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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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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Flyers and Braves reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Flyers - Cutie Ovals Ojays 88-84

Flyers outgunned Cutie Ovals Ojays to advance into ABBA Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cutie Ovals Ojays won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
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Baldwin Braves - Stingerz 87-65

Baldwin Braves eased past Stingerz to secure the championship clash birth. The game without a history. Baldwin Braves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.6 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.17.9 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo17.2 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.9 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
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.8.9 
 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.8.2 
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. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 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. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 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. McCullough, Alianza .19.6 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 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. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Pais, Platense2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
 9. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 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 


Nicolas Richotti selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). He could not help CB Canarias (20-10) in their last game. Despite Richotti's very good performance CB Canarias lost 72-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 21 minutes on the court. It was CB Canarias' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Richotti's seventh season with the team. This year Richotti averages: 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 40.9% and FT: 73.7% in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was not able to help UCAM Murcia (13-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia lost 64-74 in Las Palmas to the higher-ranked (#7) Gran Canaria. Campazzo was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 32 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 79.0% in 29 games. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (9-21) crushing them 98-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Nocioni's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 73.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #4. Point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Nicolas Richotti in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Laprovittola contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias (20-10) 76-72. He scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Laprovittola's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 3.2apg in 13 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #5. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Arkadia Lions (16-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Arkadia Lions were badly defeated 97-80 in Kapfenberg by the higher-ranked (#3) Bulls. Vay was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 36 minutes. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. Vay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg in 32 games. Vay has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #6. Guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their game against the Houston Rockets (55-27) in the NBA. He recorded 9 points in 16 minutes. But the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) were crushed 125-104 in Houston by the Rockets. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. Ginobili has been at the team for fifteen years. This season Ginobili's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 79 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #7. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia couldn't help UCAM Murcia (13-17) in their game against Gran Canaria (20-11). He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). It's Delia's first season with the team. Delia has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (24-10) in their last game. Despite Fernandez's very good performance Leche Rio Breogan lost 94-99 in S'Arenal to the lower-ranked (#8) Palma. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg in 36 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #9. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (200-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Valmontone (22-8) in their game against Pescara (20-10) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Caceres scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fourth-placed Valmontone (22-8) was crushed 88-66 on the opponent's court by the leading Pescara in the Group C. It was Valmontone's third consecutive loss in a row. Caceres has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Filloy's first season with the team. Filloy's overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the 14th-ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 91-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Forray scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Dolomiti Energia Trento (18-12) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Forray has been at the team for six years. His total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #3. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo to win against the closely-ranked Vivo/Franca (19-9) 80-67 in the Brazilian NBB last Saturday. Hure scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. Hure's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #4. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) led Viola RC to a victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 98-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Fabi recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 37 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. This year Fabi has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in 33 games he played so far. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela). Cobos could not help Bucaneros (14-13) to beat Trotamundos (17-11). He scored 9 points. But the second-placed Bucaneros (14-13) was defeated 81-76 on the road by the second-ranked Trotamundos in the Eastern Conference. It was Bucaneros' third consecutive loss in a row. This season Cobos has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against VL Pesaro in the Italian Serie A. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Cerella scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 79-90. This year Cerella averages just 1.2ppg in 13 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #7. Diego Corral (205-C-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Omegna to a victory over the eighth-ranked Reggio Emilia 72-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Thursday. Corral was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Corral also added and 3 steals. This season Corral has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #8. Experienced Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Lighthouse TR in their game against Treviso Basket in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Filloy scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 69-57. Filloy has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg. Similarly like Corral and Cerella above he has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #9. Ernesto Rodriguez (178-G-90, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Piratas in their game against Caciques in the Puerto Rican BSN. Rodriguez scored 5 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 95-102. Rodriguez has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.1apg in seven games.

   #10. Enzo Damian Cena (200-F/C-92, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Bisceglie's victory against the seventh-ranked Roma Luiss 80-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Cena recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cena has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 4.2rpg. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.



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.
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  AUSTRALIA  


Brock Motum selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). He led Zalgiris to a victory over the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) 87-74 in the Lithuanian LKL in Tuesday night's game. Motum was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 27 minutes on the court. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Motum averages: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(88-147), 3FGP: 50.5%(47-93) and FT: 85.0% in 38 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League). Broekhoff was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 92-76 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Broekhoff also added 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Broekhoff's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 86.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Iran). Ogilvy could not help Azad (5-3) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Azad (5-3) was defeated 95-91 on the road by the lower-ranked Tabriz (#3) in the Group 2. Ogilvy recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ogilvy has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(43-74), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 71.2%. Ogilvy is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Australian. Former Sydney Kings starter played for the Australian national team four years ago.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #4. Forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in FMP's victory against the sixth-ranked Dynamic BG (2-3) 79-72 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Bolden had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bolden's first season in pro basketball. FMP Beograd (4-1) is placed second in the KLS. It's Bolden's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4bpg and 2.6spg in five games. Bolden used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #5. Former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Lietkabelis' victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas (18-18) 84-71 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. Panevezys Lietkabelis (25-11) is placed third in the LKL. It's Madgen's first season with the team. This year Madgen has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg in 39 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #6. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Houston Rockets (55-27) 103-92 in the NBA last Friday. Mills scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 9.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg. Mills is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #7. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (51-31) 104-91 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 51-31 record this season. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 92 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #8. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Nishinomiya Storks (43-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vandenberg's very good performance Nishinomiya Storks were crushed 83-59 in Nagoya by the second-ranked Toyotsu FE in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vandenberg's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #9. International swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens in a victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 90-78 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Newley recorded 5 points in 21 minutes. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. This year Newley's total stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in nine games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #10. Forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Horsens IC (23-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Trist's very good performance Horsens IC was defeated 93-85 at home by the leading Bakken. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. Trist averaged so far 13.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former U22 international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) helped Dragonflies win their game against the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings crushing them 111-77 in the Japanese B League D2 in Sunday night's game. Dillon scored 13 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. Dillon's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg in 60 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) helped Rangers win their game against the league outsider Mountain Airs crushing them 106-83 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. McCarron was the top player that evening. He scored 28 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season McCarron has very high stats. He averages: 24.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 5.0apg and 2.3spg. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Glasgow Rocks win their game against the closely-ranked London Lions 71-62 in the British BBL on Sunday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Thomas has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.8apg in 35 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team six years ago.

   #14. International center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France) helped ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Cholet Basket 72-57 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Andersen scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Andersen has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum couldn't help the Utah Jazz in their game against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. His team lost 104-115 in the NBA. Exum has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg in 72 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Toronto Raptors (51-31) 109-102 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals (made all of his five free throws) in 40 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.8apg and 1.2spg in 80 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) could not help one of league's weakest teams PAOK (14-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance PAOK was defeated 84-75 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Aris (#4). Sobey was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). This season Sobey has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) led Saints to a victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (5-5) 98-87 in the New Zealand NBL in Friday night's game. Duinker had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (11-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eleven games in the Regular Season. Duinker averaged so far 15.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.2apg in 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #4. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Sharks' victory against the closely-ranked Rams (6-6) 105-94 in the New Zealand NBL in Friday night's game. Hunter scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (7-3) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Hunter has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #5. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help Tartu Ulikool in their game against Rapla (20-12) in the Estonian Alexela KML, despite his very good performance last Monday. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Jois also added 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But the league leader Tartu Ulikool lost 58-71 on the road to the second-ranked Rapla. It was Tartu Ulikool's first loss after eight consecutive victories. Jois has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg in 28 games.

   #6. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) led Hawks to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Giants crushing them 103-80 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Tolovae scored 21 points. Tolovae averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and New Zealand.

   #7. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) managed to help BC Lulea to win against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings 84-67 in the Swedish Basketligan last Saturday. Kearney scored only 4 points. Kearney has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He has both Australian and Swedish nationalities.

   #8. Brandon Brine (198-F-91, college: Lethbridge, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Burgos' victory against the seventh-ranked Melilla Baloncesto 82-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Brine scored 6 points in 17 minutes. Brine has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.6rpg in 34 games.

   #9. Triantafillos Tzakopoulos (185-G-85, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Holargos' victory against the 14th-ranked Irakleio 73-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Tzakopoulos has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Australian and Greek.



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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
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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.



Indios de San Francisco inks Carlos Novas Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) agreed terms with 25-year old naturalized Austrian forward Carlos Novas Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg and 3.9rpg this season. The last summer Novas Mateo played at Plaza (Santiago League).
His team made it to the Austrian final in 2013.
Novas Mateo represented Austria at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Novas Mateo has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep. and Austria (Arkadia Lions, Redwell Gunners Oberwart, Gmunden Swans and Vienna).

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David Kramer selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in Germany). He managed to help Ratiopharm Ulm in a victory against the 15th-ranked Walter Tigers (7-25) 87-72 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Kramer recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court. Ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) is placed first in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kramer averages: 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 87.5% in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and German. Former Redwell Gunners Oberwart starter played for the Austrian U16 national team four years ago.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). Ortner contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ortner's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 51.2% and FT: 53.6%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany). Klepeisz could not help one of league's weakest teams Braunschweig (5-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance Braunschweig lost 107-114 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) BG Goettingen. Klepeisz recorded 14 points and added 6 passes in 39 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. It's Klepeisz's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 91.9%(57-62) in 29 games. Klepeisz is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's surprising victory against the second-ranked Valencia Basket (22-8) 89-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points and added 5 passes. MoraBanc Andorra (16-14) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. Schreiner's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #5. International center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla in their game against Blusens Monbus (10-20) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Mahalbasic scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sevilla was crushed 88-67 in Santoago de Comp by the higher-ranked Blusens Monbus (#14). It was Sevilla's seventh consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Slovenian. Mahalbasic plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #6. Forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Toronto Raptors (51-31) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) in the NBA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Poeltl scored only 2 points. The Toronto Raptors (51-31) were crushed 125-103 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers. Poeltl's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Austrian senior team two years ago.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #7. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (15-15) in their game against CB Granada (20-10) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Hopfgartner scored 6 points in 22 minutes. Navarra lost 67-73 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) CB Granada. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg in 33 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) could not help Ovarense (18-13) in their last game. Despite Douvier's very good performance the second-placed Ovarense (18-13) was crushed 92-63 on the road by the leading FC Porto_Ferpinta in the Places 7-12 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Douvier also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.2apg in 33 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory against the ninth-ranked ALM Evreux (16-15) 67-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (18-13) is placed fourth in the ProB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Asceric's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg in 28 games.



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Basketball Champions League announces next season's competition format, calendar and improved financial benefits - by Eurobasket News

A few weeks away from the first Final Four, pinnacle event of this inaugural season of the Basketball Champions League, the preparations for next season are going full swing. The Board of the Basketball Champions League has taken important decisions in light of the 2017/18 season that will kick off on Tuesday 19 September 2017 with the first round of Qualification.
Competition Format
In order to improve the competitiveness and facilitate the understanding, one of the most important decisions taken is to reduce the number of participating teams (in the Regular Season) from 40 to 32 clubs, with a maximum of 24 clubs with a direct place in the Regular Season and 8 clubs qualified through the Qualification Rounds. This will allow more competitive games and a clearer competition system with 4 groups of 8 clubs taking part in the Regular Season. The first 4 clubs in each group will then qualify to the Round of 16, with the 5th and 6th club having the opportunity to continue to the FIBA Europe Cup.

Regulations
New set of regulations have been adopted for the 2017-18 season (available here). This includes notably new rules on eligibility. Each club shall enter on the score-sheet at least 5 Home Grown Players (in case of 12 or 11 players) or at least 4 Home Grown Players (in case of 10 or fewer players). Home Grown Players are players registered with the National Federation of the club in question at least 3 seasons between the age of 12 and 20.

Calendar
The Qualifications will take place in three rounds (home & away for each round) on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 September (round 1), Sunday 24 and Tuesday 26 September (round 2), Friday 29 September and Monday 2 October (round 3). The Regular Season will still be played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will start on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The Regular Season will count 14 Gamedays and end on Wednesday 7 February 2018 (with one additional week off early January as games will resume on 9 January 2018). A two-week break will be observed at the end of November for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers, and a one-month break will be taken in February to respect National Cups and World Cup Qualifiers windows. Once the Regular Season is completed, one single Round of 16 will be played, followed by the Quarter-Finals (both home and away), and the Final Four which is set to happen on the first weekend of May (4-6 May 2018).

Improved financial benefits for the clubs
Finally, the Basketball Champions League has taken the decision to double the prize-money for the end-winner of the competition (from 500,000 to 1 million). In addition, the Basketball Champions League will continue to offer high-level TV production and will take over both the administration burden and the financial costs of officiating for each and every game.
Courtesy of: basketballcl.com



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Artsiom Parakhouski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (19-5) 71-62 in the VTB United League in Friday night's game. Parakhouski had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (15-9) is placed fifth in group A. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 72.9%(129-177) and FT: 62.2% in 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia). Liutych led Kalev/Cramo to a victory over the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) crushing them 83-60 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Liutych scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Liutych has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 63.0%(68-108), 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 76.6%. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland). He could not help Polfarmex (5-27) in their last game. Despite Salash's very good performance the bottom-ranked Polfarmex lost 76-85 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Salash also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was Polfarmex's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Salash's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 24.2% in 26 games. Salash is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a Falco KC's victory against the fourth-ranked ZTE KK (22-12) 88-80 in the Hungarian A Division in Thursday night's game. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Falco KC Szombathely (22-12) is placed second in Places 1-5 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Pustahvar has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar is also Belarusian national team player.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) plays for Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League
Anton Astapkovich (202-F-94) plays for Avtodor in Russian VTB
Roman Rubinshteyn (195-G-96) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Valery Gandlin (192-G-86) plays for Ironi Ramat Gan in Israeli National League
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Yevgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Maccabi K/M in Israeli Artzit

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



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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 


Maxime De Zeeuw selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He led EWE Baskets to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked BBC Bayreuth (22-10) 85-83 in the German BBL in Friday night's game. De Zeeuw was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (18-14) is placed seventh in the BBL. This year De Zeeuw averages: 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(55-97), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 83.6% in 29 games he played so far. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (14-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 80-76 on the road by the higher-ranked CB Canarias (#6). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Tabu also added 8 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Tabu's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 80.7%. Tabu has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (16-14) 81-67. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hervelle also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (14-16) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. This season his overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 77.4% in 30 games. Hervelle is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #4. Guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Scandone AV was edged 77-75 in Trento by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #5. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the 15th-ranked Zaragoza (9-21) 88-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (13-17) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tumba has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities. Tumba plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #6. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Valencia Basket (22-8) in their game against Andorra (16-14) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 84-89 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Andorra. It was Valencia Basket's first loss after seven consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Van Rossom plays fourth season for the team. Van Rossom has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.0apg in 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #7. International swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) helped Le Portel win their game against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (19-12) 79-71 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Lasisi recorded 7 points. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (17-14) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lasisi has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #8. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) helped Gravelines-Dunkerque win their game against the 14th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-21) 92-84 in the French ProA last Saturday. Serron recorded 6 points in 21 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (16-15) is placed ninth in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Serron has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg in 12 games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) helped Bergamo win their game against the eighth-ranked USE Basket (16-14) crushing them 73-52 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Wednesday night. Lauwers scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Bergamo Basket 2014 (24-6) is placed second in Group B. Lauwers has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg in 11 games. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) led Anwil to a 2-point victory over the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 72-70 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Haws scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Anwil Wloclawek (25-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Haws' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 2.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) could not help Souffelweyersheim (23-11) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kayembe's very good performance Souffelweyersheim was defeated 74-70 on the road by the lower-ranked ALS Basket (#9). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Kayembe also added 7 rebounds. Kayembe has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #3. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) contributed to Leiden's victory against the closely-ranked Zwolle (20-8) 76-67 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Tuesday night. Enobakhare recorded 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (19-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 4.9rpg in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Belgian.

   #4. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Lausanne (11-13) crushing them 74-53 in the Swiss LNA on Tuesday night. Dubas scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #5. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help Fribourg Olympic in a victory against the second-ranked Swiss Central (10-14) crushing them 99-48 in the Swiss LNA in Tuesday night's game. Leemans scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Fribourg Olympic (3-0) is placed first. So far his team won all three games in the Quarter-Finals. Leemans has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg in 22 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #6. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help ADA Blois in their game against JL Bourg in the French ProB (second division). Pontens cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 85-75. Pontens has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.5apg. He holds both Belgian and French passports.



Spirou Charleroi and experienced Serbian center Rasko Katic reach agreement on two-year contract - by Bert Larsimont

It is undoubtedly the biggest transfer news of the weekend in Belgian basketball: Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: BeoBasket) will play for Proximus Spirou Charleroi from next season on. The Belgian press and media have announced that the Serbian center has reached a two-season deal with Proximus Spirou Charleroi and will leave Telenet BC Oostende next summer.
Katic arrived in Oostende, Belgium in July 2015 and extended his contract with the local team for one more season last summer. He currently finishes his second season with Telenet BC Oostende and averages 12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.1 apg in the Belgian Euromillions League.

The Serbian center played for Zastava Kragujevac (Serbia), Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia), Istanbul Teknik Universiteti (Turkey), KK Ergonom (Serbia), Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany), KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac (Serbia), Partizan Beograd (Serbia), CAI Zaragoza (Spain) and Telenet BC Oostende (Belgium) in the past.
Rasko Katic represented the Serbian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2013. Katic was a member of the Serbian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

After having won the Belgian Cup with Telenet BC Oostende a few weeks ago (the second one in a row), Rasko Katic will try to help his current team win a new Belgian pro league title before leaving for Proximus Spirou Charleroi. Telenet BC Oostende has been Belgian league champion from 2012 to 2016 and has won the Belgian Cup from 2013 to 2017.



Belgian Euromillions League round 35 best performance: Mike Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Mike Smith (198-G-87, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Antwerp, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, two rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Oostende (#1, 29-6) 90-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. It's Smith's second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mike Smith averages this season 12.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Brussels. Ubel had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Brussels cruised to a 96-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 5-30). Brussels' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-14 record is not bad at all. Ubel is well-known at Brussels and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jonas Delalieux (202-C/F-92) of Leuven (#9). Delalieux scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Delalieux's great performance Leuven lost 78-87 to the higher-ranked Aalstar (#6, 18-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Leuven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-26 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Delalieux he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Delalieux has a very solid season. In 35 games in Belgium he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 64.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Yunio Barrueta (198-F/G-93) of Aalstar - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) of Oostende - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 19 points and 10 assists
8. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 21 points and 7 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)



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
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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
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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  


Nihad Djedovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-14) crushing them 95-68 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Djedovic recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a mere 17 minutes on the court. FC Bayern Muenchen (28-4) is placed third in the BBL. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 60.7%(68-112), 3FGP: 46.8%(36-77) and FT: 80.2% in 33 games he played so far. Djedovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Milan Milosevic
Milan Milosevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Greece). Milosevic led AEK Athens to a victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 81-70 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. Milosevic's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(41-70), 3FGP: 22.5% and FT: 64.3%. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France). Wright contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked JDA Dijon (10-21) 88-71 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (28-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Wright's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 74.1% in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #4. Center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Demir IBB (9-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Stipanovic's very good performance Demir IBB was defeated 107-93 at home by the much higher-ranked Darussafaka (#4). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Stipanovic also added 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Stipanovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #5. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) led GKK Sibenik to a victory over the eighth-ranked KK Zagreb (12-14) crushing them 123-96 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Halilovic scored 19 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 3 balls in 21 minutes. GKK Sibenik (21-5) is placed first in the A1. It's Halilovic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.4spg in 28 games. Halilovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #6. Small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (20-6) 68-56 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Ramljak scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Zadar (19-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Ramljak's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team twelve years ago.

Nemanja Gordic
Nemanja Gordic
   #7. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in Montenegro) contributed to a 3-point Buducnost's victory against the bottom-ranked Mornar Bar 76-73 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga in Wednesday night's game. Gordic was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (9-0) is placed first in group x. So far his team won all nine games in the Finals. Gordic has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.8apg in eight games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #8. Shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked KK Split (21-5) 97-78 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Musa recorded 16 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. Musa averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #9. Former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the fifth-ranked Mega Leks (2-3) 89-85 in the Serbian KLS on Tuesday night. Kuzmic recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (5-0) is placed first in the KLS. So far his team won all five games in the Second Stage. This year Kuzmic's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 3.4rpg in five games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #10. Shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in Serbia) helped Partizan win their game against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-4) 82-75 in the Serbian KLS in Wednesday night's game. Vrabac recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (4-1) is placed third in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vrabac has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg 86-76 in the German BBL on Monday night. He recorded 15 points. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against the fourth-ranked Oradea 103-96 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. He scored 23 points and added 8 passes. Adamovic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 6.1apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2014.

   #13. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) helped Dynamic BG win their game against the closely-ranked Mega Leks 86-75 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. Lazic has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in 28 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) helped RETAbet BB win their game against the closely-ranked Andorra 81-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Todorovic recorded 10 points. He has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.0rpg. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team back in 2009.

   #15. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 10 minutes. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.1apg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

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

   #1. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) led Cibona to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KK Zadar (19-7) crushing them 88-66 in the Croatian A1 last Thursday. Bosnjak scored 16 points in 32 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bosnjak has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in 30 games he played so far.

   #2. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) was the major contributor in a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (20-6) 68-56 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. KK Zadar (19-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Barac's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.5apg in 27 games.

   #3. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the second-ranked Rogaska (7-3) 72-66 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. Rizvic had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Zlatorog Lasko (5-5) is placed third. Rizvic's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in 34 games.

   #4. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) could not help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the league leader Movil Estudiantes was defeated 79-72 in a derby game by the leading Real Madrid. Suton recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Suton has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in Montenegro) was not able to help Buducnost in their game against Mornar Bar in the Montenegrin Erste Liga, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Sehovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. But the first-placed Buducnost (9-0) was badly defeated 82-66 on the road by the bottom-ranked (#11) Mornar Bar in the group x. Sehovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Buducnost's roster. Sehovic averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #6. Experienced Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Tadamon in their game against Byblos in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Despite his very good performance on Monday night Ilic recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Ilic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 13.2rpg and 2.8apg. Ilic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities.

   #7. Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) led Panionios to a victory over the closely-ranked Doukas crushing them 83-58 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Alihodzic scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. His stats this year are: 12.9ppg and 6.6rpg in 29 games. Alihodzic also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and British.

   #8. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) faced previously mentioned Ramo Rizvic in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last game. Djuranovic couldn't help Rogaska in their game against Zlatorog. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Djuranovic has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Horsens IC in their game against Bakken in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his very good performance on Wednesday night Borovcanin recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks. He averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg.

   #10. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Borac in their game against Partizan in the Serbian KLS. Todorovic scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 87-93. Todorovic's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games.



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 8. Andrade, Bauru18.3 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 6. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 3. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 9. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Rafael Freire Luz selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias (20-10) 76-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Freire Luz scored 8 points in 16 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (21-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Freire Luz's first season with the team. This year he averages: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(21-31), 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 71.4% in 26 games he played so far. Freire Luz has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania). Lima contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) crushing them 96-40 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Lima's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 72.0%(90-125) and FT: 48.6%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario could not help the Houston Rockets (55-27) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets (55-27) were crushed 121-96 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Hilario scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.5%(278-438) and FT: 58.8% in 76 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #4. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa in their game against Real Madrid (23-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Machado scored 10 points and added 5 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Machado's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #5. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA. Neto scored 5 points in 9 minutes. The Utah Jazz (51-31) lost 104-115 at home to the Golden State Warriors. This year Neto averages only 2.5ppg in 49 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #6. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (13-17) in their game against Gran Canaria (20-11) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Benite did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Benite has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #7. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-18) in their game against FC Barcelona (21-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hettsheimer scored only 3 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 87-53 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Hettsheimer's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #8. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Granada's victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra (15-15) 73-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Cobos scored 6 points. Coviran Granada (20-10) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Cobos' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ourense (18-16) 78-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (22-12) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dos Anjos' overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 5.9rpg in 34 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan). Hatano could not help Ryukyu GK (29-31) to beat Diamond Dolphins (27-33). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Hatano scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The second-placed Ryukyu GK (29-31) lost 62-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Diamond Dolphins in the West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Hatano's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg in 58 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.



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





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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski19.6 
 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. Bozov, Rilski15.9 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.8 
 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.5.2 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.4 
 10. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. 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. Hott, Balkan1.5 
 10. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.4 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.1 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 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 


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

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (19-12) 91-85 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Bost scored 16 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (28-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bost's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 82.1% in 31 games he played so far. Bost is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Bost has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Iran). He could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Videnov's very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was defeated 87-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Chemidor (#3) in the Group 1. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Videnov also added 9 rebounds. Videnov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 63.2%. Videnov played for the Bulgarian national team in 2012.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-18) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (21-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 70.3%(64-91), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 81.4% in 30 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. Point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Khimki's victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) 91-84 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Rowland recorded 13 points and added 4 assists. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 77-67 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Tuesday. Simmons scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Simmons has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #6. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Simmons and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Mirkovic contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 77-67. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Mirkovic's stats this season are: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #7. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Vrsac (14-8) in their last game. Despite Minchev's good performance Vrsac was badly defeated 94-76 at home by the leading Crvena Zvezda. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Minchev also added 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Minchev's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg in 11 games. He is also Bulgarian U18 national team player.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-19) 92-87 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tofas Bursa (14-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ivanov averaged so far 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #9. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a BM Slam Stal's victory against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (20-12) 84-76 in the Polish PLK last Friday. Nikolov recorded 12 points in 22 minutes. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-11) is placed third in the PLK. Nikolov has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Kaloyan Ivanov in the Turkish BSL last game. Ivanov was not able to secure a victory for Yesilgiresun Bld (10-19) in their game against Tofas (14-15). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Yesilgiresun Bld was defeated 92-87 in Bursa by the higher-ranked Tofas (#9). Ivanov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Ivanov averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK in their game against Banvit in the Turkish BSL. Calloway scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes. His team lost 64-79. Calloway's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #12. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (16-44) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Washburn's good performance Yokohama BC (#6) were edged 75-72 in Niigata by the higher-ranked Albirex (#4) in the Central group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Washburn averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the ninth-ranked ALM Evreux 67-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Marinov recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Marinov averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) could not help Kumanovo (3-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance Kumanovo (#4) was defeated 93-88 at home by the leading MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Karadzovski also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Karadzovski averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 108-66 in the Latvian LBL on Thursday night. Deane recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (27-5) is placed first in the LBL. Deane has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) managed to help Cholet Basket in a victory against the 16th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-21) 78-70 in the French ProA on Friday night. Evtimov recorded only 4 points in 19 minutes. Cholet Basket (12-19) is placed 11th in the ProA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Evtimov has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.



NBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Lukoil and Beroe record victories - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 95-80

Lukoil fired past Rilski to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-80. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Lukoil Acad. and four Rilski players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 25+13reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 18+1reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 16+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 13+2reb+7ast, S.Zack 10+8reb+1ast, B.Avramov 7+1reb
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 20+8reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 16+1reb+3ast, N.Stoyanov 15+2reb+1ast, D.Shelton 11+7reb, Z.Georgiev 6+2reb+2ast, S.Francis 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 545964


Beroe - Cherno More 87-81

Beroe prevailed against Cherno More to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beroe forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) chipped in 22 points. Serbian power forward Filip Dedijer (205-88) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) added 22 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Beroe: T.Zhelev 22+3reb+3ast, B.Raley-Ross 19+7reb+5ast, P.Aleksiev 12+2reb+2ast, O.Gudul 9+3reb+2ast, A.Jones 8+3reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 8+1reb+2ast
Cherno More: N.Djuric 22+4reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 22+7reb+3ast, A.Natskin 16+3reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 9+2reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 6+4reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 6+4reb+11ast
gschID: 545963





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  CBA  


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



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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)



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Guizhou adds Jones to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Jones He moved there from VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where he started the season. In 29 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Jones played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 31 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Jones also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 4.2ppg and 4.0rpg. The other team Jones played that season for was JA Vichy in French ProB. In 8 games he got 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played previously professionally in Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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THE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE TO START ON MAY 20TH - by Victor Garcia

After almost 8 months of delays the Colombian League looks ready to re-start, the Professional basketball division @dpbcolombia announced the launching of its 2017 Championship in May 9, the number of teams is still unclear and could be 7 or 8 because one of the PBD (professional basketball division) associates, the Halcones from Cucuta, finally withdraw for this year competition because did not found a sponsor.
The league struggles began with the rupture between PBD and Go Sports the company who was managing the professional championship and the one that brought Directv as sponsor, as result of this rupture Directv decided not to renew its contract as sponsor.
But yet , less than two weeks before the start of the 2017 Champinship some of the clubs looks incredulous and has not put their rosters together yet, the cause is that in the late August when the competition should had start a couple of teams: Halcones and Cimarrones had their imports and the cancellation of the championship cause them the loss of part of their budgets, by this time just 4 of the 8 teams fulfilled their commitment and were ready.
There's not a schedule yet, the PBD should be waiting to define the number of teams, sounds weird two weeks before the start, but the division has big pressure on them to start a new failure to reach this goal could mean the death of the PBD as the main professional basketball entity in the country.



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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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Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League Awards 2017 - by Zeljko Zule

Finals MVP: Iva Borovic (170-G-88) of Medvescak 2009
Player of the Year: Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Tresnjevka 2009
Guard of the Year: Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Plamen Pozega
Forward of Year: Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Tresnjevka 2009
Center of the Year: Lea Miletic (185-F-95) of Pula Crnja Tours
Newcomer of the Year: Valentina Simunic (175-G-98) of Podravac Gigant
Most Improved Player of Year: Lea Miletic (185-FC-95) of Pula Crnja Tours
Defensive Player of Year: Iva Todoric (174-F-93) of Medvescak
Coach of the Year: Braslav Turic of Medvescak

1st Team
PG: Valentina Simunic (175-G-98) of Podravac Gugant
SG: Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Plamen Pozega
F: Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) of Tresnjevka 2009
FC: Lea Miletic (185-FC-95) of Pula Crnja Tours
C: Patricija Bura (188-C-96) of Medvescak

2nd Team

PG: Mihaela Lazic (168-G-00) of Brod na Savi
SG: Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) of SIbenik
F: Romana Stojanovic (186-F/G-93) of Ragusa
FC: Anja Majstorovic (184-SF-94) of Medvescak
C: Marta Erslan (178-SF-96) of Ragusa

Honorable Mention
Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) of Tresnjevka 2009
Maja Ramljak (185-C-88) of Pula Crnja Tours
Kristina Soldo (177-G-88) of Plamen Pozega
Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) of Croatia 2006

All-Defensive Team
PG: Nika Muhl (177-PG-01) of Tresnjevka 2009
SG: Maja Puljic (170-G-93) of Split
F: Iva Todoric (174-F-93) of Medvescak
FC: Lea Miletic (183-F-95) of Pula Crnja Tours
C: Viktorija Curic (185-C-01) of Podravac Gigant

All-Newcomers Team
G: Valentina Simunic (175-G-98) of Podravac Gigant
G: Nika Muhl (177-PG-01) of Tresnjevka 2009
F: Lea Hajdin (181-F-98) of Pula Crnja Tours
FC: Ana Vojtulek (187-C-99) of Plamen Pozega
C: Viktorija Curic (C-185-01) of Podravac Gigant



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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



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC16.5 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Bonneau, Svendborg15.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGrew, SI.10.5 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.7 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.8 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.2 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 8. Gesell, Bakken1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 4. Diouf, Bakken1.0 
 5. Baru, SISU0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 10. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 


Bakken Bears are crowned Ligaen champions - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 81-73

Bakken celebrated the 15th Ligaen title. They overcame Horsens IC to claim 4-1 victory in the championship series. Horsens IC trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Horsens IC 41-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and was named the Finals MVP. Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 13 points and 9 assists and international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 25+8reb+4ast, J.Williamson 15+6reb+3ast, M.Diouf 14+11reb+2ast, M.Gesell 9+3reb+4ast, T.Laerke 6+2reb+3ast, A.Darboe 5+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: L.Alexander 19+2reb, M.Mack 13+4reb+9ast, G.Lundberg 12+6reb+7ast, V.Borovcanin 11+1reb+1ast, D.Trist 10+6reb+1ast, W.Artino 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545864





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Indios de San Francisco inks Carlos Novas Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) agreed terms with 25-year old naturalized Austrian forward Carlos Novas Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg and 3.9rpg this season. The last summer Novas Mateo played at Plaza (Santiago League).
His team made it to the Austrian final in 2013.
Novas Mateo represented Austria at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Novas Mateo has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep. and Austria (Arkadia Lions, Redwell Gunners Oberwart, Gmunden Swans and Vienna).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga Superior round 13 best performance: Diego Ferrin - by Eurobasket News

Diego Ferrin put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thunder, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Ausoles (#10, 2-9) 88-80. Thunder maintains the 4th position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thunder will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Ferrin had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Thunder and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Diego Ferrin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.8ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 53.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) of Izalco. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Izalco lost that game 88-97 to slightly higher-ranked San Marcos (#2, 10-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Izalco still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 9 other games. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 46.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 19.2rpg and 9.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Aldo Cantor (99) of league's second-best San Marcos. Cantor showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of San Marcos, leading his team to a 98-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Ausoles (#10, 2-9). San Marcos needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Cantor has a very solid season. In 12 games in El Salvador he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 41 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Salvador Bonilla) of Biomedical - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Samuel Diaz) of Thunder - 32 points and 8 rebounds
8. Milton Martinez (88) of San Marcos - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcos Baltrons (189-F-81) of Ausoles - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 14 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)



David Lawson claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American David Lawson (185-PG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 43 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Canarios in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denver-FAS (#12, 10-14) 122-111. Thanks to this victory Canarios moved-up to the 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Lawson had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Reinhardt College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.0ppg. Lawson is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 60.3% FGP. Worth to mention Lawson 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 28-year old American forward Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco. McArthur impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Brujos Izalco cruised to a 98-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#15, 7-19). Despite this victory Brujos Izalco slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 22 matches. McArthur is one of the most experienced players at Brujos Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Brujos Izalco's star - American Christopher Blake (196-G-88). Blake showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Brujos Izalco, helping his team with a 98-87 win against the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#15, 7-19). Brujos Izalco is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 22-4 record is not that bad... Blake has a great season in El Salvador. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 7.1apg (3rd best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Thomas Vansdell (185-SG-86) of Sonsonate - 36 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88) of Santa Ana - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 32 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 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





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

Check also Complete Transfers List in El Salvador



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)



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2017 Atlanta Eurobasket Summer League Day 2 Results - by ESL News

The 2017 Eurobasket Summer League Atlanta concluded Sunday with the game portion of the event. Each player played in two games and are availability immediately. Below you can find the box scores for each game and the full video for each.

Game 1:
France 78 v Austria 84
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06azWU1G-yQ

#FrancePtsRebAstStlBlk
56Deric McCottrell96320
42Joe Davis (183-G-88, college: Morgan St.)244220
63Curtis McMillion (198-F-92)2215010
31Tyriq Davis01110
75Brentine Taylor (196-F, college: Columbus St.)1510510
49Armand Shoon (190-G-94)82300
#AustriaPtsRebAstStlBlk
2Alex Gary1912300
102Marcellus Dunn (196-F, college: Claflin)126340
37Ronnie Gore (186-G-88)235210
83Will Adams (178-PG-95)1751010
74Brannon Dark (198-F)58320
65Ed Drew (196-F-95)86004

Game 2:
Germany 77 v England 79 OT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5UEl-woteM&t=68s



#EnglandPtsRebAstStlBlk
15Albert Lynch III (190-G)123110
71Richard Freeman (206-F-95)155300
90Joseph Howell (188-G-86, college: Cent.Methodist)26500
85Shunquez Stephens (198-F-92)1913520
19Killven Samuel (188-G-89)164551
21Johnathan Thompson (183-PG)154730
#GermanyPtsRebAstStlBlk
100Dee Franklin278411
39Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic)163400
66Denard Williams (198-F)410000
70Kris Bell (206-F/C)179110
29Moufdy Mikhail72300
44Tyler Smith (188-G)69410

Game 3:
Austria 82 v England 78 OT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IsR8-sZFc4&t=43s

#AustriaPtsRebAstStlBlk
65Ed Drew235112
37Ronnie Gore04620
83Will Adams355720
102Marcellus Dunn63201
41Jeremy Martin (185-G-98)21010
2Alex Gary73110
74Brannon Dark94010
#EnglandPtsRebAstStlBlk
71RJ Freeman1410600
21Johnathan Thompson185310
90Joseph Howell00300
85Shunquez Stephens169100
19Killven Samuel204031
15Albert Lynch III107200

Game 4:
Belgium 68 v Greece 70



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcuoExT_B2s&t=522s

#BelgiumPtsRebAstStlBlk
51Isaiah Mason107101
38Thomas Hay (190-G/F)09600
87Sean Gribble (208-C, college: Guilford Tech CC)98111
41Jeremy Martin127200
9Shaquille Hunter (190-G-93, college: CS Dominguez H.)215430
52Jordan Bowling (198-F, college: Dalton St.)1610221
#GreecePtsRebAstStlBlk
61Derek Meger (198-F)99100
34Kelsley Wilkinson (183-PG)91330
72Takija Knight (203-PF-94, college: Clayton St.)1611112
79Paul Ponder (G)195210
96Ryan Burnett (196-G/F)1511520
97Quinton Campbell (201-G/F-93)28310

Game 5:
France 84 v Greece 94



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHTgdwwdeTc&t=63s

#FrancePtsRebAstStlBlk
63Curtis McMillion1810100
49Armand Shoon135320
56Deric McCottrell54500
31Tyriq Davis45100
75Brentine Taylor2011211
42Joe Davis246310
#GreecePtsRebAstStlBlk
97Quinton Campbell115330
96Ryan Burnett286200
61Derek Meger86602
79Paul Lee Ponder180420
72Takija Knight259112
34Kelsley Wilkinson42100

Game 6:
Germany 79 v Belgium 83



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOC5EdOcv1k&t=58s

#BelgiumPtsRebAstStlBlk
51Isaiah Mason3015130
87Sean Gribble89001
38Thomas Hay712600
41Jeremy Martin166500
52Jordan Bowling34300
9Shaquille Hunter194110
#GermanyPtsRebAstStlBlk
100Dee Franklin193550
39Kenny Bellinger137220
66Denard Williams118312
70Kristopher Bell1612100
29Moufdy Mikhail34111
44Tyler Smith173100




2017 Atlanta Eurobasket Summer League Day 1 Results - by ESL News

The 2017 Atlanta Eurobasket Summer League opened up Saturday with our Skills and Athleticism portions of the combine. All players are available immediately. Videos are broken up by Group and Station Work.

Skill Tests and Drills Performed:

Shooting: Spot up (Mid Range and 3's), Dribble Pull Ups, Shots of Screens, Post Work

Athleticism: Vertical Jump, 3/4 Sprints, Full Court Sprints, Lane Agility, and Lateral Speed

Situational: 3 on 2, 2 on 1 Transition, Miami Transition, One on One defense, and 3 on 3 competition

(Listed below Groups A-D)

Group A

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
9Shaquille Hunter (190-G-93, college: CS Dominguez H.)2.87 sec7.59 sec10.28 sec393480%80%88%
15Albert Lynch III (190-G)3.09 sec7.91 sec9.81 sec382652%64%60%
31Tyriq Davis3.15 sec8.22 sec11.06 sec383440%16%36%
34Kelsley Wilkinson (183-PG)3.03 sec7.65 sec9.25 sec423076%48%40%
39Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic)3.0 sec8.06 sec10.9 sec392760%52%60%
44Tyler Smith (188-G)2.93 sec7.5 sec10.0 sec363368%48%68%
90Joseph Howell (188-G-86, college: Cent.Methodist)3.15 sec8.25 sec11.34 sec362840%56%48%
83Will Adams (178-PG-95)3.03 sec7.69 sec10.0 sec453176%76%76%
18Lance Crawford (178-PG-96)2.97 sec7.81 sec10.03 sec362852%48%60%

Men's Group B

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
21Johnathan Thompson (183-PG)3.03 sec7.81 sec10.13 sec393352%36%40%
51Isaiah Mason3.0 sec7.9 sec10.56 sec403072%48%64%
52Jordan Bowling (198-F, college: Dalton St.)3.03 sec7.75 sec9.28 sec442960%44%80%
56Deric McCottrell3.25 sec8.25 sec10.59 sec313144%36%44%
61Derek Meger (198-F)3.1 sec8.03 sec10.19 sec392756%40%56%
97Quinton Campbell (201-G/F-93)3.03 sec7.78 sec10.12 sec413460%56%56%
102Marcellus Dunn (196-F, college: Claflin)3.0 sec7.62 sec10.47 sec413552%36%48%
100Dee Franklin2.84 sec7.28 sec9.56 sec453452%36%40%
85Shunquez Stephens (198-F-92)3.09 sec7.66 sec10.37 sec362844%36%64%

Men's Group C

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
19Killven Samuel (188-G-89)2.9 sec7.85 sec9.9 sec403168%52%80%
29Moufdy Mikhail3.19 sec8.37 sec10.57 sec362728%35%40%
37Ronnie Gore (186-G-88)2.94 sec7.41 sec9.85 sec413844%44%32%
38Thomas Hay (190-G/F)2.9 sec7.69 sec10.22 sec413548%48%32%
49Armand Shoon (190-G-94)3.0 sec7.69 sec9.19 sec383436%28%32%
96Ryan Burnett (196-G/F)3.1 sec7.93 sec10.06 sec363168%48%56%
41Jeremy Martin (185-G-98)3.12 sec8.44 sec10.28 sec392268%60%60%
79Paul Ponder (G)3.13 sec7.87 sec10.75 sec353068%56%40%
2Alex Gary3.06 sec7.84 sec11.37 sec363360%52%84%

Men's Group D

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
65Ed Drew (196-F-95)3.06 sec8.0 sec10.28 sec412964%48%16P
66Denard Williams (198-F)3.0 sec7.59 sec10.0 sec393284%64%40%
70Kris Bell (206-F/C)3.13 sec7.94 sec10.6 sec372344%24%18P
71Richard Freeman (206-F-95)3.0 sec7.62 sec9.85 sec393128%44%60%
72Takija Knight (203-PF-94, college: Clayton St.)3.22 sec7.91 sec10.41 sec392836%60%64%
74Brannon Dark (198-F)2.94 sec7.34 sec10.10 sec423260%32%52%
75Brentine Taylor (196-F, college: Columbus St.)2.94 sec7.75 sec10.15 sec393152%44%52%
87Sean Gribble (208-C, college: Guilford Tech CC)3.1 sec8.31 sec11.28 sec342776%48%20P
63Curtis McMillion (198-F-92)3.22 sec8.5 sec11.19 sec392760%52%19P




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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  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Clark, Chalon18.7 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.7 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines17.2 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines17.1 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.9 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 7. Young, Chalons-.15.2 
 8. Rush, Nancy15.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.6 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.1 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.5 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Hunt, Nancy7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.9 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.6 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.3 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.4 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel4.4 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 8. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.5 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 9. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 
 10. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.8 


ProA Round 31: Leader Monaco gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

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

Leader Monaco delivered the twenty eighth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 13th ranked JDA Dijon (10-21) 88-71. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. JDA Dijon managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Monaco forced 20 JDA Dijon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Monaco made 7 blocks. International Billy Ouattara (191-92) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. American power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco (28-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. JDA Dijon lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Monaco are looking forward to face Cholet Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against Paris-Levallois and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Strasbourg IG (21-10) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-15). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Lacombe contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) answered with 17 points and 4 assists for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Strasbourg IG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Gravelines. Strasbourg IG will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Le Portel was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (19-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Le Portel (17-14). Le Portel managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71 on Friday. It was a great evening for Jakim Donaldson who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Vincent Poirier responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Le Portel. They maintain seventh place with 17-14 record. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Le Portel will meet Olympique Antibes (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Mans, where 11th ranked Le Mans (12-19) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (11-20) 72-80. It was an exceptional evening for Jerel Blassingame who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pau. Local Pau-Lacq-Orthez (21-10) outscored 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-24) 100-61 on Saturday night. DJ Cooper fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 18 assists for the winners. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Sluc Nancy lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Chalons-Reims (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Le Mans (#12) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chalons-Reims was defeated by Gravelines in a road game 92-84. Orleans was beaten by Chalon at home 96-114. Limoges lost to Nanterre on the opponent's court 81-91. Hyeres-Toulon unfortunately lost to Cholet in a home game 70-78.

ASVEL - Strasbourg 71-75

The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Strasbourg IG (21-10) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (16-15). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and naturalized Guyanese Livio Jean-Charles (202-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Strasbourg IG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Gravelines. Strasbourg IG will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 17+1reb+4ast, C.Ware 14+1reb+1ast, L.Jean-Charles 11+8reb+3ast, N.Lang 11+5reb+2ast, N.Dragovic 6+4reb, C.Kahudi 4+1reb
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 16+3reb+3ast, P.Lacombe 14+6reb+3ast, M.Howard 14+10reb+2ast, E.Murphy 12+5reb, R.Travis 5+6reb+1ast, J.Leloup 5+1ast
gschID: 486088


Gravelines - Chalons-Reims 92-84

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Chalons-Reims (10-21) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-15) 92-84 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) fired 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) produced 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ASVEL. Loser Chalons-Reims keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 23+4reb+1ast, N.de Jong 18+5reb+3ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 17+2reb+4ast, J.Smith 12+4reb+5ast, T.Cain 9+18reb+4ast, A.Karolak 3
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 32+5reb+5ast, K.Gibson 21+2reb+4ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 14+9reb, S.Henry 8+4reb+3ast, R.Solomon 7+4reb, Q.Serron 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486090


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nancy 100-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pau. Local Pau-Lacq-Orthez (21-10) outscored 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-24) 100-61 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Pau-Lacq-Orthez led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Sluc Nancy 38-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sluc Nancy's players. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 18 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points) chipped in 27 points. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Eric Bartecheky felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) produced 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Sluc Nancy lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Chalons-Reims (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Le Mans (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.Rush 13+2reb+2ast, E.Ere 13+3reb+2ast, E.Brown 11+8reb+4ast, B.Sene 10+2reb+2ast, M.Trasolini 6+3reb, A.Urtasun 3+1reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Dean 27+3reb+1ast, A.Robinson 20+5reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 13+1reb+1ast, D.Cooper 12+5reb+18ast, D.Agbelese 9+9reb+2ast, A.Koffi 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 486094


Orleans - Chalon 96-114

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Chalon/Saor (24-7) defeated on the road 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-23) 114-96 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Entente Orleans 45 was better in third quarter 33-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) fired 26 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) produced 22 points and 5 assists and swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Chalon/Saor. They maintain second place with 24-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. Entente Orleans 45 lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Gravelines-Dunkerque (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Strasbourg IG (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orleans: K.McAlarney 22+1reb+5ast, J.Prince 15+3reb+6ast, M.Downs 15+4reb+6ast, M.Sommerville 14+3reb+1ast, A.Mendy 10+4reb+2ast, G.Olaseni 10+7reb
Chalon: C.Clark 26+7reb+6ast, J.Roberson 23+2reb+8ast, L.Harris 19+12reb+2ast, M.Fall 16+5reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 16+3reb+3ast, A.Bouteille 7+1reb
gschID: 486093


Nanterre - Limoges 91-81

Very expected game when 9th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-16) was defeated on the road by third ranked JSF Nanterre (22-9) 91-81 on Saturday. Limoges CSP Elite was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) fired 23 points and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) produced 18 points and 4 assists and the former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five JSF Nanterre and four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for JSF Nanterre. Defending champion maintains third place with 22-9 record having six points less than leader Monaco. Loser Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Hyeres-Toulon (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Randle 18+3reb+4ast, K.Prepelic 17+2reb+3ast, O.Camara 16+7reb+2ast, J.Jones 10+3reb, W.Buford 6+2reb+3ast, C.Fair 6+2reb
Nanterre: C.Warren 23+7ast, M.Riley 12+11reb+3ast, S.Butterfield 11+4reb+3ast, M.Lessort 10+7reb+2ast, J.Morency 10+3reb+2ast, H.Schaffartzik 10+2ast
gschID: 486092


Le Mans - Antibes 72-80

We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Mans, where 11th ranked Le Mans (12-19) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (11-20) 72-80. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 28-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) came up with 21 points and American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Le Mans in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Le Portel (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: O.Hanlan 21+4reb, R.Pearson 14+6reb+2ast, G.Watson 11+4ast, W.Yeguete 8+6reb+1ast, P.Cornelie 6+1reb, L.Konate 5+7reb+5ast
Antibes: J.Blassingame 19+2reb+10ast, T.Blue 17+8reb+2ast, C.Otule 16+11reb, M.Kouguere 11+6reb+1ast, K.Gaines 11+1reb, I.Cordinier 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 486091


Monaco - Dijon 88-71

Leader Monaco delivered the twenty eighth win on Saturday night. This time they beat 13th ranked JDA Dijon (10-21) 88-71. The game was mostly controlled by Monaco. JDA Dijon managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Monaco forced 20 JDA Dijon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Monaco made 7 blocks. International Billy Ouattara (191-92) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. American power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco (28-3) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. JDA Dijon lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Monaco are looking forward to face Cholet Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JDA Dijon will play against Paris-Levallois and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Dijon: B.Peterson 16+11reb, D.Holston 11+1reb+3ast, R.Brooks 11+3reb+3ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+3reb, A.Julien 8+3reb+5ast, G.Gajovic 6+4reb
Monaco: B.Ouattara 23+8reb+1ast, J.Shuler 18, A.Sy 11+2reb, Z.Wright 11+2reb+5ast, S.Gladyr 9+2reb+1ast, B.Davies 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 486089


Le Portel - Paris-Levallois 79-71

The game in Le Portel was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (19-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Le Portel (17-14). Le Portel managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 51-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Le Portel made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 9 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side the former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Tyler Harris (208-93, college: Auburn) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Le Portel. They maintain seventh place with 17-14 record. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Le Portel will meet Olympique Antibes (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Paris-Levallois will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: T.Harris 17+6reb+2ast, V.Poirier 15+10reb+1ast, J.Rich 10+2reb+9ast, L.Sane 9+5reb+2ast, M.N'Doye 8+3reb, R.Lesca 3+1reb+1ast
Le Portel: J.Donaldson 15+6reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 11+1reb, B.Mangin 10+4reb+5ast, L.Goulbourne 10+5reb+2ast, D.Dorsey 9+2reb+8ast, J.Begarin 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486087


Hyeres-Toulon - Cholet 70-78

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Cholet Basket (12-19) beat on the road 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-21) 78-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Cholet Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) fired 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. American forward Paul Carter (205-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Kyle Milling let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cholet Basket moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Mans. Hyeres-Toulon lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Cholet Basket will face league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against JSF Nanterre (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: A.Williams 12+2reb+3ast, F.Prenom 12+6reb+2ast, P.Carter 12+8reb+1ast, D.Michineau 10+1reb+2ast, R.Evans 9+9reb+2ast, W.Howard 7+5reb+1ast
Cholet: I.Almeida 14+4reb+4ast, J.Boutsiele 12+9reb+2ast, I.Maras 12+6reb+1ast, M.Rhett 10, G.Bell 8+3reb+4ast, D.Noel 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 486086





Cameron Clark claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old swingman had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to crush Orleans (#17, 8-23) with 18-point margin 114-96. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 24-7 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines. Cobbs impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Gravelines cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#14, 10-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Gravelines keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cobbs is a newcomer at Gravelines 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 17.2ppg (#3). He also recorded 5.6 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ghanian guard Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) of top-ranked Monaco. Ouattara scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Monaco, leading his team to a 88-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Dijon (#15, 10-21). Many experts and fans count Monaco as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 28 victories and only three lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ouattara has a very solid season. In 26 games in France he scored 11.3ppg. Billy Ouattara has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lance Harris (195-G-84) of Chalon - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Tyler Cain (203-F/C-88) of Chalons-Reims - 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matt Howard (203-F-89) of Strasbourg - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 18 assists
9. Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Limoges - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 27 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Vardar crowned the U-20 chamapion once again - by Mario Divanisov

The youth selections of KK Vardar Skopje continue to dominate in youth categories of Macedonian basketball as the "red and black" managed to defend the U-20 title by beating KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje with 3-0 in the finals.

The better placement in the regular season gave KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje the home court advantage over the playoffs, but that did not stop KK Vardar Skopje for securing the 1-0 lead with the 74-63 win in the first game. The series continued in Sports Hall "Kale" where KK Vardar Skopje manged to seal another victory on the wings of Blazo Mitkov who scored a triple in the final seconds of the game after a turnover from Rabotnicki (89-86). The decisive. third game was played earlier today in "Gradski Park" where Vardar secured another exciting win over Rabotnicki. This time the result was 65-63 for a "hat-trick" and another crown.

This was the sixth final for KK Vardar Skopje in the last six seasons where they managed to secure three titles in the U-20 category.



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. 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 


Tomasz Szewczyk inks new Schalke deal - by Moritz Korff

Tomasz Szewczyk (187-G-92) has signed a new deal with 2. Bundesliga ProB side FC Schalke 04. A 25-year-old guard, Szewczyk averaged 7.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game for the Royal Blues last season. Szewczyk is the son of former professional soccer player Zbigniew Szewczyk who played for SV Meppen and TB Berlin in the 1990s.

Prior to moving to Gelsenkirchen, Tomasz Szewczyk spent one year at BBG Herford and played for the Crailsheim Merlins. In 2016, he helped Schalke capture the Regionalliga West championship.



Julian Scott (Leaving Ehingen Left A Sour Taste In My Mouth And I Want Redemption) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his third professional season playing in four countries with Germany, France, Luexemburg and in Iraq. His last team was Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) where he averaged 17,0ppg and 8,2rpg. Last season he played for the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16. As a rookie, he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about his third professional season.

Julian thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and are you already in summer mode?

Hey Miles I'm currently finishing up playing in Luxembourg. Looking forward to head back to the states and have some family time definitely.


After playing your first two professional seasons in Germany for TSV Quackenbruck and the Uni-Riesen Leipzig, you had a whirlwind third season playing in four countries. Are you relived that this season is finally over?

Yes definitely this past year was unbelievable. Would never want to go through something like that again. But on the positive side it made me tougher and I didn't let it break me.


After being cut in pre season by German Pro A team Ehingen, you went to France to play for Gries/Oberhoffen BC (France-NM1) playing 3 games averaging 7.3ppg, 6.7rpg. How tough was it starting over after your short stay in Ehingen? You didn't stay long in France either. What was the reason for your short stay there?

It wasn't that tough when it came to playing for a different club. The hardest part for me was being cut due to not fitting in their system not that I wasnt good enough to do really well in that league that was probably the toughest part for me by far. When I went to France I was there to tryout against another player who had played in the same league a year prior and they decided to go with someone who had experience in that league over someone who was new to it. So a short stay but I made the most of what they gave me.


What kind of experience was it playing in the France third division? Was this league compatible with the German Pro B or not?

In my opinion I feel NM1 was a bit better than Pro B closer to Pro A. Definitely more physical. But that's just one opinion of many.


After France you had a very short one game stay with Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) before moving to Al Karkh (Iraq-Superleague). Did you feel like a basketball globetrotter at this time?

Definitely a globetrotter haha. No so I was headed back to the states when an opportunity for a tryout presented itself in Luxembourg. I had to beat out two other Americans for the job once I did that they were going to sign me until there was a work visa issue causing me to have to leave Europe for 3 months. Which only allowed to play one game with Luxembourg at that time. So instead of just quitting the rest of the season I found my way to Iraq.

With what kind of feelings did you go to Iraq with? Were you a bit uncomfortable going there at first? I can imagine the money was the only reason you would have choose this option.

I was terrified at first because all you hear is nothing but bad things about Iraq. But in the end I have responsibilities to my family as well as I love basketball so that's what kept me going.

Were the living conditions the only real reason you left? What was it like being an American in Iraq?

Yes there were definitely other reasons but it had nothing to do with basketball. They wanted me to stay but things happened outside of basketball which caused me to no longer feel comfortable in that situation.

What kind of experience was playing in Iraq? What will you always remember about living there?

The experience was something to remember. Playing was fine it's actually not that bad of a league not great but not bad either. I was humbled after seeing that country how people live and how good I have it in my life. I can really say I'm so fortunate and blessed.

In March, you returned back to Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) where you had played earlier in the season. Was helping the club stay in the league a small consolation for this long and up and down season?

Definitely because I was ready to throw in the towel and move on from this season but the club needed help to stay in the league and I have a lot of respect for this coach so I came in for the month to help make sure that they didn't drop.

You had good stats in Luxemburg averaging 17,0ppg and 8,2rpg. How content were you with your game there?

Not so much content because I was so focused on winning I didn't really focus hard on stats. Which hopefully doesn't bite me later on down the line when going for the next job. I hope clubs see I'm more about winning than just putting up good numbers and losing. So we will see.

Like every season there were many very good new forwards in the German Pro B. Are you anxious about possibly returning back to Germany to show everyone that you can still be that dominate player?

I want another chance to play Pro A and prove I am definitely more than capable of playing in that league and dominating it. Leaving Ehingen left a sour taste in my mouth. I want redemption

Do you feel like your game was able to develop further in this whirlwind season where you played for 4 teams? What part of your game grew?

I mentally grew I realized how tough this business can be and realizing this made me stronger and more humbled. So I'm excited to get back to work and fighting to get my goal accomplished.

What is the most important thing you learned from your third professional season that will help you as a player in your fourth season?

Easy I learned that never be satisfied with what you did in the past since it doesn't matter until you hang up the shoes. Always look to improve each year on something you were weak at before and prove to yourself first than others you have what it takes.

What is the next step for Julian Scott? Do you feel like you can make the next step to a higher league?

Next step for me is to get back to my family and reflect on this past year and make changes for the better. So the next club I play for gets the best of me at all times.

Are you just going to be chilling at home for the most part this summer or will you take a trip somewhere where you have never been to?

I will travel a bit in the beginning but I'm more excited to get back in the lab and develop myself even more.

Now that the NCAA tournament is long history, what sports do you concentrate on watching more during the summer?

Basketball really as well as football.

Draymond Green recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

Because points have become the highlight of basketball which is sad because there is so much more to it than that but that's the world we live in haha today.

Devin Booker lit up the Boston Celtics and was only the sixth player to ever have done that in the NBA. Did it surprise you that it was him and not someone else as there are other guys that come to mind that could probably have done it before the talented 20 year old?

That man is a killer all I can say about that one.

What is your opinion about Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas. Is he a top 5 NBA point guard at the moment or does he need a big playoff run to get there?

He needs a big playoff run to get there in order to establish himself.

One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now and is the best choice as MVP?

Yes without a doubt no one does what he is doing which is amazing.

How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

It was up there as one of the top stories definitely

Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

We will see if his game fits NBA style so who knows.

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Nope he got them into the playoffs single handed with losing the 2nd best player in the world in Kevin Durant.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I saw king kong.

Thanks Julian for the chat.




BG Goetingen Reel In Lennard Larysz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen have reeled in Lennard Larysz (193-PG-97, agency: Octagon Europe) Larysz is a 19 year old 193cm guard that comes from TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (ProB). Last season the German played 22 games averaging 4.8ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg. "He has good size for a guard and already good court vision for his age. I feel he can make the next step in our program", expressed BG Goettingen head coach Johan Roijakkers. Last season he scored in double figures twice scoring 12 points against the ScanPlus Baskets and 10 points against Lich.

He started his basketball career in 2011 with the BC Hamburg Tigers junior team, and played also with Piraten Hamburg U16 team (JBBL). In the 2012-2013 season he remained with BC Hamburg Tigers (2.Regionalliga) playing 13 games averaging 2.5ppg, played also at Piraten Hamburg U16 team (JBBL). In the 2013-2014 season, he continued with BC Hamburg Tigers (2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 13.5ppg, played also at Piraten Hamburg U19 team (NBBL). In the 2014-2015 season he moved to SC Rist Wedel (ProB) playing 23 games averaging 2.0ppg, played also at Hamburg Piraten U19 team (NBBL). In the 2015-2016 season he remained with SC Rist Wedel (ProB) playing 16 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg.

Source:BG Goettingen




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 EN Baskets Keep Mathias Perl - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EN Baskets Schwelm will go into the Pro B this season with Mathias Perl (188-G-89) who will return back for a third season with the team. Two seasons ago in the Pro B, the 28 year old 188cm point guard who started his basketball career in 2004 with the MTV Giessen cadet team averaged 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 65.0%. Last season he was a key figure in helping the team move from the Regionaliga back to the Pro B playing 28 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 64.1%."We have kept an important building block in our team with him. He can move a lot with his energy on the court and carries the team with him and he has a high standing with the fans", added head coach Falk Moeller. Perl who played 35 BBL games with Giessen years ago scored in double figures 13 times including a 22 point outburst against Bielefeld and 21 points against Herten.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm





Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Awards 2017 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Player of the Year: Kerry Carter (188-G-91, college: St.Mary's, CA)
Guard of the Year: Kerry Carter
Forward of the Year: Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana)
Center of the year: Khalil Kelley (203-C-91, college: Pacific)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97)
Import Player of the Year: Jordan Faison (201-F-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona)
Domestic Player of the Year: Karim Jallow (199-SG-97)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90, college: Adams St.)
Newcomer of the Year: Isaac Bonga (203-F/G-99)
Coach of the Year: Daniel Jansson

1st Team
G Kerry Carter
G K.K. Simmons (191-G-93, college: Pikeville)
F Kaimyn Pruitt
F Aaron Nelson
C Khalil Kelley

2nd Team

G Pierre Bland (188-G-92, college: IPFW)
G Travis Thompson (185-G-91, college: Alaska-Anch.)
F Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93, college: IUPUI)
F Jordan Faison
C Adrian Lind (206-C-94)

3rd Team
G Jarvis Davis (183-PG-91, college: Gardner-Webb)
G Terrell Harris (191-G-93, college: Georgia Coll.)
F Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.)
F Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.)
C Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85)

Honorable Mention
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.)
Orlando Parker (203-F-91, college: Wagner)
Dmitrj Kreis (187-G-88)
Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79)
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury)
Brandon Nazione (202-F-94, college: E.Michigan)
Tim Schonborn (193-G/F-90)
Georg Beyschlag (182-G-97)
Ricky Easterling (189-G-83, college: Bridgewater)
Shawn Gulley (201-F-93, college: Temple JC)
Lukas Wank (198-F/G-97)
Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-PG-93)
Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82)
Terence Smith (193-G-91, college: Mississippi)
Ferdinand Zylka (190-SG-98, agency: BeoBasket)
Tim Schneider (208-PF-97)
Gregory Graves (201-F-93, college: Mt.St.Mary's)
Moussa Kone (203-F-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management)
Gary Johnson (188-PG-82, college: Cent.Florida)
Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific)
Courtney Belger (187-G-89, college: Quincy)
Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman)
Steffen Kiese (190-G-87)
Frederik Henningsen (198-F-88)
Andres Murillo (201-PF-90, college: Biola, CA, agency: Octagon Europe)
Demetrius Ward (188-G-90, college: W.Michigan)
Josh Adeyeye (196-F-93, college: Jacksonville)
Antoine Myers (191-G-90, college: Troy)
Josh Smith (206-F-94, college: Clemson)
Chris Iles (180-PG-89, college: Xavier, LA)

All-Domestic Players Team
G Haris Hujic (193-PG-97)
G David Kramer (191-PG-97)
F Philip Zwiener (201-SF-85)
F Bill Borekambi (198-PF-92, college: Sequoias CC)
C Adrian Lind

All-Imports Team
G Kerry Carter
G K.K. Simmons
F Kaimyn Pruitt
F Aaron Nelson
C Khalil Kelley

All-Defensive Team

G Kerry Carter
G Travis Thompson
F Kaimyn Pruitt
F Eddy Edigin (201-C-95, agency: Two Points)
C Deion Giddens (206-C-92, college: Cornell)




Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East 1st Team 2017
John Boyer
Boyer
Tim Eisenberger
Eisenberger
Jordan Burris
Burris
Oscar Da Silva
Da Silva
Erik Land
Land


Player of the Year: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
Domestic Player of the Year: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
European Player of the Year: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
Defensive Player of the Year: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
Most Improved Player of the Year: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Burris (201-F-92) of Coburg
Coach of the Year: Farsin Hamzei of Jena II

1st Team
G: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
G: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
F: Jordan Burris (201-F-92) of Coburg
F: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
C: Erik Land (205-C-90) of TSV Troester

2nd Team
G: Jguwon Hogges (173-PG-86) of Rosenheim
G: Omari Knox (188-G-86) of Oberhaching
F: Fabian Franke (198-F-88) of Coburg
F: Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen
C: Lubos Novy (204-C-91) of Vilsbiburg

Honorable Mention
Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) of Zwickau
David Bergfeld (G-88) of Bad Aibling
Alexander Engel (191-G-93) of TSV Troester
Nick Freer (198-F/C-85) of Ansbach
Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II
Janosch Koegler (190-PG-93) of Oberhaching
Sven Lorber (187-G/F-97) of TSV Troester
Kendall Timmons (195-G/F-90) of Vilsbiburg
Malo Valerien (195-G/F-92) of Bad Aibling
Steffen Walde (190-G-92) of Coburg

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Janosch Koegler (190-PG-93) of Oberhaching
G: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
F: Fabian Franke (198-F-88) of Coburg
F: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
C: Erik Land (205-C-90) of TSV Troester



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team 2017
Miguel Cardoso
Cardoso
Luka Drezga
Drezga
Tabari Perry
Perry
Johannes Lischka
Lischka
Khobi Williamson
Williamson

Player of the Year: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Licher Baeren
Domestic Player of the Year: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Licher Baeren
European Player of the Year: Luka Drezga (196-G/F-87) of Karlsruhe SC
Defensive Player of the Year: Japhet McNeil (183-PG-85) of Kaiserslautern
Most Improved Player of the Year: Henning Schaake (201-F-95) of Licher Baeren
Newcomer of the Year: Henning Schaake (201-F-95) of Licher Baeren
Coach of the Year: Alen Velcic of Schwenningen

1st Team
G: Miguel Cardoso (188-PG-93) of Karlsruhe SC
G: Luka Drezga (196-G/F-87) of Karlsruhe SC
F: Tabari Perry (203-F) of Schwenningen
F/C: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Licher Baeren
C: Khobi Williamson (201-C-92) of Speyer

2nd Team
G: Anish Sharda (188-PG-82) of Mainz
G: Jordi Salto (190-PG-90) of Speyer
F: Tim Weber (203-F-93) of Limburg
F: Kevin Yebo (202-F/C-96) of Limburg
C: Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) of Schwenningen

Honorable Mention
Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91) of Schwenningen
Rouven Haenig (198-F-86) of Tuebingen II
Preston Ross (198-F) of Langen
Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) of Koblenz
Denis Vrsaljko (209-C-82) of Karlsruhe SC
Jaka Zagorc (192-G-90) of Schwenningen

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Maxim Schneider (184-PG-92) of Langen
G: Philipp Schoen (196-G/F-87) of Mainz
F: Rouven Haenig (198-F-86) of Tuebingen II
F: Kevin Yebo (202-F/C-96) of Limburg
F/C: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Licher Baeren



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West 1st Team 2017
Chris Hortman
Hortman
Bryce Leavitt
Leavitt
Andrius Mikutis
Mikutis
David Golembiowski
Golembiowski
Guillermo De La Puente
De La Puente

Player of the Year: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
Domestic Player of the Year: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
European Player of the Year: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
Defensive Player of the Year: Mathias Perl (188-G-89) of Schwelm
Most Improved Player of the Year: Yannik Kneesch (203-PF-96) of Bonn II
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Hortman (190-G-88) of Ibbenbueren
Coach of the Year: Kosta Filippou of Hagen BG

1st Team
G: Chris Hortman (190-G-88) of Ibbenbueren
G: Bryce Leavitt (193-G-94) of Salzkotten
F: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
F: David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Dorsten
C: Guillermo De La Puente (198-F/C-91) of Herford

2nd Team
G: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
G: Rishi Kakad (188-G-87) of Ibbenbueren
F: Domonique Crawford (196-G/F-84) of Hagen BG
F: Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) of Dorsten
C: Dijon Smith (203-F/C-89) of Frintrop

Honorable Mention
Jasper Chiwuzie (205-C-88) of Grevenbroich
Matthias Finke (190-G-87) of Salzkotten
Salathiel Ligons (201-F-84) of Hagen-Haspe
Gerrell Martin (190-G-93) of Muenster
Lyuben Paskov (196-SF-90) of Dorsten
KJ Sherrill (203-PF-91) of Hertener Loewen
Felix Wenningkamp (195-F/G-88) of Salzkotten

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
G: Matthias Finke (190-G-87) of Salzkotten
F: Felix Wenningkamp (195-F/G-88) of Salzkotten
F: Jan Koenig (201-F-93) of Muenster
F/C: Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) of Dorsten



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 1st Team 2017
Luka Petkovic
Petkovic
Damian Cortes Rey
Cortes Rey
Sandro Kordis
Kordis
Kazembe Abif
Abif
Ljubisa Markovic
Markovic

Player of the Year: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
Domestic Player of the Year: Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
European Player of the Year: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
Defensive Player of the Year: Mason Biddle (185-G-93) of Stade
Most Improved Player of the Year: Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-02) of Vechta II
Newcomer of the Year: Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-02) of Vechta II
Coach of the Year: Moris Hadzija of RW Cuxhaven

1st Team
G: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
G: Damian Cortes Rey (194-F-96) of Rist Wedel
F: Sandro Kordis (195-G/F-92) of BSW Sixers
F: Kazembe Abif (201-F-92) of Vechta
C: Ljubisa Markovic (212-C/F-91) of Aschersleben

2nd Team
G: Mason Biddle (185-G-93) of Stade
G: Dylan Travis (190-G-93) of Bremerhaven
F: Terrence Williams (198-F-93) of BSW Sixers
F: Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-SF-94) of Bremerhaven
C: Neven Zeravica (205-C-88) of Vechta II

Honorable Mention
Oscar Andres (200-F/C-87) of Stade
Martell Collins (196-G/F-93) of Rendsburg
Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
Marcel Kessen (207-C/F-97) of Oldenburg
Nigel Pruitt (201-F-94) of Westerstede

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Bennet Hundt (180-PG-98) of Bernau
G: Martin Kemp (183-PG-85) of Stade
F: Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
F: Filip Stanic (204-F/C-98) of Bernau
C: Marcel Kessen (207-C/F-97) of Oldenburg



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Fire gets double over UG, Galaxy top Navy in Accra Women's Division - by Yaw Mintah

Fire Service has earned a second straight win over University of Ghana (UG) by beating the tertiary side 42-31 in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division games played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

Following a 36-32 win over UG in the first matchup, Fire had failed to win any game prior to meeting UG and it matters didn't go as planned as UG took an 11-7 first quarter lead with Ellen Seward hitting jump shots to deny Fire a good start.

2016 Ghana Basketball Awards Most Valuable Player of the Year nominee Carlyn Adjei got Fire back in the lead with a couple of three point shots from deep and combined well with Center Nafisa Iddrissu and Forward Theresa Dodoo.

Late in the second, Adjei fakes a shot before nailing another shot from the arc to give Fire a 26-17 lead at half time. Despite the absence of star player Naa Shika Moffat, UG continued to cause problems for Fire with Seward leading the charge.

However, their fight was put to bed with more impressive displays from Fire Point Guard Adjei who delivered the highlight play of the game with a cheeky no look pass for Dodoo to convert.

In the second game of the round, Tudu Galaxy dealt a serious blow to the title ambitions of Ghana Navy courtesy a 28-19 win. Navy began slowly trailing 2-7 but recovered well with
Grace Yinamyah completing a three point play to give her side a 10-8 first quarter lead.

A combination of great play from Galaxy and poor turnovers from Navy sparked Galaxy into an 11-0 run which turned the game on its head. By the time Agyemang Kusi broke Navy's cold shooting spell with four minutes left to play in the third quarter, Galaxy held a nine point lead and maintained it to clinch the huge win.



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B Round 28: Ermis Agias defeat group leader Kastoria - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kastoria (24-4) on the court of third ranked Ermis Agias on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Ermis Agias 61-58. Newly promoted Ermis Agias maintains third position in North with 21-7 record having just three points less than leader Kastoria. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Ermis Agias are looking forward to face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against the league's second-placed Karditsas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Panerythraikos (19-9) against fourth ranked Papagou (18-9) on Sunday night. Host Panerythraikos was defeated by Papagou in New Eritrea 76-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panerythraikos. Papagou have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in South with 18-9 record. Panerythraikos at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Papagou will play against Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panerythraikos will play against Tritonas S. (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
B League top team - Peristeri GS (24-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (8-18) in Athens 80-53. Peristeri GS have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 24-4 record. Ergotelis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Peristeri GS will meet league's second-placed Marousi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ergotelis will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Karditsas (22-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Evropi (15-13). Karditsas defeated Evropi 85-74. Karditsas have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second position in North with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Kastoria. Evropi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Karditsas' next round opponent will be league's leader Kastoria at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Evropi will play against Gefyra (#11) and hope to win that game.
The game in Eleusina was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ionikos Nikaias (15-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Panelefsiniakos (15-13). Panelefsiniakos defeated Ionikos Nikaias 74-63 on Sunday. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Mandraikos. Ionikos Nikaias lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant.
In North Agriniou beat Aias Evosmou on the road 83-70. Gefyra won against Polygirou on its own court 77-68. Stratoni managed to outperform Anatolia in a road game 71-59. Ermis Lagkada managed to beat Xanthis at home 70-64. Filippos Veroias was defeated by HANTH on the opponent's court 81-70. Charilaos TM beat Periko/Arhelaos in a home game 71-65.
In South Tritonas S. won against KAP on the road 63-56. Nea Kifisia managed to outperform Koropi on its own court 75-63. Mandraikos recorded a loss to Marousi in a road game 69-63. Proteas V. defeated Kronos AD at home 66-59. Zografou beat Apollon Sm. on the opponent's court 68-55.

Group North
Aias Evosmou - Agriniou 70-83

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Agriniou (17-11) beat on the road 16th ranked Aias Evosmou (4-24) 83-70 on Sunday. Agriniou have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in North with 17-11 record. Aias Evosmou lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 24 games lost. Agriniou will face Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas in the next round. Aias Evosmou will play against Polygirou (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Gefyra - Polygirou 77-68

Very expected game when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-21) lost on the road to tenth ranked Gefyra (13-15) 77-68 on Sunday. Gefyra moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Anatolia and Charilaos TM. Polygirou lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Gefyra will face higher ranked Evropi (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Polygirou will play against Aias Evosmou (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496838


Anatolia - Stratoni 59-71

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Stratoni (16-12) won against on the road 9th ranked Anatolia (13-15) 71-59 on Sunday. Stratoni have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in North. Loser Anatolia keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Stratoni will face HANTH (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Anatolia will play against Xanthis (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496835


Ermis Lagkada - Xanthis 70-64

Everything could happen in Lagadas at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Ermis Lagkada and 8th ranked Xanthis had identical 14-13 record. This time Ermis Lagkada used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 70-64 on Sunday night. Ermis Lagkada (15-13) moved-up to sixth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Newly promoted Xanthis keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face higher ranked Agriniou (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Xanthis will play against Anatolia (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496836


HANTH - Filippos Veroias 81-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked HANTH and 13th ranked Filippos Veroias had identical 9-18 record. This time HANTH used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Veroia 81-70 on Sunday night. HANTH (10-18) moved-up to thirteenth place in North. Filippos Veroias lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. HANTH will face higher ranked Stratoni (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Filippos Veroias will play against Charilaos TM (#10) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496834


Ermis Agias - Kastoria 61-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Kastoria (24-4) on the court of third ranked Ermis Agias on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Ermis Agias 61-58. Newly promoted Ermis Agias maintains third position in North with 21-7 record having just three points less than leader Kastoria. Kastoria at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Ermis Agias are looking forward to face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kastoria will play against the league's second-placed Karditsas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496832


Evropi - Karditsas 74-85

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Karditsas (22-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Evropi (15-13). Karditsas defeated Evropi 85-74. Karditsas have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second position in North with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Kastoria. Evropi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Karditsas' next round opponent will be league's leader Kastoria at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Evropi will play against Gefyra (#11) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496833


Charilaos TM - Periko/Arhelaos 71-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Periko/Arhelaos' (11-17) road loss to eleventh ranked Charilaos TM (13-15) 65-71 on Sunday. Charilaos TM moved-up to ninth place in North, which they share with Anatolia and Gefyra. Loser Periko/Arhelaos keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Charilaos TM will face Filippos Veroias (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Ermis Agias and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496831


Group South
Panelefsiniakos - Ionikos Nikaias 74-63

The game in Eleusina was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ionikos Nikaias (15-12) played at the court of eighth ranked Panelefsiniakos (15-13). Panelefsiniakos defeated Ionikos Nikaias 74-63 on Sunday. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Mandraikos. Ionikos Nikaias lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 496597


Peristeri GS - Ergotelis 80-53

B League top team - Peristeri GS (24-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (8-18) in Athens 80-53. Peristeri GS have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 24-4 record. Ergotelis lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Peristeri GS will meet league's second-placed Marousi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ergotelis will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 496598


Panerythraikos - Papagou 65-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Panerythraikos (19-9) against fourth ranked Papagou (18-9) on Sunday night. Host Panerythraikos was defeated by Papagou in New Eritrea 76-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panerythraikos. Papagou have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in South with 18-9 record. Panerythraikos at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. Papagou will play against Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Panerythraikos will play against Tritonas S. (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 496594


KAP - Tritonas S. 56-63

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Tritonas S. (12-14) beat 16th ranked KAP (1-15) in Paraskevis 63-56 on Sunday. Newly promoted Tritonas S. maintains twelfth position in South with 12-14 record. KAP lost fifth consecutive game. KAP at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth place with 15 games lost. Tritonas S. will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#3) in New Eritrea in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAP will play against Koropi (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496595


Nea Kifisia - Koropi 75-63

There was an upset when higher ranked Koropi (16-12) lost to eleventh ranked Nea Kifisia (13-15) in Athens 63-75 on Sunday. Nea Kifisia moved-up to tenth place in South, which they share with Proteas V. Loser Koropi keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Nea Kifisia will face higher ranked Ionikos Nikaias (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Koropi will play against KAP and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496596


Marousi - Mandraikos 69-63

Very predictable result when second ranked Marousi (20-6) won against at home 7th ranked Mandraikos (15-13) 69-63 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Marousi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Marousi maintains second position in South with 20-6 record having six points less than leader Kastoria. Mandraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Marousi will face league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mandraikos will play against Kronos AD (#13) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496593


Proteas V. - Kronos AD 66-59

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Kronos AD (11-17) lost to tenth ranked Proteas V. (13-15) in Voulas 59-66 on Sunday. Newly promoted Proteas V. maintains tenth position in South with 13-15 record, which they share with Nea Kifisia. Loser Kronos AD keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Proteas V. will face higher ranked Zografou (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kronos AD will play against Mandraikos (#8) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496592


Apollon Sm. - Zografou 55-68

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Zografou (14-14) defeated 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-24) in Smyrnis 68-55 on Sunday. Newly promoted Zografou maintains ninth position in South with 14-14 record. Apollon Sm. lost sixteenth consecutive game. Apollon Sm. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth place with 24 games lost. Zografou will face Proteas V. (#10) in Voulas in the next round. Apollon Sm. will play on the road against Papagou (#4) in Athens and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496591





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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Selland and Cartwright Earn Top State High School Basketball Award - by Eurobasket News

Myah Selland of Sanborn Central-Woonsocket was named Miss Basketball and Matt Cartwright of Sioux Falls O'Gorman earned the Mr. Basketball Award at the annual banquet held Sunday in Sioux Falls. The awards, signifying the top senior high school basketball players in the state were awarded by Hanson-Anderson Basketball. Myah Selland was named Miss Basketball after compiling more than 2,200 points in her career. Cartwright became O'Gorman's first Mr. Basketball award winner after averaging just over 20 points per game en route to leading the Knights to the 2017 State 'AA' championship. Selland will continue her basketball career at South Dakota State next year while Cartwright will attend Augustana to compete in the Vikings basketball program. Two Sully Buttes players were finalist for the Miss Basketball Award. They were Chloe Lamb and Racquel Weintjes.
Courtesy of: drgnews.com



Chino Hills (Calif.) has a new boys basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Dennis Latimore (6'9''-F-82, college: Notre Dame), a former player at Arizona and Notre Dame, has been named the new boys basketball coach at Chino Hills (Calif.), according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. He will be the program's third coach in three years and takes over after the school split with Stephan Gilling, who was dropped after one season following a public feud with LaVar Ball, father of the team's star players, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. Chino Hills went 30-3 in Gilling's lone season after he replaced Steve Baik, who took the coaching job at Fairfax. Given the Ball family, the Chino Hills' opening was among the most watched high school jobs in the nation. No word yet on how Lattimore plans to deal with the Big Baller CEO or how said CEO feels about the new coach. Gilling was not a teacher at the school. School policy is to open coaching position to teachers first and then go outside of the school if a suitable coach is not found on campus. Latimore, who has a bachelor's degree in English from Notre Dame and a master's in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount, teaches English at the school. He was hired by the district in January. Latimore previously coached at View Park for two years, including a run to the 2014 CIF Division 5 Los Angeles City Section title and the Southern California Regional final. His teams went 23-32 overall.
Courtesy of: usatodayhss.com



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Guizhou adds Jones to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old Hungarian international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-106kg-90, college: Ball State). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Jones He moved there from VL Pesaro in Italian Serie A where he started the season. In 29 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.2ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Jones played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. In 31 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Jones also played 5 games in Eurocup where he had 4.2ppg and 4.0rpg. The other team Jones played that season for was JA Vichy in French ProB. In 8 games he got 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He has been regularly called to Hungarian Senior National Team since 2016.
Jones has played previously professionally in Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Hungary (Alba and Atomeromu).
He attended Ball State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBA announces Basketball School at Mumbai - by Anil Kumar

National Basketball Association (NBA) on Friday announced the setting up of its first basketball school, a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes, in Mumbai.

Ryan Burns, Technical Director of the NBA Basketball School, conducts a session at the NBA Basketball School in MumbaiRyan Burns, Technical Director of the NBA Basketball School, conducts a session in Mumbai
The school, as part of a multi-year agreement announced on Friday with India On Track (IOT), is open to male and female players between ages 6-18, a media release said.

The new initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA's existing basketball development efforts, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball without Borders (BWB) and NBA Academies, the release said.

Additional schools will be launched by NBA in India and around the world in the coming months, it added.

"The NBA Basketball School builds an additional track between the Jr. NBA and NBA Academies with the goal of increasing the pool of players who have the talent to attend our academies around the world," said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations and Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek.

The school's curriculum has been developed by the NBA's Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts, the release explained.




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Superleague Round 5 (Second Stage): Nift Al-Janoub loses to Al Nift in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Al Nift's (#1, 22-3) victory against 3rd placed Nift Al-Janoub (18-7) 83-62. Al Nift (22-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub keeps the third position with seven games lost. Al Nift are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Al Karkh (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Nift Al-Janoub will play against Al Kahraba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Al Karkh was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Shurtah (20-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Al Karkh (12-13). Al Shurtah defeated Al Karkh 110-100. Al Shurtah maintains second place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader Al Nift. Al Karkh lost their sixth game in a row. Defending champion stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Al Shurtah will play against Al Mina (#5) in Basra in the next round. Al Karkh will play at home against the league's leader Al Nift and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Basra was also quite interesting. 4th placed Al Kahraba (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Al Mina (14-11). Al Mina managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Wednesday. Al Mina maintains fifth place with 14-11 record. Al Kahraba at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Al Mina will meet at home league's second-placed Al Shurtah in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Kahraba will play against Nift Al-Janoub in Basra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Al Nift - Nift Al-Janoub 83-62

Very significant was Al Nift's (#1, 22-3) victory against 3rd placed Nift Al-Janoub (18-7) 83-62. Al Nift (22-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub keeps the third position with seven games lost. Al Nift are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Al Karkh (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Nift Al-Janoub will play against Al Kahraba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 544099


Al Karkh - Al Shurtah 100-110

The game in Al Karkh was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Al Shurtah (20-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Al Karkh (12-13). Al Shurtah defeated Al Karkh 110-100. Al Shurtah maintains second place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader Al Nift. Al Karkh lost their sixth game in a row. Defending champion stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Al Shurtah will play against Al Mina (#5) in Basra in the next round. Al Karkh will play at home against the league's leader Al Nift and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 544100


Al Mina - Al Kahraba 74-66

The game in Basra was also quite interesting. 4th placed Al Kahraba (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Al Mina (14-11). Al Mina managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Wednesday. Al Mina maintains fifth place with 14-11 record. Al Kahraba at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Al Mina will meet at home league's second-placed Al Shurtah in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Kahraba will play against Nift Al-Janoub in Basra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 544098





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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.0 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.2 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.1 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.7 
 6. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.5 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 9. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.8 
 10. Tucker, Hapoel T-A15.7 
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.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.2 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.6 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.7 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.3 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 7. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.7 
 9. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .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 Eilat1.4 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 31: Hapoel Eilat defeats Maccabi Haifa in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-10) on Monday. The visitors from Eilat managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Eilat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-10 record. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-11) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Holon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Nahariya 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Derwin Kitchen accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Rishon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Kiryat Gat 101-95. Brandon Bowman fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Halil Kanacevic produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth place with 5-26 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi K/G will meet league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-15). Maccabi T-A defeated Maccabi Rishon 88-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. Worth to mention a great performance of Joe Alexander who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 19-12 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel Eilat. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#9) in Rosh Pina which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 31 Hapoel T-A lost to Hapoel J-M on the opponent's court 80-93. Galil Gilboa managed to outperform Maccabi Ashdod in a home game 95-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Tarence Kinsey of Hapoel J-M.

Hapoel J-M - Hapoel T-A 93-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-18) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (17-14) 93-80. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Jerusalem had a 27-21 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Tel-Aviv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-93. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and international Tomer Ginat (202-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Maccabi Haifa (#8) at home. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 21+2reb+7ast, T.Blatt 16+2ast, T.Ginat 16+9reb+1ast, A.Tucker 14+8reb+2ast, L.Dendy 5+1reb+2ast, R.Elias-Pour 4+3reb
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 33+10reb+2ast, R.Howell 12+12reb+2ast, B.Timor 10+3reb+3ast, A.Gentile 9+4reb, L.Eliyahu 8+3reb+3ast, J.Dyson 7+5ast
gschID: 540759


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 84-86

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-10) on Monday. The visitors from Eilat managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Eilat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and international Oz Blayzer (199-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-10 record. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: O.Blayzer 16+6reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+1reb+1ast, G.Vargas 12+6reb+8ast, J.DiBartolomeo 11+3reb+4ast, A.Simhon 9+1reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 9+2reb+2ast
Hapoel Eilat: R.Buckner 23+7reb, L.Milbourne 15+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 13+2reb, W.Daniels 11+3reb, P.Henry 10+4reb+6ast, C.Colman 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 540757


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 95-85

Rather predictable result in Rosh Pina where ninth ranked Galil Gilboa (14-17) defeated 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-19) 95-85. Maccabi Ashdod was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-37 second half run of Galil Gilboa. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Ashdod turnovers. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!). His fellow American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Maccabi Ashdod. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa maintains ninth place with 14-17 record. Maccabi Ashdod lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Cohen 27+6reb+6ast, C.Simon 19+6reb+8ast, J.Carmichael 10+4reb+2ast, N.Tishman 8+3ast, I.Ziv 7+2reb+3ast, K.Dillard 6+3reb
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 30+4reb+7ast, E.Griffin 25+6reb+1ast, M.Qualls 19+4reb+1ast, E.Skverer 11+4reb+5ast, J.Shuchman 8+2reb+4ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 2+2ast
gschID: 540756


Maccabi K/G - Bnei Hertzeliyya 101-95

Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Kiryat Gat 101-95. Bnei Hasharon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Maccabi K/G made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Alex Rosenberg (201-91, college: Columbia) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) added 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth place with 5-26 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi K/G will meet league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: D.Williams 23+8reb, H.Kanacevic 17+9reb+6ast, T.Green 14+2reb+3ast, J.Adrien 10+2reb+2ast, B.Triche 10+3reb+2ast, O.Leumi 10+1ast
Maccabi K/G: A.Rosenberg 18+1reb+4ast, B.Bowman 17+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 17+3reb+2ast, E.Shulman 14+1reb+3ast, J.Selby 13+3reb+5ast, O.Solomon 12+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540754


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Holon 78-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-11) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Holon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Nahariya 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Holon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 41-30 second half run of Ironi Nahariya. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) added 17 points respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Rishon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: S.Harush 18+8reb+1ast, J.Bell 17+2reb+1ast, T.Holloway 10+2reb+4ast, D.Atkins 9+6reb, J.Taylor 6+4reb, A.Chubrevich 5+3reb
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 23+5reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 13+10reb+3ast, S.Douglass 11+2reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 11+3ast, T.Nash 10+6reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 540755


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 74-88

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-15). Maccabi T-A defeated Maccabi Rishon 88-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A forced 19 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. Strangely Maccabi Rishon outrebounded Maccabi T-A 40-24 including a 17-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. International power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Five Maccabi T-A and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 19-12 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel Eilat. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#9) in Rosh Pina which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 15+4reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 15+9reb+2ast, P.Richard 11+8reb+4ast, E.Kadir 10+6reb+1ast, S.Dawson 9+5reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 8+3reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: J.Alexander 25+3reb+2ast, D.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, G.Mekel 12+1reb+7ast, S.Landesberg 12+4reb+1ast, V.Rudd 10+5reb+3ast, C.Iverson 6+3reb
gschID: 540758





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  ITALY  

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. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 6. Ferguson, Angelico.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
 10. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
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. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 7. Mortellaro, Chieti9.2 
 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. Ferguson, Angelico.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma 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. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.2 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino19.6 
 3. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.2 
 8. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.6 
 9. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino10.9 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 5. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Papa, Teramo8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 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. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. 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 


Recap of Serie A2 Round 4 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Treviglio - Alma Trieste 78-77

Treviglio escaped elimination with a narrow one-point home win over Trieste. Treviglio made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Alma Trieste. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 26+10reb+2ast, A.Pecile 13+3ast, M.Da Ros 12+6reb+5ast, J.Green 8+3reb+3ast, S.Bossi 4+3reb+1ast, R.Prandin 4+1reb
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 17+2reb+8ast, P.Sorokas 14+9reb+2ast, T.Marino 12+1reb+2ast, E.Rossi 11+4reb, P.Marini 8+5reb+1ast, A.Pecchia 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546423


Mantova - Tortona 78-70

Mantova overcame Tortona to force the decider. Mantova made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. The former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 27 points and forward Davide Alviti (202-96) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tortona.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 27+4reb+1ast, P.Greene IV 13+2reb+2ast, D.Alviti 12+6reb, L.Garri 5+7reb+4ast, M.Sanna 4+5reb+1ast, V.Cucci 4+6reb
Mantova: L.Corbett 19+3reb+3ast, F.Candussi 16+6reb, J.Giachetti 13+1reb+4ast, A.Casella 8+4reb+3ast, L.Gergati 8+4reb+3ast, A.Amici 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 546422


F.Kontatto BO - Agrigento 80-58

F.Kontatto Bologna outgunned Agrigento to secure their quarterfinal birth. F.Kontatto BO made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. F.Kontatto BO outrebounded Agrigento 34-22 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) responded with 16 points and 6 assists and power forward Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) scored 7 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: M.Evangelisti 16+4reb+6ast, A.Chiarastella 10+2reb+1ast, R.Bucci 9+1ast, P.Buford 9+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 7+4reb+4ast, A.Piazza 4+3reb+4ast
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 17+4reb+1ast, A.Legion 13+2reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 13+1reb, N.Italiano 12+1reb, J.Knox 9+9reb+2ast, M.Montano 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546421


Novipiu Casale - Virtus Bologna 54-70

Virtus Bologna outgunned Novipiu Casale to reach the quarterfinal stage. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: B.Blizzard 13+2reb+6ast, J.Tolbert 10+7reb, F.Di Bella 9+3reb+4ast, G.Tomassini 6+1ast, L.Severini 5+12reb, D.Denegri 4+2reb+3ast
Virtus Bologna: G.Rosselli 14+4reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 14+9reb+2ast, K.Lawson 12+6reb, L.Penna 10+4reb, M.Umeh 9+4reb+2ast, S.Gentile 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 546420


Roseto - Legnano 64-61

Roseto held off Legnano to advance. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) fired 19 points for the winners. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) produced 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 12+5reb+2ast, F.Maiocco 11+3reb, F.Ihedioha 11+8reb, W.Mosley 9+6reb+1ast, M.Martini 9+2reb+3ast, M.Palermo 9+6reb+6ast
Roseto: A.Smith 19+2reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 14+8reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 10+5reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 7+3reb+1ast, A.Piazza 7+1reb, G.Fattori 5+2reb
gschID: 546419


Roma Virtus - Ravenna 79-83

Ravenna upset Roma Virtus to celebrate 3-1 victory in the series. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Ravenna players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 20+4reb+5ast, J.Brown 20+5reb, M.Chessa 16+2reb+7ast, G.Maresca 7+1reb+6ast, A.Landi 6+6reb+3ast, T.Baldasso 5+5reb+3ast
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 20+4reb+2ast, T.Smith 16+6reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 14+5reb+4ast, M.Tambone 13+5reb+4ast, A.Raschi 8+2reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 7+7reb
gschID: 546418


Verona - Angelico Biella 72-64

Verona stayed alive in the series as they defeated Angelico Biella at home court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marco Portannese (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: N.De Vico 18+3reb, J.Ferguson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Udom 13+6reb+1ast, M.Hall 7+10reb+7ast, A.Tessitori 6+4reb, L.Pollone 3+2reb
Verona: M.Portannese 27+7reb+3ast, M.Frazier 14+5reb, D.Robinson 10+4reb+2ast, A.Amato 9+5reb+2ast, D.Brkic 6+4reb+1ast, L.Tote 3+2reb
gschID: 546417






Results and Stats from Serie B Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Palestrina - Matera 72-64

Palestrina dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Matera's 32. It was a good game for forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Luca Montanari (181-92) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Federico Lestini (204-83, agency: SPORTlab Agency) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Grande (185-94, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Matera.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 16+10reb+2ast, L.Montanari 14+4reb+2ast, G.Rossi 10+3reb+6ast, D.Serino 8+3reb+1ast, S.Rischia 8+2reb+4ast, F.Gagliardo 7+1reb+3ast
Matera: F.Lestini 24+5reb, G.Zampolli 14+1reb+4ast, A.Grande 13+5reb+3ast, S.Laudoni 7+3reb+1ast, N.Ravazzani 4+12reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546429


San Miniato - Lecco 69-82

It was a great shooting night for Lecco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was point guard Carlo Fumagalli (187-96) who scored 14 points. Point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) chipped in 15 points. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) who recorded 20 points and forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lecco: D.Todeschini 15+3reb, C.Fumagalli 14+4reb+1ast, M.Peroni 12+1reb, J.Balanzoni 12+3reb, D.Quartieri 8+2reb, G.Siberna 7+3reb
San Miniato: F.Stefanelli 20+1reb+3ast, G.Giarelli 14+1reb+2ast, S.Perin 10+2reb, O.Giacomelli 7+3reb, R.Bertolini 7+3reb+1ast, A.Zita 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546426


Barcellona - Porto S.Elpidio 74-65

Basket Barcellona made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Porto S.Elpidio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Basket Barcellona players scored in double figures. Alberto Cacace (197-96) answered with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Fabrizio Piccone (188-98) added 20 points in the effort for Porto S.Elpidio.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: L.Brunetti 17+8reb+1ast, D.Grilli 17+7reb+4ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 16+3reb+1ast, F.Stefanini 10+3reb+4ast, D.Paunovic 9+7reb+4ast, M.Teghini 5+2reb
Porto S.Elpidio: F.Piccone 20+3reb+2ast, M.Romani 15+4reb+2ast, A.Cacace 12+9reb+7ast, D.Torresi 6+6reb+3ast, A.Catakovic 5+2reb+1ast, N.Balilli 3+2reb
gschID: 546431


Campli - Forli Tigers 59-53

It was a good game for forward Simone Gatti (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Campli's coach Piero Millina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) added 12 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Forli Tigers.
Top scorers:
Campli: S.Gatti 22+6reb, R.Bottioni 11+5reb+3ast, B.Duranti 6+2reb+3ast, N.D'Arrigo 6+3reb+2ast, A.Serafini 6+6reb, R.Ponziani 5+10reb
Forli Tigers: R.Rombaldoni 12+3reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 10+7reb, G.Cicognani 9+5reb, C.Villani 7+5reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 6+6reb, F.Forti 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546430


San Severo - Cassino 72-79

It was a good game for the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Panzini (188-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Cassino players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di-Marco (180-84, agency: Players Group) answered with 10 points and 9 assists and forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for San Severo.
Top scorers:
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 22+6reb+2ast, G.Valesin 17+1ast, L.Panzini 12+4reb+8ast, M.Del Testa 11+5reb+1ast, D.Birindelli 11+4reb+1ast, B.Sergio 6+3reb+2ast
San Severo: I.Ikangi 14+5reb+1ast, L.Ciribeni 10+3reb+2ast, M.Di Marco 10+2reb+9ast, I.Morgillo 8+9reb+1ast, M.Torresi Lelli 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cecchetti 8+6reb
gschID: 546428


Firenze All Foods - Faenza 72-68

Firenze All Foods outrebounded Faenza 43-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Marco Perin (183-93) answered with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) added 15 points in the effort for Faenza. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: D.Poltroneri 26+11reb+2ast, J.Lucarelli 12+10reb, G.Sirakov 11, A.Mazzucchelli 7+2reb+2ast, G.Bloise 4+3reb+3ast, A.Longobardi 4+2reb
Faenza: D.Casadei 15+3reb, L.Benedetti 13+1reb+3ast, M.Perin 12+6reb+6ast, R.Iattoni 9+4reb+1ast, E.Pini 7+3reb+2ast, A.Donadoni 5+1reb
gschID: 546427





Vanoli Cremona part ways with Paolo Lepore - by Eurobasket News

40-year old coach Paolo Lepore left Vanoli Cremona (Serie A). Lepore has coached there for the last nine years. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. Lepore contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
He won Italian Lega Due Play-Offs championship title in 2009.
Lepore was coaching Italian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014.

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Salvatore Parrillo extends deal with Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Cantu has agreed on terms of contract extension with Salvatore Parrillo (190-PG-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency). The point guard has penned a two-year extension. Salvatore Parrillo notches 2.2 points, 1.1 rebounds per game in Serie A this season. Salvatore Parrillo previously played for Napoli Basket, Grissin Bon RE, Ferentino, JuveCaserta. He was the member of the U20 National Team.


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)



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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 .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, Sanen18.7 
 6. White, Sendai18.2 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets18.0 
 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. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.5 
 7. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 8. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 9. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 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 .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.3 
 10. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.3 
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. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.5 
 9. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 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: 21
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.21.0 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.5 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.6 
 4. Creekmore, Tokyo Z18.3 
 5. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.1 
 6. Barone, Aomori W.17.9 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.9 
 8. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.7 
 9. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.9 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.5 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.4 
 6. Davis, Shimane SM11.1 
 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. Hirao, Bambitio.3.1 
 8. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 9. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 10. Randall, Cyberdyn.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. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 6. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 7. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 8. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 4. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 5. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 6. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. Marshall, Shima.1.4 
 9. Andrews, Tokyo Z1.3 
 10. Alabi, Toyotsu FE1.3 


B League Round 62: Leader Aishin Sea Horses lose to Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Aishin Sea Horses (46-14) recorded its fourteenth loss in Kariya on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (21-39) 85-82. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 21-39 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Tochigi Brex.
Fourth-ranked Hokkaido L. (23-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Chiba Jets (44-16) in Saporro. The visitors from Chiba managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Michael Parker contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) replied with 20 points for Hokkaido L.Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth position with 37 games lost.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (33-27) against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (18-42) on Sunday night. Host Sanen Neophoenix was defeated by Toyama Grouses in Hamamatsu 79-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. Sam Willard had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Robert Dozier responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyama Grouses maintains fifth position with 18-42 record, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Sanen Neophoenix keeps the second place with 27 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Okinawa. Third ranked Ryukyu GK faced second-ranked Osaka Evessa. Host Ryukyu GK (29-31) defeated guests from Osaka (28-32) 80-72. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Reyshawn Terry notched 27 points to lead the effort. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place. Osaka Evessa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 32 games lost.
Leader Tochigi Brex delivered the 46th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (14-46) 75-57. The best player for the winners was Kosuke Takeuchi who scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 46-14 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the sixth place with 46 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 62 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Yokohama BC was defeated by Niigata Albirex in a road game 83-74. Akita NH was smashed by Toyota Alvark at home 52-78. Nagoya DD won against Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 91-79.

Niigata Albirex - Yokohama BC 83-74

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Yokohama BC (16-44) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (27-33) 83-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgarian center Jason Washburn (210-90, college: Utah, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 27-33 record, which they share with Nagoya DD. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 44 games lost.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Parmer 24+6reb+3ast, J.Washburn 12+6reb, A.Minatoya 9+3reb, T.Kawamura 8+1reb+5ast, M.Masayuki 7+1reb, M.Hosoya 5+1reb+3ast
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 27+10reb+1ast, D.Gardner 19+9reb+4ast, K.Igarashi 11+1reb+5ast, S.Van Treese 9+3reb+1ast, T.You 6+1reb+3ast, Y.Sato 4+3reb+1ast
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Sendai 89ers - Tochigi Brex 57-75

Leader Tochigi Brex delivered the 46th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (14-46) 75-57. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Shusuke Ikuhara (180-94) chipped in 13 points. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Tochigi Brex maintains first position with 46-14 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the sixth place with 46 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: W.White 13+10reb+3ast, T.Nephawe 12+9reb, T.Kumagai 7+2reb+1ast, K.Ishikawa 7+2reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 6+4reb, G.Mangano 4+7reb
Tochigi Brex: S.Ikuhara 13+4reb, K.Takeuchi 12+5reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 11+2reb, Y.Suda 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 6+2ast, H.Watanabe 5+2reb+2ast
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Hokkaido L. - Chiba Jets 74-76

Fourth-ranked Hokkaido L. (23-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Chiba Jets (44-16) in Saporro. The visitors from Chiba managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. American Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) replied with 20 points and guard Asahi Tajima (173-88) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hokkaido L.Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chiba Jets have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth position with 37 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Thorpe 20+4reb, T.Orimo 14+1ast, A.Tajima 10+3reb+4ast, J.Bachynski 6+4reb+1ast, D.Miller 6+8reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 5+4reb
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 22+8reb+7ast, Y.Togashi 18+4reb+1ast, M.Parker 16+9reb+1ast, R.Ono 8+4reb+3ast, K.Ishii 6+3reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 3+7reb+1ast
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Akita NH - Toyota Alvark 52-78

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Toyota Alvark (44-16) smashed on the road 5th ranked Akita Happinets (18-42) 78-52 on Sunday. They outrebounded Akita Happinets 42-29 including 36 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 13 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Shigehiro Taguchi (184-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively 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. Toyota Alvark maintains second position with 44-16 record having five points less than leader Tochigi Brex, which they share with Chiba Jets. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 42 games lost.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Taguchi 12+5reb, E.Ravenel 10+8reb+1ast, S.Morrison 9+4reb+1ast, T.Fujie 9+2reb, T.Nakayama 6+1reb, S.Ando 4+3reb+5ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Ayres 15+6reb, D.Garrett 13+4reb+4ast, D.Tanaka 11+3reb+5ast, K.Matsui 9+1reb, J.Takeuchi 9+6reb, S.Kikuchi 7+3reb+1ast
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Sanen - Toyama Grouses 62-79

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (33-27) against fifth ranked Toyama Grouses (18-42) on Sunday night. Host Sanen Neophoenix was defeated by Toyama Grouses in Hamamatsu 79-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sanen Neophoenix. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sanen Neophoenix's 38. They outrebounded Sanen Neophoenix 39-25 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Naoki Uto (188-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American forward