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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. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 9. Deck, San Lorenzo16.8 
 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. Vargas, GECR I.8.6 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.4 
 10. Wood, San M.8.3 
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.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 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. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
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.1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 



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  AUSTRALIA  


Chris Fowler agreed terms with Rockhampton - by Eurobasket News

Rockhampton Rockets (QBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Chris Fowler (186-87kg-93, college: Cent.Michigan). He moved there from Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in the U.S. where he started the season. In 6 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.2apg this season.
Last year Fowler was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in second round (29th overall).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2016 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Fowler's team won MAC West Division Regular Season in 2015. He received also CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @gamblesportsman)

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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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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.1 
 4. Lamesic, Wels18.1 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.3 
 7. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart15.9 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
 10. Ray, Vienna6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.6 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.6 
 5. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 6. Payton, Wels1.5 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 9. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Kapfenberg enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Wels - Vienna 81-66

Wels held off Vienna to even the quarterfinal series. Raiffeisen Wels dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Vienna's 24. They outrebounded Vienna 35-20 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) added 14 points in the effort for Vienna. Four Vienna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vienna: S.Stazic 18+5reb+4ast, S.Ray 14+3reb+2ast, P.Miletic 12+4reb+1ast, S.Koch 10+1reb+3ast, A.Clemmons 9+3reb+6ast, A.Andjelkovic 3+4reb
Wels: K.Payton 22+6reb+4ast, L.O'Neal 21+2reb+5ast, D.Lamesic 14+16reb+4ast, A.Chan 8+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 7+7reb+2ast, D.Cigoja 4
gschID: 545590


Arkadia - Kapfenberg 82-95

Kapfenberg dropped Arkadia on the road to complete the sweep of the series. It looked good early as Arkadia Lions took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 23-20 second period charge getting the lead and Arkadia Lions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-95. They outrebounded Arkadia Lions 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Kapfenberg Bulls shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) responded with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: B.Danek 25+5reb+6ast, J.Detrick 15+3reb+1ast, M.Draskovic 13+11reb+1ast, F.Vay 11+5reb+4ast, M.Trmal 10+1ast, F.Memcic 5+5reb
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 27+8reb+1ast, K.Jamar 21+7reb+6ast, A.Woschank 15+6reb+3ast, F.Kramer 10+7reb, B.Vujosevic 9+3reb+10ast, M.Stegnjaic 6+3reb
gschID: 545589





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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. Tofi, Aalstar15.2 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.2 
 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: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 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. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.4 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.2 
 10. Richardson, Spirou1.2 
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. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 7. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.6 


Euromillions League Round 34: Limburg United beats Antwerp Giants by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Euromillions League.

The most exciting game of round 34 in the Euromillions League took place in Antwerp. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Antwerp Giants (21-13) to fourth ranked Limburg United (18-16) 100-98 on Wednesday evening. Limburg United looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Antwerp Giants. Limburg United have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-16 record, which they share with Kangoeroes. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second place with 13 games lost. Limburg United is looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Jemappes in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play at home against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (29-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (16-18) 78-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. The former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points to lead the charge for the winners and Pierre-Antoine Gillet chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) responded with 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oostende have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 29-5 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 18 games lost. Oostende will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spirou Charleroi will play against Kangoeroes (#5) in Willebroek and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (17-17). Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeated Okapi Aalstar 83-70 on Wednesday. Tre Demps notched 20 points to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Yunio Barrueta did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar lost third consecutive game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home higher ranked Limburg United (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Liege Basket (5-29) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kangoeroes (18-16) in Willebroek. Kangoeroes managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Wesley Channels fired 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Kangoeroes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Limburg United. Liege Basket lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Kangoeroes' next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#8) at home. Liege Basket will play against Basic-Fit Brussels and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 34 Brussels beat Leuven on the road 91-86.
The most impressive performance of 34th round was 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists by Codi Miller-McIntyre of Leuven.

Leuven - Brussels 86-91

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (20-14) beat on the road 9th ranked Leuven Bears (9-25) 91-86. Basic-Fit Brussels made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Leuven Bears only scored three points from the stripe. American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and point guard Anthony Goetgeluck (182-92) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Leuven Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Basic-Fit Brussels maintains third position with 20-14 record having nine points less than leader Oostende. Leuven Bears lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play at home against Okapi Aalstar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brussels: D.Loubry 23+4ast, B.Ubel 21+8reb, A.Lichodzijewski 15+4reb+2ast, C.Dowe 12+7reb+1ast, G.Muya 9+1reb+2ast, T.Bray 8+1reb+1ast
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 19+9reb+11ast, C.Steindl 14+2ast, A.Cotton 10+2reb+2ast, J.Delalieux 9+6reb+2ast, I.Bako 8+4reb, A.Goetgeluck 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 478860


Antwerp - Limburg United 98-100

The most exciting game of round 34 in the Euromillions League took place in Antwerp. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Antwerp Giants (21-13) to fourth ranked Limburg United (18-16) 100-98 on Wednesday evening. Limburg United looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Limburg United have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-16 record, which they share with Kangoeroes. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second place with 13 games lost. Limburg United is looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Jemappes in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play at home against the league's leader Oostende (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: B.Simons 15+6reb+3ast, J.Swing 14+9reb+1ast, S.Tuttle 14+6reb+6ast, Y.Desiron 14+5reb, H.Vanwijn 11+1reb+2ast, D.Jansen 10+5reb
Antwerp: J.Clark 23+5reb+5ast, D.Conger 22+5reb+3ast, G.Ware 16+10reb, R.Anderson 15+10reb+1ast, K.Punter 11+5reb+4ast, M.Smith 9+2ast
gschID: 478859


Oostende - Spirou 78-71

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (29-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (16-18) 78-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. Oostende made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The former international center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) responded with 12 points and American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oostende have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 29-5 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 18 games lost. Oostende will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spirou Charleroi will play against Kangoeroes (#5) in Willebroek and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Boukichou 14+3reb+2ast, R.Katic 14+2reb, C.Walden 9+2reb, P.Gillet 9+8reb+1ast, D.Newbill 7+1reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 6+2reb+6ast
Spirou: K.Grant 12+5reb, A.Libert 12+3reb+3ast, D.Richardson 10+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 10+5reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 6+3reb+5ast, N.Marnegrave 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 478858


Mons-Hainaut - Aalstar 83-70

The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-17) played at the court of eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (17-17). Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeated Okapi Aalstar 83-70 on Wednesday. American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) notched 20 points to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) supported him with 16 points. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) did not help to save the game for Okapi Aalstar. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar lost third consecutive game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet at home higher ranked Limburg United (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Leuven Bears and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 20+3reb+2ast, G.Green 16+4reb, I.Lasisi 13+3reb+3ast, J.Cage 10+5reb+1ast, J.Mann 7+5reb+1ast, A.Olah 5+3reb+1ast
Aalstar: Y.Barrueta 15+9reb+1ast, V.Taylor 14+4reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 13+7reb+3ast, J.Tofi 9+2reb, T.De Thaey 7+3reb+1ast, S.Geukens 6+1reb
gschID: 478857


Kangoeroes - Liege 86-84

Tenth-ranked Liege Basket (5-29) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kangoeroes (18-16) in Willebroek. Kangoeroes managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) chipped in 26 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and his fellow American import point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Kangoeroes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Limburg United. Liege Basket lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Kangoeroes' next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#8) at home. Liege Basket will play against Basic-Fit Brussels and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 26+9reb+1ast, W.Channels 26+6reb+8ast, D.Donkor 10+4reb+1ast, T.Henry 9+7reb+2ast, T.Deroover 5+3reb+1ast, R.Oveneke 4+1reb
Liege: D.Sweetney 23+6reb+1ast, V.Simpson 15+4reb+4ast, B.Penninck 11+1reb, S.Moris 10, Y.Hertay 8+1reb, L.Hazard 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 478856





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





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Calero welcomes back Francis - by Francisco Vega

Calero de Potosi (Libobasquet) landed American swingman Jamal Francis (193). It is actually his comeback to Potosi as he has played here before. Francis played in the summer at Pichincha de Potosi in Bolivian Libobasquet. He also played that season for Calero.
Francis received PBL Rookie of the Year award back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in USA and PBL (Lynchburg T. and Carolina Pee Dee).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Markee Mazyck is a newcomer at Amistad - by Francisco Vega

Amistad Sucre (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Markee Mazyck (198-104kg). He has only college experience while playing for West Virginia State University (NCAA2).

In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg last season. Mazyck also played for another team Yellow Jackets in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA2 that season where in 27 games he averaged remarkable 20.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg.

He received All-MEC 2nd Team award in 2015 at his college time.

Of course it will be Mazyck's first season in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Watson inks at Amistad at the beginning of his pro career - by Francisco Vega

Amistad Sucre (Libobasquet) added to their roster 24-year old American power forward Devontae Watson (211-105kg-93). Watson has only college experience so far playing last time for Temple (NCAA).
He has played there for the last four years. But in 9 games he recorded just 0.4ppg and 1.0rpg last season. Watson helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The previous (12-13) season he played also at another team Owls in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 6 games he averaged only 1.5ppg and 1.0rpg.

Of course it will be Watson's first season as a professional player.

On Watson: Devontae Watson, a 6 foot 11 basketball player from Ambridge Pennsylvania, dominates the boards using his length, and 7 foot 5 wingspan, to challenge opponents at the rim. He is a defensive force, able to use his body to cause the defender to re adjust his shot. His go to moves favor face up-up and under, bank shot, face up jump shot, or go right spin back middle. Watson's strengths lie in shot blocking, rebounding, and floor running. Coming out of high school he was recruited as a 2012 first team all-state selection, one of only two high school players to record over 1,000 points, rebounds and blocks in a career. He finished his collegiate career ranked a top 20 leading shot blocker in Temple University history.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dashaun Wiggins claims Costa Rican Liga LBS weekly honour - by Mike Amico

Costa Rica LBS
5/4/2017

American Dashaun Wiggins (188-G-91, college: Portland St.) had a great game in the last round for Coopenae Coopenae ARBA San Ramon and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga LBS Player of the Week award for round 4.

The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat U Latina (#1, 4-0) 97-60. Coopenae ARBA San Ramon maintains the 1st position in Costa Rican Liga LBS. 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. In the team's last game Wiggins had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Coopenae ARBA San Ramon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dashaun WIggins averages this season 20.0ppg and 6.4rpg



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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, Cibona17.1 
 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. Sakic, Cibona6.7 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Zganec, Cedevita5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Reynolds, Cibona5.4 
 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. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 7. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Mazalin, Zadar1.5 
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 


Cibona knock down 15 3-pointers to advance to semi-finals - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona shot 15-of-28 from the 3-point line and defeated Zadar 88-66 in a decisive Game 3 of the quarterfinal series. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 18 points, Marin Rozic (201-F-83) 17, Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) came off the bench for 16 points on shooting 5-of-7 behind the 3-point arc and Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) added 16 points.
Cibona trailed just twice in the game, with its last deficit at 4-5. At that point, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) made a pair of free throws and, on the next possession, Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) sank a 3-pointer. After a lay-up by Zadar's Kristijan Krajina (211-F-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's), Cibona scored 13 consecutive points to ignite a 19-2 run for a 28-9 lead late at the first quarter. Zadar cut the deficit to 27-30, but Cibona responded with a 15-5 run to re-take the double digit lead at the halftime break. Zadar came within six points, 44-50 early in the third quarter. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) made back-to-back baskets and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) and Ante Gospic (203-F-90, college: Flagler) both hit a 3-pointers that gave Cibona a 60-48 lead that never dropped below double digits for the rest of the game. Cibona had their largest advantage of the contest at 81-54 midway through the fourth quarter.
Zadar made just three 3-pointers. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) came of the bench for a team high 15 popints, Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, college: Evansville) scored 12 points and Boris Barac (205-F-92) 11.



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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





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  DENMARK  


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
gschID: 545863





Koge complete 1 Division semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Koge BK became the fourth team to reach the 1 Division semifinal stage. They edged BMI Bloodhounds 96:85 in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series. The Coyotes jumped to a 20:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts ensured a 42:31 halftime advantage. BMI Bloodhounds pulled within 5 points at the final intermission. But Koge BK stayed in charge throughout the fourth term and rallied to a decisive win.
Koge BK will take on Vaerlose in the semifinal series.



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  D-LEAGUE  


Bob MacKinnon Returns As Legends Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

The Legends and Head Coach Bob MacKinnon have agreed to a contract extension which will keep MacKinnon in Frisco through the 2018-19 season. MacKinnon holds the League record for NBA Call-Ups with 22 total and earned a franchise record last season developing five Legends players to NBA Call-Ups. 'We are excited to welcome Bob back,' said Dallas Mavericks General Manager and Legends Owner Donnie Nelson. 'We knew that we had a good thing going into last season and he met our expectations. Bob is a perfect fit with our organization and we look forward to seeing his continued success next year.' MacKinnon will begin the offseason leading the NBA Development League Elite Camp in Chicago. He will also be traveling internationally to host coach and youth clinics in China, Mexico, Africa, and beyond. 'Bob does a tremendous job with player development, as was evidenced by our Call-Up list this past season,' said Legends President/General Manager Malcolm Farmer. 'He brings a level of professionalism that translates well beyond the locker room and our staff and fans are happy to have him back.'
Courtesy of: nba.com




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


CDP takes 2-0 Santiago Final lead - by Eurobasket News

CDP took 2-0 Santiago Final lead against Pueblo Nuevo. Last night they posted a 110-94 win as Adris De Leon (180-PG-84, college: E.Washington) scored 27 points. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89, college: IUPUI) netted 22, while Jonathan Araujo collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jhon Taylor replied with 31 points in the losing effort. Antonio Pena (204-PF-86, college: Villanova) notched 21, whilst Ronald Tineo poured in 11.


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  EL SALVADOR  


Blake's double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Christopher Blake (196-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Brujos Izalco and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 35.
He got a double-double of 36 points and 17 assists, while his team crushed Denver-FAS (#9, 10-13) with 17-point margin 98-81. Brujos Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Brujos Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-3 record. In the team's last game Blake had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brujos Izalco's top player in his first season with the team. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blake is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.3ppg), assists (3rd best: 7.2apg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 54.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana. He is American forward in his first season at Santa Ana. In the last game Dowdell recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Santa Ana lost that game 84-108 to the higher-ranked Halcones (#3, 18-6). Santa Ana is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Santa Ana managed to get this year. Dowdell is one of the most experienced players at Santa Ana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93) of Denver-FAS (#9). Miller got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Denver-FAS, leading his team to a 100-66 easy win against the lower-ranked San Miguel (#15, 5-19). The chances of Denver-FAS ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Miller could help Denver-FAS to bring them higher in the standings. Miller has a great season in El Salvador. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones - 24 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Travis Elliott (203-C-91) of Brujos Izalco - 17 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Olaniyi Akingkube (208-C) of Denver-FAS - 26 points, 25 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Keion Palmer (208-F) of Isidro Metapan - 26 points and 19 rebounds
8. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 3 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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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.9 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.3 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.2 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.5 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.2 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.0 
 2. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 6. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 7. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Rapla
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  


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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  FINLAND  

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.17.8 
 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. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bristol, Kataja B.7.5 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.3 
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.6.3 
 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. Minard, Pyrinto3.9 
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 


Korisliiga Round 2 of Finals. Kataja register second straight win - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Kataja Basket - Salon Vilpas 86-61

Kataja Basket dropped Salon Vilpas at home court to secure the second straight win in the championship series. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated on the defensive end, holding Salon Vilpas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Salon Vilpas 52-34 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Joensuun Kataja shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) who scored 24 points and 9 assists. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) added 18 points and 5 assists 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:
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 25+9reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 24+2reb+9ast, J.Bradley 12+7reb, K.Bristol 8+13reb+1ast, D.Mullings 8+9reb+4ast, J.Niemi 4+1reb
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 18+5ast, B.Edwards 14+11reb, O.Jarvi 6+1reb, M.Ojala 6+3reb, J.Nenonen 5+3reb, A.Coleman 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545462

3-4 Place
Helsinki Seagulls - Kauhajoki 93-77

Helsinki Seagulls fired past Kauhajoki to earn Bronze medals. The game was mostly controlled by Helsinki Seagulls. Kauhajoen Karhu was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helsinki Seagulls made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed with 5 points and 16 assists for the winners. Four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. American guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 14 points in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 24+9reb+1ast, G.Lee 20+3reb, J.Conley 14+6reb+3ast, A.Niskanen 11+3reb+3ast, R.Abell 6+2reb+1ast, D.Upson 6+9reb
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 14+7reb+1ast, D.Washington 14+4reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+1reb, K.Holsey 10+1reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+4reb+3ast, A.Hollins 8+3reb+1ast



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  FRANCE  


Spurs' Tony Parker has torn quadriceps tendon - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) has a ruptured left quadriceps tendon and will miss the remainder of the playoffs, the team announced Thursday. The Spurs said a timeline for Parker's return would be determined at a later date. Parker, 34, had an MRI after suffering the injury during the Spurs' 121-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. With 8:52 left in the fourth quarter, Parker immediately clutched at his left knee after a driving floater over Patrick Beverley and collapsed to the court, where he lay motionless for several minutes. He rose to his feet but was unable to put any pressure on his left leg to walk, so he was carried off the court by rookie guard Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) and center Dewayne Dedmon. Said coach Gregg Popovich after the game: "It's not good." Houston will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals on Friday night. Earlier in the contest, Parker became the ninth player in NBA postseason history to reach 4,000 career points. Parker and LeBron James are now the league's only players to have scored 4,000 points and dished 1,000 assists in the postseason. Parker had not only played 221 career postseason games, which ranks fifth in NBA history, but he had never missed a playoff game in his 16 seasons with the Spurs. He missed 16 games during the regular season because of rest and various ailments, such as right knee soreness, a left quadriceps bruise, a left knee bruise, left foot pain and back stiffness. The most likely candidate to receive first crack at replacing Parker in the lineup is veteran Patty Mills, who averaged 9.5 points per game and 3.5 assists during the regular season and contributed seven points on Wednesday against the Rockets. If Mills moves to the starting lineup, it is likely Manu Ginobili will serve as the primary backup. Parker's absence also will lead to more minutes for Murray, as well as Kyle Anderson, a former college point guard, and Jonathon Simmons. Parker's injury puts the Spurs in a difficult spot this offseason because they have no cap room to go after a guard, especially with Pau Gasol expected to opt in for $14 million. If the injury is deemed to be career-ending, the Spurs can't even apply for career-ending injury salary cap relief until one year from the date of the injury.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Pedja Stamenkovic (ex Handlova) signs at Maurienne - by Igor Obradovic

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) landed 29-year old Serbian guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: 011 Sports). He moved there from Handlova in Slovakian SBL league where he played. In 16 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg this season. Stamenkovic also played earlier this season for Trefl in Polish TBL. In 13 SBL games he had 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008. In 2015 he played in Final of Bulgarian League and year before his team was in Semifinals. in 2010 he made it to EuroChallenge Quarterfinals with FMP Zeleznik.
Stamenkovic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Cherno More and Balkan), Romania (Pitesti) and Serbia (Borac, Radnicki Basket Beograd and FMP Beograd).

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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)



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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, Kutaisi17.8 
 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.14.9 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.5 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.7 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.2 
 2. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.4 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.1 
 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. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.6 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 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. Krivtsov, Batumi0.9 



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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 


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
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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



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



The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Playoff Preview: EWE Baskets Oldenburg-medi Bayreuth 3-2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Bavarian town Bayreuth is known for it's famous Festspiele which goes about a month from late July until late August and something the city gears up for early on as well as music lovers from all around the world get excited about already in May, but this season the basketball fanatics from the 72,000 populated city actually have something very special to get all psyched about and that's playoff basketball. The basketball is very popular in that area so why not adopt the March Madness theme from the States and name it May madness in Bayreuth. The last time that the club was in the BBL playoffs, American president Bill Clinton was having a secret relationship with Monica Lewinsky that the world would first get wind of when the team was back in the second Bundesliga, Kevin Garnett played a solid rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and wasn't a household name yet and young medi Bayreuth German Moritz Trieb wasn't even born yet. The year was 1996 when fans experienced playoff basketball the last time there and now they are back and hungry to make serious history again. This is the biggest basketball news story in Bayreuth since the rumored arrival of NBA superstar Kevin Durant in November 2011 that never happened.

For the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, it has been an underachieving season so far with the biggest news story of the season being the recent contract extension of Oldenburg son and legend Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82, college: Missouri) The well known speech from John F Kennedy in Berlin where he uttered the famous and unforgettable words "ich bin ein Berliner" may be more than 53 years old, but that remains something that every kid learns about in the history books from Englewood, New Jersey to Brisbane, Australia and Rickey Paulding recently let "Ich bin ein Oldenburger" slip his tongue and got standing ovations for minutes in the EWE arena in Oldenburg after the contract extension was announced. Paulding's 4 words won't ever get the world wide press or rememberance as Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner", but in Oldenburg Paulding will always be their Kennedy. The reason for the long standing ovations and fuss about Paulding was on account of the announcement that he will remain in Oldenburg until 2019 which would give him 12 years in the BBL with one team which is as seldom seen in the BBL as it is teammate Brian Qvale attempting more than one trey a game which he did against the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season and hit both and brings his total of three point attempts in 6 professional seasons to only 14. It is just not a given in todays age of where money rules and the game is a business that a player will remain with one team for that long a period. At the end of this contract extension he will have eclipsed the longevity of Fraport Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who was 11 years with Frankfurt. With the EWE Baskets Oldenburg he has won two titles including the 2009 BBL league title and 2015 cup. He has been a 6 time BBL allstar and is in the top 5 all-time in scoring in the BBL. His middle name could be prolonged to Rickey Mr Oldenburg and consistency Paulding as he gives that name a special new meaning as he has averaged double digit scoring every season in the BBL and is having his best scoring season averaging 16,0ppg showing that he isn't slowing down with age as he is 34 years old.

In Ulm one could debate who has had the biggest Cinderella season them or medi Bayreuth, but taken the circumstances that no one expected them to reach the playoffs while Ulm has been a BBL finalist before, the Bavarian club easily takes the cake in this category. Medi Bayreuth didn't take long to get into the groove and get all of basketball Germany turning their eyes to them as they reeled off an amazing 10 game winning streak after losing the opening game to ratiopharm Ulm and from then on taking that swing through out the season. Even if the team couldn't get another huge winning streak going after that, the club proved that they didn't let that early season success go to their heads and were always able to stay focused after loses and at the end of the season take the fourth position. The biggest strength was their head coach Raoul Korner who already displayed his coaching capabilities in Braunschweig the year before almost bringing them to the playoffs. With Bayreuth, everything fit in place as he did an excellent job getting the right pieces for the team success and chemistry something that the club has had problems doing since they came back to the BBL in 2010. The other big strength was Korner's vision of not necessarily getting players that did could do many things well on the court, but concentrating on each player doing one thing especially well. He had strong players at each position as American guards Kyan Anderson and Joseph Lewis panned out to become excellent BBL players and being the leades on the team, while the inside game with Assem Marei and Andreas Seiferth did a solid job taking a load of the three point game when shots weren't falling while Nate Linhart who could possibly be the best pickup the team has had since 2010 was the glue guy keeping the team together. The club also had great role players with Steve Wachalski, Demon Brooks and Bastian Doreth that brought their own special quality to the team. The club shot a strong 41,0 from outside and belonged to the strongest teams form the free throw line sinking 81% of their shots. On the defensive end, they grabbed the most steals in the BBL and were the eighth best team in the league in points allowed at only 79 points per game.

After finishing the regular season last season in second place, the EWE Baskets were way off the mark this season as they finished only in fifth place and that only because they had a good finish to the season as they easily could of landed in seventh or eighth place had it needed weeks earlier. This would have be the equivalent of a Bamberg or FC Bayern Munich not making the playoffs simply because the club always has great rosters with talent, experience and most important a healthy kept team chemistry so this season's fifth place was an underachieving accomplishment that probably kept club CEO Herman Schuller experiencing some unwanted headaches at times. The club started off losing three of their first five games and were never really able to find a healthy rhythm. Their best stretch came from the end of November to mid-February where they won eight of ten games, but then they served up a four game losing streak displaying their inconsistency in their season. They were unable to defeat one of the three big B's and only had 4 wins against playoff teams, but did sweep the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their big strength is their team chemistry as they held on to 9 players and their overwhelming experience. The presence of Rickey Paulding and Chris Kramer is already half the rent and without them the club may already been visiting cafe's in May instead of still playing competitive games. The team has an all-around sound roster and have quality at each position with guys like Philipp Schwethelm, Vaughn Duggins, Maxime De Zeeuw, Vladimir Mihalovic and with Brian Qvale a top three center in the league. Other strengths in the team is their team shooting as they shoot at a high percentage from the field at the two point range at 53% and 38,7% from downtown. The club also move the ball well dishing out 18,3 assists per game and cough up the ball only 12,3 times per game.

Both teams split the season series as medi Bayreuth won at home during their 10 game winning streak 80-71 as they totally dominated the boards 40-25 and shared the ball well having 5 players scoring in double figures. In the return game, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg used their home court advantage to crush medi Bayreuth 83-64. Oldenburg played a strong offensive game dishing out 25 assists, had six extra possessions and displayed their aggressive defense that kept medi Bayreuth on their heels all night long not getting an efficient rhythm. This could be one of the more exciting series and one that is difficult to predict as both clubs could easily advance to the next round. The best theme to describe this series is Cinderella vs Experience. Can medi Bayreuth continue to live through the playoffs and continue their magical run? The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are a very good defensive team that allowed only 77 points per game n the league which was sixth best. Medi Bayreuth was the fourth best scoring team averaging 83 points per game, but didn't have the best ball movement dishing out only 16 assists per game which was 16th best. If Oldenburg can play a very consistent defensive series, then they should be able to move on. What speaks for medi Bayreuth is that they have nothing to lose and have that invincible playing instinct. Both teams will come into the playoffs fresh as they both finished the season strong as Oldenburg won three of it's last four and medi Bayreuth two of it's last three including a gigantic home victory against the mighty FC Bayern Munich. A big question mark with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg is how well their two work horses Rickey Pauldinga nd Chris Kramer hold up in a long series especially in crunch time as they are the two motors of the team exceeding 30 plus minutes per game. If medi Bayreuth can do a successful job keying in on them and not let Brian Qvale get easy touches down low and dominate then they could win this series easily. However the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have the valuable experience and deeper bench that will help them make the upset.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.6 
 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. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.5.9 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.8 
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, AGOR4.4 
 6. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.9 
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. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Jackson, Aris1.1 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


B Round 27: Peristeri GS beats Ionikos Nikaias 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 round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. 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.

Fifth-ranked Ionikos Nikaias (15-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Peristeri GS (23-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Athens managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Peristeri GS have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in South with 23-4 record. Ionikos Nikaias lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Peristeri GS are looking forward to face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ionikos Nikaias will play against Panelefsiniakos (#8) in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in . Sixth ranked Koropi (16-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-13) 84-81 on Tuesday evening. Koropi moved-up to fifth place in South. Panelefsiniakos at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Koropi will play against Nea Kifisia (#11) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Ionikos Nikaias and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Karditsas (21-6) which hosted in 3rd placed Ermis Agias (20-7). Second ranked Karditsas managed to get a 5-point victory 88-83. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Ermis Agias. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Karditsas. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North with 21-6 record having just three points less than leader Kastoria. Ermis Agias at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with seven games lost. Karditsas will meet Evropi (#5) in the next round. Ermis Agias will play against the league's leader Kastoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League top team - Kastoria (24-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Charilaos TM (12-15) 87-76. Kastoria maintains first place in North with 24-3 record. Charilaos TM lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kastoria's next round opponent will be Ermis Agias (#3), which may be the game of the day. Charilaos TM will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stratoni supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Ermis Lagkada (14-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Stratoni (15-12). Stratoni smashed Ermis Lagkada 82-56 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Stratoni. They moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Loser Ermis Lagkada dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Stratoni will face Anatolia (#9) in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play against Xanthis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27:
In North HANTH was beaten by Periko/Arhelaos on the road 63-61. Polygirou lost to Evropi on its own court 69-84. Gefyra unfortunately lost to Agriniou in a road game 68-85. Xanthis managed to beat Aias Evosmou at home 73-58. Anatolia defeated Filippos Veroias on the opponent's court 79-75. Anatolia was beaten by Periko/Arhelaos in a home game 70-72.
In South Marousi won against Ergotelis on the road 98-82. Tritonas S. managed to outperform Nea Kifisia on its own court 76-71. KAP was rolled over Papagou in Athens 84-63. Mandraikos defeated Proteas V. at home 88-75. Apollon Sm. was beaten by Kronos AD on the opponent's court 69-56. Zografou lost to Panerythraikos in a home game 68-74.

North
Periko/Arhelaos - HANTH 63-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos' (11-16) home victory over 13th ranked HANTH (9-18) in Perikos 63-61 on Thursday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Periko/Arhelaos. They maintain twelfth place in North with 11-16 record. Newly promoted HANTH keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Charilaos TM (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HANTH will play against Filippos Veroias and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496823


Polygirou - Evropi 69-84

Very expected game when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-20) lost at home to sixth ranked Evropi (15-12) 84-69 on Sunday. Evropi moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Stratoni. Polygirou lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Evropi will face league's second-placed Karditsas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polygirou will play against Gefyra (#10) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496830


Agriniou - Gefyra 85-68

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Agriniou (16-11) won against at home 11th ranked Gefyra (12-15) 85-68 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Agriniou. They maintain fourth place in North with 16-11 record. Newly promoted Gefyra dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Agriniou will face Aias Evosmou (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gefyra will play against Polygirou (#15) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496829


Xanthis - Aias Evosmou 73-58

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Aias Evosmou (4-23) lost on the road to eighth ranked Xanthis (14-13) 73-58 on Sunday. Xanthis moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Aias Evosmou lost their eighth game in a row. Aias Evosmou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Xanthis will face Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round. Aias Evosmou will play against Agriniou (#4) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496828


Stratoni - Ermis Lagkada 82-56

The game in Stratoni supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Ermis Lagkada (14-13) played at the court of seventh ranked Stratoni (15-12). Stratoni smashed Ermis Lagkada 82-56 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Stratoni. They moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Loser Ermis Lagkada dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Stratoni will face Anatolia (#9) in the next round. Ermis Lagkada will play against Xanthis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496827


Filippos Veroias - Anatolia 75-79

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Anatolia (13-14) defeated on the road 13th ranked Filippos Veroias (9-18) 79-75 on Sunday. Anatolia maintains ninth place in North with 13-14 record. Loser Filippos Veroias keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Anatolia will face higher ranked Stratoni (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Filippos Veroias will play against HANTH (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496826


Karditsas - Ermis Agias 88-83

An interesting game for Karditsas (21-6) which hosted in 3rd placed Ermis Agias (20-7). Second ranked Karditsas managed to get a 5-point victory 88-83. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Ermis Agias. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Karditsas. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North with 21-6 record having just three points less than leader Kastoria. Ermis Agias at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with seven games lost. Karditsas will meet Evropi (#5) in the next round. Ermis Agias will play against the league's leader Kastoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496825


Kastoria - Charilaos TM 87-76

B League top team - Kastoria (24-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Charilaos TM (12-15) 87-76. Kastoria maintains first place in North with 24-3 record. Charilaos TM lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kastoria's next round opponent will be Ermis Agias (#3), which may be the game of the day. Charilaos TM will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496824


Round 26
Anatolia - Periko/Arhelaos 70-72

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Anatolia (13-14) was edged at home by twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (11-16) 72-70 on Sunday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Periko/Arhelaos. They maintain twelfth place in North with 11-16 record. Anatolia lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Charilaos TM (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 544088


South
Ergotelis - Marousi 82-98

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Marousi (19-6) beat on the road 14th ranked Ergotelis (8-17) 98-82 on Wednesday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Marousi. They moved-up to second place in South. Loser Ergotelis keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Marousi will face Mandraikos (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ergotelis will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS (#1) in Athens and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496590


Koropi - Panelefsiniakos 84-81

Important game to mention about took place in . Sixth ranked Koropi (16-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-13) 84-81 on Tuesday evening. Koropi moved-up to fifth place in South. Panelefsiniakos at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Koropi will play against Nea Kifisia (#11) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panelefsiniakos will play at home against Ionikos Nikaias and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496588


Ionikos Nikaias - Peristeri GS 78-81

Fifth-ranked Ionikos Nikaias (15-11) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Peristeri GS (23-4) on Sunday. The visitors from Athens managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Peristeri GS have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in South with 23-4 record. Ionikos Nikaias lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Peristeri GS are looking forward to face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ionikos Nikaias will play against Panelefsiniakos (#8) in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496589


Tritonas S. - Nea Kifisia 76-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Nea Kifisia (12-15) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Tritonas S. (11-14) 76-71 on Sunday. Newly promoted Tritonas S. maintains twelfth place in South with 11-14 record. Nea Kifisia lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Tritonas S. will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round.
gschID: 496587


Papagou - KAP 84-63

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Papagou (17-9) rolled over 16th ranked KAP (1-14) in Athens 84-63 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Papagou. They maintain fourth place in South with 17-9 record. KAP lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 14 games lost. Papagou will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#3) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KAP will play against Tritonas S. (#12) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496586


Mandraikos - Proteas V. 88-75

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Proteas V. (12-15) lost on the road to eighth ranked Mandraikos (15-12) 88-75 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mandraikos. They moved-up to seventh place in South. Proteas V. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Mandraikos will face league's second-placed Marousi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proteas V. will play against Kronos AD (#13) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496585


Kronos AD - Apollon Sm. 69-56

Everything went according to plan when thirteenth ranked Kronos AD (11-16) defeated at home 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-23) 69-56 on Sunday. Kronos AD maintains thirteenth place in South with 11-16 record. Apollon Sm. lost their fifteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Kronos AD will face higher ranked Proteas V. (#10) in Voulas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Sm. will play against Zografou (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496584


Zografou - Panerythraikos 68-74

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Zografou (13-14) lost at home to third ranked Panerythraikos (19-8) 74-68 on Sunday. Panerythraikos maintains third place in South with 19-8 record having five points less than leader Kastoria. Newly promoted Zografou keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Panerythraikos will face Papagou (#4) in Athens in the next round. Zografou will play on the road against Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496583





Zach Auguste left Usak - by Eurobasket News

24-year old American (has also Greek passport) center Zach Auguste (208-110kg-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) left Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL). In 23 games he had 11.7ppg and 7.5rpg this season. He also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5spg. Auguste helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. He also spent pre-season at the Lakers in NBA earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Auguste's team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Auguste graduated from University of Notre Dame in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
He could be described: by Chris Mammides (August 2014)
The Greek-American a talented and skilled individual, an all around frontcourt player is improving day by day focusing mainly in his talent and hard work joining an amazing good basketball program in Notre Dame coming as one of the top men in the New Hampton (N.H.) School , Zachary is expected to lead his college in both points and rebounds in his junior season and of course to keep on the same paste on his sophomore, at the same time due to his above average Basketball IQ he is very useful in many edges in the court. He is great in his extra curricula and also he is quite active in the various community services (awarded in the bronze level), and he is active as a member of the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church. He is working very hard every summer and that is the reason why his numbers are totally amazing season by season. A versatile player who is at his best playing above the rim with great defensive skills and timing in the air. Solid physical player with natural power can defend against much bigger guys with great results. During his last evolvements he focused on slowing down the pace of his game and working on his consistency of play at both ends of the floor and has great results so far. Gets up and down floor well ... can step away from the basket and shoot a jump shot away from the basket ... good ball handler ... has scored in double figures 10 times during his career. In his first two years with the the Notre Dam, Auguste often was in a hurry with about every aspect of the game. He played fast on the court; he talked quickly off it. He so wanted to play a key role that it left him all wound up and running in circles, not sure where he fit. As a freshman, preseason sprains twice to the same ankle derailed any idea that Auguste could crack a veteran rotation. Then-senior Jack Cooley had locked down all the low-post minutes. Generally, Auguste is of great material, he will pursue a professional career as he has all the elements to become a great player either in NBA or in the European courts. He will eventually be among the top men of the Greek NT
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A1 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. AEK and Aris enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

AGOR - AEK Athens 70-81

AEK Athens upset AGOR on the road to sweep the quarterfinal series. AGOR was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 41-20 second half run of AEK Athens. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AGOR to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded AGOR 43-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. AEK Athens players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Michalis Kamperidis (206-94, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Walter Lemon-Jr (190-92, college: Bradley) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AGOR's coach Nikos Vetoulas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AGOR: W.Lemon Jr. 14+3reb+2ast, M.Kamperidis 12+7reb, R.Schaftenaar 12+1reb+1ast, A.Christodoulou 11+3reb+2ast, R.Arnold 10+2reb+2ast, T.Fitzpatrick 6+4reb+2ast
AEK Athens: R.Ukic 18+6reb+4ast, D.Mavroeidis 13+6reb+3ast, M.Milosevic 13+9reb+2ast, D.Sakota 12+5reb+4ast, K.Vasiliadis 8+7reb+1ast, G.Larentzakis 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545488


PAOK - Aris 75-84

Aris Thessaloniki advanced into the semifinal stage following a road win over PAOK. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PAOK won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by PAOK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Aris players scored in double figures. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) replied with 8 points and 15 rebounds and Australian guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for PAOK. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PAOK: Z.Peiners 14+2reb+1ast, N.Sobey 13+5reb+2ast, A.Tsochlas 9+3reb+3ast, A.Koniaris 9+4reb+3ast, K.Clanton 8+15reb+1ast, T.McFadden 7+3reb
Aris: T.Dragicevic 21+3reb+1ast, W.Cummings 18+4reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 11+2reb+3ast, T.Zaras 10+1reb, V.Xanthopoulos 7+5reb+5ast, M.Tsairelis 6+2reb
gschID: 545487





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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Liberty High School hires Stu Ordman as 1st boys' basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Not many brand new high schools can say they have a head boys' basketball coach who tutored an NBA player. Liberty can. The school announced Wednesday it has hired Stu Ordman as its very first varsity hoops coach. He has over 30 years of experience, including the past three at Iowa City Regina. Prior to Regina, Ordman spent 17 seasons at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, where he worked for Liberty Principal Scott Kibby, who was Jeff's activities director. He also coached Jarrod Uthoff (6'8''-F-93, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports), who played the last part of this season with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Liberty will open its doors this fall and play its first two seasons as an independent before joining the Mississippi Valley Conference. The school likely will be Class 3A initially. Ordman's first team likely will be made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores. 'It will be an interesting challenge,' said Ordman, 61. 'I'm excited to reunite with Scott Kibby. I have heard good reviews on Mike Morrison, that he will do a fine job (as activities director). At this point in my career, I think I look at this as an opportunity.' Ordman said he and Kibby will form a plan this week to meet incoming players and get the ball rolling, so to speak, for the program. He said he is excited to eventually coach again in the MVC, but accepting the position was about something else. 'Not so much that, as much as just beginning a program at a brand new high school and helping develop their culture,' he said. Ordman will retire from teaching at Jefferson after this school year, so he'll have even more time to focus on Liberty basketball. He has a 483-312 career record, including a pair of girls' state championships in Kansas. 'I remember about 10 years ago having a discussion with Scott about 'Hey, did you hear they're talking about building a new high school in North Liberty?'' Ordman said. 'He was like 'Yeah, I heard that, too.' Now to think that here we both are, that's something.'
Courtesy of: thegazette.com



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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, Kormend21.0 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.9 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.3 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.8 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 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. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.0 
 6. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 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: 8.4
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.4 
 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. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 9. Smith, MAFC5.9 
 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, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
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. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


Szabo and Kis extends with ZTE - by Levente Szabo

Zalakeramia-ZTE KK announced yesterday that they've reached an agreement with Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86) who commited to the club for another 2 seasons. The 202 cm (6'8') forward is one of the key players for coach Tamas Bencze 's squad. Szabo is averaging 12.1ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.1apg.

The club announced also the extension of youngster Raul Kis (199-F-96). He played in most of the games this season and had some decent performances. Ont he 20th of April, 2017 he had his best game of his career against Egis Kormend when he finished the game with 16 points (FG: 2/3; 3PT: 4/5) in only 20 minutes on court.



A Division Round 10 (Second Stage): Leader PVSK Pannon loses to Kaposvari - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in A Division just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked PVSK Pannon (20-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of second ranked Kaposvari on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kaposvari 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. PVSK Pannon managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 42. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) fired 29 points for the winners. The other American import center Kenneth Simms (205-86, college: Cumberland, agency: Promotex) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 23 points for lost side. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaposvari maintains second position with 19-15 record having five points less than leader PVSK Pannon. PVSK Pannon at the other side still keeps top place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Szolnok.
Fifth-ranked Sopron KC (13-21) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked KTE-Duna (18-16). The visitors from Kecskemet managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Tomislav Ivosev contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Sopron KC. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Sopron KC lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 21 games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ZTE KK (22-12) against fourth ranked Falco KC (22-12) on Thursday night. Visiting ZTE KK was defeated by Falco KC in a tough game in Szombathely 80-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ZTE KK. Darrin Govens scored 29 points and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Emanuel Ubilla responded with 27 points and 5 assists. Falco KC moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend and ZTE KK.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced their biggest opponent Kormend. Host Alba (24-10) defeated guests from Kormend (22-12) 105-96. Peter Lorant notched 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Alba maintains first position with 24-10 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Budapest. Local Vasas (7-25) outscored 14th ranked MAFC (5-27) 85-66 on Wednesday night. Ryan Wright fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Vasas maintains thirteenth position with 7-25 record. MAFC lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games.

In the last game of round 10 Atomeromu was defeated by Jaszberenyi in a road game 80-75.

Falco KC - ZTE KK 88-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked ZTE KK (22-12) against fourth ranked Falco KC (22-12) on Thursday night. Visiting ZTE KK was defeated by Falco KC in a tough game in Szombathely 80-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ZTE KK. ZTE KK was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Falco KC, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 29 points and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) responded with 27 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Falco KC moved-up to second place, which they share with Kormend and ZTE KK.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 29+2reb+7ast, B.Varadi 13+4reb+4ast, N.Toth 13+1reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+10reb, L.Medford 8+2reb+7ast, A.Pustahvar 7+4reb+2ast
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 27+2reb+5ast, J.Norfleet 18+1reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 17+8reb+2ast, R.Kis 6+5reb, S.Benke 5+3reb+2ast, J.Wright 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543070


Alba - Kormend 105-96

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced their biggest opponent Kormend. Host Alba (24-10) defeated guests from Kormend (22-12) 105-96. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-28 Kormend's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 105-96 at the end of the game. Alba dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 40. They outrebounded Kormend 37-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Alba players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Kormend helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 22 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists by American guard Sterling Gibbs (188-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Kormend. His fellow American import guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) added 25 points and 4 assists for lost side. Five Alba and four Kormend players scored in double figures. Alba maintains first position with 24-10 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Alba: P.Lorant 25+8reb+3ast, A.Mohammed 22+3reb+5ast, J.Farr 16+6reb+1ast, L.Markovic 15+3reb+2ast, A.Keller 10+10reb+1ast, W.Shepard 9+5reb+2ast
Kormend: L.Smith Jr. 25+4reb+4ast, S.Gibbs 22+2reb+10ast, L.Kromah 17+4reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 15+3reb+2ast, T.Allen 9+5reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543069


Vasas - MAFC 85-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Budapest. Local Vasas (7-25) outscored 14th ranked MAFC (5-27) 85-66 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Vasas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Vasas outrebounded MAFC 43-27 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St., agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Vasas players scored in double figures. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Vasas maintains thirteenth position with 7-25 record. MAFC lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games.
Top scorers:
Vasas: S.Thompson 19+2reb+2ast, A.Horvath 17+1reb+5ast, R.Wright 16+11reb, A.Pacher 14+11reb+2ast, R.Taylor 12+6reb+6ast, A.Moravcsik 2+3reb+3ast
MAFC: R.Sihota 20+5reb+4ast, D.Smith 12+5reb+5ast, U.Duvnjak 12+1reb+4ast, M.Poscic 9+5reb, M.Papai 4+1reb, L.Polyak 4+3reb
gschID: 543068


Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu 80-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 11th ranked Atomeromu (13-19) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Jaszberenyi (11-21) 80-75 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Jaszberenyi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Brian Williams (196-92, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. American power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and guard Akos Kovacs (183-88, agency: HMS) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi maintains twelfth position with 11-21 record. Loser Atomeromu keeps the eleventh place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: D.Saddler 22+3reb+5ast, B.Williams 22+6reb+4ast, B.Arrington 10+7reb+6ast, G.Cseh 9+4reb+2ast, S.Stamenkovic 6+7reb+6ast, T.Mandoki 6+1reb+1ast
Atomeromu: A.Kovacs 14+2reb+3ast, M.Tiby 13+14reb+1ast, T.Will 12+4reb+2ast, R.Watkins 10+5reb+1ast, L.Gilbert 9+6reb+3ast, L.Samenas 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543067


Sopron KC - KTE-Duna 68-71

Fifth-ranked Sopron KC (13-21) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked KTE-Duna (18-16). The visitors from Kecskemet managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sopron KC won third quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sopron KC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Sopron KC lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djukanovic 17+1ast, K.Karahodzic 13+15reb+1ast, M.Djerasimovic 12+4reb+3ast, M.Meszaros 10+1reb, T.Ivosev 10+6reb+4ast, M.Pongo 5+5reb+6ast
Sopron KC: M.Spica 15+5reb+2ast, B.Johnson 14+8reb+4ast, A.Myles 12+3reb, A.Rujak 10+3reb+3ast, N.Takacs 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Lakosa 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543066


Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 91-76

Top ranked PVSK Pannon (20-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of second ranked Kaposvari on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kaposvari 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kaposvari. PVSK Pannon managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 42. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) fired 29 points for the winners. The other American import center Kenneth Simms (205-86, college: Cumberland, agency: Promotex) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 23 points and Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaposvari maintains second position with 19-15 record having five points less than leader PVSK Pannon. PVSK Pannon at the other side still keeps top place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Szolnok.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 29+4reb+3ast, K.Simms 19+10reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 16+8reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 11+4reb+8ast, M.Cooke 8+4reb, M.Fodor 5+4ast
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 23+4reb, V.Budimir 14+1reb, Z.Supola 12+3reb, A.Halasz 10+2reb+2ast, O.Biro 8+5reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 7+12reb
gschID: 543065





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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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Williams, Aspac27.2 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 4. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 5. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 7. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 10. Irving, Pelita Jaya18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya12.9 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.0 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda9.2 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.5.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Williams, Aspac4.8 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.3 
 9. Hardianus, Satria M.4.0 
 10. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.3 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Irving, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya1.8 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 9. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.7 
 10. Hardianus, Satria M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya1.4 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 


IBL Round 1 of Finals. Pelita Jaya claim opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Pelita Jaya - Satria Muda 63-57

Pelita Jaya rallied past Satria Muda in IBL Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 19-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pelita Jaya dominated on the defensive end, holding Satria Muda to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 Satria Muda turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pelita Jaya made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Jamaican forward Kore White (205-89, college: S.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Martavious Irving (185-90, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Carlos Smith (206-90, college: Bowie St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Vamiga Michel (191-92) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: M.Irving 18+4reb+2ast, K.White 17+12reb+7ast, D.Wenas 8+11reb+1ast, A.Prihantono 6+2reb+1ast, D.Haryoko 4+1reb, P.Indrawan 4+5reb
Satria Muda: C.Smith 15+12reb+3ast, V.Michel 13+7reb+2ast, T.Jewell 9+10reb+2ast, A.Seputra 7+2reb, H.Hardianus 5+3reb, K.Sitorus 5+3reb
gschID: 545480





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  ISRAEL  

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. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.0 
 5. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.6 
 6. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.4 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.2 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Vargas, Maccabi .15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.6 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 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. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 7. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.6 
 8. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.5 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.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 .1.8 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .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.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.1 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 10. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 


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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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 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.2 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.5 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.2 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.7 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.6 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.0 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino11.0 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.5 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Papa, Teramo8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.3 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.1 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 9. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 10. Balanzoni, Lecco1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Lucarelli, Firenze .0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Bozzetto, Crema0.8 


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

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) agreed terms with 30-year old American power forward Julian Wright (203-102kg-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport). He moved there from Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL league, where he played earlier this season. In 23 BSL games he had 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. The last season Wright played at Dolomiti Energia Trento. In 33 Serie A games he recorded 14.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to make it to the Italian Cup Semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. Wright also played 22 games in Eurocup where he averaged 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. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Wright tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He 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).
On Wright: 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
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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





Mitchell Watt could join Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

Al Ahli Dubai (D1) is close to sign 28-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-102kg-89, college: Buffalo) who currently plays at Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta in Italy. In 29 Serie A games he recorded 14.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.8bpg this season. Watt ended the last season at Ironi Nes Ziona (Winner League) in Israel where in 12 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0spg and 1.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 23 games he had 6.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Watt helped them to win the cup. He also played 18 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg and 4.1rpg.
Watt has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won Balkan League championship title in 2013. Watt received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Watt attended University of Buffalo until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). Diabate led Chalons-Reims to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-22) 89-75 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He scored 16 points and added 5 passes. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (10-20) is placed 15th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Diabate averages: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 32.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Diabate played for the Ivorian senior national team two years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He could not help ALM Evreux (16-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dibo's very good performance ALM Evreux was defeated 96-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Dibo also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Dibo's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 88.4%. Dibo is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French U16 national team, Dibo is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket to win against the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (10-20) 74-66 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 5 points and added 4 passes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (12-18) is placed 11th in the ProA. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Amagou's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 71.2%. Similarly like Dibo and Diabate above he has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Amagou played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against the fifth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-10) 75-66 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (15-15) is placed ninth in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Zerbo has been at the team for six years. This season Zerbo's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg in 30 games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. Zerbo used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #5. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France) was not able to help Denain Voltaire in their game against STB Le Havre (15-15) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Denain Voltaire was defeated 74-69 in Le Havre by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#10). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Abouo's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Abouo used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #6. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Chamond (11-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Saint Chamond lost 67-74 in Fos-sur-Mer to the second-ranked Provence Basket. Edi scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Edi has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. An experienced international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Remi Dibo in the French ProB last game. Kone helped Charleville-Mezieres win their game against the seventh-ranked ALM Evreux (16-14) 96-87. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kone has reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) led Naft Abadan to a victory over the fourth-ranked Kashan (3-5) 71-66 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Perkins scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Naft Abadan (6-1) is placed first in Group 2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Perkins has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-10) to beat Limoges CSP Elite (15-15). Koffi scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 66-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Limoges CSP Elite. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Koffi's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg and 6.4rpg in 30 games. Koffi is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 72-82 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Chemnitz. Watts had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was Oettinger Rockets Gotha's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Watts has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 29 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #4. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Montecatiniterme (15-15) crushing them 73-48 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Toure recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (25-5) is placed first in Group B. This year Toure's total stats are: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in 31 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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Bucaneros sign Sherman Gay - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) signed experienced 35-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary). He moved there from KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga where he played this season.

In 36 games he had very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4spg and 1.9bpg. Gay ended the last season at JA Vichy in French ProB. In 6 games he recorded 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Salon Vilpas (also in Korisliiga). In 16 games he averaged remarkable 15.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1spg and 1.0bpg.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gay's team made it to the French ProB Semifinals for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention back in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Gay is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Italy, France (Saint Quentin, Etendard de Brest, STB Le Havre, Chalon/Saor and Provence Basket) and D-League (Roanoke D.).
Gay attended Loyola Marymount University until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

He could be described: Has the size of a 3 forward and the skills of a 4. Is finding his role in European leagues, where he can play stably at PF.

NBA Coach Larry Brown of the Charlotte Bobcats said:
"The biggest thing when you're building a team and you don't necessarily have the depth of the more established teams, you've got to find guys that can play more than one position," Brown said. " I think the more guys that can be in that kind of situation the more flexibility you have."
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Durand Scott selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). Scott led Enel Brindisi to a victory against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-15) 87-75 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Enel Basket Brindisi (14-15) is placed eighth in the Serie A. Scott's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Scott has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 71.7%. He is a naturalized American. Scott played for the Jamaican senior national team four years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). He led Shimane Magic to a victory over the fifth-ranked Kagawa FA (18-40) 76-60 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. Reid was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Shimane Susanoo Magic (49-9) is placed first in West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Reid's first season with the team. This year Reid averages: 8.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 50.1%, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 72.1% in 58 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team in 2011.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Joventut (10-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jordan's good performance Joventut was crushed 81-45 on the road by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#3). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Jordan also added 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Jordan has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(87-147) and FT: 79.3%. He played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #4. An experienced center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-3) 92-75 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. Ffriend scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (1-3) is placed sixth in the KLS. Ffriend has reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2012.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #5. Former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Durand Scott and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Samuels contributed to a Enel Brindisi's victory against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-15) 87-75. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. This year Samuels' overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 5.0rpg in six games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #6. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) faced previously mentioned Ryan Reid in the Japanese B League D2 last game. Forbes was not able to help Kagawa FA (18-40) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Kagawa FA (18-40) were badly defeated 76-60 at home by the leading Shimane Magic in the West group. Forbes was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Forbes' total stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2bpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) led La Union to a victory over the tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (17-36) 95-80 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Francis scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. La Union Formosa (9-27) is placed seventh in Norte group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg and 8.7rpg in 54 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Henry's good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 75-62 on the road by the higher-ranked Le Portel (#7). He scored 10 points and added 3 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Henry's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Toros (6-17) in their last game. Despite Johnson's good performance the fifth-placed Toros (6-17) lost 71-84 in Caracas to the lower-ranked (#5) Panteras in the Western Conference. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was Toros' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Johnson's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 6.4rpg in seven games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Galitos-Barreiro (18-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ogungbemi-Jackson's very good performance the fifth-placed Galitos-Barreiro (18-14) was crushed 83-61 at home by the leading FC Porto_Ferpinta in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Ogungbemi-Jackson also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Ogungbemi-Jackson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. Ogungbemi-Jackson has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite his Jamaican passport, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #5. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-16) 74-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Martin scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. STB Le Havre (15-15) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Martin's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.6rpg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British.

   #6. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Zornotza's victory against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour 66-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Mutakabbir scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mutakabbir averaged so far 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, also represented by Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Boulazac Basket in their game against SO Maritime Boulogne in the French ProB (second division). Sapp scored 9 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 61-71. This year Sapp's total stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra crushing them 95-62 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. De Lattibeaudiere scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. De Lattibeaudiere averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg.

   #9. Junior Cadougan (187-G-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to an easy victory against the Orangeville A's 126-107 in the NBL Canada on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 13 minutes. Cadougan's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg in 31 games. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.



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

31-year old forward Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Toshiba BT and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 60.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Toyama Grouses (#5, 17-41) with 21-point margin 91-70. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. Toshiba BT have a solid 48-10 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.5ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.7rpg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of league's second-best Toyota Alvark. He is American guard in his first season at Toyota Alvark. In the last game Garrett recorded impressive 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Toyota Alvark was edged by slightly higher-ranked Tochigi Brex (#1, 45-13) 79-76. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Toyota Alvark still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 42-16 record is not bad at all. Garrett is a newcomer at Toyota Alvark and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 3.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of league's leader Tochigi Brex. Rossiter showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tochigi Brex, leading his team to a 79-76 win against #2 ranked Toyota Alvark. Tochigi Brex confirms their top position in East. Their record at this point is 45 victories and 13 lost games. Rossiter has a great season in Japan. After 58 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mo Charlo (203-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 29 points and 8 rebounds
5. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of SeaHorses - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Toyama Grouses - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Shiga L-Stars - 22 points, 14 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)



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
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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
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.6 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.1 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 8. Laksa, Valmiera13.7 
 9. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktors ILJINS
  Jurmala
  (212-C-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.6 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.9 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. Deane, Ventspils3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 6. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 


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

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (17-11) 78-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Bertans recorded 19 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (20-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bertans' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 87.8% in 18 games he played so far. Bertans is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece). He could not help one of league's weakest teams PAOK (14-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Peiners' good performance PAOK was defeated 84-75 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Aris (#4). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Peiners has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57.7%(71-123), 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 74.6%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the 13th-ranked Science City Jena (11-21) 74-61 in the German BBL on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and added 5 passes in only 14 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 is very crucial. This year Strelnieks has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 82.5% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #4. Small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Zenit win their game against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) 79-74 in the VTB United League in Wednesday night's game. Timma scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Timma has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #5. International power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) led Telekom Baskets to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Giessen 46ers (15-17) 102-85 in the German BBL last Friday. Silins scored 11 points in 24 minutes. Telekom Baskets Bonn (18-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Silins' overall stats are: 7.9ppg and 2.4rpg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #6. Guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lejasmeiers' very good performance Sodertalje Kings was defeated 93-84 on the road by the leading BC Lulea. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Lejasmeiers also added 4 passes. Lejasmeiers' stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #7. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Montakit Fuenlabrada in a 3-point victory against the seventh-ranked Gran Canaria (19-11) 75-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Smits recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (12-17) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Smits' total stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.6rpg in 29 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ricmonds Vilde
Ricmonds Vilde
   #8. Center Ricmonds Vilde (211-90, college: Houston Baptist, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ALM Evreux (16-14) in their game against Charleville-Mezieres (17-13) in the French ProB (second division). Vilde scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. ALM Evreux was defeated 96-87 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Vilde has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2010.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #9. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) led Nantes to a victory against the fifth-ranked ADA Blois (16-14) 77-69 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Kuksiks scored 11 points in 27 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (10-12) is placed first in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kuksiks' stats this year are: 10.1ppg and 2.9rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins
Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins
   #10. Guard Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins (186-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria B (15-14) in their game against Real Canoe (22-7) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Krumins scored 8 points. The eighth-placed Gran Canaria B (15-14) was edged 73-70 at home by the leading Real Canoe in the Group B. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Krumins has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Latvian National Team roster.



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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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, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
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, Neptunas5.7 
 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. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 4. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 5. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Sulskis, Juventus1.3 
 10. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 2. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 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. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 9. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 10. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 


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

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-20) 103-86 in the Turkish BSL in Thursday night's game. Orelik recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-9) is placed fifth in the BSL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Orelik's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Orelik averages: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 61.6%(61-99), 3FGP: 44.1% in 28 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). Maciulis led Real Madrid to a victory against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-18) 79-72 in a derby game in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Real Madrid (22-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's 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. Maciulis' overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 81.3%. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the closely-ranked Khimik (22-5) 71-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. Anisimovas was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. Anisimovas has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 61.4%(153-249) and FT: 71.4% in 35 games. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Former BC Siauliai starter played for the Lithuanian university national team ten years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #4. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Toronto Raptors (51-31) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Valanciunas' very good performance the Toronto Raptors (51-31) were crushed 125-103 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Valanciunas also added 5 rebounds. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. This season he has very high stats. Valanciunas averages: 11.9ppg and 9.3rpg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #5. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was the main contributor in a Barons Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Jekabpils (18-14) 83-67 in the Latvian LBL last Sunday. Jogela was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and had 4 steals in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (16-15) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Jogela has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in 34 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Martynas Paliukenas
Martynas Paliukenas
   #6. Shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Asseco (10-22) 86-69 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Paliukenas scored 9 points, had 10 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (19-13) is placed seventh in the PLK. It was his team's fifth 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. Paliukenas' overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team four years ago.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #7. International point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against VL Pesaro (10-19) in the Italian Serie A. Kalnietis scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. The league leader Armani Milano lost 79-90 in Pesaro to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) VL Pesaro. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Kalnietis' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.4apg in 20 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Dovydas Redikas
Dovydas Redikas
   #8. Guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) contributed to a 3-point Arkadikos' victory against the closely-ranked Psychiko (13-16) 77-74 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Redikas was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). SEFA Arkadikos (11-18) is placed 11th in the A2. Redikas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Redikas has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. Redikas used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #9. Former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 108-66 in the Latvian LBL on Thursday night. He recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (27-5) is placed first in the LBL. Zelionis has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #10. Guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Krosno (15-17) 89-70 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Cesnauskis scored 14 points and added 4 passes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (19-13) is placed eighth in the PLK. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Cesnauskis' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U20 international player as seventeen years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Maia Basket crushing them 97-74 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Gydra was the top player that evening. He recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes. Gydra's stats this year are: 13.9ppg and 4.7rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for ZTE KK (22-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Drungilas' very good performance the fourth-placed ZTE KK was defeated 88-80 in Szombathely by the second-ranked Falco KC in the Places 1-5 group. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Drungilas averaged so far 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Parnu (4-0) in their last game. Despite Seskus' very good performance the league leader Parnu lost 67-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Kalev/Cramo. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Seskus also added 4 passes in 34 minutes. Seskus has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international power forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-93, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's victory against the league outsider Polfarmex 85-76 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Chatkevicius' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.0rpg in 10 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. U18 international swingman Tadas Sedekerskis (203-98, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the 13th-ranked Joventut crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Sedekerskis has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (6-26) 114-107 in the German BBL last Monday. Veikalas recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Veikalas averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.3apg.

   #2. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an overtime Gmunden Swans' victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-25) 96-91 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game. Gaidys recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. Basket Swans Gmunden (22-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. The Regular Season already ended. Gaidys has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #3. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Cedevita Zagreb to win against the closely-ranked Jolly (20-6) crushing them 85-65 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. Shurna scored only 3 points and blocked 2 shots. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. Shurna has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to COR-Borisfen's victory against the closely-ranked Grodno-93 (27-5) 89-85 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (29-3) is placed first in the Premier League. Kamarunas averaged so far 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.4apg and 1.8spg in 32 games he played so far.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Neuchatel (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Neuchatel (#5) lost 70-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Geneve Lions in the Places 1-6 group. Danys had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 33 minutes. It was Neuchatel's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Danys averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games.

   #6. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rapla crushing them 85-61 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. He scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Milka averaged so far 11.7ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4apg.

   #7. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Steaua CSM's victory against the second-ranked CSU Sibiu 84-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. He recorded 13 points and added 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 30 minutes. Runkauskas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in 32 games.

   #8. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Lourdes-Tarbes' victory against the fourth-ranked GET Vosges 77-75 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Kazonas recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kazonas averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg.

   #9. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kazonas. But that was another game of his team in French NM1 which we would like to mention. Virbalas helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the fourth-ranked GET Vosges 70-52. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg in 22 games.

   #10. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 5 points. His team was crushed by 26 points 97-71. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 3.9rpg.



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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)



Rice Jr.'s double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Obregon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 38 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Hermosillo (#1, 17-5) 97-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Obregon will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Rice Jr. had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Glen Rice Jr. averages this season 23.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 4.8apg.

Second best performed player last round was Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato. He is American forward in his first season at Navolato. In the last game Ammons recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Navolato cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Culiacan (#9, 8-14). Navolato's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Ammons is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#6). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave (#5). Yeager got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Guasave, leading his team to a 84-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#7, 9-13). 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, Yeager could help Guasave to bring them higher in the standings. Yeager has a great season in Mexico. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.9ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. B.J. West (211-F-89) of Guaymas - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Michael Perez (190-G-91) of Hermosillo - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) of Mazatlan - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. E Zuniga) of Navolato - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Raul Delgado (188-PG-91) of Guaymas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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.
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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.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.7 
 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.25.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.0 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.6 
 10. Durant, Golden S.1.6 


Draymond hits five 3s, Warriors outlast Utah 115-104 in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

When Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) is hitting 3s, you can't beat the Golden State Warriors. That trend held true in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals Thursday evening, when Green's five 3s helped lead the Warriors over the Jazz 115-104, despite another imperfect all-around performance. After falling behind by 18 in the first quarter, the Jazz did their best to hang around, but simply lacked the firepower to stick with Golden State even with 17 Warriors turnovers. Golden State made up for the sloppiness with impeccable ball movement, combining for 32 assists, including seven from Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson), and six from Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), Green and Thompson. Steph and KD also added 23 and 21 points respectively. Green was the Warriors' star Thursday and had an excellent all-around game on both ends, finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. In a scary moment, Green left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent left knee injury, but was able to leave the floor under his own power, albeit with a slight limp. Luckily, Green returned to the game midway through the quarter. With starting point guard George Hill out, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was forced to switch up defensive assignments to start the game, giving Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) the thankless assignment of guarding Stephen Curry. It wasn't the Warriors sharpshooter that hurt Utah from deep early, however, but Green, who continued his scorching shooting in the playoffs, hitting his first four 3s and helping Golden State blast off to a 33-15 lead after 12 minutes. By the end of the first quarter, Green's 17 3s lead all players in the postseason. In all, Golden State outclassed the Jazz in the first quarter, going 14-of-23 from the field, with 11 assists and just three turnovers. Utah finally came to life late in the 2nd, cutting the Warriors' lead to 10 and going on a 10-0 run by taking advantage of nine Golden State first half turnovers. The Jazz outscored the Warriors 32-27 in the quarter, cutting Golden State's lead to 60-47 at the half. The Jazz cut the lead to six just over two minutes into the second half. Interim head coach Mike Brown responded by immediately calling timeout, and subbed Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) in for Pachulia. The move would ultimately define the game. Golden State proceeded to go on an 17-8 run, of which the Jazz would never recover. A behind-the-back pass from Andre Iguodala to a Kevin Durant dunk was the signature moment of the stretch. Despite the burst, the Jazz again outscored the Warriors in the third 35-32, cutting the lead to 92-82 entering the final frame. Golden State would ultimately outlast Utah, outscoring them in the quarter 23-22. With a 2-0 lead in the series, the Warriors head to Utah for Saturday's Game 3. The game will be broadcast on ABC at 5:30 PM.
Courtesy of: knbr.com




Wizards beat Celtics 116-89 in technical foul-filled Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Eight technical fouls, three ejections and a whole lot of bad blood later, the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics have themselves a series. Tensions boiled over in a contentious, technical foul-filled Game 3 Thursday night as the Wizards rode another hot start to a 116-89 victory that cut their series deficit to 2-1. Washington built a big lead for the third consecutive game, holding and extending it this time as the score and the physical play got out of hand. Washington's Kelly Oubre (6'7''-G/F-95, college: Kansas) Jr. was tossed for charging and knocking over Kelly Olynyk after a hard offensive foul, each coach got a technical foul and the hatred that built up during the regular season captured the spotlight more than John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) continuing to torment the Celtics or the Wizards finding a solution for Isaiah Thomas. "I guess that's playoff basketball," said Thomas, who was held to 13 points after scoring 53 in Game 2. "We don't like them and they don't like us." Wall led the Wizards with 24 points as he, Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93, college: Georgetown) and Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) keyed a 22-0 first-quarter run that made it 34-12. Unlike in Games 1 and 2, when Washington let 16-0 and 16-8 leads slip away, the defense was there on Thomas and the rest of his teammates to limit the Celtics to 35.1 percent shooting. Boston coach Brad Stevens took a page from Rasheed Wallace's "Both teams played hard" playbook, repeating that the Wizards "played well" over and over. That was also his response to the physical nature of the game that included technicals for him and Wizards coach Scott Brooks , and the fourth-quarter ejections of reserves Terry Rozier (6'1''-PG-94, college: Louisville) and Brandon Jennings (6'1''-PG-89). Oubre created the most fireworks with his outburst, leaping up from the ground to bowl over Olynyk in the second quarter, leading to a flagrant 2 foul and ejection. Though Wall hopes it's a learning experience for a young player, Oubre could be facing a suspension for his actions with a crucial Game 4 looming Sunday. "We can't respond that way," Brooks said. "When you keep getting hit in the head, you might respond that way and I think that's what he did. I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do. We have to focus on playing basketball." The Wizards were by far the better basketball team on Thursday night, shooting 46.7 percent thanks to 19 points each from Porter and Bogdanovic. They locked down defensively on Thomas, who never got into a rhythm and was on the wrong end of some post-ups against bigger opponents. Hard fouls were part of the first two games of the series, but nothing like Game 3, as Celtics center Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) described the Wizards play as "the way that they junk the game up a little bit." Players and coaches on each side criticized officials for not having control of the game and letting it get out of hand, and the result was more than a few post-whistle extracurriculars. "I guess just two teams that really don't like each other," Wall said. "We're two teams that's trying to compete and trying to win this series."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Spurs' Tony Parker has torn quadriceps tendon - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) has a ruptured left quadriceps tendon and will miss the remainder of the playoffs, the team announced Thursday. The Spurs said a timeline for Parker's return would be determined at a later date. Parker, 34, had an MRI after suffering the injury during the Spurs' 121-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. With 8:52 left in the fourth quarter, Parker immediately clutched at his left knee after a driving floater over Patrick Beverley and collapsed to the court, where he lay motionless for several minutes. He rose to his feet but was unable to put any pressure on his left leg to walk, so he was carried off the court by rookie guard Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) and center Dewayne Dedmon. Said coach Gregg Popovich after the game: "It's not good." Houston will host Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals on Friday night. Earlier in the contest, Parker became the ninth player in NBA postseason history to reach 4,000 career points. Parker and LeBron James are now the league's only players to have scored 4,000 points and dished 1,000 assists in the postseason. Parker had not only played 221 career postseason games, which ranks fifth in NBA history, but he had never missed a playoff game in his 16 seasons with the Spurs. He missed 16 games during the regular season because of rest and various ailments, such as right knee soreness, a left quadriceps bruise, a left knee bruise, left foot pain and back stiffness. The most likely candidate to receive first crack at replacing Parker in the lineup is veteran Patty Mills, who averaged 9.5 points per game and 3.5 assists during the regular season and contributed seven points on Wednesday against the Rockets. If Mills moves to the starting lineup, it is likely Manu Ginobili will serve as the primary backup. Parker's absence also will lead to more minutes for Murray, as well as Kyle Anderson, a former college point guard, and Jonathon Simmons. Parker's injury puts the Spurs in a difficult spot this offseason because they have no cap room to go after a guard, especially with Pau Gasol expected to opt in for $14 million. If the injury is deemed to be career-ending, the Spurs can't even apply for career-ending injury salary cap relief until one year from the date of the injury.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Spurs rebound to beat Rockets 121-96, but lose Parker - by Eurobasket News

In the midst of a resounding and redemptive victory, the Spurs' celebration came to an abrupt stop when Tony Parker was carried off the court with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and San Antonio battled through the loss of Parker to beat the Houston Rockets 121-96 on Wednesday night and even the Western Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Parker departed with 8:43 remaining. Spurs officials said the 16-year veteran will undergo an MRI on Thursday morning and will update his status after, but San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said following the game that ''it's not good.'' Teammate Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said Parker was still hurting and unable to put any weight on his left leg after the game. ''It's hard to see him limping and hurting now,'' Ginobili said. ''You kind of know that we're not going to see him anytime soon. So, that's a tough blow. We'll see, we don't know.'' Parker's left leg appeared to go limp as he rose to attempt a short jumper in the paint over Houston's Patrick Beverley with 8:52 remaining. Parker grabbed his left knee immediately upon landing and remained on the court for a few minutes. The 34-year-old attempted to limp off the court, but had to be carried off by teammates. Stadium officials had a wheelchair waiting for Parker after he entered the tunnel that leads to the locker room. Parker finished with 18 points in 26 minutes. The injury dampened a complete turnaround for the Spurs, who responded to a 126-99 defeat Monday with a similar domination in Game 2. ''I think we were able to get a feel for them in the first game,'' Leonard said. ''Just trying to contest all shots, limit them to one possession, don't let them rebound the basketball on the offensive end and just get them off the 3-point line.'' The Spurs limited James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) to 13 points on 3-for-17 shooting. ''I just missed shots,'' Harden said. ''I missed shots. I didn't convert my layups. We knew they were going to come out with some aggressiveness in Game 2.'' The Rockets shot 11 for 34 on 3-pointers after going 22 for 50 in Game 1. ''They came out with a lot of energy,'' said Beverley, who had 12 points. ''They came out with a lot more fight.'' Popovich started Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) in place of David Lee to give the Spurs another outside shooter in the starting lineup and it paid off early. San Antonio shot 62 percent in the opening quarter and finished shooting 54 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points after being limited to four in the opener, and Danny Green added 12. ''We played a lot smarter than we did in Game 1,'' Green said. ''We played at our pace, not theirs. Passed the ball, found each other, moved a lot better with more of an old Spurs basketball.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



LeBron scores 39, Cavaliers rout Raptors 125-103 in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) scored 39 points, hopped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list, and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-103 blowout over the Toronto Raptors in game two of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night. Just like a year ago in the conference finals, the Cavs are up 2-0 on the Raptors, who had better figure some things out or this series will be over quickly. Toronto was blown out for the fifth straight time in Cleveland in the playoffs, losing each by an average of 24.2 points. Game three is Friday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, where the Raptors will have the crowd on their side. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) had 22 points and 11 assists and Channing Frye (6'11''-PF-83, college: Arizona) scored 18 points for the reigning champions, who are 6-0 so far defending their title. Cleveland is 9-0 since losing game four of last year's NBA Finals. The Raptors didn't start Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92), but he led them with 23 points. Toronto only got five points from All-Star DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC), who didn't make his first field goal until the first minute of the fourth quarter. Of bigger concern might be the status of guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), who sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. Lowry spent the fourth quarter in the locker room icing his ankle. James came in needing 25 points to pass Abdul-Jabbar, and he overtook the Hall of Fame center with a three-pointer in the third quarter, when he scored 17 points and helped the Cavs open a 26-point lead. James now only trails Michael Jordan (5,987), the player to whom he has been compared since he was a teenager, for the most points in postseason history. James is also trying to match Jordan's six titles. He's halfway there, and the way the Cavs are playing, he could have No. 4 before long. Raptors coach Dwane Casey promised the Raptors "would be a different team tonight coming out." He meant in terms of energy, but Casey also started a smaller lineup, benching the seven-foot Valanciunas and forward DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, college: Missouri) in favor of guard Norman Powell and forward Patrick Patterson. He also moved Serge Ibaka from power forward to center. The moves were intended to give Toronto more ball handlers and open the floor on offense. They didn't work simply because the Raptors couldn't contain James.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



Lakers forward Luol Deng undergoes surgery on right pectoral muscle - by Eurobasket News

The Lakers announced that Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) underwent successful surgery on his right pectoral muscle Wednesday morning. He is currently recovering and should be ready for the start of next season. Deng struggled for a large majority of last season and was largely attributed as one of the free-agent signings that led to the eventual firing of former general manager Mitch Kupchak. Deng is known for trying to play through injuries, so perhaps this was part of the reason he struggled throughout the season. Deng is never again going to be the player he was in Chicago, but if a full recovery from this injury makes him even a little better than he was last season, then that's an improvement. However, if Los Angeles was hoping to get any value on him in a trade then they can kiss those chances goodbye. Trading someone after a poor season is hard enough. Trading someone off surgery? Almost impossible.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



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The Storm waives Zeglinski - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) waived 29-year old American point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-84kg-88, college: Virginia, agency: Interperformances). Zeglinski played there last season. In 5 NBL Canada games he recorded 6.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He also played that season for River Lions where in 19 NBL Canada games he averaged 11.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 6.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zeglinski's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention in 2016.
Zeglinski has played previously professionally in Austria (Redwell Gunners Oberwart) and Iceland (Grindavik).
He attended University of Virginia until 2012 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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The Most Surprising NBL Canada Games - by Eurobasket

Basketball's popularity in Canada is on the upswing and currently there is a record number of Canadians on NBA rosters.
But Canada's own domestic basketball league, NBL Canada, has also seen signs of growth. Now in its sixth season, the league has grown to 10 teams and has had its fair share of exciting moments. In a league, still with so much parity, many of these moments were also ones that fans didn't see coming.


March 4, 2014: Halifax Rainmen 123, Saint John Mill Rats 102

The Rainmen finished the 2013-14 regular season 18 games below .500 and were heavy underdogs against their first-round playoff opponents, the Atlantic Division Champions Saint John.
The Millrats (now the Riptide) seemed like easy money heading into Game 1 of the series as -400 favourites. But bettors at Canada's most popular online sports betting sites and Saint John fans alike were frustrated when the feisty Rainmen took that opening game into overtime. Halifax edged their opponents 13-10 in the extra period, giving them the momentum needed to eventually win pull off a series upset win.

March 12, 2015: Island Storm 101, Saint John Mill Rats 100

Heading into the fourth quarter of their decisive Game 5 division semis matchup in 2014, the Island Storm held a small lead over Saint John. But the Millrats countered with a 15-0 run after being down by as many as 19 to set up one of the league's wildest finishes.
Down by 1 with less than five seconds to play, Ricky Volcy raced down the floor and found Mike Williams just inside the arc. As time expired, Williams shot over a hand in his face to hit the game winner and advance the Storm into the Division Finals.


2015 NBL Canada Finals Game 7

For the league front office and the teams involved, the 2014-15 season ended in about the worst way imaginable. After a close Game 6 that saw some questionable refereeing, a decisive Game 7 was needed between Windsor and Halifax.
But the game would never tip off. When the Rainmen took to the floor for warmups hours before scheduled, Windsor head coach Bill Jones tried to take a ball away from a Halifax player, inciting a full-on brawl between the two teams. Citing that they no longer felt safe playing their opponents, the Rainmen headed to the airport, forfeiting the game. Without the decisive game being played, the title was unceremoniously awarded to the Storm.


June 12, 2016: London Lightning 93, Halifax Hurricanes 91

The season after the brawl (and with more fans now aware of the league than ever before), Halifax (now the Hurricanes) cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs without dropping a game, earning them a Finals matchup with fellow #1 seed the London Lightning.
At the same time the NBA's Cavs were surging back from a 3-1 series deficit below the border, so too were the Lightning. Late in Game 5, Halifax had a chance to clinch the series and allowed London to have a chance to break the 91-91 tie with seconds remaining. A rebounded tip in from Stephen Maxwell at the buzzer went in, extending the series to a sixth game.


March 21, 2017: Moncton Miracles 123, Saint John Riptide 122

The regular season was given much more significance in the 2016-17 season as not every team would make the playoffs for the first time in several years. That gave new meaning to an otherwise mundane late-March game between Moncton and Saint John in 2017.
Moncton were riding a four-game winning streak and trying to sneak into a playoff position. But Saint John showed to be the superior team, leading 37-25 after the first quarter and still by 11 points with less than two minutes to play. But the Miracles then miraculously went on a 15-3 run, capped by game-winning free throws from Malik Story in the final seconds that kept their playoff hopes alive.



Riptide pulls out win late after Island Storm comeback - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Riptide outlasted the Island Storm 101-96 to begin the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs Wednesday night at Harbour Station. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-PG-81, college: Massachusetts) scored 31 points for the Riptide, while Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) deposited a game-high 34 points for the Storm. 'I thought our game plan was sound tonight. We hold that team to 101 points, you're going to have the opportunity to win a lot of games,' Storm head coach Joe Salerno said. 'We were in a position with a one-point lead with about three-and-a-half minutes left to win Game 1 on the road. . . I think it's small adjustments tomorrow.' The best-of-five battle continues tonight at 7 p.m. in the Port City before switching to Charlottetown for Saturday's Game 3. 'It's super important,' Anderson said about getting off to a strong start in a short series. 'It's really important to get both of these games at home, so we're coming back (Thursday) with the same attitude. We just focused on defence and stopping their pick and roll. 'Carson is deadly off the pick and roll and we wanted to slow that down, and we did that, for the most part. But we still have some work to do. We'll come back with some of the same game plan, but we're going to try some new things, too.' The Riptide received contributions up and down their lineup. Brian Addison (6'9''-F-87, college: Buffalo) and Olumuyiwa Famutimi (6'6''-F/G-84, college: Arkansas), both former Storm players, each had eight points, while Anthony Stover (6'10''-C-90, college: UCLA) and Alex Campbell (6'2''-G-93, college: Windsor) notched seven apiece. Stover also recorded nine rebounds. Meanwhile the Storm turned the ball over too much and need more from its bench. 'We need more out of Tirrell Baines and Al Stewart, especially," Salerno said. Saint John head coach Rob Spon said winning on home court is key. 'And it's always good to get the first one, but it's going to be a war,' he said. 'They're never out of a game because of their great shooting.' Both teams were ice cold from the field to open the third quarter. Darin Mency nailed a jumper to give Saint John a four-point lead halfway through the frame, igniting a surge that had the hosts up 71-63 after 36 minutes. With several Riptide players waving their hands up and down, the crowd came to life at the buzzer to provide an emotional lift before the fourth quarter. Saint John continued to roll early in the final frame, with Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, agency: Haylett Sports) draining a dagger from downtown less than two minutes in. After an Island timeout, Carson canned a triple, only to be answered by Famutimi's corner three for a 12-point cushion. Back-to-back treys by Anderson had the Riptide up by 13 with eight minutes left. But Carson struck from beyond the arc again to pull the Storm within seven midway through the quarter. Two straight by Terry Thomas from the line had the visitors within one with four minutes left. After briefly surrendering the lead, the Riptide went up by three with less than a minute left. A big stop, followed by a clutch triple by Mency, put Saint John up by six with 24 seconds remaining. Anderson did his damage from downtown, sinking six of 15 shots from behind the arc, including many deep shots that had the annoucer saying he hit it from another area code. 'If he's going to score that many points, he has to hit the long pull-up threes and highly contested shots, and he did that tonight,' Salerno said.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



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Richard Pitino inks contract extension after incredible one-year turnaround - by Eurobasket News

Richard Pitino put together the most impressive turn around of any program this past season, taking an eight-win Minnesota team - one that was so bad on the court and ran into trouble with the law so many times off of it - that he had entered the season sitting at the top of just about every hot seat list on the internet. By the end of the season, the Gophers were a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament with a 24-10 record, improving 16 games on the previous season and putting themselves in a position where they are ranked No. 14 in the NBC Sports Preseason Top 25. 'Since I came back to Minnesota as the AD last May, I have been impressed with Coach Pitino and his management of our men's basketball program,' said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. 'I've seen accountability, commitment and focus from every student-athlete and member of the men's basketball staff, led by Coach Pitino. The team's success on the court this year generated a lot of excitement on campus and around the state. I'm looking forward to much more of that with Coach Pitino leading our program.' Pitino, who was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year last season, will enter his fifth season as the head coach of the Gophers. His contract was extended through 2022.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Malik Ellison transfers to Pitt - by Eurobasket News

Pitt has landed Saint John's transfer Malik Ellison (6'6''-G), as tweeted by Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Ellison will have to sit this upcoming season, and will have two years of eligibility to play for Kevin Stallings and the Panthers beginning in 2018-19. Ellison started 26 games last season for Chris Mullin at St. John's. He averaged 7.4 points per game, along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. The junior to be stands in at 6'6' 215 and originally hails from New Jersey. He is the son of former NBA player Pervis Ellison. Coming out of high school, Ellison was a three-star recruit and chose St. John's over the likes of Pitt, Maryland, Xavier, and Temple among others. He played for Life Center Academy for his father. Here are a few clips of his from back then. Ellison has played two years at St. John's in the Big East, with two very similar seasons. He averages less than 25 minutes a game, and scores around 7 points per game. He is not a big time three-point shooter, but he can make them when needed, as he shot 34% this past season. Pitt needs starters and role players alike. They need to rebuild a roster from the top to the bottom, and it appears that Ellison is a good piece. He received interest from Virginia and Harvard in addition to Pitt during the transfer process. Is he going to be a breakout player in 2018, or continue as a secondary scorer like he was for the Red Storm? That remains to be seen.
Courtesy of: cardiachill.com



Nebraska forward Ed Morrow transferring to Marquette - by Eurobasket News

The Marquette men's basketball team added a member Wednesday as Ed Morrow (6'7''-F) committed to transfer to Marquette from Nebraska. Jeff Goodman of ESPN first reported the news, which multiple sources then confirmed to the Journal Sentinel. The 6-foot-7 power forward spent two seasons with the Cornhuskers and appeared in 54 games. This past season, he averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in 24 games, missing seven games in January and February because of a right foot injury. According to KenPom.com, he ranked 29th in the country in offensive rebounding percentage at 14.3%. Morrow, who went to Simeon High School in Chicago, will join Marquette for the 2017-'18 season but will have to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he is able to fully participate, beginning with the 2018-'19 season. With Morrow, the Golden Eagles have added another strong, athletic player with good height, a trend for this year's crop of recruits. In November, Marquette signed three players who are all 6-foot-7 or taller - Theo John, Ikechukwu Eke and Jamal Cain - to letters of intent. In Januar, the Golden Eagles added Harry Froling, a 6-foot-11 freshman center from SMU. Froling joined the team immediately and will be eligible to play midway through the upcoming season at the conclusion of the fall semester. Finally, in early April, head coach Steve Wojciechowski's program added a fourth incoming freshman, 6-foot-3 guard Greg Elliott. With Morrow's addition, 12 of Marquette's 13 scholarship spots have been claimed for next season.
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FSU basketball coach Leonard Hamilton signs extension - by Eurobasket News

FSU men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton 's contract has been extended through the 2019-2020 season, the school officially announced today. Hamilton signed the extension on Wednesday, and FSU president signed it Thursday. 'Leonard Hamilton is an outstanding basketball coach. His success coupled with the type of student-athletes we are currently attracting show we are on the right track,' said FSU Athletic Director Stan Wilcox in a statement. 'This extension will provide him the opportunity to reach both of our goals for the program which are annual NCAA Tournament appearances and success advancing in the Tournament." Hamilton, the ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012, is the winningest coach in school history and is the eighth winningest coach in ACC history. He has amassed 282 victories in his 15-year career at FSU and 482 career collegiate wins. Since the 2005-06 season, the Seminoles are the third winningest program in the ACC with 259 wins. FSU won the ACC Championship in 2012.
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UTSA grad transfer Beverly picks Iowa State - by Eurobasket News

Texas-Antonio graduate transfer Jeff Beverly (6'6''-F-95) officially announced his commitment to Iowa State on Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound forward is eligible to play immediately at Iowa State after averaging 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds for UTSA. Iowa State now has 11 of their 13 scholarships accounted for next year. Princeton graduate transfer Hans Brase is expected to visit Ames next week.
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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.24.8 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 4. Ross, SC Rangers22.0 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 6. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.5 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers16.8 
 10. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 5. Egwu, SC Rangers8.2 
 6. Kay, Southland S.8.2 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
 10. Whippy, Canterbury7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 6. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 7. Boucher, SC Rangers4.9 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.8 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.1 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.1 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.8 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 7. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 8. Webster, Wellingt.1.4 
 9. Ross, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 



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  PERU  


LBL Round 10: Circolo hands first loss to Real Club - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Real Club (9-1) on the court of sixth ranked Circolo on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Circolo 67-61. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Real Club. Circolo (4-6) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with San Marcos. Real Club at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Regatas. Circolo is looking forward to face Ejercito (#7) in Lima in the next round. Real Club's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was smashed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third position with 6-4 record having just three points less than leader Real Club, which they share with EOFap. Ejercito at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). EOFap (6-4) smashed visiting La Family (0-10) by 20 points 75-55. EOFap moved-up to third place, which they share with Inmaculada. Loser La Family still closes the standings with ten games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and San Marcos (#5). San Marcos were smashed at home by 31 points 42-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Regatas (9-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Real Club lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. San Marcos at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.

Ejercito - Inmaculada 61-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was smashed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third position with 6-4 record having just three points less than leader Real Club, which they share with EOFap. Ejercito at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
gschID: 545348


EOFap - La Family 75-55

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: EOFap (#4) and La Family (#8). EOFap (6-4) smashed visiting La Family (0-10) by 20 points 75-55. EOFap moved-up to third place, which they share with Inmaculada. Loser La Family still closes the standings with ten games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
gschID: 545347


Circolo - Real Club 67-61

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Real Club (9-1) on the court of sixth ranked Circolo on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Circolo 67-61. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Real Club. Circolo (4-6) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with San Marcos. Real Club at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Regatas. Circolo is looking forward to face Ejercito (#7) in Lima in the next round. Real Club's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
gschID: 545346


San Marcos - Regatas 42-73

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and San Marcos (#5). San Marcos were smashed at home by 31 points 42-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Regatas (9-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Real Club lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. San Marcos at the other side keep the fifth place with six games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
gschID: 545345





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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma16.1 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.4 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.2 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.8 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.9 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.5 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Energa C.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Miles, Polpharma1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 10. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 5. Kravish, Energa C.1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 8. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.0 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas24.7 
 2. Liz, Ponce19.8 
 3. Warrick, Ponce19.8 
 4. Arroyo, Fajardo19.2 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama17.9 
 8. Mendoza, Aguada17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez17.5 
 10. De-Jesus, Mayaguez17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.0 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.7 
 4. James, Fajardo8.8 
 5. Famous, Humacao8.8 
 6. Laury, Mayaguez8.5 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo8.0 
 8. James, Fajardo7.8 
 9. Williams, Guayama7.6 
 10. Lalanne, Arecibo7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Fitch, Quebradillas7.2 
 2. Abreu, Aguada6.8 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo6.8 
 4. Browne, San German6.5 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.3 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.4 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Liz, Ponce1.9 
 2. Cintron-C., Humac.1.6 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez1.5 
 4. Carmona, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 6. Duran, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Belardo, Ponce1.5 
 8. Behanan, Arecibo1.5 
 9. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Browne, San German1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama1.7 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.3 
 4. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.3 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas1.1 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 8. Dawson, Ponce1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.8 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


BSN Round 14: Capitanes edge Piratas by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 14 in the BSN took place in Quebradillas. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Piratas (6-4) to sixth ranked Capitanes (6-7) 87-85 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Capitanes made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Capitanes had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Cady Lalanne (208-92, college: Massachusetts) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Piratas at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round. Piratas will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Leones (7-6) against fifth ranked Fajardo (7-5) on Wednesday night. Host Leones were crushed by Fajardo in Juana Diaz 90-70. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Chris Ortiz (203-93, college: Friends) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Shawn James contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Leones. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo moved-up to third place. Leones at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Fajardo will play against league's second-placed Caciques in Humacao in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play at home against Atleticos and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Santeros delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Vaqueros (4-9) 95-91 in Coamo. Rigoberto Mendoza scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Alex Oriakhi responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Santeros (12-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Vaqueros dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Santeros will meet Piratas (#5) in the next round. Vaqueros will play against Capitanes (#6) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Arecibo, where 6th ranked Capitanes (6-7) lost at home to ninth ranked Indios (4-7) 73-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. David Laury notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Indios moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Indios will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 14 Quebradillas were defeated by Humacao in a road game 102-95.
The best stats of 14th round was 22 points by James Southerland of Mayaguez.

Arecibo - Mayaguez 73-88

We should mention about the upset which took place in Arecibo, where 6th ranked Capitanes (6-7) lost at home to ninth ranked Indios (4-7) 73-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The game without a history. Indios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Capitanes turnovers. Indios players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward James Southerland (203-90, college: Syracuse) supported him with 22 points. Four Indios players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by the former international forward Angel Alamo (206-85) did not help to save the game for Capitanes. Naturalized American forward Angel Matias (193-92, college: Georgia South) added 20 points for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Indios moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: J.Southerland 22+1reb+1ast, D.Laury 19+8reb+2ast, D.Collier 13+3reb+3ast, O.Alvarado 10+6reb+4ast, N.Butler Lind 9+3reb+2ast, C.Duran 6+3reb+7ast
Arecibo: A.Matias 20+3reb+1ast, A.Alamo 14+7reb+3ast, C.Behanan 9+8reb+2ast, D.Cortez 9+3reb, C.Lalanne 7+2reb, D.Clemente 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540123


Aguada - Bayamon 95-91

Leader Santeros delivered the twelfth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Vaqueros (4-9) 95-91 in Coamo. Vaqueros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Santeros made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Santeros had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Alex Oriakhi (208-90, college: Connecticut) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mexican Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Santeros (12-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Vaqueros dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Santeros will meet Piratas (#5) in the next round. Vaqueros will play against Capitanes (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aguada: R.Mendoza 23+5reb+2ast, C.Gaston 17+9reb+2ast, A.Abreu 14+2reb+8ast, E.Andujar 10+3reb+3ast, M.Lopez 8+1reb, J.Rodriguez 8+2reb
Bayamon: H.Hernandez 18+2reb+3ast, A.Oriakhi 15+10reb, J.Gonzalez 13+3reb+5ast, B.Santiago 11+3reb+4ast, J.Villegas 11+2reb+3ast, I.Romero 10+3reb
gschID: 540122


Humacao - Quebradillas 102-95

There was no surprise in Humacao where 5th ranked Piratas (6-4) were defeated by third ranked Caciques (8-5) 102-95. Caciques forced 20 Piratas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) supported him with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Five Caciques players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) did not help to save the game for Piratas. The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) added 22 points for the guests. Piratas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caciques moved-up to second place. Piratas at the other side keep the fifth position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be Fajardo (#3), which may be the game of the day. Piratas will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Orozco 29+17reb+2ast, J.Famous 18+11reb+2ast, A.Galindo 16+4reb+4ast, A.Guzman 13+8ast, W.Martinez 12+4reb, R.Cintron Cortes 11+3reb+7ast
Quebradillas: D.Smith 23+8reb+3ast, M.Rosario 22+4reb+3ast, A.Carmona 12+1reb, R.Chaney 8+7reb+3ast, J.Mojica 7+2reb+2ast, J.Bryan Diaz 6+5reb
gschID: 540121


Quebradillas - Arecibo 85-87

The most exciting game of round 14 in the BSN took place in Quebradillas. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Piratas (6-4) to sixth ranked Capitanes (6-7) 87-85 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Capitanes made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Capitanes had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Cady Lalanne (208-92, college: Massachusetts) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 6-7 record. Piratas at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round. Piratas will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Clemente 18+1reb+4ast, C.Lalanne 17+14reb, G.Diaz 15+1reb+3ast, C.Behanan 14+10reb+3ast, A.Alamo 11+9reb+1ast, D.Cortez 5+1reb
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 22+5reb+2ast, J.Bryan Diaz 18+6reb, M.Rosario 16+2reb+2ast, J.Garcia 9+2reb+1ast, G.Fitch 9+5reb+4ast, D.Smith 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 540119


Ponce - Fajardo 70-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Leones (7-6) against fifth ranked Fajardo (7-5) on Wednesday night. Host Leones were crushed by Fajardo in Juana Diaz 90-70. The game without a history. Fajardo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Chris Ortiz (203-93, college: Friends) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) added 7 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leones. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo moved-up to third place. Leones at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Fajardo will play against league's second-placed Caciques in Humacao in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leones will play at home against Atleticos and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: C.Ortiz 19+3reb+3ast, A.Colon 13, S.James 12+8reb+2ast, D.James 10+5reb+2ast, M.Ali Berdiel 9+3reb+1ast, C.Arroyo 7+2reb+11ast
Ponce: H.Warrick 19+10reb+2ast, V.Liz 16+4reb+2ast, C.Emory 8+2reb, E.Dawson 7+19reb+4ast, G.Belardo 7+1ast, G.Colon 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540120





Wilkins number one in Puerto Rico for week 13 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Guayama, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 13.
The 36-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat San German (#10, 3-9) 89-80. Guayama is placed at 8th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Guayama is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Wilkins just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Georgia star has very solid stats this year. Wilkins is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.9ppg).

The second best player in last week's games was 27-year old Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (185-PG-89) of Bayamon. Gonzalez had a very good evening with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he led Bayamon to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Humacao (#3, 7-5) 102-82. This victory allowed Bayamon to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Gonzalez is a newcomer at Bayamon, but is already one of team's top players. Former North Carolina State University star Gonzalez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Guayama's star - American guard Kyle Vinales (185-G-92). Vinales scored 26 points. He was another key player of Guayama, helping his team with a 89-80 win against slightly lower-ranked San German (#10, 3-9). The chances of Guayama not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vinales could try to bring Guayama's a little bit higher in the standings. Vinales has a very solid season. In 12 games in Puerto Rico he scored 11.9ppg. Kyle Vinales has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johwen Villegas (193-F-85) of Bayamon - 22 points and 3 rebounds
5. Ricardo Sanchez (212-PF-87) of Guayama - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Alex Oriakhi (208-C/F-90) of Bayamon - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. William Orozco (201-F-85) of Humacao - 9 points and 6 rebounds
8. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Benito Santiago (198-F-89) of Bayamon - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Courtney Fells (196-F/G-86) of San German - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  QATAR  


Brown to Al Sadd - by Ali Ahmed

Al Sadd Sports Club Doha decide to sign the American point guard Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) to play the GCC tournment in Bahrain from 12th to 20th May.

Ken Brown is a strong physical guard, who is able to score off the penetration as well as his perimeter shooting. With a strong powerful first step and his quickness, he is difficult to defend.

Awards/Achievements

Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -11
All-NAIA D1 1st Team -12
Dutch Supercup Finalist -16
Lithuanian Cup Winner -16
Lithuanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -16
Lithuanian League Semifinals -16
WABA Club Championships -17 (Winner)



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.17.0 
 6. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 7. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.6 
 8. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.4 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 10. Taylor, Craiova15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.3 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.5 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu7.1 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Barnette, Oradea6.0 
 10. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.5 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 8. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.2 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 8. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 


Liga Nationala Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Cluj Napoca and CSU Sibiu earn wins - by Eurobasket News

UBT Cluj Napoca - Oradea 103-96

Cluj Napoca outgunned Oradea to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 57-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. UBT Cluj Napoca shot 65.4 percent from the field and made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Oradea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 23 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) chipped in 25 points. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) produced 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and international center Bogdan Tibirna (210-91) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: K.Dykes 25+2reb+3ast, F.Adamovic 23+2reb+8ast, V.Moldoveanu 20+5reb+2ast, O.Barro 17+7reb+2ast, A.Rasic 9+1reb+4ast, M.Pustozvonov 6+1ast
Oradea: M.Zeno 24+1reb+4ast, B.Tibirna 18+4reb+1ast, S.Barnette 13+4reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 11+1reb, M.Pasalic 10+1reb+1ast, U.Lucic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545247


CSU Sibiu - Steaua CSM 88-80

CSU Sibiu held off Steaua CSM to even the series at 1-1. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-17. But Steaua CSM won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Steaua CSM was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Morris Curry (181-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 23 points and his fellow American import power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Steaua CSM. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Hardy 17+6reb+5ast, I.Mijajlovic 16+2reb+3ast, B.Popescu 15+5reb+1ast, C.Cooper 13+6reb+1ast, R.Paliciuc 11+5reb+1ast, M.Davis 10+2reb
Steaua CSM: M.Curry 23+2reb+1ast, R.Falker 14+7reb+2ast, D.Dudzinski 13+8reb, Y.Frasenyuk 11+2reb+2ast, N.Malesevic 10+5reb, M.Runkauskas 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545246





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  RUSSIA  


Zoran Lukic takes over Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Nizhny Novgorod will be guided by Zoran Lukic . The Serbian specialist has signed a two-year contract with the Russian team. Zoran Lukic is not new to Nizhny Novgorod. The specialist spent the last season as the director with the team. He guided Nizhny Novgorod also back in 2009-2014 seasons. Zoran Lukic steered the team to EuroCup semifinals back in 2014. He was named All-Russian B Superleague Coach of the Year back in 2010.


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KLS Round 4 (Superliga): Borac defeats Vrsac in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 4 in the KLS took place in Cacak. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Vrsac (0-4) to fifth ranked Borac (2-2) 75-74 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) responded with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Borac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mega Leks. Vrsac at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Borac is looking forward to face higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Vrsac will play at home against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: FMP (#2) and Dynamic BG (#6). Dynamic BG was defeated at home 72-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and Stefan Lazarevic supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by power forward Strahinja Gavrilovic (206-93, college: USC) did not help to save the game for Dynamic BG. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FMP maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Partizan. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Spartak. FMP will play against Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round where they are favorite. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Mega Leks in Sremska Mitrovica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Beograd. Top-ranked host Crvena Zvezda (4-0) defeated 4th ranked Mega Leks (2-2) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mega Leks. Nemanja Dangubic fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ognjen Jaramaz produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Crvena Zvezda have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Mega Leks keep the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Borac. Crvena Zvezda will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Leks will play against Dynamic BG (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Partizan (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-3). Partizan managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. It was a very good performance for Stefan Bircevic who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Partizan moved-up to second place, which they share with FMP. Spartak at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Borac (#5) in Cacak. Spartak will play on the road against the league's second-placed FMP in Beograd and hope to win that game.

Borac - Vrsac 75-74

The most exciting game of round 4 in the KLS took place in Cacak. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Vrsac (0-4) to fifth ranked Borac (2-2) 75-74 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Stefan Fundic (199-94) responded with 19 points and forward Marko Stojadinovic (204-89) scored 15 points. Four Vrsac players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Borac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mega Leks. Vrsac at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Borac is looking forward to face higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Vrsac will play at home against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: S.Fundic 19+4reb+1ast, M.Stojadinovic 15+4reb+3ast, B.Krstovic 12+5reb+2ast, S.Mitrovic 11+4reb, M.Savovic 7+5reb+2ast, N.Jeftic 4+2reb+4ast
Borac: M.Marinovic 15+4reb+2ast, M.Milovanovic 15+5reb+1ast, M.Radonjic 10+2reb, A.Todorovic 7+6reb+1ast, I.Djokovic 7+1reb+5ast, N.Todorovic 6+3reb
gschID: 544614


Crvena Zvezda - Mega Leks 89-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Beograd. Top-ranked host Crvena Zvezda (4-0) defeated 4th ranked Mega Leks (2-2) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mega Leks. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Crvena Zvezda made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. International swingman Nemanja Dangubic (204-93, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Crvena Zvezda have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Mega Leks keep the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Borac. Crvena Zvezda will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Leks will play against Dynamic BG (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: S.Lesic 21+3reb+2ast, N.Rebic 14+2reb+3ast, J.Novak 13+2reb+2ast, O.Jaramaz 13+7reb+7ast, R.Spasojevic 7+1reb+1ast, V.Cancar 7+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: N.Dangubic 16+2reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 15+3reb+2ast, N.Wolters 11+5reb+4ast, M.Simonovic 11+2reb, O.Kuzmic 8+5reb, D.Thompson 7+2reb
gschID: 544615


Spartak - Partizan 75-82

The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Partizan (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-3). Partizan managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. Spartak was ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 46-28 second half run of Partizan. It was a very good performance for international power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Igor Kesar (210-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spartak. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Partizan moved-up to second place, which they share with FMP. Spartak at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Borac (#5) in Cacak. Spartak will play on the road against the league's second-placed FMP in Beograd and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Kesar 25+4reb+1ast, I.Jelenic 21+2reb+4ast, N.Miscevic 10+6reb+1ast, N.Jovisic 7+9reb, S.Fekete 4+1reb+1ast, D.Tresac 3+1reb
Partizan: S.Bircevic 21+9reb+2ast, S.Pot 16+2reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 15+1reb+4ast, A.Vrabac 7+7reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 6+3reb+1ast, M.Andric 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544617


Dynamic BG - FMP 72-79

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: FMP (#2) and Dynamic BG (#6). Dynamic BG was defeated at home 72-79 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 24-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. FMP outrebounded Dynamic BG 50-23 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dynamic BG was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and Stefan Lazarevic (198-96) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five FMP players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by power forward Strahinja Gavrilovic (206-93, college: USC) did not help to save the game for Dynamic BG. Guard Andreja Stevanovic (189-95) added 14 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FMP maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Partizan. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Spartak. FMP will play against Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round where they are favorite. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Mega Leks in Sremska Mitrovica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamic BG: S.Gavrilovic 18+3reb+1ast, A.Stevanovic 14+4reb+2ast, M.Cakarevic 10+3reb, K.Ffriend 8+3reb+1ast, S.Nadjfeji 8+3reb+1ast, D.Brooks 7+4reb+5ast
FMP: J.Bolden 15+17reb+2ast, S.Lazarevic 14+8reb+2ast, M.Ljubicic 13+3reb+1ast, D.Davidovac 12+8reb+2ast, F.Covic 11+2reb+5ast, N.Zizic 5+5reb
gschID: 544616





Bircevic number one in Serbia for round 4 - by Eurobasket News

International Power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) had a great game in the last round for Partizan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Spartak (#7, 1-3) 82-75. Partizan is placed at 3rd position in Serbian KLS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Partizan will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Bircevic had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Partizan's top player in his first season with the team. Stefan Bircevic averages this season 15.8ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Milan Milovanovic (205-F/C-91, agency: 011 Sports) of Borac. Milovanovic had a very good evening with 15 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Borac to edge Vrsac (#8, 0-4) 75-74. Borac's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Milovanovic is one of the most experienced players at Borac and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of league's second-best FMP. Bolden scored 15 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of FMP, leading his team to a 79-72 win against the lower-ranked Dynamic BG (#6, 1-3). FMP needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Bolden has a very solid season. In 4 games in Serbia he scored 13.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Igor Kesar (210-C-92) of Spartak - 25 points and 4 rebounds
5. Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95) of Mega Leks - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84) of Crvena Zvezda - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sava Lesic (205-PF-88) of Mega Leks - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefan Lazarevic (198-SG-96) of FMP - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Strahinja Gavrilovic (206-F/C-93) of Dynamic BG - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



Serbian association of basketball coaches - coaches days Borivoje Cenic - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches organize traditionally coaching days. This year Basketball coaches days - Borivoje Cenic will be organized in Belgrade May 7th, 2017 in sport center "Vizura", Zemun. This year lectures will be:

- Dejan Milojevic , Head coach of Mega Leks
- Stevan Karadzic - Head coach of Serbian Woman National team
- Veselin Matic (agency: Interperformances ) - basketball coach

When he finished professional player career Dejan Milojevic started successfully coach career in Mega Leks in last six seasons. In season 2015-2016 Dejan Milojevic and his team won Serbian National cup Radivoj Korac.

During career Stevan Karadzic was head coach of Crvena Zvezda, Hemofarm Vrsac an Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Karadzic was head coach of Yugoslavian U20 and U21 National team, assistant coach in Yugoslavia, Serbian and Montenegro National team 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Veselin Matic (agency: Interperformances ) has respectable international career. Matic was on the bench of Cologne 99ers, SG Rhein Energie Koeln, BC Kalev Talinn, Sagesse-Al Hekmeh Birut, Al Ahly Benghazi and head coach of Polish, Iranian and Lebanese National teams.



Pedja Stamenkovic (ex Handlova) signs at Maurienne - by Igor Obradovic

Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) landed 29-year old Serbian guard Pedja Stamenkovic (190-88, agency: 011 Sports). He moved there from Handlova in Slovakian SBL league where he played. In 16 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.3apg and 1.4spg this season. Stamenkovic also played earlier this season for Trefl in Polish TBL. In 13 SBL games he had 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg.
He was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2008. In 2015 he played in Final of Bulgarian League and year before his team was in Semifinals. in 2010 he made it to EuroChallenge Quarterfinals with FMP Zeleznik.
Stamenkovic has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Cherno More and Balkan), Romania (Pitesti) and Serbia (Borac, Radnicki Basket Beograd and FMP Beograd).

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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.0 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.3 
 4. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.8 
 5. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.3 
 9. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.2 
 10. Nedovic, Unicaja13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.9 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.2 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.3 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.2 
 6. Norel, Zaragoza6.0 
 7. Fotu, Zaragoza5.9 
 8. Suton, Estudiantes5.9 
 9. Voigtmann, Basko.5.8 
 10. Dubljevic, Valencia5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Andorra
  (177-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Albicy, Andorra6.4 
 2. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Bellas, Zaragoza5.3 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid5.3 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.1 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.7 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.4 
 10. Diot, Valencia4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.8 
 2. Albicy, Andorra1.6 
 3. Cook, Estudiantes1.6 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.5 
 5. Machado, Manresa1.4 
 6. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Diot, Valencia1.3 
 8. Aguilar, Gran Canaria1.2 
 9. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  UCAM M.
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Tumba, UCAM M.1.2 
 2. Randolph, Real Madrid1.2 
 3. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 4. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 8. Eric, RE.0.8 
 9. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 10. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 


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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Martin comes back to UCAM Murcia - by Eurobasket News

Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old point guard Alberto Martin (184-95). It is actually his comeback to UCAM Murcia as he has played here before. He moved there from CB Clavijo in the LEB Gold where he played this season. In 33 games he recorded 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.4apg. The last season Martin played at UCAM Murcia. But in 6 Liga Endesa games he averaged just 0.8ppg.
Martin's team won Spanish Supercup in 2014.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. Martin's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 10 games: 6.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 21.2%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 71.4%.
Martin has played previously for three other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Tajamar.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A point guard with great passing skills and court vision, has 3-pts shooting range and reads well the game. Good shooting selection, has enough leadership to play at senior level Base.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James WASHINGTON
  Boras
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Washington, Boras18.1 
 2. Rozzell, BC Lulea17.2 
 3. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.17.1 
 4. Bizaca, Sodertalje16.7 
 5. Cinac, Jamtland16.0 
 6. Oglesby, Umea15.7 
 7. Rodgers, Malbas15.4 
 8. Anzuluni, BC Lulea15.3 
 9. Darling, Norrkoping15.1 
 10. Durham, Jamtland14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.0 
 2. Valentine, Umea8.4 
 3. Ruffin, Nassjo8.3 
 4. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.8.1 
 5. Engstrom, Uppsala7.1 
 6. Anzuluni, BC Lulea6.9 
 7. Maraker, Boras6.8 
 8. Nordstrom, Uppsala6.5 
 9. Elbaek, Malbas6.3 
 10. Cinac, Jamtland6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jabril DURHAM
  Jamtland
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Durham, Jamtland6.3 
 2. Washington, Boras5.8 
 3. Massamba, Soder.4.3 
 4. Rozzell, BC Lulea4.2 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Soder.4.1 
 6. Person, Uppsala4.0 
 7. Peltier, Malbas3.7 
 8. Petersen, Malbas3.3 
 9. Smith, Norrkoping3.2 
 10. Johnson, Nassjo3.2 
Steals Per Game
 George VALENTINE
  Umea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valentine, Umea2.0 
 2. Anzuluni, BC Lulea2.0 
 3. Rozzell, BC Lulea1.9 
 4. Durham, Jamtland1.8 
 5. Johnson, Nassjo1.8 
 6. Upshur, BC Lulea1.7 
 7. Washington, Boras1.6 
 8. Barnes, Nassjo1.5 
 9. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.1.4 
 10. Smith, Norrkoping1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 2. Spires, Sodertalje1.6 
 3. Wolfram, Umea1.5 
 4. Purifoy, Jamtland1.4 
 5. Nilsson, Umea1.1 
 6. Wright, Boras1.1 
 7. Valentine, Umea1.0 
 8. Hines, Boras0.9 
 9. Johnson, Sodertalje0.8 
 10. Engstrom, Uppsala0.7 


Basketligan Round 2 of Finals. BC Lulea earn second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje - BC Lulea 84-93

BC Lulea shocked Sodertalje on the road to secure 2-0 lead in the title series. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) scored 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Quinton Upshur (196-93, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting f