the last four minutes, they stepped up their basketball and led by as much as six points. The real key was German Konstantin Schubert who had been out for a month with an ankle injury having missed the first four playoff games and was no where near 100% on this night, but came out in the second quarter on fire as if he had never been injured. The German gave the team the needed energy and scoring punch coupled with Isaac Bonga who had a better control of the Frankfurt offense as his playmaking was a big reason for them being able to get through the Munich defense. These two German figures Bonga and Schubert were mainly responsible for the quick 7-2 start as they grabbed back the lead 17-16. Schubert was present and deadly in the paint scoring twice and Bonga got to the free throw line twice. 18 year old 188cm point guard Dimitrije Mrda then made a sweet fade away jumper that saw nothing but net as Munich led again 18-17. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to keep their offensive rhythm and went on another run scoring nine points to extend their lead to 26-20. Schubert continued to be lethal in the paint while Bonga scored free throws, ex USC Freiburg center Cosmo Gruehn made a big tip in while 16 year old 175cm German energizer Alvin Oniya hit a floater. In the last minutes, The International Basketball Academy Munich got buckets from Fischer while Frankfurt had Bonga set up Gruehn for an easy basket and then made free throws as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 31-25 at the break. 'The Frankfurt defense picked it up forcing more turnovers and Schubert did a good job coming off the bench and giving key baskets. Bonga wasn't 100%, but still did a good job despite being keyed in on by the Munich defense', stressed Gordon Herbert. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were shooting 36% from the field and 10% from the three point line while The International Basketball Academy Munich were shooting 38% from the field and 0% from the three point line. The International Basketball Academy Munich still had the rebound lead at 22-15.

The third quarter couldn't have been more exciting as both teams continued to battle and there were 9 lead changes as they were going back and forth, but after 30 minutes, The International Basketball Academy Munich was trailing 44-41. That aggressive International Basketball Academy Munich defense went back to work helping them carve a 7-0 run to regain the lead 32-31 as they stopped three Frankfurt possessions. The International Basketball Academy Munich continued to create havoc inside as Da Silva and 19 year old Anthony Okaro who came from the BG Goettingen organization got buckets inside and Johannes Klugahardt dropped a trey. Then the two teams changed leads as much and as quickly as FC Bayern Munich had lost their 2-1 lead to Borussia Dortmund losing 3-2 in the end in the cup semi-finals last week. Bonga, Da Silva, Gruehn, Fischer, Schubert, Mrda, Bonga and Ballhausen all gave their teams the lead. Schubert tied the game at 41-41 with a free throw, but it was Alvin Oniya that saved the third quarter nailing a long trey as he waited until Mrda was up, moved to his left and drained the shot for the 44-41 lead. 'We had a small lead, but we couldn't come to terms with their zone. It was an open game at this point', stressed Konstantin Schubert. 'We stayed in the game and concentrated on defense and finished inside as our outside shooting continued not to work', added Oscar Da Silva. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 23% from the parking lot while The International Basketball Academy Munich were shooting 35% from the field and 7% from the parking lot. Munich still had the 34-28 rebound edge, but 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had 10 turnovers.

Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners seemed in semi control for the most part of the fourth quarter, but lost control at the end as they just couldn't close out the game. Both teams opened up the fourth quarter with 4-0 mini runs as The International Basketball Academy Munich got a bucket from Da Silver and Fischer free throws while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got Schubert free throws and a cute Bonga finger-tip roll in for the 48-44 lead. Twice Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got huge baskets from Schubert and Gruehn to grab the four and five point leads, but every time it was Da Silva who would bounce back with two key buckets inside to cut the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 53-50. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners missed two easy finishes inside which the guests took advantage of as Mrda went coast to coast for the lay in and Da Silva got another easy bucket inside for the 54-53 lead. After Babitsch made one free throw to dead lock the game at 54-54, it was Mr work horse Da Silva again scoring inside this time over Bonga for the 56-54 lead. Gruehn then found Pons cutting inside for the easy pass and lay in to tie the game at 56-56. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then really fell asleep as the little 188cm guard Mrda snuck inside getting his own offensive rebound and making the put back for the 58-56 lead. With less than two minutes remaining, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners stayed tough and got a super clutch trey from Schubert and Bonga free throw for the 60-58 lead. However with less than 20 seconds remaining, it wasn't Da Silva, but Mrda draining the huge three for the 61-60 lead. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had 14 seconds remaining and one last chance, but Bonga missed a fade away shot from close range and Gruehn had one last chance with 1,6 seconds remaining but his trey didn't want to fall ending the NBBL Top 4 dreams of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners. 'Mrda is our magic kid. He is always somewhere between crazy and genius on the court. We know what he is capable of and that he can make those shots. He has amazing court vision and at times the fans stand for his passes, but he didn't show so much of that today. We did a good job with our switching defense and that worked well on the last shot of Gruehn', stressed Oscar Da Silva. 'We did a good job taking Mrda out for the most part, but he made key shots in the fourth. On that last play, we had three options with Bonga getting the lob pass and I was the second option. I was totally open. It was a shame I couldn't get the ball', stressed Konstantin Schubert. After the battle, Bonga was stretching in the corner and national teammate and friend Oscar Da Silva greeted the German and exchanged some words. Both have the utmost respect for one another. 'I have a personal competition with him, but we are friends. He didn't find his rhythm in game one, but had a great game two and is a great player. The best thing that Isaac does on the court is make his teammates better', stressed Oscar Da Silva. Bonga not only described what it was like playing against Da Silva, but his own season summary. 'It is always great to play against a friend and good player and have good competition. He is a good guy and will do well at Stanford. He will have good chance to get playing time there. I am happy with my season and was able to develop further playing for 3 teams. I feel my shot improved the most', added Isaac Bonga. The International Basketball Academy Munich were led by Oscar Da Silva with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Dimitrije Mrda and Fynn Fischer added 12 points a piece. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were led by Isaac Bonga with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Konstantin Schubert produced 17 points and Cosmo Gruehn had 10 points. The International Basketball Academy Munich shot 39% from the field and 10% from outside while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 32% from the field and 28% from outside. The International Basketball Academy Munich won the rebound battle 46-38, but had 15 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had 14 turnovers.




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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.6 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
 10. James, Panathin.12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Elonu, AEK Athens5.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.2 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. Ukic, AEK Athens3.9 
 10. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Jackson, Aris1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


Giannis Antetokounmpo's 34 points make him top Greek player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were edged 92-89 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He was the top scorer with 34 points. Antetokounmpo also added 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 47 minutes on the court. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.8bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(663-1180), 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 75.4% in 86 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory against the 14th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-20) 81-76 in the Turkish BSL last Wednesday. Sloukas recorded 11 points and added 3 passes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (25-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 18th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sloukas has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 88.7%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina). Lampropoulos was the major contributor in an Boca Juniors' victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (20-29) 114-103 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (17-36) is placed tenth in Sur group. Lampropoulos' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Lampropoulos' first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(318-540), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 84.3% in 51 games. Lampropoulos played for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #4. Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (15-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Andorra was defeated 81-67 in Bilbao by the lower-ranked RETAbet BB (#9). Antetokounmpo was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Antetokounmpo's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Greek. Antetokounmpo is also Greek national team player.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #5. Former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-12) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A last Wednesday. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (20-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Bramos' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos used to play for the Greek national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #6. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (19-9) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (19-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Bogris recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CB Canarias was crushed 88-67 in Malaga by the lower-ranked Unicaja (#6). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bogris' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #7. International small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-21) 89-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points. FC Barcelona Lassa (20-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Perperoglou's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

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

   #1. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) could not help AV Cantu (11-18) in their last game. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu lost 77-91 at home to the much higher-ranked (#5) Dolomiti En. TR. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Calathes' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Calathes' total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.9rpg in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked AEK (16-4) 80-79 in the Cypriot Division A on Tuesday night. Stylianou recorded 11 points in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (14-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Stylianou has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #3. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a victory over the 14th-ranked Magic (0-7) 95-81 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Iliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (6-1) are placed fourth in SBL group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. Iliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. Iliadis is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian. Despite his Greek nationality, Iliadis previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Max Calligeros (197-F/C-92, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Sturt Sabres' victory against the tenth-ranked Eastern Mavericks (0-5) crushing them 94-56 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sturt Sabres (3-2) are placed fourth in Premier League. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Calligeros has been at the team for six years. This season Calligeros' total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg in five games. He has both Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #5. Anthony Kopcikas (189-G-92, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Rollers (0-1) 98-81 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Kopcikas scored 14 points. It was his first game for Brisbane Capitals this season. His team are placed first in QBL group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Kopcikas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brisbane Capitals' roster. Similarly like Calligeros and Iliadis above he also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #6. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hills Hornets (4-5) in their last game. Despite Duselis' very good performance the sixth-placed Hills Hornets were crushed 93-69 on the road by the leading Sydney City Comets in the WARATAH group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Duselis also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 4.7apg in nine games. Similarly like three previous players above, Duselis has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.

   #7. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to secure a victory for Hawks (2-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were badly defeated 106-89 in Christchurch by the higher-ranked Rams (#3). Fiorentinos recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. Fiorentinos holds both British and Greek passports. Despite his Greek nationality, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #8. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Madrid II in their game against Casvi in the Spanish EBA (fourth division), despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 10 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. But his team lost 75-81. This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 29 games. He has Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.



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Eredivisie Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Groningen became first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Den Bosch - Groningen 68-72

Groningen became the first finalists after they completed the sweep of Den Bosch. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Groningen forced 19 Den Bosch turnovers. American point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international forward Ralf Pagter-Ralf (200-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Den Bosch players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 21+2reb, L.Jeter 20+5reb+6ast, D.Pasalic 14+7reb, A.Smith 5+4reb+2ast, A.Slagter 4+3reb+4ast, T.de Paula 4+2reb+2ast
Den Bosch: R.Pagter Ralf 17+11reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 16+5reb, D.Balentine 14+5reb+1ast, M.Bouwknecht 11+1reb+2ast, J.Watts 4+5reb+1ast, S.McWhorter 2+3reb+1ast
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Leiden - Zwolle 76-67

Leiden held off Zwolle to even the semifinal series at 2-2. It looked good early as Zwolle took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leiden had a 23-8 second period charge getting the lead and Zwolle was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-76. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 assists. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) contributed with 27 points for the winners. American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zwolle. Zwolle's coach Herman van den Belt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Voorn 27+2reb+3ast, R.Jansen 19+4reb+9ast, D.Draper 14+6reb+1ast, L.Enobakhare 8+11reb, T.Koenis 3+7reb+2ast, F.Versteegh 3+4reb+1ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 19+8reb+1ast, J.Tiller 17+4reb+4ast, J.Yoho 10+6reb+2ast, K.Hyland 9+2reb, N.Oudendag 5+8reb+2ast, N.Van Oostrum 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 545489





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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Kromah, Kormend21.3 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.3 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.1 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.4 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.2 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.0 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.5 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 8. Smith, MAFC5.9 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 6. Keller, Alba0.8 
 7. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Hanga recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (20-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(76-135), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 76.7% in 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones led VL Pesaro to a surprising victory over the league leader Armani Milano (22-7) 90-79 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (10-19) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. Jones' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 77.4%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). He led Twarde Pierniki to a 3-point victory over the tenth-ranked PGE Turow (17-15) 89-86 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Trotter was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Trotter's first season with the team. This year Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 84.8% in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #4. Forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain). Allen could not help Blusens Monbus (9-20) to beat Valencia Basket (22-7). He recorded 9 points. But Blusens Monbus was defeated 85-74 on the road by the leading Valencia Basket. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Allen has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2015.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #5. International swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) led Treviso Basket to a victory against the eighth-ranked Lighthouse TR (15-15) 69-57 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Tuesday night. Perl scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (21-9) is placed second in East group. Perl's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in nine games. He plays currently for the Hungarian national team.

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

   #1. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Spartak (1-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Miscevic's good performance Spartak was defeated 82-75 at home by the higher-ranked Partizan (#3). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Benfica's victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum (13-19) crushing them 106-68 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hollis also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Sport Lisboa Benfica (24-8) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg in 29 games he played so far. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Miscevic. But that was another game of his team in Serbian KLS which we would like to mention. Fekete was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Spartak in their game against Dynamic BG (1-3). He scored only 4 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 17 minutes. Spartak was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Dynamic BG. This year Fekete's overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg in four games. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #4. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Vitoria SC (21-11) in their game against Oliveirense (22-10) in the Portuguese LPB. Dukic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fourth-placed Vitoria SC (21-11) was defeated 84-74 on their home court in Guimaraes by the higher-ranked Oliveirense (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. It was Vitoria SC's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Dukic's stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #5. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) managed to help U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca to win against the fourth-ranked Oradea (15-13) 86-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Tuesday night's game. Torok recorded only 2 points. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.



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Superleague Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Azad reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Tabriz - Azad 77-89

Azad upset Tabriz on the road to secure the semifinal birth. The game without a history. Azad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Tabriz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) fired 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. A Taherkhani produced 20 points and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (209-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tabriz players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 35+6reb+5ast, A.James Ogilvy 19+11reb+3ast, B.Koochoie 13+3reb+2ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 7+1reb+1ast, M.Yousofvand 6+7reb+1ast, A.Baheran 5+5reb+2ast
Tabriz: A. Taherkhani 20+1reb, H.Puljko 12+2reb+1ast, S.Pazrofteh 12+6reb, E.Jazvin 10+8reb+1ast, M.Falahat 9+3reb+1ast, V.Hajian 5+2reb
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Chemidor - Arak 87-83

Chemidor held off Arak to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-22 Arak's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-83 at the end of the game. Chemidor made 27-of-27 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Strangely Arak outrebounded Chemidor 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of K Riaie who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks (made all of his eight free throws). The former international guard Javad Davari (185-83) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Five Chemidor players scored in double figures. Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 30 points and 9 rebounds and international center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Arak.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: K. Riaie 20+6reb+2ast, I.Zandi 17+3reb+1ast, J.Davari 16+7reb+3ast, D.Cook 11+2reb+3ast, A.Sedighi 11+4reb, A.Azari 6
Arak: F.Videnov 30+9reb+1ast, A.Kardoust 21+10reb, H.Afagh 15+4reb+5ast, A.Davoudi 8+8reb+7ast, Q.Hosley 7+3reb+2ast, H.Sohrabnejad 2+4reb+1ast
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Yanick Moreira is a newcomer at Naft Abadan - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Naft Abadan (Superleague) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Angolan ex-international center Yanick Moreira (211-100kg-91, college: SMU). He moved there from Raptors 905 Missisauga (D-League) in the U.S. where he played the last season. In 55 D-League games he recorded 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg this season.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Moreira's college team won AAC Tournament in 2015. He was also voted All-AAC Most Improved Player of the Year and NABC All-District 25 2nd Team in 2015.
Moreira was also a member of Angolan international program for some years. He played for Angolan Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Moreira also represented Angola at the World Championships U19 in New Zealand eight years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.0ppg, 5.3rpg.
Moreira has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), Spain (UCAM Murcia) and NBA (LA Clippers and Brooklyn Nets).
He attended Southern Methodist University until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A young center who protects the rim and grabs lots of rebounds. He is improving his ball handling, can score the ball with either hand and is expecte to become a top level player very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.2 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Simon, Maccabi .17.0 
 4. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.0 
 5. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.8 
 6. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.4 
 7. Bell, Hapoel Holon16.3 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.2 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.2 
 9. Blayzer, Maccabi .6.8 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.5 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.5 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.7 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.5 
 9. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.5 
 10. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 2. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.5 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 5. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.6 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.1 
 5. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.2 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.7 
 5. Watson, Hapoel K/S10.7 
 6. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.7 
 7. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.7 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Ariely, Hapoel B/S4.5 
 10. Tal, Hapoel Afula4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.0 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
 9. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Roberts, Ironi N.1.2 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 


National League Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Hapoel B/S and Ironi Nes-Ziona enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel B/S - Hapoel K/S 68-57

Hapoel B/S held off Hapoel K/S at home court to secure National League Finals birth. Hapoel B/S dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 26 rebounds and guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) supported him with 16 points. Hapoel B/S's coach Yaniv Burger allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds by guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Allen 27+26reb+3ast, A.Fisher 16+2reb+2ast, J.Williams 8+4reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 6+3reb+2ast, B.Eisenhardt 5+4reb, T.Ariely 2+1reb+7ast
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 14+13reb+1ast, T.Watson 13+7reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 8+7reb, M.Ruina 6+2reb+2ast, G.Gilinski 5+2ast, A.Cohen 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 545442


Maccabi H/H - Ironi Nes-Ziona 79-91

Ironi Nes-Ziona upset Maccabi Hod Hasharon on the road to reach championship series. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and naturalized Welsh Tal-Michael Dunne (196-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) responded with 29 points and 4 blocks and his fellow American import Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: E.Hofman 24+2ast, I.Stolero 17+3reb+2ast, J.Beal 15+2reb+4ast, L.Roberts 11+6reb, T.Michael Dunne 10+8reb+6ast, R.Pitshon 8+8reb+1ast
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 29+4reb+2ast, S.Warren 20+10reb+1ast, C.Bouchman 12+11reb+5ast, I.Simin 10+2reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 8+4reb+6ast, E.Steinitz 0
gschID: 545441





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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Landry, Brescia19.8 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.2 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.18.0 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.9 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.7 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.1 
 9. Della-Valle, Grissin.15.8 
 10. Aradori, Grissin .15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.3 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta8.9 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.2 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.3 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.2 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.2 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.2 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.5 
 5. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 7. Moore, The F.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Green, Scandone AV4.5 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique SUTTON
  Dolomiti.
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sutton, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 7. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 8. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 9. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.3 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Carter, Enel Brindisi1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Smith, Roseto24.7 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.5 
 4. Ferguson, Angelico.20.4 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 7. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 8. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 9. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.9 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.7 
 5. Smith, Ravenna9.6 
 6. Mortellaro, Chieti9.3 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.0 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Golden, Chieti4.5 
 9. Fultz, Roseto4.5 
 10. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 4. Spissu, Virtus B.2.0 
 5. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.7 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.2 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 6. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 7. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


Overview of Serie A2 Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tortona - Mantova 79-68

Tortona outscored Mantova to take 2-0 lead. Mantova was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 27 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Mantova. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 27+3reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 15+4reb+4ast, L.Garri 11+6reb, G.Ricci 10+7reb+1ast, V.Cucci 7+8reb+2ast, M.Sanna 6+4reb+1ast
Mantova: D.Daniels 19+8reb+1ast, A.Amici 12+5reb+2ast, F.Candussi 11+6reb, J.Giachetti 10+1reb+1ast, L.Gergati 6+1reb+2ast, A.Casella 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545095


Alma Trieste - Treviglio 94-68

Trieste cruised past Treviglio for the second straight victory. Alma Trieste forced 19 Treviglio turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Treviglio's players. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) notched 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) supported him with 20 points. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 4 assists by naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) did not help to save the game for Treviglio. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 22+9reb+5ast, J.Green 20+2reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 13+5reb+3ast, R.Prandin 11+4reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 9+7reb, L.Baldasso 7+2reb
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 17+4reb+4ast, T.Marino 12+1reb+2ast, C.Nwohuocha 8+6reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 7+4reb, E.Rossi 6+6reb+1ast, P.Marini 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545094


Agrigento - F.Kontatto BO 51-57

Bologna upset Agrigento on the road to even the series at 1-1. F.Kontatto BO made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Michele Ruzzier (181-93) supported him with 9 points. Even 15 points by point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) did not help to save the game for Agrigento. Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 16 points and 5 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 17+10reb, M.Ruzzier 9+1reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 7+4reb, J.Knox 6+6reb, A.Legion 6+4reb+2ast, M.Montano 4+1ast
Agrigento: M.Evangelisti 16+5ast, A.Piazza 15+4reb+3ast, R.Bucci 6+1reb, Q.De Laurentiis 6+7reb, A.Chiarastella 4+4reb+2ast, D.Bell-Holter 2+3reb
gschID: 545093


Treviso Basket - Lighthouse TR 69-57

Treviso Basket held off Lighthouse Trapani to open 2-0 advantage. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for Lighthouse TR. His fellow American import point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: D.Moretti 17+2reb+3ast, J.Perry 14+10reb+4ast, Z.Perl 13+4reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 11+6reb, M.Fantinelli 8+7reb+9ast, A.Saccaggi 4
Lighthouse TR: J.Crockett 17+10reb, K.Mays 12+5reb+3ast, G.Ganeto 10+5reb+1ast, D.Filloy 9+4reb, K.Viglianisi 4+1ast, A.Renzi 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545092


Virtus Bologna - Novipiu Casale 73-78

Novipiu Casale upset Virtus Bologna to level the series at 1-1. Novipiu Casale dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Virtus Bologna's 22. Novipiu Casale had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Virtus Bologna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Luca Severini (204-96) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: B.Blizzard 21+10reb+4ast, L.Severini 15+7reb, F.Di Bella 14+4reb+3ast, G.Tomassini 12+4reb+4ast, J.Tolbert 8+7reb, N.Martinoni 4+2reb+2ast
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 26+9reb, M.Umeh 14+5reb+3ast, M.Spissu 13+2reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 11+9reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 5+2reb+5ast, G.Spizzichini 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545091


Ravenna - Roma Virtus 97-93

Ravenna held off Roma Virtus to secure 2-0 lead. Roma Virtus were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (201-79, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) did not help to save the game for Roma Virtus. Point guard Tommaso Baldasso (195-98) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: S.Masciadri 20+6reb+1ast, A.Raschi 16+5reb+2ast, T.Smith 13+9reb, G.Sabatini 12+8reb+2ast, D.Marks 11+2ast, M.Tambone 10+5reb+6ast
Roma Virtus: J.Brown 21+7reb+2ast, T.Baldasso 15+6reb+4ast, G.Maresca 13+2reb+2ast, M.Chessa 13+3ast, A.Raffa 12, D.Sandri 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545089


Angelico Biella - Verona 84-76

Angelico Biella outgunned Verona for the second consecutive win. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) supported him with 26 points and 4 assists. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Verona. His fellow American import point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 26+1reb+4ast, N.De Vico 17+4reb+1ast, M.Hall 15+12reb+5ast, M.Udom 14+5reb, M.Venuto 6+2reb+1ast, C.Wheatle 4+1reb
Verona: M.Frazier 21+9reb+2ast, D.Robinson 13+2reb+2ast, L.Tote 11+3reb, G.Boscagin 10+1reb, D.Diliegro 8+3reb+1ast, M.Portannese 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 545088


Legnano - Roseto 69-60

Legnano beat Roseto to draw things level at 1-1. Legnano forced 21 Roseto turnovers. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) notched 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 28 points and 6 rebounds by American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Roseto. The former international point guard Robert Fultz (191-82, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 31+8reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 12+4reb+2ast, M.Palermo 12+6reb+4ast, W.Mosley 8+9reb+2ast, M.Sacchettini 2+2reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 2+5ast
Roseto: A.Smith 28+6reb+2ast, R.Fultz 12+2reb+3ast, A.Piazza 6+2reb, N.Mei 3+2reb, R.Casagrande 3+5reb, B.Sherrod 3+7reb
gschID: 545090





Grissin Bon RE could land Julian Wright, ex Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) is close to add to their roster 30-year old American power forward Julian Wright (203-102kg-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport) who currently played at Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol in Turkey. In 23 BSL games he recorded 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Wright played at Dolomiti Energia Trento where in 33 Serie A games he averaged 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Wright also played 22 games in Eurocup where he had 14.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg and 1.1bpg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2007 Wright was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in first round (13th overall). The former University of Kansas staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wright played in the final of Drew League in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year back in 2013.
Wright is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in Greece (Panathinaikos), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Russia (Krasnie Krilya), NBA (Toronto Raptors), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Bnei Hasharon) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A high flyer who causes matchup problems because of his versatility
(by James Burbridg for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Can take bigger guys off the dribble and post up smaller players. Able to play the finesse game as well as be a bull in the post. Very tough minded, which is a misconception based upon his slight frame. A very hard worker, evidenced by his statistical climb from freshman to sophomore year and the noticeable improvement on his jumpshot. Capable of making eye popping plays either as a distributor, a finisher and also on the defensive end of the floor.
First and foremost, his jumpshot. While it is undoubtedly improved, there is still much work to be done. With a reliable jumpshot that defenders would have to respect, the damage Julian could do to opposing defenses would jump tenfold
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Brescia inks Michal Michalak, ex PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Germani Basket Brescia (Serie A) signed 24-year old Polish international swingman Michal Michalak (197-93). He moved there from PGE Turow in Polish PLK league where he played this season. In 32 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.0apg. Michalak helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. The last season he played at Twarde Pierniki (TBL) in Polish league. In 36 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Michalak's team won Polish Supercup in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Michalak has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Michalak also represented Poland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg.
Michalak has played also professionally for other Polish teams like LKS MG13 Lodz, AZS Politechnika Warszawska, KK Warszawa, Trefl and AZS II Politechnika Warszawska.

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Results and Stats from Serie B Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Moncalieri - Crema 71-62

26 personal fouls committed by Crema helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side and swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) accounted for 14 points. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Davide Bozzetto (207-89, agency: Players Group) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and guard Alessandro Petronio (192-94) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for Crema in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Moncalieri: F.Conti 16+8reb+2ast, L.Gioria 14+2reb, D.Merletto 11+1reb, A.Agbogan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Tassone 5+2reb+1ast, G.Di Bonaventura 4+2reb+1ast
Crema: M.Pasqualin 16+2reb, A.Petronio 14+2reb+3ast, D.Bozzetto 10+13reb, D.Liberati 10+5reb, P.Del Sorbo 5+1reb+1ast, D.Manuelli 5+2reb
gschID: 545048


Piacenza - Bottegone 82-61

Power forward Diego Banti (206-83, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. Five Piacenza players scored in double figures. Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) came up with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Lorenzo Maspero (180-98) added 15 points respectively for Bottegone in the defeat. Bottegone's coach Cristiano Biagini gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: D.Banti 17+7reb+1ast, T.Tempestini 16+2reb+3ast, M.Magrini 14+4reb+4ast, G.Sanguinetti 11+3reb+2ast, M.Rezzano 10+5reb+1ast, G.Bruni 8+4reb+4ast
Bottegone: L.Maspero 15+1reb+3ast, D.Toscano 10+7reb+4ast, E.Fontana 8+3reb, R.Marconato 8+6reb+3ast, M.Divac 6+3reb+1ast, S.Angelucci 5+3reb
gschID: 545054


Campli - Forli Tigers 75-73

Campli forced 21 Forli Tigers turnovers. Forward Simone Gatti (202-82) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Onorio Petrazzuoli (193-88) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Forli Tigers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Campli: S.Gatti 25+5reb+2ast, O.Petrazzuoli 13+4reb+4ast, D.Petrucci 11+1reb, R.Ponziani 8+5reb+1ast, N.D'Arrigo 6+2reb, L.Salafia 5+2reb
Forli Tigers: R.Rombaldoni 18+5reb+3ast, L.Agatensi 13+2reb, G.Cicognani 12+2reb, L.Fontecchio 10+5reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 6+5reb, C.Villani 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 545062


Valmontone - Pescara 84-90

Pescara dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Valmontone's 22. Valmontone was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Paolo Pelliccione (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 28 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Stefano Rajola (186-72) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) answered with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Argentinian Juan-Manuel Caceres (200-84, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Valmontone. Four Valmontone players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pescara: P.Pelliccione 28+3reb+2ast, S.Pepe 18+2reb, S.Rajola 16+3reb+4ast, A.Capitanelli 8+3reb+2ast, J.Valentini 8+1reb+1ast, A.Grosso 6+3reb+1ast
Valmontone: J.Manuel Caceres 17+5reb+3ast, I.Ochoa 14+3reb, A.De Fabritiis 13+1reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 13+8reb+6ast, M.Salari 9+4reb+1ast, A.Martino 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545061


San Severo - Cassino 89-69

San Severo players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Leonardo Ciribeni (190-92) nailed 20 points and 6 assists for the winning side and naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di-Marco (180-84, agency: Players Group) accounted for 11 points and 12 assists. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) came up with 11 points and 7 rebounds and center Biagio Sergio (199-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cassino in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
San Severo: L.Ciribeni 20+4reb+6ast, M.Torresi Lelli 19+1reb, J.Losi 11+1reb+2ast, M.Di Marco 11+1reb+12ast, I.Ikangi 10+2reb, I.Morgillo 9+5reb+1ast
Cassino: B.Sergio 12+5reb, S.Bagnoli 11+7reb, L.Panzini 8+4reb+2ast, D.Birindelli 8+8reb, M.Del Testa 7+3ast, R.Quartuccio 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 545057


Omegna - Reggio Emilia 73-57

Omegna forced 19 Reggio Emilia turnovers. Naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 27 points for the winning side and guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 2 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Omegna's coach Filippo Faina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Leonardo Malagutti (180-95) came up with 17 points and power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Reggio Emilia in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Omegna: D.Corral 27+4reb+1ast, M.Arrigoni 11+1reb, G.Gurini 10+1reb+2ast, F.Fratto 8+6reb+3ast, A.Dagnello 5+2reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 5+2reb+2ast
Reggio Emilia: L.Malagutti 17+3reb+1ast, G.Chiappelli 11+6reb+1ast, M.Farioli 11+5reb+3ast, F.Veccia 8+2reb+1ast, F.Pugi 5+3reb, A.Gurini 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545055


Barcellona - Porto S.Elpidio 59-70

Porto S.Elpidio forced 20 Basket Barcellona turnovers. Guard Stefano Cernivani (190-91) stepped up and scored 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Simone Fiorito (199-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 21 points. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Porto S.Elpidio: S.Fiorito 21+2reb, S.Cernivani 20+2reb+3ast, A.Brighi 15+4reb, D.Torresi 5+12reb+1ast, A.Catakovic 4+2reb, A.Cacace 3+9reb+1ast
Barcellona: D.Grilli 17+3reb+3ast, L.Brunetti 16+12reb+2ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 13+6reb+5ast, G.Sereni 8+2reb, D.Paunovic 5+3reb+1ast, G.Varotta 0
gschID: 545063


Montegrano - Catanzaro 79-64

Montegrano outrebounded Catanzaro 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 3 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) came up with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Devil Medizza (198-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Catanzaro in the defeat. Four Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Catanzaro's coach Orlando Pullano rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: O.Gueye 18+1ast, N.Rizzitiello 18+4reb+1ast, M.Diomede 12+1reb+7ast, F.Bedetti 9+5reb+4ast, M.Dip 7+8reb+1ast, V.Di Viccaro 6+1reb+2ast
Catanzaro: L.Monacelli 16+2reb+1ast, D.Medizza 13+5reb+2ast, D.Naso 10+2reb+1ast, G.Carpanzano 10+3reb+3ast, N.Morici 6+11reb+4ast, D.Guadagnola 4+2reb
gschID: 545060


Bisceglie - Roma Luiss 80-70

Bisceglie made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Argentinian power forward Enzo-Damian Cena (200-92) accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Simone Pozzetti (205-90) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Francesco Ramenghi (209-92) added 10 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Roma Luiss in the defeat. Five Roma Luiss players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: E.Damian Cena 21+6reb+2ast, A.Riccardo 16+14reb+1ast, A.Poti 9+2reb+2ast, E.Di Emidio 8+1reb+2ast, M.Cucco 8+2reb+6ast, S.Bruno 7+5reb+3ast
Roma Luiss: S.Pozzetti 11+8reb+1ast, F.Ramenghi 10+7reb+2ast, L.Marcon 10+3reb+1ast, A.Scuderi 10+1reb+4ast, E.Beretta 10+6reb, P.De Dominicis 8+3reb
gschID: 545059


Palestrina - Matera 100-68

Palestrina players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) nailed 24 points for the winning side and point guard Simone Rischia (185-90) accounted for 16 points and 8 assists. Center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Stefano Laudoni (195-89) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Matera in the defeat. Five Palestrina and four Matera 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.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: G.Rossi 24+4reb+3ast, R.Pederzini 18+3reb+2ast, S.Rischia 16+2reb+8ast, L.Montanari 10+1reb+6ast, D.Serino 10+11reb, M.Drigo 8+3reb+1ast
Matera: S.Laudoni 16+8reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 15+3reb+3ast, A.Grande 12+2reb+3ast, N.Ravazzani 10+18reb+3ast, F.Lestini 9+3reb, G.Cantagalli 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545058


Napoli Cuore - Senigallia 82-74

24 personal fouls committed by Senigallia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and guard Andrea Barsanti (188-86, agency: SPORTlab Agency) accounted for 21 points. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Fabio Giampieri (190-93, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Senigallia in the defeat. Four Senigallia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 26+18reb, A.Barsanti 21+3reb+2ast, R.Maggio 12+5reb+7ast, A.Murolo 6+2reb+1ast, M.Mastroianni 6+2reb+2ast, D.Marzaioli 4+1reb+3ast
Senigallia: F.Giampieri 19+6reb+3ast, M.Caverni 15+2reb+3ast, M.Gnaccarini 14+5reb+5ast, M.Pierantoni 10+7reb+2ast, Y.Fall 6+7reb+2ast, U.Pietrini 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545056


Firenze All Foods - Faenza 87-79

Firenze All Foods made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) nailed 9 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Alessio Donadoni (194-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 21 points respectively for Faenza in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: A.Mazzucchelli 17+3reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 15+6reb+2ast, G.Sirakov 12+3reb+1ast, J.Lucarelli 12+6reb, F.Merengo 9+1reb, D.Rosignoli 9+11reb+7ast
Faenza: A.Donadoni 21+4reb+1ast, M.Perin 21+2reb+1ast, D.Casadei 18+14reb+2ast, J.Silimbani 12+4reb+1ast, L.Benedetti 4+1reb, R.Iattoni 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545053


Orzinuovi GaGa - Montecatini 73-48

Orzinuovi GaGa players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Montecatiniterme's players. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. Center Silvio Stanzani (207-96, agency: Interperformances) came up with 8 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Giorgio Artioli (196-95, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Montecatiniterme in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Valenti 18+7reb+2ast, A.Scanzi 14+4reb+3ast, R.Perego 12+5reb+2ast, M.Toure 11+2reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 10+6reb+6ast, G.Piunti 5+3reb+3ast
Montecatini: V.Circosta 13+1reb, M.Petrucci 9+4reb, S.Stanzani 8+7reb+1ast, T.Bianchi 7+3reb, G.Artioli 7+6reb+1ast, G.Meini 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545052


Bergamo - USE Basket 66-55

Tommaso Milani (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side and naturalized Argentinian Mario-Jose Ghersetti (201-81) accounted for 14 points. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. Power forward Michele Bei (200-90) came up with 10 points and forward Andrea Marusic (200-89) added 8 points respectively for USE Basket in the defeat. USE Basket's coach Giovanni Bassi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: T.Milani 16+4reb+4ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 14+4reb+2ast, S.Berti 11+2reb+1ast, A.Panni 11+6reb+2ast, P.Chiarello 7+2reb+1ast, R.Pullazi 4+6reb
USE Basket: L.Raffaelli 11, M.Bei 10+4reb+1ast, A.Marusic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Mariotti 5+3reb+1ast, F.Mascagni 5+3reb, A.Ghizzani 4+6reb
gschID: 545051


San Miniato - Lecco 74-64

Forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) accounted for 13 points and 4 steals. Power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) added 12 points respectively for Lecco in the defeat. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: G.Giarelli 18+3reb+4ast, F.Stefanelli 13+4reb+1ast, R.Bertolini 9+3reb+1ast, A.Benites 8+1reb+4ast, O.Giacomelli 7+5reb+1ast, S.Sam Gaye 7+3reb
Lecco: J.Balanzoni 14+6reb+1ast, D.Todeschini 12+2reb+1ast, C.Fumagalli 10+2reb+1ast, M.Peroni 10+2reb, D.Quartieri 5+3reb+2ast, G.Spera 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545050


Cento - Valsesia 76-61

Cento outrebounded Valsesia 43-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Argentinian guard Adrian Chiera (190-94, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Cento's coach Giovanni Benedetto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mattia Molteni (190-96) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Vittorio Visentin (205-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Valsesia in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Cento: L.Pignatti 14+7reb+1ast, A.Chiera 13+7reb+1ast, M.Benfatto 10+7reb+1ast, L.Bedetti 7+1reb, M.Botteghi 7+4reb+1ast, L.Brighi 7+5reb+3ast
Valsesia: M.Molteni 13+7reb+3ast, F.Gay 9+2reb, V.Visentin 7+6reb, G.Lenti 7+5reb, N.Savoldelli 7+3ast, E.Caversazio 7+1ast
gschID: 545049





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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.8 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.2 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 7. White, Sendai18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.5 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.4 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.7 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.5 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 7. Mangano, Sendai8.9 
 8. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.2 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


B League D2 Round 60: Toyotsu FE defeats leader Nishinomiya S. - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in B League D2. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Nishinomiya S. (41-17) in Nagoya on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Toyotsu FE (40-18) 83-59. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a good game for Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Toyotsu FE's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for Nishinomiya S.Toyotsu FE maintains second position with 40-18 record behind leader Shimane SM. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 17 games lost. Toyotsu FE are looking forward to face Tokyo Z (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nishinomiya S. will play against Tokyo Excel. and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Dragonflies (44-14) which played on the court of second-best Kumamoto V. (43-15). Third ranked Dragonflies upset home team edging them after exciting game by one point 73-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Connor Lammert who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Dragonflies moved-up to second place. Kumamoto V. at the other side dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. Dragonflies will play against Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Kumamoto V. will play on the road against Kagawa FA in Takamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Fukushima between Cyberdyne IR and Fukushima. Third ranked Cyberdyne IR (30-28) got a very close victory on the road over second-best Fukushima (30-28). Cyberdyne IR managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 in the fight for the second place. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Rick Rickert who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by Terrance Shannon did not help to save the game for Fukushima. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Fukushima. Cyberdyne IR will meet at home Iwate Big Bulls (#6) in the next round. Fukushima will play against Aomori Watts (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Bambitious Nara (22-36) to fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (22-36) 74-72 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. The best player for the winners was Ryan Stephan who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Bambitious Nara. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo and it may be the game of the week. Bambitious Nara will play at home against Shinshu BW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Cyberdyne IR (30-28) which played road game in Fukushima against second-best Fukushima (30-28). Third ranked Cyberdyne IR had an easy win 85-62. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Scootie Randall who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 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. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Fukushima. Cyberdyne IR will face Iwate Big Bulls (#6) at home in the next round. Fukushima will play against Aomori Watts (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 60: Shimane SM beat Kagawa FA on the road 76-60. Aomori Watts won against Yamagata on its own court 69-54. Gunma outscored Iwate Big Bulls in a road game 79-59. Shinshu BW recorded a loss to Tokyo Z at home 64-76. Kagoshima was crushed by Ehime OV on the opponent's court 99-76.

Fukushima - Cyberdyne IR 67-69

A very close game took place in Fukushima between Cyberdyne IR and Fukushima. Third ranked Cyberdyne IR (30-28) got a very close victory on the road over second-best Fukushima (30-28). Cyberdyne IR managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 in the fight for the second place. Cyberdyne IR outrebounded Fukushima 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by forward Terrance Shannon (203-90, college: VCU) did not help to save the game for Fukushima. Center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Fukushima. Cyberdyne IR will meet at home Iwate Big Bulls (#6) in the next round. Fukushima will play against Aomori Watts (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 18+7reb+2ast, R.Rickert 18+10reb+3ast, J.Maniwa 13+5reb+2ast, D.Larkai 6+8reb, S.Isshiki 5+2reb, M.Yosuke 5+4reb
Fukushima: N.Spikes 14+7reb+2ast, T.Shannon 13+9reb+2ast, S.Kanno 10+3reb, C.Bozeman 8+1reb+2ast, K.Tomori 7+4reb+3ast, A.Nogami 5+1reb
gschID: 543449


Fukushima - Cyberdyne IR 62-85

An interesting game for Cyberdyne IR (30-28) which played road game in Fukushima against second-best Fukushima (30-28). Third ranked Cyberdyne IR had an easy win 85-62. Cyberdyne IR outrebounded Fukushima 41-24 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fukushima. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Fukushima. Cyberdyne IR will face Iwate Big Bulls (#6) at home in the next round. Fukushima will play against Aomori Watts (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 35+14reb+1ast, D.Larkai 11+3reb+2ast, R.Rickert 10+10reb+3ast, J.Maniwa 7+4reb+1ast, M.Yosuke 6+7reb+2ast, S.Isshiki 5+2reb+1ast
Fukushima: N.Spikes 12+7reb+2ast, T.Shannon 11+5reb, S.Kanno 10+2reb+2ast, S.Murakami 9+1reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 8+6reb+3ast, K.Tomori 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543448


Kagawa FA - Shimane SM 60-76

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Shimane Magic (49-9) beat 5th ranked Kagawa FA (18-40) in Takamatsu 76-60 on Sunday. Shimane Magic made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) added 13 points in the effort for Kagawa FA. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shimane Magic have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 49-9 record. Loser Kagawa FA keeps the fifth place with 40 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Kagoshima (#6) in Renova in the next round where they are favorite. Kagawa FA will play at home against Kumamoto V. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Reid 17+9reb, J.Abe 13, H.Okamoto 10+2reb+3ast, J.Davis 9+11reb+4ast, W.Marshall 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 7+1reb+2ast
Kagawa FA: A.Forbes 13+6reb, R.Tokunaga 13+2reb+3ast, C.Tapscott 10+6reb, S.Mizoguchi 8+4reb+1ast, T.Shuichi 5+5reb+1ast, N.Williams 4+1reb
gschID: 543440


Toyotsu FE - Nishinomiya S. 83-59

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Nishinomiya S. (41-17) in Nagoya on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Toyotsu FE (40-18) 83-59. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a good game for Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. Toyotsu FE's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Toyotsu FE maintains second position with 40-18 record behind leader Shimane SM. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 17 games lost. Toyotsu FE are looking forward to face Tokyo Z (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nishinomiya S. will play against Tokyo Excel. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: R.Carney 20+4reb+3ast, S.Alabi 19+9reb+1ast, S.Kozu 10+4reb+1ast, K.Sugimoto 10+2reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 6+3reb+5ast, M.Narita 5+3reb+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 17+14reb+1ast, N.Douhara 8+2reb+4ast, L.Owens 7+5reb, K.Matsuzaki 7+1reb+1ast, N.Tani 6+4reb+2ast, D.Burns 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543441


Aomori Watts - Yamagata 69-54

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Aomori Watts and 5th ranked Yamagata had identical 26-31 record. This time Aomori Watts used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Yamagata 69-54 on Sunday night. It was a good game for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Yamagata. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aomori Watts have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Tokyo Z. Yamagata lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 32 games lost. Aomori Watts will face Fukushima (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Yamagata will play against the league's leader Gunma and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: D.Shimoyama 14+1reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 14+9reb+2ast, K.Barone 14+14reb+1ast, T.Kan 6+3reb, Y.Nagayama 5+3reb+1ast, K.Aita 5+4reb+2ast
Yamagata: S.Tarver 16+8reb+2ast, S.Murakami 12+2reb, Y.Ishikawa 10+16reb+3ast, Y.Takahashi 7+4reb+2ast, S.Yamamoto 4+2reb, Y.Kojima 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543442


Iwate Big Bulls - Gunma 59-79

Very predictable result when first ranked Gunma (38-20) rolled over on the road 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-43) 79-59 on Sunday. Gunma dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 26 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Iwate Big Bulls were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Point guard Masashi Obuchi (182-83) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and guard Yusuke Kodera (182-84) added 15 points in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains first position with 38-20 record. Iwate Big Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 43 games lost. Gunma will face Yamagata (#5) at home in the next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Cyberdyne IR in Tsukuba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 26+7reb+1ast, H.Kondo 12+3reb+3ast, A.Kuso 11+3reb+2ast, D.Umetsu 9+4reb, M.Obuchi 8+9reb+2ast, S.Kurihara 5+3reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: Y.Kodera 15+1reb, D.Lawson 8+12reb, N.Doaks 8+7reb, M.Sawaguchi 6, O.Yoko 6+6reb, S.Onodera 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543443


Shinshu BW - Tokyo Z 64-76

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Shinshu BW (14-44) lost to third ranked Tokyo Z (27-31) in Nagano 64-76 on Sunday. Shinshu BW was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Shinshu BW's coach Ryutaro Onodera rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z maintains third position with 27-31 record having fourteen points less than leader Shimane SM, which they share with Aomori Watts. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the sixth place with 44 games lost. Tokyo Z will face league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shinshu BW will play on the road against Bambitious Nara (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 27+13reb+4ast, D.Jones 17+11reb, K.Teppei 8, S.Akiba 7+1reb+1ast, M.Takumi 5+1reb+2ast, J.Liu 5+3reb
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 23+14reb+1ast, J.van der List 10+8reb+1ast, T.Hiroaki 9+1reb, K.Mitsui 6+4reb, Y.Yosuke 5+4reb+4ast, X.Ford 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 543444


Tokyo Excel. - Bambitious Nara 74-72

A very interesting game took place in Tokyo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Bambitious Nara (22-36) to fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (22-36) 74-72 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bambitious Nara. Tokyo Excel. brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tokyo Excel. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Bambitious Nara. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo and it may be the game of the week. Bambitious Nara will play at home against Shinshu BW and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: H.Tobita 13+1ast, R.Stephan 13+16reb+2ast, L.Evans 12+5reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 9+1reb+1ast, J.Herold 9+7reb, S.Miyata 6+4reb+1ast
Bambitious Nara: S.Komatsu 16+6reb, T.Woodbury 15+4reb+5ast, A.Hirao 13+1reb+2ast, A.Ogide 10+16reb+2ast, R.Kato 5+7reb, D.Terashita 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 543445


Ehime OV - Kagoshima 99-76

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Orange Vikings (29-29) outplayed 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-51) in Matsuyama 99-76 on Sunday. Orange Vikings dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kagoshima's 36. They outrebounded Kagoshima 38-21 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Orange Vikings looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American center Joshua Crawford (211-88, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Orange Vikings players scored in double figures. Guard Hiroshi Fujita (190-92) replied with 14 points and forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) added 14 points in the effort for Kagoshima. 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. Orange Vikings maintains fourth position with 29-29 record. Kagoshima lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 51 games lost. Orange Vikings will face league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kagoshima will play at home against the league's leader Shimane Magic (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: J.Crawford 23+13reb, T.Yoshihiko 20+4reb+4ast, Y.Nakajima 13+4reb+5ast, Y.Sekido 12+9reb, C.Williams 11+1reb, M.Abe 10+1reb+3ast
Kagoshima: H.Fujita 14+4reb+1ast, R.Nakazono 14+2reb, K.Matsuzaki 11, H.Yamashita 8+5reb+1ast, H.Tamada 8+1reb+1ast, A.Yamada 8+1ast
gschID: 543446


Kumamoto V. - Hiroshima D. 72-73

Another exciting game for Dragonflies (44-14) which played on the court of second-best Kumamoto V. (43-15). Third ranked Dragonflies upset home team edging them after exciting game by one point 73-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Takumi Furuno (179-93) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Dragonflies and five Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. Dragonflies moved-up to second place. Kumamoto V. at the other side dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. Dragonflies will play against Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Kumamoto V. will play on the road against Kagawa FA in Takamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: S.Tanaka 15+5reb+1ast, C.Lammert 13+7reb+1ast, S.Ikaruga 13+6reb+4ast, S.Asayama 10+2reb+1ast, A.N'Diaye 9+8reb+1ast, D.Dillon 6+2reb+1ast
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 22+10reb+4ast, R.Nakanishi 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 12+1reb, J.James 11+10reb, P.Butorac 10+3reb+1ast, S.Kobayashi 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543447





B League Round 60: Tochigi Brex beats Toyota Alvark by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in B League. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 60 in the B League took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Toyota Alvark (42-16) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (45-13) 79-76 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a good game for American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 45-13 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chiba Jets. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (18-40) were very close to win a game against third ranked Chiba Jets (42-16). Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and Hilton Armstrong who added 18 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chiba Jets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 40 games lost. Chiba Jets will play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ryukyu GK (27-31) against fifth ranked Diamond Dolphins (25-33) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ryukyu GK was defeated by Diamond Dolphins in a tough game in Nagoya 62-69. The winners were led by Justin Burrell who scored that evening 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Naoki Tashiro did not help to save the game for Ryukyu GK. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Diamond Dolphins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the third position with 31 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will meet Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road in the next round. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (28-30) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (19-39) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Osaka 81-88. The best player for the winners was Craig Brackins who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 19-39 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 30 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (31-27) which hosted in Tokyo one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (25-33). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. It was a good game for Robert Sacre who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 31-27 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth place with 33 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play at home against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 60: Toshiba BT smashed Toyama Grouses on the road 91-70. Yokohama BC lost to Sanen on its own court 61-77. Sendai 89ers was outscored by Hokkaido L. in Saporro 70-92. Kyoto Hannar. recorded a loss to SeaHorses at home 85-90.

Toyama Grouses - Toshiba BT 70-91

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Toshiba Thunders (48-10) crushed on the road 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (17-41) 91-70 on Wednesday. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds. The former international swingman Naoto Tsuji (185-89) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import Drew Viney (204-88, college: Loyola Mary) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Toyama Grouses. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 48-10 record. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth place with 41 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Tokyo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: S.Willard 18+10reb+3ast, D.Viney 16+5reb+3ast, Y.Okada 13+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 9+5reb, R.Yamazaki 6, T.Obara 4+7reb
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 23+17reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 20+1reb+2ast, Y.Fujii 14+2reb+6ast, T.Hasegawa 10, R.Shinoyama 6+2reb+3ast, R.Spangler 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 475282


Yokohama BC - Sanen 61-77

Very expected game when 6th ranked Yokohama BC (16-42) lost at home to second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (32-26) 77-61 on Wednesday. It was a good game for American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, agency: Babcock Sports) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Sanen Neophoenix players scored in double figures. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second position with 32-26 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Yokohama BC keeps the sixth place with 42 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face Toyama Grouses (#5) at home in the next round. Yokohama BC will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 16+5reb+5ast, J.Parmer 12+7reb+3ast, J.Washburn 8+5reb, M.Hosoya 8+1reb+1ast, P.Faye 8+11reb+1ast, A.Minatoya 7+1reb+1ast
Sanen: O.Ashaolu 15+5reb+1ast, A.Ota 14+3reb+1ast, J.Childress 14+10reb+3ast, R.Dozier 10+9reb+2ast, S.Tawatari 9+1reb+2ast, J.Kano 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475281


Hokkaido L. - Sendai 89ers 92-70

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (23-35) rolled over 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-45) in Saporro 92-70 on Wednesday. Hokkaido L. made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Five Hokkaido L. and four Sendai 89ers 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. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth position with 23-35 record. Sendai 89ers lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 45 games lost. Hokkaido L. will face higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sendai 89ers will play against the league's leader Tochigi Brex and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Shimura 15+1ast, G.Mangano 13+10reb+1ast, W.White 13+8reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 11+1reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 5+2ast, T.Nephawe 5+4reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 13+8reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 13+10reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 12+3reb+3ast, T.Nishikawa 12+3reb, T.Orimo 11+1reb+2ast, J.Bachynski 10+6reb
gschID: 475278


Nagoya DD - Ryukyu GK 69-62

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ryukyu GK (27-31) against fifth ranked Diamond Dolphins (25-33) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ryukyu GK was defeated by Diamond Dolphins in a tough game in Nagoya 62-69. The winners were led by American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) who scored that evening 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Takaya Sasayama (178-93) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Naoki Tashiro (188-93) did not help to save the game for Ryukyu GK. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Diamond Dolphins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the third position with 31 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will meet Kyoto Hannar. (#4) on the road in the next round. Ryukyu GK will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: N.Tashiro 16+5reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 15+5reb, L.Hamilton 11+5reb+1ast, R.Terry 6+4reb+1ast, S.Tsuyama 5, S.Kitagawa 2
Nagoya DD: J.Burrell 18+7reb+2ast, T.Sasayama 14+3reb+4ast, S.Funyu 11+1reb+2ast, T.Nakahigashi 8+8reb+2ast, J.Tillman 7+13reb, D.Weaver 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475286


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 79-76

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (18-40) were very close to win a game against third ranked Chiba Jets (42-16). Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected easier game. Chiba Jets made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Akita Happinets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Yuki Togashi (170-93) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who added 18 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Seiya Ando (184-92) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Chiba Jets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 40 games lost. Chiba Jets will play against Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Akita Happinets will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: L.Lyons 25+13reb+2ast, S.Ando 18+4reb+2ast, S.Taguchi 11+3reb, T.Nakayama 10+6reb+1ast, E.Ravenel 5+2reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 3+1reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: Y.Togashi 26+2reb+3ast, H.Armstrong 18+9reb+3ast, T.Stone 17+6reb, M.Parker 10+7reb, R.Ono 3+2reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 3
gschID: 475279


Hitachi SR - Niigata Albirex 93-85

An interesting game for Hitachi Sunrockers (31-27) which hosted in Tokyo one of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (25-33). Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Niigata Albirex 42-24 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Aki Chambers (190-90, college: Cal Merced) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 31-27 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth place with 33 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Niigata Albirex will play at home against Yokohama BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 20+8reb+3ast, D.Gardner 19+6reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 10+2ast, S.Hatakeyama 9+2reb+2ast, T.You 9+2reb, K.Sato 6+1reb
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 25+7reb+2ast, R.Guinn 17+8reb, A.Chambers 14+10reb+1ast, I.Brown 13+6reb+5ast, T.Ito 9+1reb+1ast, L.Vendrame 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 475280


Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 81-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (28-30) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (19-39) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Osaka 81-88. Shiga L-Stars made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 25 points. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 19-39 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 30 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 17+10reb+2ast, J.Harrellson 16+17reb+1ast, S.Negoro 12+1reb, S.Konno 8+3reb+1ast, T.Hashimoto 7+1reb+4ast, H.Kinoshita 5+1reb+4ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 25+3reb+2ast, C.Brackins 22+14reb+2ast, T.Hasegawa 16+3reb+2ast, N.Namizato 12+3reb+5ast, S.Faye 5+2reb, Y.Karino 4+1reb
gschID: 475284


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 76-79

The most exciting game of round 60 in the B League took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Toyota Alvark (42-16) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (45-13) 79-76 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a good game for American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Furukawa is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark's coach Takuma Ito rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 45-13 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Chiba Jets. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Akita Happinets (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 28+8reb+3ast, J.Takeuchi 14+8reb, Z.Baranski 10+4reb+3ast, J.Ayres 10+6reb, T.Plaisted 6+3reb, D.Tanaka 4+2reb+6ast
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 23+9reb+5ast, T.Furukawa 18+4reb+1ast, Y.Suda 14+3reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 8+4reb+5ast, N.Kumagae 6, T.Brenton 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 475285


Kyoto Hannar. - SeaHorses 85-90

Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (25-33) lost at home to first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (46-12) 90-85 on Wednesday. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. It was a good game for American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach Kimikazu Suzuki used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) replied with 29 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 46-12 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fourth place with 33 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play at home against Diamond Dolphins (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 29+8reb+1ast, K.Kotzur 20+10reb+1ast, H.Kawashima 9+3reb+3ast, S.Utsumi 8+1reb+1ast, K.Yamabuchi 6+4reb+4ast, G.Kojima 4+5ast
SeaHorses: M.Hiejima 21+2reb+4ast, G.Edwards 20+11reb+4ast, K.Kanamaru 12+1ast, R.Hashimoto 11+1reb+1ast, I.Butts 7+9reb+1ast, M.Karimata 6+2reb
gschID: 475283





Randall's double-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Cyberdyne IR and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 60.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Fukushima (30-28) with 23-point margin 85-62. Cyberdyne IR is placed at 2nd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Cyberdyne IR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 30-28 record. In the team's last game Randall had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cyberdyne IR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randall is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.7ppg. Randall

Second best performed player last round was Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z. He is American center in his first season at Tokyo Z. In the last game Creekmore recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Tokyo Z cruised to a 76-64 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#6, 14-44). Tokyo Z's 3rd position in Central has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 27-31 record. Creekmore is a newcomer at Tokyo Z and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#4). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Chad Posthumus (211-C-91) of Shinshu BW (#6). Posthumus scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Posthumus' great performance Shinshu BW lost 64-76 to the higher-ranked Tokyo Z (#3, 27-31). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Shinshu BW can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 14-44 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Posthumus he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Posthumus has individually a great season in Japan. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Crawford (211-C-88) of Ehime OV - 23 points and 13 rebounds
5. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Gunma - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. Jordan Vandenberg (216-C-90) of Nishinomiya S. - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Takumi Furuno (179-PG-93) of Kumamoto V. - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Deon Jones (198-G-93) of Tokyo Z - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 19 points and 9 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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 5. Black, Bashkimi20.4 
 6. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 7. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.8 
 8. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca16.3 
 10. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi8.9 
 4. Moser, Sigal P.8.2 
 5. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 6. Locke, Bashkimi7.2 
 7. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 8. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 9. Black, Bashkimi6.5 
 10. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 4. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.9 
 5. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 6. Mekaj, Peja4.9 
 7. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 9. Black, Bashkimi4.2 
 10. Scott, Trepca4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.5 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 5. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 6. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 9. Black, Bashkimi1.6 
 10. Moser, Sigal P.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Muric, Peja0.7 
 6. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 7. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 8. Rugova, Sigal P.0.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 10. Anderson, Ylli0.6 


SuperLeague Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Sigal Prishtina and Bashkimi record wins - by Eurobasket News

Trepca - Sigal Prishtina 77-119

Sigal Prishtina eased past Trepca on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Sigal Prishtina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Trepca's 48. Sigal Prishtina looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Trepca's players. The former international forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Sigal Prishtina's coach Audrius Prakuraitis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Besnik Azemi (200-89) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Trepca. Five Sigal Prishtina and four Trepca players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Trepca: B.Azemi 17+9reb, M.Scott 14+9reb+4ast, S.Zekiqi 13+2reb+1ast, B.Zekiqi 10+3reb+1ast, N.Ljujic 9+6reb+2ast, A.Selmani 8
Sigal Prishtina: D.Hajrizi 21+8reb+7ast, N.Delic 18+5reb+2ast, G.Rugova 17+4reb, F.Rugova 15+2reb, W.Kemp 12+2reb+5ast, J.Hinds 10+1reb+4ast
gschID: 545486


Peja - Bashkimi 65-94

Bashkimi secured a comfortable win over Peja to step closer to Superleague Finals. The game without a history. Bashkimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bashkimi outrebounded Peja 53-28 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Peja's players. American forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Garrius Adams (198-90, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Bashkimi's coach Dragan Radovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Arian Qallaku (195-92) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Arti Hajdari (190-93) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Peja: A.Qallaku 18+8reb+3ast, A.Hajdari 17+2reb+2ast, R.Abramovic 13+5reb+2ast, L.Mekaj 10+1reb+4ast, B.Kadusha 3+3reb, E.Kuqi 2+3reb+3ast
Bashkimi: K.Locke 26+9reb+5ast, G.Adams 15+13reb+3ast, G.Sinani 14+5reb, Q.Biraj 11+8reb+1ast, T.Soyebo 10+4reb+8ast, J.Black 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 545485





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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.6 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava20.5 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.4 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.0 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.4 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba8.9 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava6.8 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Miezis, Kekava4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Brants, Madona2.3 
 9. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 10. Salenieks, DSN/.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 8. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


LBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Barons Riga and Valmiera remain in title chase - by Eurobasket News

Jekabpils - Barons Riga 65-70

Barons Riga fired past Jekabpils to advance into the semifinal stage. Jekabpils trailed 40-38 at halftime, rallying from a 28-14 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Barons Riga made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Barons Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Jekabpils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Jekabpils' coach Rudolfs Rozitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: K.Mediss 15+1reb, T.Jogela 15+9reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 9+3reb, D.Geks 9+3reb, T.Larson 8+5reb+5ast, D.Rozitis 6+3reb+3ast
Jekabpils: R.Stumbris 19+8reb+2ast, J.Aleksejevs 17+3reb+2ast, R.Sirsnins 12+1reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 6+2ast, A.Selakovs 4+2reb+2ast, J.Antrops 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545594


Valmiera - Liepaja/Triobet 102-75

Valmiera thumped visiting Liepaja/Triobet to secure the semifinal appearance. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Valmiera had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Liepaja/Triobet was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 assists. The former international Martins Laksa (200-90) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 13 points and 7 assists and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Liepaja/Triobet. 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:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 25+2reb+6ast, M.Laksa 19+3reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 16+3reb+2ast, E.Jonats 12+5reb+2ast, D.Fischer 11+10reb+1ast, L.Blaus 9+3reb+1ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 16+3reb+3ast, A.Butjankovs 14+8reb+1ast, M.Griffin 13+4reb+7ast, C.Montgomery 9+2reb, R.Krastins 7+3reb+4ast, K.Piternieks 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545523





LBL2 Round 2 of Finals. ViA beat Jelgava to even title series - by Eurobasket News

ViA - Jelgava 82-76

ViA outgunned Jelgava to draw things level in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. ViA outrebounded Jelgava 43-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Oto Grinbergs (195-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four ViA players scored in double figures. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Janis Atelbauers (204-95) added 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) in the effort for Jelgava.
Top scorers:
ViA: O.Grinbergs 17+6reb+2ast, R.Ermansons 14+9reb+1ast, K.Dubults 13+12reb, T.Kohanovs 10+6reb+7ast, E.Ivanovs 8+3reb+2ast, R.Mihailovs 7+1reb
Jelgava: J.Atelbauers 23+8reb+1ast, E.Krumins 22+10reb+2ast, A.Justovics 11+3reb+1ast, G.Justovics 9+3reb+8ast, J.Berzins 6, K.Krumins 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545209





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Pepsi LBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Moutahed complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Moutahed - Louaize 78-62

Moutahed prevailed against Louaize to advance into the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Al Moutahed. Louaize managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Louaize 45-33 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Moutahed made 9 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Four Al Moutahed players scored in double figures. Travis McKie (201-92, college: Wake Forest, agency: Diamond Sports) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Alandise Harris (198-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: R.Curry 27+5reb+2ast, D.Spencer 20+12reb+3ast, C.Melvin 17+16reb+4ast, E.Rustom 11+4reb, C.Tabet 2+6reb+1ast, M.Ziadeh 1+1reb
Louaize: T.McKie 20+9reb, A.Harris 13+6reb+2ast, G.Johnson 11+6reb+4ast, E.Stephan 9+4reb+2ast, R.Dib 5+2reb+2ast, M.Martinez 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545474





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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.8 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.9 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.7 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.8.0 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.8 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.5 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.3 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.5 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.2 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.5 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris4.1 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 5. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
 10. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Juventus
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Galdikas, Juventus1.3 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 3. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 


RKL stats leaders

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Recap of LKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas - Lietkabelis 71-84

Lietkabelis upset Vytautas on the road to open 2-0 lead in the series. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vytautas' 28. They outrebounded Vytautas 38-20 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Donatas Tarolis (202-94, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) replied with 18 points and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) added 15 points in the effort for Vytautas. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 18+1reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 15+4reb+2ast, R.Miniotas 11+5reb+2ast, M.Linkevicius 10+2reb, A.Valeika 6+5reb+3ast, V.Cizauskas 5+1reb+2ast
Lietkabelis: D.Tarolis 19+6reb+1ast, B.Madgen 13+5reb+3ast, Z.Skucas 10+3reb, L.Williams 9+3reb+6ast, M.Lukauskis 7+7reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 545269


P.Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas 80-89

Lietuvos Rytas beat Pieno Zvaigzdes to take the second straight victory. P.Zvaigzdes was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 29-13 charge of Lietuvos rytas, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to P.Zvaigzdes' 32. Lietuvos rytas players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. P.Zvaigzdes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Senegalese point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 10 points and 13 assists during the contest. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Lietuvos rytas and four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: O.Olisevicius 26+5reb+1ast, D.Low 13+1reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 11+5reb+2ast, J.Tamulis 10+2reb+3ast, A.Agafonov 8+4reb, N.Balashov 7+3reb+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 27+5reb+3ast, A.Gudaitis 16+5reb, D.Gordon 14+3reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 11+5reb+3ast, C.Hannah 10+3reb+13ast, R.Giedraitis 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545268


Juventus - Neptunas 57-78

Neptunas cruised past Juventus in Game 2. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Juventus' 24. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (205-82) notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Mindaugas Kacinas (201-93, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Juventus. American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) added 6 points and 6 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Juventus: V.Cepukaitis 14+9reb, V.Sulskis 8+2reb+2ast, O.Galdikas 8+4reb+1ast, D.Salenga 8+4reb, J.Diggs 6+1reb+6ast, V.Vasylius 5+2reb+2ast
Neptunas: V.Sarakauskas 14+5reb, M.Kacinas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 10+3reb+3ast, M.Mazeika 9+6reb+2ast, A.Siksnius 9+1reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 545266


Dzukija - Zalgiris 74-87

Zalgiris stepped closer to the semifinal stage following a road win over Dzukija. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Dzukija was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Dzukija's 26. The best player for the winners was Australian power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) who scored 21 points. International point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Zalgiris' coach Sarunas Jasikevicius let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Jimmy Gavin (190-91, college: Winthrop) produced 18 points and forward Paulius Morkeliunas (202-85, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: J.Gavin 18+1reb+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 18+2reb, G.Navickas 13+3reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 11+7reb+2ast, O.Macernis 7+5reb+1ast, A.Hernandez 5+8reb+6ast
Zalgiris: B.Motum 21+3reb+2ast, L.Lekavicius 16+2reb+5ast, R.Seibutis 16+5reb, P.Jankunas 14+5reb, L.Westermann 5+5reb+7ast, A.Lima 5+2reb
gschID: 545267





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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.0 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.1 
 3. Yeager, Guasave24.9 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.1 
 5. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 6. Ammons, Navolato22.3 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato21.7 
 8. Tucker, Mazatlan21.7 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Glover, Obregon20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.8 
 2. Ammons, Navolato11.5 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.5 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 7. Early, Los Mochis7.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.5 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Glaze, Culiacan7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.4 
 2. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana5.2 
 4. Perez, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis3.5 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.6 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.9 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Tucker, Mazatlan1.4 
 5. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.2 
 7. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 8. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 9. Gardner, Tijuana1.2 
 10. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.4 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 7. Hernandez, Los M.0.6 
 8. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 
 9. Keller, Durango0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 23: Halcones de Ciudad Obregon defeats leader Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (17-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (15-7) 97-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Anthlon Bell (190-93, college: Arkansas) answered with 25 points for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon maintains second place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are looking forward to face Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Frayles de Guasave (10-12) which played on the court of Pioneros Los Mochis (9-13). Fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave had an easy win 84-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. It was a great evening for American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gary Mondragon helped adding 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 10-12 record, which they share with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-8) against fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (12-10) on Wednesday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in Tijuana 86-68. It was an exceptional evening for BJ West who led the winners and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Karim Scott came up with 23 points for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth place with 12-10 record. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the third position with eight games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 23 Culiacan were beaten by Navolato on the road 90-78. Mazatlan won against Durango on its own court 102-93.

Navolato - Culiacan 90-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato and 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan had identical 8-13 record. This time Garra Canera de Navolato used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Culiacan 90-78 on Wednesday night. Garra Canera de Navolato outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 34-18 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) added 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Caballeros de Culiacan in the defeat. Four Garra Canera de Navolato and five Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Garra Canera de Navolato (9-13) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: G.Glaze 19+1reb+1ast, B.Puckett 15+10reb+6ast, J.Gonzalez 13+4reb, R.Rougeau 12+1reb+6ast, D.Maxwell 12+1reb+2ast, J.Villalobos 3+3ast
Navolato: M.Ammons 25+9reb+2ast, K.Rogers 20+2reb+5ast, E. Zuniga 17+8reb+5ast, D.Mitchell 17+5reb+10ast, D.Eldridge 5+7reb+4ast, A.Medina 4+1reb
gschID: 536386


Mazatlan - Durango 102-93

Very expected game when 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (6-15) lost on the road to sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (10-12) 102-93 on Wednesday. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) who led the winners and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) accounted for 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Forward Roscoe Smith (206-91, college: UNLV) came up with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for Aguilas Doradas de Durango in the defeat. Four Lobos UAD Mazatlan and five Aguilas Doradas de Durango players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guasave. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will meet Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road in the next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Durango: J.Crawford 16+1reb+6ast, R.Battle 16+5reb+1ast, P.Jones 15+8reb, O.Richards 15+4reb+1ast, R.Smith 12+9reb+4ast, G.Moron 6+3reb
Mazatlan: S.Edwards 29+8reb+1ast, C.Tucker 23+7reb+5ast, O.Thomas 20+9reb+2ast, J.Ledbetter 20+2reb+6ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 4+3reb+2ast, J.Valdez 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536389


Hermosillo - Obregon 86-97

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (17-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (15-7) 97-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Guard Anthlon Bell (190-93, college: Arkansas) answered with 25 points and guard Michael Perez (190-91, college: Nevada) added 22 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon maintains second place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are looking forward to face Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: A.Bell 25+4reb+2ast, M.Perez 22+3reb+6ast, J.Camacho 18+6reb+1ast, E.Little 7+5reb+2ast, S.Monreal 6+5reb+5ast, M.Henry 4+2reb
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 38+12reb+7ast, L.Atterberry 20+6reb+2ast, N.Leon 12+3reb+5ast, J.Hutchingson 10+5reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 6+7reb, O.Quintero 5+4reb
gschID: 536388


Los Mochis - Guasave 72-84

Another interesting game for Frayles de Guasave (10-12) which played on the court of Pioneros Los Mochis (9-13). Fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave had an easy win 84-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. It was a great shooting night for Frayles de Guasave especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gary Mondragon (-91) helped adding 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. American forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 10-12 record, which they share with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Murphy 20+5reb+1ast, C.Forte 17+6reb+4ast, J.Early 14+6reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 9+4reb+1ast, T.Motley 8+10reb+4ast, J.Manuel Medina 4+2reb+1ast
Guasave: S.Yeager 33+5reb+4ast, G.Mondragon 17+5reb+7ast, T.Franklin 13+2reb+3ast, L.Davis 11+3reb+1ast, E.Pittman 10+5reb+1ast, R.Soto 0+1reb
gschID: 536387


Tijuana - Guaymas 68-86

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-8) against fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (12-10) on Wednesday night. Host Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in Tijuana 86-68. Ostioneros de Guaymas outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 38-22 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) accounted for 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Karim Scott (-88) came up with 23 points and American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth place with 12-10 record. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the third position with eight games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: K.Scott 23+1reb+3ast, D.Cheek 13+1reb+2ast, M.Morrison 11+3reb+4ast, J.Cesar del Campo 9+4reb+2ast, D.Ibarra 5, L.Gibson 4+5reb+1ast
Guaymas: B.West 25+9reb+1ast, R.Delgado 20+6reb+2ast, B.Provost 14+2reb+3ast, R.Woods 14+6reb, P.Marigney 12+9reb+9ast, E.Gonzalez 1+2reb
gschID: 536390





Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mazatlan and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old swingman had the game-high 40 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Mazatlan as his team was edged out by Durango (#10, 6-15) 106-104. Mazatlan maintains the 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Mazatlan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 22 games. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mazatlan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tucker is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.7ppg) and averages solid 57.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell (201-F-91) of Culiacan. Maxwell impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Culiacan cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Navolato (#8, 9-13). Culiacan's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Maxwell 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 Elijah Pittman (206-F-91, agency: Aspire Sports) of Guasave (#5). Pittman scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pittman's great performance Guasave lost 75-84 to slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#7, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Guasave 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, Pittman could help Guasave to bring them higher in the standings. Pittman has a very solid season. In 22 games in Mexico he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 64.5% and 3PT: 42.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Paul Jones (198-F-89) of Durango - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Michael Perez (190-G-91) of Hermosillo - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jose Zesati (205-C-94) of Tijuana - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Karim Scott (G/F-88) of Tijuana - 18 points, 4 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)



CIBACOPA Round 22: Tijuana Zonkeys beat Ostioneros de Guaymas in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced one of their biggest challengers Ostioneros de Guaymas. Host Tijuana Zonkeys (13-7) defeated guests from Guaymas (11-10) 90-85. 25 personal fouls committed by Ostioneros de Guaymas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Christian Cortez fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Jose Zesati (205-94) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 13-7 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys 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.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hermosillo. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced their biggest opponent Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Host Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) defeated guests from Ciudad Obregon (14-7) 112-98. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. Emmanuel Little contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 17-4 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango edged sixth-ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan 106-104. The game was dominated by American players. Paul Jones scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Cliff Tucker responded with 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field). Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis and Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Los Mochis was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (9-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-12). Pioneros Los Mochis managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. The game was also dominated by American players. Cameron Forte notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mazatlan and Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home.

In the last game of round 22 Culiacan defeated Navolato in a road game 88-81.
The best stats of 22th round was 31 points and 5 rebounds by DuVaughn Maxwell of Culiacan.

Tijuana - Guaymas 90-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tijuana. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys faced one of their biggest challengers Ostioneros de Guaymas. Host Tijuana Zonkeys (13-7) defeated guests from Guaymas (11-10) 90-85. 25 personal fouls committed by Ostioneros de Guaymas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Christian Cortez fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Jose Zesati (205-94) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 13-7 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys 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:
Tijuana: C.Cortez 19+5reb+4ast, K.Scott 18+4reb+4ast, J.Zesati 17+7reb+2ast, D.Cheek 16+4reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 9+2reb+1ast, L.Gibson 4+7reb+4ast
Guaymas: R.Woods 18+2reb+2ast, P.Marigney 17+5reb+4ast, B.Provost 15+5reb+5ast, B.West 13+6reb+2ast, R.Delgado 12+7reb+1ast, M.Gwynne 9+9reb+3ast
gschID: 536381


Mazatlan - Durango 104-106

Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango edged sixth-ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan 106-104. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Paul Jones (198-89, college: W.Washington) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ronnie Battle (185, college: Chattahoochee V.) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Aguilas Doradas de Durango players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) responded with 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) and forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) scored 22 points. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis and Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again against Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Durango: P.Jones 24+4reb, R.Battle 21+5reb, J.Crawford 20+1reb+4ast, R.Smith 18+5reb+1ast, O.Richards 16+9reb, I.Avalos 5+1reb
Mazatlan: C.Tucker 40+6reb+6ast, O.Thomas 22+3reb+1ast, S.Edwards 20+4reb+2ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 7+1reb+4ast, J.Sanchez 6+1reb+1ast, J.Ledbetter 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 536382


Hermosillo - Obregon 112-98

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Hermosillo. First ranked Rayos de Hermosillo faced their biggest opponent Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Host Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) defeated guests from Ciudad Obregon (14-7) 112-98. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and his fellow American import forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 17-4 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 23+3reb+5ast, E.Little 18+8reb+2ast, A.Bell 17+1reb, M.Perez 13+6reb+8ast, J.Camacho 12+5reb+2ast, M.Henry 11+6reb+1ast
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 25+6reb+2ast, L.Atterberry 19+5reb+1ast, N.Leon 17+4reb+4ast, J.Hutchingson 13+3reb+4ast, M.Glover 11+9reb+2ast, I.Leon 6
gschID: 536383


Navolato - Culiacan 81-88

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-13) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-13) 88-81. Caballeros de Culiacan made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward DuVaughn Maxwell (201-91, college: Hampton) notched 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) supported him with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) did not help to save the game for Garra Canera de Navolato. Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caballeros de Culiacan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Navolato. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: D.Maxwell 31+5reb+3ast, B.Puckett 11+7reb+6ast, J.Villalobos 10+1reb+1ast, G.Glaze 9+2reb+2ast, S.Sanders 9+4reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 9+8reb+3ast
Navolato: D.Mitchell 23+14reb+5ast, K.Rogers 15+10reb+4ast, M.Ammons 11+5reb+4ast, D.Eldridge 10+4reb+3ast, B.Heredia 8+1reb+3ast, E. Zuniga 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536385


Los Mochis - Guasave 84-75

The game in Los Mochis was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (9-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (9-12). Pioneros Los Mochis managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. Pioneros Los Mochis made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Frayles de Guasave only scored four points from the stripe. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) supported him with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds by forward Elijah Pittman (206-91, college: Marshall, agency: Aspire Sports) did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) added 26 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mazatlan and Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be again Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 26+9reb+3ast, T.Motley 24+9reb+4ast, J.Early 16+7reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 11+7reb, N.Murphy 5+3reb+9ast, R.Berrelleza 2
Guasave: T.Franklin 26+4reb+2ast, E.Pittman 18+15reb+2ast, S.Yeager 13+2reb, L.Davis 12+4reb+1ast, A.Cervantes 4+1ast, G.Mondragon 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 536384





Myke Henry signs at Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA) landed 25-year old American forward Myke Henry (198-95kg-92, college: De Paul). He moved there from Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S. where he started the season. In 39 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg this season. Henry helped them to win the Southwest Division title (twice).
He graduated from De Paul University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Guaymas add West to their roster, ex Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News

Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 28-year old American forward B.J. West (211-109kg-89, college: Jackson State). He moved there from Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican BSN league where he started the season. In 6 games he recorded 5.3ppg and 5.7rpg this season. West ended this season at Soles (LNBP). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team, was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest and to the Mexican LNBP All-Star Game. But the most of that year he spent at Santos (LNBP). In 33 BSN games he averaged impressive 18.2ppg, 10.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team, was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest and to the Mexican LNBP All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others West's college team won WAC Tournament in 2010 and 2013.
He has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos) and Germany (ETB Wohnbau).
West attended Jackson State until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 


Buducnost defend Erste Liga title - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Mornar Bar 76:73

Buducnost celebrated the 11th consecutive Montenegrin title. The Podgorica powerhouse held off Mornar Bar in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to lift the trophy. Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) nailed 26 points to pace the champions.
Buducnost jumped to a 26:16 lead after the opening quarter. Mornar Bar however stepped up in the second term. The visitors poured in 25 points to get within five points at halftime 44:39. Buducnost stayed in charge throughout the third term. The hosts entered the fourth term up by six points 60:54. Mornar Bar kept the intrigue alive till the final seconds. However Nemanja Gordic went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for the home side. Boris Savovic (208-F-87, agency: BeoBasket) had 15 points, while Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) had 8 points in the victory. Marko Mugosa (200-SG-93, agency: BeoExcell), Antabia Waller (191-G-88, college: Auburn) and Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati) responded with 12 points each for Mornar Bar.

Buducnost: Nemanja Gordic 26, Boris Savovic 15, Bojan Subotic 8
Mornar Bar: Marko Mugosa 12, Antabia Waller 12, Octavius Ellis 12



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D1 Round 19: IRT Tanger beats FUS Rabat by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 19 in the D1 took place in Rabat. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked FUS Rabat (7-10) to sixth ranked IRT Tanger (8-7) 69-68 on Wednesday evening. IRT Tanger maintains sixth place with 8-7 record. FUS Rabat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost.
An interesting game for CRA Hoceima (13-2) which played road game in Fes against 4th placed MAS Fes (10-6). Second ranked CRA Hoceima managed to get a 11-point victory 74-63. CRA Hoceima maintains second place with 13-2 record behind leader ASS Sale. MAS Fes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost.
Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to third ranked WAC (11-5) 71-68 on Wednesday evening. WAC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader ASS Sale. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with 15 games lost.
The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked FAR Rabat (11-6) played at the court of 7th ranked KACM (7-9). FAR Rabat defeated KACM 86-74. FAR Rabat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted KACM keeps the seventh position with nine games lost.

In the last game of round 19 IRAN was beaten by KAC on the road 78-67.

KACM - FAR Rabat 74-86

The game in Marrakech was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked FAR Rabat (11-6) played at the court of 7th ranked KACM (7-9). FAR Rabat defeated KACM 86-74. FAR Rabat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted KACM keeps the seventh position with nine games lost.
gschID: 545522


FUS Rabat - IRT Tanger 68-69

The most exciting game of round 19 in the D1 took place in Rabat. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked FUS Rabat (7-10) to sixth ranked IRT Tanger (8-7) 69-68 on Wednesday evening. IRT Tanger maintains sixth place with 8-7 record. FUS Rabat lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 545519


MAS Fes - CRA Hoceima 63-74

An interesting game for CRA Hoceima (13-2) which played road game in Fes against 4th placed MAS Fes (10-6). Second ranked CRA Hoceima managed to get a 11-point victory 74-63. CRA Hoceima maintains second place with 13-2 record behind leader ASS Sale. MAS Fes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost.
gschID: 545520


RSB Berkane - WAC 68-71

Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to third ranked WAC (11-5) 71-68 on Wednesday evening. WAC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-5 record having just three points less than leader ASS Sale. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with 15 games lost.
gschID: 545521


KAC - Iran 78-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked KAC's (5-11) home victory over 10th ranked IRAN (2-15) in Kenitra 78-67. Newly promoted KAC maintains ninth place with 5-11 record. IRAN at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 545518





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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.8 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 7. James, Clevelan.27.0 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.6 
 9. Leonard, San A.26.0 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.5