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  ALBANIA  



Franko Bushati selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was the major contributor in Brescia's victory against the closely-ranked Auxilium TO (13-17) 96-89 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists. Germani Basket Brescia (13-17) is placed tenth in the Serie A. The Regular Season already ended. This season Bushati averages: 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 22.4% and FT: 60.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Novipiu Casale (16-14) 70-54 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Ndoja recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(25-44), 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 67.7% in 15 games he played so far. Ndoja is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. He played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). Broadus could not help SC Rasta Vechta (2-30) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance SC Rasta Vechta was badly defeated 93-74 on the road by the higher-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#12). Broadus recorded 11 points and added 3 passes. The Regular Season already ended. Broadus' total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 66.7%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #4. Small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Viola RC's victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 98-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Taflaj recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. This year Taflaj's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg in 25 games. He is also Albanian national team player.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Krka (8-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Krka (8-2) lost 81-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Un.Olimpija in the Places 1-6 group. Kastrati was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Krka's first loss after six consecutive victories. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 9.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Elvisi Dusha (188-G-94) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lug.Tigers U23 in Swiss LNB
Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96) plays for Isernia in Italian Serie B

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



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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, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.17.9 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.16.9 
 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. Vargas, GECR I.8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 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, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.8 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.4 
 10. Redivo, Weber B.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. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 6. McCullough, Alianza .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. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 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.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 3. Pais, Platense2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
 10. Araujo, Ciclista1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. 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 


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

Estudiantes O. - Parque Sur 89-79

Estudiantes rallied past Parque Sur for 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-79. Estudiantes O. made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Pablo Alderete (196-93) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Parque Sur. Five Estudiantes O. and four Parque Sur players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 20+4reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 18+7reb+1ast, A.Brocal 17+4reb+3ast, L.Portillo 11+2reb+4ast, S.Arese 10+5reb+5ast, E.Dominguez 9+3reb+2ast
Parque Sur: E.Bolling 25+9reb+2ast, P.Alderete 16+11reb+2ast, A.Jure 12+1reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 12+1reb+1ast, A.Richard 6+1reb+1ast, G.Mariani 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546174


Comunicaciones - Union SF 85-80

Comunicaciones held off Union SF for the second straight win in the series. Comunicaciones forced 19 Union SF turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: F.Vietta Stechina 17+3reb+2ast, C.Romero 15+5reb+2ast, N.Lauria 15+10reb+2ast, G.Essengue 11+12reb+1ast, A.Pau 11+2ast, G.Torres 7+5reb+3ast
Union SF: B.Barovero 19+3reb+4ast, P.Tabarez 15+8reb+3ast, F.Podesta 15+2reb+1ast, M.Stibbins 8+1reb+1ast, J.Godoy 7+2reb, M.Isola 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546176


Hindu - San Isidro 72-67

Hindu toppled San Isidro to open 2-0 advantage. The best player for the winners was American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hindu players scored in double figures. American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) produced 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) added 15 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 22+6reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 12+10reb+2ast, N.Paletta 11+1reb+5ast, S.Picton 10+3reb+1ast, P.Moya 8+5reb+1ast, M.Coronel 4+4reb
San Isidro: J.Durley 20+7reb+2ast, S.Gonzalez 15+13reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 8+5reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 7+1reb, M.Corzo 6+2reb, A.Lozano 5+4reb+7ast
gschID: 546175


Alianza Viedma - Atenas Carmen 78-82

Atenas Carmen upset Alianza Viedma on the road to even the quarterfinal series at 1-1. It was a close game from start to finish. It all came down to the final seconds in this one when Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) and Emiliano Agostino (191-SG-84) sealed the victory for the visitors from the stripe. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday.
gschID: 546177





Argentinian LigaA round 48 best performance: Lucio Redivo - by Eurobasket News

International Guard Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Weber Bahia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 48.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Instituto (#5, 29-25) 97-82. Weber Bahia maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Weber Bahia will need more victories to improve their 28-22 record. In the team's last game Redivo had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Weber Bahia, through which he has constantly improved. Lucio Redivo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.8ppg) and averages impressive 51.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International) of GECR Indalo. Vargas had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 21 rebounds. Of course he led GECR Indalo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Atenas (#9, 20-30) 99-79. GECR Indalo's 5th position in Norte has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 27-26 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vargas is a newcomer at GECR Indalo, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another GECR Indalo's star - former international guard Nicolas De los Santos (180-PG-88). De los Santos scored 26 points and passed five assists. Despite De los Santos' great performance GECR Indalo lost 85-93 to the higher-ranked San Martin C. (#1, 38-15). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing GECR Indalo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 27 victories and 26 lost games. De los Santos has a very solid season. In 53 games in Argentina he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bruno Labaque (178-PG-77) of Atenas - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Quimsa - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Maximo Fjellerup (195-G-97) of Weber Bahia - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 20 points, 10 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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  AUSTRALIA  


Bullets add Holt to their roster, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Stephen Holt (193-88kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA). He already started the season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 14 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0apg last season. Holt also played that season for Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 17 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Holt's team won Czech Republic Cup.
He is quite experienced player. Holt's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Holt tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Spain (Andorra), Australia (United) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Holt attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Lamesic, Wels17.9 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart15.9 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Payton, Wels1.5 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.1.4 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 9. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 10. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 7. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Well complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Vienna - Wels 64-69

Wels upset Vienna on the road in the decider and advanced into the semifinal stage. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-15. But Vienna won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vienna 46-26 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vienna.
Top scorers:
Vienna: S.Ray 23+9reb+1ast, A.Clemmons 19+4reb, P.Miletic 17+6reb+1ast, S.Stazic 5+5reb+8ast, S.N'Diaye 0, A.Andjelkovic 0
Wels: K.Payton 14+15reb+1ast, D.Wright 13+9reb+3ast, A.Chan 12+7reb+1ast, T.Csebits 10+3reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 10+5reb+2ast, D.Cigoja 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546250





UBC St Polten take 1-0 lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

UBC St. Polten celebrated the opening victory in the 2.Bundesliga Finals. They knocked down Raiders Villach 76:63 in the opener. Lukas Boeck (184-G-89) came up with 16 points to pace the winners.
The Dragons dominated throughout the first half. St. Polten grabbed a 46:26 halftime lead. The Dragons withheld the comeback rally from the Raiders in the second half and marched to the win. Martin Speiser (202-F-83) chipped in 14 points and collected 9 boards for the hosts. Marko Kolaric (212-C/F-84, college: Chaminade) responded with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Villach.



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  BELARUS  

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, Vitebsk18.1 
 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. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.0 
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 



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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, Aalstar15.4 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.9 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes14.1 
 8. Demps, Mons-Hai.13.9 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.6 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.2 
 3. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.9 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.7 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Fields, Liege6.3 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Henry, Kangoeroes5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Anderson, Limburg .5.2 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.9 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 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. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 9. Richardson, Spirou1.2 
 10. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 6. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 7. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 8. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 10. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.6 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.1 
 10. Kotrulja, Gistel O.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.6 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.8 
 10. Fall, Ieper6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.7 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.1 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
 10. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.7 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 7. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 8. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 9. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
 10. Hemeleers, Gistel O.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 7. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 9. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.5 


Top Division I Round 1 of Finals. Gent Hawks celebrate comfortable win - by Eurobasket News

Gent Hawks - Waregem 67-51

Gent Hawks topped Waregem in Division I Finals opener. The game was mostly controlled by Gent Hawks. Waregem managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Waregem 42-26 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Gregory De-Pooter (197-84) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) chipped in 6 points and 14 rebounds. Power forward Aaron Van-Vooren (200-94) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds and center Bart-Willy Samaey (199-87) added 6 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: G.De Pooter 22+10reb+1ast, M.Verspeeten 12+1reb, J.Vermoessen 11+5reb+1ast, L.Lhote 8+3reb+3ast, J.Vermoessen 6+14reb+1ast, R.Van den Berghe 4+5reb+1ast
Waregem: A.Van Vooren 10+5reb, A.Steinbach 8+2reb, B.Guillemyn 7+4reb, B.Willy Samaey 6+4reb+1ast, T.Foucart 6+4reb+1ast, S.De Clerck 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546019





Euromillions League Round 35: #1 Oostende is defeated by Antwerp Giants - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Euromillions League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Oostende (29-6) on the court of second ranked Antwerp Giants on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Antwerp Giants 90-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Oostende. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Antwerp Giants forced 19 Oostende turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) helped adding 19 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. International forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 22-13 record having seven points less than leader Oostende. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with six games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar (#6) on the road in the next round. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Kangoeroes (#5) were upset in Willebroek by eighth ranked Spirou Charleroi 89-59. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) who led the winners and scored 19 points. DJ Richardson accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Spirou Charleroi's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Kangoeroes in the defeat. Spirou Charleroi maintains eighth place with 17-18 record. Kangoeroes at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Spirou Charleroi will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#4) in Jemappes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kangoeroes will play on the road against the league's leader Oostende and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. 4th placed Limburg United (18-17) played at the court of sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-17). Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeated Limburg United 82-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limburg United. The best player for the winners was Alexandru Olah who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jerime Anderson produced 23 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Limburg United. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet Spirou Charleroi (#8) on the road in the next round. Limburg United will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 35 bottom-ranked Liege lost to Brussels on the opponent's court 88-96. Leuven unfortunately lost to Aalstar in a home game 78-87.

Brussels - Liege 96-88

Very expected game when 10th ranked Liege Basket (5-30) was defeated on the road by third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (21-14) 96-88 on Sunday. Basic-Fit Brussels outrebounded Liege Basket 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. The former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Basic-Fit Brussels' coach Serge Crevecoeur used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Louis Hazard (199-94, agency: Promotex) produced 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Basic-Fit Brussels maintains third place with 21-14 record having eight points less than leader Oostende. Liege Basket lost nineteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Basic-Fit Brussels will meet Limburg United (#5) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Leuven Bears (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: L.Hazard 17+2reb+5ast, S.Moris 15+2reb+5ast, Y.Hertay 12+3reb+4ast, V.Simpson 12+7reb+3ast, J.Fields 11+7reb+3ast, D.Sweetney 11+4reb+3ast
Brussels: D.Loubry 23+4reb+4ast, B.Ubel 20+13reb+3ast, C.Dowe 14+3reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 11+1reb+3ast, M.Depuydt 10+5reb+1ast, T.Bray 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 478864


Antwerp - Oostende 90-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Oostende (29-6) on the court of second ranked Antwerp Giants on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Antwerp Giants 90-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Oostende. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Antwerp Giants forced 19 Oostende turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) helped adding 19 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. International forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 22-13 record having seven points less than leader Oostende. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with six games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar (#6) on the road in the next round. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oostende: P.Gillet 20+7reb+1ast, J.Salumu 12+5ast, C.Walden 9+2reb+4ast, K.Boukichou 9+3reb+1ast, J.Mwema 9+9reb, R.Katic 8+4reb+1ast
Antwerp: M.Smith 23+2reb+6ast, J.Clark 19+1reb+10ast, K.Punter 13+1reb+2ast, G.Ware 9+4reb+1ast, R.Anderson 8+8reb, D.Conger 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 478865


Mons-Hainaut - Limburg United 82-69

The game in Jemappes was also quite interesting. 4th placed Limburg United (18-17) played at the court of sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-17). Belfius Mons-Hainaut defeated Limburg United 82-69 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limburg United. The best player for the winners was Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman J.J. Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) produced 23 points and the other American import forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Limburg United. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will meet Spirou Charleroi (#8) on the road in the next round. Limburg United will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: J.Anderson 23+4reb, J.Swing 11+2reb+3ast, H.Vanwijn 9+7reb, S.Tuttle 5+6reb+5ast, B.Simons 5+4reb, D.Jansen 5+4reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: A.Olah 17+7reb+3ast, T.Demps 14+1reb+2ast, J.Mann 14+8reb, L.Bosco 10+4reb+4ast, I.Lasisi 8+3reb+2ast, S.Van Caeneghem 6+4reb
gschID: 478861


Kangoeroes - Spirou 59-89

Kangoeroes (#5) were upset in Willebroek by eighth ranked Spirou Charleroi 89-59. Spirou Charleroi dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kangoeroes' 30. Spirou Charleroi forced 22 Kangoeroes turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Spirou Charleroi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) who led the winners and scored 19 points. American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) accounted for 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 17 points respectively for Kangoeroes in the defeat. Spirou Charleroi maintains eighth place with 17-18 record. Kangoeroes at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Spirou Charleroi will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#4) in Jemappes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kangoeroes will play on the road against the league's leader Oostende and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: W.Channels 17+4reb+2ast, T.Henry 16+8reb, P.Badji 11+8reb, I.Williams 7+2reb, D.Donkor 3+1reb, T.Deroover 3+4reb+2ast
Spirou: I.Radenovic 19+3reb+2ast, D.Richardson 18+3reb, I.Iarochevitch 15+1reb+3ast, K.Grant 13+5reb, A.Libert 10+6reb+3ast, N.Marnegrave 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 478863


Leuven - Aalstar 78-87

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Okapi Aalstar (18-17) defeated on the road 9th ranked Leuven Bears (9-26) 87-78 on Saturday. Okapi Aalstar made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Armani Cotton (201, college: Yale) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Leuven Bears lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 26 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet at home league's second-placed Antwerp Giants in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play against Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: J.Delalieux 23+13reb+3ast, C.Steindl 16+3reb+2ast, A.Cotton 14+9reb+1ast, I.Bako 10+5reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 7+1reb+12ast, L.Sissoko 4+2reb
Aalstar: J.Tofi 21+7reb+1ast, Y.Barrueta 19+4reb+5ast, O.Troisfontaines 14+6reb+4ast, B.Uzoh 13+11reb+3ast, V.Taylor 8+2reb+2ast, N.El Khounchar 6+1reb
gschID: 478862





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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
 10. Milosevic, Igokea6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Robinson, Igokea3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Milosevic, Igokea1.5 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 9. Radivojevic, Igokea1.4 
 10. Pasajlic, Igokea1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 9. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 10. Zubac, Siroki P.0.5 



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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 2. Sena, Contagem16.2 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville16.1 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.6 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.6 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau13.5 
 7. Maistro, Contagem13.2 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. Semmke, Blumenau11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Silva, Blumenau7.9 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 4. Sena, Contagem7.6 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.4 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.7.1 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.3 
 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, Contagem4.1 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.9 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 8. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 9. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.7 
 5. Perez, Contagem1.6 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Vezaro, Joinville1.5 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.3 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sena, Contagem1.2 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 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 


Liga Ouro Round 9: Botafogo F.R. defeats leader Contagem - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Contagem (13-3) in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Botafogo F.R. (13-4) 61-57. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Contagem. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Contagem turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Contagem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Center Feliciano Perez (210-90) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Eric Romualdo (185-83) answered with 21 points for Contagem. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. maintains second place with 13-4 record having just one point less than leader Contagem. Contagem at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Contagem will play on the road against Joinville and is hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Brusque (1-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Botafogo F.R. (13-4). The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Power forward Douglas Correa (202-91) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Roberto Ferreira chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Durval Prado (200-92) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. maintains second place with 13-4 record having just one point less than leader Contagem. Brusque at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Joinville between Blumenau and Joinville. Fourth ranked Blumenau (9-7) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Joinville (8-7). Blumenau managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 in the game for the third place. Deonta Stocks nailed 25 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Lucas Vezaro came up with 18 points and 6 assists for Joinville in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Blumenau have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Joinville dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Blumenau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joinville will play against the league's leader Contagem (#1) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Contagem (13-3) which played road game in Rio de Janeiro against second-best Botafogo F.R. (13-4). First ranked Contagem managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was Wesley Sena who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Contagem have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Botafogo F.R. at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be Joinville (#4) on the road.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Blumenau (9-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-12). Blumenau managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Sunday. It was a good game for Bruno Lazzaris who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Blumenau. They moved-up to third place. Santos/Macapa lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Blumenau will have a break next round. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 9 Blumenau smashed Santos/Macapa on the road 91-58. Bottom-ranked Brusque was destroyed by Joinville on its own court 63-92.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 23 points and 9 rebounds by Ricardo de-Azevedo of Santos/Macapa.

Santos/Macapa - Blumenau 73-79

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Blumenau (9-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-12). Blumenau managed to secure a 6-point victory 79-73 on Sunday. It was a good game for forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gabriel De-Oliveira (202-93) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) added 16 points in the effort for Santos/Macapa. Santos/Macapa's coach Abdala Neto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Blumenau. They moved-up to third place. Santos/Macapa lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Blumenau will have a break next round. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: R.de Azevedo 23+9reb+3ast, L.Nepomuceno 16+4reb+3ast, L.Fernando Lima 13+6reb+3ast, J.Barbosa 8+1reb, A.Machado 6+1ast, Z.Souza 5+3reb
Blumenau: B.Lazzaris 19+6reb, G.De Oliveira 19+5reb+1ast, L.Semmke 18+3ast, R.Vieira 7+3reb, T.Gaines 6+3reb+1ast, L.Henrique Moreira 5+1ast
gschID: 538641


Botafogo F.R. - Contagem 61-57

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Contagem (13-3) in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Botafogo F.R. (13-4) 61-57. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Contagem. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Contagem turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Contagem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Center Feliciano Perez (210-90) contributed with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Eric Romualdo (185-83) answered with 21 points and Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Contagem. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. maintains second place with 13-4 record having just one point less than leader Contagem. Contagem at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Contagem will play on the road against Joinville and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Contagem: E.Romualdo 21+2reb+2ast, R.Maistro 14+5reb+2ast, W.Sena 8+1reb, T.Perez 5+7reb+3ast, E.Oliveira 4+2reb, A.Alves 2+1reb
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 20+1reb+5ast, D.Correa 9+2reb, F.Perez 8+8reb, A.Moreira 6+3reb+1ast, G.Ruiz 4+2reb, R.da Silva 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 538640


Santos/Macapa - Blumenau 58-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Blumenau's (9-7) road victory over 5th ranked Santos/Macapa (4-12) 91-58 on Friday. They outrebounded Santos/Macapa 39-23 including a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Luiz Semmke (197-92) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 4 assists. Romulo Vieira (200-92) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Blumenau players scored in double figures. Guard Luis-Fernando Lima (193-93) answered with 12 points and guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) added 12 points in the effort for Santos/Macapa. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Blumenau. They moved-up to third place. Santos/Macapa lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Blumenau will have a break next round. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: L.Fernando Lima 12+4reb+2ast, L.Nepomuceno 12+2reb+1ast, R.de Azevedo 9+5reb, A.Machado 6+1reb, Z.Souza 5+3reb, J.Serejo 5+3reb+1ast
Blumenau: L.Semmke 18+3reb+4ast, G.De Oliveira 14, R.Vieira 14+8reb, T.Gaines 12+3reb+1ast, D.Stocks 10+6reb+2ast, D.Silva 6+5reb
gschID: 538639


Botafogo F.R. - Contagem 76-80

An interesting game for Contagem (13-3) which played road game in Rio de Janeiro against second-best Botafogo F.R. (13-4). First ranked Contagem managed to get a 4-point victory 80-76. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Contagem forced 19 Botafogo F.R. turnovers. Strangely Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Contagem 53-27 including a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Botafogo F.R. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) chipped in 16 points. Four Contagem players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) who recorded 21 points and American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Contagem have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-3 record. Botafogo F.R. at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be Joinville (#4) on the road.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 21+3reb, R.da Silva 13+3reb+2ast, G.Ruiz 9+2reb, W.Russell 9+8reb+1ast, D.Correa 7+2reb+2ast, R.Ferreira 6+8reb+1ast
Contagem: W.Sena 16+7reb+2ast, T.Perez 16+3reb+2ast, R.Maistro 13+5reb+1ast, A.Alves 11+3reb, E.Romualdo 9+1reb+5ast, R.Oliveira 6
gschID: 538638


Brusque - Joinville 63-92

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Brusque (1-15) was smashed at home by third ranked Joinville (8-7) 92-63 on Thursday. Despite that victory Joinville went down to fourth position due to points difference. Loser Brusque stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Joinville will face league's leader Contagem in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 538637


Joinville - Blumenau 78-81

A very close game took place in Joinville between Blumenau and Joinville. Fourth ranked Blumenau (9-7) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Joinville (8-7). Blumenau managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 in the game for the third place. Blumenau made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) nailed 25 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) came up with 18 points and 6 assists and the former international Andre Pereira (206-79) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Joinville in the defeat. Four Blumenau and five Joinville players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Blumenau have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Joinville dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Blumenau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joinville will play against the league's leader Contagem (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Joinville: L.Vezaro 18+3reb+6ast, A.Pereira 17+7reb+1ast, J.Froehlich 12+4reb+6ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 11+4reb+2ast, M.Dias 11+4reb+2ast, F.Vezaro 9+1reb+1ast
Blumenau: D.Stocks 25+2reb+3ast, D.Silva 16+8reb, B.Lazzaris 15+12reb, L.Semmke 14+4reb+1ast, G.De Oliveira 9+2reb+2ast, L.Henrique Moreira 2+1reb
gschID: 538636


Brusque - Botafogo F.R. 73-75

Sixth-ranked Brusque (1-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Botafogo F.R. (13-4). The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Botafogo F.R. dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brusque's 28. Botafogo F.R. forced 20 Brusque turnovers. Power forward Douglas Correa (202-91) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and power forward Roberto Ferreira (196-79, college: SUNO) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Durval Prado (200-92) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Guilherme Machado (175-86) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Botafogo F.R. maintains second place with 13-4 record having just one point less than leader Contagem. Brusque at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brusque: W.da Silva 16+1reb, D.Prado 14+13reb+6ast, P.Rio 12+1ast, G.Machado 12+3reb+2ast, W.da Silva 8+2reb+3ast, E.Otte 7+4reb+1ast
Botafogo F.R.: D.Correa 18+7reb, R.da Silva 14+3reb+3ast, R.Ferreira 13+7reb, W.Russell 10+3reb+2ast, A.Filho 9+4reb+4ast, R.Bahia Bispo 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 538635





NBB Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Paulistano, Vitoria and Pinheiros advance into semifinal round - by Eurobasket News

Franca - Paulistano 67-80

Paulistano overcame Franca in the decider to reach the semifinal stage. Forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) came up with 16 points and 5 assists and international point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) added 16 points respectively for Vivo/Franca in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Borges 16+2reb+5ast, H.Coelho 16+2reb+2ast, P.Lima 10+3reb, L.Cipolini 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ferreira 6+1reb, I.Goncalves 5+3reb+2ast
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 20+10reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 14+9reb, G.Lucas 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Dos Santos 12+1reb+3ast, G.Hubner 8+1reb, A.Pecos 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 545971


Mogi - Vitoria 85-95

Vitoria outscored Mogi das Cruzes to ensure the next round birth. Universo/Vitoria made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Mogi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 assists for the winners and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) responded with 35 points (!!!) and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) scored 18 points and 9 assists. Mogi's coach Jorge Guerra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 35+4reb+2ast, L.Taylor 18+4reb+9ast, J.de Oliveira 14+6reb, T.Curnell 9+12reb+3ast, G.Santo 3, G.Filipin 3+1ast
Vitoria: A.Silva 18+7reb, K.Sheard 17+1reb+8ast, C.Hayes 15+4reb+2ast, R.Scholz 13+3reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 10+5reb+4ast, D.Kurtz 8+4reb
gschID: 545970


Flamengo - Pinheiros 75-78

Pinheiros shocked Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro to secure the semifinal birth. Pinheiros made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. The former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Flamengo. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: O.Rodriguez 25+9reb, J.Paulo Lopez 13+4reb+1ast, M.Vieira 10+6reb+6ast, R.de Souza 9+6reb, M.Machado 9+2reb+4ast, H.Rollins 6+3reb+1ast
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 18+5reb+5ast, C.Bennett 13+5reb+6ast, R.Lenz 11+5reb, A.Neto 11+6reb+3ast, R.Ansaloni 10+9reb+1ast, G.Teichmann 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 545969





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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, Rilski15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.1 
 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. Bruinsma, Rilski7.9 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.6 
 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.6.3 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.4 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.3 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.1 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.8 
 7. Jones, Beroe1.7 
 8. Gibson, 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.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 


NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Rilski and Beroe record wins - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 80-89

Rilski shocked Lukoil on the road to secure 1-0 lead in the opener. Rilski made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Lukoil Acad. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 23 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rilski players scored in double figures. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 22+11reb, D.Shelton 20+23reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 20+4reb+5ast, Z.Georgiev 16+9reb+3ast, S.Francis 6+2reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 3+1reb+2ast
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 13+7reb+10ast, H.Zahariev 12+8reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 11+4reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 10+6reb+4ast, M.Korniyenko 9+9reb+1ast, B.Avramov 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545962


Beroe - Cherno More 102-68

Beroe toppled Cherno More to surge ahead in the semifinal series. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Cherno More's 28. They outrebounded Cherno More 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St.) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) answered with 12 points and Serbian power forward Filip Dedijer (205-88) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Beroe: O.Gudul 26+5reb, B.Raley-Ross 18+8reb+7ast, A.Jones 12+7reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 12+3reb+6ast, T.Todorov 8+8reb, S.Tesija 8+5reb+1ast
Cherno More: V.Georgiev 12+1reb+2ast, V.Hristov 12+4reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 10+5reb, A.Natskin 8+3reb+4ast, N.Djuric 8+3reb, A.Dikov 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545961





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Bowling Green handles Illinois to clinch final postseason spot; playoff schedule released for next weekend - by Eurobasket News

BOWLING GREEN 91, ILLINOIS 82: (Russellville, Ky.) - The final game of the 2017 Central Basketball Association regular season provided much intrigue, as the winner of today's matchup would advance to the postseason tournament next weekend. Bowling Green was looking to clinch their fourth playoff berth in their five-year history, while Illinois was looking to play in front of their home crowd as the playoff tournament was being played on the Coal Miners' home court in Danville, Illinois next week. Yet, despite the high stakes to the matchup, the game itself was not as dramatic, as Bowling Green obtained a grip on the lead early in the contest and did not let go. The hosts took a six-point advantage from the first quarter, led by eight points at the midway intermission, held on to a seven-point lead through three quarters, and carried a double-digit stranglehold throughout the final frame, en route to clinching the final playoff berth and third-seed with their 91-82 victory. Bowling Green was led by Monte Burney (6'1''-G, college: Martin Methodist) with 28 points, while Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87, college: Idaho) led Illinois with 23 points.
Bowling Green (5-3) will square off against Fort Wayne (5-3) in the semifinals, which will serve as a rematch of the 2015 CBA Championship game, where Bowling Green defeated Fort Wayne at the buzzer, 97-95, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Both teams have been to the championship game twice in their team history (Bowling Green: 2013, 2015; Fort Wayne: 2015, 2016) with both teams serving as the last two league champions: Bowling Green in 2015 and Fort Wayne in 2016. In the other semifinal matchup, Indianapolis (6-2) will face Mississippi (4-4) in a rematch of the season opener, where Indianapolis held on for a 90-87 victory. Indianapolis will be advancing to their second consecutive semifinals in as many years in the league, while Mississippi will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, as they finished with a 1-7 record last year. As for Illinois (4-4), they will join Baltimore (3-5) and Middle Tennessee (1-7) as the three teams who did not qualify for this year's postseason, and will look to rebound in 2018.
2017 CBA Postseason Tournament
The playoffs this year will be held next weekend at Schlarman Academy at 2112 North Vermilion Street, in Danville, Illinois, which also serves as the home venue of the Illinois Coal Miners. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, May 13th, with Fort Wayne and Bowling Green playing each other at 5:00 p.m. Central Time, followed by Indianapolis and Mississippi squaring off at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The winners of each of the aforementioned games will participate in the league championship game the next afternoon on Sunday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m. Central Time.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



Indianapolis clinches top seed, Mississippi earns playoff bid, Illinois & Bowling Green battle for final spot - by Eurobasket News

INDIANAPOLIS 110, FORT WAYNE 94: (Indianapolis, Ind.) - It was fitting that two teams, separated by approximately 125 miles, and no love lost for one another, would be battling for first place this evening in the final regular season game. After Fort Wayne edged out their cross-state rivals Indianapolis in the season opener, the hosts were looking for revenge on their home court. Things did not begin well for Indianapolis, as the defending champions stormed out the gate, building an early 15-point lead in the first quarter, and went into halftime with a 54-40 lead. But the second half was all Indianapolis, as they erupted for 70 points in the final two quarters, including outscoring Fort Wayne 38-12 in the third frame to not only hand Fort Wayne its third defeat overall in the last four games, but also earn its first victory versus Fort Wayne in their fifth attempt over the last two years. Indianapolis (6-2) was led by Anthony White (6'3''-G-92, college: Mercer) (29 points) and Willliam McClure (18 points), while Fort Wayne (5-3) was led by Antonio Cannon (6'0''-PG-92, college: Indiana Tech) (33 points) and Greg Foster (6'2''-G-89, college: Saginaw Valley) (18 points). By virtue of the victory, Indianapolis earns the top seed for next weekend's postseason tournament in Danville, Illinois, while Fort Wayne will either be the second-seed or third-seed for the playoffs. Both teams will have a chance to play each other potentially in the championship game should they advance in their semifinal matchups next Saturday.
MISSISSIPPI 103, BOWLING GREEN 90: (Memphis, Tenn.) - Bowling Green, who had won four of their last five games, had one objective tonight: win and clinch a playoff berth. Mississippi, on the other hand, who had lost three consecutive games, would be eliminated from playoff contention with a defeat tonight. The hosts, who were 0-4 all-time against Bowling Green, did not look like a team, though, who had been trending downward, as they dominated the first quarter of play, and held Bowling Green to a league-record six points in the second quarter, en route to a 21-point halftime lead. Bowling Green tried to make a comeback in the second half, but Mississippi held their ground by maintaining their double-digit lead and cruising to a comfortable 13-point victory. Just like Indianapolis did with Fort Wayne earlier, this was Mississippi's first victory over Bowling Green in their fifth attempt over the last three years. Mississippi (4-4) was led by three players with 20 points or more: Jermell Abram (5'11''-PG) with 29 points, Jerry Hampton (6'9''-C, college: Le Moyne-Owen) with 26 points, and Anthony Jones with 20 points. Bowling Green (4-3) was led by Jared Stephens (5'10''-G, college: Carson-Newman) with 23 points and Damarius Smith (6'2''-G-91, college: Lipscomb) with 15 points. By virtue of their large margin of victory, not only did Mississippi eliminate Baltimore from the playoff race, but also clinched a playoff berth in a dramatic turnaround from last year's 1-7 record. Bowling Green, through the defeat, will be in a win-or-go-home matchup tomorrow afternoon in Illinois for the final playoff spot.
ILLINOIS 108, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 104: (Nashville, Tenn.) - Needing two victories this weekend to clinch a playoff spot for the postseason tournament next weekend on their home court, Illinois tried to handle half of their weekend task this evening against a Middle Tennessee squad playing for pride. After a back-and-forth first half, featuring 12 lead changes, Middle Tennessee pulled away right before halftime and led by 10 points at the break. In the third quarter, the hosts extended their lead to to 13 points at 56-43, before Illinois executed a critical 19-5 run to regain the advantage late in the period. In the final frame, both teams again made things competitive with five lead changes. But with the score tied up at 91-91 with less than three minutes remaining, Illinois went on a 9-0 run to put the game away and earn their fourth victory of the season. Illinois (4-3), who has won three out of their last four games, was led by Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87, college: Idaho) (27 points) and Brandon Greene (6'6''-F, college: Shaw) (24 points), while Middle Tennessee (1-7), who finished the season with a seven-game losing streak, was led by Torye Pelham (6'6''-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) (29 points), Fabien LaRonde (6'2''-G-90) (22 points) and George Stanberry (5'11''-PG-94) (20 points). With the victory and Bowling Green loss earlier in the evening, it puts tomorrow afternoon's sole game in the league as the ultimate event, with the winner of the Illinois-Bowling Green matchup clinching the final playoff berth and the loser being eliminated from playoff contention.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.0 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.20.9 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.8 
 3. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 9. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
 10. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.6 
 4. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 5. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.5 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 8. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 9. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 10. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight MCCOMBS
  CDE T.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 2. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 3. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 4. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 5. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 6. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 7. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Diaz, Puente Alto0.7 
 10. Isla, CD Valdivia0.7 


CDE Talca claim Liga Nacional title - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - Osorno 75-66

CDE Talca celebrated Liga Nacional title. They overcame Osorno at home court for the fourth straight win and captured the trophy. Osorno Basquetbol was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Espanol de Talca, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 21 rebounds and 5 blocks. The former international point guard Francisco Bravo (174-87) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (207-80, college: La Salle) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Osorno Basquetbol's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 16+21reb+3ast, P.Barraza 15+6reb+1ast, F.Bravo 13+5reb+4ast, S.Bravo 11+4reb+3ast, E.Sepulveda 8+5reb+1ast, D.Jones 7+3reb
Osorno: B.Robinson 21+10reb+6ast, R.Okosa 12+11reb+3ast, M.Hernandez 10+1reb+4ast, J.Fontena 9+5reb, R.Munoz 5+5reb+3ast, M.Schenoni 4+2reb
gschID: 545183





Felipe Oyarzun claims Chilean Libcentro Pro weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Felipe Oyarzun (187-G-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Brisas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 15 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Brisas in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Aleman (#6, 0-2) with 18-point margin 70-52. It allowed Brisas to consolidate first place in the Chilean Libcentro Pro. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Brisas won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Oyarzun's second year at Brisas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Oyarzun has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.0ppg) and assists (6th best: 3.5apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Boris Guerra (87) of Arturo Prat. Guerra impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Arturo Prat lost that game 67-79 to Sportiva Italiana (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Guerra is one of the most experienced players at Arturo Prat and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#4). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Arturo Prat's star - Paulo Andrade (174-G-93). Andrade scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Andrade's great performance Arturo Prat lost 67-79 to Sportiva Italiana (#3, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Arturo Prat can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Andrade he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Andrade has individually a great season in Chile. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ruben Molina (192-F-88) of Brisas - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Diego Valenzuela (185-G/F-94) of Puente Alto - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) of Liceo Curico - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Piero Simonetti (93) of Stadio Italiano - 9 points and 11 rebounds
8. Sebastian Fuentes (95) of Brisas - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Juan Martin Cardenas (91) of Stadio Italiano - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Francoise Diaz (87) of Sportiva Italiana - 18 points, 8 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)



Libcentro Pro Round 2: Liceo Curico loses to Puente Alto - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Libcentro Pro.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Liceo Curico (1-1) on the court of Puente Alto on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Puente Alto 74-58. Puente Alto forced 19 Liceo Curico turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) chipped in 13 points. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Sergio Ceppi (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between Stadio Italiano and Sergio Ceppi where Stadio Italiano (1-1) beat Sergio Ceppi (0-2) on the road 65-55. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Piero Simonetti contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Elias Donoso (-86) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stadio Italiano will play against Arturo Prat (#7) in San Felipe in the next round. Sergio Ceppi will play at home against Puente Alto to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Puerto Varas was also quite interesting. Brisas (2-0) played at the court of Aleman (0-2). Brisas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 70-52 on Saturday. Sascha Frings had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Marcelo Villagran responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Brisas will meet Liceo Curico (#4) in the next round. Aleman will play against Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso and hope to win that game.
The game in San Felipe was also worth to mention about. Sportiva Italiana (2-0) played at the court of Arturo Prat (0-2). Sportiva Italiana defeated Arturo Prat 79-67. Francoise Diaz notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sportiva Italiana's next round opponent will be Aleman (#6) in Puerto Varas where they are favorite. Arturo Prat will play at home against Stadio Italiano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 2nd round was 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Felipe Oyarzun of Brisas.

Sergio Ceppi - Stadio Italiano 55-65

Another exciting game was between Stadio Italiano and Sergio Ceppi where Stadio Italiano (1-1) beat Sergio Ceppi (0-2) on the road 65-55. Stadio Italiano forced 26 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Piero Simonetti (-93) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Elias Donoso (-86) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Jose Parra (-91) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sergio Ceppi. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stadio Italiano will play against Arturo Prat (#7) in San Felipe in the next round. Sergio Ceppi will play at home against Puente Alto to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sergio Ceppi: E.Donoso 14+9reb, J.Parra 7+8reb+1ast, R.Gatica 7+1ast, P.Catalan 6+10reb, J.Sotelo 5+2reb, J.Borquez 5+1reb
Stadio Italiano: J.Martin Cardenas 19+3reb+4ast, J.Ulloa 10+2reb+1ast, P.Simonetti 9+11reb+1ast, C.Asenjo 8+2reb+2ast, S.Alvarez 7+7reb, C.Abarca 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544545


Puente Alto - Liceo Curico 74-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Liceo Curico (1-1) on the court of Puente Alto on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Puente Alto 74-58. Puente Alto forced 19 Liceo Curico turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Diego Valenzuela (185-94) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) chipped in 13 points. Puente Alto's coach Claudio Lavin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Benjamin Acuna (182-88) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Sergio Ceppi (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liceo Curico will play against Brisas (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Liceo Curico: M.Perez 20+7reb+1ast, G.Contreras 13+4reb+2ast, B.Acuna 8+4reb+8ast, J.Cofre 5+1reb, V.Cerda 4+7reb, F.Diaz 3+1reb
Puente Alto: D.Valenzuela 17+6reb+3ast, F.Pena 13+4reb+1ast, A.Pinedo 9+2reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Collao 9+1reb, M.Sepulveda 8+1reb+2ast, S.Silva 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 544543


Aleman - Brisas 52-70

The game in Puerto Varas was also quite interesting. Brisas (2-0) played at the court of Aleman (0-2). Brisas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 70-52 on Saturday. Brisas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ruben Molina (192-88) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Brisas players scored in double figures. Forward Marcelo Villagran (184-88) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marko Castro (192-88) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Brisas will meet Liceo Curico (#4) in the next round. Aleman will play against Sportiva Italiana in Valparaiso and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aleman: M.Villagran 12+6reb+3ast, M.Grandon 12+1reb+3ast, R.Caceres 10+5reb+3ast, M.Castro 8+9reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 3+3reb+1ast, P.Montecinos 3+5reb
Brisas: F.Oyarzun 15+5reb+5ast, S.Frings 14+11reb+2ast, S.Fuentes 11+7reb+2ast, R.Molina 11+8reb+6ast, A.Jara 9+3ast, E.Gonzalez 6
gschID: 544546


Arturo Prat - Sportiva Italiana 67-79

The game in San Felipe was also worth to mention about. Sportiva Italiana (2-0) played at the court of Arturo Prat (0-2). Sportiva Italiana defeated Arturo Prat 79-67. Sportiva Italiana made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Francoise Diaz (-87) notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Camilo Bustamante (187-89) supported him with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Boris Guerra (-87) did not help to save the game for Arturo Prat. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) added 22 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sportiva Italiana's next round opponent will be Aleman (#6) in Puerto Varas where they are favorite. Arturo Prat will play at home against Stadio Italiano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 22+6reb, B.Guerra 22+9reb+1ast, C.Ubillo 8+2reb, F.Ortega 6+4reb+1ast, E.Garrido 4+3reb, C.Jorquera 2+1reb
Sportiva Italiana: C.Bustamante 22+6reb, F.Diaz 18+8reb+2ast, G.Hernandez 11+2reb+2ast, C.Rios 7+4reb+3ast, R.Cotroneo 6+5reb, D.Castillo 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 544544





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  COSTA RICA  


LBS 2017 Round 7 - Bradford scores 22, Liberia rout Abogados 70-54 for first win - by Mike Amico

Round 7 of Costa Rica's 2017 edition of LBS
5/7/2017

Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) had 22 points and 11 assists as the Baloncesto Liberia beat the Colegio de Abogados 70-54 on Saturday night to get their first win of the season. Marcos Castrillo (201-F, college: W.New Mexico) and Felix Lixmark were a combined 7 for 29 from the field and 3 for 15 from 3-point range, leaving Bradford to lead Liberia. Colegio de Abogados led early in the second quarter, but Liberia went on a 15-6 run and never trailed again. Bradford and Castrillo hit back to back threes to give Liberia a 62-50 lead with 3:04 left. Liberia will face the top club in Costa Rica in Coopenae ARBA San Ramon next Saturday night.



Barva lands Justin Dobbins, ex As Seeb - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Ferreteria Brenes Barva (LBS) landed 30-year old American center Justin Dobbins (203-87kg-87, college: E.Michigan). He moved there from As Seeb in Omani D1 league where he played this season. The last summer Dobbins played at 25 de Agosto in Uruguayan Ascenso. In 14 games he averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1bpg.
Among other achievements he won Uruguay Metropolitan League championship title in 2014. Dobbins received also Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League Player of the Year award and Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Dobbins experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dobbins has played previously professionally in Argentina (La Union), Switzerland (Starwings), United Kingdom (Worcester Wolves), Venezuela (Gigantes) and Uruguay (Defensor, Goes and U Universitario).
He attended Eastern Michigan University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Zoric, Cibona17.4 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.9 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Sakic, Cibona6.7 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
 10. Zganec, Cedevita5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Reynolds, Cibona5.3 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.3 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona1.9 
 5. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona0.9 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Cibona, Cedevita with the break in semi-finals Game 1 - by Zeljko Zule

Both home teams lost Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series. Regular season champion GKK Sibenik was defeated by Cibona 67-70 and second ranked Split was outscored by Cedevita 78-97.

GKK Sibenik (1) - Cibona (4) 67-70 (Cibona lead series 1-0): Five points was the largest lead for either team until late in the third quarter. Cibona used a 9-0 run two 3-pointers from Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) to go up 61-52, the largest margin of the contest early in the fourth quarter. Sibenik responded with five straight points to ignite a 12-3 run for a 65-64 lead with 46 seconds left. Cibona re-take a lead on a jumper by Luka Zoric (211-C-84) and, on the next possession, Sibenik's Teo Petani (190-G-88) missed a 3-pointer. Cibona grabbed a defensive rebounds and Luka Zoric (211-C-84) was fouled. He made both free throws to make it 68-65 with seven seconds to go. Sibenik called the time-out to set up the final play. Roko Badzim (197-G-97) made a bad pass and Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) drew a foul for Cibona. He hit both shots to seal the win.
Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 22 points for Cibona, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) 18, Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) 12 on shooting 4-of-6 behind the 3-point arc and Marin Rozic (201-F-83) added 12 points. Cibona's five bench players combined for just six points. Sibenik outrebounded Cibona 39-33, picking up 14 offensive boards, but shot just 35-percent (13-of-37) from 2-point range. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) finished with 14 points including four 3-pointers, Izzet Turkyilmaz (212-F/C-90) came off the bench for 11 points and Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) scored 11 points.
Game 2 will be played in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Split (2) - Cedevita (6) 78-97 (Cedevita lead series 1-0):
Cedevita trailed just at 21-22 early in the second quarter and took control of the lead behind a 13-0 run for a 44-25 lead before the halftime break. The visiting team scored 11 straight points including three 3-pointers early in the third quarters to extend their advantage to 60-34.
Cedevita shot 14-of-26 (54-percent) from the 3-point line. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) scored 21 points including five 3-pointers, Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) both finished with 16 points, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds and Toni Katic (188-PG-92) had 13 points and 10 assists. Split was led by Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) with 17 points, Mate Kalajzic (187-PG-98) 16 and Josip Jukic (207-F/C-96) 14.
Game 2 will be held in Zagreb on Thursday.



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Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2017 - by Chris Mammides

Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team 2017
Tre Bussey
Bussey
Kenny Barker
Barker
Mohamed Abukar
Abukar
Primoz Brezec
Brezec
Terell Parks
Parks

Player of the Year: Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos
Co-Guard of the Year: Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos
Co-Guard of the Year: Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel
Co-Forward of the Year: Tomislav Petrovic (202-F-85) of AEK
Co-Forward of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos
Center of the Year: Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK
Rookie of the Year: Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Promitheas
Newcomer of the Year: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos
Domestic Player of the Year: Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88) of Keravnos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Michael Simon (185-G-92) of Keravnos
Bosman Player of the Year: Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK
Import Player of the Year: Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos
Defensive Player of the Year: Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos
Coach of the Year: Christoforos Livadiotis of Keravnos

1st Team
G: Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel
G: Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos
F: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos
F/C: Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK
C/F: Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos

2nd Team
PG: Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK
F: Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88) of Keravnos
PG: Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos
PF: Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK
F: Tomislav Petrovic (202-F-85) of AEK

Honorable Mention
Jarvis Ray (198-G-90) of Enosis
Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Promitheas
Michael Simon (185-G-92) of Keravnos
Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel
Andreas Sizopoulos (192-G-83) of AEK
Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84) of Apoel
Robert Brown (196-G-92) of Apoel
Maxie Esho (206-F-91) of Ramat Hasharon
Georgios Neophytou (193-G-83) of Keravnos
George Theocharides (203-PF-85) of Keravnos
Panagiotis Markou (189-G-96) of Keravnos
Brandon Mobley (206-F-91) of Apoel
Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis
Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis

All-Imports Team
G: Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel
G: Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos
F: Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos
PG: Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos
C/F: Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos

All-Defensive Team
PG: Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos
SF: Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel
F/C: Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK
F: Jake O'Brien (206-F-89) of Keravnos
C/F: Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of Keravnos



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.16.8 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.3 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.3 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.5 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.7 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek26.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B26.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.1 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice21.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 7. Streba, USK P.18.6 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.3 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.4 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.2 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.8 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Bubak, Vysocina8.9 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.8.7 
 7. Streba, USK P.8.6 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.5 
 9. Novak, Vysocina8.4 
 10. Voslajer, Zlin8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.7.7 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.6 
 3. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.4 
 4. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 5. Dlugos, Nymburk B4.1 
 6. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.1 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.0 
 8. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 9. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
 10. Jancik, Havirov3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.2 
 3. Novak, Vysocina2.1 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 5. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 6. Slechta, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.0 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
 10. Svoboda, Nymburk B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 8. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 9. Roub, Pardubice0.8 
 10. Schinko, Basket K.0.8 


NBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Decin and Nymburk record wins - by Eurobasket News

BK Decin - BK Pardubice 66-65

BK Decin nipped Pardubice to take 3-1 lead in the series. BK Decin made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Radek Necas (206-80) scored 4 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: L.Autrey 11+8reb+6ast, J.Wall 11+5reb, D.Pandula 10+6reb, O.Kohout 9+4reb, V.Pulpan 9+3reb+1ast, D.Burnett 7+3reb
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 16+4reb+3ast, L.Palyza 16+3reb+2ast, P.Houska 13+10reb, R.Landa 8+6reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 4+1reb+1ast, S.Jezek 2
gschID: 545330


BK Opava - CEZ Nymburk 66-79

CEZ Nymburk upset BK Opava for the third win in the semifinal series. CEZ Nymburk outrebounded BK Opava 39-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. BK Opava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who scored that evening 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) supported him with 21 points. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) did not help to save the game for BK Opava. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 14+3reb+1ast, R.Kouril 14+3reb+3ast, V.Bujnoch 12+5reb+1ast, M.Kvapil 7+6reb+1ast, J.Blazek 6+2reb, F.Zbranek 6+4reb
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 21+2reb+1ast, B.Allen 15+6reb+3ast, H.Sant-Roos 13+5reb+4ast, E.Lawrence 12+4reb+2ast, P.Benda 11+7reb, S.Holt 5+7reb
gschID: 545329





Sokol Hradec Kralove claim 1Liga title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Sokol H.K. - Nymburk B 97-91

Sokol Hradec Kralove earned 1Liga title. They prevailed against Nymburk B in the title game on Sunday. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded Nymburk B 42-28 including 19 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 9 rebounds. David Sirek (195-91) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) answered with 40 points (!!!) and Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Nymburk B.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: O.Peterka 32+9reb+2ast, D.Sirek 15+6reb+6ast, S.Faifr 10+5reb+2ast, P.Majerik 9+8reb+1ast, T.Kirsbaum 8+7reb, L.Maly 8+1reb+2ast
Nymburk B: M.Svoboda 40+4reb, L.Stegbauer 20+10reb+3ast, T.Dlugos 18+4reb+10ast, M.Kolar 7+3reb+3ast, F.Novotny 6+2reb+1ast, M.Stafl 0+2reb
gschID: 546397

3-4 Place
Loko Plzen - Slavoj Litom. 81-93

Slavoj Litom. celebrated the 1Liga Bronze. They overcame Loko Plzen in the consolation final. Slavoj BK Litomerice looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Loko Plzen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) produced 24 points and 5 assists and guard Martin David (195-97) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Sotnar 20+1reb+5ast, A.Alic 18+2reb+4ast, M.Klimes 12+4reb+1ast, A.Zampach 12+9reb+1ast, M.Bambas 7+4reb+1ast, M.Klouda 6+1reb
Loko Plzen: K.Riha 24+2reb+5ast, M.David 16+5reb+5ast, V.Honomichl 15+3reb+3ast, J.Suchy 13+1reb+1ast, J.Lejsek 8+8reb+4ast, S.Partyngl 3+6reb+1ast



NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. BK Decin and BK Opava celebrate wins - by Eurobasket News

BK Decin - BK Pardubice 74-54

BK Decin beat Pardubice to take 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. BK Decin outrebounded BK Pardubice 42-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. BK Pardubice was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 6 points and 5 assists and point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96, agency: Diamond Sports) added 10 points respectively for BK Pardubice in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 20+8reb+2ast, L.Palyza 17+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 10+5reb+3ast, R.Landa 7+8reb+4ast, T.Pomikalek 6+4reb, O.Siska 5+4reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: V.Pulpan 10+3reb+1ast, D.Pandula 9+3reb+1ast, J.Wall 9+1reb+2ast, L.Autrey 6+4reb+5ast, L.Kotas 6+2reb, D.Burnett 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545328


BK Opava - CEZ Nymburk 80-76

BK Opava held off CEZ Nymburk to narrow the deficit. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 assists. The former international guard Radim Klecka (189-90) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five BK Opava players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) with 18 points and 5 assists and Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 18+3reb+6ast, R.Klecka 15+8reb+3ast, F.Zbranek 14+4reb+1ast, V.Cvek 12+4reb+2ast, V.Bujnoch 10+6reb, R.Dragoun 6+1reb
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 18+2reb+5ast, H.Sant-Roos 16+6reb+3ast, P.Benda 10+7reb+1ast, K.Hall 9+5reb+1ast, J.Welsch 9+6reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545327





1Liga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Nymburk B and Sokol HK enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Slavoj Litom. - Nymburk B 77-78

Nymburk B snatched a narrow road win over Slavoj Litom. to advance into 1Liga Final. Guard Theodor Dlugos (183-97) fired 26 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: T.Dlugos 26+1reb+6ast, M.Svoboda 17+9reb+1ast, M.Ivan 12+2reb, L.Stegbauer 11+9reb+2ast, M.Kolar 5+3reb+2ast, E.Kotasek 4
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 17+9reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 14+1reb+5ast, A.Zampach 14+3reb+1ast, A.Alic 13+1reb+1ast, J.Zbroj 9+4reb, M.Basta 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 545259


Sokol H.K. - Loko Plzen 75-63

Sokol Hradec Kralove held off Loko Plzen to enter Final. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 38-22 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Four Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) added 19 points in the effort for BK Loko Plzen.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: S.Faifr 19+2reb+2ast, O.Peterka 14+8reb+2ast, P.Majerik 11+11reb+1ast, P.Andres 10+1reb+6ast, T.Kirsbaum 7+3reb, M.Honzak 6+3reb
Loko Plzen: M.Volf 19+2reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 17+4reb+4ast, J.Kovanda 12+4reb, J.Lejsek 6+5reb+2ast, K.Riha 5+1reb+1ast, J.Suchy 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545258





Bullets add Holt to their roster, ex CEZ Nymburk - by Eurobasket News

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Stephen Holt (193-88kg-91, college: St.Mary's, CA). He already started the season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 14 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0apg last season. Holt also played that season for Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 17 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Holt's team won Czech Republic Cup.
He is quite experienced player. Holt's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Holt tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Spain (Andorra), Australia (United) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Holt attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thunder Win On The Road Over Hickory - by Scott Ludwig

On the road for the eighth time this season, Thunder Nation headed to Hudson, NC. The Carolina Thunder had one goal in mind, and that was to win, which they earned 137-129.

Hickory Hoyas standout Justin Glover (6'3''-G) torched the Thunder for 55 points. It wasn't enough though. The Thunder got the victory after some timely scoring from Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) and the hot shooting of Deshawn Bethea and Andrew Crawford (6'4''-G, college: Benedict). Mr. Shaw, playing his first game this season, got thrown into the fire from opening tip-off. Having a major player didn't affect the chemistry of the team. Everybody knows what Jay-Boy (Jaylen Shaw's nickname) brings to the table. He made everyone's job easier.

Andrew Crawford was an early target for some of the Shaw's dimes as he connected on 6-14 behind the arc. Super sub Bethea continued the onslaught, once he entered the game. Behind the arc, he went 6-of-11. Overall, Bethea was 9-15 to the tune of 25 points.

This game changed, once the bench mob entered. They scored 42 points in the second quarter alone.

The action continued in the third with Glover working his magic again. Midway through the quarter, Coach Page went back with the bench mob. The unit of Bobby Crawford (6'3''-G, college: Rice), Bethea, Anthony Keane (6'3''-G, college: Hartwick), Trey James (6'6''-F), and Brandon Page controlled the game, putting clamps on Glover.

The Thunder was in control again to start the fourth, up by twenty. In the ECBL, a twenty-point lead isn't safe. Page knows this so during the game he went back with his starters, and it proved to be a mistake as Glover and the Hoyas went on a run. scoring ten quick points. At this point, tension began building on the Thunder's bench. Knowing how they have had trouble closing out games with this being their first year in league play, Page called a timeout. That's why having a backcourt of Jarvis Williams (5'11''-PG) and Jay-Boy worked favorably. J. Will (Jarvis Williams' nickname) shot 8-8 on the charity stripe, with four of them in the closing of game play. The Hoyas did cut the lead to five, but Jay-Boy obliterated the hope of the Hoyas with a tough layup down the stretch.

There were many key performances. Trey James and Devontae Washington. James added to being one of the league leaders in rebounding with sixteen rebounds. The league leader in blocked shots, which is Washington, continued to host a block party with four private celebrations. Keane had nine points, six assists, and four steals. Bethea added 25 points, two steals, and five assists. J. Will contributed 12 points and five assists.

Carolina Thunder (4-4) is off until May 19 for the all Pee Dee Showdown against Florence Wildcats (2-3) in Hartsville, SC, the Thunder will be playing near their home. Florence is the host team, but after travelling two hours or more every weekend, the Thunder will enjoy this game.



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Liga MB Round 36: Halcones defeat Cojute in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Sixth-ranked Cojute (13-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Halcones (19-6) in Sonzacate on Thursday. Halcones managed to secure only three-point victory 106-103. However their fans expected easier game. Halcones forced 22 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording 45 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Tre Brewer (196-90, college: Youngstown St.) who added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 16 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Cojute at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Brujos Izalco (21-4) against fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (17-8) on Friday night. Visiting Brujos Izalco was crushed by Isidro Metapan in Metapan 100-70. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. The winners were led by Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who scored that evening 48 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 9 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Edwin Mijares supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 17 assists. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) did not help to save the game for Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan maintains fourth position with 17-8 record. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against league's leader Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brujos Izalco will play against Santa Ana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked San Miguel managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Santa Ana 101-83. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that San Miguel was well-prepared to that game. The best player for the winners was Jordan Johnson who had a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Tyrone Butler who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. San Miguel (6-19) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Giants and Arcense. Loser Santa Ana keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. San Miguel will meet higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santa Ana will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (22-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Arcense (6-19) 95-77. It was a good game for Oreste Torres who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. They have an impressive five-game winning streak. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 22-3 record. Arcense at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Santa Tecla's next round opponent will be Isidro Metapan (#4) at home. Arcense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Giants.
The game in La Union was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Canarios (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked El Rapido (13-12). Canarios defeated El Rapido 100-90 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Reginald Brown who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 26 rebounds and 4 assists. Canarios maintains fifth position with 15-9 record. Loser El Rapido keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Canarios will face Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador in the next round. El Rapido will play against Sonsonate and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 36: Cojute lost to Quezaltepeque on the opponent's court 90-104. Halcones outscored 11 Lobos in a home game 105-80. Sonsonate recorded a loss to Giants on the road 89-86.

San Miguel - Santa Ana 101-83

Bottom-ranked San Miguel managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Santa Ana 101-83. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference proves that San Miguel was well-prepared to that game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Ana's 54. They outrebounded Santa Ana 57-45 including a 41-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. San Miguel looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) who had a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists. Josue Cruz chipped in a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Tyrone Butler (193-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Erick Guevara added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Miguel (6-19) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Giants and Arcense. Loser Santa Ana keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. San Miguel will meet higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Santa Ana will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
San Miguel: J.Cruz 29+13reb+2ast, N.Ezeamii 21+14reb+7ast, J.Johnson 18+19reb+15ast, H.Jaimes 15+3reb+3ast, E.Guzman 8+1reb+1ast, J.Guillen 6+5reb+3ast
Santa Ana: T.Butler 31+12reb+5ast, E.Guevara 23+7reb+7ast, T.Dowdell 16+8reb+7ast, V.Sandoval 11+6reb+1ast, D.Pena 2+12reb+4ast, E.Molina 0
gschID: 537116


El Rapido - Canarios 90-100

The game in La Union was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Canarios (15-9) played at the court of 7th ranked El Rapido (13-12). Canarios defeated El Rapido 100-90 on Saturday. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Reginald Brown (202-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 26 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) who added 31 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Canarios maintains fifth position with 15-9 record. Loser El Rapido keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Canarios will face Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador in the next round. El Rapido will play against Sonsonate and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Canarios: W.Hepburn 31+11reb+8ast, D.Lawson 26+2reb+6ast, R.Brown 21+26reb+4ast, W.Quijano 11+2reb+3ast, I.Sandoval 7+4reb+1ast, A. Gross Ruano 2+1ast
El Rapido: M.Guevara 28+7reb+3ast, E.Ishman 27+14reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 16+2ast, E.Ramirez 10+13reb+2ast, M.Lopez 7+6reb+4ast, C.Marquina 2+3reb
gschID: 537113


Quezaltepeque - Cojute 104-90

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Cojute (13-11) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Quezaltepeque (11-13) 104-90 on Saturday. Quezaltepeque forced 23 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) who added 30 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Quezaltepeque maintains eighth position with 11-13 record. Loser Cojute keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Quezaltepeque will face bottom-ranked San Miguel (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 38+10reb+8ast, A.Cacho 30+5reb+9ast, N.Drayton 19+21reb+2ast, L.Portal 8+2reb+3ast, D.Bairez 5+2reb+6ast, R.Miranda 4+2reb+3ast
Cojute: A.Moe 31+19reb+5ast, B.Golden 24+8reb+8ast, S.Sill 20+7reb+3ast, J.Quintanilla 8+2reb+3ast, B.Garcia 4+6reb+2ast, B.Reyes 3+2reb
gschID: 537115


Halcones - 11 Lobos 105-80

Very predictable result in Sonzacate where third ranked Halcones (19-6) smashed 11th ranked 11 Lobos (9-15) 105-80 on Saturday. Halcones forced 21 11 Lobos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists and the other American import Tre Brewer (196-90, college: Youngstown St.) who added 26 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 8 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the tenth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 34+4reb+9ast, T.Brewer 26+10reb+2ast, J.Araujo 20+6reb+4ast, R.Miller 13+18reb+5ast, A.Merino 7+4reb+2ast, J.Angulo 3+5reb+5ast
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 37+12reb+3ast, J.Romeus 16+7reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 10+3reb+5ast, M.Montavious 8+18reb+4ast, K.Campos 5+2reb, G.Galdamez 2+1reb
gschID: 537118


Giants - Sonsonate 89-86

There was an upset in San Salvador where higher ranked Sonsonate (9-15) was edged by fourteenth ranked Giants (6-19) 89-86 on Saturday. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) who added 29 points, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with San Miguel and Arcense. Sonsonate lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Arcense.
Top scorers:
Giants: L.Escoto 29+3reb+6ast, J.Milton 21+15reb+2ast, M.Brooks 18+4reb+4ast, C.Flores 8+3reb+1ast, J.Kirksey 7+4reb+4ast, J.Lopez 3+2reb+1ast
Sonsonate: T.Vansdell 29+6reb+1ast, A.Rojas 25+13reb+2ast, M.Gudino 15+17reb+3ast, M.Lahud 13+1reb+4ast, J. Guerra 4, Y.Haiti 0
gschID: 537117


Santa Tecla - Arcense 95-77

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (22-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Arcense (6-19) 95-77. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Arcense's 30. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Arcense's players. It was a good game for Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) who led his team to a victory with 28 points. Oscar Rivera (190-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) replied with 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) added 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Arcense. They have an impressive five-game winning streak. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 22-3 record. Arcense at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Santa Tecla's next round opponent will be Isidro Metapan (#4) at home. Arcense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Giants.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 28+4reb+2ast, C.Arias 14+8reb, O.Rivera 11+6reb+12ast, R.Martinez 11+8reb+4ast, E.Escalante 9+1reb+4ast, J.Mancia 8+7reb
Arcense: B.Thompson 35+8reb+4ast, L.Birdsong 27+13reb+5ast, R.Cardona 6+2reb+1ast, S. Willis 4+4reb+2ast, M.Erazo 3+2reb, J.Reyes 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 537114


Isidro Metapan - Brujos Izalco 100-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Brujos Izalco (21-4) against fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (17-8) on Friday night. Visiting Brujos Izalco was crushed by Isidro Metapan in Metapan 100-70. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Brujos Izalco's 40. They outrebounded Brujos Izalco 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Isidro Metapan players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. The winners were led by Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who scored that evening 48 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 9 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 17 assists. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) did not help to save the game for Brujos Izalco. His fellow American import guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Isidro Metapan maintains fourth position with 17-8 record. Brujos Izalco at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Isidro Metapan will play against league's leader Santa Tecla on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Brujos Izalco will play against Santa Ana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: D.James 48+9reb+9ast, E.Mijares 15+5reb+17ast, J.Colorado 13+5reb+2ast, K.Palmer 12+12reb, H.Navas 8+8reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 4
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 23+9reb, C.Blake 15+6reb+4ast, A.Navarrete 8, M.Flores 6+1reb+8ast, T.Elliott 6+5reb, R.Mendez 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537111


Halcones - Cojute 106-103

Sixth-ranked Cojute (13-11) gave a tough game to third ranked Halcones (19-6) in Sonzacate on Thursday. Halcones managed to secure only three-point victory 106-103. However their fans expected easier game. Halcones forced 22 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording 45 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Tre Brewer (196-90, college: Youngstown St.) who added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 16 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds. Halcones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-6 record having just three points less than leader Santa Tecla. Cojute at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 45+6reb+4ast, T.Brewer 22+8reb+5ast, J.Araujo 18+5reb+3ast, R.Miller 9+18reb+4ast, J.Angulo 6+2reb+3ast, R.Figueroa 3+5reb+2ast
Cojute: B.Golden 39+5reb+16ast, A.Moe 29+9reb+2ast, S.Sill 27+20reb+2ast, B.Garcia 4+13reb+1ast, J.Quintanilla 2+5reb+2ast, L.Quintanilla 2+1reb
gschID: 537110





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

21-year old swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Izalco and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Chalchuapa (#7, 4-9) 69-57. Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean league. They are still close to the very top. Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. Thomas just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rosemont College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 46.2ppg and is league's best passer with 9.8apg. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 19.2rpg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 61.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ronald Flores of top-ranked Marquense. He is a in his second season at Marquense. In the last game Flores recorded impressive 30 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he led Marquense to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Thunder (#4, 8-5) 115-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Marquense consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 11-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Flores is well-known at Marquense and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Diego Ferrin of Thunder (#4). Ferrin scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Ferrin's great performance Thunder lost 68-115 to #1 ranked Marquense. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Thunder needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Ferrin has a great season in El Salvador. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 39 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 13 points and 12 rebounds
6. Kevin Gutierrez) of Marquense - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Julio Barrera (173-PG-90) of Marquense - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jose Gonzalez (83) of ADB - 11 points and 9 rebounds
9. Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) of Marquense - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Carlos Sorto) of Marquense - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Liga Superior Round 13: Izalco loses to San Marcos in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Izalco. Their biggest opponent host Izalco (9-2) lost to third ranked San Marcos (10-3) 97-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Izalco. It was a key game for the second position in the league. San Marcos dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Izalco's 52. They outrebounded Izalco 49-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Eduardo Recinos (192-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and Milton Martinez (-88) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Izalco's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. San Marcos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Izalco at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. San Marcos are looking forward to face Biomedical (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Izalco will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Biomedical managed to get a third victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Chalchuapa 73-50. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference suggests that Biomedical is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Salvador Bonilla nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Carlos Pineda accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) came up with 24 points for Chalchuapa in the defeat. Biomedical (3-10) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ADB. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Biomedical will play against higher ranked Thunder (#4) in San Salvador in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalchuapa will have a break next round.
The game in Santa Tecla was also quite interesting. 5th ranked ABA (6-7) played at the court of sixth ranked ExSAL ST (6-6). ExSAL ST defeated ABA 89-77 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. Rafael Rivas fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jonathan Zometa produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for ExSAL ST. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser ABA dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. ExSAL ST will meet at home league's leader Marquense in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABA will play against the league's leader Marquense (#1) in San Marcos and hope to secure a win.
Third ranked San Marcos (10-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Ausoles (2-9) by 47 points 98-51, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Aldo Cantor who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for San Marcos. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Ausoles lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. San Marcos' next round opponent will be Biomedical (#9) and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 13 Thunder won against Ausoles on the opponent's court 88-80.

San Marcos - Ausoles 98-51

Third ranked San Marcos (10-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Ausoles (2-9) by 47 points 98-51, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. San Marcos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Ausoles' 30. San Marcos forced 20 Ausoles turnovers and outrebounded them 61-37 including a 44-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Ausoles' players. San Marcos brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Aldo Cantor (-99) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Francisco Escobar (-93) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four San Marcos players scored in double figures. Forward Marcos Baltrons (189-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Rene Miranda (182-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ausoles. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for San Marcos. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Ausoles lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. San Marcos' next round opponent will be Biomedical (#9) and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: J.Rivas 14+3reb, R.Miranda 13+7reb+3ast, M.Baltrons 12+10reb+5ast, C.Aguilar 7+7reb+1ast, J.Orellana 5+5reb+2ast, B.Cabrera 0+5reb+2ast
San Marcos: L.Gomez 16+4ast, F.Escobar 16+6reb+2ast, A.Cantor 14+15reb+6ast, V.Artiga 14+5reb+3ast, E.Recinos 11+11reb, R.Diaz 10+3reb+7ast
gschID: 544839


ExSAL ST - ABA 89-77

The game in Santa Tecla was also quite interesting. 5th ranked ABA (6-7) played at the court of sixth ranked ExSAL ST (6-6). ExSAL ST defeated ABA 89-77 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. ExSAL ST forced 19 ABA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ExSAL ST made 10 blocks. Forward Rafael Rivas (197-98) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Eduardo Cabrera (174-94) chipped in 17 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Four ExSAL ST players scored in double figures. Jonathan Zometa produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Jonathan Roque added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for ExSAL ST. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser ABA dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. ExSAL ST will meet at home league's leader Marquense in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABA will play against the league's leader Marquense (#1) in San Marcos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ABA: J.Zometa 41+11reb+4ast, J.Roque 22+3reb+4ast, E.Sosa 5+6reb, C.Javier Antonio 3+5reb, A.Ojeda 2+7reb+1ast, I.Martinez 2+2reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: R.Rivas 18+10reb+3ast, E.Cabrera 17+4reb+9ast, B.Marroquin 14+8reb+2ast, D.Lawes 14+8reb+2ast, J.Villalobos 13+5reb+4ast, W.Melendez 7+7reb+10ast
gschID: 544846


Biomedical - Chalchuapa 73-50

Bottom-ranked Biomedical managed to get a third victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Chalchuapa 73-50. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference suggests that Biomedical is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chalchuapa's 22. They outrebounded Chalchuapa 45-29 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Biomedical players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Salvador Bonilla nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) came up with 24 points and Jonathan Villalobos added 11 points respectively for Chalchuapa in the defeat. Biomedical (3-10) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ADB. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Biomedical will play against higher ranked Thunder (#4) in San Salvador in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalchuapa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: F.Carcamo 24+2reb+1ast, J.Villalobos 11+3reb+3ast, F.Garcia 9+4reb+1ast, M.Rodriguez 2+7reb+1ast, M.Barrera 2+5reb+1ast, W.Olmos 2+2ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 26+5reb+2ast, S.Bonilla 17+16reb+5ast, C.Herrera 14+2reb+4ast, N.Cordero 9+8reb+3ast, I.Campos 5+4reb+4ast, E.Pacas 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544845


Izalco - San Marcos 88-97

The game between Top Four teams took place in Izalco. Their biggest opponent host Izalco (9-2) lost to third ranked San Marcos (10-3) 97-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Izalco. It was a key game for the second position in the league. San Marcos dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Izalco's 52. They outrebounded Izalco 49-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Eduardo Recinos (192-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and Milton Martinez (-88) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds. Five San Marcos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) responded with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and guard Jorge Landaverde (181-85) scored 12 points. Izalco's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. San Marcos have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Izalco at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. San Marcos are looking forward to face Biomedical (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Izalco will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 40+11reb+3ast, J.Landaverde 12+3reb, J.Crespin 10+1ast, V.Maya 8+5reb, M.Padilla 5+2reb, H.Vigil 5+2reb+1ast
San Marcos: L.Gomez 25+4reb+1ast, M.Martinez 18+11reb+2ast, E.Recinos 16+16reb, F.Escobar 13+4reb, R.Diaz 12+4reb+1ast, A.Cantor 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544844


Ausoles - Thunder 80-88

Very expected game in Ahuachapan where 10th ranked Ausoles (2-9) were defeated by fourth ranked Thunder (8-5) 88-80. It was a very good performance for Diego Ferrin who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Samuel Diaz contributed with 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marcos Baltrons (189-81) answered with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Rene Miranda (182-87) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ausoles. Ausoles' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Thunder maintains fourth place with 8-5 record. Ausoles lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Thunder's next round opponent will be Biomedical (#9) which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: R.Miranda 22+7reb+2ast, M.Baltrons 20+8reb+5ast, R.Palacios 8+2reb+8ast, J.Rivas 8, K.Ramirez 7+2reb, G.Caceres 5+2reb+1ast
Thunder: S.Diaz 32+8reb, D.Ferrin 31+12reb+5ast, M.Aguilera 10+8reb+1ast, D.Aguilar 7+8reb, J.Leon 4+6reb+2ast, O.de Leon 2+1reb+5ast
gschID: 544843





Liga MB Round 37: Leader Santa Tecla loses to Isidro Metapan - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Santa Tecla (22-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (18-8) 90-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Tecla's 34. Isidro Metapan forced 22 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Isidro Metapan made 7 blocks. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) fired 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Isidro Metapan went down to seventh position due to points difference. Santa Tecla at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santa Tecla will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in , where 7th ranked El Rapido (13-13) lost to tenth ranked Sonsonate (10-15) in a road game 82-91. Worth to mention a great performance of Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Manuel Gudino contributed with 21 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for El Rapido. Despite that victory Sonsonate went down to thirteenth position due to points difference. El Rapido lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. Sonsonate will play against Arcense (#17) in San Salvador in the next round. El Rapido will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ahuachapan. Local Canarios (16-9) beat 9th ranked Denver-FAS (10-14) 122-111 on Sunday night. The game was dominated by American players. David Lawson stepped up and scored 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. At the losing side Thomas Alexander responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Denver-FAS's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Canarios went down to eighth position due to points difference. Loser Denver-FAS dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Canarios will meet higher ranked Halcones (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denver-FAS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Giants.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from San Salvador: Giants (#14) and Arcense (#13). Arcense was defeated at home 75-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was also dominated by American players. Macari Brooks nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Despite that victory Giants went down to fifteenth position due to points difference, which they share with Santa Ana. Arcense at the other side dropped to the seventeenth place with 20 games lost. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Denver-FAS.

In the last game of round 37 Brujos Izalco defeated Santa Ana in a road game 98-87.

Santa Tecla - Isidro Metapan 85-90

Top ranked Santa Tecla (22-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (18-8) 90-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Tecla's 34. Isidro Metapan forced 22 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Isidro Metapan made 7 blocks. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) fired 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and Oscar Rivera (190-80) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Isidro Metapan went down to seventh position due to points difference. Santa Tecla at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Brujos Izalco. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santa Tecla will play at home against Quezaltepeque (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 26+5reb+3ast, O.Torres 17+6reb+2ast, T.Nix 16+6reb, O.Rivera 13+10reb+5ast, C.Arias 5+8reb+2ast, A.Arias Serrano 4+3reb+3ast
Isidro Metapan: D.James 38+7reb+2ast, K.Palmer 19+17reb+1ast, J.Colorado 14+5reb+2ast, E.Mijares 13+7reb+15ast, H.Navas 6+2reb+1ast, L.Barrios 0
gschID: 537121


Canarios - Denver-FAS 122-111

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ahuachapan. Local Canarios (16-9) beat 9th ranked Denver-FAS (10-14) 122-111 on Sunday night. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) stepped up and scored 43 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) chipped in 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the losing side Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Emerson Castaneda (190, college: Point Loma) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Canarios and four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. Denver-FAS's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Canarios went down to eighth position due to points difference. Loser Denver-FAS dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Canarios will meet higher ranked Halcones (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denver-FAS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Giants.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 22+2reb+1ast, E.Castaneda 20+7reb+1ast, T.Alexander 20+6reb+4ast, O.Akingkube 15+4reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 15+1reb+2ast, J.Maria Rivas 8+4reb+1ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 43+5reb+9ast, W.Hepburn 31+9reb+7ast, R.Brown 18+10reb+2ast, I.Sandoval 15+4reb+3ast, W.Quijano 11+3reb+1ast, A. Gross Ruano 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 537124


Sonsonate - El Rapido 91-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in , where 7th ranked El Rapido (13-13) lost to tenth ranked Sonsonate (10-15) in a road game 82-91. Sonsonate made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. El Rapido was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for El Rapido. Despite that victory Sonsonate went down to thirteenth position due to points difference. El Rapido lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. Sonsonate will play against Arcense (#17) in San Salvador in the next round. El Rapido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 27+18reb+4ast, M.Guevara 23+10reb+5ast, M.Lopez 14+7reb+1ast, M.Benavides 6+3reb+1ast, E.Ramirez 5+3reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 5+1ast
Sonsonate: T.Vansdell 36+9reb+2ast, M.Gudino 21+18reb+3ast, M.Lahud 17+2reb+5ast, A.Rojas 9+10reb+4ast, J.Rivera 6, J. Guerra 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537123


Arcense - Giants 75-84

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from San Salvador: Giants (#14) and Arcense (#13). Arcense was defeated at home 75-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) accounted for 19 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) came up with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) added 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Arcense in the defeat. Despite that victory Giants went down to fifteenth position due to points difference, which they share with Santa Ana. Arcense at the other side dropped to the seventeenth place with 20 games lost. Giants' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Salvador Denver-FAS.
Top scorers:
Arcense: B.Thompson 37+5reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 19+14reb+4ast, D.Hernandez 9+3reb+8ast, S. Willis 6+15reb+3ast, J.Reyes 2+3reb+1ast, M.Erazo 2
Giants: M.Brooks 32+14reb+2ast, L.Escoto 24+7reb+5ast, J.Milton 19+17reb+1ast, J.Kirksey 7+4reb+2ast, G.Sosa 2+6reb, L.Paredes 0
gschID: 537122


Santa Ana - Brujos Izalco 87-98

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Santa Ana (7-19) was defeated at home by second ranked Brujos Izalco (22-4) 98-87. Brujos Izalco forced 19 Santa Ana turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American players dominated the game. Guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) accounted for 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Tyrone Butler (193-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) added 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Santa Ana in the defeat. Despite that victory Brujos Izalco went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Santa Tecla. Santa Ana lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost. Brujos Izalco's next round opponent will be Cojute (#9) in Cojutepeque which should be theoretically an easy game. Santa Ana will play at home against 11 Lobos (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: T.Butler 31+12reb+5ast, T.Dowdell 27+11reb+5ast, E.Guevara 11+7reb+2ast, D.Pena 9+7reb+1ast, V.Sandoval 7+3reb+3ast, E.Molina 2+2reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 37+7reb+1ast, C.Blake 28+12reb+9ast, R.Mendez 11+6reb+2ast, D.Thompson 10+10reb+4ast, A.Navarrete 5, M.Flores 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537120





Salvadorean Liga MB round 36 best performance: Duane James - by Eurobasket News

Spanish-American Forward Duane James (196-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Isidro Metapan, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (48 points, nine rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Brujos Izalco (#5, 22-4) with 30-point margin 100-70. Thanks to this victory Isidro Metapan moved-up to the 7th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Isidro Metapan will need more victories to improve their 18-8 record. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Isidro Metapan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Binghamton University star has very solid stats this year. James is in league's top in points (9th best: 25.3ppg) and averages impressive 52.3% FGP. Worth to mention James played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute. Golden had a very good evening with a double-double of 39 points and 16 assists. Bad luck as Cojute was edged by the higher-ranked Halcones (#6, 19-6) 106-103. This loss caused Cojute to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Golden is one of the most experienced players at Cojute and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 9.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Haitian forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) of 11 Lobos (#14). Antoine got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Antoine's great performance 11 Lobos lost 80-105 to the higher-ranked Halcones (#6, 19-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antoine could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Antoine has a very solid season. In 21 games in El Salvador he scored 21.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 27 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 38 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 45 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Josue Cruz) of San Miguel - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 31 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
10. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 21 points, 15 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)



Santa Tecla signs Tavarion Nix, ex Kabayan - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla BC (Liga MB) signed American small forward Tavarion Nix (201-93kg, college: Midwestern State). He moved there from Kabayan in Thailand TBL league where he started the season. In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 15.3rpg (#3 in the league), 2.1apg, 1.1spg and 1.4bpg this season. Great year as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Thailand Basketball League 2nd Team.
Nix won El Salvador Liga Mayor Apertura championship title in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in El Salvador (Brujos Izalco) and Vietnam (Can Tho Catfish).
Nix graduated from Midwestern State in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.7 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.2 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bristol, Kataja B.7.6 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.3 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.1 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.6 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 6. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Korisliiga Round 3 of Finals. Salon Vilpas post first victory - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - Kataja Basket 76-74

Salon Vilpas outgunned visiting Kataja Basket to narrow the deficit 1-2 in the Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Joensuun Kataja won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Salon Vilpas won last quarter 22-21. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 19 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 19+6reb+5ast, A.Coleman 16+8reb+4ast, O.Jarvi 9+6reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 8+1reb+2ast, M.Pounds 8+1reb, M.Ojala 7+5reb+2ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 19+3reb+2ast, J.Bradley 18+7reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 9+2reb, D.Mullings 7+6reb+3ast, K.Bristol 6+8reb, T.Rannikko 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 545463





Korisliiga Round 4 of Finals. Kataja Basket clinch third victory - by Eurobasket News

Kataja Basket - Salon Vilpas 96-90

Kataja Basket outgunned Salon Vilpas at home court to take 3-1 lead in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-90. Joensuun Kataja made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Salon Vilpas 34-22 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) produced 22 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: T.Rannikko 29+2reb+10ast, J.Bradley 17+3reb, D.Mullings 14+9reb+2ast, K.Bristol 13+9reb+2ast, R.Brown 13+5reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 9+4reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 22+4reb+7ast, A.Coleman 18+4reb+4ast, D.Williams 14+5reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 11+4reb, M.Ojala 8+1reb, B.Edwards 7+2reb
gschID: 545464





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  FRANCE  


Martin Hermannsson claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Icelandic Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Charleville and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding two rebounds and six assists for Charleville in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denain (#12, 14-17) 76-67. Charleville maintains the 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 18-13 record. In the team's last game Hermannsson had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Charleville's top player in his first season with the team. Long Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hermannsson is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.7ppg. Hermannsson is in league's top in assists (7th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain. Cazenobe impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Denain lost that game 67-76 to the higher-ranked Charleville (#3, 18-13). Denain managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-17 record. Cazenobe is a newcomer at Denain and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Youssoupha Fall (221-C-95) of Poitiers (#6). Fall scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Poitiers, leading his team to a 84-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Boulogne (#17, 12-19). Poitiers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 14 lost games. Fall has a great season in France. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 66.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brad Waldow (208-C-91) of Provence Basket - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 16 points and 9 rebounds
6. Eric Boateng (208-C-85) of Blois - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Bill Clark (196-F-88) of Roanne - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Garrett Sim (188-PG-90) of Bourg - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 14 assists
10. Malela Mutuale (188-PG-91) of St Quentin - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists

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



NM1 Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Quimper, Souffel and RAC Basket become semifinalists - by Eurobasket News

Quimper - Chartres 76-64

Quimper held off Chartres to reach the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Quimper UJAP. UB Chartres was better in fourth quarter 24-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Thomas Prost (180-96) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) with 13 points and 5 assists and power forward Harry Disy (200-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Quimper: M.Tensorer 16+5reb+4ast, D.Burke 14+5reb+1ast, T.Prost 14+3reb+5ast, K.Mondesir 9+5reb+4ast, J.Bluntt 8+2reb+2ast, R.Temgoua 6+3reb+1ast
Chartres: T.Toney 14+3reb, O.Romain 13+3reb+5ast, H.Disy 11+5reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 9+1reb+3ast, K.Bichard 6+5reb+4ast, J.Mitchell 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 545944


Souffel - ALS Basket 81-66

Souffel outgunned ALS Basket to secure the semifinal birth. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. ALS Basket was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALS Basket to just 5 points in first quarter. Souffelweyersheim dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to ALS Basket's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by ALS Basket's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Fabien Ateba (192-91) helped adding 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) scored 8 points.
Top scorers:
Souffel: V.Correia 15+2reb+3ast, A.El Gazhi 14+4reb, G.Staniulis 13+10reb+1ast, R.Kayembe 11+1reb+3ast, F.Ateba 9+9reb+5ast, E.Mendy 7+3reb+2ast
ALS Basket: P.Blackwell 26+13reb+1ast, J.Brooks 10+1reb, N.Kovanusic 8+3reb+3ast, T.Ben Aissou 5+1reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 5+2reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 545945


Challans - RAC Basket 92-94

RAC Basket upset Challans on the road to stay in the playoffs title hunt. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-22 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Rueil shot 61.7 percent from the field. Rueil outrebounded Vendee Challans 33-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. It was a good game for forward Karim Gourari (204-89) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Matthew Gibson (195-84) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for Vendee Challans. Five Rueil and four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: K.Gourari 17+8reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 15+2reb+2ast, W.Felder 14+9reb+2ast, Y.Solle 13+2reb, L.Sambe 13+6ast, R.Anderson 12+9reb+1ast
Challans: E.Monceau 21+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 17+4reb, M.Gibson 16+1reb+8ast, I.Saounera 15+2reb+2ast, D.Cox 8+4reb+1ast, D.Gentil 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 545946





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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. Labovic, Karpos S.16.5 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 7. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 8. Perry, Karpos S.13.8 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.6 
 10. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.5 
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. Labovic, Karpos S.6.4 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 7. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.7 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.4 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 8. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 9. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 10. Petrovski, Feni I.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perry, Karpos S.2.0 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 6. Brown, Kumanovo1.3 
 7. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Labovic, Karpos S.1.3 
 9. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.1 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 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. Magdevski, Feni I.0.4 
 10. Talevski, Pelister.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. MZT Skopje and Karpos Sokoli post wins - by Eurobasket News

Kumanovo - MZT Skopje 88-93

MZT Skopje rallied past Kumanovo for the second straight win in the series. Kumanovo was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-39 second half run of MZT Skopje. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Kumanovo 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. International forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!).
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 24+4reb+4ast, M.Janevski 23+7reb+3ast, R.Pekovic 13+6reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 9+1reb, M.Pekovic 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Brown 7+3reb+4ast
MZT Skopje: C.Kloof 25+4reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 18+6reb+1ast, X.Thames 15+2reb+3ast, J.Lalic 15+7reb+2ast, D.Mijatovic 10+9reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 6+5reb
gschID: 546305


Karpos Sokoli - Rabotnicki 90-79

Karpos Sokoli held off Rabotnicki for 2-0 lead. The game without a history. Karpos Sokoli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Karpos Sokoli's coach Dragan Nikolic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rabotnicki. Five Karpos Sokoli and four Rabotnicki players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: G.Cekovski 26+5reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 18+5reb+2ast, N.Misanovic 14+9reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 11+2reb+9ast, D.Mirakovski 8+6reb+2ast, V.Efremovski 2
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 20+7reb+4ast, D.Zekovic 15+3reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 12+7reb+1ast, D.Mavra 11+3reb+4ast, K.Perry 11+5reb+6ast, D.Sokolov 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546304





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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, Ratiopharm18.2 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Mayo, Telekom Bsk16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.8 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen15.0 
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, Ratiopharm7.0 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 6. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.3 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.2 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 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. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 7. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.6 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 10. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 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, MBC16.5 
 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. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. 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 


Mitteldeutscher BC lift ProA trophy - by Eurobasket News

MBC - Oettinger R. 84-62

MBC are crowned ProA champions. They rolled past Oettinger Rockets in Game 2 of the title series to complete the sweep. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 22. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mitteldeutscher BC made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and Estonian guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
MBC: S.Kerusch 27+12reb, A.Warren 15+3reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 11+8reb, D.Johnson 7+3reb+3ast, T.Hinz 6+6reb+4ast, A.Zazai 4+1reb+2ast
Oettinger R.: K.Kullamae 15+2reb+1ast, R.Oehle 13+13reb+2ast, E.Allen 11+4reb, D.Hicks 8+1ast, G.Gomila 6+2reb+3ast, J.Schmidkunz 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546017





The Miles Basketball Minute: BBL Playoff Preview FC Bayern Munich-Alba Berlin 3:0 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Who could forget the amazing one on one battle last season in the easyCredit BBL cup semi final in Munich between Jordan Theodore and Jordan Taylor as the Jordan's produced a duel on the court that wasn't near as great as the game 2 Thomas 53 and Wall 40 point performances this week in the NBA, but for German fans they gave their all as Taylor went on to the final leading his team past the home team FC Bayern Munich and gave Alba Berlin their third cup in four years while Theodore would get revenge on Taylor in the playoffs and win his title with the Fiba Europe Cup. However after the gratifying German cup win against FC Bayern Munich, their season abruptly ended there as mentally and physically they have been a totally different team which somehow carried into this season. Last season Alba Berlin closed out the season in poor fashion having a very unsatisfactory 6-6 record and then got majorly embarrassed by the Fraport Skyliners as they got swept out of the Fraport arena as the only thing missing from their flight home to Berlin was unearthing the supermarket bags to cover their faces as they landed back at Tegel in Berlin. Except for a very potent run from November to February this season where they won 12 of 13 games including 10 in a row, it has been a very inconsistent season and especially since that run, the club has played under their worth losing 9 of 14 games as many have been wondering what has happened to the once mighty Alba Berlin that once won 7 titles in a row? This poor run from February to the playoffs has that parallel from last season as they stunk up BBL buildings until the end of the season. There are some guys that have won cup titles with Alba Berlin like Elmeden Kikanovic, Ismet Akpinar or Akeem Vargas who has two and even Nils Giffey owns one, but he has something else that none of them have. Giffey is only one of 13 players that has ever won two NCAA titles with UConn and with ex ratiopharm Ulm guard Lee Humphrey the only two that have won two and balled in the BBL. Now would be the perfect time for Giffey to remember his title runs with Uconn in 2011 and 2014 with top point guards Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier and let some of that special inspiration carry over to his teammates, because if their play doesn't drastically change to the better and become more consistent then Alba Berlin could experience back to back sweeps and getting the Munich broom treatment is a lot more bitter than that of Frankfurt.

Alba Berlin have the budget and talent this season to have been a top 3 team, but instead have underachieved and there are some reasons for that. Even if former head coach Ahmet Caki is an up and coming coach in Europe, his hiring was a misunderstanding. He did a good job during the huge winning streak, but as soon as the losses started to pile in, he lost influence on his team and couldn't reach them anymore. The club also wasn't put together as well as it had been in past years as they also had an influx of players coming and going which didn't help build it's team chemistry either and injuries also took it's toll on the teams's nerves. Even if the team is ninth in the BBL in points allowed giving up 80 on average, the club is worlds apart from the defensive intensity and success of the Sasa Obradovic teams that took pride on the defensive end. Caki who was recently replaced with Thomas Pach and the Turk was never able to place a sound defensive structure that his team understood and could successfully transpose on to the court. The team gives up seven points more than last season. The team also has struggled rebounding the ball as it is only 13th in getting defensive boards. The club does have positives as it boasts a top filled roster from top to bottom, but a majority of the players just haven't been able to perform at a consistent level. Club top scorer Elmeden Kikanovic has grown into a top center in Europe and the offense revolves around him in the paint. With top defensive player Akeem Vargas who nobody likes to go one on one with, athletic flyer Malcolm Miller, sniper Niels Giffey and point guard Gerald Robinson, the team has a nice starting five, but none that can seriously compete with FC Bayern Munich in a five game series. They have a lot of quality from the bench with ex NBA player Tony Gaffney, Spanish Endesa veteran Carl English, ex Turkish national player Engin Atsur and German Ismet Akpinar who is allowed to start games on occasion. Strengths of Alba Berlin is their offense as they average 81 points per game which is sixth best in the BBL which allows them to move the ball well as they are second in assists with 20 per game. They also have nerves of steal at the free throw line as they shoot 80%. They also only have a near satisfactory record against all playoff teams as they couldn't steal a win from Ulm, Munich or Bamberg, but swept Ludwigsburg and beat Bayreuth, Bonn and Oldenburg.

Fc Bayern Munich have quietly had a very strong season as they finished in third place and got lost in the hoopla around ratiopharm ulm that allowed them just to play basketball and leave any kind of pressure on the back burner. They have demonstrated solid consistency this season winning 11 of their first 12 games and then had their worst month going 2-2, but in 2017 are the best team having a 15-1 record ousting ratiopharm ulm and Bamberg who both have lost two games in 2017. They also have a super record against every playoff team having beat every team at least once and swept Alba Berlin and Ludwigsburg. The club kept top players Maxi Kleber, captain Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86, agency: BeoBasket), Anton Gavel and Nihad Djedovic. Club CEO Marko Pesic did a fantastic job hauling in the right pieces as team chemistry was established and a solid team identity. This team could compete with Brose Bamberg as having the deepest roster in the BBL. The club has the money and can pretty much get who they want bringing in guys like ex Fraport Skyliner Danilo Barthel, ex NBA player Nick Johnson, 2016 top France Pro A player Devin Booker, ex Euroleague player Reggie Redding, and Serbian national player and 2014 Eurocup winner Vladimir Lucic. The biggest strength of FC Bayern Munich is their overpowering offense as they achieve the second most points in the BBL with 86, are the best shooting team from the field at 52% and dish out the most assists at 22. However one always looks first at the offense, but they share just as much pride on the defensive end with their effort giving up only 69 points per game second best in the BBL.

It's Fc Bayern who are playing their best basketball of the season meeting Alba Berlin who are playing their worst basketball of the season. Alba Berlin lost in the cup semi-final to FC Bayern Munich 76-70, but their two pathetic performances in the regular season can't be hidden as they stunk up the house losing by a combined score of 63 points and FC Bayern Munich had their number holding them to 57 points per game. FC Bayern Munich crushed Alba Berlin at home 97-58 where they dominated from the two point range making 35 of 49 shots, won the rebounding duel and forced Alba Berlin to 18 turnovers. In the return game in Berlin, FC Bayern Munich won easily again 80-56 where they shot well again, dominated the boards and held Alba Berlin to the big goose egg from outside 0/15. With all due respect to Alba Berlin, but they have about as much chance of winning this series as Steph Curry getting lost in Las Vegas and missing game 3 in Utah. The absences of Peyton Siva (Club hopes he can play in game one) and Dragan Milosavlevic hurt the club to the highest degree. FC Bayern Munich took advantage of Alba Berlin's two weaknesses in the two regular season games annoying them with their lethal offense and just embarrassing them on the glass. FC Bayern Munich have the weaknesses on the offensive glass and having that point guard that can't decide a game in crunch time. Both problems have been taken care of with the signings of beast Maik Zirbes to clean up the boards properly and floor general Dru Joyce. Joyce might not be that overpowering scoring point guard like a Malcolm Delaney or Justin Cobbs, but that playmaker at heart that the team was missing. People should stop making this point guard that has to score in crunch time an issue. The club has enough other scoring options that can always decide a game. FC Bayern Munich will waltz into the semi-final as Alba Berlin will be swept for the second consecutive playoffs.



Weissenhorn celebrate ProB title - by Eurobasket News

Karlsruhe PS - Weissenhorn 71-77

Weissenhorn claimed ProB title. They defeated Karlsruhe PS on the road by six points to win the championship series on aggregate. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. Weissenhorn Youngstars' coach Daniel Jansson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) added 18 points and 8 assists in the effort for Karlsruhe PS.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: J.Talbert 22+7reb+4ast, D.Kreis 18+4reb+8ast, O.Parker 14+12reb, D.McDuffie 7+1ast, E.Curth 6+2reb, J.Mampuya 4+3reb+1ast
Weissenhorn: N.Mittmann 24+6reb+1ast, M.Pongo 17+7reb+5ast, M.Omuvwie 13+6reb+3ast, D.Kramer 10+3reb, B.Rohwer 7+6reb, B.Benke 3+1reb
gschID: 545397





Review of BBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

B.Muenchen - ALBA 95-68

Bayern coasted past ALBA in the opener. Bayern Muenchen forced 20 ALBA Berlin turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points. American swingman Reggie Redding (195-88, college: Villanova) contributed with 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 8 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Malcolm Miller (200-93, college: Holy Cross) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ALBA Berlin. 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:
B.Muenchen: R.Redding 17+1reb+2ast, N.Djedovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 13+3reb, B.Taylor 12+1reb+1ast, V.Lucic 12+3reb+3ast, A.Gavel 7+2reb+1ast
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 11+1reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 11+1ast, G.Robinson 10+2reb+2ast, M.Miller 10+5reb+3ast, E.Atsur 9+2reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 545852


Ratiopharm - Ludwigsburg 93-96

Ludwigsburg snatched a tough road win over regular season winners Ratiopharm Ulm in the opener. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach John Patrick used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: R.Trice 25+3reb+4ast, D.Kennedy 21+5reb+3ast, J.Cooley 13+10reb, C.Toppert 12+2reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 10+1reb+4ast, J.Thiemann 7+3reb+1ast
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 21+10reb, C.Babb 18+6reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 18+2reb+6ast, A.Rubit 12+11reb+1ast, C.Prather 10+4reb+1ast, T.Braun 8+2reb
gschID: 545851


Brose Bask. - Telekom Bsk 92-93

Telekom Baskets shocked Brose Baskets in Bamberg in Game 1. Telekom Baskets made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 25 points and 9 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and international Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Brose Baskets in the defeat. Four Telekom Baskets and five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 25+3reb+9ast, K.Horton 17+12reb+1ast, J.Gamble 16+5reb+2ast, R.Thompson 12+1reb+4ast, O.Silins 10, Y.Polas Bartolo 7+3reb+2ast
Brose Bask.: N.Melli 21+10reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 17+1reb+5ast, D.Theis 14+9reb, F.Causeur 11+7reb+2ast, J.McNeal 10+1reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545850


Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 83-85

EWE Baskets nipped Bayreuth on the road to gain the lead. EWE Baskets shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) fired 12 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Belgian Maxime De-Zeeuw (206-87) chipped in 19 points. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Five EWE Baskets and four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: M.De Zeeuw 19+4reb, V.Duggins 18+2reb+1ast, R.Paulding 12+2reb+3ast, C.Kramer 12+7reb+9ast, F.Massenat 10+2reb+7ast, P.Schwethelm 9+1reb+1ast
Bayreuth: A.Marei 20+11reb+1ast, J.Lewis 17+1reb+3ast, R.Amaize 13+4reb, D.Brooks 10+2reb, N.Linhart 8+7reb+7ast, S.Wachalski 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545849





Ratiopharm Ulm tab Tim Ohlbrecht Until 2020 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The guy certanly has achieved just about everything a basketball player wants to having played in the NBA with Houston, won back to back D-league titles, a BBL title and played for big bucks in Russia, but at age 28, Tim Ohlbrecht (210-F/C-88) has matured and found a real home in Ulm and despite having missed more than half the season due to injury, ratiopharm Ulm have displayed much trust in his talent and charachter and extended his contract until 2020 which would give him 5 years with the team at the end of his contract. The 2016 BBL finalist announced the contract extension yesterday. Ohbrecht who is a 2 time BBl all star started his professional basketball career with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and also played with Bamberg, Bonn, and Frankfurt in the BBL was having a great season before his injury averaging 12,4ppg and 4,4rpg and had also found his touch from outside shooting 43,7% and in the Europe cup averaging 9,1ppg and 3,1rpg.#

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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.7 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.8 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.8 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.4 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.9 
 9. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.8 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.8 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.2 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.9 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Skordilis, Faros7.0 
 8. Rutkauskas, Iraklis7.0 
 9. Koutroulias, Holargos7.0 
 10. Prodromou, Arkad.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros5.2 
 6. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.2 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas5.0 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.1 
 2. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 3. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.5 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 9. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 10. Redikas, Arkadikos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.2 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 10. Stolis, Doxa Pefkon0.6 


A2 Round 30: Panionios beat Doukas to clinch A1 promotion - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A2 just ended.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#1) and Doukas (#3). Panionios (26-4) smashed visiting Doukas (25-5) by 25 points 83-58. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Panionios outrebounded Doukas 39-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Doukas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Tasos Dimitriadis (204-82) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 26-4 record, which they share with Iraklis. Doukas at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Pagrati (2-28) was outscored by eleventh ranked Arkadikos (12-18) 103-67. It was a good game for forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Ioannis Karamalegkos contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Arkadikos' coach Ioannis Diamantakos felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Andreas Skoufis (191-98) replied with 24 points for Pagrati. Arkadikos moved-up to tenth place, which they share with AE Larissas. Pagrati lost twentieth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kavala was crushed by Ethnikos in Piraeus 73-52. Irakleio was beaten by Holargos at home 60-73. Aiolos Astakou won against Doxa Pefkon on the opponent's court 73-65. Psychiko outscored GS Larissas in a home game 98-66. Amyntas Dafnis was rolled over Iraklis on the road 82-50. AE Larissas was defeated by Faros on its own court 80-94.

Pagrati - Arkadikos 67-103

The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Pagrati (2-28) was outscored by eleventh ranked Arkadikos (12-18) 103-67. Arkadikos dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pagrati's 30. They outrebounded Pagrati 55-23 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pagrati was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. Point guard Ioannis Karamalegkos (191-94) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Prodromou is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Arkadikos' coach Ioannis Diamantakos felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Andreas Skoufis (191-98) replied with 24 points and swingman Iaonnis Lekakis (196-90, college: Rochester, MI) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pagrati. Arkadikos moved-up to tenth place, which they share with AE Larissas. Pagrati lost twentieth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: A.Skoufis 24+4reb+3ast, I.Lekakis 20+4reb+4ast, S.Lympereas 10+6reb, K.Ezomo 8+6reb+1ast, G.Kontogiorgas 4+2reb, E. Tzorbatzakis 1
Arkadikos: G.Prodromou 26+16reb+3ast, S.Tsougarakis 17+8reb+2ast, I.Karamalegkos 15+9reb+5ast, K.Garbis 13+2ast, D.Pinis 11+1reb, M.Spiridakis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 494002


Ethnikos - Kavala 73-52

There was no surprise in Piraeus where 12th ranked Kavala (10-20) was crushed by eighth ranked Ethnikos (16-14) 73-52. It was a good game for swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Estonian point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Polish-American guard Andy Mazurczak (188, college: Wisc.-Parkside, agency: Duran International) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sokratis Gkelios (200-95) added 5 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Kavala. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ethnikos moved-up to seventh place. Kavala at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Doxa Pefkon.
Top scorers:
Kavala: A.Mazurczak 15+5reb+2ast, C.Kelaidis 10+4reb+5ast, S.Koumlelis 9+7reb+1ast, E.Erevbenagie 7+4reb+4ast, S.Gkelios 5+14reb+1ast, A.Dialo 4+4reb
Ethnikos: N.Kokkalis 19+8reb+2ast, R.Laane 17+3reb, P.Martzos 14+4reb+1ast, K.Oikonomopoulos 8+3reb+3ast, K.Macheras 5+8reb+2ast, M.Kazakos 4
gschID: 493998


Irakleio - Holargos 60-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Holargos (17-13) defeated on the road 14th ranked Irakleio (7-23) 73-60. Holargos dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Irakleio's 26. It was a good game for forward Nikos Angelopoulos (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Naturalized Australian guard Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (185-85) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Alexandros Petrakis (200-87) replied with 17 points and guard Themis Koupidis (198-84) added 13 points in the effort for Irakleio. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Holargos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 17-13 record. Irakleio lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: A.Petrakis 17, T.Koupidis 13+1reb+2ast, K.Pallis 8+5reb+1ast, I.Lianos 8+6reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 7+2reb+1ast, P.Tserkitsoglou 3
Holargos: N.Angelopoulos 20+4reb+1ast, N.Bochoridis 12+1reb+2ast, T.Tzakopoulos 11+6reb+4ast, A.Kallinikidis 9+7reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 8+8reb+2ast, S.Gizogiannis 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 494001


Doxa Pefkon - Aiolos Astakou 65-73

Very expected game when 13th ranked Doxa Pefkon (10-20) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Aiolos Astakou (19-11) 73-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Doxa Pefkon won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aiolos Astakou had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Nikos Katsares (189-83) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Aiolos Astakou's coach Michael Koutalianos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Norwegian forward Karamo Jawara (203-91, college: N.C.Central) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Apostolos Naoumis (198-93) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Doxa Pefkon. Four Doxa Pefkon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou maintains fifth position with 19-11 record. Doxa Pefkon at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Kavala.
Top scorers:
Doxa Pefkon: A.Naoumis 13+2reb+4ast, D.Chatzikyriakidis 11+3reb+2ast, D.Kalampakas 11+4reb+1ast, K.Jawara 10+13reb+5ast, D.Geromichalos 6+1reb+6ast, N.Diplaros 5+1reb+1ast
Aiolos Astakou: N.Libaris-Psomas 17+10reb+1ast, F.Koumpouras 12+2reb+4ast, A.Gizogiannis 10+6reb+1ast, N.Katsares 9+6reb+4ast, S.Papadionysiou 6+2reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 493997


Panionios - Doukas 83-58

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Panionios (#1) and Doukas (#3). Panionios (26-4) smashed visiting Doukas (25-5) by 25 points 83-58. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Panionios outrebounded Doukas 39-23 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Doukas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Tasos Dimitriadis (204-82) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and Spanish center Guillem Rubio (202-82) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Panionios have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 26-4 record, which they share with Iraklis. Doukas at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Doukas: G.Koukas 14+5ast, A.Kiritsis 13+2reb+1ast, G.Rubio 10+6reb+1ast, A.Kanonidis 6+5reb, P.Kafkis 4+2ast, D.Kompodietas 3+2reb
Panionios: F.Alihodzic 19+5reb, T.Dimitriadis 16+3reb+5ast, M.Matalon 13+4reb+5ast, M.Pelekanos 12+7reb+2ast, V.Sakellariou 8+2reb+1ast, N.Michalos 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 494004


Psychiko - GS Larissas 98-66

Very predictable result in Athens where ninth ranked Psychiko (14-16) outscored 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-25) 98-66. Psychiko dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to GS Larissas' 34. Psychiko forced 19 GS Larissas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (195-90) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Lefteris Chrysos (191-97) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Psychiko players scored in double figures. Coach Nikos Remendelas's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) replied with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points in the effort for GS Larissas. Psychiko maintains ninth position with 14-16 record. GS Larissas lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
GS Larissas: S.Gioulekas 29+8reb+5ast, A.Spyropoulos 19+4reb+2ast, E.Bebis 7+3reb+5ast, R.Tsourakis 4+11reb+1ast, S.Tsoumas 3+5reb, L.Heretidis 2+2reb+2ast
Psychiko: S.Smajlagic 19+8reb+1ast, L.Chrysos 15+2reb+1ast, T.Nikou 10+5ast, N.Papanikolaou 10+2reb+4ast, V.Mouratos 8+1reb+8ast, C.Iordanou 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 494003


Iraklis - Amyntas Dafnis 82-50

Not a big story in a game in Thessaloniki where 7th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (15-15) was outplayed by second ranked Iraklis (26-4) 82-50. Iraklis dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Amyntas Dafnis' 18. They outrebounded Amyntas Dafnis 42-21 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. Swingman Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Spyros Diamantopoulos (197-83) replied with 13 points and forward Andriano Topalis (201-87) added 6 points in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Iraklis keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Panionios. Newly promoted Amyntas Dafnis dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: S.Diamantopoulos 13+4reb, T.Vardianos 7+1reb, C.Barbas 6+1reb+2ast, A.Topalis 6+4reb+1ast, I.Angelopoulos 4+2reb+5ast, P.Dorkofikis 3+1reb
Iraklis: D.Kalaitzidis 17+4reb+2ast, K.Totsios 16+4reb+4ast, M.Giannakidis 11+3reb, Y.Gagaloudis 9+2reb+2ast, V.Angelakopoulos 8, S.Chrysopoulos 6+1ast
gschID: 494000


AE Larissas - Faros 80-94

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Faros (24-6) won against on the road 10th ranked AE Larissas (12-18) 94-80. Faros made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 AE Larissas turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Swingman Giannis Papachristos (190-80) replied with 16 points and guard Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-93) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for AE Larissas. Five Faros and four AE Larissas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Faros have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 24-6 record. AE Larissas lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos.
Top scorers:
AE Larissas: G.Papachristos 16+4reb+1ast, M.Politis 14+4reb+2ast, T.Tsiloulis 12+3reb+5ast, N.Tsoutsos 10+2reb, S.Thorsteinsson 9+5reb+2ast, G.Staboulis 8+2reb+1ast
Faros: G.Skordilis 19+13reb+2ast, V.Karaboulas 17+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 14+2reb+3ast, S.Katoufas 13+5reb, K.Kakaroudis 11+6reb, C.Petrodimopoulos 9+7reb
gschID: 493999





Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 1st Team 2017
Yannis Gagaloudis
Gagaloudis
Dimitriou Athanasios
Athanasios
Vaggelis Karaboulas
Karaboulas
Fahro Alihodzic
Alihodzic
Kostas Macheras
Macheras


Player of the Year: Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Iraklis
Co-Guard of the Year: Thomas Nikou (185-PG-80) of Psychiko
Co-Guard of the Year: Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas
Co-Forward of the Year: Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Holargos
Co-Forward of the Year: Nikos Barlos (203-F-79) of Panionios
Center of the Year: Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Ethnikos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89) of Panionios
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) of Doukas
Domestic Player of the Year: Demos Vangelis (200-C-83) of Kymis
Newcomer of the Year: Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) of Iraklis
Rookie of the Year: Antonis Sklivas (203-F-95) of Kavala
Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) of Arkadikos
Co-Coach of the Year: Nikos Ekonomou of Panionios
Co-Coach of the Year: Vangelis Alexandris of Iraklis

1st Team
G: Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) of Iraklis
G/F: Dimitriou Athanasios (196-G/F-88) of APOP
SF: Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-SF-81) of Faros
C: Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89) of Panionios
C: Kostas Macheras (205-C-85) of Ethnikos

2nd Team
G: Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas
PG: Thomas Nikou (185-PG-80) of Psychiko
F: Nikos Barlos (203-F-79) of Panionios
C: Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) of Doukas
C: Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Holargos

3rd Team
PG: Leonidas Zoupas (182-PG-82) of Amyntas Dafnis
G: Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) of Aiolos Astakou
F: Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) of Arkadikos
C: Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87) of Faros
C: Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) of Arkadikos

Honorable Mention
Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-PG-86) of Faros
Giorgos Koukas (180-PG-85) of Doukas
Nikos Liakopoulos (188-PG-83) of Faros
Fanis Koumpouras (185-PG-83) of Aiolos Astakou
Dimitris Geromichalos (185-PG-95) of Doxa Pefkon
Christian Koutras (189-G-88) of GS Larissas
Sotiris Gioulekas (203-F-79) of GS Larissas
Nikos Kokkalis (198-G/F-85) of Ethnikos
Paraskevas Martzos (197-F/G-85) of Ethnikos
Marios Matalon (186-G-89) of Panionios

All-Defensive Team
G/F: Dimitriou Athanasios (196-G/F-88) of APOP
F: Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) of Arkadikos
C: Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of AE Larissas
F: Antonis Sklivas (203-F-95) of Kavala
C: Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Holargos

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Ethnikos
C: Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89) of Panionios
PF: Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-PF-92) of Iraklis
G: Andy Mazurczak (188-G) of Kavala
C: Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) of Doukas



Giannis Prodromou claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Giannis Prodromou (196-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Arkadikos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Pagrati (#16, 2-28) with 36-point margin 103-67. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Arkadikos maintains the 11th position in Greek A2. Arkadikos is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-18 record. In the team's last game Prodromou had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Arkadikos' top player in his first season with the team. Giannis Prodromou averages this season 13.1ppg and 6.6rpg. Worth to mention Prodromou played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-F-79) of GS Larissas. Gioulekas impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as GS Larissas lost that game 66-98 to the higher-ranked Psychiko (#9, 14-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. GS Larissas keeps 15th position. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories GS Larissas managed to get this year. Gioulekas is a newcomer at GS Larissas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#5). He also registered 4.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87, agency: Diamond Sports) of Faros (#4). Skordilis scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Faros, leading his team to a 94-80 easy win against the lower-ranked AE Larissas (#10, 12-18). Faros is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 24-6 record is not that bad... Skordilis has a great season in Greece. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ioannis Karamalegkos (191-PG-94) of Arkadikos - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Karamo Jawara (203-F-91) of Doxa Pefkon - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-C-84) of Aiolos Astakou - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Nikos Kokkalis (198-G/F-85) of Ethnikos - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sven Smajlagic (195-G-90) of Psychiko - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Iraklis - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tasos Dimitriadis (204-C-82) of Panionios - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 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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Eredivisie Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Third victory for Zwolle versus Leiden - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leiden 84-78

Zwolle held off Leiden to take 3-2 advantage in the semifinal series. Zwolle forced 20 Leiden turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) who scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Daviyon Draper (201-94, college: FIU, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Leiden players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Tiller 27+7reb+9ast, C.Vette 16+9reb+1ast, O.Schaftenaar 13+3reb+2ast, N.Oudendag 8+4reb+2ast, J.Yoho 7+5reb, K.Hyland 6+3reb
Leiden: D.Draper 24+10reb+1ast, J.Voorn 12+3reb+4ast, T.Koenis 11+10reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 10+9reb+4ast, R.Jansen 9+1reb+7ast, F.Versteegh 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 545959





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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Williams, Aspac27.2 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 4. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 5. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya22.3 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 10. Irving, Pelita Jaya17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.2 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.0 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda9.0 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.5.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Williams, Aspac4.8 
 7. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.3 
 8. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 9. Jewell, Satria Muda4.1 
 10. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Irving, Pelita Jaya2.3 
 5. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Wisnu, Satria Muda1.9 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 8. White, Pelita Jaya1.7 
 9. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.7 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 


Pelita Jaya celebrate IBL title - by Eurobasket News

Satria Muda - Pelita Jaya 62-72

Pelita Jaya fired past Satria Muda in the decisive third game of the championship series to conquer IBL title. The game was mostly controlled by Pelita Jaya. Satria Muda managed to win fourth quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Satria Muda 54-37 including a 41-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Jamaican forward Kore White (205-89, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists. American point guard Martavious Irving (185-90, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Carlos Smith (206-90, college: Bowie St.) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Hardianus Hardianus (175-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Satria Muda. Satria Muda's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: C.Smith 14+9reb, H.Hardianus 12+8reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 9+8reb+1ast, T.Jewell 7+2reb+3ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 7+5reb+3ast, J.Kokodiputra 5+1reb+3ast
Pelita Jaya: K.White 25+18reb+7ast, R.Pamungkas 13+5reb+3ast, A.Prasetyo 13+4reb+2ast, M.Irving 9+12reb+3ast, D.Wenas 4+2reb+1ast, F.Achmad 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546332





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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 Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.0 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.9 
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.5.7 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 7. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 8. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 9. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.4 
 10. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 6. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
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. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 


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

24-year old forward Darion Atkins (203-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Hapoel Holon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Maccabi K/G (#12, 4-26) with 28-point margin 100-72. Hapoel Holon maintains the 2nd position in Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Holon will need more victories to improve their 20-10 record. Atkins turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Virginia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Atkins is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kevinn Pinkney (207-F/C-83, agency: Pro Sports) of Maccabi Haifa. He is American forward in his first season at Maccabi Haifa. In the last game Pinkney recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Haifa was edged by the higher-ranked Bnei Hertzeliyya (#4, 17-13) 96-94. This loss caused Maccabi Haifa to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pinkney is one of the most experienced players at Maccabi Haifa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) of Maccabi Rishon (#7). Zalmanson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi Rishon, leading his team to a 91-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#11, 12-18). Maccabi Rishon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 15 lost games. Zalmanson has a very solid season. In 30 games in Israel he scored 7.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Orr Leumi (192-SG-96) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Josh Selby (188-PG-91) of Maccabi K/G - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tyrone Nash (203-PF-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Patrick Richard (196-G/F-90) of Maccabi Rishon - 17 points and 5 assists
8. John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91) of Maccabi Haifa - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Avi Ben-Chimol (194-PG-85) of Maccabi Rishon - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 18 points, 9 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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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.8 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Della-Valle, Grissin.15.8 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.7 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Lawal, Banco d.7.1 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 7. Moore, The F.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.5 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.9 
 3. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 9. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.0 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. MBaye, Enel B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Smith, Roseto24.4 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.6 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.0 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
 10. Raffa, Roma Virtus18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 6. Mortellaro, Chieti9.2 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.0 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Golden, Chieti4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Tavernelli, Lighthou.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 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. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
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. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .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, Cassino19.6 
 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, Cassino10.9 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 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. Arrigoni, Omegna8.7 
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, Campli5.2 
 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. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 8. Busco, Patti1.9 
 9. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 10. Nobile, Padova0.8 


Italian Serie A round 30 best performance: Dominique Sutton - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dolomiti En. TR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Scandone AV (#3, 19-11) 77-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Dolomiti En. TR is placed at 4th position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dolomiti En. TR will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. In the team's last game Sutton had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Dolomiti En. TR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dominique Sutton averages this season 15.7ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Croatian Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of league's second-best Umana VE. Peric had a very good evening with 27 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Umana VE to edge the lower-ranked Banco di Srd (#5, 17-13) 89-85. Umana VE's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-9 record is not bad at all. Peric is one of the most experienced players at Umana VE and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta (#13). Watt scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of JuveCaserta, leading his team to a 77-70 win against the higher-ranked Banco di Srd (#5, 17-13). The chances of JuveCaserta ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watt could help JuveCaserta to bring them higher in the standings. Watt has a great season in Italy. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gani Lawal (205-F/C-88) of Banco di Srd - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Antonio Iannuzzi (208-F/C-91) of Betaland Cdo - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Banco di Srd - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Betaland Cdo - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jamil Wilson (201-F-90) of Auxilium TO - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Terran Petteway (198-F-92) of The Flexx PT - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) of Vanoli CR - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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



Serie A Round 30: Dolomiti En. TR defeats Scandone AV in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie A just ended.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Serie A took place in Trento. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Scandone AV (19-11) to fifth ranked Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Scandone AV. Scandone AV was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Dolomiti En. TR, which allowed them to win the game. Dolomiti En. TR outrebounded Scandone AV 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Dolomiti En. TR have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Scandone AV at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sassari. 4th ranked host Banco di Srd (17-13) lost to second ranked Umana Venezia (21-9) 89-85. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Julyan Stone supported him with 10 points and 10 assists. Even 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Banco di Srd. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-9 record having just two points less than leader EA7 Armani. Banco di Srd at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Grissin Bon RE.
Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a ninth victory on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE 101-91. The best player for the winners was Elston Turner who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Pietro Aradori who recorded 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 9-21 record. Loser Grissin Bon RE dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Banco di Srd.
Serie A top team - Armani Milano (23-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat thirteenth ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 89-71. It was a good game for Richard Hickman who led his team to a victory with 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-7 record. AV Cantu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 19 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Caserta where higher ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta (12-18) 77-70 on Sunday. Mitchell Watt had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Banco di Srd dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Brescia was destroyed by The Flexx PT on the opponent's court 86-62. Betaland Cdo managed to outperform VL Pesaro in a home game 98-88. Enel Brindisi was rolled over Umana VE on the road 86-65. Auxilium TO defeated Openjobmetis V. on its own court 89-76.

The Flexx PT - Brescia 86-62

Very expected game in Pistoia where 11th ranked Brescia (13-17) was crushed by seventh ranked The Flexx PT (15-15) 86-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. The Flexx PT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Brescia's 26. The Flexx PT looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Michele Antonutti (202-86) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and international point guard Luca Vitali (201-86) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The Flexx PT maintains seventh position with 15-15 record, which they share with Betaland Cdo. Newly promoted Brescia dropped to the tenth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 25+6reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 17+3reb, R.Moore 11+3reb+6ast, D.Magro 9+4reb, A.Crosariol 8+4reb+1ast, N.Boothe 6+4reb+2ast
Brescia: M.Landry 13+2reb+2ast, M.Michalak 13+2reb+2ast, C.Burns 11+11reb, F.Bushati 9+2reb+1ast, L.Vitali 9+6reb+6ast, J.Berggren 5+6reb
gschID: 482089


Betaland Cdo - VL Pesaro 98-88

Very predictable result in Capo d'Orlando where ninth ranked Betaland Cdo (15-15) defeated 15th ranked VL Pesaro (10-20) 98-88 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Betaland Cdo. VL Pesaro was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Betaland Cdo shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by VL Pesaro's players. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (208-91, agency: Two Points) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson) with 21 points and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Betaland Cdo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with The Flexx PT. Loser VL Pesaro keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: A.Iannuzzi 24+6reb+2ast, D.Diener 21+3reb+6ast, T.Laquintana 11+5reb+1ast, P.Kikowski 11+2reb+4ast, M.Delas 7+3reb, M.Tepic 7+2reb+4ast
VL Pesaro: L.Nnoko 21+4reb+3ast, M.Thornton 15+1ast, R.Clarke 14+4reb+2ast, J.Hazell 13+3reb+1ast, S.Jasaitis 9+1ast, M.Ceron 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482088


EA7 Armani - AV Cantu 89-71

Serie A top team - Armani Milano (23-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat thirteenth ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 89-71. AV Cantu was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-26 second half run of Armani Milano. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to AV Cantu's 24. Armani Milano forced 20 AV Cantu turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. American forward Jamel McLean (203-88, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Greek forward Patrick Calathes (207-85, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international guard David Cournooh (187-90, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for AV Cantu. Five AV Cantu players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-7 record. AV Cantu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 15+2reb+3ast, K.Simon 13+4reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 13+5reb, M.Macvan 10+4reb+1ast, A.Abass 7+2reb, A.Cinciarini 7+2reb+4ast
AV Cantu: P.Calathes 14+7reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 12+5reb+4ast, J.Johnson 12+3reb+4ast, A.Acker 11+2reb+2ast, S.Parrillo 10+4reb+2ast, Z.Dowdell 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 482087


Umana VE - Enel Brindisi 86-65

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Enel Brindisi (14-16) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Umana Venezia (21-9) 86-65 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-65. Umana Venezia outrebounded Enel Brindisi 38-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Stefano Tonut (194-93) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Robert Carter (206-94, college: Maryland) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese-French forward Amath MBaye (206-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Umana Venezia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-9 record having just two points less than leader EA7 Armani. Loser Enel Brindisi dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 21+5reb+2ast, S.Tonut 12+3reb+4ast, J.Hagins 10+6reb+2ast, A.Filloy 9+1reb, M.Ejim 9+6reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 7+1reb
Enel Brindisi: R.Carter 20+7reb+3ast, P.Goss 14+2reb+3ast, A.M'Baye 12+4reb+4ast, D.Scott 8+3ast, N.Moore 4+2reb+2ast, S.Samuels 4+2reb
gschID: 482086


Auxilium TO - Openjobmetis V. 89-76

There was a small surprise in Torino where twelfth ranked Auxilium TO (13-17) beat 10th ranked Openjobmetis VA (13-17) 89-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Auxilium TO. Openjobmetis VA was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Openjobmetis VA 37-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jamil Wilson (201-90, college: Marquette) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Giuseppe Poeta (191-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Auxilium TO players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) with 16 points and American-Antiguan forward Norvel Pelle (208-93, college: Iona) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Auxilium TO moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Openjobmetis V. and Brescia.
Top scorers:
Auxilium TO: G.Poeta 16+4reb+5ast, J.Wilson 15+9reb+6ast, V.Mazzola 15+6reb+2ast, D.Okeke 13+4reb, R.Hollins 13+5reb+1ast, T.Harvey 5+3reb+1ast
Openjobmetis V.: D.Johnson 16+4reb+3ast, C.Eyenga 13, N.Pelle 11+5reb, E.Maynor 9+4ast, K.Kangur 9+1reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 482085


JuveCaserta - Banco di Srd 77-70

An interesting game took place in Caserta where higher ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta (12-18) 77-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 40-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Juvecaserta dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Srd's 20. American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Juvecaserta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Banco di Srd dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: M.Watt 18+13reb+2ast, J.Bostic 18+2reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 14+6reb, R.Putney 10+6reb, M.Giuri 8+1reb+6ast, L.Johnson 4+6reb+1ast
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 20+7reb+6ast, J.Carter 14+3reb+3ast, G.Lawal 12+11reb, B.Sacchetti 9+5reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 6+1reb, D.Lighty 4+1ast
gschID: 482084


Dolomiti En. TR - Scandone AV 77-75

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Serie A took place in Trento. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Scandone AV (19-11) to fifth ranked Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) 77-75 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Scandone AV. Scandone AV was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Dolomiti En. TR, which allowed them to win the game. Dolomiti En. TR outrebounded Scandone AV 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) scored 20 points. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. Dolomiti En. TR have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Scandone AV at the other side keeps the third position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Sutton 22+14reb+1ast, J.Gomes 15+4reb+1ast, D.Flaccadori 11, D.Hogue 9+12reb+4ast, A.Craft 9+2reb+4ast, A.Forray 6+3reb+2ast
Scandone AV: D.Logan 20+1reb+1ast, A.Thomas 15+4reb+2ast, J.Ragland 14+9reb+4ast, M.Leunen 11+4reb+1ast, R.Obasohan 7+3reb, M.Green 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 482083


Vanoli CR - Grissin Bon RE 101-91

Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a ninth victory on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE 101-91. Grissin Bon RE was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vanoli Cremona made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Elston Turner (195-90, college: Texas A&M) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who recorded 16 points and international Amedeo Della-Valle (192-93, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 9-21 record. Loser Grissin Bon RE dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Banco di Srd.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: F.Mian 19+1reb+1ast, D.Johnson-Odom 18+4reb, P.Biligha 17+6reb+1ast, E.Turner 16+5reb+4ast, R.Gaspardo 12+4reb+2ast, J.Wojciechowski 9+9reb+1ast
Grissin Bon RE: P.Aradori 16+4reb+2ast, A.Della Valle 15+4reb+2ast, A.De Nicolao 10+3reb+5ast, D.Needham 10+2reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 10+5reb+2ast, A.Polonara 8+10reb+2ast
gschID: 482082


Round 29
Banco di Srd - Umana VE 85-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sassari. 4th ranked host Banco di Srd (17-13) lost to second ranked Umana Venezia (21-9) 89-85. It looked good early as Banco di Srd took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Umana Venezia had a 29-10 second period charge getting the lead and Banco di Srd was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-89. Umana Venezia players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Julyan Stone (198-88, college: UTEP) supported him with 10 points and 10 assists. Even 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Banco di Srd. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Umana Venezia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-9 record having just two points less than leader EA7 Armani. Banco di Srd at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Grissin Bon RE.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 27+8reb+1ast, A.Filloy 14+2reb+1ast, M.Ejim 12+6reb, J.Stone 10+4reb+10ast, S.Tonut 8+1ast, M.Bramos 5+4reb+3ast
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 23+5reb+4ast, G.Lawal 22+8reb, D.Lighty 15+2reb+3ast, D.Bell 15+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 4, B.Sacchetti 4+6reb
gschID: 545562





Recap of Serie A2 Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mantova - Tortona 76-61

Mantova rallied past Tortona to narrow the deficit in the series. It was a great evening for swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. The former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Mantova: A.Amici 22+4reb+3ast, J.Giachetti 13+5reb+2ast, F.Candussi 11+5reb+3ast, L.Corbett 8+2ast, L.Gergati 8+2reb, A.Casella 5+5reb
Tortona: P.Greene IV 15+2reb, L.Garri 10+8reb+1ast, M.Sanna 8+2reb, V.Cucci 8+2reb+1ast, G.Cosey 7+6reb+6ast, G.Ricci 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545103


Treviglio - Alma Trieste 81-78

Treviglio outscored Alma Trieste to avoid elimination. 30 personal fouls committed by Alma Trieste helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 4 assists. Swingman Luca Cesana (193-97) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alma Trieste. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 19+3reb+4ast, L.Cesana 17+4reb+2ast, P.Marini 16+2reb+1ast, T.Marino 10+3reb+6ast, E.Rossi 8+9reb, S.Genovese 7+2reb+2ast
Alma Trieste: J.Green 25+7reb+1ast, J.Parks 14+6reb, M.Da Ros 13+6reb+2ast, S.Bossi 11+3reb+2ast, D.Cavaliero 5+3reb+1ast, A.Pecile 4+1reb
gschID: 545102


F.Kontatto BO - Agrigento 73-48

Bologna crushed Agrigento to take 2-1 lead. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with 9 points and 5 rebounds and center Quirino De-Laurentiis (206-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 7 points and 7 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.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 19+7reb+1ast, A.Legion 16+5reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 10+1reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 6+6reb+1ast, L.Gandini 5+2reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 4+2reb+5ast
Agrigento: M.Evangelisti 9+2ast, P.Buford 9+5reb+2ast, Q.De Laurentiis 7+7reb+1ast, A.Chiarastella 7+6reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 5+1reb+1ast, R.Zugno 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545101


Lighthouse TR - Treviso Basket 72-80

Treviso Basket upset Lighthouse Trapani on the road to sweep the series. Treviso Basket outrebounded Lighthouse TR 38-24 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Hungarian swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) scored 21 points.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: Z.Perl 19+5reb+2ast, D.Moretti 17+4reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 13+5reb, M.Fantinelli 11+8reb+8ast, J.Perry 7+9reb+3ast, A.Ancellotti 6+6reb
Lighthouse TR: J.Crockett 21+4reb+1ast, A.Renzi 20+8reb+1ast, K.Mays 10+2reb+2ast, K.Viglianisi 7+2reb+3ast, R.Tavernelli 6+3reb+5ast, D.Filloy 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545100


Verona - Angelico Biella 70-61

Verona toppled Angelico Beiella to open win count in the series. 24 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Niccolo De-Vico (198-94, agency: SPORTlab Agency) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Verona: D.Robinson 16+6reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 13+5reb+1ast, M.Portannese 11+5reb+4ast, M.Frazier 9+5reb+4ast, D.Brkic 8+6reb+1ast, G.Pini 5+6reb
Angelico Biella: N.De Vico 16+7reb+1ast, J.Ferguson 12+5reb+3ast, M.Venuto 11+3reb, A.Tessitori 9+3reb+3ast, M.Hall 9+11reb, C.Wheatle 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545096


Novipiu Casale - Virtus Bologna 79-82

Virtus Bologna prevailed against Novipiu Casale to gain 2-1 advantage. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) came up with 21 points and 9 assists and American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Novipiu Casale in the defeat. Four Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 20+7reb+8ast, K.Lawson 19+5reb, G.Rosselli 9+3reb, M.Spissu 9+2reb, G.Spizzichini 8+1reb+1ast, S.Gentile 8+6reb+5ast
Novipiu Casale: G.Tomassini 21+4reb+9ast, J.Tolbert 18+10reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 16+6reb+3ast, N.Natali 11+1reb+2ast, N.Martinoni 5+7reb+4ast, L.Severini 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545099


Roseto - Legnano 65-63

Roseto nipped Legnano to surge ahead in the series. Roseto made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 21 points. Power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Legnano players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 21+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 13+5reb, R.Fultz 13+4reb, R.Casagrande 6+1reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 6+12reb+1ast, A.Piazza 2+4reb
Legnano: N.Raivio 19+10reb+1ast, W.Mosley 18+6reb, F.Ihedioha 11+5reb, M.Palermo 10+7reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 5+3reb+1ast, A.Navarini 0
gschID: 545098


Roma Virtus - Ravenna 90-79

Roma Virtus avoided elimination claiming a vital win over Ravenna in Game 3. Roma Virtus looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for the former international Aristide Landi (203-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) with 22 points and 4 assists and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Roma Virtus and four Ravenna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Landi 27+12reb+1ast, J.Brown 19+6reb+2ast, A.Raffa 17+2reb+5ast, M.Chessa 14+1reb+2ast, G.Maresca 10+8reb+6ast, T.Baldasso 3+3ast
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 22+3reb+4ast, A.Chiumenti 15+9reb+2ast, G.Sgorbati 11+3reb+1ast, M.Tambone 10+4reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 7+6reb+2ast, T.Smith 7+3reb
gschID: 545097


Group Play-Out
Viola RC - Chieti 91-74

Viola RC dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Chieti's 24. It was a great evening for American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points and 5 rebounds. American Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 21 points and 13 rebounds. Four Viola RC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) with 25 points and point guard Mattia Venucci (185-90) scored 16 points. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: A.Voskuil 32+5reb+1ast, M.Powell 21+13reb+1ast, R.Rossato 13+2reb+1ast, A.Fabi 11+9reb+7ast, T.Guariglia 6+1reb, L.Caroti 5+6reb+4ast
Chieti: T.Golden 25+3reb+3ast, M.Venucci 16+1reb+2ast, C.Davis 11+4reb, L.Sergio 7+4reb+2ast, C.Mortellaro 5+6reb+2ast, M.Fallucca 3+1reb
gschID: 545585


Unieuro Forli - Scafati 90-85

Unieuro Forli made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Simone Pierich (199-81) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 29+3reb+4ast, S.Pierich 12+7reb+1ast, D.Bonacini 12+1reb+2ast, O.Adegboye 9+4reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 8+9reb, P.Rotondo 8+5reb
Scafati: D.Jackson 23+7reb+1ast, N.Crow 21+3reb, Y.Naimy 19+5reb+10ast, T.Fantoni 7+8reb+1ast, M.Ammannato 7+3reb, A.Dobbins 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545584





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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.1 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .22.0 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.8 
 5. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 6. White, Sendai18.4 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.2 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Burrell, Nagoya DD16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.2 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.7 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 7. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 8. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.1 
 4. Suzuki, Sanen4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Togashi, Chiba Jets3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.6 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 
 10. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.20.7 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.5 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.4 
 4. Creekmore, Tokyo Z18.3 
 5. Barone, Aomori W.18.1 
 6. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.0 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.9 
 8. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.9 
 9. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.8 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.5 
 5. Davis, Shimane SM11.2 
 6. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.1 
 7. Doaks, Iwate B.10.8 
 8. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 9. Barone, Aomori W.10.6 
 10. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.6 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.1 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.2 
 7. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 8. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 9. Burns, Nishinomiya S.3.0 
 10. Hirao, Bambitio.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.8 
 3. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 5. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 6. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 7. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 8. Obuchi, Gunma1.5 
 9. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.5 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 4. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 5. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.6 
 6. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.4 
 9. Marshall, Shima.1.4 
 10. Lammert, Hiroshim.1.3 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.18.3 
 2. Jennings, Saitama .17.3 
 3. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.5 
 4. Peppers, Fukuoka .16.4 
 5. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.16.2 
 6. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 7. Wade, Saitama .14.7 
 8. Harper, Tokyo HT14.6 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT13.9 
 10. Pomare, Kanazawa.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.8 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Pomare, Kanazawa.10.0 
 5. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .9.0 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.8.6 
 8. Jones, Tokyo HT8.6 
 9. Harper, Tokyo HT8.4 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.5 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.9 
 6. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.9 
 7. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 8. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.7 
 9. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
 10. Oogane, Tokyo HT2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Ikeda, Tokyo HT2.0 
 3. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.9 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 6. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.4 
 7. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 8. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.3 
 9. Kato, Aisin AW1.3 
 10. Kumazawa, Aisin AW1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Harper, Tokyo HT1.3 
 4. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.2 
 5. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.2 
 6. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 8. Hall, Tokyo HT0.7 
 9. Morris, Tokyo HT0.7 
 10. McElroy, Tokyo C.0.7 


Fukuoka Rizing clinch B League D3 title - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D3 just ended.

An exciting game was played in Tokyo. Fukuoka Rizing faced Tokyo HT. Guests from Fukuoka (9-1) smashed host Tokyo HT (5-5) 94-72. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Brian Butch (211-84, college: Wisconsin) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-86) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Despite that victory Fukuoka Rizing went down to first position due to points difference. Tokyo HT at the other side dropped to the bottom place with five games lost.
An exciting game was played in Saitama. Saitama Broncos faced Otsuka A.. Host Saitama Broncos (3-7) defeated guests from Tokyo (1-9) 97-83. American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Nishi Yutaro contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds for Otsuka A.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fourth position due to points difference. Otsuka A. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with nine games lost.
An exciting game was played in Ishikawa. Kanazawa Sam. faced Tokyo Cinq R.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (8-2) smashed guests from Tokyo (4-6) 93-62. It was a great evening for Gyno Pomare who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. RJ Slawson responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Kanazawa Sam. went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. dropped to the fifth place with six games lost.
An exciting game was played in Tokyo. Fukuoka Rizing faced Tokyo HT. Guests from Fukuoka (9-1) smashed host Tokyo HT (5-5) 107-74. It was an exceptional evening for Matthew Bryan-Amaning who led the winners and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. Despite that victory Fukuoka Rizing went down to first position due to points difference. Tokyo HT at the other side dropped to the bottom place with five games lost.
An exciting game was played in Saitama. Saitama Broncos faced Otsuka A.. Host Saitama Broncos (3-7) smashed guests from Tokyo (1-9) 111-83. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Brent Jennings who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fourth position due to points difference. Otsuka A. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with nine games lost.

In the last game of round 23 Tokyo Cinq R. was crushed by Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa 88-64.

Tokyo HT - Fukuoka Rizing 72-94

An exciting game was played in Tokyo. Fukuoka Rizing faced Tokyo HT. Guests from Fukuoka (9-1) smashed host Tokyo HT (5-5) 94-72. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Brian Butch (211-84, college: Wisconsin) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-86) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Despite that victory Fukuoka Rizing went down to first position due to points difference. Tokyo HT at the other side dropped to the bottom place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: B.Butch 20+15reb, T.Komoda 18, S.Ishitani 15+2reb+5ast, D.Kobayashi 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Yamashita 8+6reb+8ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 7+3reb+1ast
Tokyo HT: A.Jones 23+17reb, R.Narumi 15+1reb+1ast, E.Morris 14+10reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 10+2reb+2ast, B.Harper 6+5reb+2ast, D.Uematsu 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 512777


Saitama Bron. - Otsuka A. 97-83

An exciting game was played in Saitama. Saitama Broncos faced Otsuka A.. Host Saitama Broncos (3-7) defeated guests from Tokyo (1-9) 97-83. American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Nishi Yutaro (176-92) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jennings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds and power forward Takeshi Hasegawa (196-84) added 11 points and 7 assists in the effort for Otsuka A.Five Saitama Broncos and four Otsuka A. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fourth position due to points difference. Otsuka A. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: B.Jennings 21+6reb+3ast, M.Ueda 19+2reb+4ast, N.Yutaro 17+7reb+4ast, T.Wade 16+7reb, Y.Sasaki 10+4reb+1ast, C.Tate 4+7reb+1ast
Otsuka A.: K.Richardson 32+21reb+2ast, S.Tamura 13+3reb, R.Raymond 13+6reb, T.Hasegawa 11+2reb+7ast, J.Wolfinger 4+2reb, S.Samejima 4+4reb
gschID: 512776


Kanazawa Sam. - Tokyo Cinq R. 93-62

An exciting game was played in Ishikawa. Kanazawa Sam. faced Tokyo Cinq R.. Host Kanazawa Sam. (8-2) smashed guests from Tokyo (4-6) 93-62. Kanazawa Sam. dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 36. They outrebounded Tokyo Cinq R. 48-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward RJ Slawson (206-92, college: Jacksonville) responded with 11 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite that victory Kanazawa Sam. went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. dropped to the fifth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: G.Pomare 22+20reb+1ast, I.Yuji 19+2reb+1ast, T.Bishop 15+8reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 9+2reb+3ast, A.Fitzgerald 8+2reb+1ast, S.Goto 8+5reb+3ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: T.Sano 12+2reb+1ast, R.Slawson 11+9reb, J.Green 10+5reb+1ast, R.Takeda 9, K.Takahashi 8+4reb+1ast, J.Heath 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 512775


Tokyo HT - Fukuoka Rizing 74-107

An exciting game was played in Tokyo. Fukuoka Rizing faced Tokyo HT. Guests from Fukuoka (9-1) smashed host Tokyo HT (5-5) 107-74. They outrebounded Tokyo HT 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Fukuoka Rizing players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. American forward Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Tokyo HT in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. Despite that victory Fukuoka Rizing went down to first position due to points difference. Tokyo HT at the other side dropped to the bottom place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: T.Komoda 18+4reb+2ast, J.Peppers 18+4reb+2ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 17+6reb+3ast, D.Kobayashi 11+8reb+4ast, B.Butch 10+7reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 9+3reb+4ast
Tokyo HT: B.Harper 20+9reb+2ast, A.Jones 17+7reb, Y.Ikeda 16+3reb+1ast, R.Narumi 5+1reb+3ast, E.Morris 4+5reb+2ast, C.Kenaru 4
gschID: 512774


Saitama Bron. - Otsuka A. 111-83

An exciting game was played in Saitama. Saitama Broncos faced Otsuka A.. Host Saitama Broncos (3-7) smashed guests from Tokyo (1-9) 111-83. Saitama Broncos shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 24 points. Jennings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Saitama Broncos and four Otsuka A. players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Saitama Broncos went down to fourth position due to points difference. Otsuka A. lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: T.Wade 24+4reb, B.Jennings 22+8reb+4ast, C.Tate 15+10reb+3ast, M.Ueda 15+2reb+4ast, Y.Sasaki 15+1reb, I.Hiroki 11+3reb+1ast
Otsuka A.: K.Richardson 18+11reb, R.Raymond 13+3reb+1ast, S.Samejima 10+1reb+1ast, J.Wolfinger 10+7reb, S.Murata 6+1ast, S.Tamura 6+1ast
gschID: 512773


Kanazawa Sam. - Tokyo Cinq R. 88-64

There was a minor upset in Ishikawa where Tokyo Cinq R. (4-6) was crushed by Kanazawa Sam. (8-2) 88-64 on Saturday. Kanazawa Sam. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Cinq R.'s 42. Kanazawa Sam. had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) chipped in 21 points. Four Kanazawa Sam. players scored in double figures. Guard Rintaro Takeda (175-91) produced 15 points and American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Kanazawa Sam. went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Tokyo Cinq R. dropped to the fifth place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: T.Bishop 21+2reb+1ast, G.Pomare 19+8reb+2ast, A.Fitzgerald 12+7reb+3ast, T.Tsukino 12+2reb+5ast, I.Yuji 9+4reb+4ast, Y.Inoue 6+3reb
Tokyo Cinq R.: R.Takeda 15+2reb+2ast, J.Heath 9+6reb, T.Sano 9+3reb+3ast, J.Green 8+6reb+1ast, R.Shimizu 7+1reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 512772





B League Round 61: #1 Aishin Sea Horses are defeated by Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (46-13) in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-39) 80-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. They outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 43-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) responded with 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 20-39 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with 13 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars and are hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Diamond Dolphins' (#5) 97-84 road victory against 4th placed Kyoto Hannar.. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Tenketsu Harimoto accounted for 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Genki Kojima (180-94) came up with 19 points and 4 assists for Kyoto Hannar. in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Diamond Dolphins (26-33) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Kyoto Hannar. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 34 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Diamond Dolphins (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kanagawa between Hitachi Sunrockers and Toshiba Thunders. Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) got a very close victory on the road over leader Toshiba Thunders (49-11). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Ira Brown fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Ryan Spangler produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 32-28 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toshiba Thunders still keep top position with 11 games lost.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (18-41) gave a tough game to second ranked Toyota Alvark (43-16). The visitors from Tokyo managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Diante Garrett who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 43-16 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Chiba Jets. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 41 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) and hope to win that game.
Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (16-43) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (26-33) on Saturday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected easier game. Davante Gardner stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 26-33 record, which they share with Nagoya DD. Yokohama BC lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 43 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 61: Chiba Jets won against Hokkaido L. on the opponent's court 77-60. Sendai 89ers managed to outperform Tochigi Brex in a home game 69-64. Toyama Grouses recorded a loss to Sanen on the road 83-68. Ryukyu GK defeated Osaka Evessa on its own court 88-83. Hitachi SR was beaten by Toshiba BT in Kanagawa 93-86.

Kyoto Hannar. - Nagoya DD 84-97

Very significant was Diamond Dolphins' (#5) 97-84 road victory against 4th placed Kyoto Hannar.. Diamond Dolphins shot 62.3 percent from the field. American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and international power forward Tenketsu Harimoto (198-92) accounted for 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Genki Kojima (180-94) came up with 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Kyoto Hannar. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Diamond Dolphins (26-33) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex. Kyoto Hannar. lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with 34 games lost. Diamond Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against Diamond Dolphins (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: T.Sasayama 21+1reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 19+4reb+1ast, J.Burrell 18+8reb+5ast, J.Tillman 15+4reb+1ast, A.Shuto 8+1reb+1ast, T.Nakahigashi 6+2reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: G.Kojima 19+4reb+4ast, M.Charlo 15+7reb+1ast, M.Dove 15+3reb, H.Kawashima 11+4ast, K.Kotzur 9+7reb+3ast, T.Sato 6+3reb
gschID: 475293


SeaHorses - Shiga L-Stars 65-80

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (46-13) in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (20-39) 80-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. They outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 43-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side the former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) responded with 16 points and guard Masaaki Morikawa (190) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 20-39 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with 13 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against Shiga L-Stars and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 22+12reb+4ast, C.Brackins 18+10reb+1ast, Y.Karino 12+3reb+1ast, S.Faye 9+5reb+1ast, R.Kobayashi 6+4ast, N.Namizato 5+2reb+6ast
SeaHorses: M.Hiejima 16+4reb, M.Morikawa 12+2ast, G.Edwards 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 8+2reb+2ast, R.Hashimoto 4+1reb+2ast, I.Butts 4+8reb
gschID: 546331


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 76-78

A very close game took place in Kanagawa between Hitachi Sunrockers and Toshiba Thunders. Third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) got a very close victory on the road over leader Toshiba Thunders (49-11). Hitachi Sunrockers managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. Hitachi Sunrockers made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while Toshiba Thunders only scored six points from the stripe. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Ryan Spangler (203-91, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and international point guard Yuma Fujii (178-91) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 32-28 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toshiba Thunders still keep top position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: I.Brown 17+10reb+2ast, R.Sacre 14+9reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 13+1ast, L.Vendrame 12+1reb+1ast, K.Hirose 7+7reb+2ast, R.Guinn 6+5reb
Toshiba BT: R.Spangler 16+11reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 14+5reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 12+3reb+2ast, T.Hasegawa 9+1reb+4ast, H.Taniguchi 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Kamata 4+2reb
gschID: 475290


Hokkaido L. - Chiba Jets 60-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Hokkaido L.'s (23-36) home loss to third ranked Chiba Jets (43-16) 60-77 on Saturday. Chiba Jets made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Chiba Jets. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with 36 games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 21+7reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 20+12reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 12+3reb, M.Parker 8+9reb+3ast, K.Ishii 7+3reb+2ast, R.Ono 7+4reb+2ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 18+5reb, J.Thorpe 9+5reb+2ast, J.Bachynski 8+11reb, T.Orimo 7+1reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 7+1reb+3ast, Y.Matsushima 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 475287


Sendai 89ers - Tochigi Brex 69-64

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (14-45) defeated at home leader Tochigi Brex (45-14) 69-64 on Saturday. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Tommy Brenton (196-89, college: Stony Brook) responded with 6 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) scored 7 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth place with 14-45 record. Loser Tochigi Brex still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face again league's leader Tochigi Brex at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: W.White 27+8reb+2ast, G.Mangano 10+7reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 8+2reb, K.Ishikawa 8+2reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 6+7reb, F.Satoh 6+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: Y.Suda 15+2reb, N.Kumagae 11+2reb, T.Furukawa 10, K.Takeuchi 7+16reb+3ast, T.Brenton 6+18reb+5ast, H.Watanabe 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 475288


Akita NH - Toyota Alvark 80-83

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (18-41) gave a tough game to second ranked Toyota Alvark (43-16). The visitors from Tokyo managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 43-16 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Chiba Jets. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 41 games lost. Toyota Alvark will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 26+7reb+6ast, J.Ayres 14+7reb, D.Tanaka 12+2reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 10+2reb, J.Takeuchi 9+7reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 8+2reb
Akita NH: S.Morrison 22+10reb+2ast, T.Nakayama 11+4reb+2ast, S.Ando 10+3reb+5ast, E.Ravenel 9+6reb+4ast, D.Taniguchi 8+1reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 8+2reb
gschID: 475289


Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC 75-72

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (16-43) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (26-33) on Saturday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected easier game. American Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Pape Faye (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Taketo Aoki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 26-33 record, which they share with Nagoya DD. Yokohama BC lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 43 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Yokohama BC (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gardner 32+10reb+6ast, C.Chapman 11+9reb+1ast, T.You 10+1reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Sato 6+1reb, K.Sato 4+1ast
Yokohama BC: J.Parmer 19+7reb+4ast, J.Washburn 14+2reb+2ast, M.Hosoya 12+2reb+3ast, P.Faye 11+11reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 11+3reb+4ast, K.Takeda 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475291


Sanen - Toyama Grouses 83-68

Not a big story in a game in Hamamatsu where 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (17-42) were defeated by second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (33-26) 83-68 on Saturday. Sanen Neophoenix made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Yu Okada (184-83) scored 17 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sanen Neophoenix. They maintain second place with 33-26 record having seventeen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth position with 42 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face again Toyama Grouses (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Sanen: S.Tawatari 20+2reb+4ast, R.Dozier 20+4reb+2ast, J.Childress 19+9reb+2ast, J.Kano 10+2reb+1ast, A.Ota 7+8reb+1ast, T.Suzuki 4+3reb+8ast
Toyama Grouses: Y.Okada 17+2reb+2ast, S.Willard 14+9reb+3ast, D.Pittman 12+9reb, D.Viney 9+5reb+2ast, T.Obara 4+1reb, N.Uto 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 475292


Ryukyu GK - Osaka Evessa 88-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Okinawa where third ranked Ryukyu GK (28-31) beat their biggest opponent Osaka Evessa (28-31) 88-83 on Saturday. Strangely Osaka Evessa outrebounded Ryukyu GK 49-33 including 36 on the defensive glass. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-84) chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Takuya Hashimoto (186-94) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa lost their third game in a row. Ryukyu GK will face again league's second-placed Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 21+8reb+1ast, R.Watanabe 11+1reb, R.Kishimoto 10+3reb+1ast, S.Tsuyama 10+1reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 9+6reb+1ast, A.McHenry 8+3reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: T.Hashimoto 21+5reb+2ast, X.Gibson 17+12reb, J.Harrellson 10+17reb+1ast, N.Hashimoto 7+2reb, S.Konno 7+2reb, R.Roby 7+1reb
gschID: 475294


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 93-86

There was no surprise in Kanagawa where 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) were defeated by first ranked Toshiba Thunders (49-11) 93-86 on Friday. Toshiba Thunders made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Ryan Spangler (203-91, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 14 points. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toshiba Thunders. They maintain first place with 49-11 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the third position with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 27+20reb+3ast, R.Spangler 14+4reb+2ast, N.Tsuji 13+4ast, R.Shinoyama 13+2reb+3ast, Y.Fujii 12+2reb+4ast, M.Diouf 4+4reb
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 27+8reb+2ast, I.Brown 13+6reb+3ast, K.Hirose 11+5reb+6ast, T.Ito 9+4reb, R.Guinn 8+5reb+1ast, A.Chambers 8+3reb
gschID: 475295





B League D2 Round 61: Aomori Watts defeat Fukushima in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in B League D2.

The most exciting game of round 61 in the B League D2 took place in Fukushima. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Fukushima (30-29) to fourth ranked Aomori Watts (28-31) 81-80 on Saturday evening. Aomori Watts outrebounded Fukushima 46-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Fukushima helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Kenta Tateyama (188-90) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Aomori Watts' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Aomori Watts have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 28-31 record. Fukushima lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 29 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukushima will play again at home against Aomori Watts and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hiroshima. Second ranked host Dragonflies (45-14) smashed 4th placed Orange Vikings (29-30) 77-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orange Vikings. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Daniel Dillon accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Orange Vikings 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. Dragonflies maintains second place with 45-14 record having just one point less than leader Shimane SM. Orange Vikings at the other side keep the fourth position with 30 games lost. Dragonflies will again play against Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Orange Vikings will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 3rd placed host Tokyo Z (27-32) was smashed by second ranked Toyotsu FE (41-18) 87-67. Solomon Alabi fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Deon Jones produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 41-18 record having just three points less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third position with 32 games lost. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tokyo Z will play again against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League D2 top team - Nishinomiya S. (43-17) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (22-38) in Hyogo 84-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Tadahiro Yanagawa who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nishinomiya S. maintains first place with 43-17 record. Tokyo Excel. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 38 games lost.
B League D2 top team - Gunma (39-20) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Yamagata (26-33) 73-69. Abdullahi Kuso stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Gunma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 39-20 record. Yamagata lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 33 games lost. Gunma will face again Yamagata (#5) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 61: Shinshu BW lost to Bambitious Nara on the opponent's court 78-89. Kagoshima was outscored by Shimane SM in a home game 47-81. Iwate Big Bulls recorded a loss to Cyberdyne IR on the road 89-74. Kagawa FA were defeated by Kumamoto V. on its own court 64-69. Tokyo Excel. was beaten by Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo 82-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Ryota Nakanishi of Kumamoto V..

Hiroshima D. - Ehime OV 77-52

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hiroshima. Second ranked host Dragonflies (45-14) smashed 4th placed Orange Vikings (29-30) 77-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orange Vikings. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette, agency: Interperformances) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Orange Vikings 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. Dragonflies maintains second place with 45-14 record having just one point less than leader Shimane SM. Orange Vikings at the other side keep the fourth position with 30 games lost. Dragonflies will again play against Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Orange Vikings will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: D.Yamada 18+6reb+3ast, S.Tanaka 11+4reb, H.Kitagawa 10+1reb+1ast, S.Asayama 10+2reb, D.Dillon 9+9reb+2ast, C.Lammert 6+8reb+2ast
Ehime OV: L.Blackledge 12+6reb+3ast, T.Yoshihiko 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Nakajima 7+6reb+3ast, C.Williams 7+2reb, Y.Sekido 4+1reb, J.Crawford 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 543451


Nishinomiya S. - Tokyo Excel. 84-74

B League D2 top team - Nishinomiya S. (43-17) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Tokyo Excel. (22-38) in Hyogo 84-74. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 36. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for Tokyo Excel.Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nishinomiya S. maintains first place with 43-17 record. Tokyo Excel. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 38 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: T.Yanagawa 22+2reb+2ast, N.Douhara 15+2reb+1ast, L.Owens 14+6reb+2ast, D.Burns 9+6reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 6+14reb+1ast, Y.Ishitsuka 6+3reb
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 29+12reb+1ast, T.Nishiyama 12+2reb+7ast, S.Izumi 8+2reb, L.Evans 7+9reb, J.Herold 5+2reb+1ast, H.Tobita 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543452


Tokyo Z - Toyotsu FE 67-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tokyo. 3rd placed host Tokyo Z (27-32) was smashed by second ranked Toyotsu FE (41-18) 87-67. Toyotsu FE had a 40-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Toyotsu FE looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Kohei Fukuzawa (177-93) chipped in 21 points. Four Toyotsu FE players scored in double figures. American guard Deon Jones (198-93, college: Monmouth) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second place with 41-18 record having just three points less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third position with 32 games lost. Toyotsu FE will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tokyo Z will play again against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 23+11reb, K.Fukuzawa 21+3reb+1ast, R.Carney 10+3reb+2ast, K.Sugimoto 10+5reb+9ast, S.Sow 8+12reb+1ast, Y.Otsuka 7+1reb+4ast
Tokyo Z: D.Jones 18+12reb, S.Watanabe 13+4reb+3ast, K.Teppei 10+3reb, S.Takayama 8+8reb+3ast, S.Akiba 6+2reb, K.Nakagawa 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 543453


Gunma - Yamagata 73-69

B League D2 top team - Gunma (39-20) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Yamagata (26-33) 73-69. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Yuichi Ishikawa (173-87) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Gunma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 39-20 record. Yamagata lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 33 games lost. Gunma will face again Yamagata (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gunma: M.Obuchi 16+2reb+3ast, T.Kennedy 15+7reb+3ast, A.Kuso 11+12reb+3ast, H.Kondo 7+4reb+1ast, D.Umetsu 5+4reb+2ast, S.Kurihara 4
Yamagata: M.Masanari 14+2ast, S.Tarver 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Takahashi 10+2ast, Y.Ishikawa 8+9reb, Y.Kojima 8+4reb+2ast, M.Izawa 7+6reb
gschID: 543454


Bambitious Nara - Shinshu BW 89-78

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Shinshu BW (14-45) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Bambitious Nara (23-36) 89-78 on Saturday. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and guard Kazuya Mitsui (190-94) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bambitious Nara and four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bambitious Nara maintains fourth place with 23-36 record. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the sixth position with 45 games lost. Bambitious Nara will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 22+4reb+3ast, A.Hirao 19+1reb+4ast, A.Ogide 16+11reb, R.Kato 12+4reb+1ast, R.Boykin 11+3reb+1ast, J.Honda 3+4reb+1ast
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 21+12reb+2ast, K.Mitsui 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Yasuhiko 10+2reb+3ast, T.Hiroaki 7+6reb+2ast, X.Ford 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 543455


Kagoshima - Shimane SM 47-81

Very predictable result in Renova where first ranked Shimane Magic (50-9) smashed 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-52) 81-47 on Saturday. Shimane Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Jamaican-American power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Hayato Kantake (194-86) chipped in 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shimane Magic have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 50-9 record. Kagoshima lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 52 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Kagoshima will play again at home against the league's leader Shimane Magic (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: H.Kantake 19+1reb, K.Takabatake 12+3reb+1ast, R.Reid 10+10reb+2ast, T.Goya 9+3reb+3ast, Y.Tatsuhiro 8+2reb+2ast, J.Davis 6+11reb+2ast
Kagoshima: H.Fujita 11+2reb, R.Nakazono 9+5reb, B.Gill 9+6reb, C.Maduabum 5+4reb, D.Ankei 4+1ast, T.Murphy 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 543456


Fukushima - Aomori Watts 80-81

The most exciting game of round 61 in the B League D2 took place in Fukushima. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Fukushima (30-29) to fourth ranked Aomori Watts (28-31) 81-80 on Saturday evening. Aomori Watts outrebounded Fukushima 46-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Fukushima helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Kenta Tateyama (188-90) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Aomori Watts' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Aomori Watts have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 28-31 record. Fukushima lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 29 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fukushima will play again at home against Aomori Watts and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: K.Barone 20+10reb+1ast, K.Tateyama 15+4reb+4ast, A.Wiggins 12+10reb+1ast, K.Aita 8+2reb+2ast, D.Shimoyama 8+2reb+1ast, B.Sebirumbi 8+7reb
Fukushima: N.Spikes 25+13reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 20+4reb+5ast, K.Tomori 11+2reb+1ast, S.Murakami 9+5reb+2ast, S.Kanno 6+2ast, A.Nogami 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543457


Cyberdyne IR - Iwate Big Bulls 89-74

Not a big story in a game in Tsukuba where 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-44) were defeated by second ranked Cyberdyne IR (31-28) 89-74 on Saturday. Cyberdyne IR made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) scored 13 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 31-28 record having thirteen points less than leader Shimane SM. Iwate Big Bulls lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 44 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 23+10reb, R.Rickert 21+12reb+2ast, J.Maniwa 14+2reb+3ast, D.Larkai 12+1reb, M.Yosuke 7+2reb+1ast, S.Isshiki 5+2reb+3ast
Iwate Big Bulls: S.Onodera 17+1reb, N.Doaks 13+11reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 13+3reb+5ast, K.Nagata 12+3reb+1ast, S.Sawaji 6+2reb+2ast, O.Yoko 6
gschID: 543458


Kagawa FA - Kumamoto V. 64-69

Everything went according to plan in Takamatsu where third ranked Kumamoto V. (44-15) beat 5th ranked Kagawa FA (18-41) 69-64 on Saturday. They outrebounded Kagawa FA 48-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. Power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and American forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 9 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side guard Shuto Mizoguchi (187-87) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Vincentian power forward Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kagawa FA's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumamoto V. maintains third place with 44-15 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Shimane SM. Kagawa FA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 41 games lost. Kumamoto V. will have a break next round. Kagawa FA will play again at home against Kumamoto V. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumamoto V.: R.Nakanishi 27+10reb, T.Furuno 12+10reb+3ast, J.James 9+15reb+1ast, Y.Kanbara 9+1ast, S.Kobayashi 6+2reb+1ast, P.Butorac 4+4reb
Kagawa FA: S.Mizoguchi 18+7reb, N.Williams 12+10reb, T.Shuichi 8, A.Forbes 8+4reb, S.Kon 6+2reb, C.Tapscott 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543459


Nishinomiya S. - Tokyo Excel. 82-70

There was no surprise in Hyogo where 5th ranked Tokyo Excel. (22-38) was defeated by first ranked Nishinomiya S. (43-17) 82-70 on Friday. Nishinomiya S. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Excel.'s 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nishinomiya S. made 8 blocks. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import center Luke Evans (203-91, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 13 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Nishinomiya S. maintains first place with 43-17 record. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fifth position with 38 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: N.Douhara 17+4reb+2ast, N.Tani 12+4reb+1ast, L.Owens 10+12reb+2ast, K.Matsuzaki 10+3reb, D.Burns 9+4reb+4ast, T.Yanagawa 6+1reb+1ast
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 20+13reb+2ast, L.Evans 13+4reb+2ast, T.Nishiyama 13+3ast, J.Herold 8+6reb+1ast, T.Ishida 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Saito 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543450





Japanese B League round 61 best performance: Davante Gardner - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Niigata Albirex, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 61.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Yokohama BC (#6, 16-44) 75-72. Niigata Albirex maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League. Niigata Albirex 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 27-33 record. In the team's last game Gardner had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Niigata Albirex's top player in his first season with the team. Former Marquette University star has very solid stats this year. Gardner is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 59.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of league's leader Toshiba BT. Fazekas had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds. Of course Toshiba BT cruised to a 93-86 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Hitachi SR (#3, 32-28). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Toshiba BT consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just eleven games this season, while they won 49 matches. Fazekas is one of the most experienced players at Toshiba BT and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#1). He also registered 12.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Sendai 89ers (#6). White scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Sendai 89ers, leading his team to a 69-64 win against the higher-ranked Tochigi Brex (#1, 46-14). Sendai 89ers can only dream about fighting for top spots in East. They have rather bad season and 14-46 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for White he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. White has individually a great season in Japan. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Diante Garrett (196-PG-88) of Toyota Alvark - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Scott Morrison (213-C-86) of Akita NH - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya DD - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 17 points, 10 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)



Japanese B League D2 round 61 best performance: Ryota Nakanishi - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kumamoto V., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 61.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Kagawa FA (#5, 19-41) 69-64. Kumamoto V. maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kumamoto V. will need more victories to improve their 44-16 record. Nakanishi has many years of experience at Kumamoto V., through which he has constantly improved. Ryota Nakanishi averages this season 12.4ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Fukushima. Spikes had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Fukushima was edged by slightly lower-ranked Aomori Watts (#4, 29-31) 81-80. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Fukushima still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 30-30 record is not bad at all. Spikes is a newcomer at Fukushima, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of league's second-best Cyberdyne IR. Randall scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Cyberdyne IR, leading his team to a 89-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#6, 15-45). Cyberdyne IR needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in East. Their record at this point is 32 victories and 28 lost games. Randall has a great season in Japan. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91) of Shinshu BW - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Cedric Bozeman (198-G-83) of Fukushima - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Andy Ogide (204-F-87) of Bambitious Nara - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 23 points and 11 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D3 round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-Panamanian Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Kanazawa Sam. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and twenty rebounds, while his team outclassed Tokyo Cinq R. (#5, 4-6) with 31-point margin 93-62. Thanks to this victory Kanazawa Sam. moved-up to the 2nd position in Japanese B League D3. They are still close to the very top. Kanazawa Sam. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. It's Pomare's second year at Kanazawa Sam. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of San Diego graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pomare is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A.. Richardson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Otsuka A. lost that game 83-97 to slightly lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#4, 3-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Otsuka A. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Otsuka A. managed to get this year. Richardson is a newcomer at Otsuka A. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#1). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT (#6). Jones scored 23 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Jones' great performance Tokyo HT lost 72-94 to the higher-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#1, 9-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Tokyo HT needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Jones has a great season in Japan. After 46 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Butch (211-C-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points and 15 rebounds
5. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Saitama Bron. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tiras Wade (200-F-81) of Saitama Bron. - 24 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.1 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 4. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 8. Laksa, Valmiera13.7 
 9. Jogela, Barons Riga13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktors ILJINS
  Jurmala
  (212-C-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.5 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.9 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. Deane, Ventspils4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 5. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 6. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.7 
 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.21.7 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
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, Homenetmen11.6 
 5. Melvin, Moutahed10.8 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.0 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.6 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.4 
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. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 8. Curry, Moutahed1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 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.