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  3X3  



Historic day for basketball as 3x3 added to Olympic Program - by Eurobasket News

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Executive Board on Friday announced its decision to include 64 athletes (32 men and 32 women) for 3x3 as part of the Olympic Basketball program starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Adding a new urban basketball discipline to the Olympic program marks a quantum leap for the development of the game and presents an array of opportunities for new countries and players alike. "This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3", FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said. "It is the recognition of 10 years of hard work to codify the rules of 3x3 and to innovate with a unique 3x3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3x3 events." 3x3 has the Olympics in its DNA. In 2007, FIBA decided to propose to the IOC to add 3x3 to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, which ended up being the first official 3x3 event, with resounding success there and at the 2014 edition in Nanjing, China. With Friday's decision, 3x3 becomes the first-ever new YOG discipline to be included in the Olympic program. Since then, 3x3 has grown to the point of having dedicated athletes playing professionally at the TV and social media friendly FIBA 3x3 World Tour and competing in most multi-sport games. 3x3 is widely considered the number one urban team sport - perfect for social media engagement with youngsters - and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody. FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: "The intensity and skill level of the 3x3 game is such that there are no traditional 3x3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent." Events can be staged indoors like in shopping malls, outdoors on traditional basketball courts or in iconic locations with an efficient and compact temporary stage, always with the goal to bring basketball directly to the people within an urban festival atmosphere. "The IOC's decision provides great encouragement for FIBA to continue promoting our urban discipline. This decision fits perfectly well with the concept of the urban cluster proposed for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Similarly important for us is that it also provides our membership with a new chance for medals at the Olympic Games and that the dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community and the 3x3 players. We are very grateful to the IOC for today's decision," Baumann added. The competition format, qualification system and the location of the 3x3 venue in Tokyo will be announced at a later stage. The 4th edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup - the biggest 3x3 national team competition - starts on June 17 in Nantes, France.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ABA  


Last ABA team additions - by Gianni Pascucci

Over the last week, the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced three new teams, as follows:
- the Akron Aviators based on Akron, Ohio, owned by ABA CEO of Media and Entertainment, Tjuan Washington, and Brian "Essince" Collins and his entertainment company, Royal Heir Entertainment. For more information, email essince@gmail.com, tjuan12@gmail.com
- the Providence Pats, based in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Mitchell Barionette, along with ABA CEO of Media and Entertainment, Tjuan Washington.
For more information, email watc401CFO@gmail.com or tjuan12@gmail.com
- the St.Joseph Shields from St.Joseph, Missouri, owned by Roger Nichols, who owns and coaches the Nodaway County Bulls, a men's semi-pro football team, and was formerly head coach of the Springfield Thrills, a men's semi-pro basketball team. For more information, email usaforever2014@yahoo.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.6 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.3 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo18.1 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.17.4 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.7 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 9. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
 10. Wood, San M.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 4. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.3 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.3 
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.1.8 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.6 
 6. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 7. De-l., GECR I.1.6 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Massey, Libertad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.0 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.9 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 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: 12.6
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.6 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.0 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.2 
 10. Cabrera, Villa S.4.0 
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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Pais, Platense2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Araujo, Ciclista1.6 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.6 
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. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Stibbins, Union SF1.2 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 9. Moya, Hindu1.0 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 


RETAbet Bilbao Basket tabs Lucio Redivo, ex Weber Bahia - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 23-year old Argentinian international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94). He has played for the last five years at Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA. In 56 games he was the best scorer with impressive 16.9ppg and recorded 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Redivo played in the final of Liga Americas. He received Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas 1st Team award in 2017. Redivo has been regularly called to Argentinian Senior National Team since 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LigaA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. San Lorenzo seal semifinal appearance - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 83-97

Ferrocarril stormed past Quilmes MP on the road to take 2-1 lead. Ferrocarril dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 42 and made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Quilmes MP 35-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) came up with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) added 16 points respectively for Quilmes MP in the defeat. 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.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 20+2reb+6ast, E.Ruiz 16+2reb, T.Robinson 14+1reb+1ast, I.Clark 10+1reb+2ast, E.Flor 9+3reb+3ast, I.Basualdo 8+4reb
Ferrocarril: J.Maldonado 16+4reb, R.Clemente 14+5reb+3ast, M.Aguiar 14+1reb, J.Ignacio Alessio 14+3reb+1ast, M.Cuello 12+2reb+2ast, F.Balbi 9+7reb+5ast
gschID: 547793


Regatas C. - Estudiantes C. 71-68

Regatas held off Estudiantes to secure 2-1 advantage. Regatas Corrientes made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) who scored 25 points. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who recorded 21 points and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Estudiantes C.'s coach Hernan Laginestra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 21+4reb+2ast, J.Justiz 13+5reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 8+2ast, J.Glynn 7+4reb+2ast, S.Orresta 7+3reb+5ast, A.Marin 5+5reb+1ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 25+3reb+2ast, D.Sims 23+3reb+4ast, F.Martina 7+2reb, S.Vidal 4+1reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 4+7reb+1ast, C.Troutman 3+3reb
gschID: 547792


GECR Indalo - San Lorenzo 82-93

San Lorenzo overcame GECR Indalo away from home to complete the sweep of the series. GECR Indalo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. San Lorenzo shot 61.4 percent from the field. San Lorenzo had a 25-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international Marcos Mata (201-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. International Selem Safar (190-87) helped adding 23 points. Four San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) with 23 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 23+2reb+2ast, D.Romero 17+4reb, N.De los Santos 10+7ast, F.Haller 9+6reb+1ast, E.Vargas 9+4reb, M.Relphorde 8+5reb
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 24+1reb, S.Safar 23+4reb, M.Mata 19+7reb+1ast, M.Calfani 10+8reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 7+5reb+4ast, C.Matias Sandes 5+2reb
gschID: 547790


Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 68-84

San Martin bruised Olimpico LB on the road to surge ahead for 2-1 lead. San Martin Corrientes forced 20 Olimpico de La Banda turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) answered with 19 points and 8 assists and American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: M.Stanic 19+4reb+8ast, J.Williams 11+9reb, F.Van Lacke 10+1reb+3ast, D.Guaita 9+4reb, M.Cosolito 8+1reb, D.Nesbitt 6+2reb+2ast
San Martin C.: J.Wood 24+5reb+4ast, J.Pablo Cantero 19+1reb+4ast, L.Faggiano 13+3reb+3ast, L.Mainoldi 12+7reb+1ast, R.Garcia 6+2reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 547791





TNA Round 4 of Finals. Comunicaciones draw things level - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes O. - Comunicaciones 87-92

Comunicaciones overcame Estudiantes O. to even the Finals at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes O.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 27+9reb+1ast, S.Arese 18+7reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 18+6reb+4ast, D.Figueredo 11+5reb+4ast, J.Gamazo 8+6reb+1ast, L.Portillo 5+7ast
Comunicaciones: A.Pau 17+1reb, G.Essengue 17+13reb, N.Lauria 17+8reb+3ast, M.Aristu 16+3reb, C.Romero 11+1reb+1ast, G.Torres 9+8reb+3ast
gschID: 547874





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  AUSTRALIA  


Crvena Zvezda inks Jonah Bolden - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed on terms of a two-year deal with 21-year old Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-98kg-96, college: UCLA). He played lately at FMP Beograd in the KLS. In 15 games he had 12.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He will not participate in KLS Finals travelling to the USA.
He just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it is his first season as a pro. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Top Prospect of the Year in 2017.
Bolden won National Prep championship title in 2014.
Bolden represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg, 2.9rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.2 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.0 
 9. Maresch, UBSC G.15.4 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.0 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 5. Jackson, Oberwart5.0 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 9. Friedrich, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 7. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 5. Chan, Wels0.9 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


BC Mess land coach John Griffin, ex Vienna - by Eurobasket News

BC Mess (N2) tabbed experienced 51-year old American coach John Griffin. He coached most recently at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga.
The previous (15-16) season Griffin coached at Kapfenberg Bulls (also in A Bundesliga).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Austrian Cup Final Four in 2005 and 2013.
Griffin has coached previously professionally in Luxembourg (Etzella).

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Kapfenberg Bulls crowned A Bundesliga champions - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Kapfenberg 64-73

Kapfenberg outgunned Oberwart to be crowned A Bundesliga champions. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-9. But Redwell Gunners Oberwart won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Kapfenberg Bulls especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) answered with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) added 15 points in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 15+4reb+2ast, A.Cumberbatch 12+4reb+2ast, J.Traylor 11+8reb+1ast, D.Jackson 10+6reb+5ast, B.Blazevic 7+3reb+2ast, S.Kaeferle 5+1reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 17+4reb, C.Baptiste 16+5reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 13+8reb+7ast, N.Krstic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Woschank 8+2ast, F.Kramer 6+8reb
gschID: 547899





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp15.9 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar14.7 
 4. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.2 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.1 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 8. Ubel, Brussels13.9 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.8 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
 3. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.8 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Simmons, Brussels6.0 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PUNTER
  Antwerp
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Punter, Antwerp1.9 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 5. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 6. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 9. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 10. Bray, Brussels1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Ubel, Brussels0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 8. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 9. Ware, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 2 of Finals. Oostende celebrate second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

Brussels - Oostende 59-60

Oostende snatched a narrow road win over Brussels to take 2-0 lead in the title series. International forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) saved the victory by scoring 17 points. International forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) contributed with 5 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard TJ Bray (196-92, college: Princeton) added 14 points and 5 steals in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels.
Top scorers:
Brussels: B.Ubel 14+6reb+1ast, T.Bray 14+2reb+2ast, G.Muya 8+7reb+2ast, J.Simmons 8+5reb+1ast, C.Dowe 6+3reb+5ast, D.Loubry 5+2reb+3ast
Oostende: J.Mwema 17+4reb, C.Walden 10+2reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 5+7reb+3ast, D.Newbill 5+3ast, V.Kesteloot 5+1reb, P.Gillet 5+14reb
gschID: 547795





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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arnaldinho FILHO
  Botafogo.
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Filho, Botafogo.14.1 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville14.0 
 3. Sena, Contagem13.9 
 4. Smith, Botafogo.13.7 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.7 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Gaines, Blumenau11.7 
 9. Perez, Contagem11.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.4 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.3 
 5. Sena, Contagem6.5 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.6.4 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 10. Froehlich, Joinville5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Eric ROMUALDO
  Contagem
  (185-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Romualdo, Contagem4.6 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.5 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau3.7 
 5. Perez, Contagem3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau2.7 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.2 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.9 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.4 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.1.3 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 10. Vezaro, Joinville1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.9 
 3. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 


Liga Ouro Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Blumenau and Contagem record wins - by Eurobasket News

Blumenau - Botafogo F.R. 71-55

Blumenau rallied past Botafogo at home court to stay alive in the series. Blumenau made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 assists. Power forward Diego Silva (206-90) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) added 11 points in the effort for Botafogo F.R.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 11+1reb+2ast, W.Russell 11+3reb+1ast, A.Moreira 10+7reb+1ast, D.Brito 10+1ast, F.Perez 4+7reb, R.Ferreira 4+2reb
Blumenau: D.Stocks 16+4reb+5ast, G.De Oliveira 14+3reb+3ast, D.Silva 12+6reb+3ast, B.Lazzaris 10+9reb, R.Vieira 6+5reb, L.Semmke 6+2reb
gschID: 547708


Joinville - Contagem 55-70

Contagem beat Joinville on the road to regain the lead. Contagem outrebounded Joinville 36-24 including a 16-5 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Fernando Alvim (201-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) with 11 points and guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) scored 11 points. Joinville's coach George Salles tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Joinville: L.Vezaro 11+2reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 11+4reb, M.Dias 9+2reb, H.Medeiros 8+1reb, J.Froehlich 6+4reb+2ast, A.Pereira 6+5reb+1ast
Contagem: R.Maistro 13+7reb+3ast, F.Alvim 11+7reb+5ast, T.Perez 10+5reb+1ast, V.De Gusmao 9+1ast, W.Sena 8+5reb, E.Oliveira 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 547707





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  CHINA  


Mark Lyons (ex Hapoel T-A) agreed terms with Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) inked 28-year old American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game.
Lyons has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2016. Lyons received also Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Lyons has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Croatia (KK_Zadar), France (Chorale de Roanne), Turkey (Usak Sportlif) and Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya).
He attended University of Arizona until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jiangsu Dragons sign Miroslav Raduljica - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) signed 29-year old Serbian international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-113kg-88). He played last season at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 31 games he had 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Raduljica helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 36 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. Raduljica contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Raduljica also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Raduljica won Serbian League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team in 2016.
Raduljica has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Raduljica represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 17.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 69.8%, FT: 75.7%.
Raduljica is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Raduljica has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves), Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd) and China (Golden Stars).
He could be described: A dominatig center at juvenile level, has yet good fundamentals at both sides of the court and winning mentality. Seems yet ready for the pro ball, could develop in an European star very soon. Should improve his shape, sometimes seems out of breath after running up and down the floor for a couple of minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE  


Earvine Bassoumba joins Rouen - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 21-year old Congolese forward Earvine Bassoumba (202-96). He has played for the last four seasons at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the ProA. ProA was a little too high level for him, where in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 block. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Bassoumba helped his team to make it to the Cup Final in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Suero, Indios SFM30.2 
 2. Santana, Titanes .22.8 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD20.6 
 4. Gaines, Metros S.20.2 
 5. Rembert, Titanes .19.3 
 6. Carter, Huracane.18.8 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD18.2 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM18.0 
 9. Rose, Huracanes PP17.8 
 10. Bailey, Reales LV17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.5 
 2. Santana, Titanes .10.0 
 3. Suero, Indios SFM9.0 
 4. Horford, Titanes .8.8 
 5. McCombs, Soles SD8.8 
 6. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 7. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD8.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.8.3 
 10. Louis, Soles SD7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Soliman, Caner.5.0 
 2. Glenn, Metros S.4.7 
 3. Dicent, Metros S.4.5 
 4. Ruiz, Soles SD4.4 
 5. Carter, Huracane.4.2 
 6. Miller, Leones SD4.2 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 8. De-Leon, Metros S.4.0 
 9. Suero, Indios SFM3.8 
 10. Rhett, Leones SD3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Weyinmi ROSE
  Huracanes PP
  (196-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Rose, Huracanes PP2.6 
 2. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.2.0 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM1.8 
 5. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 6. Louis, Soles SD1.6 
 7. Scott, Caneros LR1.6 
 8. Dicent, Metros S.1.5 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.1.5 
 10. Perez, Titanes .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Metros S.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mitchell, Metros S.2.8 
 2. Okosun, Reales LV2.0 
 3. Horford, Titanes .1.4 
 4. Evangelista, Caner.1.3 
 5. McCombs, Soles SD1.2 
 6. Garcia, Indios SFM1.2 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 8. Freeman, Caner.1.0 
 9. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 
 10. Salas-Flores, Indios S.0.8 


Indios de San Francisco lands Terrence Shannon - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) tabbed experienced 38-year old American forward Terrence Shannon (203-93kg-79, college: Elgin CC). He played in the summer at CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago in Santiago League in Dominican Republic. Shannon helped them to win the Santiago League title. He also played that season for Los Prados (District National).
In 2001 (two years after he left the college) Shannon was drafted by Maryland Mustangs (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
The former Elgin Community College (JUCO) staris in his 19th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Shannon received Latinbasket.com All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team award in 2017.
He is a very experienced player. Shannon has played also in Argentina (La Union and 9 de Julio), Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa), Philippines, Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Leones), Spain, Uruguay (Defensor), Venezuela (Gaiteros), Dominican Republic (Huracanes del Atlantico, Plaza and Leones de Santo Domingo) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Indios de San Francisco.
Let's have closer look into Shannon's outlook: The Thornwood graduate can create shots around the basket and fly high above the rim. He will rely heavily on athletic ability. Shannon is a 6'8 versitle forward with a big time motor! He is an athlete who plays with great energy and always above the rim. Can Defend the 3 or 4 without any problem. Always a fan favorite because of his ability to finish dunks on or over defeners.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Overview of Liga Superior Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Thunder - ExSAL ST 70-80

ExSAL upset Thunder to sweep the quarterfinal series. ExSAL ST players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks. Guard Wilber Melendez (180-94) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ExSAL ST's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Marlon Aguilera replied with 32 points and 9 rebounds and Daniel Aguilar added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Thunder. Four Thunder players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Thunder: M.Aguilera 32+9reb+3ast, C.Rivera 14+4reb+4ast, F. Mojica 12+10reb+2ast, D.Aguilar 11+14reb+1ast, O.Ayala 1+7reb, S.Diaz 0
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 32+16reb+4ast, W.Melendez 17+6reb+2ast, R.Rivas 11+5reb+4ast, J.Villalobos 5+1ast, B.Marroquin 4+8reb, E.Cabrera 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547867


Izalco - ADB 102-77

Izalco cruised past ADB to secure the semifinal appearance. Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to ADB's 40. They outrebounded ADB 65-36 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who had a triple-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Samuel Leon (173-93) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hector Landaverde (-92) produced 40 points (!!!) and Heriberto Pacas (-83) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 40+4reb, H.Pacas 15+7reb+1ast, C.Rodriguez 10+7reb+3ast, F.Pineda 9+7reb+3ast, M.Marroquin 3+11reb+6ast, R.Ruiz 0
Izalco: M.Thomas 46+20reb+13ast, S.Leon 16+5reb+2ast, J.Crespin 15+4reb+1ast, E.Valdez 6+5reb, C.Toledo 6+6reb+1ast, H.Vigil 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 547870


Marquense - Chalchuapa 81-68

Marquense held off Chalchuapa to ensure the semifinal birth. Marquense forced 20 Chalchuapa turnovers. Strangely Chalchuapa outrebounded Marquense 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 assists and 8 steals. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Marquense players scored in double figures. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) replied with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds and David Paiz added 2 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Chalchuapa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: M.Montavious 38+18reb, C.Mejia 11+3reb, F.Carcamo 10+2reb, R.Rodriguez 5+6reb+3ast, D.Paiz 2+8reb+8ast, J.Villalobos 2+2reb
Marquense: J.Barrera 18+1reb+5ast, M.Artiga 12+7reb+2ast, A.Moe 11+9reb+3ast, J.Hernandez 10+2reb, M.Mendoza 6+2ast, R.Guevara 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 547869


San Marcos - ABA 79-88

ABA dropped San Marcos to even the series at 1-1. Strangely San Marcos outrebounded ABA 69-40 including a 28-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. San Marcos were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Jamaican-American forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Jonathan Zometa contributed with 32 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four ABA players scored in double figures. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks and Leonardo Gomez added 13 points in the effort for San Marcos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: V.Artiga 13+2reb+2ast, B.Lopez 13+19reb, L.Gomez 13+1reb+3ast, F.Escobar 9+4reb+2ast, K.Martinez 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sosa 5+8reb+2ast
ABA: J.Zometa 32+8reb+2ast, D.Thompson 30+10reb+3ast, E.Sosa 16+6reb+3ast, J.Roque 10+7reb+3ast, T.Alfaro 0+2ast, M.Vasquez 0+4reb+4ast
gschID: 547868





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Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



Crvena Zvezda inks Jonah Bolden - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed on terms of a two-year deal with 21-year old Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-98kg-96, college: UCLA). He played lately at FMP Beograd in the KLS. In 15 games he had 12.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He will not participate in KLS Finals travelling to the USA.
He just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it is his first season as a pro. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Top Prospect of the Year in 2017.
Bolden won National Prep championship title in 2014.
Bolden represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg, 2.9rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.9 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.3 
 6. Rush, Nancy15.9 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Fall, Chalon8.7 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel7.7 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.5 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.2 
 9. Cain, Chalons-Reims7.0 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.8 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.0 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.3 
 4. Prince, Orleans5.8 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.6 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.5 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 J.P. PRINCE
  Orleans
  (203-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Prince, Orleans2.4 
 2. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel1.6 
 8. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Chalon2.2 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 7. Jean-Charles, AS.0.9 
 8. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 9. Koffi, Pau-Lacq.0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.1 
 3. Burton, Roanne16.8 
 4. Henry, Evreux16.1 
 5. Jones, Lille16.0 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 7. Williams, Boulazac15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.8 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.2 
 10. Bronchard, Vichy C.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.2 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Fairell, Rouen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.1 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.3 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 6. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.0 
 9. Ekperigin, Nantes0.9 
 10. Kone, Charleville0.9 


ProB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Nantes claim Finals appearance - by Eurobasket News

Provence Basket - Nantes 74-85

Nantes outgunned Provence Basket to seal their ProB Finals appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Provence Basket managed to win third quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) who scored 23 points. American-British power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) added 15 points respectively. Five Nantes and four Provence Basket players scored in double figures. Provence Basket's coach Remi Giutta rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 17+6reb+1ast, J.Burrows 15+4reb+2ast, B.Waldow 10+4reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 10+3reb+3ast, R.Desroses 8+2reb+1ast, M.Dia 6+3reb+1ast
Nantes: V.Bigote 23+2reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 15+3reb+5ast, H.Kahudi 15+2reb+5ast, C.McKnight 13+3reb, R.Kuksiks 11+6reb+2ast, V.Fofana 6+7reb
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Earvine Bassoumba joins Rouen - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) agreed terms with 21-year old Congolese forward Earvine Bassoumba (202-96). He has played for the last four seasons at Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the ProA. ProA was a little too high level for him, where in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 block. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Bassoumba helped his team to make it to the Cup Final in 2017.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Orleans tab Gaylor Curier - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) inked 25-year old swingman Gaylor Curier (197-92). He played most recently at SPO Rouen Basket (ProB). In 34 games he averaged 8.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Curier played at Souffelweyersheim (also in ProB) where in 34 games he had 8.2ppg and 3.4rpg.
He helped his team to make it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2011.
Curier has played previously for four other teams: Limoges CSP Elite, Pau Lacq Orthez, Angers BC and Pau Nord Est.

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ProA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Strasbourg join Chalon in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - ASVEL 70-69

Strasbourg overcame ASVEL at home court to post the third consecutive victory in the semifinal series. Therefore Strasbourg came back from 0-2 deficit to advance into ProA Finals. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American-Polish point guard AJ Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Australian center David Andersen (213-80) added 13 points in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 18+8reb+3ast, R.Travis 12+5reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 11+4reb+5ast, F.Ntilikina 10+3reb+3ast, J.Leloup 7, E.Murphy 5+3reb
ASVEL: C.Kahudi 14+2reb, D.Andersen 13+4reb, D.Nelson 11+7reb+1ast, D.Watkins 10+5reb, L.Jean-Charles 8+6reb+1ast, B.Sy 5+5reb
gschID: 547947





St Quentin welcomes back Quincy-Jones - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) inked 32-year old power forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace). It is actually his comeback to Saint Quentin as he has played here before. Quincy-Jones has played for the last two years at Aurore de Vitre in the NM1. In 28 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention.
Quincy-Jones' team was regular season runner-up in French NM1 in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: ALM Evreux, Aix Maurienne, Saint Etienne, Denain Voltaire and SAP Vaucluse.
Quincy-Jones attended Pace University until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nancy keeps Goudou-Sinha for another season - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) re-signed 19-year old point guard Enzo Goudou-Sinha (183-98). He has played there for the last four seasons. But in 6 ProA games he averaged just 1.7ppg last season.

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Hendrix left Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

31-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-120kg-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played there also last season. In 31 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Hendrix helped them to win the Supercup.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2spg. Hendrix contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year Hendrix spent at Unicaja Malaga. In 17 Liga Endesa games he had 8.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Hendrix also played 16 games in Euroleague where he got 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2008 Hendrix was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (49th overall). The former University of Alabama standout is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team back in 2012 and 2014.
Hendrix also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.7%.
Hendrix is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Russia (Lokomotiv) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Northern Arizona Suns).

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Bo McCalebb left Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

32-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-82kg-85, college: New Orleans) left Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa). McCalebb played there also last season. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 10.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to win the Supercup.
The previous (15-16) season McCalebb played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where in 19 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.3apg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.9apg. McCalebb also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year back in 2011 and 2012.
McCalebb also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (17.6ppg), 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 71.4%.
McCalebb is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Fenerbahce and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena).
McCalebb attended University of New Orleans until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Shown his ability to score as well as distribute the basketball An extremely explosive player.

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Feniks 2010 is back on the U14 throne - by Mario Divanisov

Fenix 2010 Skopje's 2003/04 generation had another amazing season that managed to fulfill by winning the trophy. On the Final4 tournament held at SC "Jane Sandanski" in this last two days Denis Dervisevic 's squat continued their winning streak by beating Vardar Skopje and Partizan Vodno Sans in the semi and the final.

In the first match of the semi-finals Partizan Vodno Sans managed to come back from a 10 point deficit in the first quarter (27-17) and equal the score by the half (37-37) on the wings of an amazing team play. Partizan Vodno Sans continued their performance on the start of the second half and gained a double-double digit lead (58-48) with a 13-1 run in the third quarter. The last 10 minutes of the game were only a formality despite the efforts of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom to come back late in the game.
Aleksandar Ristoski had an amazing game for Partizan Vodno Sans leading the team with 23 points and 6 rebounds, Mateja Matevski added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Filip Nakov also ended the game with a doube-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds.
For KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom, Antonio Sofronievski scored 22 points and 7 assists, while Hristijan Stojkov finished the game with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Kiril Nikolovski had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Fenix 2010 Skopje showed their ambitions for the title starting from the semi-finals where they blew Vardar Skopje with 96-48 on an amazing game on both ends of the court. Feniks started the game with 6 point lead after the first 10 minutes (20-14), but by the half time they already had a huge +23 (48-25) lead. Feniks's performance continued troughout the second half of the game for even bigger lead at the end of the game.
Five players in Dervishevic's squat finished the game with double digits of whom Andrej Mitrevski leaded his team with 19 points and 5 assists for 23 minutes on court. David Trpeski added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Muhamed Tachi commanded the attack with 14 points and 11 assists.
Damjan Gacov had a great game for the loosing team with 18 points and 18 rebounds (!!!), while David Mickovski added 10 points and 2 rebounds.

In the third place game KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom managed to seize the bronze medal by beating Vardar Skopje with 78-74 in a thriller ending. After the equal first quarter (16-15) that was in Vardar Skopje's favor, MZT Skopje managed to seize a 15-1 run by the end of the first half to gain a double digit lead with 43 seconds to go (44-34). However, Damjan Gacov layup cut the difference to single digits in the last possession of the first half (44-36). The equal game continued trough out the second half where Vardar Skopje used all its force in order to cut the difference. However, MZT Skopje responded in the same matter. The "home" team had a 12 point lead (74-62) with 3 minutes to go and the game looked booked, but a late 10-1 Vardar Skopje run gave Ilievski's team a final chance. With 8 seconds to go the result was only one possession away (76-74), but the calm hand of Antonio Sofronievski from the freethrow line gave MZT Skopje the win.
Antonio Sofronievski was the player who led MZT Skopje to the bronze medal. The young player finished the game with an amazing performance of 41 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, while Borjan Dimovski followed his team mate with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Damjan Gacov was once again the leader of Vardar Skopje with a double-double performance followed by 25 points and 18 rebounds (!!!), Pavel Atanasov added 24 points and 16 rebounds, while David Mickovski finished the game with 14 points and 2 rebounds.

In the final game, Feniks once again proved their generations dominance. The game was equal only in the first 10 minutes of it (22-16). Feniks improved their difference by the end of the first half by 40-23 with a 14-0 run in the second quarter on the wings of a full court pressure defense, and never looked back. Partizan Vodno Sans was dominant in the rebounds section by the last quarter, but the bad free throw percentage annulled their "jumping" game. At the end of the game on the board stood 75-69 for another Feniks trophy.
Andrej Mitrevski had another amazing performance for Feniks leading his team to the gold medal with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Mario Stefanovski added 13 points and 3 rebounds starting from the bench. Muhamed Taci played another satisfying game that finished with 11 points and 7 assists.
Mateja Matevski and Tarik Pepik were the leaders of Partizan Vodno Sans with 13 points, while Pepik added 9 rebounds in the loose. Aleksandar Ristovski finished the game with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Finishing the season with a perfect score of 23-0 the coach of the youth squat, Denis Dervisevic didn't forget to praise his boys and thank his co-workers for the amazing season behind him.

"We played amazing trough out the whole season and it would have been a waste if we've let this Final4 tournament slip. However, we proved why we are the number one team in the Republic. Congratulations to my team and a big thanks to coaches Lazovski and Jusufi who played a big part in the preparations for the season." - said the Feniks coach.




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The Hamburg Towers Bring In Experience With Hrvoje Kovacevic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Hamburg Towers have signed experienced Hrvoje Kovacevic (190-PG-86) who brings to the Pro A what Marcus Hatten did with MBC last season having seen just about everything. Hrvoje Kovacevic is a 31 year old 186cm guardfrom Croatia that played in the BBL for MBC and for top Croatian team KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. Last season he played for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) playing 35 games averaging 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 85.2%. "We have gotten a great defender and a leader. He feels comfortable at both guard positions", stressed head coach Hamed Attarbashi. Last season for Heidelberg, he scored in double figures in 14 games including a 25 point game against Kirchheim. "The Hamburg Towers have a lot of potential. There is a lot of work ahead of us and I can hardly wait to start", stressed Hrvoje Kovacevic

Hrvoje Kovacevic started his basketball career in 2001 with Kandit Olimpija Osijek. He also played for Cedevita Zagreb and KK Cibona VIP Zagreb where he played Euroleague. He showed that he could play well in the BBL with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) where he played 28 games averaging 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 64.3%. He also played for Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-TBL) and two years ago for the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan), in Dec.'15 signed at MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) playing 16 games averaging 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 70.6%. He has played 29 international club games with Fiba Eurocup, Eurochallenge and Eurocup.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Croatian U16 National Team -00-02, European Championships U16 in Hungary (BAM Cup) -00 (1st Team), Croatian Cadet Championships winner -02 (MVP), Croatian League All-Star Game -02, 05, Croatian U18 National Team -04, EC U18 Challenge Round -04: 5 games: 16.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.4apg, 3.0spg, Croatian U21 National Team -04, Dallas Global Games U21 -04, Croatian U20 National Team -04-06, European Championships U20 in Brno -04 (6 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, 4.3bpg), Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Newcomers Team -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 8 games: 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3FGP: 41.7%, FT: 83.3%, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 50%, Croatian A1 League Semifinals -07, 08, 10, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -08, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -08, 13, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Semifinals -10, 11, EuroCup Final Four -11
Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -11, 12, 13, Croatian A1 League Finalist -11, Croatian B National Team -11, Croatian A1 League Champion -12, 13
and Croatian Supercup Winner -13.

Source:Hamburg Towers






Ratiopharm Ulm Reel In Birthday Boy Ryan Thompson Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

ratiopharm Ulm didn't let the semi-final loss to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg effect their quick planning for next season and have gotten active signing Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) Thompson is a 198cm forward from Mt Laurel, New Jersey that turned 29 today. He has vast professional experience in Europe having played in countries like Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Turkey and Germany where he played for teams like the Telekom Baskets Bonn and Brose Bamberg. Last season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn, he played 35 games averaging 13,7ppg, 2,1rpg and 3,1apg. In the FIBA Europe Cup, he played 12 games averaging 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.7%. "Ryan is a very versatile player that has shown that he can be a top player in the BBL. He has great one on one abilities and is a good creator for a small forward", explained head coach Thorsten Leibenath. Last season the American scored in double figures in 26 games and had some serious explosions against Bamberg with 33 points, 32 points against FC Bayern Munich and 27 points against Bremerhaven. "My friends Will Clyburn and Da'Sean Butler told me only good things about the coach, organization and city. I am looking forward to being a part of it in the next 2 years. I will do all I can to continue to carry the winner mentality that the team has established in the last years. I am also looking forward to playing for probably the best fans in Germany"; stressed Ryan Thompson.

Thompson began his basketball career in 2006 with Rider (NCAA where he played until 2010 playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior palyed 33 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 81.8%. In 2010, he started his professional career with the Utah Flash (D-League) playing 45 games averaging 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 74.8%. In the 22011-2012 season he played for Centrale del Latte Brescia (Italy-Lega2) playing 30 games averaging 14.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-2 (2.6spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 79.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 31 games: Score-3 (18.3ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 80.1%; EuroChallenge: 10 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 52.0%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2013-2014 season he moved to Telenet Oostende (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 15 Eurocup games averaging 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 88.9%; Ethias League: 43 games: 16.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 79.3%;. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Brose Bamberg (Germany-BBL) playing 40 games averaging 12.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 17 games: 10.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.4%. Two seasons ago he played for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (Serbia-KLS): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, in Dec.'15 moved to Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey-BSL): playingg 5 games averaging 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%; Eurocup: 6 games averaging 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 62.5%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS MVP of Group IV and was the Burlington County Player of the Year -06, HS First Team All-South Jersey selection -06, MAAC Regular Season Champion -08, MAAC Tournament Finalist -08, All-MAAC 2nd Team -08, NABC Division I All-District 1 First Team -09, MAAC Tournament Semifinals -09, All-MAAC 1st Team -09, 10, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -12, Belgian Cup Finalist -13, Belgian League Semifinals -13, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Forward of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League 1st Team -13, 14, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports Team -13, 14, Belgian Supercup Finalist -14, Belgian Cup Winner -14, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -14, Belgian League Champion -14, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Finals MVP -14, Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year -14, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team -15, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -15, German Bundesliga Champion -15, German BBL -17 (Player of the Week: 2 times), German Bundesliga All-Star Game -17, German Bundesliga All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout -17 (Winner), and FIBA Europe Cup Semifinals -17.

Source:ratiopharm Ulm









Ryan Thompson agreed terms with Ratiopharm - by Eurobasket News

Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 28-year old American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-98kg-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket). He played most recently at Telekom Bsk (BBL). In 35 games he recorded 13.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to German Bundesliga All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The previous (15-16) season Thompson was tested by Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL where in 5 games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.0spg. The other team Thompson played that season for was Crvena Zvezda in Serbian league. In 10 Euroleague games he got 4.8ppg and 1.6rpg. He also played 17 games in ABA League where he got 4.4ppg and 1.6rpg.
Thompson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thompson has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and Oostende), Italy (Brescia) and D-League (Utah F.).
He attended Rider University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ismet Akpinar
Marcell Pongo

Forward:
Ryan Thompson

Centers:
Tim Ohlbrecht
Till Pape

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Lucic re-signs at B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Serbian international small forward Vladimir Lucic (201-91kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 39 BBL games he had 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. Lucic helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he recorded 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Lucic contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Lucic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year back in 2013.
Lucic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
Lucic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago.
He has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan).

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Wuerzburg signs Osvaldas Olisevicius, ex P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 24-year old Lithuanian power forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-92kg-93). He has played for the last three seasons at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league. In 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Olisevicius was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Olisevicius has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Dailes Akademija, S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius, Siaures Lietuva, S.M.K.A. - Lietuvos draudimas and Trakai.

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Vytenis Lipkevicius (ex Vytautas) is a newcomer at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) added to their roster 28-year old Lithuanian forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-95kg-89). He played last season at Vytautas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 33 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Lipkevicius helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (15-16) season Lipkevicius played at Zalgiris (also in LKL). In 16 games he had just 2.5ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Lipkevicius also played 1 game in Euroleague where he got only 2 points and 2 rebounds. The other team he played shortly was Zalgiris (also in LKL). Lipkevicius contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2011.
Lipkevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like LSU-Atletas, Zalgiris II Kaunas and Triobet.

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Seth Hinrichs (With More Experience Comes Better Understanding Of Different Offensive And Defensive Strategies) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 24 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that completed his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights averaging 11,6ppg, 6,1rpg and 2,7apg. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating from Lafayette as the all-time leader in 3PG % in Patriot League history. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the season.

Seth thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner MBC swept the Kirchheim Knights. How big is the disappointment and how long will it take to digest it?

It's definitely disappointing. Every year I want to be playing for a championship and we came up short this year. It'll take some time before it really sinks in.


MBC swept Kirchheim in the regular season and won the playoff series averaging winning by 22 points per game and averaged 94 points per game. Was MBC simply too good for Kirchheim this season?

MBC was solid from top to bottom and they executed their plan on offense and defense so well. Every weakness we had was exposed so give them credit they're a great team.


The Kirchheim Knights averaged giving up 78 points per game, but allowed 94 points in the MBC series. Why was MBC offensively so strong and able to dominate your defense? Was closing out on possessions still a big problem?

Like I said they attacked every weakness we had and converted on every mistake we made. Whenever we made an adjustment they made another adjustment. You're not going to win too many games or series giving up 94 points.

Do you feel like the 5 game series against Heidelberg and coming back from 2-1 had a toll on the team energy and strength to give it's best effort against the pro A's best team MBC?

I don't think the five game series against Heidelberg played too much of a factor in the series. We had some time in between to rest and recover. I think the injury to Preston Medlin really hurt us in the MBC series because of the play making ability, experience and depth he provided. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the championship but I'm proud of how everyone kept battling against MBC and all season.

The Kirchheim Knights are a talented team, but do you feel separates the team from being a BBL team?

I think we had BBL talent but our defense was usually what let us down in the games we lost. We were too inconsistent on that end. All in all it was another successful season for the Kirchheim Knights.

What was your season summary? Did the club meet it's season expectations?

The goal that was set at the beginning of the year was to be a top four team. We did that in the regular season, finishing fourth, and then again in the playoffs making it to the semifinals. I think overall the club is happy with those results and hopefully moving forward can finish even higher.

What German player do you feel improved the most from day one until game three against MBC?

I have to give a shout out to Justin Hedley. Justin and I would shoot together after practice every day. He's a younger German who works hard in the gym and has the drive to play at a higher level. I'm confident Justin will continue to improve and get better.


Talk about Carrington Love who scorched MBC for 39 points in game three and Jonathon Williams who led the team in scoring. What part of their game makes them worthy of making the next step up a level?

They can both get a bucket whenever they need to. They're elite scorers and are so tough to stop one on one. Jon was a mismatch problem at the three for most guys in the Pro A, and Love was one of the quickest guys in the ProA. It was fun playing with both of them and I know they'll do big things next year.

You had a solid German Pro A season averaging 11,6ppg, 6,1rpg, 2,7apg and shot 41,3% from outside. What was your personal season summary? Were you content with your season and did your game progress from your rookie season in Portugal?

I think I improved throughout the season and put up solid numbers. One of my main goals was to improve my three point percentage this year in comparison to last year in Porto and I did that. I'm always trying to develop and refine my game and shoot a higher percentage. I'm looking forward to getting in the gym this offseason and working on some new things.


You stated in our last interview a few months ago that 'My role on the team is to knock down shots and rebound so when I'm not doing that at a high rate its hurts the team. And defensively I'm always trying to work on my lateral quickness and anticipation. Do you feel like you were able to maintain these traits?

I think I was able to maintain and even get better in some of these areas. I just tried to be consistent with what I did and how I did it and fill whatever role the team needed.


You were close to a triple double in game two against MBC. You are a player that knows how to fill up the stat sheet. Do you feel like your overall versatility is something that will continue to grow as you gather more experience?

I definitely think it will. With more experience comes better understanding of different offensive and defensive strategies. I feel as though those experiences help me when I'm working out in the offseason to focus in on certain areas of my game and what I need to improve upon in order to continue to grow as a basketball player.


What is the next step for Seth Hinrichs?. Do you feel like you can make the next step to a higher league?

My goal is to be playing in a higher division next year. I believe that I can make that next step and I'm looking forward to what's in store for this offseason.


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?

My wife and daughter and I will be home in Minnesota for the summer. After being overseas all year and experiencing new places and cultures it's nice to return home and be with our family and friends for a while.

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

The summer is mainly still basketball with the NBA playoffs, draft, free agency, summer league, etc. But I'll go to a few Minnesota Twins games too.


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?

I think getting a triple double is hard but usually the easiest category is 10 points so when you have to get 10 assists or steals or blocks for a triple double that's pretty difficult. Draymond Green is a special player because he can impact the game so much without even scoring. I think he's the Warriors unsung MVP.


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?

It did surprise me a little bit but Devin Booker is a prolific scorer and he was hot that night.


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 has to be. He has put together some great years in Boston but just doesn't get the respect he deserves. He's basically Boston's only superstar so hopefully he can carry them far in the playoffs.


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?

I think he'll win the MVP but I don't necessarily think he's the best player stat wise.


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'?

I think they had a great run and came out of nowhere to make the Final Four. It was fun to watch them and had to be one of the biggest stories for sure.


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?

I think he's the real thing. We'll see where he gets drafted and if it's a good fit for him. He's a great player so I'm sure he'll do well in spite of his dad.


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?

I think Russ does whatever he thinks he needs to do to help his team win.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Star Wars: Rogue One.


Thanks Seth for the chat.



Koch left Telekom Bsk - by Eurobasket News

25-year old small forward Florian Koch (197-89kg-92) left defending champion Telekom Baskets Bonn (BBL). Koch has played there for the last five years. He played there also last season. In 34 BBL games he recorded 3.4ppg and 1.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Koch's team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup Final Four in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Newcomers Team back in 2012.
Koch represented Germany at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously for Dragons Rhoendorf.
On Koch: Smart and athletic small forward who is a very good defender. One of his strength on offense is his quality to shoot from outside.

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Maximilian Ugrai Moves To Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Jena.tv, BBL team Science City Jena have added Maximilian Ugrai (201-SF-95). Maximilian Ugrai is a 21 year old 201cm forward that will take on a new challenge with Science City Jena after 4 seasons with S.oliver Wurzburg and 58 BBL games. Last season he played 30 BBL games averaging 4,2ppg and 2,6rpg. Last season he had great games against Alba Berlin scoring 15 points and 14 points against BG Goettingen. Last season he also played for TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (ProB) playing 13 games averaging 15.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 74.0%. There he scored in double figures in 10 games including 25 point games against FC Bayern Munich and BG Karlsruhe.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U15 National Team -10, German JBBL Championships -11: 9 games: 17.9ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2.3spg, 1.2bpg, German U16 National Team -11, European Championships U16 in Czech Republic -11: 9 games: 6.4ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 52.2%, German NBBL All-Star Game -12, 13, 14, German U18 National Team -12-13, German 2.Regionalliga (Southeast-North Group) Champion -12, European Championships U18 in Lithuania -12: 9 games: 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg, German NBBL Championships -13: 19 games: 18.6ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg, Torneo Citta di Roma International Junior Tournament -13, German NBBL Championships -14 (All-Star Game MVP): 14 games: 18.6ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2.2spg, 1.4bpg, German U20 National Team -14-15, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Most Improved Player of the Year -14, Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Honorable Mention -14, Eurobasket.com Regionalliga South-East All-Domestic Players Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-U20 World Tournament in Tourcoing Honorable Mention Team -14, European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) -14: 9 games: 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 55.2%, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -15, European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) -15: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.5%, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -16



Jamar Abrams Moves To The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Giessen 46ers continue to build their roster for the upcoming season and haven't wasted anytime as after reeling in Dee Davis yesterday, reacted 24 hours later by getting another American with Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89, college: E.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports). Abrams is a 27 year old 201cm forward from Richmond, Virginia that will enter into his sixth professional season. Last season he played for SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 28 games: Score-4 (16.7ppg), 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 80.5%. "Jamar Abrams is a seasoned veteran that is very athletic and dangerous around the rim. He can score at the basket, but also is a good shooter from outside. He will give us a certain toughness on defense. He brings us much expereince as well. He can make the next step in his career with us", stressed Giessen 46er head coach Ingo Freyer. Last season he scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games and had big games scoring 30 points against Targu Mures and had 25 points and 10 rebounds against Olimpic.

Abrams started his basketball career in 2007 with E.Carolina (NCAA) in 2007 and played there until 2011 playing at otal of 123 nCAA games and as a senior he played 33 games averaging 10.3ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 72.3%. He started his professional career in 2011 with the Maine Red Claws (D-League) playing 9 games averaging 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 83.3%; left in Dec.'11, in Feb.'12 moved to London Lightning (Canada-NBL) playing 12 games averaging 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the London Lightning (Canada-NBL Canada), only pre-season, then moved to Richmond Elite (ABA,). In the 2013-2014 season he moved to Bambitious Nara (Japan-BJ League) playing 45 games averaging 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 81.6%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for Zlatorog Lasko (Slovenia-Telemach League) playing 31 games averaging 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 89.9%; FIBA Europe Cup: 5 games: 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 83.3%; Alpe Adria Cup: 8 games: Score-3 (17.1ppg), 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 84.4%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -11, NBL Canada Regular Season Champion -12, NBL Canada Champion -12, Slovenian Cup Semifinals -16, Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-Alpe Adria Cup 1st Team -16
Eurobasket.com Alpe Adria Cup All-Imports Team -16, Alpe Adria Cup Finalist -16, Slovenian League Regular Season Runner-Up -16, Slovenian League Finalist -16
Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Forward of Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 1st Team -16, Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team -16, Romanian League All-Star Game -17 (MVP), and Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention -17.

Source:Giessen 46ers





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Koenis comes back to Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Donar Groningen (Eredivisie) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old international center Thomas Koenis (211-89, agency: Court Side). It is actually his comeback to Groningen as he has played here before. Koenis has played for the last two years at Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in the Eredivisie. In 36 games he recorded 10.0ppg, 9.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.7apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg last season. Koenis helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 1st Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Dutch Eredivisie in 2010 and 2016. Koenis received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009.
He has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. Koenis has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
He represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg.
Koenis has played previously for two other teams: Den Helder and Bergen op Zoom.

Donar Groningen roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Arvin Slagter
Sean Cunningham
Aaron Roye
Brandyn Curry

Forward:
Jason Dourisseau

Centers:
Drago Pasalic
Thomas Koenis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Top European Coaches to Participate in upcoming GBSL - by Patrick Maher


Top European Coaches to Participate in upcoming GBSL

London----- Manu Schmitt of Hyeres Toulon Var Basket (France Pro A) will coach French Select Team in the 2017 GBSL. Manu Schmitt will manage France Select, one of the featured international teams competing in the quarter-final tournament in Las Vegas. The international clubs will use the event to evaluate ten (10) free agent imports of their choice over a (4) day period. The event format is similar to the NBA Summer League. Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is a member of one of the top leagues in Europe (France Pro A). They won the France (Pro B) and were promoted to France Pro A in the 2016-17 season.

Manu Schmitt of Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is looking to sign a couple of players for his club and will be providing scouting information to coaching associates in Switzerland and France.

Meet Manu Schmitt:
Manu Schmitt, the Head Coach of the Hyeres Toulon Var Basket is one of the top professional coaches in France who gained a reputation in Switzerland. He is a former player who played professionally in France for 18 years. Manu has been a professional coach since 2002 in France (Pro A) which is considered one of the top leagues in Europe. He is also the former Swiss National Team Head Coach (2004-2008). He landed his head coaching job of Union Neuchatel in 2013 and has had immediate success. Manu Schmitt led the team to the Swiss League Cup Winner Championship in 2013-14 and a Swiss LNA Championship Finalist in the 2014-15 season. Schmitt accepted a head coaching position with Hyeres Toulon Var Basket after reaching the quarterfinals of the Swiss League Cup in the 2016-17 season.

Tim Fanning the assistant of Maccabi Tel Aviv will manage Team Oceania that will compete in the quarter-final tournament in Las Vegas. Tim will use the event to evaluate ten (10) free agent imports of his choice over a (4) day period. The event format is similar to the NBA Summer League. Maccabi Tel Aviv has established a reputation as one of the biggest teams in Europe. Maccabi Tel Aviv competes with some of the best talent of Europe, facing teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos.

Meet Tim Fanning
Tim Fanning is a young upcoming American coach that is making an impact in International basketball. Tim is currently an assistant coach for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv is currently tied for third place in its domestic league and also competes in a Euro League. His past experiences include coaching the Nelson Giants in New Zealand. In his first season as the head coach of the Nelson Giants, he guided the team to a 2nd place finish in the NBL. They were predicted to finish 7th place and were the surprise of the league. Tim is the former assistant coach for the New Zealand National Team in the 2014 World Cup in Spain. He previously served as the assistant coach for the Nelson Giants in the 2014-15 season. Tim also coached in the NBA D League for the Delaware 87ers and played professionally in Spain. Tim has a bright future in International basketball and his success as a young coach has been phenomenal.

Helsinki Seagulls Head Coach Mikko Larkas to Manage Team in GBSL

Mikko Larkas is one of the top upcoming coaches in Finnish professional basketball and will be managing a free agent team in the upcoming Global Basketball Summer League in Las Vegas. Mikko is a young coach that has a lot of experience in Finnish basketball. This upcoming year is his fourth season as the head coach of the Helsinki Seagulls, a Finnish 1st Division team. The Seagulls finished this past season tied for second place in their league and finished in third place in the playoffs. In the past he served as an assistant coach for Finnish powerhouse Tapiolan Honka and also worked with their youth programs. Mikko has been part of the National Team of Finland and has helped developed some of the top young players in the country.

GBSL Opportunity:
Mikko will use the GBSL platform to scout for new imports for the Helsinki Seagulls and network with the International basketball community. The Finnish league is an excellent league for American players to begin their careers and they are allowed to have (3) imports per team. Top leagues in Europe typically recruit American imports that have excelled in Finland.
This is an excellent opportunity for GBSL players to work with a European professional coach and showcase their talent. The GBSL provides players with (4) practices and (3) official games with NBA referees that will be televised with professional broadcasting on GBTV.

About Helsinki Seagulls

Helsinki Seagulls was established in 2013 and it acquired its place on the second level of Finnish basketball in Division I A after the dissolution of the Torpan Pojat team. The license of Torpan Pojat was then transferred to the Seagulls, along with the remaining players. The Seagulls opened their 2013-2014 season in the Division I A with winning 10 matches in a row. The team won a total of 25 of their 28 regular season games placing first in their division. Seagulls earned the promotion to Korisliig, the top league in Finland after dismissing first Tampereen Pyrintoe II and then BC Nokia in the division playoffs. In the 2016-17 season, the Seagulls finished with a 25-11 record and finished in third place in the playoffs.

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London Lions Summer League Team enters the 2017 GBSL Las Vegas Event

The London Lions of the British Basketball League (BBL) is a confirmed participant of the 2017 Global Basketball Summer League

The London Lions are one of the top teams in the BBL (United Kingdom) and they have a very ambitious future. In the 2016-17 season, the London Lions finished with an 18-15 record and finished sixth in the league. In the 2013 season the Lions moved into the Cooper Box, a 7,500-seat arena, which was known as the 'box that rocks' during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London Lions Chief Executive Vincent Macaulay-Razaq stated that the Lions have plans to become the premire club in the BBL and use their state of the art venue to develop high level basketball events. His immediate objectives are to recruit a few high level American imports from the 2017 GBSL to help win the BBL Championship and to build a European powerhouse club.

The Cooper Box is one the finest basketball venues in Europe and has the potential to be the home of a variety of top notch sports entertainment events.

Meet the Chief Executive

Vincent Macaulay-Razaq the Chief Executive and head coach of the Lions has been a leading figure in British Basketball for the past (15) years. He is a former player that once played for the London Docklands Basketball Club in 1990 and was a teammate of Global Basketball's Executive Director. Vincent Razaq is a former BBL League Chairman and has owned his particular franchise since 1998.

GBSL Selection and Registration Process
Players, agents and coaches that are interested in securing a spot on one of the GBSL teams should contact our office immediately. All participants are required to register on the GBSL site for consideration. If an applicant is selected by the club they will be required to pay the GBSL registration fee. Only high-level prospects that played in the 2016-17 season at a NCAA Division 1 program, 2016-17 Small College All Americans or players with professional experience in the NBA D League or other quality overseas leagues will be considered.

GBSL Contact
Darryl Reshaw
Global Basketball Inc.
Executive Director
USA: Tel: 877-209-2220
marketing@globalbasketball.com
www.globalbasketball.com



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.0 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 10. Hopson, Ironi N.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 8. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.6 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron LONG
  Maccabi .
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Long, Maccabi .2.1 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 4. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 6. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 8. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Winner League Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Rishon complete Final Four picture - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel J-M - Ironi Nahariya 71-60

Hapoel Jerusalem overcame Ironi Nahariya to secure the semifinal stage birth. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya was better in second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) accounted for 13 points. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) came up with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 16+6reb+3ast, T.Peterson 13+3reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 10+2reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 7+3reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 6+3reb, R.Howell 6+5reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 14+4reb+1ast, S.Hopson 11+7reb+2ast, T.Nash 11+6reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 9+3reb+5ast, D.Kitchen 8+4reb+4ast, N.Faust 7+6reb
gschID: 547887


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Rishon 77-82

Maccabi Rishon upset Hapoel Eilat on the road to advance into Final Four. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Eilat won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon's coach Shmuel Brenner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 17+5reb, P.Richard 16+8reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 12+2reb+4ast, E.Kadir 11+3reb+2ast, C.Long 8+5reb+3ast, I.Zalmanson 8+5reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 16+5reb, R.Buckner 16+8reb+1ast, P.Henry 12+6reb+5ast, A.Nissim 9+2reb, W.Daniels 8+4reb, C.Colman 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 547860





Mark Lyons (ex Hapoel T-A) agreed terms with Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) inked 28-year old American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Israeli League All-Star Game.
Lyons has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements he won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2016. Lyons received also Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Lyons has played also professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Croatia (KK_Zadar), France (Chorale de Roanne), Turkey (Usak Sportlif) and Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya).
He attended University of Arizona until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Patrisio Cicive agreed terms with Corato - by Eurobasket News

Pasta Granoro Corato (Nazionale C) inked 26-year old center Patrisio Cicive (205-108kg-91). He played most recently at Sport e Cultura Patti in Serie C Gold. Cicive helped his team get promotion to Serie B. In 32 Serie C Gold games he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg last season. Nazionale C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Cicive has played previously for two other teams: San Severo and Formia Meta.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Latina Basket inks coach Franco Gramenzi to contract extension - by Eurobasket News

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket (Serie A2) re-signed experienced 54-year old coach Franco Gramenzi
Gramenzi's team won Italian A2 Cup in 2015.
He has coached previously two other teams: Betaland Cdo and FCM Ferentino.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Serie A2 Round 5 of Semifinals. Alma Trieste enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alma Trieste - F.Kontatto BO 80-60

Alma Trieste cruised past F.Kontatto Bologna to advance into Serie A2 Finals. Alma Trieste forced 26 F.Kontatto BO turnovers. Strangely F.Kontatto BO outrebounded Alma Trieste 37-25 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by F.Kontatto BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 26+2reb+3ast, D.Cavaliero 12+3ast, M.Da Ros 11+5reb+5ast, J.Parks 10+7reb+5ast, R.Prandin 9+1reb, S.Bossi 7+3reb+1ast
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 22+11reb+1ast, N.Italiano 14+2reb, J.Knox 8+9reb, D.Cinciarini 8+6reb+1ast, L.Candi 3+2reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547901





Mantova signs Matteo Montano - by Eurobasket News

Stings Mantova (Serie A2) signed 25-year old point guard Matteo Montano (188-80kg-92) from Fortituto Kontatto Bologna. Montano has played there for the last three years. In 42 Serie A2 games he had 8.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg last season. Montano helped them to win the Supercup.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.4ppg.
Montano has played previously for Napoli Basket.
He could be described: A very talented young guard, with a great future at the point. Needs to improve his game reading and decision making, and to add a reliable outside shot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Openjobmetis VA keeps Ferrero for another season - by Eurobasket News

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) re-signed 29-year old former international swingman Giancarlo Ferrero (196-93kg-88, agency: Players Group). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 26 Serie A games he averaged 4.4ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
Ferrero's team made it to the FIBA Europe Cup final in 2016.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Ferrero played for Italian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He represented Italy at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 18.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.1%.
Ferrero has played previously for five other teams: Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Siena Virtus, Novipiu Casale and Osimo.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Plays in the 3 position, but he's enough quick to spend time also at the 2. Improved his offensive skills year after year and now he's one of the best scorers in A dilettanti. Can hit the basket in penetration or from behing the 3-pt arch, has yet a good upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Guiness-29 post win in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News

Guiness-29 posted the win in Game 1 of the Finals. They overcame Alga 72-51 in the opener. Guiness-29 looked better in the start of the game and took a 24-7 lead after the first 10 minutes. Alga replied with two narrow wins in the second and the third periods, but could not catch up with the opponents. Guiness-29 pushed the tempo in the last stanza to close the game with a 28-17 rally.
Game 2 is scheduled for June 11th.



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Byblos ink Elie Stephan - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) agreed terms with 31-year old international shooting guard Elie Stephan (193-92kg-86, college: Alabama So. CC) from Louaize. In 26 Pepsi LBL games he had 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Stephan played at Champville where in 16 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 10.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Dubai International Tournament in 2015. Stephan was also voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2009 and 2014.
He has been also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. Stephan has regularly played for Lebanese senior team since 2009 and previously for U18 National Team in 2004.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) this year. Stephan's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 7.1%, 3PT: 37.8%.
Stephan has played previously for two other teams: Al Riyadi and Sagesse.
He attended Alabama Southern Community College until 2007 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 3. Baron, Lietuvos.13.7 
 4. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 5. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.12.9 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.1 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.6 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.3 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Westermann, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.5 
 5. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 8. Lofton, Neptunas1.4 
 9. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 10. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


Vytenis Lipkevicius (ex Vytautas) is a newcomer at Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) added to their roster 28-year old Lithuanian forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-95kg-89). He played last season at Vytautas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 33 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Lipkevicius helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 10.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (15-16) season Lipkevicius played at Zalgiris (also in LKL). In 16 games he had just 2.5ppg and 3.4rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Lipkevicius also played 1 game in Euroleague where he got only 2 points and 2 rebounds. The other team he played shortly was Zalgiris (also in LKL). Lipkevicius contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2011.
Lipkevicius represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like LSU-Atletas, Zalgiris II Kaunas and Triobet.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wuerzburg signs Osvaldas Olisevicius, ex P.Zvaigzdes - by Eurobasket News

s.Oliver Wuerzburg (BBL) signed 24-year old Lithuanian power forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-92kg-93). He has played for the last three seasons at P.Zvaigzdes in Lithuanian LKL league. In 38 games he had 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Olisevicius was voted Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 2nd Team back in 2014.
He represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 6.8ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 75.0%.
Olisevicius has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Dailes Akademija, S.Marciulionio KA-Himeja-Caparol Vilnius, Siaures Lietuva, S.M.K.A. - Lietuvos draudimas and Trakai.

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Zalgiris outscore Lietkabelis, defend LKL title - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Lietkabelis 73:68

Zalgiris celebrated the seventh straight LKL title. They beat Lietkabelis in the fifth game of the championship series to capture the trophy. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) scored 23 points to pace the champions.
Lietkabelis and Zalgiris stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. The teams were tied at 15 heading into the second quarter. Zalgiris spurred ahead in the second stanza. The Kaunas team unloaded 27 points to take a 9-point halftime lead. Lietkabelis slowed their opponents in the third term. The visitors pulled within six points at the final intermission. Lietkabelis limited 15 points in the fourth stanza but could not stop Zalgiris from clinching the trophy. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) added 12 points in the victory. Zygimantas Skucas (201-SF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) delivered 12 points each in the loss.

Zalgiris: Lukas Lekavicius 23, Paulius Jankunas 16, Edgaras Ulanovas 12
Lietkabelis: Zygimantas Skucas 12, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12



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

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

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (22-10) crushing them 101-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. Maciulis scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Real Madrid (25-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. This year Maciulis averages: 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 84.0% in 33 games he played so far. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #2. Second place goes to former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary). He led ZTE KK to a victory over the fourth-ranked Kormend (22-15) 107-94 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Drungilas was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (23-15) is placed third in Places 1-5 group. Drungilas has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.1%(227-354), 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 65.0%. Former Naglis Palangos starter played for the Lithuanian university national team in 2013.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Armani Milano (23-7) to beat Dolomiti En. TR (18-12). Kalnietis scored 5 points in 13 minutes. The league leader Armani Milano was badly defeated 102-82 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. This year Kalnietis' overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 68.2% in 30 games. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #4. An experienced guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Energa Czarni in their game against BM Slam Stal (21-11) in the Polish PLK. His contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. Cesnauskis scored only 3 points. Energa Czarni was edged 86-83 in Ostrow Wlkp. by the higher-ranked BM Slam Stal (#3). Cesnauskis' total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Polish. Cesnauskis used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

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

   #1. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) to beat Burgos (24-10). Maldunas did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Palencia Baloncesto was edged 80-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. This year Maldunas' total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 45 games he played so far.

Other top Lithuanian players, who play abroad:

Tadas Sedekerskis (203-F/G-98) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) plays for CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa
Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) plays for Banvit in Turkish BSL
Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
John Shurna (204-F-90) plays for Cedevita in Croatian A1
Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C-83) plays for Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A
Danielius Lavrinovicius (206-SF-99) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Edgaras Zelionis (207-F-89) plays for Ventspils in Latvian LBL
Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77) plays for Grissin Bon RE in Italian Serie A
Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) plays for Budivelnyk in Ukrainian Superleague
Arnas Labuckas (206-F-87) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Martynas Pocius (197-SG-86) plays for UCAM Murcia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-PF-93) plays for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Polish PLK

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



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BC Mess land coach John Griffin, ex Vienna - by Eurobasket News

BC Mess (N2) tabbed experienced 51-year old American coach John Griffin. He coached most recently at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga.
The previous (15-16) season Griffin coached at Kapfenberg Bulls (also in A Bundesliga).
Among other achievements his team made it to the Austrian Cup Final Four in 2005 and 2013.
Griffin has coached previously professionally in Luxembourg (Etzella).

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T.Hesperange adds Goebel to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Telstar Hesperange (N2) added to their roster 21-year old point guard Pol Goebel (186-96) from BBC Nitia. Goebel has played there for the last three years.
His team was Runner-Up of Nationale 3 2016.

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T.Hesperange signs Tom Donnersbach - by Eurobasket News

Telstar Hesperange (N2) signed 28-year old swingman Tom Donnersbach (189-89). He has played for the last seven seasons at Basket Esch in the Total League. In 19 games he had just 2.8ppg last season. N2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Donnersbach's team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015.
He is a very experienced player.

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Black Star lands Elisio Delgado - by Eurobasket News

Black Star Mersch (N2) tabbed experienced 35-year old power forward Elisio Delgado (193-82). He has played for the last two years at Arantia in the Total League, but left the team in Feb.'17. Total League was a little too high level for him, where in 15 Total League games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.1rpg last season. N2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Delgado's team was Runner-Up of Nationale 2 2016.
He Diekirch.
Delgado is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Black Star.

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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 2. Yeager, Guasave25.3 
 3. Franklin, Guasave25.2 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.5 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Glover, Obregon21.4 
 7. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.21.1 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.3 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.2 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. West, Guaymas8.5 
 8. Murphy, Los Mochis7.7 
 9. Smith, Durango7.4 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato5.7 
 3. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.7 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.1 
 6. Howard, Mazatlan5.1 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.1 
 8. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.6 
 2. Early, Los Mochis2.4 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 4. Murphy, Los Mochis2.0 
 5. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 6. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 7. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Motley, Los Mochis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 


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

Guasave - Los Mochis 81-92

Los Mochis upset Guasave to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jeff Early (190-88, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 31 points and 6 assists and power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guasave: S.Yeager 31+4reb+6ast, D.Keller 24+12reb+2ast, L.Davis 11+2reb, T.Franklin 10+7reb+2ast, A.Cervantes 5+3reb+4ast, R.Soto 0
Los Mochis: J.Early 23+4reb+2ast, T.Motley 20+8reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 17+2reb+1ast, N.Murphy 16+5reb+8ast, T.Miller 14+6reb, D.Leal 2
gschID: 547977


Hermosillo - Navolato 71-72

Navolato beat Hermosillo to even the series at 1-1. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 24+10reb+3ast, S.Monreal 14+2reb+5ast, M.Henry 13+8reb+4ast, J.Wilson 9+5reb, J.Camacho 9+4reb+3ast, J.Hiram Lopez 2+1reb+1ast
Navolato: K.Rogers 25+10reb+2ast, M.Ammons 16+9reb, D.Mitchell 13+1reb+3ast, J.David Estrada 7+1reb+1ast, B.Heredia 6+5reb+5ast, J.Horton 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547978


Obregon - Mazatlan 95-103

Mazatlan knocked down Obregon on the road to draw things level. Lobos UAD Mazatlan shot 62.5 percent from the field. Lobos UAD Mazatlan outrebounded Halcones de Ciudad Obregon 40-24 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) notched 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) supported him with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) did not help to save the game for Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Guard Kevin Capers (188-93, college: Florida Southern) added 23 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 28+10reb+1ast, K.Capers 23+2reb+4ast, I.Alvarado 16+4reb+3ast, G.Rice Jr. 14+4reb+2ast, R.Delgado 8+1reb+1ast, L.Atterberry 2+1reb
Mazatlan: J.Ledbetter 28+6reb+4ast, O.Thomas 27+8reb, D.White 18+8reb+3ast, P.Howard 11+4reb+6ast, D.Onofre 5+3reb, M.Lizarraga 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547976


Tijuana - Guaymas 87-84

Tijuana rallied past Guayamas to level things up in the series. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ostioneros de Guaymas' 44. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: P.Marigney 23+5reb+4ast, R.Woods 21+5reb+1ast, C.Jones 14+1reb+4ast, P.Reyes 11+2reb+1ast, J.Salcedo 8+2reb+2ast, B.West 5+8reb+3ast
Tijuana: C.Tate 27+8reb+3ast, K.Rodriguez 18+5reb+1ast, R.Williams 14+6reb+8ast, M.Morrison 13+3reb+3ast, G.Smith 10+9reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 3+1reb
gschID: 547975





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  MONTENEGRO  


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

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

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). He was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (9-5) 85-70 in the Serbian KLS in Tuesday night's game. Bjelica recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 16 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (13-1) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bjelica averages: 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 40.9% in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica played for the Montenegrin senior national team three years ago.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (23-9) 75-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Dubljevic scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 83.9%. Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). He led Stelmet to a victory over the closely-ranked Twarde Pierniki (21-11) 88-69 in the Polish PLK on Thursday night. Dragicevic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Dragicevic also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-9) is placed second in the PLK. This year Dragicevic has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 65.6%(179-273) and FT: 60.9% in 33 games. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Djurisic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Twarde Pierniki (21-11) 88-69. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Djurisic also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Djurisic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Vladimir Mihailovic
Vladimir Mihailovic
   #5. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a EWE Baskets' surprising victory against the league leader ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) 78-75 in the German BBL last Thursday. Mihailovic scored 13 points in 22 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (18-14) is placed seventh in the BBL. This year Mihailovic's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #6. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Khimki edge the closely-ranked Zenit (21-3) 73-71 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. Todorovic recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.9apg. Todorovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #7. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Mega Leks (9-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Mega Leks lost 75-84 at home to the leading Crvena Zvezda. Spasojevic was the second best scorer with 13 points in 26 minutes. This year Spasojevic's total stats are: 10.0ppg and 2.9rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #8. Shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Spartak in their game against Vrsac (3-11) in the Serbian KLS. Despite his good performance last Monday Jelenic scored 11 points and added 4 passes. The Second Stage already ended. Jelenic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. Jelenic used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2012.

Ognjen Carapic
Ognjen Carapic
   #9. U20 international shooting guard Ognjen Carapic (194-98, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Radosav Spasojevic. He played also in the last Serbian KLS game facing Milko Bjelica (above) in the other team. Carapic was not able to secure a victory for Mega Leks (9-5) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-1). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Carapic recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists in 8 minutes on the court. Mega Leks lost 70-85 on the road to the leading Crvena Zvezda. Carapic has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.0apg in five games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin U20 national team.



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.5 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.6.9 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Durant, Golden S.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Raptors Renounce Rights To DeAndre Daniels - by Eurobasket News

The Raptors have renounced the NBA rights to former second-round pick DeAndre Daniels (6'9''-F-92, college: Connecticut), the team announced today. Daniels was selected 37th overall by Toronto in the 2014 draft. Daniels, 25, was a key member of the 2014 UConn squad that won a national championship, but hasn't been able to earn a spot on the Raptors' NBA roster over the last three years. Since being drafted, Daniels has honed his game elsewhere, spending a year in Australia, a year with Toronto's D-League team, and a year in Italy last season. A Jones fracture in his right foot derailed Daniels' 2015/16 season, limiting him to just eight games for the Raptors 905 in the spring, but he bounced back with a solid 2016/17 campaign for Italian club Stings Mantova, averaging 13.0 PPG and a team-high 6.6 RPG in 35 Italian League games. With his NBA rights no longer held by the Raptors, Daniels would be free to sign with any of the league's other 29 teams, if there's interest. While it's possible he'll still make his NBA debut at some point, I'd expect Daniels to start the 2017/18 season overseas, or with a D-League team.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Magic Hire Pete D'Alessandro As Assistant GM - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have agreed to hire Pete D'Alessandro as assistant general manager. D'Alessandro most recently was with the Denver Nuggets, though he was more on the business side. D'Alessandro will now move back to the basketball side of the front office. D'Alessandro was previously general manager of the Sacramento Kings. This offseason, the Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations and John Hammond as general manager.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



LeBron James and the Cavaliers avoid a sweep with 137-116 rout of Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Chaos reigned Friday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat back history. Two former MVPs, one on the brink of his first NBA championship, one trying to avoid being swept out of the Finals, were hit with technical fouls. One Golden State Warrior, hated in this arena, was ejected at first glance, only to have the first technical foul rescinded. A fan was asked to leave after engaging with several Warriors' players. Through all that ruckus rang out one simple truth: LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) is one of the greatest to ever play this game and he was not about to let himself be on the losing end of another team's historic postseason. Starting with a record 49-point first quarter, the Cavaliers beat the Warriors 137-116 at Quicken Loans Arena, earning their first win of the NBA Finals and avoiding crushing elimination. They haven't come back from a 3-0 deficit - no team ever has. But Cleveland now faces a 3-1 deficit, the same one they overcame a year ago against a 73-win Warriors team. 'They wanted to spray champagne in our locker room,' James said. 'I didn't stress anything besides live in the moment. We have a great opportunity to give ourselves another opportunity to keep moving.' The loss ensured the Warriors will not become the first team in NBA history to sweep the postseason. At best they can tie the 2000-01 Lakers, who went 15-1, when beating the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Finals. The Cavaliers shot better than 50% from three-point range, making a record-busting 24 three-pointers while taking 45. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) led Cleveland with 40 points on 15-of-27 shooting from the field, including seven of 12 from three-point range. James had a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his ninth Finals triple-double, making him the all-time leader in that category. Durant led the Warriors with 35 points, but made only nine of 22 shots from the field, including two of nine from long range. He was the only Warriors player to eclipse 20 points. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) combined for 27 points on eight-of-24 shooting, making six of their 19 three-point shots. No lead feels safe against the Warriors, but the Cavaliers did their best in the first quarter to build a margin they could sustain. It took a historic effort - their 49 points were the most ever scored in any quarter of any Finals game. Three-point barrages are normally the Warriors' specialty, but the Cavaliers shot better in the first quarter, making seven of 13 from long distance while the Warriors made only three of 10. After their record-setting first quarter, the Cavaliers scored 86 points by halftime, setting a new mark for points in a half during the Finals. Early in the third quarter, James leaped into the air and threw the ball off the backboard with his right hand before rising again to dunk it with both hands. A few minutes later, with 7:26 left in the third quarter, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) committed a flagrant foul on Durant, and that's when disorder took over. James and Durant argued near the Cavaliers bench after battling on the court all series long, and both got technical fouls. 'You can't take everything away from the game,' Durant said. 'You're taking the hard fouls out of the game, calling them flagrants, taking a lot of stuff out of game, but you can take the emotion out of the game. We weren't coming to blows, we were just talking. That's a part of basketball.' Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.), who had appeared to get a first- quarter technical foul, then got a third-quarter technical that elicited perhaps the loudest cheer of the night from a sold-out crowd that hates him and thought he was ejected. The first technical, though, had been called on Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Green remained in the game. Then Golden State's Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) fought for a loose ball and swiped at Cleveland's Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90, college: Georgia Tech). The video board replayed the incident in slow motion, with the implication that Pachulia might have swiped at Shumpert's groin area. A year ago, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Green's swipe at James' groin led to a Game 5 suspension that began the Cavaliers' comeback. Somewhere in all that, a fan was ejected after engaging with several Warriors players, including Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA). 'Obviously, his body language, pointing finger at me, looking at me, pointing at me,' Pachulia said. 'He wasn't telling me I was having a nice game.' The arena was tense, but as the game continued the Cavaliers never let the Warriors get too close. They got within 11 points while James rested, but Cleveland's lead extended into the high teens quickly. On Friday morning, a few blocks from the arena, an optimist painted his or her window with black letters that said: 'Cavs in 7.' Nearby, another sign declared the same message. Around the corner, a restaurant posted a chalkboard with a hopeful, if slightly inaccurate, message: 'We did it before, we can do it again!' On Friday night their team answered their pleas, if only for one game.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Markelle Fultz To Work Out For Kings - by Eurobasket News

Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) will work out for the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Fultz has only also worked out for the Boston Celtics. The Kings own the fifth and tenth overall picks in the 2017 draft. Sacramento has held discussions on packaging the two picks.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NCAA1  


Chris Holtmann leaves Butler for Ohio State - by Eurobasket News

The Butler Way worked for Thad Matta at Ohio State. Now the Buckeyes are going that way for their new head basketball coach. Butler's Chris Holtmann has accepted an offer to be Ohio State's new coach, a source told IndyStar today. Holtmann succeeds Thad Matta, 49, a former Butler player and coach whose 13-year tenure with the Buckeyes ended Monday. Holtmann turned down an Ohio State offer on Tuesday, according to a source, but officials from the university persisted and landed their man. Holtmann is accepting an eight-year deal worth $3.1 million a year, according to a source. He was making about $1.2 million a year at Butler, which recently extended his contract through 2024-25. The Columbus Dispatch first reported Ohio State had scheduled a news conference today on campus to announce Holtmann's appointment, but that news conference has been changed to Monday. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is scheduled to fly by private plane to Indianapolis today, according to the Dispatch. Other candidates included two other Big East coaches, Creighton's Greg McDermott and Xavier's Chris Mack. McDermott reportedly met Wednesday with Ohio State officials but chose to stay at Creighton. Holtmann was 70-31 in three seasons at Butler. He was previously 44-54 in three years at Gardner-Webb. He was coach of the year in the Big East in 2017 and in the Big South in 2013. He is a native of Nicholasville, Ky., and graduate of Taylor University. Holtmann left Gardner-Webb to become an assistant coach under Brandon Miller in 2013. Miller took a medical leave of absence in October 2014, never returned, and Holtmann was promoted to head coach. He became the fifth consecutive Butler coach to be promoted from the staff, following Matta, Todd Lickliter, Brad Stevens and Miller. Holtmann was honored this year by CollegeInsider.com with the John McLendon Award as college basketball's coach of the year. The McLendon Award encompasses NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and junior colleges. The Bulldogs were picked for sixth in the Big East. They finished second, went 25-9 and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. They were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by eventual national champion North Carolina. Holtmann is 3-0 in first-round NCAA games. North Carolina's Roy Williams, Kentucky's John Calipari and Notre Dame's Mike Brey had been the only other active coaches to lead their current teams to NCAA tourney wins in each of their first three seasons. The Bulldogs are facing an overhaul in 2017-18, featuring seven new scholarship players. They are bringing in five freshmen who represent the highest-rated recruiting class in program history (ranked 27th by ESPN). Butler is in the Top 25 of at least five preseason 2017-18 rankings, topped by No. 16 by both Yahoo! Sports and The Sporting News. Butler has two potential first-team All-Big East players in forward Kelan Martin and guard Kamar Baldwin.
Courtesy of: indystar.com



Cam Johnson Granted Release to Transfer to UNC from Pitt - by Eurobasket News

The North Carolina Tar Heels added talented depth to their backcourt Thursday. Cameron Johnson (6'7''-G-96) told ESPN's Jeff Goodman he was released from the Pittsburgh Panthers and cleared to play for the defending champions next season as a graduate transfer. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports confirmed the news, citing a source. This comes after Johnson said, "North Carolina is the best fit for me," following other visits to Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon, per Goodman. However, this was a trickier situation than a straightforward graduate transfer. Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News detailed the proceedings, noting the Pittsburgh athletics department said it wouldn't allow Johnson to gain immediate eligibility if he transferred within the ACC. Johnson then released a statement after he "contacted the NCAA to see if there was an applicable association statute that would forbid him, a graduate transfer, from being immediately eligible," DeCourcy wrote. "Per Johnson, the NCAA stated there was none." Now Johnson will reportedly join the Tar Heels this upcoming season and should help them challenge for another deep NCAA tournament run alongside returnees Theo Pinson and 2017 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry. Johnson was fairly quiet in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and averaged fewer than five points and one assist a night but turned the corner in 2016-17 with plenty of career-best numbers, including points (11.9), assists (2.3), rebounds (4.5), steals (0.9), field-goal percentage (44.7) and three-point percentage (41.5).
Courtesy of: bleacherreports.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury22.8 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.3 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.18.9 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.6 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.9.4 
 3. Kay, Southland S.9.4 
 4. Pledger, Southlan.9.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury9.2 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.7.9 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.7.9 
 9. Egwu, SC Rangers7.7 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.9 
 3. Norton, Southlan.5.8 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury5.6 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.1.9 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.6 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir WILLIAMS
  Taylor H.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Grim, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.7 
 9. Jones, Canterbury0.7 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 


Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He led Bandits to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Canberra Gunners (1-11) crushing them 98-77 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Newton recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. Albury Wodonga Bandits (7-6) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Newton has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 89.7%. He played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

   #2. Second place goes to U18 international forward Tobias Cameron (99, currently plays in Australia). Cameron could not help Rollers (2-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Rollers (2-4) lost 83-97 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Sunshine CR in the QBL group. Cameron was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 2 shots in a mere 16 minutes. This year Cameron averages: 6.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 35.7% in five games he played so far. He is in the roster of the New Zealand U18 national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). King-Hawea was not able to help Spectres in their game against Geelong Supercats (9-3) in the Australian State League (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Spectres were defeated 79-73 in Geelong by the leading Supercats in the SEABL-East group. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. King-Hawea's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(35-59), 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 83.3%. He played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Eagles (4-12) in their last game. Despite Tawhiti's good performance his team lost 91-103 in Floreat to the much lower-ranked (#9) Hawks in the SBL group. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. This year Tawhiti's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 16 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

   #5. An experienced U18 international guard Flynn Cameron (191-0, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tobias Cameron and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Cameron couldn't help Rollers (2-4) in their game against Sunshine CR (4-0). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Cameron scored only 2 points and added 4 passes in 11 minutes. Rollers (#10) lost 83-97 to the higher-ranked (#4) Sunshine CR in the QBL group. It's Cameron's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 1.4ppg and 1.4apg in five games. Cameron plays currently for the New Zealand U18 national team.

Tohi Smith-Milner
Tohi Smith-Milner
   #6. Power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Frankston Blues (3-11) in their game against Sabres (4-7) in the Australian State League (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Smith-Milner scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Frankston Blues (#7) were defeated 80-71 in Cheltenham by the lower-ranked Sabres (#7) in the SEABL-South group. Smith-Milner has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia) led Brisbane Capitals to a victory over the 14th-ranked Gladstone Port City Power (0-4) crushing them 99-54 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Carter scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Brisbane Capitals (5-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Carter has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg in three games he played so far. Carter has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) could not help Eastern Mavericks (9-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lovell's very good performance Eastern Mavericks were crushed 86-64 on the road by the lower-ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (#7) in the Premier League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. It's Lovell's first season with the team. Lovell's total stats this year are: 6.6ppg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Norths Soul Sports Bears in a victory against the ninth-ranked Hawks (1-9) 87-81 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Norths Soul Sports Bears (7-1) are placed second in WARATAH group. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year Giles averages just 2.1ppg in 12 games.

   #4. Isaac Smith (196-F/C, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Giants (4-10) 100-84 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Geraldton Buccaneers (14-2) are placed first in SBL group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Smith's total stats this season are: 1.0ppg and 1.8rpg.



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  NIGERIA  


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

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (24-6) 75-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Udoh recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(109-184), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 63.4% in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Udoh is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a 1-point Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 84-83 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. Ejim scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ejim's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 67.0% in 40 games. Ejim is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2012.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Akindele led Vaqueros to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (11-14) 84-82 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Akindele recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Vaqueros de Bayamon (12-17) is placed sixth in the BSN. Akindele has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 67.2%(82-122) and FT: 71.2%. Akindele played for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #4. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) led Virtus Bologna to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Ravenna (19-14) crushing them 77-57 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Friday. He scored 12 points and added 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (24-9) is placed first in East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Semifinals. So now every game will be critical. Umeh has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.5apg in 41 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Umeh is also Nigerian national team player.

Aloysius Anagonye
Aloysius Anagonye
   #5. Former international forward Aloysius Anagonye (203-81, college: Michigan St., currently plays in France) could not help ALM Evreux (18-16) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance ALM Evreux was defeated 82-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Boulazac Basket (#4). Anagonye was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Anagonye's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Anagonye used to play for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #6. Power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Zenit in their game against Khimki (19-5) in the VTB United League. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. The second-placed Zenit (21-3) lost 84-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Khimki in the group A of VTB United League. This year Mbakwe's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.9rpg in 26 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #7. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (20-14) crushing them 82-55 in the French ProA last Wednesday. He recorded 7 points. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Ibekwe's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe is also Nigerian national team player.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #8. Small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) led Provence Basket to a 1-point victory against the sixth-ranked Nantes (18-16) 67-66 in the French ProB (second division) on Monday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. FOS Provence Basket (22-12) is placed second in the ProB. Obasohan has reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.2apg in 38 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Henry Uhegwu
Henry Uhegwu
   #9. Former international guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah, currently plays in Colombia) led Fast Break to a victory against the league outsider Patriotas (2-6) 87-76 in the Colombian Liga DirecTV last Sunday. Uhegwu scored 19 points and added 4 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Fast Break (5-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Uhegwu averaged so far 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uhegwu used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the closely-ranked Aris (15-11) 71-60 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. This season Elonu averages: 6.7ppg and 5.7rpg.

   #2. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Kaiser, currently plays in Dominican Republic) could not help Reales LV (1-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Reales LV was badly defeated 90-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Metros STGO (#3). Okosun was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Okosun's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #3. Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Dominican Republic) was not able to help Huracanes PP (2-3) in their last game. Despite Rose's very good performance Huracanes PP was edged 105-104 in San Francisco by the second-ranked Indios SFM. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 31 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Rose has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg and 2.6spg in five games he played so far. Rose is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.

   #4. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) led Brisbane Capitals to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Gladstone Port City Power (0-4) crushing them 99-54 in the Australian State League (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Onwas' third season in pro basketball. Brisbane Capitals (5-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Onwas has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.6apg and 2.6spg. Onwas has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) led Rangers to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Giants (4-13) 79-65 in the New Zealand NBL in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Egwu also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. James Blond Supercity Rangers (10-7) are placed third in the NBL. Egwu's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Egwu's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6bpg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.



Elonu comes back to Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) added to their roster 30-year old Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-107kg-87, college: Texas A&M). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Elonu played last season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 5.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals.
In 2009 Elonu was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (59th overall). The former Texas A&M University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Elonu's team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2015.
Elonu is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Elonu has played previously professionally also in China (Monkey Kings), France, Spain (Zaragoza) and Turkey (Tofas and Besiktas).
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic mobile high energy 4/5 that is a terrific rebounder and shot blocker. Chinemelu is also a rapidly developing offensive player able to score efficiently in the post as well as face up and pick and pop on the perimeter. Shoots a very high FG percentage.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Historic day for basketball as 3x3 added to Olympic Program - by Eurobasket News

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Executive Board on Friday announced its decision to include 64 athletes (32 men and 32 women) for 3x3 as part of the Olympic Basketball program starting with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Adding a new urban basketball discipline to the Olympic program marks a quantum leap for the development of the game and presents an array of opportunities for new countries and players alike. "This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3", FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann said. "It is the recognition of 10 years of hard work to codify the rules of 3x3 and to innovate with a unique 3x3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3x3 events." 3x3 has the Olympics in its DNA. In 2007, FIBA decided to propose to the IOC to add 3x3 to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, which ended up being the first official 3x3 event, with resounding success there and at the 2014 edition in Nanjing, China. With Friday's decision, 3x3 becomes the first-ever new YOG discipline to be included in the Olympic program. Since then, 3x3 has grown to the point of having dedicated athletes playing professionally at the TV and social media friendly FIBA 3x3 World Tour and competing in most multi-sport games. 3x3 is widely considered the number one urban team sport - perfect for social media engagement with youngsters - and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody. FIBA President Horacio Muratore said: "The intensity and skill level of the 3x3 game is such that there are no traditional 3x3 powerhouses and new countries have emerged since the first YOG experience in 2010. This was our main objective back in 2007. The decision provides FIBA with a renewed, strong incentive to continue in this direction and grow the game of basketball by developing new young skilled basketball talents in both genders across the globe from small islands to large countries in every continent." Events can be staged indoors like in shopping malls, outdoors on traditional basketball courts or in iconic locations with an efficient and compact temporary stage, always with the goal to bring basketball directly to the people within an urban festival atmosphere. "The IOC's decision provides great encouragement for FIBA to continue promoting our urban discipline. This decision fits perfectly well with the concept of the urban cluster proposed for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Similarly important for us is that it also provides our membership with a new chance for medals at the Olympic Games and that the dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community and the 3x3 players. We are very grateful to the IOC for today's decision," Baumann added. The competition format, qualification system and the location of the 3x3 venue in Tokyo will be announced at a later stage. The 4th edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup - the biggest 3x3 national team competition - starts on June 17 in Nantes, France.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.29.2 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.2 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
 10. Romeo, Globalport20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Wright, Mahindra15.3 
 5. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.7 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.2 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.4 
 5. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.0 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 8. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Barroca, Star H.2.5 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.2.0 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.1.8 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 7. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.3 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 5. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 7. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 8. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 10. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 


Ka Tropa Work Overtime To Beat Bolts, Advance To Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Six seconds away from an upset win, the Meralco Bolts blew their chance away and let the TNT KaTropa join the march of the top seeds into the PBA Commissioner's Cup Final Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night. The KaTropa pounced on a grievous in-bounds play by Chris Newsome (187-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands) in the last 6.1 seconds of regulation and salvaged a 104-96 win in overtime to set up a best-of-five semifinal showdown with the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Game One is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday also at the Big Dome. Ginebra certainly has the advatange with couples of days of rest and a better preparation at least in the series opener. 'We don't really have a choice, but it's better playingSunday than resting the rest of the conference,' said TNT coach Nash Racela . In salvaging the series versus Meralco, Racela said the biggest key was not losing hope. 'And good thing for us they even fouled Jayson (Castro) and we're able to force overtime,' he added. Up at 89-88 with 6.1 seconds to go in regulations, the Bolts all had to do was to in-bound the ball and dribble the time away. Newsome, however, turned the ball over to the utter shock of almost everybody in the venue. Castro picked up the ball and tied the count at 89-all on a split from the line with 5.1 ticks left. In overtime, the Ka Tropa simply outmaneuvered the Kings to advance to the semis. Castro actually split from the line but it was enough to send the game into OT where Joshua Smith and Ranidel de Ocampo took over to complete the win for the Texters. Castro and Smith both piled up 31 points, with the massive TNT import also collaring 27 rebounds, to give the Texters a shot at the finals. Smith and De Ocampo nailed back-to-back baskets to open the overtime, and the Ka Tropa kept the Bolts at bay the rest of the way. Going down the drain was another solid game by sophomore playmaker Baser Amer who came through with 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in a follow-up to his career-best 32-point outing in their Game Two victory. Jared Dillinger (195-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) came up with 20 points while Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87, college: USC) contributed 15 markers and 12 boards. With TNT suddenly hitting the wall in the second period, Meralco turned the game around, wiping out a 10-point deficit and seizing control going into the final half. The Ka Tropa blasted from the opening block, 28-13, and led by 10, 29-19, on a hot 67-percent shooting in the first quarter before suffering a power outage in the next period, making only four of 23 attempts. Amer went 5-of-6 from the field as the Bolts pounced on the Ka Tropa's second-quarter dry spell to grab the lead, 43-38, at halftime. Amer outscored the entire TNT team, 13-9, in the second period. Then Dillinger took over in the third, firing away 14 points as Meralco stretched its lead to 14 at 59-45 before carrying a 73-66 margin into the final canto.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



Jameel McKay (ex Phoenix) agreed terms with RETAbet Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Jameel McKay (206-95kg-92, college: Iowa State). He played most recently at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.8ppg, 17.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg and 2.1bpg last season. McKay also played that season for Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL where in 33 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Defensive Player of the Year.
McKay has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He graduated from Iowa State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  POLAND  


Brek leaves Krosno - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Dawid Brek (188-89) left Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK). Brek played there also last season. In 31 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg. He helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements Brek won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2014 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 2nd Team award in 2016.
Brek has played previously for four other teams: Kotwica, SKK Siedlce, Sokol Lancut and Polfarmex.

Miasto Szkla Krosno roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Krzysztof Jakobczyk
Davis Lejasmeiers
Grzegorz Grochowski
Jakov Mustapic
Devante Wallace

Forwards:
Marcin Sroka
Anton Gaddefors

Center:
Seid Hajric

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PLK Round 4 of Finals. Stelmet Zielona Gora claim 3-1 advantage - by Eurobasket News

Torun - Stelmet ZG 78-81
Stelmet Zielona Gora upset Torun on the road to step closer to PLK title. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Stelmet players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Twarde Pierniki's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Torun: K.Weaver 20+8reb+3ast, A.Perka 12+3reb+1ast, O.Trotter 9+5reb+9ast, K.Sulima 9, C.Mbodj 9+6reb, L.Wisniewski 8+2reb+2ast
Stelmet ZG: J.Florence 29+4reb+1ast, P.Zamojski 17+4reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 14+11reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 12+4reb+6ast, T.Kelati 5+2reb+2ast, A.Hrycaniuk 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547714





Start Lublin adds Dutkiewicz to their roster - by Eurobasket News

TBV Start Lublin (PLK) added to their roster 31-year old small forward Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-86) from King Szczecin. In 30 PLK games he recorded 7.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dutkiewicz played at Trefl (TBL) where in 30 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 3.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Polish Cup in 2011. Dutkiewicz was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
He was a member of Polish U18 National Team in 2004.
Dutkiewicz has played previously for five other teams: Polonia W-wa, AZS Koszalin, Energa Czarni, Polpharma and KK Warszawa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Flieger re-signs at Polpharma - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (PLK) confirmed in their roster 33-year old point guard Marcin Flieger (185-84). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 PLK games he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Flieger won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention back in 2013 and 2014.
Flieger has spent his entire career in Poland playing for seven other teams: Slask, Poznan PBG Basket, Stelmet, Kotwica, Energa Czarni, Wilki Morskie and Kotwica.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Marcin is an extraordinarily dynamic and fast player. It is very difficult to stop him in offense because his a great one-on-one player which is his biggest trump next to his excellent technical skills. In defense he takes advantage of his fast hands which perfectly illustrate the number of obtained steals per game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.0 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.9 
 4. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.5 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.17.1 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.2 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.1 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.8 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 10. Hallman, Oliveirense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Tinsley, FC Porto5.1 
 4. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.8 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.3 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 2. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB M.1.8 
 4. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 6. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.7 
 7. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 9. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.2 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Gentry, CAB M.0.7 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto0.7 
 7. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.7 
 9. Coronel, Electric.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


Benfica clinch LPB title - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - FC Porto 87-57

Benfica are crowned LPB champions. They stormed past FC Porto to sweep the title series. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Benfica outrebounded FC Porto Ferpinta 38-23 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Raven Barber (206, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. American-Hungarian forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Benfica players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) scored 17 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). 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:
Benfica: C.Morais 17+4reb+3ast, D.Hollis 15+6reb+4ast, N.Oliveira 12+2reb+2ast, R.Barber 11+13reb+2ast, T.Barroso 11+2reb+3ast, N.Dos Santos 8+1reb
FC Porto: S.Borovnjak 17+3reb+1ast, M.Miranda 11+3reb, N.Washburn 11+10reb, J.Xavier 6, B.Tinsley 4+5ast, P.Bastos 3+2ast
gschID: 547831





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Liz, Ponce21.1 
 2. Ebanks, San German20.8 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.6 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas18.7 
 5. Huertas, Arecibo18.6 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Laury, Mayaguez17.8 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Arroyo, Fajardo17.2 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.6 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.8 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.5 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.5 
 9. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 10. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.3 
 2. Browne, San German7.0 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Torres, Ponce5.0 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 10. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Liz, Ponce1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.5 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Browne, San German1.4 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. James, Fajardo1.2 
 10. Abreu, Aguada1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Fajardo2.5 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.7 


BSN Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth defeat of league's leader Santeros (18-8) against seventh ranked Capitanes (12-14) 92-85 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. Capitanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Santeros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Santeros lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Arecibo. Santeros will play next round against strong Fajardo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Capitanes will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Fajardo on the road.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (17-8) against fifth ranked Atleticos (14-14) on Thursday night. Host Fajardo was defeated by Atleticos in a tough game at home 82-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Justin Keenan chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite that victory Atleticos went down to seventh position due to points difference. Fajardo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Atleticos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play against the league's leader Capitanes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Piratas (17-10) against fourth ranked Leones (14-13) on Thursday night. Visiting Piratas were defeated by Leones in Juana Diaz 84-73. Mike Harris notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 17 points and 6 assists by Donta Smith did not help to save the game for Piratas. Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Leones went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser Piratas dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Leones will meet Caciques (#10) in the next round. Piratas will play against Caciques (#10) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Mayaguez. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Brujos (10-17) to tenth ranked Indios (9-16) 100-97 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was David Laury who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Indios have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Brujos lost seventeenth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Indios' next round opponent will be again Brujos (#9) in Guayama and are hoping to win another game.

Arecibo - Aguada 92-85

Eighth defeat of league's leader Santeros (18-8) against seventh ranked Capitanes (12-14) 92-85 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. Capitanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) added 20 points in the effort for Santeros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Santeros lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Arecibo. Santeros will play next round against strong Fajardo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Capitanes will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Fajardo on the road.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: C.Clarke 23+7reb+5ast, W.Hodge 17+3reb+3ast, D.Clemente 16+6reb+6ast, D.Huertas 13+5reb+2ast, A.Alamo 11+4reb+3ast, D.Cortez 7+2reb
Aguada: R.Mendoza 21+10reb+4ast, G.Clavell 20+3reb, A.Abreu 11+2reb+9ast, J.Guitian 9+3reb+3ast, O.Samhan 8+5reb+1ast, C.Gaston 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547989


Mayaguez - Guayama 100-97

A very interesting game took place in Mayaguez. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Brujos (10-17) to tenth ranked Indios (9-16) 100-97 on Friday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It looked good early as Brujos took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Indios had a 30-22 second period charge getting the lead and Brujos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 97-100. Indios made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Brujos 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Indios shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Brujos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) chipped in 33 points (!!!). Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 4 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and naturalized American guard Darnell Hinson (185-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 21 points and 5 assists respectively. Five Indios and four Brujos players scored in double figures. Indios have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Brujos lost seventeenth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Indios' next round opponent will be again Brujos (#9) in Guayama and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 33+3reb+1ast, D.Laury 20+13reb+7ast, D.Collier 16+9reb+1ast, C.Duran 12+4reb+9ast, J.Rodriguez 11+2reb+2ast, A.Ayala 4+2reb+1ast
Guayama: D.Wilkins 37+1reb+4ast, D.Hinson 21+2reb+5ast, K.Penn 13+8reb, K.Vinales 11+3ast, R.Sanchez 9+9reb+3ast, J.Nieves 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 540195


Fajardo - San German 82-90

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (17-8) against fifth ranked Atleticos (14-14) on Thursday night. Host Fajardo was defeated by Atleticos in a tough game at home 82-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 Fajardo's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-82 at the end of the game. Atleticos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Fajardo's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) chipped in 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 5 assists and the former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Atleticos have an impressive six-game winning streak. Despite that victory Atleticos went down to seventh position due to points difference. Fajardo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Atleticos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play against the league's leader Capitanes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
San German: J.Keenan 24+6reb+4ast, D.Ebanks 19+3reb+1ast, G.Browne 17+10reb+10ast, I.Sosa Carrion 14+2reb+3ast, A.Franklin 8+9reb+1ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 4+7reb+1ast
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 22+2reb+5ast, E.Ayuso 11, M.Ali Berdiel 10+6reb+2ast, F.Rivera 9+1reb+2ast, A.Colon 8+1reb+3ast, D.James 8+8reb
gschID: 540194


Ponce - Quebradillas 84-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Piratas (17-10) against fourth ranked Leones (14-13) on Thursday night. Visiting Piratas were defeated by Leones in Juana Diaz 84-73. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Leones outrebounded Piratas 40-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) supported him with 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 6 assists by American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) did not help to save the game for Piratas. The former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Leones have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Leones went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser Piratas dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Leones will meet Caciques (#10) in the next round. Piratas will play against Caciques (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ponce: M.Harris 19+11reb+4ast, V.Liz 16+2reb+9ast, E.Dawson 15+15reb+2ast, C.Emory 15+6reb+2ast, W.Pagan 7, A.Torres 6+2reb+6ast
Quebradillas: D.Smith 17+3reb+6ast, M.Rosario 15+6reb+2ast, L.Drew II 12+3reb+4ast, J.Mojica 9+3reb+2ast, L.Hernandez 8+7reb+1ast, J.Bryan Diaz 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540193





Elonu comes back to Arecibo - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) added to their roster 30-year old Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-107kg-87, college: Texas A&M). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Elonu played last season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. In 23 games he recorded 6.7ppg and 5.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals.
In 2009 Elonu was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (59th overall). The former Texas A&M University staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Elonu's team won Puerto Rican BSN Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention in 2015.
Elonu is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Elonu has played previously professionally also in China (Monkey Kings), France, Spain (Zaragoza) and Turkey (Tofas and Besiktas).
The scouts decsribe him following way: a long athletic mobile high energy 4/5 that is a terrific rebounder and shot blocker. Chinemelu is also a rapidly developing offensive player able to score efficiently in the post as well as face up and pick and pop on the perimeter. Shoots a very high FG percentage.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sergey Bykov leaves Avtodor - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 34-year old international guard Sergey Bykov (190-95kg-83) left Avtodor Saratov (VTB). In 13 VTB United League games he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Lokomotiv where in 26 Euroleague games he had 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. Bykov helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 28 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.5apg. Bykov contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Among other achievements his team won Russian Cup in 2014. Bykov received also Eurobasket.com Russian PBL All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Russian international program for some years. Bykov has regularly played for Russian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2001 and 2002.
He also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 80.0%.
Bykov has spent his entire career in Russia playing for five other teams: CSKA Moscow, Spartak Vidnoye, Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan and Universitet Yugra.
Bykov's game is described as: An SG who made a succesful transition to the point some years ago. He's very quick on the open court, passes the ball very well, and, of course, can finish by himself and shoot from the distance.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor lands Fedor Klyuchnikov - by Alex Rovenskyi

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) landed 27-year old guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-92kg-90). He played most recently at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. In 27 games he averaged impressive 20.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg last season. Klyuchnikov helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1 Honorable Mention.
Klyuchnikov ended the previous (2015-16) season at BC Ryazan (also in Superleague 1) where in only one game he had 11 points, 2 assists and 4 steals. But the most of that year he spent at Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In 10 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg.
Klyuchnikov represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 72.2%.
Klyuchnikov has played previously for six other teams: Enisey, BC Nizhny Novgorod, NGU Novosybirsk, Enisey Krasnoyarsk 2nd team, Ural Ekaterinburg and Ruskon Mordovia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivanov is back at TEMP SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda (Superleague 1) signed 33-year old ex-international swingman Andrei Ivanov (197-95kg-84, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to TEMP SUMZ Revda as he has played here before. Ivanov played last season at Univ.Surgut in the Superleague 1. In 22 games he had 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. Ivanov helped them to win the Superleague 1 title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sakhalin (Superleague) where in 34 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. Ivanov contributed to his team winning the regular season.
He was a member of Russian international program for some years. Ivanov was called to Russian Senior National Team between 2005 and 2015 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Russia playing for eight other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Avtodor, Dynamo Moscow, Krasnie Krilya, Khimik Engels, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Alians and Dynamo St.Petersburg.

TEMP-SUMZ-UGMK Revda roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Andrei Ivanov
Alexandr Varnakov
Dmitriy Zlobin

Forward:
Aleksandr Lavnikov

Center:
Sergey Karaulov

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Voytyuk leaves Zenit - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-98kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). But in 6 VTB United League games he averaged just 0.7ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr where in 7 Eurocup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Voytyuk also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2011.
Voytyuk was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Severstal, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Khimky Podmoskoye.

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Espoir stun REG to claim Genocide Memorial tourney - by Eurobasket News

Tournament organisers Espoir basketball club stunned favourites Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to retain this year's Genocide Memorial tournament (local edition) that concluded on Sunday at Rafiki courts in Nyamirambo. The former league champions were drawn in a tough group that comprised REG, who currently lead league table, and the reigning Heroes' Day tournament champions, IPRC-Kigali. However, Maxime Mwiseneza's side defied odds at their home ground by not only reaching the final but also winning it 61-58 against REG which is coached by the former Espoir trainer Jean Bahufite . During the group stages, REG defeated Espoir 69-59 to advance to the semi-finals as table leaders while Espoir qualified in second place. At a fully covered Rafiki ground, the highly contested game saw REG claim the first quarter 16-14 before Espoir recovered to take the second quarter 19-15 to go into the half time break leading 33-31. REG dominated the third quarter and claimed it comfortably 18-10, but Mwiseneza's side showed great character in the final quarter, which they won 18-9 hence wrapping up the game 61-58. Pascal Niyonkuru (PF) was Espoir's top scorer with 17 points while his teammate Emmanuel Iyakaremye contributed 12 points to guide their side to victory, while REG's Kami Kabange dropped a game high 18 points.
Meanwhile, IPRC-South stunned reigning league champions Patriots 65-58 in the third-place playoff. The regional edition of the annual event meant to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is scheduled for June 9-11-it attracts teams from Uganda, DR Congo, Tanzania, Kenya and hosts Rwanda.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Scotland cruise past Ireland in Celtic Clash opener - by Eurobasket News

The Celtic Clash International Tournament got off with a bang on Friday night as Scotland hosted Ireland in the opening game of the Clash. It was the first time in years that a Scotland Senior Men's Squad has played on home soil, and is also the first match they have ever played at their new home, Oriam Scotland. The Celtic Clash is especially important as it will play a crucial role in determining whether or not Scotland will find themselves travelling with Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games next summer in Gold Coast, Australia. After a rendition of the national anthems, the game began. Both teams seemed pretty tense in the first couple of minutes as they seemed to be working each other out. Suddenly the game burst into life, Ali Fraser setting off a spark in the Scottish offense with some long range shooting. Quickly, Scotland began to build a lead over the Irish. Fraser grabbed himself 9 points in the opening quarter. The period closed with the scores at 23-12. Into the second, and it was Fraser's partner in the frontcourt, Scotland's veteran big man Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) who began to really assert himself on the game. Achara was knocking Irishmen to the ground with solid screens, pulling up for 3's, and throwing some flashy passes. On the back of this, the Scottish lead extended to 23. Ireland's Ciaron O'Sullivan quelled the run by hitting three consecutive 3 pointers. Heading to the locker rooms, Scotland led 48-28. The Scots made sure that there was no complacency coming out of half time, as they continued to torment the Irish with some entertaining offense. Ali Fraser got the highlight of the game with a spin on the baseline resulting in a thunderous dunk bringing the Oriam crowd to their feet. With just a quarter remaining the score was 61-40. In the final quarter, Scotland refused to take their foot off the gas, knowing each point makes their case for Commonwealth Games qualification more likely. The relentless pressure on Ireland continued, players such as Calum Nicol (195-SF-91), Skyler White (201-F), Nick Collins (195-F-84) and youngster Callan Low hit the court for some quality minutes extending the Scottish lead further. The game ended 82-58, a dominant display from Erik Olsen's side. Scotland's Senior Men now have a rest day and will hit the court again on Sunday at 1:30pm against Wales. Tomorrow will see Ireland take on the rested Wales squad at 3pm.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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KLS Round 2 of Semi-Finals. FMP and Crvena Zvezda advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

FMP - Partizan 78-68

FMP outgunned Partizan to sweep the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by FMP. Partizan managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 29 personal fouls committed by Partizan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 18 points and international power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Partizan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 18+2reb+3ast, M.Andric 10+1reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 9+1reb+5ast, A.Vrabac 8+1reb, S.Bircevic 8+6reb+2ast, N.Velickovic 7+5reb+1ast
FMP: D.Davidovac 19+12reb+3ast, J.Bolden 16+6reb, S.Lazarevic 10+1reb+3ast, F.Covic 9+2reb+5ast, A.Radanov 9+1reb+1ast, D.Apic 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 547853


Mega Leks - Crvena Zvezda 75-84

Crvena Zvezda rallied past Mega Leks to advance into KLS Finals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mega Leks won third quarter 27-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Crvena Zvezda won last quarter 17-9. They also forced 23 Mega Leks turnovers. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Luka Mitrovic (204-93) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) responded with 8 points, 11 assists and 7 steals and point guard Nikola Rebic (188-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: O.Jaramaz 14+2reb+1ast, R.Spasojevic 13+3reb+1ast, N.Rebic 12+5reb+4ast, K.Mushidi 9+6reb+2ast, D.Simeunovic 9+5reb, P.Samardziski 8+4reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: D.Thompson 15+6reb, C.Jenkins 14+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 10+3reb, L.Mitrovic 9+6reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 9+4reb, B.Lazic 7+3ast
gschID: 547852





Crvena Zvezda inks Jonah Bolden - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (KLS) agreed on terms of a two-year deal with 21-year old Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-98kg-96, college: UCLA). He played lately at FMP Beograd in the KLS. In 15 games he had 12.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He will not participate in KLS Finals travelling to the USA.
He just graduated from Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles and it is his first season as a pro. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Top Prospect of the Year in 2017.
Bolden won National Prep championship title in 2014.
Bolden represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 2.6ppg, 2.9rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Igor Kokoskov, Serbian coach in Utah Jazz and Head coach of Slovenian National team - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian coach Igor Kokoskov is Serbian coach in NBA with experience of 15 seasons as assistant coach of Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During the career he was assistant coach in Serbia and Montenegro National team, head coach of Georgia National team and now is head coach of Slovenia National team. Mr Kokoskov NBA references are impressive:

1st Non-American Coach in NCAA History (University of Missouri)
1st Non-American Coach in NBA History (Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who an NBA Champion Title in 2004 with Detroit Pistons)
1st Non-American Coach who was a member of NBA All-Stars Coaching Staff in 2006 (Houston, TX)


Question: You are second season in Utah Jazz. What is you impression of the last season?

Answer: After 8 years of not playing in playoff Utah had primary focus to qualified and we made it. We passed Clippers in the first round and that is also serious success.Everybody are really satisfied. Team is growing, players are showing improvements and potential. Jazz team is based on young players which we pick up on Draft and with veterans like Diaw, Hill and Johnson we get experience which we needed for the next steps. Fans, media, owners, management are satisfied and now focus and ambitions are changed - how to stay on this level and make additional step to become one of the candidates for winning championship. This summer will be very interesting and important for us, because we are expecting to sigh Gordon Hayward and few more players, so we'll keep backbone of the team.

Question: The teams is selected mostly of young players, as you said with experienced Johnson, Diaw, Hil. Do you have a plan to stay on the same course and strategy?

Answer: I agree with you. Rudy Gober is central part of our team and he made huge progress last season. We are working on in to keep George Hill and Diaw as our main players. We have good synergy of experienced players and energy of young players. Jazz have ambition. Coach Snyder is working great job. We need good summer and to be honest I can't see good reason why this team can't continue go in good direction.

Question: Utah team has international character. Except US players there are players from France, Australia, Canada... Do you have some interesting scouting reports and
interests for some Serbian players?

Answer: I didn't know that Jazz has the most international players before I read that in the media. That is probably experience which our GM Denis Lindsay bring from San Antonio. Also the fact is that coach Snyder had that experience from Europe and period when he was assistant coach of Messina in CSKA. We believe in good players, it doesn't matter are they US or international players. We believe that our Management respect Serbian players and we'll not be surprised if they decide to sign some of them.

Question: Last season lot of rumors was related for Milos Teodosic and Utah interest for him. Is there real chances to Milos Teodosic become Utah player?

Answer: That option is real. Milos is one of the names always present in basketball media. He has experience and quality to be in NBA. I believe that Utah is not the only one team in NBA interested for Teodosic. In upcoming years for Milos is very important to find the best solution for him, team and coach who will know how to use all his potential and finally to make good and long term cooperation in that team. I wish him all the best, I hope his dream to play in NBA will become real next season and much more happy I'll be if he decide to be in Utah.

Question: Nikola Jokic shines his second consecutive season in NBA? Could you describe us his growing and improvements in his first and sophomore season? How do you see his further development?

Answer: I am sure that nobody had prediction for great season which Jokic had. For sure he is one of the players who made biggest progress last season in NBA. We must be happy in which way is going his career and development. Organization, management, coach, Denver...All of them are believe in Nikola. He is definitely future of Denver team Nikola well know what he needs to improve and he needs good summer. I believe in another Serbian player in All Star match.

Question: Boban Marjanovic had small role in his team. Do you think his role and number of minute on the court will goes in positive direction?

Answer: Boban is great man and last few games of the season tell me that something will be different in Detroit, when we speak about his status. He has long term contract with Detroit. He had mental strength to survive turbulent season with less minutes and role in his team. He can make much more in NBA and I believe that some things will change for him. Also, President of Detroit how is in the same time his coach definitely has concept for him.

Question: What is your impression about the roles and improvements in the game for the players from former Yugoslavian republic (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia...)?

Answer: Croatian players makes significant progress last season. Pretty season for Saric, Bogdanovic and Bender. Bender had some injuries, but I think they had pretty good season. Goran Dragic with lot of success representing Slovenian basketball nation. There is lot of respect about Yugoslavian basketball school. Lot of great players from former Yugoslavia left Indelible mark in NBA. Also, the fact is that before every Draft teams are following our countries. Personally, I am very proud on my basketball roots.

Question: National team of Slovenia is in the group with Montenegro, Spain and national team from qualifications. First 12 national teams will ensure their participation on World championship 2019. It is to early for estimation, but what is your expectation from your and other teams from the group?

Answer: To be honest, I am not thinking about qualification for World championship. We'll have very serious competition and challenge. We must be well prepared and play good this summer to reach our target. About qualification we'll speak after this summer. Our group is hard and also there is unknown fact who'll be ready and available to play this games. I hope we'll very fast resolve it in interest of basketball...

We'll definitely keep continuity from previous years, invite some young players who deserve to be on the list of candidates. Personally, I like young players and believe in them, but also in the same time there is no excuse for the lost games.

Question: Your former team, National team of Georgia is in the group with Serbia. Do you think that Georgia could surprise Serbia or other teams from the group?

Answer: From Georgia I have very nice coach experience. We build that program from division B until the participation on three European championships. I have lot of respect for Georgian basketball, but I am not sure they can surprise Serbia an makes them problems. Of course, the most important is with which team will Serbia play. Tbilsi could be hard court for the guests, but if Serbian team play equal with their quality I can't see the way how Georgia can surprise them.

Question: You are definitely very busy on position of assistant coach. Do you have time to follow ABA and Serbian league?

Answer: Yes, I am following games and results on daily base. That is not a part of my job description, but however I have personal and professional interest for basketball in my country, also in European leagues. Economic situation is very important all around the world, so our country is not exception. As much we wants to recover Serbian basketball league that is a part of financial and organization side almost impossible. So, that means we must be focus or producing young players, which will continue career in some other and richer leagues in the world when they come on higher level of development.

Question: Serbian basketball association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players which are on Universities in US. What is your opinion about that action of association?

Answer: I follow that idea and complete action. I think that idea is great. I had a
chance to spoke with Vladimir Kuzmanovic during the camp. Personally, my congratulation them on this enthusiastic project. If this project recognize only one player which will play in the future for National team that will be great success.

Question: You think that some of this players could be potential NBA prospect?

Answer: To be honest I don't know lot about them. I have very booked daily schedule and that is not scope of my work here in NBA.

Question: We still have huge difference between NBA an European basketball, it doesn't matter on some victories of European teams during the pre-season. Do you think that this trend could be changed?

Answer: Globalization of basketball is already existing and long term process. I think that some of victories are not real situation. Domination is definitely confirmed here in NBA. Centralization of world basketball is here. Financial aspect is primary and quality of NBA teams. All the best in the world will be definitely here and in the future. From the other side on European market are lot of young and talented players. Also lot of top coaches. Yes, style of basketball is closer. Now the basketball is playing will less isolation for the players if we compare situation 10 years ago. Trend of international basketball has influence on NBA improvement. Coach Greg Popovic lot of times speak about that. In the era of hi-tech technologies is very hard to hide some information, almost impossible. Basketball trends and way of playing are closer, but from the economic side pretty far away.

Question: What is your opinion about Serbian basketball and generation with are coming?

Answer: Serbian basketball have tradition and standards build through decades and producing great players, coaches, referees and results. That can't just disapere. But economic and financial trends are reflected on sport. Our young players are very ambition, hungry for success and challenges. Sport still can open some new door for further prospect in life. I am very optimistic when we speak about future of Serbian basketball. We must accept reality, as Serbian basketball school. Our local market must continue with development of young players which are staying in Serbia or trying to searching some leagues which can follow their ambition and potential. That is not negative. That can only be positive way.



Lucic re-signs at B.Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) confirmed in their roster 28-year old Serbian international small forward Vladimir Lucic (201-91kg-89, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 39 BBL games he had 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg. Lucic helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Valencia Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he recorded 4.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Lucic contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Lucic also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 5.7ppg and 2.7rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year back in 2013.
Lucic has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
Lucic represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago.
He has played also professionally in Serbia (Partizan).

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Jiangsu Dragons sign Miroslav Raduljica - by Eurobasket News

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) signed 29-year old Serbian international center Miroslav Raduljica (213-113kg-88). He played last season at EA7 Armani in Italian Serie A. In 31 games he had 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Raduljica helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 where in 36 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. Raduljica contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Bosmans Team. Raduljica also played 27 games in Euroleague where he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Raduljica won Serbian League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team in 2016.
Raduljica has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2008.
Raduljica represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 17.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 69.8%, FT: 75.7%.
Raduljica is quite experienced player. He has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Raduljica has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves), Serbia (Partizan, Crvena Zvezda, Borac and FMP II Beograd) and China (Golden Stars).
He could be described: A dominatig center at juvenile level, has yet good fundamentals at both sides of the court and winning mentality. Seems yet ready for the pro ball, could develop in an European star very soon. Should improve his shape, sometimes seems out of breath after running up and down the floor for a couple of minutes.

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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.5 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 9. Jordan, Joventut5.6 
 10. Dubljevic, Valencia5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.5 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia4.9 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Diot, Valencia4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 3. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 4. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 9. Bellas, Zaragoza1.1 
 10. Mumbru, RE.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 5. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Ayon, Real Madrid0.8 
 8. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 9. Eric, RE.0.8 
 10. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 9. Bivia, Palma14.3 
 10. Huskic, Burgos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.1 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.8 
 6. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.7 
 7. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat6.4 
 10. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  Araberri
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 2. Perez, Oviedo5.2 
 3. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 4. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.5 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 9. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 10. Arevalo, Castello3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 6. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 7. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 8. Faner, Castello1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Gintvainis, Huesca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca1.5 
 2. Gatell, Melilla1.1 
 3. Mbaye, Forca L.1.1 
 4. Samb, Palencia1.0 
 5. Marcius, Caceres1.0 
 6. Marti, Prat1.0 
 7. Dos-Anjos, Oviedo1.0 
 8. Nguirane, Castello0.9 
 9. Gerun, FC Barc.0.9 
 10. Diagne, FC Barc.0.8 


Liga Endesa Round 1 of Finals. Real Madrid earn first victory - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Valencia 87-81

Real Madrid secured the winning start to Liga Endesa Finals. They edged visiting Valencia in the capital. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Sergio Llull (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists. International Rudy Fernandez (197-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international swingman Fernando San-Emeterio (199-84) added 14 points in the effort for Valencia Basket. 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.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 20+4ast, R.Fernandez 19+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 12+2reb+3ast, F.Reyes 11+6reb, J.Carroll 9+1reb+1ast, G.Ayon 6+6reb+2ast
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 19+5reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 14+4reb+2ast, L.Sikma 13+4reb+3ast, W.Thomas 12+1reb, P.Oriola 8+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 6
gschID: 547888





Marc Gimenez leaves Tarragona - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Marc Gimenez (195-95) left C.B. Tarragona 2017 (LEB Silver). Gimenez has played there for the last five years. He played there also last season. In 26 LEB Silver games he recorded 5.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Gimenez's team made it to the LEB Silver Play-Off Semifinals in 2016.

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Jameel McKay (ex Phoenix) agreed terms with RETAbet Bilbao Basket - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Jameel McKay (206-95kg-92, college: Iowa State). He played most recently at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.8ppg, 17.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg and 2.1bpg last season. McKay also played that season for Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL where in 33 games he averaged 7.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4bpg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Defensive Player of the Year.
McKay has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He graduated from Iowa State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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RETAbet Bilbao Basket tabs Lucio Redivo, ex Weber Bahia - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) inked 23-year old Argentinian international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94). He has played for the last five years at Weber Bahia in Argentinian LigaA. In 56 games he was the best scorer with impressive 16.9ppg and recorded 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg last season. Redivo played in the final of Liga Americas. He received Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas 1st Team award in 2017. Redivo has been regularly called to Argentinian Senior National Team since 2016.

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Nassjo re-signs coach Felix Alonso - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketligan) extended the contract with 44-year old Spaniard coach Felix Alonso.
The previous (15-16) season Alonso coached at Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) in Portuguese league. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Alonso has coached previously professionally in Spain (Melilla Baloncesto, Los Barrios and Alaior) and Portugal (Sampaense).

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Burgos celebrate LEB Gold playoff title - by Eurobasket News

Palencia - Burgos 85-86

Burgos celebrated LEB Gold playoff title. They nipped Palencia on the road to sweep the championship series. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 32-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Palencia Baloncesto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Eduardo Martinez (202-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). British swingman Morayo Soluade (196-95) helped adding 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was power forward Urko Otegui (203-81) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Marc Blanch (195-82) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Palencia: U.Otegui 14+6reb, D.Rodriguez 14, M.Blanch 11+4reb+4ast, J.Perez 11+3reb+1ast, L.Barnes 10+6reb, M.Samb 9+5reb
Burgos: E.Martinez 20+4reb+1ast, A.Barrera 19+3reb+1ast, J.Vega 15+7reb+1ast, M.Soluade 11+8reb+5ast, F.Toncinic 9+3reb, G.Huskic 8+1reb+2ast
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Hendrix left Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

31-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-120kg-86, college: Alabama, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He played there also last season. In 31 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Hendrix helped them to win the Supercup.
He ended the previous (2015-16) season at Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 games he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0apg and 1.2spg. Hendrix contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year Hendrix spent at Unicaja Malaga. In 17 Liga Endesa games he had 8.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1spg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Hendrix also played 16 games in Euroleague where he got 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg.
In 2008 Hendrix was drafted by Golden State Warriors (NBA) in second round (49th overall). The former University of Alabama standout is in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team back in 2012 and 2014.
Hendrix also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.7%.
Hendrix is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy, Russia (Lokomotiv) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Northern Arizona Suns).

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Bo McCalebb left Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News

32-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-82kg-85, college: New Orleans) left Herbalife Gran Canaria (Liga Endesa). McCalebb played there also last season. In 35 Liga Endesa games he had 10.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.5apg. He helped them to win the Supercup.
The previous (15-16) season McCalebb played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA where in 19 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.3apg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he averaged 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.9apg. McCalebb also spent pre-season at the Pelicans in NBA that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year back in 2011 and 2012.
McCalebb also represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (17.6ppg), 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-5 (1.4spg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 71.4%.
McCalebb is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Bayern Muenchen), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Fenerbahce and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena).
McCalebb attended University of New Orleans until 2008 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Shown his ability to score as well as distribute the basketball An extremely explosive player.

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SCVU HH stay on top of standings undefeated - by Eurobasket News

SCVU HH keep the top place undefeated in Surinam. The league-leaders posted the 10th straight victory beating Yellow Birds 68-62. Fisher Jason top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Leter Dancell replied with 23 points in the losing effort. De Arend HH is second with an 8-2 record and De Schakel HH is third with a 7-3 record.


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Nassjo keeps Ternell for another season - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketligan) re-signed 25-year old forward Kristian Ternell (199-95kg-92). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 35 Basketligan games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg last season.
Ternell's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group South in 2012.
He was a member of Swedish U18 National Team back in 2010.
Ternell has played previously for Sanda Basket.

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Nassjo re-signs coach Felix Alonso - by Eurobasket News

KFUM Nassjo Basket (Basketligan) extended the contract with 44-year old Spaniard coach Felix Alonso.
The previous (15-16) season Alonso coached at Ovarense Dolce Vita (LPB) in Portuguese league. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals.
Alonso has coached previously professionally in Spain (Melilla Baloncesto, Los Barrios and Alaior) and Portugal (Sampaense).

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  TURKEY  

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.6 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 5. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 9. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.7 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 7. Granger, Anadolu .4.9 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Sloukas, Fenerbahce4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SHORTER
  TED K.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 2. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 5. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 6. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 7. Osman, Anadolu .1.6 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 9. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 10. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.6 
 3. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. James, Best Balikesir0.9 
 9. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 10. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 


Peker leaves Tofas - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 37-year old former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-110kg-80, agency: Court Side) left Tofas Bursa (BSL). In 31 TBL games he averaged 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Among other achievements Peker won Turkish TBL championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com Turkish TBL All-Domestic Players Team award in 2016.
Peker was a member of Turkish international program for some years. He was called to Turkish Senior National Team between 2000 and 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2000.
Peker has played also professionally in Hungary and Spain (Baskonia) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes, Pinar Karsiyaka, Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce and Besiktas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSL Round 1 of Finals. Fenerbahce grab 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Besiktas 75-69

Fenerbahce outgunned Besiktas for 1-0 lead in the championship series. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-69. 25 personal fouls committed by Besiktas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) fired 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 16+2reb+2ast, E.Udoh 13+7reb+1ast, B.Bogdanovic 13+5reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 11+2reb+4ast, J.Vesely 10+8reb+5ast, N.Kalinic 9+2reb
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+11reb, E.Clark 17+8reb+1ast, K.Sipahi 11+3ast, D.Strawberry 8+8reb+5ast, M.Roll 6+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+5reb
gschID: 547940





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UNT announces addition of ASU transfer Simmons - by David Edole

North Texas announced the addition of Jahmiah Simmons (193-G-98) today in a move that had been expected for several weeks.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reported in late April that Simmons, a 6-4 wing player, was a near lock to end up at UNT after leaving Arkansas State.
UNT made it official late this afternoon.
Simmons averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds as a freshman last season at Arkansas State, where he played for new UNT coach Grant McCasland.
Simmons will sit out the upcoming season and have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018-19 season.
The addition of Simmons is the latest in a series of moves new UNT coach Grant McCasland has made since taking over the program in the offseason.



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Barnes scores 28, Matrix beat Flames 89-56 - by David Walls

UBA Playoffs
6/8/2017

Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 28 points, and the GIE Maile Matrix beat the Wilkes County Flames 89-56 on Thursday night to advance in the playoffs. Barnes scored 12 points to open the game as the Matrix never looked back. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) posted yet another double-double with 16 points and 12 assists in the win. Brent Cowles (6'2''-SG-84, college: Livingstone) scored 18 points for the Flames in a losing effort.

The Matrix will face the number one ranked Louisville Diesel tomorrow night in Atlanta, GA. Will Richard (6'3''-G-84) has been the teams leader in scoring with 16.0 points per game.



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NBL Round 7: Leader KIU Titans get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Undefeated leader KIU Titans delivered the fourth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked Our Saviour (0-3) 70-55 in Kampala. They outrebounded Our Saviour 42-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for KIU Titans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Tanzanian guard Sudi Ulanga (181-88) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Center Daniel Monoja 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. KIU Titans have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Our Saviour at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th placed City Oilers (2-2) played at the court of sixth ranked UCU Canons (2-2). UCU Canons defeated City Oilers 61-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of City Oilers. Worth to mention a great performance of Tanzanian guard Joas Maheta (-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Steven Wundi contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward James Okello (193-90) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds for City Oilers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCU Canons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated City Oilers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



UCU Canons - City Oilers 61-48

The game in was also worth to mention about. 4th placed City Oilers (2-2) played at the court of sixth ranked UCU Canons (2-2). UCU Canons defeated City Oilers 61-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of City Oilers. UCU Canons players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Tanzanian guard Joas Maheta (-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Guard Steven Wundi (-93) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward James Okello (193-90) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Stephen Omony (198-81) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for City Oilers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCU Canons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated City Oilers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UCU Canons: J.Maheta 18+1reb+2ast, S.Wundi 11+3reb+4ast, L.Titus 10+3reb+2ast, F.Chuma 5+6reb+3ast, B.Namake 5+5reb+3ast, J.Egau 4+7reb+6ast
City Oilers: J.Enabu 11+2reb+1ast, J.Okello 11+6reb+1ast, S.Omony 7+5reb+5ast, N.Landry 6+6reb+1ast, G.Omondi 6+3reb+2ast, J.Otim 3+3reb
gschID: 547443


KIU Titans - Our Saviour 70-55

Undefeated leader KIU Titans delivered the fourth consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked Our Saviour (0-3) 70-55 in Kampala. They outrebounded Our Saviour 42-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for KIU Titans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Ethienne Kazungu (-80) fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Tanzanian guard Sudi Ulanga (181-88) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Center Daniel Monoja produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Steven Mwesigye added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KIU Titans have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Our Saviour at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
KIU Titans: S.Ulanga 17+3reb+4ast, G.Soro 13+3reb+2ast, M.Bwanga 9+7reb+5ast, E.Kazungu 8+11reb+7ast, I.Lumanyika 6+7reb+1ast, F.Sokoroza 5+5reb
Our Saviour: D.Monoja 16+11reb, S.Mwesigye 15+5reb+3ast, D.Opolot 9+3reb+7ast, P.Elungat 7+5reb+3ast, A.Omomgin 6+1reb+2ast, R.Balemwa 2+1reb
gschID: 547442



Makiadi number one in Uganda for round 6 - by Eurobasket News

International Mickeal Makiadi (199-C/F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Power, receiving a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Falcons (#10, 0-2) with 35-point margin 86-51. Power is placed at 2nd position in Ugandan NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Power already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Makiadi has many years of experience at Power, through which he has constantly improved. Mickeal Makiadi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg), assists (9th best: 3.7apg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ferdinand Odama (F-95) of JKL Dolphins. Odama had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led JKL Dolphins to another comfortable win outscoring Nkumba M. (#8, 0-1) 94-57. JKL Dolphins' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Odama is one of the most experienced players at JKL Dolphins and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another JKL Dolphins' star - guard Jeane Phillipe Pemha (G-93). Pemha scored 20 points. He was another key player of JKL Dolphins, helping his team with a 94-57 easy win against Nkumba M. (#8, 0-1). JKL Dolphins needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Pemha has a great season in Uganda. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Odong (G-91) of Power - 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Sebaindira Fahmy (G-91) of Power - 15 points and 3 rebounds
6. Malvin Midaki (F-90) of Nkumba M. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kojo Micheal (C-87) of Power - 8 points and 5 rebounds
8. Joseph Ikong (193-F-85) of Power - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Makala Libe (F-95) of JKL Dolphins - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Francis Ogola (C-91) of JKL Dolphins - 10 points and 5 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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Phoenix go with Gettys - by Paul Nilsen

Cheshire Phoenix are pleased to announce the signing of C.J. Gettys (213-C), who joins from top NCAA Division I Rutgers University, where he started all 33 games in the Big Ten Conference.

The 7 foot centre averaged 8ppg and 5rbs during the 16/17 season for Rutgers Scarlet Knights and is delighted to join up with the club in September.

On joining the Phoenix, Gettys stated: "First and foremost, I would like to thank God and my family for everything that is happening; secondly, I would like to thank Cheshire Phoenix for believing in me and I cannot wait to get to work."

Phoenix Head Coach, Ben Thomas added, 'This is a huge signing for us. We have been looking to get a quality big for next season and as soon as CJ was on our radar, we had to get him.

"He is coming from a top college playing in one of, if not the best conference, in division one basketball'.

C.J. Gettys joins Raheem May-Thompson and Andrew Bachman on the roster for the upcoming season, with the early bird season ticket deadline ending on 30 June 30.



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Simmons' 32-point game gives him Ascenso Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old guard Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Verdirrojo and receives a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 32 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Verdirrojo in his team's victory, helping them to beat 25 de Agosto (#6, 1-1) 68-62. It's just the very beginning of the season and Verdirrojo won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Simmons just recently signed at Verdirrojo and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Lincoln Memorial University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simmons is in league's top in points (2nd best: 32.0ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto. He is American forward in his first season at 25 de Agosto. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as 25 de Agosto lost that game 62-68 to Verdirrojo (1-0). 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. Johnson is one of the most experienced players at 25 de Agosto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.0ppg (#5). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Facundo Medina (190-G-94) of Cordon (#9). Medina got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. Despite Medina's great performance Cordon lost 76-80 to Atenas (#2, 1-0). The season just started for Medina as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gaston Semiglia (192-F-91) of U Atletica - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Rodrigo Goncalvez) of Auriblanco - 30 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo - 26 points and 13 rebounds
8. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bruno Ingratta) of Marne - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Colon - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros23.6 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Gilder, Panteras22.0 
 4. Fuller, Toros19.9 
 5. Hamilton, Bucan.18.8 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.1 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.2 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.7 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.7.6 
 7. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.6 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.3 
 10. Echenique, Guaros7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.7 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Wormely, Gigantes4.4 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
 10. Pena, Toros3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 2. Wormely, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Cazorla, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
 10. Sucre, Gigantes1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Maurice SUTTON
  Cocodrilos
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.3 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 


LPB Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Guaros reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Toros - Cocodrilos 88-79

Toros took 3-2 lead against Cocodrilos following three wins at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Cocodrilos won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros had a 36-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international guard Elder Gimenez (186-91) chipped in 21 points. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) scored 13 points and 7 assists. 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.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 21+7reb, C.Elliott 13+2reb+7ast, C.Garcia 13+5reb, L.Lopez 12+7reb+1ast, Y.Palacios 8+4reb, K.Caraballo 6+6reb
Toros: E.Gimenez 21+4reb+1ast, J.Guerrero 15+7reb+2ast, K.Fuller 15+7reb+5ast, K.Pena 15+5reb+1ast, P.Brito 9+1reb, E.Mijares 8+1ast
gschID: 547951


Trotamundos - Guaros 92-97

Guaros secured the fourth win against Trotamundos and advanced into the semifinal stage. Trotamundos were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Guaros, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Guaros players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) nailed 29 points and 4 assists for the winning side and international center Gregory Echenique (206-90, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Trotamundos in the defeat. Five Guaros and four Trotamundos players scored in double figures. Trotamundos' coach Ruben Magnano tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: A.Morillo 25+1reb, R.Powell 23+3reb+4ast, D.Simpson 13+13reb+2ast, J.Powell 11+7reb+4ast, D.Lewis 5+4reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 5+5ast
Guaros: N.Robinson 29+2reb+4ast, L.Hayward 15+4reb+3ast, G.Echenique 14+13reb+1ast, H.Guillent 11+1reb+6ast, E.Baez 10+2reb+1ast, J.Vargas 10+3reb+7ast
gschID: 547952


Gigantes - Guaiqueries 68-79

Guaiqueries upset Gigantes on the road to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Guaiqueries. Gigantes managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guaiqueries dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 20. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Melvin (206-82, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Guaiqueries players scored in double figures. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Leonardo Cappare (186-80) produced 21 points and the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: L.Cappare 21+1reb+1ast, H.Wormely 12+2reb+5ast, O.Reed 10+7reb+2ast, A.Sucre 9+8reb+3ast, A.Feeley 8+10reb+1ast, H.Cazorla 6+6reb+2ast
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 21+2reb+4ast, F.Centeno 16+1reb+1ast, M.Melvin 13+13reb+2ast, K.Gransberry 12+10reb+1ast, M.Flores 8+3reb+1ast, D.Ramirez 6+1reb
gschID: 547950


Bucaneros - Marinos 75-82

Marinos edged Bucaneros on the road to open 3-2 advantage in the series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Bucaneros won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Marinos won last quarter 29-24. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Bucaneros outrebounded Marinos 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. The former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bucaneros. Four Marinos and five Bucaneros players scored in double figures. Bucaneros' coach Ivan Deniz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: S.Gay 18+7reb, E.Hernandez 16+1reb, C.Cedeno 13+3reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 13+8reb+13ast, L.Williams 11+11reb, W.Graterol 4+8reb+1ast
Marinos: M.Carrera 21+2reb+1ast, R.Perez 20+1reb+3ast, C.Massie 16+16reb+1ast, J.Centeno 11+4reb+5ast, I.Swann 7+2reb+1ast, J.Herrera 3
gschID: 547949





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Round 1 of Finals. CSKA claim first victory - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Khimki 94-88

CSKA overcame Khimki in the championship series opener. Khimki trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 27 after three quarters before a 37-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 88-94 at the end of the game. CSKA made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. French Nando De-Colo (196-87) fired 21 points for the winners. American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. Guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev (191-89, agency: Alti Sport) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.De Colo 21+2reb+3ast, K.Hines 16+5reb, S.Antonov 16+3reb, C.Higgins 10+2reb+3ast, A.Jackson 9+3reb+4ast, M.Teodosic 7+5ast
Khimki: A.Shved 18+1reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 15+5reb+6ast, E.Rowland 15+2reb+5ast, V.Likhodey 10+1reb, R.Hummel 9+6reb, E.Vyaltsev 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 547856





Voytyuk leaves Zenit - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Evgeny Voytyuk (200-98kg-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) left Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB). But in 6 VTB United League games he averaged just 0.7ppg.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr where in 7 Eurocup games he had 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. Voytyuk also played 19 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He played in the final of Russian U23 League in 2011.
Voytyuk was a member of Russian U20 National Team back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: Spartak St.Petersburg, Severstal, BC Khimky Moscow Region 2nd team, COP Kondrashina-Belova St.Petersburg and Khimky Podmoskoye.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Unics Kazan interested in Gediminas Orelik - by Anton Levov

Unics Kazan are interested in luring Lithuanian swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) according to sources.
The Lithuanian sharpshooter had an excellent season with Turkish outfit Banvit Basketbol Kulubu and is also wanted by couple of Euroleague teams including Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv and Panathinaikos Athens.
Unics are trying to act quickly and try to snap the 27 Years old but won't make a move before they appoint a head coach.
Orelik has averaged 15.1ppg 5.1rpg in the Turkish TBL and 13.7ppg 4.7rpg in the FIBA Champions League




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Women News


Hurst is back at Canberra - by Eurobasket News

Canberra Capitals (WNBL) signed experienced 34-year old Australian point guard Natalie Hurst (164-83). It is actually her comeback to Canberra Capitals as she has played here before. Hurst played last season at Hatay Bsb in Turkish KBSL. In four Eurocup games she had 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.3apg. She also played 22 games in KBSL where she recorded 11.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 4.3apg. Hurst helped them to win the Supercup.
The previous (2016) summer she played at Rollers (QBL). In 8 games she averaged impressive 16.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg in 2016 season. Hurst contributed to her team making it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL 1st Team in 2016.
Hurst was also a member of Australian international program for some years. She played for Australian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2014 and previously for University National Team in 2007.
Hurst also represented Australia at the Oceania Championships eight years ago. Her team won Gold and her stats at that event were 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%.
Hurst is quite experienced player. She has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Hurst has played previously professionally in France, Hungary (PEAC Pecs) and Australia (Clippers).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  


Russia rally past Belarus at Patras Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Belarus 77:64

Russia finished second at the international friendly Patras Tournament. They earned the second win on Friday beating Belarus. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Belarus got to a quicker start. They jumped to a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Russia though erased the deficit in the second term. They grabbed a 34:31 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Russia and Belarus entered the fourth frame tied at 54. Russia then used a 23:10 run in the final period to seal the win. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) recorded 12 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 13 points in the victory. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 21 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) produced 17 points in the defeat.

Russia: Epiphanny Prince 20, Eugeniya Belyakova 13, Natalia Zhedik 12
Belarus: Alex Bentley 21, Maryia Papova 17



Ukraine outgun Belarus in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Belarus 84:82

Ukraine narrowly defeated Belarus in the second game of the Patras Tournament in Greece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 27 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 22:13 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Ukraine ensured a 43:38 halftime lead. Belarus however erased the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 66:65 advantage heading into the final stanza. But Ukraine managed to survive a tough challenge and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) had 14 points, while Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 10 points for the winners. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 27, Taisia Udodenko 14, Olesia Malashenko 10
Belarus: Alex Bentley 19, Maryia Papova 13



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  CROATIA  


Croatia lost to Czech, 51-75 - by Zeljko Zule

Croatia lost to Czech 51-75 in friendly game. Lea Miletic (185-PF-95) scored 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) 11, bit she commited 8 turnovers. After trailing by one point midway through the first quarter, the next five minutes was not kind to Croatia, as Czech outscored its opponent 13-0 and led 42-21 at the halftime break. Croatia shot just 33-percent (16-of-49) from 2-point land.

Czech-Croatia 75-51 (25-15, 17-6, 13-17, 20-13)

Czech: Vaughn 14, Stejskalova 8, Elhotova 7, Hanusova 8, Zaplatova 2, Vorackova, Elhotova 15, Vyoralova 6, Kulichova 8, Kopecka, Svrdlikova 5, Burgrova 2. Coach: Benes.
Croatia: Blazevic, Begic 2, Buzov 7, Mamic 2, Todoric 4, Dzankic 11, Majstorovic 5, Rados 2, Bura 4, Packovski 2, Perisa, Miletic 12. Coach: Jelavic



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA AMERICAS U16  


Semifinals are set in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Canada - Argentina 71-65
Canada held off Argentina to finish the preliminary round undefeated. Brynn Masikewich (186-PF-01) scored 15 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the North American team. Canada built a 38:26 halftime advantage. Argentina pulled within 6 points at the final intermission. But Canada sank 23 points in the fourth term and secured the winning outcome. Sarah Te-Biasu (159-PG-01) chipped in 15 points in the win. Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01) responded with 19 points for Argentina.

Venezuela - Dominican Republic 70-50
Venezuela outgunned Dominican Republic to take the first victory in the championship. Nicole Garcia (174-SG-01) provided 11 points to lead the winners. Venezuela went on a 39:13 first half run to clear off. They maintained the advantage throughout the second half and rallied to the win. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) and Alcislyn Chirinos (179-F-01) had 10 points each for the winners. Yendri Acosta (168-G-01) responded with 12 points for Dominican Republic.

Group B
Puerto Rico - USA 32-79
The USA cruised past Puerto Rico to ensure the third consecutive victory in Buenos Aires. Aliyah Boston (190-C) recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds for the North American side. The USA established a 35:15 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 31-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Paige Bueckers (180-F) delivered 12 points for the winners. Marieliz Martinez (170-SF-01) responded with 14 points for Puerto Rico.

Colombia - Mexico 45-41
Colombia held off Mexico in Buenos Aires to ensure the semifinal birth. Daniela Gonzalez (179-C-02) scored 15 points and pulled down 19 boards for the winners. Colombia eked out a 19:18 halftime lead. Mexico surged ahead for a 33:31 advantage heading into the final stanza. But Colombia bounced back with a 14:8 run in the fourth term and sealed the win. Hamileth Ulloa (176-SG-01) recorded 14 points in the victory. Karina Esquer (170-F-00) responded with 10 points for Mexico.




Day 2 in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Argentina - Venezuela 71-42
Argentina bruised Venezuela to remain undefeated in Buenos Aires. The hosts got 18 points from Sofia Acevedo (167-PG-01). Argentina accounted for a 40:19 halftime lead. They went on a 20:11 run in the third term to secure an unassailable lead. Florencia Chagas (174-G-01) had 15 points for the winners. Jairennys Arias (170-G-01) responded with 16 points for Venezuela.

Dominican Republic - Canada 48-89
Canada cruised past Dominican Republic for the second straight win in Group A. Brynn Masikewich (186-PF-01) scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners. Canada used a 48:19 first half run to clear off for good. Yvonne Ejim (182-PF-02) provided 14 points and 10 boards, while Sarah Te-Biasu (159-PG-01) added 13 points in the victory. Naomy Cueva (176-F-01) responded with 12 points and 8 boards for Dominican Republic.

Group B
USA - Mexico 100-37
The USA registered the second consecutive victory at the tournament. Samantha Brunelle (187-C-01) posted 18 points and 11 rebounds to pace them past Mexico. The USA sank 33 points in the second frame to ensure a 20-point halftime lead. They held Mexico to just 10 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Paige Bueckers (180-F) accounted for 15 points for the winners. Karina Esquer (170-F-00) responded with 15 points for Mexico.

Puerto Rico - Colombia 52-68
Colombia registered the first victory in Group B. They rallied past Puerto Rico for 1-1 record. Daniela Gonzalez (179-C-02) stepped up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Puerto Rico jumped to an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. But Colombia responded with a 25:9 run in the second term to secure a 40:27 halftime advantage. They followed with a 20:13 rally in the third term to extend the gap to 20 points and never looked back en route to the win. Esperanza Morales (181-C-02) had 11 points for Colombia. Sherly Garcia (170-SF-02) answered with 17 points and 9 boards for Puerto Rico.




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  FINLAND  


Frimodig re-signs at Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvottaret (SM-sarja) confirmed in their roster 26-year old point guard Roosa Frimodig (166-91). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 SM-sarja games she had 3.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg last season.
Frimodig played in the final of Finnish 1st Division in 2016.
She has played previously for S-Hameenmaa.

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  FRANCE  


Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Zamarat tabs Ivana Kmetovska - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) inked 22-year old FYR Macedonian international forward Ivana Kmetovska (190-95). She just graduated from Washington State University (NCAA). Kmetovska has played there for the last four years. In 35 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Final Four. and they also made it to the WNIT Final Four.
As mentioned above Kmetovska is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Kmetovska received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Kmetovska has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Kmetovska also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 34.8%, FT: 62.5%.
Kmetovska has played previously for Vigor Skopje and Klubski Junior.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Greece beat Ukraine to win Patras Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Ukraine 82:75

Greece celebrated the title at the Patras Tournament. They beat Ukraine on Friday to finish undefeated. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) scored 27 points to pace the winning side.
Greece grabbed a 19:15 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine quickly bounced back. The visitors denied the deficit and grabbed a 36:32 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by one 55:54. However Greece managed to prevail at the end. They sank 28 points in the fourth frame and got away with a narrow win. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) recorded 21 points, while Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) added 12 points in the victory. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 20 points for Ukraine. Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 27, Styliani Kaltsidou 21, Artemis Spanou 12
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 20, Olga Maznichenko 15



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  HOLLAND  


Den Helder lands Courtney Williams, ex Cadi La Seu - by Eurobasket News

Dozy BV Den Helder (Eredivisie) tabbed 23-year old American swingman Courtney Williams (185-94, college: Texas A&M). She played most recently at Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB league.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2016.
She also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Williams' team won Silver and her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg.
Williams graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HONG KONG  


Qixi and Jun An share the top - by Eurobasket News

Qixi and Jun An share the top of the ladder with 5-0 record each. Both teams remain undefeated in the League after five rounds played. In the latest game Jun An overcame Fujian 72-64 as the latter fell at 3-2 record. Qixi meanwhile outscored Weibang 65-58. Weibang suffered their third loss and dropped at 2-3 record.


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  ICELAND  


Keflavik keeps Agustsdottir for another season - by Eurobasket News

Keflavik (Dominos League) re-signed 19-year old international forward Thelma Agustsdottir (179-98). She has played there for the last five seasons. In 37 Dominos League games she averaged 10.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 3.0apg last season. Agustsdottir helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). She can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
She has been also a member of Icelandic international program for some years. Agustsdottir has regularly played for Icelandic senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2015 and 2016.
She also represented Iceland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 2 games: 1.0ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IRELAND  


Scannell announces Irish Senior Women panels for Mardyke Series - by Patrick Maher

Ireland Senior Women's Head Coach, Mark Scannell, has today announced two panels of players who will represent Ireland at this weekend's Mardyke Series.
The two-game series will see Ireland welcome Iceland to the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Co. Cork on Friday, June 9th, with a 7.30pm tip off, before facing them once more in the second game on Saturday, June 10th at 5pm at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Coach Scannell stated: 'We are really looking forward to this weekend and welcoming Iceland for the Mardyke Series. We know we have a very tough challenge ahead of us, Iceland are a quality side and will not be easy opposition by any means. We have been working hard since returning from Luxembourg and these games will be a great opportunity for all of the named players to show they have what it takes to represent Ireland at this level.'
Tickets are available on the door of both arenas, with a 5 admission charge for adults, while children under 16 go free.

Mardyke Series fixtures:
Friday, June 9th, 2017
Ireland v Iceland, Mardyke Arena UCC, 19.30

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Ireland v Iceland, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 17.00

Ireland Senior Women's Team - Panel 1, Game 1
(Friday, June 9th, Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork. Tip off: 7.30pm)
Aine McKenna (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Cathy Kavanagh (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers)
Claire Rockall (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Danielle O'Leary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Edel Thornton (Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Emma Sherwood (Pyrobel Killester)
Fiona Dwyer (A.S.D. Basket Femminile Stabia)
Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Katy Keating (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester)
Orlaith Woods (UL Huskies)
Sarah Kenny (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)

Ireland Senior Women's Team - Panel 2, Game 2
(Saturday, June 10th - National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Tip off: 5pm)
Aine McKenna (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Aine O'Connor (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)
Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Aoibheann Byrne (Pyrobel Killester)
Aoife Whelan (Meteors)
Cathy Kavanagh (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers)
Claire Rockall (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Danielle O'Leary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Edel Thornton (Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Emma Sherwood (Pyrobel Killester)
Fiona Dwyer (A.S.D. Basket Femminile Stabia)
Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)
Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester)
Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)

Ireland Senior Women's backroom team:

Head Coach: Mark Scannell
Assistant Coach: Francis O'Sullivan and Paul Kelleher
Team Manager: Grace O'Sullivan
Team Physio: Maura Murphy
Grainne Dwyer (180-F-84)



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  ITALY  


Ragusa keeps Ndour for another season - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) re-signed 23-year old Spaniard international center Astou Ndour (198-94, agency: ProDep Management). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Senegalese passport. Ndour played there last season. In 10 Eurocup games she averaged 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ndour played at Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB where in 31 games she had 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to win the Spanish LFB title (twice) and they also played in the Supercup final (twice). It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. Ndour also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 11.3ppg and 8.1rpg.
Three years ago Ndour was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Ndour has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2014.
Ndour also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 13.5ppg, Reb-3 (9.2rpg), Blocks-3 (1.7bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Ndour has played previously professionally in Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: A powerful, dominant center who has just reached the adult age. Very talented and physical, she can score and grab rebounds, being aggressive almost on every moment of the game. Expected to become a star player very soon.

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Carugate lands coach Andrea Piccinelli - by Eurobasket News

Castel Carugate (Serie A2) tabbed coach Andrea Piccinelli from Il Ponte Casa D'Aste Milano. Piccinelli has coached there for the last three years.
He has coached previously Biassono.

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Coach Pierre Vincent takes over at Familia Schio - by Eurobasket News

Famila Wuber Schio (Serie A1) will be led by experienced 53-year old French coach Pierre Vincent. He has coached for the last two years at Entente Orleans 45 in French ProA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vincent's team made it to the ProA Semifinals in 2011 and 2013. She received also Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Coach of the Year award back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Vincent was coaching French U18 National Team between 1998 and 2002.
She has coached also professionally for other French teams like ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and Bourges.

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Salvini is back at Torino - by Eurobasket News

Fixi Piramis Torino (Serie A1) agreed terms with 25-year old center Clara Salvini (180-92). It is actually her comeback to Torino as she has played here before. Salvini played last season at Ecoprogram Castelnuovo Scrivia in the Serie A2. In 31 games she had 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg.
The previous (15-16) season Salvini played at Fixi Piramis Torino. But in 16 games she recorded just 1.5ppg.
Salvini's team won Italian A2 Group A Regular Season in 2015.
She represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP-3 (58.3%), FT: 72.7%.
Salvini has played previously for Pall.Piemonte.

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Federica Brunetti is a newcomer at Lucca - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca (Serie A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old former international power forward Federica Brunetti (184-88, agency: SPORTlab Agency). She played most recently at Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in the Serie A1. But in 6 Eurocup games she recorded just 0.8ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Brunetti played at La Magika Castel San Pietro (Serie A2) where in 33 games she averaged 9.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7spg and 1.2bpg. She helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 Honorable Mention.
Brunetti won Italian A2 North championship title in 2011. She was a member of Italian Senior National Team back in 2011.
Brunetti has played previously for C.U.S. Cagliari.

Gesam Gas Le Mura Lucca roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Valeria Battisodo
Martina Crippa

Forward:
Federica Tognalini

Center:
Federica Brunetti

Coach: Loris Barbiero

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Jomanda Rosier is a newcomer at Civitanova - by Eurobasket News

Infa Feba Civitanova Marche (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old power forward Jomanda Rosier (182-89). She has played for the last two seasons at Meccanica Nova Vigarano in the Serie A1. Serie A1 was a little too high level for her, where in 16 games she recorded just 1.1ppg and 1.5rpg last season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
Rosier's team won Italian A2 Group B Regular Season in 2015.
She has played previously for Ferrara.

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Gorini re-signs at Ragusa - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international guard Maddalena Gorini (182-92). She has played there for the last three seasons. In 10 Eurocup games she had 7.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gorini's team won Italian Cup in 2016. She was selected to Italian League All-Star Game back in 2012 and 2014.
Gorini has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Gorini also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 67.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Gorini has played previously for Umbertide.
On Gorini: A solid bodied guard with quick legs who gives his best in open court situations.

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Ragusa keeps Valerio for another season - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) re-signed 30-year old forward Lia Rebecca Valerio (181-87, agency: LBM Management). She has played there for the last six seasons. But in 9 Eurocup games she averaged just 0.4ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
Valerio's team won Italian Cup in 2016.
She was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2007.
Valerio has played previously for four other teams: Venezia, Marghera, Alcamo and C.U.S. Cagliari.

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Cinili re-signs at Napoli - by Eurobasket News

Dike Napoli (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old international forward Sabrina Cinili (190-89). She played there last season. In 25 Serie A1 games she had 7.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg and 3.1spg (in top 5).
The previous (15-16) season Cinili played at Zamarat in Spanish LFB where in 11 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted Eurobasket.com Italian A1 All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
Cinili has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. She has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Cinili also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg.
Cinili has played previously professionally also in Turkey (Abdullah Gul) and Italy (Ragusa, Umbertide and Pomezia).
She could be described: An elegant wing player with coordination and outside scoring ability who can be very effective at the defensive side too.

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  NAIA  


LSU Alexandria Adds Four New Generals - by Stephan Ditgens

Alexandria, LA - In an effort to continue bulking up his squad for the 2017-18 season, LSUA women's basketball coach Bob Austin announced the signings of junior transfers Chantal Hill and Alexis Harris, along with incoming freshmen Madison Smith and Ciera Daniels.

Alexis Harris, a 5-7 shooting guard from Washington, Louisiana, heads to LSUA after two seasons at LSU Shreveport. She appeared in 26 games for the Pilots, hitting 33.3% of her shots while averaging just more than a point a game while mostly coming off the bench. Before attending LSUS, she played at Northwest High School in Opelousas, where she was named Offensive Player of the Year twice while being named to the All-Parish and All-District teams in both her junior and senior seasons. She plans on majoring in psychology while at LSUA.

Madison Smith, a 5-4 point guard from Alexandria, comes to LSUA from nearby Holy Savior Menard High School. One of the top scorers in Menard's history, she amassed nearly 1,600 points while on the floor for the Eagles. Smith was named All-District all four years of her high school career, being named to the second team as a freshman and sophomore, while making the first team in both her junior and senior campaigns. Smith plans on majoring in nursing while at LSUA.

Chantal Hill, a 5-5 shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas, comes to LSUA after time at both Highline College and Frank Phillips College. At Frank Phillips last season, Hill averaged 6.7 points on 35.1% shooting, including 30.5% from above the arc in 25 games played, including eight starts. In her freshman year, she averaged 8.7 points on 49% shooting at Highline. Hill prepped at James Madison High in San Antonio, where she averaged two points and two rebounds a game. She's undecided on her major at LSUA.

Ciera Daniels, a 5-8 forward from Mandeville, Louisiana, joins LSUA from Fontainebleau High School. With the Bulldogs, she was an All-State honorable mention as a junior, then as a senior, was named first team All-District. She plans on studying in the medical program at LSUA.

All four will join LSUA in the fall and be immediately eligible to join the Generals basketball team.

courtesy of LSUAGenerals.com



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  POLAND  


Artego Bydgoszcz tabs Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej - by Grzegorz Ozog

Artego Bydgoszcz added to their roster next ex TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow player Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej (186-F-82).

Last four seasons she played for Polish EuroLeague Women team TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow

Season 2016-2017: TS Wisla Krakow (BLK): 36 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 69.6%; Euroleague: 14 games: 3.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg; Eurocup: 2 games: 1.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg.





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  RUSSIA  


Russia rally past Belarus at Patras Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Russia - Belarus 77:64

Russia finished second at the international friendly Patras Tournament. They earned the second win on Friday beating Belarus. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Belarus got to a quicker start. They jumped to a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Russia though erased the deficit in the second term. They grabbed a 34:31 halftime advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Russia and Belarus entered the fourth frame tied at 54. Russia then used a 23:10 run in the final period to seal the win. Natalia Zhedik (184-SF-88) recorded 12 points, while Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 13 points in the victory. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 21 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) produced 17 points in the defeat.

Russia: Epiphanny Prince 20, Eugeniya Belyakova 13, Natalia Zhedik 12
Belarus: Alex Bentley 21, Maryia Papova 17



Dynamo Moscow keeps Korovushkina for another season - by Eurobasket News

Dynamo Moscow (PBL) re-signed 29-year old point guard Tatiana Korovushkina (177-88, agency: LBM Management). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 11 PBL games she averaged just 2.5ppg last season. Korovushkina helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played 8 games in EEWBL where she had only 2.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
Korovushkina played in the final of Russian PBL in 2012.
She was a member of Russian U18 National Team back in 2006.
Korovushkina has played previously professionally also in Ukraine (Orlan) and Russia (Voronezh SKIF, Spartak Vidnoye, CSKA Moscow, Gloria Moscow and Samara).

Dynamo Moscow roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tatiana Korovushkina
Evgeniya Korotygina
Victoria Mazur

Forward:
Ekaterina Ryabova

Center:
Kelsey Lang

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RWANDA  


Sixteen teams for regional Genocide memorial tourney - by Eurobasket News

Sixteen teams, including eight from outside Rwanda, will compete in this year's regional edition of the Genocide Memorial basketball tournament that starts on Friday and runs until Sunday in Kigali. The eight foreign teams will come from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo-they include three that will compete in the men's category and three in the women's category, while the other two will participate in the veterans' fray. The three in the men's teams are; PJB Goma and Boundess from DR Congo and Dynamo basketball club from Burundi, while the women's include; PJB Goma and Scandinavia from DR Congo and defending champions Berco Stars from Burndi. The Veterans' category has VC Bakolo and VC Goma, all from DR Congo, along with Rwanda's Patriots and United Generation Basketball (UGB) Club. The three visiting teams in the men category will join the top four teams from the local edition that concluded last week - they include champions Espoir, Rwanda Energy Group (REG), IPRC-South and Patriots, who are also the regional defending champions. The women category will comprise five teams, which include the visiting three and the top two from the local edition, namely; the champions APR and IPRC-South. However, by press time, the organizers, Rwanda Basketball Federation (FERWABA) had not done the draws and fixtures of how the teams will play.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SERBIA  


Serbia roll past Japan in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News

Serbia - Japan 90:73

Serbia clashed with Japan in the exhibition clash in Belgrade. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) recorded 23 points to lead the hosts.
Serbia sank 27 points in the opening frame to take a 7-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Serbia ensured a 50:41 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the gap in the third term. The hosts entered the fourth stanza up by 12 points. They limited Japan to just 14 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F-96) delivered 17 points, while Sasa Cadjo (178-G-89) added 12 points for the hosts.



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  SPAIN  


Zamarat tabs Ivana Kmetovska - by Eurobasket News

Quesos el Pastor Zamarat (LFB) inked 22-year old FYR Macedonian international forward Ivana Kmetovska (190-95). She just graduated from Washington State University (NCAA). Kmetovska has played there for the last four years. In 35 games she averaged 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg last season. She helped them to make it to the WNIT Final Four. and they also made it to the WNIT Final Four.
As mentioned above Kmetovska is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements her team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2014. Kmetovska received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time.
Kmetovska has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. She has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2013.
Kmetovska also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 34.8%, FT: 62.5%.
Kmetovska has played previously for Vigor Skopje and Klubski Junior.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alcobendas keep Cuevas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Fundal Alcobendas (LF2) re-signed 31-year old center Aitana Cuevas (187-86). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 30 LF2 games she averaged 13.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Cuevas helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Domestic Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LF2 Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Cuevas' team won Spanish LF2 Group B Regular Season in 2016.
She has quite traveled the world as her pro career brought her to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Cuevas has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Union Florida) and Spain (Jopisa Burgos, ASAC Comunicaciones Adba Aviles, Zamarat and Cortegada).

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Diez re-signs at Gernika - by Eurobasket News

Gernika Bizkaia (LFB) confirmed in their roster 30-year old shooting guard Naiara Diez (181-87). She has played there for the last four seasons. In 28 LFB games she had 4.9ppg and 1.5rpg last season.
Diez won Spanish LF2 championship title in 2014.
She has played previously for two other teams: Navarra Pamplona and Mann Filter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Den Helder lands Courtney Williams, ex Cadi La Seu - by Eurobasket News

Dozy BV Den Helder (Eredivisie) tabbed 23-year old American swingman Courtney Williams (185-94, college: Texas A&M). She played most recently at Cadi La Seu in Spanish LFB league.
Williams' team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2016.
She also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Williams' team won Silver and her stats at that event were 3 games: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg.
Williams graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 and it is her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ragusa keeps Ndour for another season - by Eurobasket News

Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (Serie A1) re-signed 23-year old Spaniard international center Astou Ndour (198-94, agency: ProDep Management). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Senegalese passport. Ndour played there last season. In 10 Eurocup games she averaged 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg.
The previous (15-16) season Ndour played at Perfumerias Avenida in Spanish LFB where in 31 games she had 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. She helped them to win the Spanish LFB title (twice) and they also played in the Supercup final (twice). It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Domestic Player of the Year, selected to 2nd Team and selected to All-Domestic Players Team. Ndour also played 14 games in Euroleague where she recorded 11.3ppg and 8.1rpg.
Three years ago Ndour was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Ndour has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2014.
Ndour also represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 13.5ppg, Reb-3 (9.2rpg), Blocks-3 (1.7bpg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Ndour has played previously professionally in Turkey (Fenerbahce) and Spain (Gran Canaria).
Let's have closer look into Her outlook: A powerful, dominant center who has just reached the adult age. Very talented and physical, she can score and grab rebounds, being aggressive almost on every moment of the game. Expected to become a star player very soon.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alston comes back to Liberty, ex Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty inked 24-year old guard Ameryst Alston (175-93, college: Ohio State). It is actually her comeback to Liberty as she has played here before. Alston played most recently at Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she was third best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Last year Alston was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended Ohio State until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Alston's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SURINAM  


Yellow Birds improve to 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Yellow Birds improve to 4-1 record in Surinam. They overcame Rialto/PBV 66-46 mostly due to the second half. Yellow Birds led 5 points at the halftime and pushed the tempo for good in the third and the last quarters. Naarden Chayenne stepped up with 32 points for the winners, while Tolud Priscilla replied with 14 in a loss.
Later SCVU beat Rialto/PBV 62-55 as Nijman Jolain paced all the winners with 13 points. Zeefuik Zephanya answered with 23 points in a loss.



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  TURKEY  


Fenerbahce adds Senyurek to their roster - by Lior Hai

Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (KBSL) added to their roster 22-year old international center Tilbe Senyurek (190-95, agency: 1x1 Sports) from Botas. Senyurek has played there for the last four years. In 25 KBSL games she recorded 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.0apg last season. A very spectacular year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. She also played that season for Botas where in 25 KBSL games she averaged 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.0apg. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team.
Senyurek's team made it to the TKBL Semifinals in 2014.
She has been also a member of Turkish international program for some years. Senyurek has regularly played for Turkish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2015.
She also represented Turkey at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 8.3ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 60.0%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oral is back at Mersin BSB - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) added to their roster 31-year old ex-international guard Tugba Oral (175-86). It is actually her comeback to Mersin BSB as she has played here before. Oral has played for the last two seasons at Hatay Bsb in the KBSL. But in four Eurocup games she had just 1.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. She also played 28 games in KBSL where she recorded 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg. Oral helped them to win the Supercup.
She was selected to Turkish TKBL All-Star Game back in 2012.
Oral represented Turkey at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Oral has played previously for Adana ASKI Mersin.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tugba Oral
Sasa Cadjo

Forwards:
Deniz Colakoglu
Gulsah Gumusay

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Mersin BSB keeps Gumusay for another season - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) re-signed 28-year old former international forward Gulsah Gumusay (180-89, agency: 1andBox Sports Agency). She has played there for the last two seasons. Gumusay's team made it to the KBSL Semifinals.
Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team award back in 2009.
Gumusay was also a member of Turkish international program for some years. She played for Turkish Senior National Team between 2008 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2005 and 2007.
Gumusay also represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 15.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 87.5%.
Gumusay has played previously for four other teams: Botas, Galatasaray, Samsun and Hatay.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UKRAINE  


Greece beat Ukraine to win Patras Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Greece - Ukraine 82:75

Greece celebrated the title at the Patras Tournament. They beat Ukraine on Friday to finish undefeated. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) scored 27 points to pace the winning side.
Greece grabbed a 19:15 lead after the opening frame. Ukraine quickly bounced back. The visitors denied the deficit and grabbed a 36:32 halftime lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by one 55:54. However Greece managed to prevail at the end. They sank 28 points in the fourth frame and got away with a narrow win. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) recorded 21 points, while Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) added 12 points in the victory. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 20 points for Ukraine. Olga Maznichenko (187-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 27, Styliani Kaltsidou 21, Artemis Spanou 12
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 20, Olga Maznichenko 15



Ukraine outgun Belarus in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine - Belarus 84:82

Ukraine narrowly defeated Belarus in the second game of the Patras Tournament in Greece. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) came up with 27 points to lead the winning side.
Ukraine got to a strong start. They built a 22:13 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Ukraine ensured a 43:38 halftime lead. Belarus however erased the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 66:65 advantage heading into the final stanza. But Ukraine managed to survive a tough challenge and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) had 14 points, while Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed 10 points for the winners. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 19 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova (189-F-94) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 27, Taisia Udodenko 14, Olesia Malashenko 10
Belarus: Alex Bentley 19, Maryia Papova 13



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Team Northumbria go with the Flo - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria are going with the Flo after snapping up one of British basketball's fastest rising stars.

The 2016 WBBL playoff winners are rebuilding following a season seriously affected by key injuries and shock departures.

And head coach Chris Bunten is looking closer to home after bringing back US duo Ali Gorrell and Kara Bonenberger last week.

Flo Ward (173-G-94) is a familiar face to British hoops fans after representing her country at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20 level.

And the point guard will take her WBBL bow after completing a spell at NCAA heavyweights Florida Southern College.

Ward will study for a two-year Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning at Northumbria University.

And Bunten said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to bring Flo to Sport Central. She's a player I've admired for some time and she will be the perfect fit for Team Northumbria.

'She arrives on Tyneside on the back of a brilliant college career in America and as one of the brightest prospects in the British game.

'I'm confident that we can help take her game to the next level and she will step straight into a team that's going to be pushing for honours.

'Flo is a very exciting signing but she's just the first of a few this summer. I'm hoping to build a seriously competitive roster this summer.'

Ward, from Salisbury, played for Solent Suns in Division Two before embarking on her college career.



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  WNBA  


Alston comes back to Liberty, ex Al-Qazeres - by Eurobasket News

New York Liberty inked 24-year old guard Ameryst Alston (175-93, college: Ohio State). It is actually her comeback to Liberty as she has played here before. Alston played most recently at Al-Qazeres in Spanish LFB league. In 25 games she was third best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and had 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg last season. A very good year in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.
Last year Alston was drafted by New York Liberty (WNBA) in second round (24th overall).
She attended Ohio State until 2016 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.
Alston's team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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