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  ANGOLA  



Libolo reach BIC Basket final - by Eurobasket News

Recreativo do Libolo made to the final of the national men basketball championship (Bic Basket) on Thursday in Luanda after beating Interclube (98-78), in the third round match of the semi-final play-offs. By the half-time, the central Cuanza Sul province-based Recreativo do Libolo already had an advantage of 14 points (54-40) over the Luanda's opponent. Recreativo do Libolo defeated Interclube in the two previous encounters (97-96) and (89-83), which secured them reaching the final.
In another qualifier for the finals, Luanda's 1 de Agosto and Petro are tied up, having the former beaten the latter in the first match (101-93). Petro won the second encounter (94-91). The two teams will be meeting again on Friday at Luanda's Victorino Cunha pavilion.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Stingerz and Flyers post wins - by Eurobasket News

Baldwin Braves - Stingerz 60-79

Stingers knocked down Baldwin Braves on the road to take 2-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Stingerz. Baldwin Braves managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 545828


Cutie Ovals Ojays - Flyers 59-77

Flyers outgunned Cutie Ovals Ojays to step closer to the ABBA Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Flyers. Cutie Ovals Ojays was better in second period 15-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 545827





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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, Instituto20.2 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.1 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.8 
 10. Deck, San Lorenzo16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 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: 6.5
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.5 
 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. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
 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. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Byro, Hispano Am.1.4 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 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 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.3 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. McCullough, Alianza .19.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.8 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Pais, Platense2.2 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Moya, Hindu1.0 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 10. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.9 


LigaA Round 48: San Martin Corrientes lose to San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LigaA. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of San Martin Corrientes (38-15) in Almagra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by San Lorenzo (36-15) 78-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Martin Corrientes won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) who added 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) with 16 points and 8 rebounds. San Lorenzo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 36-15 record which they share with defeated San Martin Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. San Lorenzo are looking forward to face Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Third ranked Regatas Corrientes (31-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Instituto (29-25) 88-86 on Friday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Donald Sims supported him with 22 points. Even 21 points and 4 assists by swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Instituto. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 31-20 record having nine points less than leader San Lorenzo. Instituto at the other side keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round where they are favorite. Instituto will play at home against Echague (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (28-22) against fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (31-24) on Friday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 93-74. The best player for the winners was Justin Williams who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Lucio Redivo who recorded 30 points. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fourth position with 31-24 record. Loser Weber Bahia keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Weber Bahia will play against Hispano Am. and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (28-22) against seventh ranked Quimsa (25-28) on Wednesday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Quimsa in Santiado Estero 107-86. It was a good game for Nicolas Romano who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimsa moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obras Basket. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 22 games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Weber Bahia will play at home against Hispano Am. and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Junin. Fourth ranked host Argentino (27-25) defeated one of their biggest challengers Olimpico de La Banda (31-24) 82-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Novar Gadson who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Argentino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 27-25 record which they share with defeated Olimpico de La Banda. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Argentino will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it may be the game of the week.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 48: Atenas was destroyed by GECR Indalo on the opponent's court 99-79. Obras Basket unfortunately lost to Quilmes MP in a home game 79-90. Boca Jrs recorded a loss to La Union on the road 80-95. Libertad S. defeated Hispano Am. on its own court 75-72. San Martin C. beat GECR Indalo in Corrientes 93-85. Obras Basket lost to Atenas at home 86-97. Quilmes MP was outscored by San Lorenzo on the opponent's court 65-88. Echague was rolled over Hispano Am. in a home game 66-88. Weber Bahia defeated Instituto on the road 97-82. Regatas C. beat Boca Jrs on its own court 95-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 7 rebounds by Jeremiah Massey of Libertad S..

Olimpico LB - Weber Bahia 93-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (28-22) against fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (31-24) on Friday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Olimpico de La Banda in La Banda 93-74. Olimpico de La Banda dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Weber Bahia's 30. Olimpico de La Banda looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olimpico de La Banda made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) who recorded 30 points and guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) added 15 points respectively. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fourth position with 31-24 record. Loser Weber Bahia keeps the third place with 22 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Weber Bahia will play against Hispano Am. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: K.Lamonte 17+2reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 16+1reb+2ast, J.Williams 15+9reb, D.Nesbitt 14+4reb+2ast, A.Boccia 12+2reb+3ast, M.Cosolito 9+7reb+3ast
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 30+2reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 15+4reb+3ast, D.Summers 10+7reb+2ast, A.Ramos 6+9reb, M.Fernandez 6+1reb+1ast, F.Corvalan 6+1reb
gschID: 523746


Instituto - Regatas C. 86-88

Important game to mention about took place in Cordoba. Third ranked Regatas Corrientes (31-20) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Instituto (29-25) 88-86 on Friday evening. Instituto was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 25-18 third quarter run of Regatas Corrientes. They outrebounded Instituto 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) supported him with 22 points. Even 21 points and 4 assists by swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Instituto. John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 18 points. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Instituto players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 31-20 record having nine points less than leader San Lorenzo. Instituto at the other side keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round where they are favorite. Instituto will play at home against Echague (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 22+2reb+3ast, C.Troutman 18+11reb+1ast, F.Martina 12+3reb, F.Ramirez 12+8reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 10+2reb+6ast, P.Espinoza 7+5reb
Instituto: M.Gerlero 23+1ast, R.Green 21+4reb+4ast, J.DeGroat 18+4reb+3ast, P.Bertone 13+1reb, G.Whelan 5+4reb+3ast, D.Phillip 4+1reb
gschID: 523745


GECR Indalo - Atenas 99-79

Very expected game in Comodoro R. where 9th ranked Atenas (20-30) was crushed by fifth ranked GECR Indalo (26-26) 99-79 on Thursday. The game without a history. GECR Indalo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. GECR Indalo outrebounded Atenas 44-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Atenas' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 21 rebounds and the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) who added 17 points and 8 assists during the contest. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo's coach Gonzalo Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) with 30 points and 4 assists and forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. GECR Indalo maintains fifth position with 26-26 record. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth place with 30 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Atenas will play at home against Echague and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 17+2reb+8ast, M.Shaw 16+8reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 15+2reb+2ast, E.Vargas 15+21reb+3ast, D.Romero 14+4reb+3ast, S.Johnson 12+4reb+2ast
Atenas: B.Labaque 30+4reb+4ast, M.Chiarini 14+4reb, L.Rasio 13+9reb, R.Johnson 8+1reb, F.Baralle 5+1reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523743


San Lorenzo - San Martin C. 78-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of San Martin Corrientes (38-15) in Almagra on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by San Lorenzo (36-15) 78-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Martin Corrientes. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Martin Corrientes won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) who added 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) scored 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). San Lorenzo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 36-15 record which they share with defeated San Martin Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 15 games lost. San Lorenzo are looking forward to face Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 14+4reb+2ast, M.Mata 14+8reb+4ast, C.Matias Sandes 12+7reb+1ast, S.Safar 12+2ast, S.Scala 9+2reb+4ast, J.Meyinsse 9+7reb+1ast
San Martin C.: R.Garcia 16+8reb+2ast, J.Wood 16+3reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 11+6reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 9+2reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 7+5reb, M.Lescano 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523742


Obras Basket - Quilmes MP 79-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Buenos Aires where seventh ranked Quilmes MP (23-28) defeated 6th ranked Obras Basket (25-28) 90-79 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Quilmes MP. Obras Basket was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and American Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who added 19 points during the contest. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international center Martin Leiva (211-80) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Fernando Zurbriggen (185-97) scored 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Quilmes MP maintains seventh position with 23-28 record. Obras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 28 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 24+4reb+8ast, T.Robinson 19+2reb+1ast, I.Clark 11+5reb, I.Basualdo 10+7reb, E.Flor 9+2reb+4ast, A.Eslava 8+5reb
Obras Basket: M.Leiva 16+5reb, T.Zanzottera 12+1ast, W.Herrmann 10+4reb, F.Zurbriggen 9+4reb+5ast, D.Horner 9+2reb+3ast, F.Mariani 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523741


La Union - Boca Jrs 95-80

Not a big story in a game in Formosa where 10th ranked Boca Juniors (17-36) was defeated by eighth ranked La Union (22-32) 95-80 on Wednesday. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. La Union outrebounded Boca Juniors 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Cristian Amicucci (200-85) with 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union maintains eighth position with 22-32 record, which they share with Penarol. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 36 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Francis 19+9reb+1ast, F.Pinero 18+11reb+3ast, D.Garcia 17+3reb+1ast, A.Elsener 14+10reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 9+1reb+4ast, P.Orlietti 7+6reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: C.Amicucci 15+4reb+1ast, F.Funes 13+4reb+2ast, L.Perez 13+3reb+2ast, N.Gianella 12+1reb+5ast, W.McDonald 11+2reb, F.Lampropoulos 7+10reb
gschID: 523739


Libertad S. - Hispano Am. 75-72

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (26-25) edged at home 9th ranked Hispano Am. (20-33) 75-72 on Wednesday. Hispano Am. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-75 at the end of the game. Libertad Sunchales made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and international point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) who added 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Gonzalo Torres (202-94) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales maintains sixth position with 26-25 record. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth place with 33 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Hispano Am. will play on the road against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 20+4reb, J.Massey 18+7reb, S.Vega 14+5reb, J.Brussino 7+5reb+5ast, P.Barrios 6, M.Saglietti 6+4reb+2ast
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 16+5reb+6ast, K.Austin 14+1reb, G.Torres 13+7reb, M.Fierro 7+5reb, N.Ferreyra 7+2reb+4ast, M.Bernardini 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546008


Quimsa - Weber Bahia 107-86

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (28-22) against seventh ranked Quimsa (25-28) on Wednesday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Quimsa in Santiado Estero 107-86. Weber Bahia was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 57-27 second half run of Quimsa. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. Guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) replied with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Weber Bahia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimsa moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Obras Basket. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 22 games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires and it may be quite challenging game. Weber Bahia will play at home against Hispano Am. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Romano 24+9reb+2ast, A.Harper 18+1reb+4ast, C.Daniels 18+8reb+1ast, J.Ruiz 15+3reb+5ast, L.Gonzalez 11+6reb+2ast, T.Gallizzi 6+5reb+1ast
Weber Bahia: M.Fjellerup 26+9reb+5ast, D.Summers 12+5reb+2ast, F.Corvalan 11+4reb+2ast, A.Ramos 9+3reb+3ast, M.Fernandez 9+2reb, L.Redivo 7+3ast
gschID: 523740


GECR Indalo - San Martin C. 85-93

There was no surprise in Comodoro R. where 5th ranked GECR Indalo (26-26) was defeated by first ranked San Martin Corrientes (38-15) 93-85 on Tuesday. GECR Indalo trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 25-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for San Martin Corrientes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) who added 21 points during the contest. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) with 26 points and 5 assists and center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five San Martin Corrientes and four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes maintains first position with 38-15 record. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GECR Indalo will play at home against Quilmes MP and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 21+3reb, R.Garcia 17+6reb+3ast, J.Wood 14+2reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 14+5reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 12+3reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 7+5reb
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 26+2reb+5ast, D.Romero 16+8reb, S.Johnson 13+2reb+1ast, E.Vargas 10+6reb+2ast, M.Shaw 8+8reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 6+1ast
gschID: 523738


Argentino - Olimpico LB 82-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Junin. Fourth ranked host Argentino (27-25) defeated one of their biggest challengers Olimpico de La Banda (31-24) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by Argentino. Olimpico de La Banda was better in fourth quarter 29-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) who added 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Argentino players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) with 23 points and 5 assists and Mauro Cosolito (195-88) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Argentino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 27-25 record which they share with defeated Olimpico de La Banda. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Argentino will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 23+4reb+4ast, L.Cequeira 16+4reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 11+3reb+1ast, E.Basabe 11+6reb+2ast, C.Crawford 11+12reb+2ast, F.Zarate 5+1reb+2ast
Olimpico LB: K.Lamonte 23+3reb+5ast, M.Cosolito 11+8reb+4ast, J.Williams 10+8reb, A.Boccia 8+2reb+1ast, F.Vallejos 8, D.Guaita 7+1reb
gschID: 523737


Obras Basket - Atenas 86-97

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where ninth ranked Atenas (20-30) won against 6th ranked Obras Basket (25-28) 97-86 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Obras Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Diego Gerbaudo (178-89) who added 16 points and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) scored 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas maintains ninth position with 20-30 record. Obras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 28 games lost. Atenas will face Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round.
Top scorers:
Atenas: L.Rasio 21+8reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 16+4reb+7ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+3reb+2ast, M.Chiarini 12+3reb+3ast, B.Labaque 11+3ast, F.Baralle 9
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 26+4reb, D.Horner 20+10reb+3ast, T.Zanzottera 15+2reb+3ast, M.Leiva 8+3reb, F.Mariani 7+1ast, J.Richard 4+4reb
gschID: 523735


San Lorenzo - Quilmes MP 88-65

Very expected game in Almagra where 7th ranked Quilmes MP (23-28) was crushed by first ranked San Lorenzo (36-15) 88-65 on Tuesday. San Lorenzo outrebounded Quilmes MP 39-25 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and Uruguayan center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) with 16 points and guard Eric Flor (186-93) scored 13 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Lorenzo have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 36-15 record. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh place with 28 games lost. San Lorenzo will face Argentino (#4) in Junin in the next round. Quilmes MP will play at home against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 24+4reb+2ast, M.Calfani 11+8reb+1ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 10+3reb+2ast, C.Matias Sandes 9+6reb+4ast, S.Scala 9+2ast, M.Mata 8+4reb+5ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 16+1reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 14, E.Flor 13+3reb+1ast, I.Clark 5+1reb, I.Basualdo 4+5reb+3ast, T.Robinson 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 523736


Echague - Hispano Am. 66-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Hispano Am.'s (20-33) road victory over 10th ranked Echague (8-44) 88-66 on Monday. The game without a history. Hispano Am. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) who added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) with 18 points and American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth position with 20-33 record. Echague lost ninth consecutive game. Echague at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth place with 44 games lost. Hispano Am. will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Echague will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 17+6reb+6ast, K.Austin 14+5reb, M.Byro 12+2reb+1ast, A.Zilli 11+8reb+4ast, M.Bernardini 9, J.Treise 8+2reb+2ast
Echague: G.Solano 18+2reb+3ast, C.Buemo 14, D.Caracter 8+12reb, E.Stucky 8+1reb, J.Baeza 6+1reb+3ast, D.Green 5+2reb
gschID: 523733


Instituto - Weber Bahia 82-97

Not a big story in a game in Cordoba where 5th ranked Instituto (29-25) was defeated by third ranked Weber Bahia (28-22) 97-82 on Monday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 56-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Weber Bahia forced 20 Instituto turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists and the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) who added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) with 7 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 28-22 record having thirteen points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Instituto keeps the fifth place with 25 games lost. Weber Bahia will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round where they are favorite. Instituto will play at home against Echague (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 33+4reb+6ast, H.Jasen 15+7reb+4ast, A.Laveal Johnson 15+2reb+1ast, F.Corvalan 8+2reb+5ast, M.Fjellerup 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fernandez 7+1reb+4ast
Instituto: D.Phillip 18+2ast, J.DeGroat 18+2reb+2ast, P.Bertone 16+2reb+4ast, G.Whelan 11+1reb+4ast, S.Clancy 7+12reb+6ast, M.Gerlero 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523732


Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 95-79

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Regatas Corrientes (31-20) beat at home 10th ranked Boca Juniors (17-36) 95-79 on Monday. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Boca Juniors' 34. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who added 20 points and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 31-20 record having nine points less than leader San Lorenzo. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 36 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 20+2reb+10ast, F.Martina 15+8reb, D.Sims 15+3reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 13+13reb+8ast, F.Ramirez 11+3reb, C.Troutman 10+5reb+3ast
Boca Jrs: F.Funes 16+2reb+6ast, L.Gargallo 16+2reb+5ast, F.Lampropoulos 14+9reb+2ast, W.McDonald 11+6reb, N.Gianella 11+4reb+4ast, L.Perez 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523734





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

Alianza Viedma - Atenas Carmen 80-78

Alianza Viedma held off Atenas Carmen to gain 1-0 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Atenas won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Pedro Franco (187-81) nailed 18 points and 6 assists for the winning side and swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and Emiliano Agostino (191-84) added 18 points respectively for Atenas in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: P.Franco 18+1reb+6ast, A.Knecht 14+2reb+2ast, O.McCullough 14+4reb, M.Tabieres 12+5reb, M.Gaynor 10+8reb, L.Nwogbo 8+7reb
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 18+3reb+1ast, S.Cutley 16+15reb+6ast, M.Percaz 15+4reb+3ast, H.Wilkerson 12+1reb, H.Etchepare 11+1reb+1ast, G.Peralta 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545867


Hindu - San Isidro 87-55

Hindu knocked down San Isidro in the opener. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) produced 9 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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:
Hindu: K.Jones 14+8reb+3ast, N.Paletta 14+3reb+4ast, P.Fernandez 12+4reb+4ast, M.Coronel 9+6reb+1ast, S.Mora 9+2reb, P.Moya 8+7reb
San Isidro: J.Durley 14+5reb, S.Gonzalez 9+8reb+3ast, A.Lozano 7+1reb, M.Muller 7+2reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 6+5reb+1ast, J.Kelly 3+3ast
gschID: 545865


Estudiantes O. - Parque Sur 94-87

Estudiantes O. rallied past Parque Sur for 1-0 advantage. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Parque Sur helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Joaquin Gamazo (198-91) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) added 20 points in the effort for Parque Sur. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: J.Gamazo 21+8reb, D.Figueredo 18+4reb+4ast, S.Arese 16+9reb+5ast, E.Dominguez 11+4reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 10+4reb+5ast, L.Portillo 10+1reb+3ast
Parque Sur: G.Mariani 20+4reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 15+7reb, E.Bolling 14+8reb+5ast, A.Jure 12+2ast, J.Stroud 11+3reb+2ast, P.Alderete 9+3reb
gschID: 545868


Comunicaciones - Union SF 89-81

Comunicaciones toppled Union SF to secure the lead in the quarterfinal series. Comunicaciones made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Comunicaciones outrebounded Union SF 37-26 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Union SF was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Miguel Isola (197-83) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: G.Essengue 18+6reb+1ast, N.Lauria 18+12reb+3ast, F.Vietta Stechina 14+5reb+4ast, A.Pau 14+1reb+6ast, N.Gimenez 8+3reb, C.Romero 6+1reb
Union SF: M.Isola 20+1reb+1ast, B.Barovero 16+8reb+3ast, M.Stibbins 13+6reb, M.Borsatti 11+1reb, T.Ligorria 9+3reb+1ast, P.Tabarez 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545866





Vikingos sign Terry Martin Jr., ex Alianza Viedma - by Francisco Vega

Vikingos Tarija (Libobasquet) signed 28-year old American forward Terry Martin Jr. (199-89, college: Wofford). He moved there from Alianza Viedma in Argentinian TNA league where he started the season. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4apg this season.

The last season Martin played at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (also in TNA). In 49 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the TNA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).

Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Import player of the Year.

Martin is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Chile (Quilicura), Japan, Ecuador (Mavort), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix, S.Generals, Team Japan and Gem City S.) and WBA (Atlanta Blaze).

Martin attended Wofford College until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

He could be described: He is a bundle of energy. He plays with intensity and passion and never stops working. His attitude and athleticism help him clean the glass and get to the free throw line at an astounding rate. He usually outworks his opponents to the point of exhaustion. He is versatile enough to play either forward position. He is a beast in the paint and can rebound and score down low, he also has a midrange game and is tough to stop because he uses his athleticism to get past bigger players and his size to beat small forwards. He can also knock down perimeter jumpers, even from 3-point territory.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stirling Senators sign Andrew Naymick, ex Toyota Alvark - by Hugh McAuliffe

Stirling Senators (SBL) signed 32-year old American center Andrew Naymick (209-113kg-85). He moved there from Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League where he started the season. In 34 games he had just 2.8ppg and 3.3rpg this season.
The most of last season Naymick spent at Tochigi Brex (NBL) in Japanese league. In 30 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.1bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Naymick also played that season for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In 10 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Naymick won Czech Republic League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Center of the Year back in 2009.
Naymick is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Naymick has played previously professionally in Greece (Aris), Mexico (Soles), Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Spain (Caceres_Basket), Poland (Kotwica) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
He could be described: Extremely intetlligent, non-selfish player. Played for legendary Coach Tom Izzo for 4 years at Michigan State University which is one of the most prestigious programs in College Basketball. Very athletic post player with good hands and nice touch around the basket. Great footwork, runs the floor well, excellent above-the-rim rebounder and shot blocker. Very good touch from outside as well that creates major match up problems for opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk18.4 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.6 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.3 
 10. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.0 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.7 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.2 
 10. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.3 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.6 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 7. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 8. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
 9. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 10. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 


Premier League Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Grodno-93 advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

COR-Borisfen - Grodno-93 83-98

Grodno-93 outgunned COR-Borisfen to advance into Premier League Finals. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-83. Grodno-93 forced 20 COR-Borisfen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (200-87) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists for the winners and the former international center Yuri Mishukov (205-85) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) scored 17 points. Five Grodno-93 and four COR-Borisfen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
COR-Borisfen: M.Kozlovets 22+9reb, A.Malkov 17+2reb+3ast, S.Tatur 13+3ast, A.Aheyenka 10+4reb+3ast, P.Bliznets 7+3reb, A.Kharkevich 6+5reb+4ast
Grodno-93: I.Kaliayev 20+3reb+5ast, K.Sitnik 19+3reb+1ast, A.Navoichyk 18+2reb+3ast, Y.Mishukov 15+9reb+1ast, V.Korzh 11+5reb+4ast, K.Chumakov 6+2reb
gschID: 545800





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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





Badji's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old power forward Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for Kangoeroes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds for Kangoeroes in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Liege (#10, 5-29) 86-84. Kangoeroes is placed at 5th position in Belgian league. Kangoeroes 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 18-16 record. Badji turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Badji has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 59.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven. He is American guard in his first season at Leuven. In the last game Miller-McIntyre recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Bad luck as Leuven lost that game 86-91 to the higher-ranked Brussels (#3, 20-14). Leuven managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Leuven managed to get this year. Miller-McIntyre is a newcomer at Leuven and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kangoeroes' star - guard Wesley Channels (190-PG-88). Channels showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Kangoeroes, helping his team with a 86-84 win against the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 5-29). Kangoeroes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Channels has a great season in Belgium. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.8ppg (9th best) and assists with 4.9apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 21 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 23 points and 4 assists
8. Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) of Oostende - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Yunio Barrueta (198-F/G-93) of Aalstar - 15 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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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Belmopan Bandits reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cayo Western B. - San Pedro T. 75-63

Cayo Western stayed alive in the semifinal series versus San Pedro. They earned home win in Game 2 to force the decider. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 43-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Darwin Leslie (191-SF-81) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners.
gschID: 545187


Belmopan B. - Dangriga W. 76-72

Belmopan Bandits advanced into NEBL Finals. They held off Dangriga in the second semifinal clash to complete the sweep. Dangriga W. was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Farron Louriano (198-C/F-89) delivered 24 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Bandits.
gschID: 545186





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  BOLIVIA  


Vikingos sign Terry Martin Jr., ex Alianza Viedma - by Francisco Vega

Vikingos Tarija (Libobasquet) signed 28-year old American forward Terry Martin Jr. (199-89, college: Wofford). He moved there from Alianza Viedma in Argentinian TNA league where he started the season. In 16 games he had very impressive stats: 19.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4apg this season.

The last season Martin played at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (also in TNA). In 49 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 17.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the TNA title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).

Quite impressive season as he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Import player of the Year.

Martin is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Chile (Quilicura), Japan, Ecuador (Mavort), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix, S.Generals, Team Japan and Gem City S.) and WBA (Atlanta Blaze).

Martin attended Wofford College until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

He could be described: He is a bundle of energy. He plays with intensity and passion and never stops working. His attitude and athleticism help him clean the glass and get to the free throw line at an astounding rate. He usually outworks his opponents to the point of exhaustion. He is versatile enough to play either forward position. He is a beast in the paint and can rebound and score down low, he also has a midrange game and is tough to stop because he uses his athleticism to get past bigger players and his size to beat small forwards. He can also knock down perimeter jumpers, even from 3-point territory.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vikingos tab DeAngelo Jackson - by Francisco Vega

Vikingos Tarija (Libobasquet) inked American forward DeAngelo Jackson (203, college: NC-Greensboro). He moved there from California Golden Tigers (ABA) in the U.S. where he started the season.
Jackson played at the SoCon Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
He has played also professionally for other ABA teams like Fresno HW and S.Francisco R..
Jackson graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


Igokea celebrate the victory in Game 1 of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Igokea edged Bosna-Royal 87-71 in the opener of the Finals. Trailing 17-19 at the end of the first period, Igokea tied it all at 44-44 when the teams left the court at the halftime. Igokea fully dominated the second half and won the game. They erupted with a 25-7 surge in the decisive third period to take the lead in the final series.
James Robinson (190-PG-94, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Blaz Mahkovic (201-F-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) netted 17. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13, whilst Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) delivered 11 for the winners. Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while DORDEVIC poured in 14.



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.0 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros18.6 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.7 
 8. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Borges, Franca5.7 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Sena, Contagem17.3 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville16.1 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau14.5 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.14.3 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau14.1 
 7. Maistro, Contagem13.1 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.1 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Sena, Contagem8.4 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.9 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.9 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.7.0 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.6 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville6.3 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.4 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.9 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.8 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.9 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.7 
 5. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 6. Vezaro, Joinville1.5 
 7. Romualdo, Contagem1.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.3 
 10. Alvim, Contagem1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sena, Contagem1.3 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 3. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Jeronimo, Joinville0.7 
 6. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 8. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 9. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 



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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Shelton, Rilski20.1 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.2 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.2 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.8 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
 10. Bozov, Rilski15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.3 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Jones, Beroe7.8 
 9. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 10. Daniels, Balkan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.2 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.4 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.3 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.0 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.4 
 10. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Karamfilov, Cherno M.1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Jones, Beroe1.7 
 9. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.4 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 
 10. Daniels, Balkan0.6 



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  CANADA  


Horace Wormely (ex St.John R.) agreed terms with Gigantes - by Francisco Vega

Gigantes de Guayana (LPB) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). He moved there from Saint John Riptide in Canadian NBL where he played this season. In 32 NBL Canada games he recorded 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.3apg and 2.0spg. The last summer Wormely was tested by Patriotas (Liga DirecTV) in Colombian league.

Among other achievements he won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. Wormely received also Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year award in 2015.

He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Wormely's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Wormely has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.), JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena) and Colombia (Bucaros).

He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LIGHTNING DOMINATE AT HOME IN 117-87 GAME 1 WIN OVER AS - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM Lightning dominate at home in 117-87 Game 1 win over AS. Orangeville s offense started out slow with the first few shot attempts and their defense wasn't putting forth a much better effort. Before 3 minutes had passed in the first quarter, London had taken a 12-4 lead and their 3 point shooting was heating up. Orangeville managed too finally find some consistency on the offensive end but still lacked a consistent scoring threat as they looked for a player to hinge their offense, their team effort netted them a few baskets in order too keep up with the Lightning but they were only able too hang around for a short time.


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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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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Brezec, AEK17.0 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos15.2 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.5 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Walker, Etha13.6 
 9. Wright, Apoel13.2 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terell PARKS
  Keravnos
  (204-C/F-91)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Parks, Keravnos8.5 
 2. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.3 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 6. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 7. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 8. Brezec, AEK6.1 
 9. OBrien, Keravnos5.7 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK4.9 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel4.0 
 6. Ross, Keravnos4.0 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.1 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.1 
 2. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 3. Dasic, AEK1.8 
 4. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 5. Thomas, AEK1.7 
 6. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 7. Parks, Keravnos1.4 
 8. Barker, Keravnos1.4 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 3. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 4. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 5. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 6. Brezec, AEK0.5 
 7. Burnatowski, Apoel0.5 
 8. OBrien, Keravnos0.5 
 9. Trisokkas, AEK0.4 
 10. Kaskiris, Apoel0.3 


Keravnos clinch Division A title - by Eurobasket News

AEK - Keravnos 54-55

Keravnos celebrated Division A title. They snatched a narrow road win over AEK to win the championship series 3-1. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 11 rebounds and American-Somalian forward Mohamed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Brezec 13+8reb+1ast, T.Biggs 11+1reb+1ast, L.Anderson 8+5reb+2ast, T.Thomas 7+5reb+1ast, I.Panteli 6+2reb+1ast, T.Petrovic 6+5reb
Keravnos: J.O'Brien 13+3reb, M.Abukar 11+8reb+1ast, R.Ross 11+5reb+2ast, T.Parks 8+11reb+2ast, N.Stylianou 5+2reb, M.Simon 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 545875





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  DENMARK  


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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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Club Domingo Paulino step closer to the title - by Eurobasket News

Club Domingo Paulino stepped closer to the title in the Santiago Finals beating Pueblo Nuevo 90-81 in game 3. Adris De Leon (180-PG-84, college: E.Washington) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Robert Glenn (203-PF-89, college: IUPUI) collected 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) ended up with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Alejandro Salas Flores (204-PF-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC, agency: Basket Management Solutions) finished the game with 21 points and 11 boards in a loss. Jhon Taylor netted 13 and Antonio Pena added 11.
Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga Superior Round 12: Marquense defeats Thunder in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

An interesting game for Marquense (10-1) which played road game in San Salvador against 4th ranked Thunder (7-5). First ranked Marquense had an easy win 115-68. The game without a history. Marquense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Thunder's 48. They outrebounded Thunder 52-41 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 42 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Thunder's players. It was a good game for Ronald Flores who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Marquense's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Diego Ferrin replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Thunder. Marquense maintains first position with 10-1 record. Thunder at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Marquense are looking forward to face ADB (#8) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thunder will play on the road against Ausoles (#9) in Ahuachapan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Chalchuapa was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Izalco (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Chalchuapa (4-8). Izalco defeated Chalchuapa 69-57. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists and Julio Crespin who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Raul Rodriguez with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Izalco have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-1 record behind leader Marquense. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Izalco will play against San Marcos (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chalchuapa will play against Biomedical (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in San Salvador supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked ABA (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked ADB (3-9). ABA did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 95-76 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Jonathan Zometa who scored that evening 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. ABA's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by Carlos Rodriguez did not help to save the game for ADB. ABA maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. ADB lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. ABA will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. ADB will play against the league's leader Marquense in San Marcos and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 12 ExSAL ST beat Biomedical on the road 64-50.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 4 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals by Wilber Melendez of ExSAL ST.

Biomedical - ExSAL ST 50-64

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked ExSAL ST (5-6) beat on the road bottom-ranked Biomedical (2-10) 64-50 on Thursday. ExSAL ST held Biomedical to an opponent 22.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.2 percent accuracy of the winners. ExSAL ST looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ExSAL ST made 17 blocks. The winners were led by Mexican forward Jimmy Villalobos (190-93, college: Westminster, MO) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds and American center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) supported him with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks. ExSAL ST's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) did not help to save the game for Biomedical. Salvador Bonilla added 6 points and 13 rebounds. ExSAL ST maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Loser Biomedical stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. ExSAL ST will meet at home higher ranked ABA (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biomedical will play against Chalchuapa (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Biomedical: C.Pineda 23+6reb+3ast, C.Herrera 12+4reb+3ast, S.Bonilla 6+13reb+1ast, C.Morales 3+4reb+2ast, R.Cabrera 2+4reb+1ast, N.Cordero 2+9reb+5ast
ExSAL ST: J.Villalobos 22+8reb+3ast, D.Lawes 13+12reb, D.Rivas 7+5reb+3ast, C.Escobar 6+3reb, B.Marroquin 4+6reb+1ast, W.Melendez 4+9reb+11ast
gschID: 544842


Chalchuapa - Izalco 57-69

The game in Chalchuapa was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Izalco (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Chalchuapa (4-8). Izalco defeated Chalchuapa 69-57. Chalchuapa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) who added 22 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Raul Rodriguez with 20 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Izalco have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-1 record behind leader Marquense. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Izalco will play against San Marcos (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chalchuapa will play against Biomedical (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: R.Rodriguez 20+5reb+3ast, F.Carcamo 14+2reb+6ast, D.Paiz 12+4reb+1ast, F.Garcia 4+1reb+1ast, J.Villalobos 3+1reb, M.Barrera 2+9reb
Izalco: M.Thomas 26+20reb+9ast, J.Crespin 22, J.Landaverde 7+2reb, G.Galdamez 5+4reb+3ast, C.Toledo 3+2reb+1ast, E.Valdez 2+1reb
gschID: 544838


ADB - ABA 76-95

The game in San Salvador supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked ABA (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked ADB (3-9). ABA did not have too big problems ending evening with a very confident victory 95-76 on Tuesday. The game without a history. ABA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely ADB outrebounded ABA 52-36 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. ABA looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The winners were led by Jonathan Zometa who scored that evening 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Edson Sosa (188-78) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. ABA's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds by Carlos Rodriguez (-92) did not help to save the game for ADB. Hector Landaverde (-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five ADB players scored in double figures. ABA maintains fifth position with 6-6 record. ADB lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. ABA will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. ADB will play against the league's leader Marquense in San Marcos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 14+6reb+2ast, C.Rodriguez 12+11reb, J.Gonzalez 11+9reb+1ast, C.Canizales 11+5reb+2ast, M.Marroquin 10+5reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 7+5reb+5ast
ABA: J.Zometa 39+7reb+2ast, E.Sosa 16+9reb+1ast, T.Alfaro 9+1reb+2ast, J.Roque 9+2reb+4ast, M.Vasquez 7+2reb+11ast, L.Medina 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 544841


Thunder - Marquense 68-115

An interesting game for Marquense (10-1) which played road game in San Salvador against 4th ranked Thunder (7-5). First ranked Marquense had an easy win 115-68. The game without a history. Marquense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Thunder's 48. They outrebounded Thunder 52-41 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 42 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Thunder's players. It was a good game for Ronald Flores who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Marquense players scored in double figures. Marquense's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Diego Ferrin replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Marlon Aguilera added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Thunder. Marquense maintains first position with 10-1 record. Thunder at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Marquense are looking forward to face ADB (#8) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thunder will play on the road against Ausoles (#9) in Ahuachapan and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 24+9reb, C.Rivera 12+4reb+3ast, S.Diaz 7+3reb+1ast, M.Aguilera 7+9reb+3ast, O.de Leon 6+1reb+3ast, D.Aguilar 5+9reb+2ast
Marquense: R.Flores 30+5reb+1ast, M.Artiga 16+9reb+3ast, J.Barrera 15+2reb+8ast, K.Gutierrez 14+11reb+3ast, C.Sorto 12+10reb+3ast, H.Urias 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544840





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)



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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, Parnu16.6 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 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, Parnu8.2 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.2 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.6 
 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/Cramo4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Saage, TL.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.0 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
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. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 


Alexela KML Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Kalev/Cramo become first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 83-60

Kalev/Cramo topped Parnu in Tallinn to sweep the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 4 assists. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) helped adding 14 points. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Rannar Raap (191-92) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five Parnu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 14+4reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 13+4reb+4ast, C.Simmons 12+1reb+2ast, M.Tollefsen 12+3reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 9+6reb+2ast, S.Sokk 9+3reb+6ast
Parnu: R.Raap 13+5reb+4ast, E.Seskus 12+3reb+6ast, R.Hallik 11+4reb+2ast, M.Kirves 10+8reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 10+6reb, T.Niits 2+3reb
gschID: 545968


Tartu Ulikool - Rapla 85-61

Tartu Ulikool snapped two-game losing skid and edged Rapla to narrow the deficit. The game was mostly controlled by Tartu Ulikool. Rapla was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Tartu Ulikool dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 26. They outrebounded Rapla 46-28 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rapla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. International Martin Paasoja (191-93) came up with 16 points and Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Rapla in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: M.Thomas 20+3reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 18+11reb+2ast, D.Milka 11+7reb+6ast, V.Jois 9+8reb+1ast, M.Adam Konate 8+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 8+1reb+5ast
Rapla: M.Paasoja 16+3reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 11+2reb, T.van der Mars 9+6reb, J.Kok 7+2reb+1ast, D.Bratoz 6+5reb+1ast, O.Metsalu 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545967





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  FINLAND  


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  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.7 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.7 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.3 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.9 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.3 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.5 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 8. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.3 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Chalon2.5 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.5 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 9. Fair, Limoges0.8 
 10. Almeida, Cholet0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Martin HERMANNSSON
  Charlevi.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.7 
 2. Peacock, Bourg17.6 
 3. Jones, Lille17.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne16.9 
 5. Williams, Boulazac16.9 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.3 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.4 
 8. Obasohan, Provence.15.1 
 9. Fairell, Rouen15.0 
 10. Bigote, Nantes14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.2 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.7 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 7. Traore, Lille7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.4 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Diame, Blois7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.1 
 2. King, Le Havre6.3 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.5.9 
 5. Turner, Blois5.8 
 6. Sim, Bourg5.7 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.2 
 4. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 6. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Turner, Blois1.8 
 9. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. MBida, Lille1.2 
 5. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Traore, Lille1.0 
 10. Boateng, Blois0.9 


San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has surgery; Gregg Popovich undecided on Game 3 starter - by Eurobasket News

In perhaps a few weeks, the San Antonio Spurs may soon have an idea of the recovery schedule for point guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82). While they wait for that to get ironed out, there's still the matter of who will start in Parker's place for tonight's Game 3 (9:30 ET, ESPN) against the Houston Rockets. Earlier today, the Spurs released a statement in which they revealed Parker had successful surgery to repair his ruptured left quadriceps tendon. A timeline for his return is unknown. After shootaround Friday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's not sure of whom among Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and the rest of the Spurs' guards will start tonight.
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 7. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.6 
 8. Andrejevic, Pelister.13.3 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo13.0 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.7 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 7. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki5.6 
 10. Brckov, Strumica5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.5 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 7. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Petrovski, Feni I.3.6 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Yonel BROWN
  Kumanovo
  (175-PG-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Brown, Kumanovo1.4 
 2. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 4. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 5. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 6. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 8. Stajic, Feni I.1.2 
 9. Magdevski, Feni I.1.1 
 10. Milojevic, Ohrid A.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.7 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 9. Talevski, Pelister.0.4 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.0.4 


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

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

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Strasbourg IG (20-10) in their last game. Despite Travis' good performance Strasbourg IG lost 65-74 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Travis also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was Strasbourg IG's first loss after ten consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 11.8% and FT: 73.8% in 23 games he played so far. Travis is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Gran Canaria (19-11) in their last game. Despite Hendrix's good performance Gran Canaria was edged 75-72 in Madrid by the lower-ranked (#11) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hendrix's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.1%(75-127), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 81.8% in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hendrix played previously for the USA U18 national team, he played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently Hendrix has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina). He led Libertad Sunchales to a victory over the second-ranked Ferrocarril (34-19) 80-68 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Massey was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales (26-25) is placed sixth in Norte group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Massey has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(146-255), 3FGP: 33.5% and FT: 75.5%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He used to play for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Scandone Avellino in a victory against the 14th-ranked Juvecaserta (11-18) 79-75 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Green scored only 4 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. Scandone Avellino (19-10) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Green's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #5. Former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Richard Hendrix and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. McCalebb was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria (19-11) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-17). He recorded only 4 points. Gran Canaria was edged 75-72 in Madrid by the lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#11). This season McCalebb has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.6apg. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a 2-point Mega Leks' victory against the league outsider Vrsac (0-4) 93-91 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Samardziski scored only 2 points and blocked 2 blocks in 13 minutes. BC Mega Leks (2-2) is placed fourth in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Samardziski has averaged so far 2.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in three games. He is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Sevilla (8-21) in their game against FC Barcelona (20-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Stojanovski recorded only 3 points in 16 minutes. Sevilla was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. It was Sevilla's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg in 29 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #8. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (10-20) in their game against Baskonia (21-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Dimitrijevic cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point and had 3 steals. Joventut was crushed 81-45 in Vitoria by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. Dimitrijevic has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015.

Oliver Dvojakovski
Oliver Dvojakovski
   #9. Former international center Oliver Dvojakovski (204-97, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Betanzos' victory against the third-ranked Calidus Gal.COB (17-8) 82-71 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Dvojakovski scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. Santo Domingo Betanzos (14-12) is placed seventh in Group A-B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Dvojakovski has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 4.0rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Anadolu Efes (17-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Anadolu Efes was defeated 87-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3). Osman was the top scorer with 11 points. Osman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Anadolu Efes' roster. His overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in Montenegro) managed to help KK Mornar Basket Bar to win against the leader Buducnost (9-0) 82-66 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga last Sunday. Pavic recorded 5 points. KK Mornar Basket Barcloses the standings in group x. Pavic has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3spg.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.1 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.7 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


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. Warren, MBC17.5 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 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. Sturner, Dresden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Matthews, Chemnitz4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chase ADAMS
  Uni Baskets
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
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. Pantelic, MBC1.3 
 4. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 5. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 6. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 7. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


ProA Round 1 of Finals. MBC take the lead - by Eurobasket News

Oettinger R. - MBC 80-87

MBC outgunned Oettinger Rockets to take 1-0 lead in ProA Finals. Strangely Oettinger Rockets Gotha outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 39-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) fired 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points. Center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard David Hicks (184-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: R.Oehle 25+15reb+1ast, D.Hicks 16+2reb+3ast, D.Watts 10+9reb+1ast, M.DiLeo 9+3reb, K.Kullamae 7+1reb+3ast, J.Grof 7+6reb+4ast
MBC: A.Warren 35+6reb+3ast, S.Kerusch 17+2reb+3ast, S.Fuelle 10+1reb+2ast, T.Hinz 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 8+7reb+2ast, A.Zazai 4+3ast
gschID: 546016





The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Brose Bamberg-Telekom Baskets Bonn: 3-0 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the second last game of the season, Alba Berlin were embarrassed in Frankfurt 83-71 and at times made unbelievable mistakes on the court as if the 8 time BBL champion was still in pre season ainsteoad of right before high noon and the playoffs. One of the more experienced Alba Berlin players Tony Gaffney made one of those 'did he really do that' turnovers when on a brken play there was a miscommunication and he threw the ball into his own end which had Niklas Kiel scoop up the loose ball and go for the easy bucket as he was all alone. This is a play that the ex Boston Celtic would want to forever erase from his memory, but then again the ex Los Angeles Laker does have other more memorable highlights from his BBL days including one that occurred a little more than 5 years ago when he was playing with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. They faced off against the then seemingly unstoppable Brose Baskets Bamberg that showcased 3 NBA players in their starting lineup with Casey Jacobson, PJ Tucker and Brian Roberts and surprisingly won game one in Bamberg 75-74 on a last second buzzer beater by his teammate Benas Veikalas. The Telekom Baskets Bonn could surely rewatch that buzzer beater from Veikalas again or just ask current German Florian Koch who saw that game from the bench as he registered a DNP for some special motivation. Then again, the Telekom Baskets Bonn don't really need to look back for advice since they have their own array of snipers and buzzer beater shooters like Ken Horton or guys like Josh Mayo and Ryan Thompson that could make their own sweet history against Bamberg.

After missing the BBL playoffs for only the third time in the last 20 years last season, the Telekom Baskets Bonn rebounded from their trauma from last year and had a very strong season that was up to the usual Telekom Baskets Bonn standard. Despite head coach Silvano Poropat taking a leave of absence due to health problems, the team reacted quickly and brought back Predrag Krunic who had had success in Bonn more than 10 years ago. The combined work of Poropat reeling in the right character players and Krunic forming the team chemistry, it was suddenly fun again to watch games in the Telekom Dome. After a slow start losing two of three, the team then won four in a row against weaker teams, but got their self confidence growing. There best span came from February to April as they won eight of ten games. Their biggest wins of the season were against FC Bayern Munich, Alba Berlin and the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. It also helped their self confidence that they were playing a very successful Fiba Europe Cup. They were a quarter away from reaching the final, but allowed a Chris Warren of Nanterre to take over in the fourth quarter dashing their hopes of giving Bonn their first international title. One couldn't say that there was one star, but very many very good team players that also had those special one on one qualities. Guys like diminutive point guard Josh Mayo who shoots over 40% from outside and is unstoppable in the penetration, shooter Ryan Thompson who will play against his ex team and seek revenge and Julian Gamble who can explode inside and score in bunches with ease led the team on offense. A Ken Horton could score 20 points on any night and Yormon Polas Bartolo was the anchor on defense and always fun to watch with his athleticism. The two imports Filip Barovic and Ojars Silins gave valuable energy from the bench inside and TJ DiLeo exhibited that never ending aggressive defense and offensive punch. The club demonstrated on many occasions that they can score the ball as they were fifth best averaging 83ppg, but also showed they can defend on occasion keeping Alba Berlin to 72 points, but then again when studying their season box score point results, they did get more into a shoot out habit and would have lost many more games if they didn't have their offensive capabilities. Taking care of the ball and getting clutch scoring when it's most needed from the bench are two areas where the team had problems this season

After finishing the regular season first in five of the last six years, Brose Bamberg finished second this season, but nobody really seemed to notice as ratiopharm Ulm stole the season show from freak city. The BBL season of Brose Bamberg is a tale of three winning streaks. They started off the season in a dog fight with ratiopharm Ulm winning their first 13 games, but then lost their first head to head battle with ratiopharm Ulm. They then went on a 10 game winning streak, but then surprisingly lost back to back games against FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm a feat that has been as rare in the last 7 years as it is giving Janis Strelnieks a spot anywhere in the corner that he doesn't like. They closed out the season with a six game winning streak. Their biggest strength is their team chemistry which isn't as strong as in the past, but still very good as it had kept 11 players and their overall experience is best in the BBL. Other strengths include their rugged defense something which was installed years ago by German national coach Chris Fleming and has continued to define their game since then. They also boast the third best offense averaging 83 points per game and have the best, prettiest and most fluid ball movement in the BBL something that Gregg Popovich would give his thumbs up to. The club also have the deepest roster in the BBL and really a whos who of great players with guys like ex NBA player Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky), Euroleague winner Nikolaos Zisis, top Italian player in Europe Nicolo Melli, French national player Fabien Causer and German national players Daniel Theis and Maodo Lo. There are little weaknesses in the team and some even partially hidden as they are an overall good rebounding team grabbing 31 per game which is fifth best in the league, but worst in offensive rebounds in the BBL at 7,0.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg arrive into the BBL playoffs with a groove having a 6 game winning streak and want to add on to that while the Telekom Baskets Bonn come into the playoffs having lost four of their last five games including bitter losses to lesser teams BG Goettingen and the Basket Lowen Braunschweig and seemed a bit drained from the long season. Brose Bamberg won the season series by a combined score of 35 points and played against each other twice in a time frame of only three weeks. In the first meeting on December 17th, Bamberg destroyed Bonn at home 84-64 where they dominated the boards and did a good job on everyone except for Josh Mayo who had 23 points and limited the Bonn bench to eight points. In the return game on January eighth, Bamberg won on the road 85-70 as they once again defended very well and allowed Ryan Thompson to go off on them for 33 points, but had everyone else well in check. They also rebounded better, did a great job taking care of the ball coughing it up only eight times and limited the Bonn bench to only five points. This will be a one sided series as Brose Bamberg will get out the brooms at home in game three. Bamberg simply are stronger in every important statistical category, have more experience and more depth. It is no secret that the real season starts now in the playoffs and that is when Bamberg will step it up as great teams always do. They may have had a long Euroleague season, but have 12 very strong players that could start for any other BBL team and will simply overpower a very pesky Bonn team that might win one game if all goes right, but a whole series is impossible. The Telekom Baskets season ended a few weeks ago when French team Nanterre shocked them at home as that fourth quarter comeback is still in their heads.



The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Playoff Preview 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 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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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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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





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Henk Norel selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain). Norel could not help Zaragoza (9-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 88-80 on the road by the higher-ranked UCAM Murcia (#10). Norel was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Norel's fifth season with the team. This year Norel averages: 9.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(107-177) and FT: 76.1%. He played for the Dutch senior national team two years ago.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France). de Jong led Chalons-Reims to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-22) 89-75 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. de Jong scored 23 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (10-20) is placed 15th 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 is very crucial. It's de Jong's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(148-237) and FT: 70.5% in 28 games he played so far. de Jong is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece). Schaftenaar was not able to help AGOR (13-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance AGOR lost 70-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) AEK Athens. Schaftenaar was the second best scorer with 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. This year Schaftenaar's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.1apg, 3FGP: 42.9% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #4. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for SO Maritime Boulogne (12-19) in their game against Poitiers (17-14) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night de Jong was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. de Jong's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #5. International guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) managed to help KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in a victory against the fourth-ranked Kumanovo (3-7) crushing them 71-51 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Friday night's game. Kloof recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (9-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. This year Kloof has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg in 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #6. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Rapla's victory against the league leader Tartu Ulikool (29-3) 71-58 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Monday. He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. Kok's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Dutch team three years ago.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #7. Former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (5-5) 98-87 in the New Zealand NBL on Friday night. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (11-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Duinker has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.2apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #8. Point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (6-26) 114-107 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Williams recorded 9 points. 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. Williams' total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #9. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) helped Shinshu BW win their game against the third-ranked Earthfriends Tokyo Z (27-31) 83-74 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. van der List had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (14-44) is placed sixth in Central group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. van der List's stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5bpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #10. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Melilla Baloncesto (19-15) in their game against Leyma Basquet (20-14) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night van Wijk recorded 10 points and added 3 passes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. van Wijk's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former U16 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra in their game against CB Granada in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker scored 5 points in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 33 points 95-62. This year Bleeker's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 4.9rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) could not help CB Canarias (19-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CB Canarias lost 72-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Baskonia. Doornekamp was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was CB Canarias' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 13th-ranked Joventut (10-20) crushing them 81-45 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (21-8) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third 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. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.7rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and French.



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South China and Winling won 2017 openers - by Eurobasket News

South China and Winling won 2017 openers in Hong Kong League. South China edged Nam Ching 104-78 with a 32-15 surge in the first period. They managed to win also the second frame and closed the game with a final 26-12 lead. Winling meanwhile posted a 97-57 victory against HKPA. Winling dominated the whole game and rightfully clinched the win in the opener.


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Best players of Hungarian A Division round 10 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Kaposvari and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 34-year old swingman had the game-high 29 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to beat PVSK Pannon (#1, 20-14) 91-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kaposvari maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kaposvari will need more victories to improve their 19-15 record. In the team's last game Frazier had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Kaposvari, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Frazier is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.3ppg) and averages solid 42.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) of league's best team Alba. Lorant impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Alba cruised to a 105-96 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kormend (#3, 22-12). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Alba consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 24-10 record. Lorant is well-known by Alba fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of second-ranked Falco KC. Govens scored 29 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Falco KC, leading his team to a 88-80 win against #4 ranked ZTE KK. Falco KC needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 12 lost games. Govens has a great season in Hungary. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.2apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Roland Hendlein (206-F/C-86) of Kaposvari - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Brian Williams (196-G/F-92) of Jaszberenyi - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sterling Gibbs (188-G-92) of Kormend - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87) of MAFC - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brandon Johnson (183-G-86) of Sopron KC - 14 points, 8 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)



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





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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.3 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.4 
 9. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Davoudi, Arak3.2 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Davari, Chemidor2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hosley, Arak2.9 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Afagh, Arak1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 5. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


Superleague Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Arak join semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Arak - Chemidor 75-60

Arak outgunned visiting Chemidor to clinch the semifinal birth. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Chemidor managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chemidor to just 7 points in second quarter. Arak dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Chemidor's 28. Arak had a 37-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. International center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four Arak players scored in double figures. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and K Riaie added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Arak: A.Kardoust 19+10reb+1ast, F.Videnov 18+10reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 14+6reb+6ast, H.Afagh 13+4reb+3ast, M.Heydari 4+1reb+1ast, H.Sohrabnejad 4+10reb
Chemidor: D.Cook 27+7reb+2ast, K. Riaie 9+9reb, D.Derghokasian 7+3reb, A.Sedighi 7+5reb+1ast, J.Davari 5+7reb+5ast, N.Bakhshi 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545870





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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A19.9 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.0 
 5. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.6 
 6. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.3 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 9. Vargas, Maccabi .15.8 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.8 
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. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.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-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 7. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Workman, 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. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.1 
 7. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 30: Bnei Hasharon beats Maccabi Haifa by two 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 30 in the Winner League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-15) to fifth ranked Bnei Hasharon (17-13) 96-94 on Wednesday evening. Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi Haifa 43-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Orr Leumi (192-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. American power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada, agency: Pro Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Maccabi Haifa. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to fourth place. Maccabi Haifa at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against the league's leader Hapoel Eilat (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-12) against seventh ranked Ironi Nahariya (16-14) on Wednesday night. Host Maccabi T-A was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Tel-Aviv 77-64. American Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Derwin Kitchen chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) with 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Winner League top team - Hapoel Eilat (20-10) added another victory to their record on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-14) 86-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Jerusalem. Will Daniels notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points by Yotam Halperin did not help to save the game for Hapoel Jerusalem. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-10 record, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Eilat will meet Maccabi Haifa (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
The game between second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-10) and 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (4-26) in Holon ended with biggest points difference. Hapoel Holon outscored guests from Kiryat Gat 100-72. The best player for the winners was Darion Atkins who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play against Bnei Hasharon (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 30 Galil Gilboa beat Hapoel T-A on the road 80-65. Maccabi Ashdod lost to defending champion Maccabi Rishon on its own court 74-91.

Hapoel T-A - Galil Gilboa 65-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (13-17) beat on the road 9th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-17) 80-65. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Galil Gilboa had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Tel-Aviv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-80. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach rotated ten players saving starting five for next games. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fifth consecutive game. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#11) at home.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 16+2reb+4ast, T.Ginat 10+8reb+2ast, D.Williams 10+8reb+4ast, T.Blatt 7+2reb+4ast, T.Moshe 7+4reb, B.Dawson 5+6reb
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 19+6reb+2ast, E.Griffin 18+13reb+1ast, M.Qualls 16+4reb+3ast, E.Skverer 13+5reb+8ast, J.Shuchman 8+9reb+1ast, O.Huber 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540750


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi K/G 100-72

The game between second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-10) and 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (4-26) in Holon ended with biggest points difference. Hapoel Holon outscored guests from Kiryat Gat 100-72. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi K/G was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 18 points. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) who recorded 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Alex Rosenberg (201-91, college: Columbia) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Maccabi K/G will play against Bnei Hasharon (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Selby 25+6reb+4ast, A.Rosenberg 15+6reb, N.Laish 9+1reb+1ast, E.Shulman 7+4reb+1ast, J.Carter 6+9reb+2ast, O.Solomon 4+6reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 18+2reb+2ast, D.Atkins 16+10reb, S.Harush 13+3reb+4ast, R.Huber 12+4reb+5ast, J.Taylor 12+1reb+3ast, J.Mor 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 540751


Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel J-M 86-80

Winner League top team - Hapoel Eilat (20-10) added another victory to their record on Thursday. This time they beat fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-14) 86-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Jerusalem. American forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Danish guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points by the former international guard Yotam Halperin (194-84) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Jerusalem. The former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-10 record, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Loser Hapoel Jerusalem keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Eilat will meet Maccabi Haifa (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Halperin 20+2reb+1ast, J.Dyson 11+1reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 10+8reb+3ast, A.Gentile 10+2reb+1ast, T.Peterson 9+6reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+2reb+5ast
Hapoel Eilat: W.Daniels 16+6reb, R.Menco 15+5reb+2ast, C.Colman 14+6reb+2ast, L.Milbourne 12+2reb+3ast, A.Nissim 8, P.Henry 7+7reb+6ast
gschID: 540753


Maccabi T-A - Ironi Nahariya 64-77

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-12) against seventh ranked Ironi Nahariya (16-14) on Wednesday night. Host Maccabi T-A was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Tel-Aviv 77-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi T-A was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) with 13 points and American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Nahariya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: G.Mekel 13+4reb+3ast, D.Smith 11+4reb+2ast, Y.Ohayon 9+3reb+4ast, Q.Miller-Scott 9+3reb+1ast, V.Rudd 8+1reb+5ast, C.Iverson 6+8reb
Ironi Nahariya: T.Nash 18+6reb+2ast, S.Hopson 12+5reb, D.Kitchen 11+8reb+4ast, S.Douglass 9+2reb+3ast, N.Faust 8+3reb, J.Skjoldebrand 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 540752


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 74-91

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-18) lost at home to seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-14) 91-74. It looked good early as Maccabi Ashdod took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Rishon had a 29-15 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Ashdod was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-91. Maccabi Rishon dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Ashdod's 40. Maccabi Rishon forced 19 Maccabi Ashdod turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Maccabi Rishon have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in Tel-Aviv and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Galil Gilboa (#9) in Rosh Pina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 22+5reb+2ast, J.Cohen 18+9reb+3ast, I.Ziv 10+5reb+2ast, N.Tishman 9+3reb+6ast, J.Carmichael 5+3reb, B.Altit 4+3reb
Maccabi Rishon: P.Richard 17+1reb+5ast, I.Zalmanson 16+7reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 11+2reb+8ast, C.Long 11+2reb, E.Kadir 10+6reb+2ast, S.Dawson 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 540748


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Maccabi Haifa 96-94

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Winner League took place in Hod Hasharon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-15) to fifth ranked Bnei Hasharon (17-13) 96-94 on Wednesday evening. Bnei Hasharon outrebounded Maccabi Haifa 43-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Orr Leumi (192-96) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. American power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada, agency: Pro Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) added 19 points in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to fourth place. Maccabi Haifa at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against the league's leader Hapoel Eilat (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: K.Pinkney 24+11reb+2ast, J.DiBartolomeo 19+2reb+3ast, G.Vargas 14+2reb+8ast, O.Blayzer 12+7reb+4ast, A.Simhon 11+5reb+1ast, W.Workman 8
Bnei Hertzeliyya: O.Leumi 23+3reb+3ast, T.Green 16+2reb+5ast, D.Williams 14+13reb+2ast, B.Triche 13+5reb+4ast, H.Kanacevic 11+9reb+4ast, T.Maayan 10+5reb+5ast
gschID: 540749





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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Smith, Roseto24.6 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.6 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.8 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona18.9 
 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, Legnano9.6 
 5. Smith, Ravenna9.4 
 6. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 8. Mortellaro, Chieti9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.6 
 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. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Golden, Chieti4.4 
 10. Ferguson, Angelico.4.4 
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. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 6. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.6 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 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 



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  JAPAN  


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)



Stirling Senators sign Andrew Naymick, ex Toyota Alvark - by Hugh McAuliffe

Stirling Senators (SBL) signed 32-year old American center Andrew Naymick (209-113kg-85). He moved there from Toyota Alvark in Japanese B League where he started the season. In 34 games he had just 2.8ppg and 3.3rpg this season.
The most of last season Naymick spent at Tochigi Brex (NBL) in Japanese league. In 30 games he recorded 7.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.1bpg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Naymick also played that season for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL. In 10 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Naymick won Czech Republic League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Center of the Year back in 2009.
Naymick is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Naymick has played previously professionally in Greece (Aris), Mexico (Soles), Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Spain (Caceres_Basket), Poland (Kotwica) and Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk).
He could be described: Extremely intetlligent, non-selfish player. Played for legendary Coach Tom Izzo for 4 years at Michigan State University which is one of the most prestigious programs in College Basketball. Very athletic post player with good hands and nice touch around the basket. Great footwork, runs the floor well, excellent above-the-rim rebounder and shot blocker. Very good touch from outside as well that creates major match up problems for opponents.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.6 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava20.4 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.4 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA10.9 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.4 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba8.9 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava6.9 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.6 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Miezis, Kekava4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Brants, Madona2.3 
 9. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 10. Salenieks, DSN/.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 8. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


LBL2 Round 3 of Finals. Jelgava register second victory - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - ViA 82-73

Jelgava rallied past ViA to secure 2-1 lead in the championship series. ViA trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 24 after three quarters before a 23-8 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. Jelgava looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for forward Janis Atelbauers (204-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Forward Janis Engers (200-95) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Oto Grinbergs (195-90) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ViA. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 19+8reb+2ast, J.Atelbauers 19+10reb, K.Krumins 13+8reb+6ast, A.Justovics 11+1reb+3ast, J.Berzins 9+4reb+1ast, T.Bititis 7+1reb
ViA: J.Engers 22+7reb+1ast, V.Veveris 13+5reb, O.Grinbergs 11+5reb+4ast, T.Kohanovs 8+6reb+2ast, R.Ermansons 6+3reb+1ast, K.Dubults 6+8reb+2ast
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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Jackson, Homen.21.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.8 
 5. Melvin, Moutahed10.8 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.1 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 10. Tucker, Byblos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.0 


Culiacan inks Chris Crawford, ex Louaize - by Eurobasket News

Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Chris Crawford (193-100kg-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports). He moved there from Louaize in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where he started the season. In only one game he recorded 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block this season. Crawford also played that season for another team Iowa Energy in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In three Pepsi LBL games he had 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 3.7apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Crawford's team made it to the D-League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was also voted All-C-USA Sixth Man of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Crawford has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.8 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.9 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 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, Zalgiris3.9 
 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. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 4. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
 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. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 


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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Musel Pikes beat Amicale to keep championship hopes alive - by Eurobasket News

Musel Pikes - Amicale 91:81

Musel Pikes evened the championship series. They topped Amicale at home court to draw things level at 1-1. Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91, college: Missouri St.) stepped up with 29 points and 13 rebounds to help Musel Pikes bounce back from a heavy loss in Game 1.
Musel Pikes unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Amicale struck right back in the second term. They erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 52:48 halftime advantage. But Musel Pikes improved defensively in the second half. They held Amicale to just 29 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) came up with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Jean Kox (196-F-90) delivered 17 points in the win. Samy Picard (195-PF-88) responded with 26 points for Amicale. Shavon Coleman (196-F-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
Game 3 of the title series is scheduled for April 7th.

Musel Pikes: Jarmar Gulley 29+13 boards, Clancy Rugg 23+13 boards, Jean Kox 17
Amicale: Samy Picard 26, Shavon Coleman 16+18 boards



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  MALI  


AS Police seal Cup title at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga - by Eurobasket News

AS Police celebrated the Cup title at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Mali. In the Final game they overcame As Real de Bamako 66-61. As Police posted an 18-12 lead at the start of the game and led 10 points at the halftime. Real de Bamako reduced to 52-43 at the end of the third period and managed to cut the deficit in the last period, however could not catch up with the opponents.


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

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (19-11) 91-85 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Sy scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sy averages: 7.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 74.6% in 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). Sidibe managed to help Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid in a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (20-10) 56-53 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Sidibe's first season with the team. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 47.0% and FT: 46.2% in 26 games. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France). Traore could not help Chorale de Roanne (13-17) to beat Lille Metropole (17-13). He did not have that impressive stats last Friday. Traore scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Chorale de Roanne was badly defeated 74-58 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Lille Metropole. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Traore averages just 1.5ppg, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 25.0% in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #4. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Aix-Maurienne in their game against JA Vichy (12-18) in the French ProB (second division). He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Ballo scored only 2 points. Aix-Maurienne was defeated 73-59 in Vichy by the higher-ranked JA Vichy (#16). It was Aix-Maurienne's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ballo's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 3.9rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Vendee Challans (19-15) in their last game. Despite Saounera's good performance Vendee Challans was crushed 90-56 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#7) Rueil. He was the top scorer with 10 points. Saounera also added 3 steals in 28 minutes. Saounera has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in 36 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Cholet Basket (11-19) 72-57 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He scored 6 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-14) is placed eighth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sy's first season with the team. Sy's overall stats this year are: 6.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) managed to help Sharks Antibes to win against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-23) 86-77 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Diarra scored 5 points. Sharks Antibes (10-20) is placed 14th in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Diarra's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95, currently plays in France). He could not help GET Vosges (21-13) to beat Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15). Sidibe recorded 8 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. GET Vosges was edged 77-75 at home by the lower-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#8). Sidibe's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Diarra and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Sidibe's Mali passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

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

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



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.5 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.6 
 3. Forte, Los Mochis25.5 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.1 
 5. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 6. Ammons, Navolato22.0 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan21.4 
 8. Mitchell, Navolato21.3 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Glover, Obregon20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.6 
 2. Ammons, Navolato11.3 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.8 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 7. Early, Los Mochis7.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.5 
 9. Motley, Los Mochis7.5 
 10. Glaze, Culiacan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.3 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.2 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 4. Perez, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Provost, Guaymas3.7 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.6 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 5. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 6. Casillas, Mazatlan1.3 
 7. Motley, Los Mochis1.3 
 8. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 10. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
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. Quintero, Los M.0.6 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 9. Keller, Durango0.6 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.6 


Navolato signs Gregory Howard - by Eurobasket News

Garra Canera de Navolato (CIBACOPA) signed 28-year old American guard Gregory Howard (193-100kg-89, college: Walsh). He moved there from Atlanta Aliens (ABA) in the U.S. where he started the season. The last summer Howard played at Caballeros de Culiacan. In 36 CIBACOPA games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg.
Three years ago (five years after he left the college) Howard was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in sixth round (103th overall).
The former Walsh University (NCAA Div.II) staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.
His team won Mexican CIBACOPA Regular Season in 2015.
Howard has played also professionally in Venezuela (Guaiqueries), Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas) and UBA (Columbus Cr.).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Culiacan inks Chris Crawford, ex Louaize - by Eurobasket News

Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Chris Crawford (193-100kg-92, college: Memphis, agency: Babcock Sports). He moved there from Louaize in Lebanese Pepsi LBL where he started the season. In only one game he recorded 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block this season. Crawford also played that season for another team Iowa Energy in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. In three Pepsi LBL games he had 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg and 3.7apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Crawford's team made it to the D-League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was also voted All-C-USA Sixth Man of the Year back in 2013 at his college time.
Crawford has played also professionally in France (SPO Rouen), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of Memphis until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Mexico



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

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Darussafaka (16-14) 89-78 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Ayon recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ayon averages: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 71.4%(155-217) and FT: 48.3% in 34 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Hector Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Hector Hernandez (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Hernandez led Vaqueros to a victory over the closely-ranked Indios (4-7) crushing them 79-54 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Hernandez scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Vaqueros de Bayamon (4-9) is placed ninth in the BSN. Hernandez has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 66.7%. Ex-Soles de Mexicali player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). Gutierrez could not help Trabzonspor (8-20) to beat Fenerbahce (25-2). He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes. Trabzonspor lost 76-81 at home to the leading Fenerbahce. It was Trabzonspor's fifth consecutive loss 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 Gutierrez's first season with the team. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 67.9% in 18 games. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #4. Center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina) helped Argentino win their game against the tenth-ranked Echague (8-44) 78-74 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. He scored 8 points. Atletico Argentino Junin (27-25) is placed fourth in Sur group. It was his team's third 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. Gutierrez's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also Mexican national team player.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #5. International guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada win their game against the seventh-ranked Gran Canaria (19-11) 75-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Cruz recorded 6 points in 15 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 important. This year Cruz's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Mexican national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #6. Point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Haifa in their game against Bnei Hasharon (17-13) in the Israeli Winner League. Mendez-Valdez scored 6 points. Maccabi Haifa was edged 96-94 on the road by the higher-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mendez-Valdez has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is an international player who is currently on the senior Mexican National Team roster. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #7. Former University international forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cambados (21-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cambados lost 74-82 on their home court in Cambados to the lower-ranked (#8) Moron. Cheda scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Cheda has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 1.5rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Mexican university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Quilmes MP (23-28) crushing them 88-65 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. He scored 10 points in 27 minutes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (36-15) is placed first in Sur group. It was his team's sixth 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. This year Perez Kaufmann's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg in five games he played so far.

   #2. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico). He could not help Vaqueros (4-9) to beat Santeros (12-1). Soto scored 9 points and added 10 passes. But Vaqueros was defeated 95-91 on the road by the leading Santeros. This season Soto has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joseph Soto. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Gierbolini managed to help Vaqueros de Bayamon in a victory against the closely-ranked Indios (4-7) crushing them 79-54. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (4-9) is placed ninth in the BSN. Gierbolini has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 2.2rpg in nine games.

   #4. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) led ExSAL ST to a victory over the league outsider Biomedical (2-10) 64-50 in the Salvadorean Liga Superior in Thursday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Villalobos scored 22 points, had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ExSAL Santa Tecla (5-6) is placed sixth in the Liga Superior. This season Villalobos has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.



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

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-20) 85-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Dubljevic was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (22-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 53.9% and FT: 88.1% in 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). Bjelica was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (2-2) 89-85 in the Serbian KLS last Tuesday. He recorded 15 points (made all of his seven free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (4-0) is placed first in the KLS. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bjelica's first year with the team. This season Bjelica has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland). He could not help Stelmet (23-9) in their last game. Despite Djurisic's very good performance Stelmet was edged 86-85 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Rosa. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Djurisic also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Stelmet's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Djurisic has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 61.7%(82-133), 3FGP: 49.3%(36-73) and FT: 78.4% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #4. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimki's victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) 91-84 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Todorovic recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. Todorovic's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.9apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Mihailo Sekulovic
Mihailo Sekulovic
   #5. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Balkan (14-10) in their last game. Despite Sekulovic's very good performance Balkan was edged 81-79 in Samokov by the higher-ranked (#4) Rilski. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Sekulovic also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Sekulovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.1apg in 27 games. Sekulovic used to play for the Montenegrin university national team two years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #6. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Djurisic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Dragicevic was not able to secure a victory for Stelmet (23-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Stelmet was edged 86-85 in Radom by the lower-ranked Rosa (#5). Dragicevic scored 10 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It's Dragicevic's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4apg. Dragicevic is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #7. Former international shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Spartak (1-3) in their game against Partizan (3-1) in the Serbian KLS, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 21 points. Jelenic also added 4 passes in 32 minutes. But Spartak lost 75-82 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Partizan. Jelenic averaged so far 12.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in eight games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

Nikola Pavlicevic
Nikola Pavlicevic
   #8. Shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in Szolnok's victory against the leader Alba (24-10) 80-78 in the Hungarian A Division on Sunday night. Pavlicevic was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (20-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-5 group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Pavlicevic's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Nikola Ivanovic
Nikola Ivanovic
   #9. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Betaland Cdo (14-15) in their game against Enel Brindisi (14-15) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Ivanovic was the second best scorer with 18 points. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #10. Forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 2-point Bnei Hasharon's victory against the eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-15) 96-94 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. Kanacevic scored 11 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (17-13) is placed fourth in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Kanacevic's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.8apg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

   #11. Former international power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Telekom Baskets in their game against EWE Baskets in the German BBL. Despite his good performance on Monday night Barovic recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. Barovic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 1-point Spartak Pleven's victory against the closely-ranked Beroe 93-92 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Savic scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. Savic has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in 22 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mihailo Sekulovic and both played together in the last Bulgarian NBL game. Hott couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Balkan in their game against Rilski. Despite his good performance last Thursday He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Hott averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla 89-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Rice recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. Rice averaged so far 11.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 3.4apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

   #15. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in France) contributed to a Cholet Basket's victory against the 16th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon 78-70 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Maras recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Cholet Basket this season. Maras is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

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

   #1. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Cholet Basket (12-19) 72-57 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Dragovic scored 11 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-14) is placed eighth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dragovic's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (7-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy lost 77-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#14) Olympique Antibes. Rush was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 passes in 31 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Rush has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.9apg in 17 games he played so far. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #3. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Terme Olimia (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Julevic's good performance the fourth-placed Terme Olimia (10-10) was defeated 71-65 in Kranj by the higher-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba (#3) in the Places 7-12 group. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Julevic also added 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The Second Stage already ended. Julevic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #4. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for CSU Sibiu (18-10) in their last game. Despite Lalovic's good performance the second-placed CSU Sibiu (18-10) lost 79-84 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. Lalovic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg in 36 games.

   #5. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (41-41) in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. He scored 5 points in 20 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (41-41) were crushed 105-83 in Boston by the Celtics. Mirotic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg in 76 games. He has both Montenegrin and Spanish nationalities.

   #6. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana to win against the leader Krka 87-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. Milosevic recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Milosevic's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg.

   #7. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (14-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was badly defeated 77-60 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Magia_Huesca (#16). Rakocevic was the top scorer with 14 points. Rakocevic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg.

   #8. Mikaile Tmusic (188-G-93, currently plays in Kosovo) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Peja crushing them 116-87 in the Kosovan SuperLeague last Saturday. He recorded 10 points. Tmusic's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Kosovan.

   #9. Milo Vukcevic (200-C-96, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Innova Chef in their game against Rosalia in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Vukcevic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 71-53. Vukcevic's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg.



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 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.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.8 
 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.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 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. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Durant, Golden S.1.6 


Aldridge steps up to help Spurs down Rockets 103-92 - by Eurobasket News

LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had been criticized through two games of the Western Conference semifinals for not doing enough for the San Antonio Spurs. On Friday night, with the Spurs now without Tony Parker, he shook off his slow start to this series with a huge game that propelled his team to a 103-92 victory over the Houston Rockets and a 2-1 lead. Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 26 points apiece in San Antonio's first postseason game without Parker since 2001, which ended an NBA record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman. The 34-year-old was injured in the fourth quarter of Game 2. "You can't replace Tony Parker. He's a Hall of Famer one day, but I think guys just came out with a sense of urgency and just played hard," Aldridge said. Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away. "I do what the team needs," Aldridge said. "Tonight this was needed and I did it. So I'm always going to try to be aggressive out there and try to make things happen." Game 4 is Sunday night in Houston. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) led the Rockets with 43 points after scoring just 13 in Game 2. But he had only five assists and complained about the officiating all night. "We had several opportunities," Harden said. "As a unit we couldn't get it going consistently." Coach Gregg Popovich started rookie Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) in San Antonio's first game since Parker's quadriceps injury, instead of moving Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) into the starting lineup. Mills had 15 points in 30 minutes and Murray scored just two points in 15 minutes. "We started off pretty slow, but I think we did good," said Leonard, who had 10 rebounds and seven assists. "We got a win, but definitely still have to make some adjustments." The Spurs led by six when Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left. "Aldridge sooner or later is going to go off because he's an All-Star," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Nothing they did should have bothered us. We just didn't play well." Houston scored six straight points soon after that to get within eight, but Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) made two 3-pointers in less than a minute to push the lead to 94-82 with less than three minutes remaining. San Antonio was up by six entering the fourth quarter and had a five-point lead with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining when Harden was given a technical foul for complaining after not getting a call. Leonard made the free throw to make it 78-72. The Spurs led by four at halftime and pushed the lead to 52-43 early in the third quarter. San Antonio was up by 10 soon after that before the Rockets used a 10-1 spurt, with all the points from Harden, to cut it to 56-55 midway through the quarter. Jonathon Simmons hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to leave San Antonio up 72-66 entering the fourth quarter. Harden picked up his third foul with 5:18 left in the first quarter when he ran into Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and crashed to the court while attempting a 3-pointer. Harden was outraged at the call, flipping over on his stomach on the court and kicking his legs in disbelief. He remained upset after a timeout, approaching a referee and arguing the call, before finally calming down.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com




Cavaliers own fourth quarter and the Raptors in 115-94 Game 3 win - by Eurobasket News

Make it 28 in a row for LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84). That's how many consecutive playoff series in which the Cavaliers' superstar has won a road game, thanks to a 115-94 pasting of the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of this Eastern Conference semifinal. And with it, the lights are all but out at the Air Canada Centre. The Cavs lead 3-0 and no team has ever dug out of such a hole in the NBA playoffs. Game 4 is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Toronto. James posted his 90th playoff game with at least 30 points, scoring 35 to go with eight rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes. He passed Shaquille O'Neal (2,041 field goals) for third place in NBA postseason history for baskets. James is averaging 36.3 points in this series. He shot 9-of-16 from the field and 15-of-16 from the line. Contrary to the final score, this one was actually close for three quarters. Cleveland trailed at half and led just 79-77 after three. But when James dialed up a 3-pointer with 6:49 left in the game, the Cavs were ahead 95-80. Good night. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) scored 16 points apiece. Neither played in the fourth quarter, as a lineup of James, Kyle Korver (more on him in a minute), Iman Shumpert, Deron Williams and Tristan Thompson suffocated a depleted Raptors bunch. Yes, DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) recovered from his five-point game in Game 2 to score 37, but Toronto was without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), who missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Given the lopsided of nature of this series heading into play Friday, the Raptors were already running out of options. They'd tried lineup changes, and before this one coach Dwane Casey implored his team to punch back at the defending champs, perhaps throwing a "a couple below the belt." If the Raptors swung at all, they didn't hit anything. They scored just three points through the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. When James left the floor with 3:27 remaining, the Cavs had outscored the Raptors 26-7 in the fourth, with 13 points from James. The Cavs shot 11-of-14 in the fourth quarter to the Raptors' 7-of-23. Korver posted his 2017 playoff high with 14 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Korver had scored nine points total in the first two games on nine shots. The Raptors were miserable from the 3-point line, which is where, arguably, they lost this game. They shot 2-of-18 overall to the Cavs' 13-of-23 (a 33-point disparity). Norman Powell made Toronto's first 3-pointer with 3:09 in the third quarter -- the Raptors were 0-of-12 up to that point. DeRozan was due for a big game, and shot 12-of-23 and 13-of-13 at the line. Historically he has always bounced back after laying an egg in a playoff game, and Game 3 was no different. He entered play averaging 32.7 points in playoff games that follow a game in which he was held under 10 points. Lowry, who suffered the injury early in the third quarter of Game 2, tried to play Friday night. He warmed up at 4 p.m. -- three hours ahead of tip-off -- and again right before it, but didn't start. The Raptors said he was available, but when Delon Wright (6'5''-G-92, college: Utah) came off the bench for Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) (Lowry's replacement) late in the first quarter, it was clear Lowry wouldn't play. This was the first time in seven postseason games that the Cavs held an opponent under 100 points. With a win Sunday, the Cavs would sweep the Raptors and become the first team in NBA history to open the playoffs 8-0 in consecutive seasons. Cleveland of course took down the Raptors in six games in last year's conference finals, which means the Cavs lost games 3 and 4. Overall, the Cavs have won 10 straight in the playoffs, dating back to last season's Finals.
Courtesy of: cleveland.com



San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has surgery; Gregg Popovich undecided on Game 3 starter - by Eurobasket News

In perhaps a few weeks, the San Antonio Spurs may soon have an idea of the recovery schedule for point guard Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82). While they wait for that to get ironed out, there's still the matter of who will start in Parker's place for tonight's Game 3 (9:30 ET, ESPN) against the Houston Rockets. Earlier today, the Spurs released a statement in which they revealed Parker had successful surgery to repair his ruptured left quadriceps tendon. A timeline for his return is unknown. After shootaround Friday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's not sure of whom among Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and the rest of the Spurs' guards will start tonight.
Courtesy of: nba.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



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.
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Lightning dominate at home in 117-87 Game 1 win over A's - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville's offense started out slow with the first few shot attempts and their defense wasn't putting forth a much better effort. Before 3 minutes had passed in the first quarter London had taken a 12-4 lead and their 3-point shooting was heating up. Orangeville managed to finally find some consistency on the offensive end but still lacked a consistent scoring threat. As they looked for a player for which to hinge their offense, their team effort netted them a few baskets in order to keep up with the Lightning but they were only able to hang around for a short time. London began to pull away and closed out the 1st quarter by steamrolling their way to a 30-15 lead. After a tough end to the 1st quarter the A's were glad to have a break in the action so they could regroup and pinpoint the areas in which they needed to improve. What started as a 15-point deficit for Orangeville quickly became 39 points well before the midway point of the quarter. Not only was London's Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) (17 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) his typical dominant self, but Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) (18 points, 4-5 3PT FG) and Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) (13 points, 7-8 FT) added to the offensive barrage. They scored relentlessly and without much resistance as they finished the first half scoring 48% of their shot attempts and with 21 assists on 22 made shots. Meanwhile, Orangeville's production was the polar opposite and their 29% FG (0-12 3FG) had left them looking for answers. Not a single player ended the half in double-digit scoring and they gave up 14 turnovers compared to London's 7. All of their first half struggles were reflected on the scoreboard to the tune of a 28-68 deficit and they had significant ground to make up if they wanted to make themselves competitive in the contest. The offense finally looked to get organized and they stopped settling for jump shots as they had been throughout the game. Rick Bodiford (6'4''-G-87, college: IU Southeast) led the team in scoring with his 13 points (5-14 FG) and Orangeville scored their highest total of the game until that point with 24 in the quarter. Despite Bodiford's efforts and a marginally improved defense, the A's still struggled to limit their fouls and control the glass, which in turn allowed London to outscore them by 4 in the frame and the A's went into the last quarter behind 52-96. With such a large deficit ahead of them and the 4th quarter practically being a formality, Orangeville still played with heart and competed until the very end to grab a little momentum heading into their next matchup. The A's looked comfortable and seemed to find success with some personnel adjustments that they may consider for Game 2. They began to move the ball around the floor and had significantly more success in their transition game. Bodiford ended the game as the team's leading scorer with 18 points and Slim Magee (6'11''-C, college: Missouri So.)'s 14 points wasn't too far behind. Nevertheless, the gap between both squads was too immense and the triple-double performance by Royce White (25 points, 11 assists, 11 rebounds) helped the Lightning cement their advantage. In the end the A's lost 87-117 and will regroup for Game 2 Saturday, May 6th in London.
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Island Storm even series with 103-79 victory in Saint John - by Eurobasket News

The Island Storm is coming home with the split. The Storm defeated the Saint John Riptide 103-79 Thursday to even their best-of-five National Basketball League quarterfinal 1-1. The Storm held quarter leads of 25-14, 45-28 and 80-56. The Storm played the game without guard Terry Thomas, who sat out with a hand injury. He is to be evaluated Friday in Charlottetown to determine his status for Saturday's Game 3. Rashad Whack (6'3''-G-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led the Storm with 22 points. Alex Richter (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Augustana, SD) contributed 19 and 10 rebounds while Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Akeem Ellis (6'6''-G-90, college: Coppin St.) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds while Al Stewart (5'10''-PG-83, college: Drake) had 11 points and a team-high six assists. Gabe Freeman led the Riptide with 17 pints and eight rebounds. Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) and Horace Wormely (5'6''-PG-84, college: Vanguard) each chipped in 16 points while Anthony Anderson was held to nine.
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Express top Titans in playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

The Windsor Express held off a late charge from the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans en route to a 112-105 victory in Friday night's National Basketball League of Canada playoff opener action. Titans power forward Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90, college: W.Michigan) poured in a game-best 31 points and collected 16 rebounds in a losing effort. Adam Blazek (6'1''-PG-92, college: Gannon) hit 16 for the visitors, while Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 24 to pace Windsor. The Express took a 53-43 lead with them into the locker-room at the half. The Titans clawed back to within three points in the game's final minutes but couldn't quite complete the comeback. Isiah Umipig (6'0''-PG-92, college: Seattle), Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.) and Adam Wing (6'4''-G-93, college: Evansville) each scored 11 points for K-W. Game 2 in the best-of-five set goes Sunday, also at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. The teams will square off at the Kitchener Aud for Game 3 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 goes May 12 also at the Kitchener Aud.
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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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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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Jones, Canterbury26.2 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.25.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury22.1 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.5 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers16.8 
 10. Pledger, Southlan.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.10.3 
 3. Jones, Canterbury9.7 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers8.6 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.4 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers7.4 
 10. McCarron, SC Ra.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.9 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.5 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. Boucher, SC Rangers5.2 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.3 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 7. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 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.0.7 
 9. Anthony, Wellingt.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 


Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Demir IBB (9-19) to beat Pinar Karsiyaka (15-13). Abercrombie recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Demir IBB lost 78-84 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Pinar Karsiyaka. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Abercrombie averages: 5.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 83.3% in six games he played so far. Ex-Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Zaragoza in their game against UCAM Murcia (13-16) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Fotu recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zaragoza was defeated 88-80 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#10). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Fotu has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 69.0%(118-171), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 58.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to Spectres' victory against the sixth-ranked Dandenong Rangers (1-2) 93-82 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. King-Hawea scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nunawading Spectres (3-2) are placed first in SEABL-East group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. King-Hawea's overall stats this year are: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 71.4%. He played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #4. Forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 3-point Bandits' victory against the eighth-ranked Chargers (0-2) 100-97 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Newton scored 10 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Albury Wodonga Bandits (3-2) are placed second in SEABL-East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Newton has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg in five games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

   #5. Former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Eagles (4-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tawhiti's good performance his team were defeated 92-78 in North Lake by the much lower-ranked Lightning (#9) in the SBL group. He scored 10 points. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tawhiti has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #6. Forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Geraldton Buccaneers in a victory against the tenth-ranked Suns (3-9) 91-81 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Paringatai scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Geraldton Buccaneers (8-1) are placed first in SBL group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Paringatai's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.2rpg in nine games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

   #7. An experienced U18 international guard Flynn Cameron (191-0, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Rollers (0-1) in their game against Brisbane Capitals (1-0) in the Australian State League (second division). Cameron cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. It was his first game for Rollers this season. The tenth-placed Rollers (0-1) were badly defeated 98-81 in Brisbane by the leading Capitals in the QBL group. Cameron is also New Zealand U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Capitals' victory against the tenth-ranked Rollers (0-1) 98-81 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 18 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Brisbane Capitals this season. His team are placed first in QBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Carter has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia). He could not help Eastern Mavericks (4-1) to beat Sturt Sabres (3-2). Lovell cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Eastern Mavericks (#4) were crushed 94-56 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Sturt Sabres in the Premier League. This year Lovell averages just 5.4ppg in five games he played so far.



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

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

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Banco di Srd (17-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Lawal's very good performance Banco di Srd was defeated 89-85 at home by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Lawal also added 8 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Lawal's first season with the team. Lawal has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(74-125) and FT: 73.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Lawal played for the Nigerian senior national team four years ago.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the 14th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-20) 81-76 in the Turkish BSL on Wednesday night. Udoh recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (25-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 18th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Udoh averages: 9.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.5% in 20 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Gani Lawal in the Italian Serie A last game. Ejim led Umana Venezia to a victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-12) 89-85. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ejim's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 45.2%(38-84) and FT: 68.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team five years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #4. An experienced small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) led Provence Basket to a victory over the league outsider Saint Chamond (11-20) 74-67 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Obasohan scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. FOS Provence Basket (21-10) is placed second in the ProB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Obasohan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg in 31 games. Obasohan has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He is also Nigerian national team player.

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

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #6. Center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Nishinomiya Storks (42-17) crushing them 83-59 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. He scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (40-18) is placed second. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Alabi has very high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg. Alabi is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #7. International power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Sagesse (8-16) 86-67 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Aminu has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1bpg and 1.3spg. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #8. Forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in Gunma's victory against the sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-43) 73-55 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Kuso was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 5 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes. Gunma Crane Thunders (38-20) are placed first in East group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kuso's stats this year are: 13.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7bpg in 58 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #9. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Enisey (13-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Braimoh's very good performance the sixth-placed Enisey (13-11) was defeated 91-84 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Khimki (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Braimoh also added 8 rebounds. Braimoh averaged so far 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Braimoh is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #10. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Virtus Bologna's victory against the seventh-ranked Novipiu Casale (16-14) 74-67 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Umeh was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Zenit Saint Petersburg in a victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga 93-81 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Mbakwe recorded only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Mbakwe's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 21 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (15-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance STB Le Havre was edged 65-64 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#14) Saint-Quentin. Odiakosa had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Odiakosa averaged so far 14.0ppg and 9.5rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Marinos in their game against Trotamundos in the Venezuelan LPB, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team was edged 79-77. This year Akindele's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 8.7rpg in three games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Monthey win their game against the leader Lausanne crushing them 74-53 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. Efevberha scored 16 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots. Efevberha averaged so far 14.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.5apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, agency: Two Points, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy in their game against Olympique Antibes in the French ProA. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday He scored 14 points. Ere averaged so far 12.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were edged 92-89 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Antetokounmpo was the top scorer with 34 points. He also added 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 47 minutes. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.7spg in 86 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) led RETAbet BB to a victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (15-14) 81-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 24 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (14-15) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Eric's overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 5.3rpg in 27 games.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens in a victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 90-78 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 7 minutes on the court. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. This year Elonu's overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 5.7rpg in 16 games.

   #4. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) led Olympique Antibes to a victory over the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-23) 86-77 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Otule scored 20 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sharks Antibes (10-20) is placed 14th in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Otule averaged so far 13.6ppg and 6.0rpg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Experienced Reggie Okosa (207-C-80, college: La Salle, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help Osorno Basquetbol (22-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Osorno Basquetbol was edged 82-79 in Talca by the lower-ranked Espanol de (#3) in the Conferencia Sur. Okosa recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals. This season Okosa has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. Okosa has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #6. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Openjobmetis VA's victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 78-75 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Anosike scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Anosike's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 11.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #7. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the closely-ranked London Lions 71-62 in the British BBL last Sunday. Achara recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. This season Achara has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8bpg. Achara holds both Scottish and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in a Sanen Neophoenix's victory against the sixth-ranked Yokohama BC 77-61 in the Japanese B League on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Ashaolu scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 11 minutes. Ashaolu averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in 57 games. He has Nigerian and Canadian nationalities. Despite Ashaolu's Nigerian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #9. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) helped Brisbane Capitals win their game against the tenth-ranked Rollers 98-81 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Onwas was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, had 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 5 steals. It was his first game for Brisbane Capitals this season. Onwas holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped London Lions win their game against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks crushing them 91-70 in the British BBL last Friday. He recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 33 minutes. Owumi averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.6apg in 36 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.7 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.1 
 5. Taggart, Rain o.27.0 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen26.5 
 7. McKay, Phoenix26.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.24.6 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.24.4 
 10. White, Globalport21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .21.8 
 2. Smith, Blackwater20.9 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.9 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.16.5 
 6. Greene, TNT K.14.8 
 7. White, Globalport14.8 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.13.9 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.8 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.7 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.6 
 4. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 5. Ross, SM Beermen5.3 
 6. Smith, Blackwater5.0 
 7. Mercado, B.Ginebra5.0 
 8. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.8 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 10. Thompson, B.Gin.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Barroca, Star H.2.7 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.6 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.3 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.1 
 5. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.8 
 6. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.7 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.7 
 8. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 9. Wright, Phoenix1.4 
 10. McKay, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.6 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 3. White, Mahindra2.5 
 4. White, Globalport2.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.7 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.1.6 
 10. Greene, TNT K.1.5 


PBA approves series of trades; Phoenix, TNT register wins - by Aris Ignacio

Teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) became busy a week after the All-Star break.

The Office of the PBA, led by Commissioner Chito Narvasa, approved series of trades that will might shift balance of power within the teams during the ongoing Commissioner's Cup.

First, the San Miguel Beermen acquired the services of TNT KaTropa's forward Matt Ganuelas-Rosser (195-F-90) in exchange for guard RR Garcia (180-F-90).

With the trade, the Beermen will be adding a top-notch wing defender and a stable scorer off the bench while TNT will be reuniting Garcia with former college coach Nash Racela .

Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) of the Mahindra Floodbuster was sent to the NLEX Road Warriors where in return giving up frontliners Eric Camson (193-F-90) and Glenn Khobuntin.

NLEX will be obtaining a rising star in Mallari, who had his breakout conference during the Philippine Cup averaging 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals while playing in 34.5 minutes per game under the guidance of coach Christian Gavina .

However, that emergence took a stall as the 30-year-old combo guard has been called out by Gavina in the ongoing conference due to maturity and leadership issues as his production took a drop to 12 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.7 minutes.

On the other hand, the Floodbuster will be getting the needed additional ceiling that the team is looking for after the injury to Gilas cadet Russel Escoto (198-F/C-92).

The Road Warriors continue its trading spree by engaging with another set of transactions with the GlobalPort Batang Pier, the Meralco Bolts and TNT KaTropa as trade partners.

NLEX attained the services of burly forward JR Quinahan (198-C-84) by sending guard Garvo Lanete (187-G-90) to GlobalPort, which sent Lanete to Meralco for another guard in Jonathan Grey (188-F) and a 2017 second-round pick currently owned by Mahindra.

The Batang Pier then sent forward Anthony Semerad (196-SF-91) and a 2017 first-round pick to TNT for shooting guard Larry Fonacier (185-F/G-82) then sending Fonacier, a 2019 second-round pick, and the 2017 second-round pick of Mahindra to NLEX for forward Sean Anthony (193-F-86) and center Bradwyn Guinto (198-F).

In other news, RJ Jazul (180-G-86) and import Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92, college: Iowa St.) joined forces to catapult the Phoenix Fuel Masters to an 84-72 victory over GlobalPort to improve to 4-5 win-loss record last May 5 (Manila time).

Phoenix overcame an early 15-point deficit and overturn things around after the halftime break.

Jazul tallied 21 points in 50% shooting from the field, four rebounds, two steals and a steal in 40 minutes.

Mckay paced the team with another monster 20-20 game, registering 22 points and 20 rebounds while adding two assists and a block in 42 minutes.

Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St., agency: Pensack Sports) led all scorers with 25 points while adding nine rebounds and six assists while single-handedly carrying GlobalPort with the absence of backcourt partner Terrence Romeo (180-PG-92).

Joshua Urbiztondo (185-PG-83, college: Fresno Pacific), who had a homecoming in the PBA after playing in the ASEAN Basketball League with the Singapore Slingers, played sparingly and went scoreless.

Playing without Gilas players Jayson Castro (180-PG-86), Troy Rosario (201-C-92) and Roger Pogoy (189-SG-92), reinforcement Donte Greene (206-F-88, college: Syracuse) exploded for 41 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Talk N Text Ka Tropa to a win, a 112-103 conquest of erstwhile undefeated Beermen.

Larry Fonacier knocked down two crucial three-pointers that doused SMB rallies while RR Garcia also proved to be a villain against the Beermen in his first game against his former team as they also filled the void for the Texters, who registered a sixth victory in eight games.

San Miguel was led by Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) registering 43 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in a losing effort.

The loss broke the Beermen's five-game winning streak.

The scores:

(First Game)

Phoenix (84) - McKay 22, Jazul 21, Baguio 8, Lanete 6, Eriobu 6, Torres 5, Borboran 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 2, Intal 0, J. Wilson 0.

GlobalPort (72) - Pringle 25, White 16, Cortez 12, Aban 7, Quinahan 4, Forrester 3, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0.

Quarterscores: 14-28, 27-36, 57-55, 84-72.

(Second Game)

TNT (112) - Greene 41, Williams 15, Fonacier 14, Garcia 12, Tautuaa 11, Carey 6, Reyes 5, Rosales 4, De Ocampo 4.

San Miguel (103) - Rhodes 43, Ross 17, Lassiter 17, Santos 11, Cabagnot 7, Espinas 6, De Ocampo 2, Heruela 0, Tubid 0.

Quarterscores: 27-16, 53-42, 79-70, 112-103.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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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, Polpharma15.5 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.4 
 10. Balmazovic, Start L.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.0 
 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. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.8 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, 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. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 5. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 10. Manigault, AZS K.1.5 
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. Kravish, Energa C.1.2 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.1 
 6. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


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

Stelmet ZG - Polpharma 82-71

Stelmet ZG prevailed against Polpharma in the playoffs opener. Stelmet players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. Stelmet's coach Artur Gronek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (196-86) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian Martynas Paliukenas (191-93) added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Polpharma in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: T.Kelati 19+5ast, V.Dragicevic 18+7reb+6ast, N.Djurisic 11+3reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 11+2reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 8+2reb+6ast, A.Moore 4+1reb
Polpharma: M.Paliukenas 15+5reb+4ast, U.Mirkovic 15+5reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 14+8reb+3ast, J.Schenk 11+3reb+6ast, T.Davis 9+3reb+1ast, M.Flieger 7+2ast
gschID: 545804


Stal Ostrow - MKS DG 84-76

Stal Ostrow topped MKS DG to surge ahead in the series. It was a great shooting night for BM Slam Stal especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winning side and the former international power forward Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) accounted for 12 points. Naturalized Ukrainian Vitaliy Kovalenko (204-84) came up with 16 points and American guard Byron Wesley (196-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in the defeat. Five BM Slam Stal and four MKS Dabrowa Gornicza players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 23+5reb+3ast, A.Johnson 13+2reb+4ast, H.Nikolov 12+1reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 12+4reb+3ast, S.King 10+5reb+2ast, T.Ochonko 5+2reb+2ast
MKS DG: V.Kovalenko 16+3reb+2ast, J.Wilson 14+4reb, B.Wesley 13+5reb+3ast, B.Woloszyn 10+3reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 9+3reb+1ast, K.Johnson 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 545803


Anwil - Energa Czarni 72-82

Energa Czarni upset Anwil on the road in the opening game. Energa Czarni made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Energa Czarni outrebounded Anwil 36-25 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international point guard Kamil Laczynski (183-89) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and American point guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) scored 17 points. Anwil's coach Igor Milicic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: C.Lewis 21+4reb+5ast, D.Kravish 17+15reb+3ast, G.Surmacz 14+6reb+4ast, M.Ginyard 14+8reb+4ast, L.Seweryn 6, M.Cesnauskis 6+1reb+3ast
Anwil: J.Washington 17+3ast, K.Laczynski 13+2reb+5ast, T.McCray 11+4reb, J.Sobin 8+4reb, N.Jaramaz 7+2reb+1ast, M.Bartosz 5+7reb
gschID: 545802


Torun - Rosa Radom 105-98

Torun fired past Rosa Radom to take 1-0 lead. Twarde Pierniki forced 19 Rosa turnovers and had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Rosa was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) accounted for 26 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Ryan Harrow (188-91, college: Georgia St., agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 assists and international swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Rosa in the defeat. Four Twarde Pierniki and five Rosa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Torun: K.Weaver 26+9reb+1ast, O.Trotter 22+5reb+9ast, L.Wisniewski 15+2reb+3ast, K.Sulima 10+5reb, T.Snieg 10+2reb+4ast, J.Skific 9+6reb+1ast
Rosa Radom: R.Harrow 27+2reb+11ast, M.Sokolowski 18+5reb+4ast, D.Jackson 15+4reb+1ast, J.Zyskowski 12+5reb+1ast, D.Szymkiewicz 10+3reb+2ast, R.Witka 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545801





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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.1 
 3. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 4. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 6. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 7. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.2 
 9. Marzette, CAB M.16.7 
 10. Guillory, Sampaense16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.5 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.3 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.8 
 7. Fernandes, Ovarense7.4 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.0 
 10. Mendes, Sampaense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Novak, Ovarense6.0 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 4. Gameiro, CAB M.4.8 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.6 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.5 
 7. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.3 
 8. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Minhava, Galitos-.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gentry, CAB M.1.9 
 2. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 3. Hallman, Oliveirense1.8 
 4. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 5. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 6. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 7. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 8. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 9. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 10. Lima, CAB Madeira1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.4 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Gentry, CAB M.0.8 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 7. Hollis, Benfica0.6 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.0.6 



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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, Ponce19.6 
 3. Warrick, Ponce19.4 
 4. Arroyo, Fajardo19.3 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.3 
 7. Mendoza, Aguada17.8 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez17.5 
 9. Wilkins, Guayama17.4 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.1 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.7 
 4. Famous, Humacao8.8 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez8.5 
 6. James, Fajardo8.4 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo8.0 
 8. James, Fajardo7.8 
 9. Williams, Guayama7.6 
 10. Lalanne, Arecibo7.5