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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: 11.6
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.6 
 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. Horner, Obras B.7.8 
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.5.1 
 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. Whelan, Instituto1.4 
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. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


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 


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





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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  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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Australian SBL All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - by Igor Obradovic

North All-Star Team
Maurice Barrow
Barrow
Shawn Redhage
Redhage
Kevin Davis
Davis
Courtney Belger
Belger
Rhys Vague
Vague

3 Rhys Vague (204-F-96) of Stirling Senators
7 Benjamin Smith (192-G-89) of Perth Redbacks
8 Courtney Belger (187-G-89) of Kalamunda Eastern Suns
12 Maurice Barrow (196-F-92) of Geraldton Buccaneers
21 Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Perth Redbacks
23 Ben Purser (201-F-90) of Perry Lakes Hawks
24 Kevin Davis (206-C-91) of East Perth Eagles
25 Cody Ellis (203-F-90) of Stirling Senators
28 Jackson Hussey (190-G-92) of Geraldton Buccaneers
33 Drew Williamson (196-G/F-83) of East Perth Eagles

South All-Star Team
Tre Nichols
Nichols
Jay Bowie
Bowie
Jalen Billups
Billups
Jacob Holmen
Holmen
Ray Turner
Turner

4 Tre Nichols (180-G-89) of Southwest Slammers
5 Gavin Field (202-F/G-89) of Cockburn Cougours
9 JB Pillard (201-F) of Goodfield Gients
11 Kyle Armour (183-G-89) of Willetton Tigers
12 Jay Bowie (196-G/F-92) of Willetton Tigers
13 Ray Turner (206-F-90) of Willetton Tigers
21 Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) of SW Slammers
22 Damien Scott (190-G-92) of Willeton Tigers
23 Jalen Billups (198-F-92) of Cockburn Cougars
44 Jacob Holmen (202-F/C-91) of Goldfields Giants



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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





Aalstar signs Sam Hemeleers - by Eurobasket News

Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Euromillions League) signed 22-year old guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) from Telenet BC Oostende. But in 8 Euromillions League games he had just 1.1ppg last season. He helped them to win the cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hemeleers was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian Top Division I Honorable Mention in 2016.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 10 games: 2.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.1apg.
Hemeleers has played previously for two other teams: Kangoeroes and Gistel Oostende.

Crelan Okapi Aalstar roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Wesley Channels
Olivier Troisfontaines
Sam Hemeleers

Forward:
Bill Amis

Coach: Jean-Marc Jaumin

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOLIVIA  


Pichincha adds Jones to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Pichincha de Potosi (Libobasquet) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Warren Jones (190-86kg-94). He just graduated from Green Bay (NCAA). In 28 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was selected All-Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year.
As mentioned above Jones is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NJCAA D1 Region XI in 2014. Jones was also voted Midland Trail Conference Player of the Year back in 2012 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 8. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
 10. Lopez, Flamengo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.1 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 6. Pecos, Paulistano5.0 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.7 
 7. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 8. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Andrade, Bauru0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arnaldinho FILHO
  Botafogo.
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Filho, Botafogo.14.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem14.0 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.13.7 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau13.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville13.6 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 8. Gaines, Blumenau11.7 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.5 
 10. Perez, Contagem11.5 
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. Perez, Botafogo.6.4 
 6. Sena, Contagem6.2 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville5.9 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.5.6 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville5.5 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.5.4 
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. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 9. da-Silva, Botafogo.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. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 3. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem1.7 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 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
 Feliciano PEREZ
  Botafogo.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 2. Sena, Contagem0.8 
 3. Tiago, Brusque0.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 5. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Maistro, Contagem0.5 


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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  CANADA  


Waterdown's Mat Elcock commits to play hoops with Queen's University - by Eurobasket News

Before joining the Mohawk Mountaineers last season, Waterdown's Mat Elcock hadn't played basketball since high school. The 22 year old, who played at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School as well as for the rep Burlington Basketball program, flourished on the court with Mohawk - taking home the OCAA West Rookie of the Year Award and the George Brown Tournament MVP award. 'I took some time off from basketball for family reasons,' Elcock said. 'Last minute, last summer I decided to attend Mohawk College. 'Coach (Brian) Jonker gave me the opportunity to play for him and with a lot of hard work and some luck I was able to have a pretty good season.' Elcock, who got into basketball in Grade 4 after he saw his sister playing, said the time away from basketball made him realize how much the game meant to him. 'It made me realize my love for the game,' he said. 'And how its such a big part of my life.' Elcock finished his business diploma in one year at Mohawk and put together a highlight video from his year, while Jonker contacted several head coaches. His standout play caught the eye of several CIS teams - and next season he'll hit the court with the Queen's University Gaels. 'I went on a few different visits - Western, Brock and Queen's,' he said. 'Queen's offered me a scholarship, I really enjoyed my visit there, the coaching staff I felt comfortable with and the business program is really strong there as well.' The 6'2' guard said he'll head to Kingston for training camp in the middle of July. To prepare for the rigours of a CIS season, Elcock said Queen's has put him on a weight training program to get stronger and faster. 'I have certain workouts that I have to do - try to make 300-500 different shots per day,' he said, 'and different ball handling workouts.' Queen's coach Stephan Barrie said Jonker gave Elcock a great reference. 'It was clear that Brian was really supportive of Mat looking to find a place to play,' he said. 'When we met him the comfort level was really good.' 'I think he felt strongly about how Queen's is as a school, in terms of its academics and how that has to be a priority,' he continued. 'We knew from a character standpoint it was going to be a great fit.' From a basketball standpoint, Barrie said Elcock's skills - notably shooting the ball - were definite needs for the Gaels. 'Coming off a season where we did not shoot it well, certainly it was one of our key factors in our recruiting this year,' he said. 'Bringing in a guy like Mat who has the ability to stretch the floor - and he certainly has the ability to do other things - his shooting certainly was one of the key aspects to his game that we were interested in.' Elcock said the style of game will be a bit different at the CIS level than in the OCAA ranks. 'There's definitely more size at the CIS level,' he said. 'I think the pace of the game will be similar, if not maybe a little more structured in the half court. 'The college game is kind of faster paced up and down.' Barrie said he personally made the jump from OCAA to CIS, noting the CIS game has more size and more experience. 'Our guys, in general, are here longer,' he said due to the program length. 'You get more veteran players who have been in systems longer. But the OCAA is, I would say, a quicker league - they have a greater number of dynamic guards.' Elcock said the strongest part of his game is his shooting, particularly from three-point range. 'I can space the floor for different guys who can get to the rim, as well as bigs inside the paint - I can space the floor well for them,' he said, adding he can also play a strong defensive game. 'I think I'm able to distribute the ball and find the right guys if I do play the point guard position.' Heading into his first season with the Gaels, Elcock said he's excited about the opportunity to build strong relationships with his teammates, as well as the Kingston community. 'As well as contributing to the team, helping us make a deep playoff run,' he added. Barrie said Elcock will have a chance to compete for playing time and a good role with the team, right off the bat. 'He's an experienced guy who's had some success at Mohawk,' he said. 'That's a tough league - the reality is the OCAA is a very good league with a lot of talented players - especially some other guards that they have to face.' 'We know he's battle tested and ready,' he continued. 'Our expectation is that he's going to have to be play minutes and be ready to compete for significant minutes right off the bat.' Barrie added that he expects Elcock, as an older player, to bring a level of maturity to the Gaels team. 'I think he has a lot offer our group - both in game and also off the floor,' he said. 'But he definitely is someone we'll be looking for to be a factor in the rotation next year. 'Him being able to make shots will be an important piece to our lineup.' Elcock added he owes thanks to his parents and the coaches who have helped him get to this point in his basketball career. 'Especially coach Greg Newton and coach Brian Jonker, as well as coach (Stephan) Barrie at Queen's for the opportunity.'
Courtesy of: flamboroughreview.com



3D Canada Brings On Kyle Julius as Head Coach for 39th William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

3D Global Sports Canada is bringing back the Boys in Red to compete in one of the worlds most prestigious international basketball tournaments, the '39th William Jones Cup'. Held annually in Taipei City, Taiwan, since 1977, the tournament was named in honour of one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), basketball promoter Renato William Jones. The tournament is an Asian Cup that is officially covered by Eurobasket and televised internationally in many Asian, Oceanic and Middle-Eastern countries.
3D Canada is proud to welcome Kyle Julius as the new Head Coach for the 39th William Jones Cup. Kyle was a former National Canada Senior team player and also an all-Canadian athlete at the University of Guelph. As a Head Coach, Kyle was recently named the 2017 Head Coach of the Year in the National Basketball League of Canada where he made history and set league records. Some of his accolades include:
17 Game Wining Streak.
Most Wins with a 35-5 record in a NBL-Canada season.
Winning the 2017 Championship with the London Lightning.
Kyle Julius has developed a pristine reputation as one of Canada's best basketball skill and development instructors. He has developed over 50 Canadian High School players who went on to earn NCAA DI scholarships. Furthermore, he has trained over 100 professional players including multiple NBA players such as Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, Anthony Bennett, Kevin Pangos and Andrea Bargnani, and to further mention, has helped train 67 Canadians currently playing professionally in Europe. Kyle continues to grow and evolve into one of Canada's top professional Coaches. One thing that cannot go unnoticed is his ability to truly develop and recruit players like Royce White, whom together, won a NBL-Canada Championship with the London Lightning. Kyle's determination, dedication and discipline to the sport of basketball (3D's founding principles) will strongly impact his coaching experience internationally and the 3D Global Sports Canada program.
Courtesy of: 3dglobalsports.com



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Guizhou lands James Mays - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) tabbed 31-year old Central African power forward James Mays (206-104kg-86, college: Clemson). He played most recently at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season.
In 2008 Colorado 14ers selected him as second overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Clemson University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Mays has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Mays was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2017.
He won UAE League championship title in 2016. Strangely he also played for Central African National Team in 2013.
Mays played at the Arab Club Championships Quarterfinals two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Mays experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Mays has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Turkey (Oyak Renault and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Springfield A. and Maine Red Claws), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab) and China (Beijing Ducks and Shaanxi Wolves).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Showed an improved ability to find open looks for teammates; one of the quickest post players in the conference and maybe in the entire countryhas the ability to create crowd enthusiasm by turning in exciting playshe's also a very good defender, sees well the court and passes the ball well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Libcentro Pro Round 7: Brisas lose to Puente Alto in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th placed host Brisas (3-3) lost to first ranked Puente Alto (6-1) 87-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brisas' 38. It was a great evening for the former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Puente Alto maintains first place with 6-1 record, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side keep the fourth position with three games lost. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Stadio Italiano (#7) in Santiago in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Brisas will play on the road against Arturo Prat in San Felipe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Aleman (3-4) 73-68. It was an exceptional evening for Francisco Garrido (-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Marko Castro accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. Aleman's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Elias Donoso (-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arturo Prat. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Aleman will play against higher ranked Liceo Curico (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play against the league's second-placed Sportiva Italiana (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liceo Curico (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Arturo Prat (3-4). Liceo Curico defeated Arturo Prat 89-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arturo Prat. Marcelo Perez fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Liceo Curico's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Paulo Andrade produced 26 points for lost side. Liceo Curico maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Puente Alto. Loser Arturo Prat keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet Aleman (#5) in the next round. Arturo Prat will play against Brisas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Stadio Italiano lost to Sportiva Italiana on the opponent's court 64-70.

Sportiva Italiana - Stadio Italiano 70-64

Very expected game in Valparaiso where 7th ranked Stadio Italiano (1-5) was defeated by second ranked Sportiva Italiana (6-1) 70-64 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-64. Sportiva Italiana forced 21 Stadio Italiano turnovers. Cristobal Rios (-94) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Camilo Bustamante (187-89) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Sportiva Italiana players scored in double figures. Argentinian Juan-Martin Cardenas (-91) produced 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Piero Simonetti (-93) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sportiva Italiana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Puente Alto. Stadio Italiano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Sportiva Italiana will meet bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stadio Italiano will play against the league's leader Puente Alto and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stadio Italiano: J.Martin Cardenas 18+6reb+4ast, G.Vukasovic 13+2reb+2ast, P.Simonetti 8+9reb+2ast, N.Alba 8+7reb+1ast, M.Avello 7+7reb+2ast, J.Ulloa 6+4reb
Sportiva Italiana: C.Rios 14+6reb+3ast, M.Lubiano 12+7reb, G.Araya 12+4reb+2ast, C.Bustamante 11+5reb+4ast, B.Toledo 8+1reb, J.Garcia 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 544564


Brisas - Puente Alto 79-87

The game between Top Four teams took place in Santiago. 4th placed host Brisas (3-3) lost to first ranked Puente Alto (6-1) 87-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Puente Alto dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Brisas' 38. It was a great evening for the former international forward Antonio Pinedo (195-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Francisco Pena (187-89) helped adding 21 points. Four Puente Alto players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Sascha Frings (202-86) responded with 31 points and 7 rebounds and Sebastian Fuentes (-95) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Puente Alto maintains first place with 6-1 record, which they share with Sportiva Italiana. Brisas at the other side keep the fourth position with three games lost. Puente Alto is looking forward to face Stadio Italiano (#7) in Santiago in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Brisas will play on the road against Arturo Prat in San Felipe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brisas: S.Frings 31+7reb+1ast, F.Oyarzun 18+3reb+2ast, S.Fuentes 11+9reb+5ast, I.Riquelme 9+1ast, C.Ramirez 6+8reb, R.Molina 2+6reb+3ast
Puente Alto: F.Pena 21+4reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Collao 20+4reb+4ast, A.Pinedo 19+6reb+4ast, D.Valenzuela 17+1reb+1ast, L.Cifuentes 8+7reb+2ast, A.Guzman 2+1ast
gschID: 544565


Aleman - Sergio Ceppi 73-68

Bottom-ranked Sergio Ceppi (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Aleman (3-4) 73-68. Sergio Ceppi was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of Aleman. They also forced 20 Sergio Ceppi turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Francisco Garrido (-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Forward Marko Castro (192-88) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Aleman's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Elias Donoso (-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and center Nicolas Rodriguez (202-91) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Sergio Ceppi in the defeat. Aleman moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arturo Prat. Sergio Ceppi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Aleman will play against higher ranked Liceo Curico (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sergio Ceppi will play against the league's second-placed Sportiva Italiana (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sergio Ceppi: E.Donoso 21+14reb+1ast, N.Rodriguez 13+10reb+2ast, C.Silva 8+2reb, J.Sotelo 8+5reb+3ast, F.Latorre 7+2reb+1ast, J.Borquez 6+1reb
Aleman: F.Garrido 20+10reb+4ast, M.Castro 18+6reb+3ast, M.Villagran 9+6reb+6ast, S.Leefhelm 9+4reb+2ast, R.Caceres 9+5reb+6ast, H.Arriagada 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544566


Arturo Prat - Liceo Curico 75-89

The game in San Felipe was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liceo Curico (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Arturo Prat (3-4). Liceo Curico defeated Arturo Prat 89-75 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arturo Prat. Arturo Prat was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Liceo Curico dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Arturo Prat's 28. Liceo Curico had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Marcelo Perez (193-99) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Cristian Iturriaga (-89) chipped in 23 points. Five Liceo Curico players scored in double figures. Liceo Curico's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Paulo Andrade (174-93) produced 26 points and Felipe Ortega (-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Liceo Curico maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Puente Alto. Loser Arturo Prat keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Aleman. Liceo Curico will meet Aleman (#5) in the next round. Arturo Prat will play against Brisas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arturo Prat: P.Andrade 26+4reb+1ast, F.Ortega 18+8reb+1ast, R.Galvez 12+10reb+3ast, E.Garrido 7+3reb+1ast, E.Valdebenito 7+3reb+2ast, R.Rojas 3
Liceo Curico: C.Iturriaga 23+3reb+3ast, M.Rebolledo 20+5reb+1ast, M.Perez 18+11reb+3ast, M.Zerene 11+4reb, S.Chialva 10+12reb+3ast, J.Cofre 3+3reb
gschID: 544563





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Guizhou lands James Mays - by Eurobasket News

Guizhou (NBL) tabbed 31-year old Central African power forward James Mays (206-104kg-86, college: Clemson). He played most recently at LG Sakers in South Korean KBL league. In 53 games he averaged impressive 21.8ppg, 11.9rpg (#4 in the league), 2.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 2) last season.
In 2008 Colorado 14ers selected him as second overall pick in D-League draft.
The former Clemson University standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
Mays has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. Mays was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2017.
He won UAE League championship title in 2016. Strangely he also played for Central African National Team in 2013.
Mays played at the Arab Club Championships Quarterfinals two years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Mays experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Mays has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (Star Hotshots), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Turkey (Oyak Renault and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce, Springfield A. and Maine Red Claws), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab) and China (Beijing Ducks and Shaanxi Wolves).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Showed an improved ability to find open looks for teammates; one of the quickest post players in the conference and maybe in the entire countryhas the ability to create crowd enthusiasm by turning in exciting playshe's also a very good defender, sees well the court and passes the ball well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break25.9 
 3. Roberson, Condores21.4 
 4. Coombs, Sabios20.4 
 5. Smith, Sabios18.6 
 6. Balbuena, Academia18.1 
 7. Gurley, Caciques17.8 
 8. Almanza, Condores16.9 
 9. Martin, Caciques15.0 
 10. Hardy, Cimarrones13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.10.7 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas10.2 
 4. Quinones, Academia9.4 
 5. Romero, Piratas9.0 
 6. Cornelius, Caciques9.0 
 7. Almanza, Condores9.0 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break8.0 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.3 
 10. Haughton, Academia6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.7 
 2. Smith, Sabios5.6 
 3. Reyes, Caciques4.8 
 4. Murray, Academia4.7 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones4.3 
 6. McCoy, Condores4.1 
 7. Coombs, Sabios3.8 
 8. Caicedo, Cimar.3.6 
 9. Granados, Academia3.6 
 10. Martin, Caciques3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.8 
 2. Murray, Academia2.4 
 3. Cornelius, Caciques2.0 
 4. Renteria, Cimar.2.0 
 5. Ortiz, Fast Break1.9 
 6. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.8 
 8. Diaz, Condores1.7 
 9. Roberson, Condores1.7 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Frisco SANDIDGE
  Aguilas
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Sandidge, Aguilas1.9 
 2. Cornelius, Caciques1.3 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.2 
 4. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 5. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.1.0 
 6. Hernandez, Cimar.0.9 
 7. Asprilla, Caciques0.8 
 8. Jones, Sabios0.8 
 9. Dyer, Condores0.8 
 10. Roberson, Condores0.7 


Dallis Joyner (ex Ironi K-A) agreed terms with Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas de Tunja (Liga DirecTV) inked 27-year old American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-113kg-90, college: Stony Brook). He has played for the last three years at Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israeli National League. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joyner played also at Ironi Kiryat Ata (also in National League) where in 36 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 2nd Team.
Joyner's team won Israeli National League Regular Season in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Joyner has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Switzerland (Lugano Tigers).
He attended State University of New York,Stony Brook until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Piratas welcome back Givens, ex Muro Basquet - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Bogota (Liga DirecTV) inked 30-year old American guard Brandon Givens (198-93kg-87, college: NC-Wesleyan). It is actually his comeback to Piratas as he has played here before. Givens played most recently at Muro Basquet in Spanish EBA league. In 14 games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Among other achievements Givens played in the final of Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 All-Imports Team award in 2015.
Givens has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Givens has played previously professionally in Iraq (Al Kahraba), Luxembourg (Basket Esch) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended North Carolina Wesleyan College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Svendborg tabs Jacob Enevold Jensen - by Eurobasket News

Svendborg Rabbits (Ligaen) inked 23-year old former Danish international center Jacob Enevold Jensen (213-112kg-94). He just graduated from Drake (NCAA). Enevold Jensen has played there for the last four years. But in 27 games he averaged only 1.6ppg and 2.0rpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Enevold Jensen was also a member of Danish international program for some years. He played for Danish Senior National Team between 2013 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2013.
Enevold Jensen represented Denmark at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 2.2rpg.
Enevold Jensen has played previously for Vaerlose and SINE Aabyhoj.

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Stats Leaders - LIDOBA

Points Per Game
 Gerardo SUERO
  Indios SFM
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 30.8
 1. Suero, Indios SFM30.8 
 2. Santana, Titanes .22.8 
 3. Guzman, Soles SD20.7 
 4. Gaines, Metros S.20.2 
 5. Rembert, Titanes .19.3 
 6. Carter, Huracane.18.8 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.7 
 8. Bailey, Reales LV18.2 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD18.2 
 10. Rose, Huracanes PP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.5 
 2. Santana, Titanes .10.0 
 3. Horford, Titanes .8.8 
 4. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 5. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 6. Suero, Indios SFM8.7 
 7. McCombs, Soles SD8.5 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD8.5 
 9. Glenn, Metros S.8.3 
 10. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robert GLENN
  Metros S.
  (203-PF-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Glenn, Metros S.4.7 
 2. Soliman, Caner.4.7 
 3. Dicent, Metros S.4.5 
 4. Ruiz, Soles SD4.4 
 5. Miller, Leones SD4.2 
 6. Carter, Huracane.4.2 
 7. Fortuna, Leones SD4.2 
 8. Suero, Indios SFM4.0 
 9. De-Leon, Metros S.4.0 
 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 SFM2.0 
 5. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD1.7 
 7. Gaines, Metros S.1.5 
 8. Dicent, Metros S.1.5 
 9. Perez, Titanes .1.4 
 10. Siggers, 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 LV1.8 
 3. Horford, Titanes .1.4 
 4. McCombs, Soles SD1.3 
 5. Evangelista, Caner.1.2 
 6. Garcia, Indios SFM1.0 
 7. Rhett, Leones SD1.0 
 8. Freeman, Caner.1.0 
 9. Louis, Soles SD0.8 
 10. Rose, Huracanes PP0.8 



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PrimeTime Players Finish Undefeated Regular Season - by Scott Ludwig

The PrimeTime Players picked up two wins over the weekend to close out the regular season undefeated and to clinch the top overall seed for the 2017 ECBL playoffs.
PrimeTime hosted the SC All Stars on Saturday in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Southern Division over the first three years of the league and came away with a 143-118 win. Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) led the way with his third triple-double of the season with 36 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds. Danny Sanders (6'7''-SF-89, college: Jarvis Christian) and Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) combined for 54 points including 15 made three pointers.

Sunday the PrimeTime Players traveled to Hopkins, SC to take on the 12-0 Carolina Crusaders in a matchup for the Southern Conference regular season crown and overall top seed. The Crusaders started off strong opening up an early 14-point lead before PrimeTime was able to settle down and close the quarter on a 29-6 run and take a 33-26 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The next two quarters the teams both played even throughout, with PrimeTime holding onto the lead through the next two quarters with a 59-53 lead at the half and a 92-86 to start the fourth . The fourth quarter the home team Crusaders started to find there range from behind the three point arch and after Terell Smith fouled out at the 8 minute mark, and then starting PG Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) went down with a ankle injury it seemed as if the Crusaders would close out the win after taking a 104-96 lead at the two minute mark.

After trading baskets over the next minute PrimeTime was down 110-104 with 44 seconds remaining, but stormed back with three straight defensive stops and eight straight points from Danny Sanders to send the game into overtime. In overtime the teams traded baskets over the next four minutes with Columbia holding a 123-122 lead before PrimeTime's final possession. PrimeTime attempted two straight three pointers getting the offensive rebound and on the last one with 15 seconds remaining. PJ Heath tipped the ball to half court where Chris Moore was waiting to hit a three pointer to give PrimeTime their first lead since early in the fourth quarter. The final attempt for the Crusader fell shorts as PrimeTime was able to steal the win and earn the #1 overall seed for the third straight season.



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Liga Superior Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Izalco and Marquense - by Eurobasket News

Izalco - ExSAL ST 90-88

Izalco outgunned ExSAL in the semifinal series opener. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Izalco outrebounded ExSAL ST 60-43 including 20 on the offensive glass. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) fired a triple-double by scoring 48 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Izalco's coach used entire bench in such tough game. American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds and point guard Eduardo Cabrera (174-94) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Four ExSAL ST players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 48+21reb+12ast, J.Crespin 24+5reb+2ast, G.Galdamez 6+11reb+1ast, J.Landaverde 4+9reb+2ast, V.Maya 4+7reb, C.Toledo 4+4reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 27+19reb+1ast, E.Cabrera 21+3reb+1ast, R.Rivas 17+4reb+4ast, C.Garcia 10+5reb+1ast, W.Melendez 7+6reb+4ast, B.Marroquin 4+4reb
gschID: 548050


Marquense - San Marcos 84-77

Marquense held off San Marcos for 1-0 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-12. But San Marcos won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marquense players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Marquense's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and Leonardo Gomez added 20 points in the effort for San Marcos.
Top scorers:
Marquense: M.Artiga 26+10reb+6ast, A.Moe 21+7reb+3ast, M.Mendoza 12+2reb+2ast, J.Barrera 9+5reb+9ast, R.Flores 8+3reb+1ast, J.Hernandez 5+2reb+1ast
San Marcos: B.Lopez 29+12reb+2ast, L.Gomez 20+3reb+1ast, R.Diaz 11+4reb+5ast, E.Abullarade 9+6reb+4ast, M.Martinez 6+10reb+2ast, E.Recinos 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 548049





Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Apertura 1st Team 2017
David Lawson
Lawson
Christopher Blake
Blake
Brandon Golden
Golden
Garland McArthur
McArthur
Raymond Miller
Miller

Finals MVP: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
Player of the Year: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
Guard of the Year: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
Forward of the Year: Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco
Center of the Year: Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones
Import Player of the Year: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
Domestic Player of the Year: Robert Martinez (185-PG-91) of Santa Tecla
Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute

1st Team
PG: David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios
G: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
G: Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute
F: Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco
F/C: Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones

2nd Team
G: Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios
F: Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan
F: Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Fast Break
F/C: Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Marquense
C: Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of Chalchuapa

3rd Team
PG: Robert Martinez (185-PG-91) of Santa Tecla
F: Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido
F: Keion Palmer (208-F) of Isidro Metapan
F: Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana
C: Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios

Honorable Mention
Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel
Thomas Alexander (197-SG) of Denver-FAS
Anthony Brown (193-PG-90) of Penarol
Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido
James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants
Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones
Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of ADB
Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Arcense
Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants
Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) of 11 Lobos
Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88) of Santa Ana
Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Toros
Lisvan Valdez (200-PF-88) of Santa Tecla
Olaniyi Akingkube (208-C) of Denver-FAS
Jose Colorado (201-F-90) of Isidro Metapan

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Robert Martinez (185-PG-91) of Santa Tecla
G: Ricardo Mendez (184-G-84) of Brujos Izalco
SG: Oscar Rivera (190-SG-80) of Santa Tecla
SF: Douglas Bairez (180-SF-88) of Quezaltepeque
C: Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla

All-Imports Team
PG: David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios
G: Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco
G: Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute
F: Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco
F/C: Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones



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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.

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  FRANCE  


Mehdy-Sofian Ngouama signs at Denain - by Eurobasket News

Denain ASC Voltaire (ProB) landed 22-year old French guard Mehdy-Sofian Ngouama (188-95). He just graduated from Alabama State University (NCAA).
As mentioned above Ngouama is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He represented France at the European Championships U18 in Latvia four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg.
Ngouama has played previously for Sluc Nancy.

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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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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.

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Limoges tab Jean-Baptiste Maille - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) inked 24-year old point guard Jean-Baptiste Maille (192-93). He has played for the last two years at Provence Basket in the ProB. In 32 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg last season.
Maille's team made it to the ProB Play-Offs Semifinals in 2016.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg.
Maille has played previously for three other teams: Le Mans, Le Portel and Vendee Challans.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jean-Baptiste Maille
Axel Bouteille

Forwards:
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Center:
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

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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





Tortosa leaves Blois - by Eurobasket News

28-year old small forward Florent Tortosa (198-89) left ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB). Tortosa has played there for the last three years. In 24 ProB games he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Tortosa won French NM1 championship title in 2016.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. Tortosa's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg.
Tortosa has played previously for four other teams: Chalons Reims, ALM Evreux, Hyeres-Toulon and Saint Vallier.

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Gries/Oberhoffen adds Forcada to their roster, ex Prat - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old Spaniard guard Xavier Forcada (194-88). He has played for the last two seasons at CB Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Gold. In 28 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Forcada played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2016.
Forcada has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like FC Barcelona, Caceres_Basket, Leche Rio Breogan, Cornella and L'Hospitalet.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A quick player who loves to steal the ball in defense, and very effective in the open court and in fast breaks; has a future at the PG position, because is a good passer;.

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Gries/Oberhoffen signs Asier Zengotitabengoa, ex Palma - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) signed 29-year old Spaniard forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88). He played last season at Palma in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zengotitabengoa played at Melilla_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zengotitabengoa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Andorra, Magia_Huesca, Caceres_Basket, CB Canarias and Burgos.

Gries/Oberhoffen BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xavier Forcada
Simon Cretaux

Forward:
Asier Zengotitabengoa

Center:
Ludovic Negrobar

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Tweety Carter (ex PGE Turow) signs at Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) landed 31-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-87kg-86, college: Baylor). He played most recently at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. In 30 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Boulazac Basket (ProB) where in 20 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Carter contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL that year. In 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg. Carter also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Carter won Czech Republic League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com Czech Republic League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and SO Maritime Boulogne), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Described as "scoring point guard" with equal passing and shooting skills Gifted scorer who possesses nearly unlimited shooting range.

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Dinma Odiakosa joins Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 32-year old Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-109kg-85, college: Illinois State, agency: Inception Sports). He will still stay in France where he played last season at STB Le Havre in the ProB. In 37 games he had 13.8ppg and 9.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Odiakosa played at Saint Quentin (also in ProB). In 35 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 7.1rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Center of the Year back in 2013.
Odiakosa was a member of Nigerian U22 National Team in 2004.
He is quite experienced player. Odiakosa's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Odiakosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Spain (Melilla_Baloncesto and La Palma), Israel (Maccabi Rishon, Ironi Nahariya and Hasharon), Nigeria (Delta Force) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).
Odiakosa attended Illinois State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Odiakosa: Dinma is a strong, powerful forward that dominates under the rim. His size and athleticism make him an impressive rebounder and shot blocker. He is an aggressive, hustle player with an exceptional work ethic. With the ability to control the paint, run the floor, and score under the rim, Dinma is a threat at both ends of the floor.

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Bucaneros welcome back Kirksay - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed experienced 38-year old French ex-international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-102kg-79, college: Iona, agency: Octagon Europe). It is actually his comeback to La Guaira as he has played here before. Kirksay has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport.

Kirksay played most recently at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 17 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg last season. Kirksay also played that season for 1 De Agosto (Division I) in Angolan league.

In 2000 he was drafted by Long Island Surf (USBL) in first round (7th overall).

The former Iona College standoutis in his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Kirksay won Basketball s League
championship title.

Among other achievements he received Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kirksay also represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg.

Kirksay is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and African leagues. Kirksay has played previously professionally in Argentina (San Martin de La Rioja), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Mexico, Russia (Unics Kazan) and France (Sluc Nancy, Besancon, Rueil and JL Bourg).

Let's have closer look into Kirksay's outlook: The classic all-around player, who can be used at almost every position on the court and has the ability to fill up every statistical cathegory. His great international and minor leagues experience helps him to adapt well to every situation.

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Brandon Spearman (I Took A Big Stride This Year With Leadership Being Disciplined And Reading The Game Better) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91, college: Hawaii) is a 24 year old 190cm guard that completed his third professional season and second with the Romerstrom Gladiators Trier averaging 15,8ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,6apg. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton (NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. Last season with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) he played 37 games: 12.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 61.7%. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the season before it was announced he wouldn't be returning to Trier.

Brandon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and have you digested the 5 game season ending series loss to BV Chemnitz yet?

Hey Miles, right now I'm on my way back to USA. The series with Chemnitz was very intense, I feel the series could of went either way for both sides. Congrats to Chemnitz


It was a very hard fought 5 game series. Do you feel like game three was the turning point? Had you won that game, you most likely would have sailed into the Pro A semi-finals?

Every game was important to us and every game we fought hard. We were just a couple plays away from winning in games 3 & 5.


You said in our last interview in March heading into the playoffs that the team was being invictus and being consistent. Keep playing our style I'm sure we going to be fine. What do you feel in the end was key for not being able to win the series against BV Chemnitz?

We played our basketball and everyone stayed true to the system of being Invictus. I'm proud of my guys. I don't have the answers on the reasons why we loss but I know we gave it everything we had.

The club played very solid defense. Do you feel that at the times the offense let the team down in certain situations?

We played solid on both ends of the floor. Proud of my guys.

It was your third straight playoff run with SC Rist Wedel and Trier. Was the series against BV Chemnitz besides the disappointing loss your most remembered playoffs as a professional?

Yes this is for sure the most disappointing loss but I'll learn and grow from it.


You had a solid game three scoring 15 points, but went 0/4 from outside. Had you nailed one or two, the club probably would have won the game. Is there any three of those four that you still have in your head knowing you should of dropped it?

Yes the game could of been close

What is your overall season summary for the Romerstrom Gladiators. You made the playoffs. Was the team goal reached or do you feel as if the whole team potential fell a bit short?

The goal was to reach the finals, we fell a bit short.


If you had to choose one player that you feel improved the most from the first day of training camp until the game 5 loss in Chemnitz who would you pick?

I can't choose one player because everyone evolved throughout the whole year proud of everyone effort and work.

In the last interview you stated about Jermaine Bucknor 'Buck has so much knowledge about the game and it feels good to have a veteran with so much experience like him on our team. It's been really big have him apart of the team'. What was the most vital thing you picked up from him on the court in the few months that you were teammates?

His smarts on the court and his patients on reading the game and so much more.

You said in our first interview in October that '' I Love Leading And This Is A Long Season And Being Consistent Is Key'. How do you feel were you able to make strides in leadership qualities in your third professional season?


I took a big stride this year on leadership and being one of the captains the team needed me to be. I feel I did a good job.


You state often that one of the reasons for your improved play has to do with putting in extra work. Do you feel like you have become a better disciplined player this season as well?

For sure better disciplined and better at reading the game.


You improved your scoring and three point shooting from last season. Is Brandon Spearman ready to make the next step or are you just a very good Pro A player?

I'm ready to make the next step


What is the next step for Brandon Spearmann? Do you see yourself staying in Germany for a fourth season or anxious to explore the basketball in another country?

I can see myself playing in Germany, also I can see myself playing in another country.

What are your summer plans? Do you have anything special planned or will you just be staying at home with the family and working on your game?

Spending a lot of time with family and working out preparing for my next step.

Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics for 70 points. Did it surprise you that a guy like him was able to do that before many other amazing NBA scorers?

Not surprised Booker a great player.


Where do you rank Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas at the moment with the best point guards in the NBA? Is he a top 3 point guard at the moment behind Westbrook and Harden?

I'll say top 5


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'?


Yeah it was a cool story but I really enjoyed that North Carolina won


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?

Yes he will develop and he's going to be a great player

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?

Russell a great player you have to respect what he's done this season.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.




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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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.

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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trevor Releford signs at Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

Newly promoted ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) landed 26-year old American point guard Trevor Releford (183-88kg-91, college: Alabama) from Kolossos H Hotels. In 25 A1 games in Greece he averaged 12.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg last season.
Releford has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in SEC in 2013. Releford received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year award in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Poland (Wilki Morskie).
Releford attended University of Alabama until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Christos Saloustros joins Promitheas - by Chris Mammides

ASP Promitheas Patras (A1) agreed terms with 27-year old small forward Christos Saloustros (201-90) from Kolossos H Hotels. In 21 A1 games he had 6.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Saloustros was tested by PAOK Thessaloniki. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Saloustros was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Rookie of the Year back in 2012.
He has played previously for two other teams: Panionios and Filathlitikos.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Waterdown's Mat Elcock commits to play hoops with Queen's University - by Eurobasket News

Before joining the Mohawk Mountaineers last season, Waterdown's Mat Elcock hadn't played basketball since high school. The 22 year old, who played at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School as well as for the rep Burlington Basketball program, flourished on the court with Mohawk - taking home the OCAA West Rookie of the Year Award and the George Brown Tournament MVP award. 'I took some time off from basketball for family reasons,' Elcock said. 'Last minute, last summer I decided to attend Mohawk College. 'Coach (Brian) Jonker gave me the opportunity to play for him and with a lot of hard work and some luck I was able to have a pretty good season.' Elcock, who got into basketball in Grade 4 after he saw his sister playing, said the time away from basketball made him realize how much the game meant to him. 'It made me realize my love for the game,' he said. 'And how its such a big part of my life.' Elcock finished his business diploma in one year at Mohawk and put together a highlight video from his year, while Jonker contacted several head coaches. His standout play caught the eye of several CIS teams - and next season he'll hit the court with the Queen's University Gaels. 'I went on a few different visits - Western, Brock and Queen's,' he said. 'Queen's offered me a scholarship, I really enjoyed my visit there, the coaching staff I felt comfortable with and the business program is really strong there as well.' The 6'2' guard said he'll head to Kingston for training camp in the middle of July. To prepare for the rigours of a CIS season, Elcock said Queen's has put him on a weight training program to get stronger and faster. 'I have certain workouts that I have to do - try to make 300-500 different shots per day,' he said, 'and different ball handling workouts.' Queen's coach Stephan Barrie said Jonker gave Elcock a great reference. 'It was clear that Brian was really supportive of Mat looking to find a place to play,' he said. 'When we met him the comfort level was really good.' 'I think he felt strongly about how Queen's is as a school, in terms of its academics and how that has to be a priority,' he continued. 'We knew from a character standpoint it was going to be a great fit.' From a basketball standpoint, Barrie said Elcock's skills - notably shooting the ball - were definite needs for the Gaels. 'Coming off a season where we did not shoot it well, certainly it was one of our key factors in our recruiting this year,' he said. 'Bringing in a guy like Mat who has the ability to stretch the floor - and he certainly has the ability to do other things - his shooting certainly was one of the key aspects to his game that we were interested in.' Elcock said the style of game will be a bit different at the CIS level than in the OCAA ranks. 'There's definitely more size at the CIS level,' he said. 'I think the pace of the game will be similar, if not maybe a little more structured in the half court. 'The college game is kind of faster paced up and down.' Barrie said he personally made the jump from OCAA to CIS, noting the CIS game has more size and more experience. 'Our guys, in general, are here longer,' he said due to the program length. 'You get more veteran players who have been in systems longer. But the OCAA is, I would say, a quicker league - they have a greater number of dynamic guards.' Elcock said the strongest part of his game is his shooting, particularly from three-point range. 'I can space the floor for different guys who can get to the rim, as well as bigs inside the paint - I can space the floor well for them,' he said, adding he can also play a strong defensive game. 'I think I'm able to distribute the ball and find the right guys if I do play the point guard position.' Heading into his first season with the Gaels, Elcock said he's excited about the opportunity to build strong relationships with his teammates, as well as the Kingston community. 'As well as contributing to the team, helping us make a deep playoff run,' he added. Barrie said Elcock will have a chance to compete for playing time and a good role with the team, right off the bat. 'He's an experienced guy who's had some success at Mohawk,' he said. 'That's a tough league - the reality is the OCAA is a very good league with a lot of talented players - especially some other guards that they have to face.' 'We know he's battle tested and ready,' he continued. 'Our expectation is that he's going to have to be play minutes and be ready to compete for significant minutes right off the bat.' Barrie added that he expects Elcock, as an older player, to bring a level of maturity to the Gaels team. 'I think he has a lot offer our group - both in game and also off the floor,' he said. 'But he definitely is someone we'll be looking for to be a factor in the rotation next year. 'Him being able to make shots will be an important piece to our lineup.' Elcock added he owes thanks to his parents and the coaches who have helped him get to this point in his basketball career. 'Especially coach Greg Newton and coach Brian Jonker, as well as coach (Stephan) Barrie at Queen's for the opportunity.'
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Den Bosch keeps Bouwknecht for another season - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) re-signed 23-year old point guard Maarten Bouwknecht (185-94). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 33 Eredivisie games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.1apg and 2.2spg (in top 2) last season. Bouwknecht helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Bouwknecht's team won Dutch Cup for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He represented Holland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Bouwknecht has played previously for Groningen.

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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.2 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 8. Szabo, ZTE K.7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 7. Kromah, Kormend1.8 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
 10. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


A Division Round 2 of Finals. Alba edge Falco KC on the road - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Falco KC - Alba 65-75

Alba rallied past Falco KC on the road to even the championship series at 1-1. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Alba had a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Falco KC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 16+8reb+6ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+8reb, A.Pustahvar 11+4reb, L.Medford 9+4reb+1ast, N.Toth 7+6reb, D.Barham 4+4reb+2ast
Alba: B.Taylor 16+4reb+2ast, W.Shepard 14+7reb+5ast, J.Edwards 12+7reb+4ast, J.Farr 9+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 8+7reb, L.Markovic 8+1reb+1ast
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3-4 Place
ZTE KK - Kormend 99-95

ZTE KK overcame Kormend to sweep the consolation final series. Kormend was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of ZTE KK, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) replied with 28 points and 5 assists and American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kormend. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kormend: L.Kromah 28+3reb+5ast, T.Allen 20+8reb+2ast, A.Nemeth 13+4reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 13+3reb, L.Smith Jr. 13+5reb+5ast, C.Ferencz 8+2reb+2ast
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 22+2reb+10ast, S.Benke 18+2reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 16+4reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 14+5reb+3ast, A.Drungilas 13+8reb+4ast, J.Norfleet 12+1reb+4ast



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Dallis Joyner (ex Ironi K-A) agreed terms with Aguilas - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas de Tunja (Liga DirecTV) inked 27-year old American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-113kg-90, college: Stony Brook). He has played for the last three years at Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israeli National League. In 28 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2bpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Joyner played also at Ironi Kiryat Ata (also in National League) where in 36 games he averaged remarkable 16.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 2nd Team.
Joyner's team won Israeli National League Regular Season in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Joyner has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Switzerland (Lugano Tigers).
He attended State University of New York,Stony Brook until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Logan, Scandone AV15.9 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 7. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 8. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Moore, The F.5.4 
 6. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.9 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.3 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.2.0 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 7. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
 10. Logan, Scandone AV1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .1.9 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. MBaye, Enel B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara20.6 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.8 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino18.5 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 7. Grilli, Barcellona18.0 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Chiacig, Taranto10.4 
 5. Bagnoli, Cassino10.2 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 8. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 4. Bottioni, Campli5.1 
 5. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.0 
 6. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 7. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.0 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 9. Panzini, Cassino4.8 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 3. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 4. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 6. Mastroianni, Napoli C.1.0 
 7. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 


Rush is back at Bondi Ferrara - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish ex-international small forward Erik Rush (196-95kg-88, college: Montana State). It is actually his comeback to Bondi Ferrara as he has played here before. Rush played last season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Rush also played that season for JL Bourg in French ProB where in 9 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals.
Rush's team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2013.
He also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Rush has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apollon) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria).
He attended Montana State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Rush: An athletic swingman who can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions as well. Scores most of his points by attacking the basket with great energy, he's also a good passer and rebounder for his size.

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Serie B Round 1 of Final Four. Orzinuovi GaGa and Montegrano clinch A2 promotion - by Eurobasket News

Orzinuovi GaGa - Napoli Cuore 68-58

Orzinuovi GaGa outgunned Napoli Cuore to claim Serie A2 birth. Orzinuovi GaGa had a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Napoli Cuore helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Giorgio Piunti (206-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 14+5reb+2ast, R.Maggio 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mastroianni 9+1reb, A.Barsanti 8+2reb, N.Visnjic 7+7reb+1ast, D.Marzaioli 4+1reb
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Valenti 13+8reb+1ast, G.Piunti 12+6reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 10+4reb+3ast, M.Toure 9+5reb, M.Bona 9+3reb+4ast, R.Perego 5+2reb
gschID: 547821


Bergamo - Montegrano 64-74

Montegrano overcame Bergamo to secure A2 promotion. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Naturalized Argentinian center Marcelo Dip (205-84, agency: Players Group) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Montegrano players scored in double figures. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Alessandro Panni (189-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Bergamo.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 17+9reb+1ast, T.Milani 10+5reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 9+5reb, S.Berti 8+1reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 8+3reb, A.Panni 5+5reb+7ast
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 18+4reb, E.Rivali 13+6reb+1ast, M.Diomede 12+2reb, M.Dip 11+9reb+1ast, O.Gueye 9+1reb, G.Broglia 9+11reb+1ast
gschID: 547820





Bondi Ferrara keeps Molinaro for another season - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) re-signed 25-year old forward Lorenzo Molinaro (204-92). He played there last season. In 9 Serie A2 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 4.7rpg. Molinaro also played that season for BCC Corvengenze Agropoli (Serie A) where in 20 games he had 3.4ppg and 2.9rpg.
His team won Italian Serie B Group D Regular Season in 2015.
Molinaro has played previously for six other teams: Openjobmetis VA, UBC, Treviglio, Dolomiti Energia Trento, Ravenna and GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine.
He is described as: A great athlete who grew up playing inside and who needs to add quickly perimetral skills.

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Serie A Round 1 of Finals. Trento register first victory - by Eurobasket News

Umana VE - Dolomiti En. TR 74-83

Trento recorded the first victory in the championship series. They upset Umana Venezia on the road in the opener. Umana Venezia trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 24-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Strangely Umana Venezia outrebounded Dolomiti En. TR 41-26 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) fired 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) produced 19 points and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Umana Venezia's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: H.Peric 19+4reb+2ast, M.Haynes 13+2reb+5ast, S.Tonut 9+4reb+2ast, M.Bramos 9+1reb, M.Ejim 8+7reb, E.Batista 7+11reb+2ast
Dolomiti En. TR: S.Shields 18+6reb+4ast, D.Sutton 16+3reb+2ast, J.Gomes 15+4reb+1ast, D.Hogue 14+6reb+3ast, A.Forray 7+3reb+3ast, D.Flaccadori 6+2ast
gschID: 547891





Jaime Smith (ex Khimik) signs at AV Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) landed 28-year old American point guard Jaime Smith (190-83kg-89, college: Al.-Huntsville). He played most recently at Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague. In 37 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.5apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Smith also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.6apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 31 games he recorded high stats: 15.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements his team won GSC Regular Season for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Smith received also All-GSC Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
And here thanks to pro basketball Smith experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Smith has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata), Portugal (Lusitania) and Switzerland (Fribourg).
He attended University of Alabama in Huntsville until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Smith's outlook: Grew 4 inches in college, Played combo for 3 years and moved to the PG for his senior year. Unbelievable shooter and scorer, has outstanding court vision and knows how to run a team. Senior year moved to the PG and led the conference in assist. Has a long athletic body and has a big time basketball IQ. He was tops in the nation in Free throws taken and fouls drawn his senior year. Jaime has two brothers that play professional basketball.

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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.

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Reggio C. Vis add Skurdauskas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Vis Reggio Calabria (Serie C Silver) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (208-110kg-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) from A.Dil Bim Bum Basket Rende. Skurdauskas also played that season for Ezerunas-Karys in Lithuanian NKL where in 38 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg last season.
His team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga Supercup Final Four in 2012.
Skurdauskas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) eleven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.8ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3FGP: 50%, FT: 53.5%.
Skurdauskas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Herford), Montenegro (Mornar Bar), Lithuania (Zalgiris, Sakalai, Delikatesas, Mazeikiai and Vilniaus) and Austria (Arkadia Lions).

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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.

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  JAPAN  


Richard Roby (ex Osaka Evessa) joins Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Richard Roby (198-85). He played last season at Osaka Evessa in Japanese B League. In 39 games he had 8.0ppg and 2.9rpg.
In 2010 Roby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2016. Roby was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Roby's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Roby tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Weber Bahia), France (Provence Basket), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Mexico, Puerto Rico (Caciques), Venezuela (Gaiteros), South Korea (Dongbu Promy) and Japan (San en NeoPhoenix and Akita Happinets).
On Roby: Excellent range from anywhere on the floor; drives and defends well; very quick.

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  LEBANON  


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.

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.0 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 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. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.3 
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. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Westermann, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Fisher, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 4. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 6. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 7. Lofton, Neptunas1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 10. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Juventus
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 10. Gordon, Lietuvos.0.7 


Reggio C. Vis add Skurdauskas to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Vis Reggio Calabria (Serie C Silver) added to their roster 29-year old Lithuanian center Pranas Skurdauskas (208-110kg-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) from A.Dil Bim Bum Basket Rende. Skurdauskas also played that season for Ezerunas-Karys in Lithuanian NKL where in 38 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg last season.
His team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga Supercup Final Four in 2012.
Skurdauskas represented Lithuania at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) eleven years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.8ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3FGP: 50%, FT: 53.5%.
Skurdauskas is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Herford), Montenegro (Mornar Bar), Lithuania (Zalgiris, Sakalai, Delikatesas, Mazeikiai and Vilniaus) and Austria (Arkadia Lions).

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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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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lietuvos Rytas earn LKL Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 75-66
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated LKL Bronze medals. They overcame Neptunas in the decisive fifth game of the consolation finals. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Neptunas won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 23 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke) added 16 points in the effort for Neptunas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 23+2reb+2ast, D.Gailius 16+7reb, A.Gudaitis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Lapeta 9+1reb, M.Normantas 8+2reb+6ast, L.Kisielius 4+2reb
Neptunas: D.Ewing 16+2ast, C.Lofton 14+5reb, M.Girdziunas 12+2ast, J.Grant 9+6reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 5+2reb, M.Kacinas 4+7reb+1ast
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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. Franklin, Guasave25.2 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon23.7 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Glover, Obregon21.3 
 8. Ledbetter, Mazat.21.3 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Glover, Obregon10.3 
 3. Ammons, Navolato10.3 
 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. Howard, Mazatlan5.3 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.2 
 6. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.1 
 8. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 10. Crawford, Culiacan4.9 
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. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 7. Henry, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 9. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 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, Guasave1.0 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Smith, Durango0.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 9. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. 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 


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



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Notre Dame grabs UConn transfer Juwan Durham - by Eurobasket News

Notre Dame had landed a transfer big man as former UConn forward Juwan Durham (6'10''-F-97) made his commitment to the Fighting Irish official on Saturday morning. The 6-foot-11 Durham is a former four-star recruit who just finished his freshman season with the Huskies. Durham never established consistent minutes as he averaged 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. After missing back-to-back seasons with a torn ACL in both of his knees, it was just a positive sign that Durham was able to make it through his freshman season without major injury issues. Durham will now get a year to sit out and recover even more as he'll have three years of eligibility left at Notre Dame. It'll be intriguing to see if Durham can ever regain the form that made him a five-star prospect at one point in high school, but he'll have to stay healthy.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



USF grad transfer Geno Thorpe commits to Syracuse basketball - by Eurobasket News

The Syracuse Orange will add themselves another guard for the 2017-18 season. USF Bulls graduate transfer Geno Thorpe (6'4''-G-94) has committed to SU, according to Syracuse.com's Mike Waters, who spoke with him over the phone on Friday. Thorpe had narrowed his decision down to the hometown Pittsburgh Panthers and the Orange, but after arriving at SU yesterday for a visit, it seems he didn't need much convincing. As Ben noted on Tuesday, the Syracuse staff was not going to wait around for Eric Ayala's reclassification decision in order to beef up its thin backcourt. Thorpe provides an immediate upgrade there as a player who can man the point guard or shooting guard role as needed. As a redshirt junior last season, Thorpe averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He shot around 40 percent from the floor, but near-85 percent from the free throw line. Thorpe also committed three turnovers per game. But with his size (he's 6-foot-4), he'll prove a capable defender at the top of the zone, so long as he's adjusted to the system by the time the season rolls around. According to Waters's article, Thorpe came aboard as a result of his relationship with assistant coach Allen Griffin, who just arrived from Dayton this year. Thorpe was close to former Flyer Scoochie Smith, and that made the introduction to Griffin (and Syracuse) a bit easier. It's nice to see Griffin paying dividends on the staff already. That also makes for the full allotment of scholarship players for Syracuse now. It feels nice to be back at what feels like a normal rotation of talent for the first time in years.
Courtesy of: nunesmagician.com



Nahziah Carter, Jay Z's nephew, commits to Washington - by Eurobasket News

Nahziah Carter (6'6''-G/F), a Class of 2017 wing and the nephew of rap superstar Jay Z, committed to Washington late Friday night. The 6-foot-5 Carter is considered a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, as he made a late pledge to the Huskies after playing this spring with the City Rocks in the Nike EYBL. Carter was originally committed to Dayton but he decided to re-open his recruitment this spring once head coach Archie Miller left to take the Indiana job. The Huskies are getting an athletic, late-blooming wing who had a solid spring with the City Rocks as Carter was a consistent double-figure scorer in the EYBL. Carter joins four-star guard Jaylen Nowell in Washington's Class of 2017 recruiting efforts. With a lot of roster turnover with new head coach Mike Hopkins, Carter could get a chance at some solid minutes right away.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Point guard Spencer Freedman commits to Harvard - by Eurobasket News

Standout point guard Spencer Freedman (6'1''-G) of Santa Ana Mater Dei is headed to Harvard. Freedman, the Trinity League player of the year as a junior, has terrific grades and a great understanding of how to get other players involved in the offense. He looks like a perfect player for Harvard. He will be teaming with 7-foot-2 Bol Bol during the winter at Mater Dei, which figures to be the No. 1-ranked team in Southern California preseason rankings.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Former St. John's forward Darien Williams transfers to Nevada - by Eurobasket News

After announcing his intention in late March to graduate and transfer from the St. John's Red Storm, forward Darien Williams (6'8''-F) has committed to the Nevada Wolf Pack. FanRag's Jon Rothstein had the news first. Williams appeared in 24 of the Red Storm's 33 games last season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. His best game of the season came in St. John's loss to LIU-Brooklyn in December. Williams had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Best of luck to Darien with the Wolf Pack.
Courtesy of: bigeastcoastbias.com



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  NCAA3  


Stefan Thompson named assistant coach at Hobart College - by Moritz Korff

Tim Sweeney, head coach of Hobart College, went with a familiar face to fill out his staff, signing former All-American Stefan Thompson as an assistant.

"Stef will be a terrific mentor to our current and future student-athletes due to his winning track record as a player and impressive credentials now as a coach", Sweeney told hwsathletics.com.

Thompson comes back to Hobart after serving a three-year stint as assistant coach at Wilkes University. He wrapped up his playing career in 2013 by earning NABC Division III All-America 2nd Team as well as All-Liberty League Player of the Year honors. He played in a total of 113 games for the Statesmen, averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest. He finished with 1,643 career points, which was fourth-most all-time when he graduated.



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Webster, Wellingt.26.0 
 2. Jones, Canterbury22.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.22.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.3 
 5. Ross, SC Rangers19.7 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.18.7 
 7. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
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, Canterbury9.1 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.7.8 
 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.6.7 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers6.1 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.8 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury5.6 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.4.9 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. McCarron, SC Ra.1.8 
 5. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers1.4 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.3 
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. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Jones, Canterbury0.7 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 



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  NIGERIA  


Dinma Odiakosa joins Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 32-year old Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-109kg-85, college: Illinois State, agency: Inception Sports). He will still stay in France where he played last season at STB Le Havre in the ProB. In 37 games he had 13.8ppg and 9.7rpg.
The previous (15-16) season Odiakosa played at Saint Quentin (also in ProB). In 35 games he recorded 10.7ppg and 7.1rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Center of the Year back in 2013.
Odiakosa was a member of Nigerian U22 National Team in 2004.
He is quite experienced player. Odiakosa's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Odiakosa tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Lithuania (Lietkabelis), Spain (Melilla_Baloncesto and La Palma), Israel (Maccabi Rishon, Ironi Nahariya and Hasharon), Nigeria (Delta Force) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).
Odiakosa attended Illinois State until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
On Odiakosa: Dinma is a strong, powerful forward that dominates under the rim. His size and athleticism make him an impressive rebounder and shot blocker. He is an aggressive, hustle player with an exceptional work ethic. With the ability to control the paint, run the floor, and score under the rim, Dinma is a threat at both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Panama Centro wins U17 National Championship - by Eurobasket News

Panama Centro won U17 National Championship as in the Final they beat Colon 77-74 in overtime. Centro dominated the first half and posted two victories including a 27-17 surge in the second quarter. Colon however fully dominated the second half and after 22-10 burst tied the game at 68-68. Only due to 9-6 run in extra time, Centro celebrated a U17 title.
TROY ORNANO top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while BRYAN ANDERSON netted 15. ROBERTO ARMSTRONG ended up with high 37 points for Colon.



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LBL Round 21: Regatas beat Inmaculada in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL just ended. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Inmaculada (#3). Regatas (16-5) crushed visiting Inmaculada (13-8) by 16 points 70-54. Regatas maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Real Club. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). Ejercito (6-15) crushed visiting La Family (2-19) by 24 points 81-57. Ejercito maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and San Marcos (#5). Real Club (18-3) won against visiting San Marcos (8-13) 80-70. Real Club have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Loser San Marcos keep the fifth position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 21 Circolo were crushed by EOFap in Lima 78-56.

Regatas - Inmaculada 70-54

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Inmaculada (#3). Regatas (16-5) crushed visiting Inmaculada (13-8) by 16 points 70-54. Regatas maintains second place with 16-5 record having just two points less than leader Real Club. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost.
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EOFap - Circolo 78-56

There was no surprise in Lima where 6th ranked Circolo (7-14) was crushed by fourth ranked EOFap (14-7) 78-56 on Saturday. EOFap have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Circolo lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 547370


Ejercito - La Family 81-57

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Ejercito (#7) and La Family (#8). Ejercito (6-15) crushed visiting La Family (2-19) by 24 points 81-57. Ejercito maintains seventh place with 6-15 record. La Family at the other side stay dead last with 19 lost games.
gschID: 547368


Real Club - San Marcos 80-70

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and San Marcos (#5). Real Club (18-3) won against visiting San Marcos (8-13) 80-70. Real Club have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. Loser San Marcos keep the fifth position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 547369





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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 Beermen27.7 
 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: 8.2
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.2 
 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. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 8. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.8 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.6 
 10. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.4 
 3. Lassiter, SM Be.1.9 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.8 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.8 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.2 
 10. Smith, Blackwater1.2 
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. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 7. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.7 
 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



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.4 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.0 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.2 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.5 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.7 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 10. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Mbodj, Torun1.6 
 3. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.4 
 5. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


Stelmet Zielona Gora celebrate third straight PLK title - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet ZG - Torun 88-82

Stelmet Zielona Gora repeated as PLK champions. They overcame Torun in Game 5 of the title series to capture the trophy. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 32-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Stelmet shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) chipped in 13 points and 8 assists. Five Stelmet players scored in double figures. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) responded with 14 points and 7 assists and Senegalese center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, college: Cincinnati, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: T.Kelati 19+1reb+2ast, A.Moore 15+7reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 13+2reb+8ast, P.Zamojski 12+3reb+2ast, V.Dragicevic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Florence 10+3reb+6ast
Torun: J.Skific 18+3reb, O.Trotter 14+3reb+7ast, C.Mbodj 13+9reb, A.Perka 11+2reb, B.Diduszko 10+3reb, K.Weaver 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 548010





Tweety Carter (ex PGE Turow) signs at Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) landed 31-year old American point guard Tweety Carter (180-87kg-86, college: Baylor). He played most recently at PGE Turow in Polish PLK league. In 30 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg last season. Carter helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals.
The most of previous (2015-16) season he spent at Boulazac Basket (ProB) where in 20 games he had 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 6.3apg (top 2). Carter contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuanian LKL that year. In 5 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg and 1.0spg. Carter also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements Carter won Czech Republic League championship title in 2013. He received also Eurobasket.com Czech Republic League All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Cibona), Germany (s Oliver Baskets), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Latvia (Ventspils), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket and SO Maritime Boulogne), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Carter attended Baylor University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
He is described as: Described as "scoring point guard" with equal passing and shooting skills Gifted scorer who possesses nearly unlimited shooting range.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marcel Wilczek leaves Legia W-wa - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Marcel Wilczek (204-86, agency: Promotex) left Legia Warszawa (1Liga). Wilczek has played there for the last three years. He played there also last season. In 27 1Liga games he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.2apg. Wilczek helped them to win the 1Liga title.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga 3rd Team award in 2014 and 2015.
Wilczek has played previously for five other teams: Stelmet, Spojnia, Start, Rosa and Sokol Lancut.

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. Liz, Ponce21.0 
 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, Fajardo16.8 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.8 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.3 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 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, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo5.0 
 9. Torres, Ponce4.9 
 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. Browne, San German1.4 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 6. James, Fajardo1.3 
 7. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 8. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 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. Smith, Quebradillas0.7 


Humacao signs Steven Burtt - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) signed 33-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Steven Burtt (189-84kg-84, college: Iona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Burtt played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 10 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.1apg.
In 2006 Burtt was drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL) in second round (16th overall).
He attended Iona College and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Burtt was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 65.2%.
Burtt is quite experienced player. He has played in twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Burtt has played previously professionally also in China (Guizhou), Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Poland (Stelmet), Portugal, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Tofas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Avtodor), Ukraine (Dnipro and Zaporizhya) and Puerto Rico (Atleticos).
He could be described: A great scorer, who can easily beat his opponent 1-on-1 and who can also battle inside thanks to a strong body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

26-year old forward David Laury (206-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last week for Mayaguez and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 30.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Guayama (#8, 10-17) 100-97. Mayaguez maintains the 10th position in Puerto Rican league. Mayaguez is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Laury had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mayaguez, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Laury is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) of Guayama. He is American guard in his first season at Guayama. In the last game Wilkins recorded impressive 37 points and 4 assists. Bad luck as Guayama was edged by slightly lower-ranked Mayaguez (#10, 9-16) 100-97. Guayama is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Wilkins is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.4rpg and 4.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German (#5). Keenan showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last week. He was a key player of San German, leading his team to a 90-82 win against the higher-ranked Fajardo (#1, 18-8). San German needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Keenan has a very solid season. In 26 games in Puerto Rico he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mike Harris (198-SF-83) of Ponce - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Tony Mitchell (198-SF-89) of Mayaguez - 33 points and 3 rebounds
9. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Arecibo - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Darnell Hinson (185-G-80) of Guayama - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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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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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Cheikh Mbodj's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Senegalese players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Cheikh Mbodj
Cheikh Mbodj
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Cincinnati, currently plays in Poland). He led Twarde Pierniki to a victory over the closely-ranked Stelmet (23-9) 84-74 in the Polish PLK in Tuesday night's game. Mbodj was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mbodj also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. This year Mbodj averages: 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 73.6% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Daniel Gomis
Daniel Gomis
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Daniel Gomis (208-91, college: Oregon St., currently plays in New Zealand). Gomis could not help Mountain Airs (4-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Mountain Airs were crushed 91-70 on the road by the second-ranked Sharks. Gomis recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Gomis' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.3% and FT: 71.4%. He played for the Senegalese U20 national team in 2008.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Maleye N'Doye (202-80, college: Furman, currently plays in France). N'Doye managed to help Paris-Levallois in a victory against the second-ranked Chalon/Saor (27-7) 86-69 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Paris-Levallois (20-14) is placed sixth in the ProA. It's N'Doye's fifth season with the team. This year N'Doye's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.5%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 65.2% in 39 games. He is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Ousmane Gueye
Ousmane Gueye
   #4. Guard Ousmane Gueye (192-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Montegrano's victory against the fifth-ranked Campli (22-8) 75-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Friday. Gueye scored 6 points. Poderosa Basket Montegranaro (26-4) is placed second in Group D. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gueye's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Italian. Gueye used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95, currently plays in Spain). Diop could not help Baskonia (23-9) to beat Valencia Basket (23-9). He did not impress in that game on Saturday. Diop scored only 3 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Baskonia was defeated 75-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Valencia Basket (#3). It's Diop's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.4ppg and 3.2rpg. Diop has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #2. Mamadou Samb (210-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Palencia Baloncesto was edged 80-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. Samb was the top scorer with 16 points in only a mere 13 minutes. Samb has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 5.8rpg in 36 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Samb's Senegalese nationality, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #3. Papa Beye (202-F/C-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ALM Evreux (18-16) in their game against Boulazac Basket (19-15) in the French ProB (second division). Beye recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. ALM Evreux lost 76-87 in Boulazac to the higher-ranked (#4) Basket. This year Beye's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.7rpg in 38 games.

   #4. Experienced Mamadou Dia (201-C/F-78, currently plays in France) couldn't help Provence Basket (22-12) in their game against Nantes (18-16) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points. Provence Basket was defeated 85-74 at home by the lower-ranked Nantes (#6). It's Dia's 11th season with the team. Dia's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #5. Fadilou Seck (205-C-97, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Ravenna (19-14) in their game against Virtus Bologna (24-9) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Seck scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. The fifth-placed Ravenna (19-14) was badly defeated 77-57 on their home court in Ravenna by the leading Virtus Bologna in the East group. It was Ravenna's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Semifinals already ended. Seck has been at the team for four years. This season he averages just 0.6ppg in seven games.



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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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Bogdan Bogdanovic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory over the closely-ranked Darussafaka (23-7) 90-74 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Bogdanovic was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, made 5 passes and 5 steals in 27 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. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.7%(64-109), 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 90.7%(49-54) in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey). Stimac could not help one of league's weakest teams Besiktas (24-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Besiktas was defeated 75-69 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Stimac recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Stimac has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 65.8%(210-319) and FT: 57.5%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bogdan Bogdanovic and both played together in the last Turkish BSL game. Kalinic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (23-7) 90-74 in a derby game. He scored 13 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 33 minutes. This year Kalinic averages: 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(58-105), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 74.2% in 31 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Nikola Milutinov
Nikola Milutinov
   #4. Center Nikola Milutinov (212-94, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-8) 64-62 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Milutinov was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (22-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all twenty two games in the Finals. Milutinov's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Milos Teodosic
Milos Teodosic
   #5. International point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to CSKA's victory against the third-ranked Khimki (19-5) 94-88 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Teodosic recorded 7 points and added 5 assists in 19 minutes. CSKA Moscow (22-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Teodosic's sixth season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 6.0apg in 19 games. Teodosic plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Stefan Markovic
Stefan Markovic
   #6. Guard Stefan Markovic (197-88, 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 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 30 minutes. But 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. Markovic's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.6apg and 1.4spg in 30 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

Dejan Musli
Dejan Musli
   #7. Former international power forward Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Unicaja Malaga (22-10) in their game against Real Madrid (25-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Musli scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Unicaja Malaga was edged 76-73 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Musli's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Serbian national team four years ago.

Goran Huskic
Goran Huskic
   #8. Center Goran Huskic (210-92, college: Howard Col., TX, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Burgos' victory against the closely-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (22-12) 90-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Huskic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. Huskic also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (24-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Huskic's first season with the team. He averaged so far 14.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 3.0apg in 42 games. Huskic used to play for the Serbian U20 national team back in 2012.

Bogic Vujosevic
Bogic Vujosevic
   #9. Former University international point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a 1-point Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 73-72 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. He recorded 19 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (21-11) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Vujosevic averaged so far 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Serbian university national team four years ago.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #10. Power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Aris (15-11) in their game against AEK Athens (19-7) in the Greek A1. Dragicevic scored only 4 points. Aris was defeated 71-60 in Athens by the higher-ranked AEK Athens (#3). Dragicevic's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former university international player as eight years ago he still played for the Serbian national team.

   #11. Former international small forward Nemanja Krstic (205-93, currently plays in Austria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bogic Vujosevic. But that was another game of his team in Austrian A Bundesliga which we would like to mention. Krstic contributed to a Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart 73-64. He scored 8 points. Krstic's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke, currently plays in France) could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was edged 70-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#4). Nelson scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Nelson's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Nelson used to play for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd in Serbian league.

   #2. Marko Mladjan (205-F-93, currently plays in Switzerland) led Geneve Lions to a victory against the second-ranked Monthey (18-7) 95-90 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Mladjan scored 16 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. Lions de Geneve (15-10) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. Mladjan averaged so far 14.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Swiss.

   #3. Steven Markovic (190-G-85, currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Bankstown Bruins' victory against the second-ranked Spiders (9-5) 86-76 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Markovic had a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 10 passes. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group WARATAH. Bankstown Bruins (8-4) are placed third. Markovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 8.3apg and 1.2spg in 11 games. Markovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Australian.

   #4. Experienced Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a 1-point Falco KC's victory against the leader Alba (27-11) 77-76 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. Falco KC Szombathely (25-12) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Zigeranovic averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #5. Sasa Borovnjak (206-C/F-89, agency: 011 Sports, college: Penn St., currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help FC Porto Ferpinta in their game against Benfica (24-8) in the Portuguese LPB, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 21 points in 26 minutes. But FC Porto Ferpinta was edged 83-81 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Benfica in the Places 1-6 group. Borovnjak averaged so far 14.8ppg and 5.1rpg in 41 games.



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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 


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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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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RETAbet Bilbao Basket could ink rookie Tim Kempton in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

RETAbet Bilbao Basket (Liga Endesa) is close to ink American power forward Tim Kempton (208-111kg) who played last time at Lehigh University. He has played there for the last four years. In 31 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg last season. Kempton helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was selected to All-Patriot League 1st Team, All-ECAC Division I 1st Team and to the Reese's College All-Star Game.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Kempton received All-Patriot League Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Piratas welcome back Givens, ex Muro Basquet - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Bogota (Liga DirecTV) inked 30-year old American guard Brandon Givens (198-93kg-87, college: NC-Wesleyan). It is actually his comeback to Piratas as he has played here before. Givens played most recently at Muro Basquet in Spanish EBA league. In 14 games he averaged impressive 17.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Among other achievements Givens played in the final of Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 All-Imports Team award in 2015.
Givens has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Givens has played previously professionally in Iraq (Al Kahraba), Luxembourg (Basket Esch) and UBA (GIE Maile Matrix).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended North Carolina Wesleyan College until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Eloy Almazan leaves Melilla - by Eurobasket News

33-year old forward Eloy Almazan (199-84) left Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold). Almazan has played there for the last six years. In 31 LEB Gold games he recorded 5.2ppg and 2.7rpg.
Almazan won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Spain playing for five other teams: Palma Air Europa II, Cordoba, Alcazar, Montilla and Cocinas.com.

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Gries/Oberhoffen adds Forcada to their roster, ex Prat - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old Spaniard guard Xavier Forcada (194-88). He has played for the last two seasons at CB Prat Juventud in Spanish LEB Gold. In 28 games he recorded 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg and 2.1spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Forcada played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention in 2016.
Forcada has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like FC Barcelona, Caceres_Basket, Leche Rio Breogan, Cornella and L'Hospitalet.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A quick player who loves to steal the ball in defense, and very effective in the open court and in fast breaks; has a future at the PG position, because is a good passer;.

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Gries/Oberhoffen signs Asier Zengotitabengoa, ex Palma - by Eurobasket News

Gries/Oberhoffen BC (NM1) signed 29-year old Spaniard forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88). He played last season at Palma in Spanish LEB Gold. In 34 games he had 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Zengotitabengoa played at Melilla_Baloncesto (also in LEB Gold) where in 41 games he recorded 11.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to win the LEB Gold Play-Off title (twice) (also twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zengotitabengoa was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold 3rd Team back in 2013.
He has played also professionally for other Spanish teams like Andorra, Magia_Huesca, Caceres_Basket, CB Canarias and Burgos.

Gries/Oberhoffen BC roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Xavier Forcada
Simon Cretaux

Forward:
Asier Zengotitabengoa

Center:
Ludovic Negrobar

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Rush is back at Bondi Ferrara - by Armando Caporaso

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) added to their roster 29-year old Swedish ex-international small forward Erik Rush (196-95kg-88, college: Montana State). It is actually his comeback to Bondi Ferrara as he has played here before. Rush played last season at Ambalt Recanati in Italian Serie A2. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. Rush also played that season for JL Bourg in French ProB where in 9 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg. He helped them to make it to the French ProB Leaders Cup Semifinals.
Rush's team won Italian SerieA Regular Season in 2013.
He also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg.
Rush has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Apollon) and Italy (Openjobmetis VA and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria).
He attended Montana State until 2011 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Rush: An athletic swingman who can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions as well. Scores most of his points by attacking the basket with great energy, he's also a good passer and rebounder for his size.

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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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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Rashad WHACK
  Winterthur
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Whack, Winterthur21.5 
 2. Cochran, Lausanne21.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings19.8 
 4. Niles, Massagno19.6 
 5. Day, Massagno18.7 
 6. Wilson, Lausanne18.6 
 7. Williams, Boncourt17.6 
 8. Ballard, Geneve Lions17.6 
 9. Downing, Winte.17.6 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Starwings
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Vinson, Starwings12.6 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 3. Bergstedt, Massa.9.1 
 4. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 5. Ballard, Geneve Lions8.7 
 6. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
 7. Heath, Monthey8.5 
 8. Krstanovic, Neuch.8.1 
 9. Taylor, Fribourg8.0 
 10. Dubas, Monthey7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Lugano T.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Everett, Lugano T.6.5 
 2. Young, Monthey5.9 
 3. Kovacevic, Swiss C.5.8 
 4. Jones, Starwings4.6 
 5. Cochran, Lausanne4.6 
 6. Williams, Geneve L.4.5 
 7. Magnani, Massagno4.4 
 8. Wright, Fribourg4.2 
 9. Savoy, Neuchatel4.1 
 10. Timberlake, Geneve L.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cochran, Lausanne2.7 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.3 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.3 
 4. Wilson, Lausanne2.0 
 5. Jurkovitz, Fribourg1.9 
 6. James, Neuchatel1.6 
 7. Carter, Boncourt1.6 
 8. Whack, Winterthur1.5 
 9. Carey, Lugano T.1.5 
 10. Veselinov, Swiss C.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.5 
 3. James, Neuchatel1.0 
 4. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 5. Cotture, Fribourg0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Winte.0.8 
 7. Bergstedt, Massa.0.8 
 8. Voss, Swiss C.0.6 
 9. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.6 
 10. Sheldon, Winte.0.5 


LNA Round 5 of Finals. Monthey claim third victory - by Eurobasket News

Monthey - Geneve Lions 72-56

Monthey outgunned Geneve Lions to take 3-2 lead in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Geneve Lions managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Geneve Lions 44-22 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Monthey looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Young (193-91, college: De Paul) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. Naturalized French Mikael Maruotto (201-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Monthey players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Geneve Lions' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Monthey: B.Young 18+4reb+7ast, M.Maruotto 14+11reb+3ast, R.Maza 11+5reb, J.Dubas 11+8reb+1ast, J.Sinclair 7+4reb+3ast, J.Heath 6+7reb+3ast
Geneve Lions: R.Kovac 11+1reb, D.Milka 11+5reb+3ast, C.Timberlake 10+1reb+3ast, M.Mladjan 7+3reb+1ast, R.Grueninger 5+3reb, J.Kozic 5
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  TAIWAN  


Taiwan beat South Korea 77-64 for title - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan's national team surprised defending champions South Korea with a 77-64 victory in Nagano, Japan, to win the International Basketball Federation's East Asia Basketball Championship crown for the first time. South Korea, looking to extend their run of three consecutive titles, began the stronger side, going ahead 20-15 in the first quarter. However, Taiwan reversed the deficit in the second quarter, with point guard Cheng Liu (192-F-90) and center Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) leading the charge for a 39-34 scoreline at the intermission. Taiwan put up a solid defense and gradually asserted their dominance, outscoring South Korea 38 to 30 in the second half for a 13-point margin of victory. Liu and Davis combined for 44 points, while captain Wen-Cheng Tsai (190-G/F-85) and point guard Chiang Yu-an also dialed in outstanding performances. Liu found his scoring touch to finish with a game-high 23 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists. Davis, a US-born naturalized Republic of China citizen, also had a good day at the office, scoring 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. South Korea power forward Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) and center Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) gave a losing effort their best, netting 18 and 13 points respectively. Taiwan head couch Chun-San Chou praised the team's all-round effort. 'We faced stiff competition from the [South] Koreans in the opening quarter, but we held on and played our game. We turned it around with our defense, while making field goals when we needed them,' Chou said after the game. 'The leadership provided by veterans Wen-Cheng Tsai, Tai-Hao Wu (203-F/C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Quincy Davis - who helped the younger players gel as a team - was a critical factor for today's match and winning the tournament,' he added. At the start of the tournament, most Taiwanese fans had given up hope for even a decent finish after the national team was blown away 96-63 by China in their opening match. They regrouped in the second game to defeat Hong Kong 92-57 and upset hosts Japan 78-75 in the semi-final before yesterday's massive victory over South Korea. 'That 33-point opening loss to China was unsettling and had shaken our confidence, but we got back on track to win games,' Davis said. 'In this championship final we were facing the South Koreans, who are capable of scoring over 100 points in a match. Together we held them to under 70 points; that is a very proud achievement for our team,' he added.
Hosts Japan salvaged some pride by pounding China 76-58 to take third place in front of home fans in Nagano.
Courtesy of: taipeitimes.com



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  THAILAND  


TBL Round 9: TGE edges Mono Thew by one point - by Eurobasket News

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-5) to sixth ranked TGE (3-6) 90-89 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. TGE made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Jeff Dumelod who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Alfred Mandani chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). TGE's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) who recorded 23 points. TGE maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Mono Thew lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. TGE are looking forward to face Dunkin' Raptors (#7) in the next round. Mono Thew will play against the league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked PEA (6-3) against fourth ranked Mad Goat (6-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PEA was defeated by Mad Goat in a tough game in Nakorn Phantom 98-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PEA. It was a good game for American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists. Marcus Douthit contributed with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mad Goat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 36 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field) for PEA. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA. Mad Goat will play against bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PEA will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked OSK (0-9) 117-75. Michael Singletary stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Nate Barfield with 24 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Vampire have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Hitech. OSK at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Mono Vampire will meet PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OSK will play against Mad Goat (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bangkok. Local Hitech (8-1) outscored 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-8) 127-84. Avery Scharer nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitech have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Hitech's next round opponent will be Mono Thew (#5). Dunkin' Raptors will play against TGE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Mad Goat - PEA 102-98

Very important is a road loss of third ranked PEA (6-3) against fourth ranked Mad Goat (6-3) on Saturday night. Visiting PEA was defeated by Mad Goat in a tough game in Nakorn Phantom 98-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of PEA. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 31-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Mad Goat players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 assists. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Mad Goat's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Maltese center Samuel Deguara (223-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 36 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field) and American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) added 32 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for PEA. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mad Goat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated PEA. Mad Goat will play against bottom-ranked OSK (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PEA will play against the league's leader Mono Vampire (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: M.Van Pelt 25+2reb+8ast, F.Goldstein 16+5reb+4ast, G.Korsah-Dick 15+3reb+1ast, M.Douthit 13+15reb+2ast, T.Langsui 10+3reb+1ast, M.Earl 6+5reb
PEA: S.Deguara 35+36reb, J.Munzon 32+7reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 11+5reb+6ast, J.Cawaling 11+5reb+4ast, N.Pattharapisan 5+5reb+1ast, A.Hoom-Art 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547904


Hitech - Dunkin' Raptors 127-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bangkok. Local Hitech (8-1) outscored 7th ranked Dunkin' Raptors (1-8) 127-84. The game without a history. Hitech led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 102 of its points in the paint compared to Dunkin' Raptors' 38. Hitech forced 29 Dunkin' Raptors turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Dunkin' Raptors' players. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international center Wutipong Dasom (195-91) accounted for 26 points. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Jaman Johnson came up with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and James Matinez added 22 points respectively for Dunkin' Raptors in the defeat. Four Hitech and five Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitech have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Dunkin' Raptors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Hitech's next round opponent will be Mono Thew (#5). Dunkin' Raptors will play against TGE and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitech: W.Dasom 26+3reb+1ast, A.Scharer 23+8reb+16ast, J.Shaw 17+7reb, N.Jaisanuk 10+3reb+2ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 10+5reb+2ast, K.Lertlaokul 10+1reb+1ast
Dunkin' Raptors: J.Johnson 23+9reb+4ast, J.Matinez 22+1reb+3ast, A.Kongpui 12+4reb, M.Fey 11+6reb+1ast, J.Foronda 10+2reb+3ast, A.Prayakchon 2
gschID: 547902


Mono Thew - TGE 89-90

This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-5) to sixth ranked TGE (3-6) 90-89 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 34-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. TGE made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Jeff Dumelod who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Alfred Mandani chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). TGE's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Filipino guard Patrick Cabahug (186) who recorded 23 points and Nopporn Sangtong added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Mono Thew players scored in double figures. TGE maintains sixth place with 3-6 record. Mono Thew lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. TGE are looking forward to face Dunkin' Raptors (#7) in the next round. Mono Thew will play against the league's second-placed Hitech in Bangkok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
TGE: J.Dumelod 33+5reb, A.Mandani 24+7reb+7ast, P.Nantho 9+7reb, J.Collins 8+5reb+2ast, C.Chuengyampin 7+10reb+1ast, R.Singleton 4+6reb+2ast
Mono Thew: P.Cabahug 23+4reb+2ast, T.Suktub 15+3reb+2ast, A.McClain 14+6reb+1ast, N.Muangboon 10+3reb+8ast, N.Sangtong 9+13reb+1ast, P.Zamar 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 547905


OSK - Mono Vampire 75-117

Leader Mono Vampire delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked OSK (0-9) 117-75. The game without a history. Mono Vampire led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mono Vampire forced 21 OSK turnovers and outrebounded them 56-39 including a 42-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Mono Vampire looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by OSK's players. American forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mono Vampire players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mono Vampire have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Hitech. OSK at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Mono Vampire will meet PEA (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. OSK will play against Mad Goat (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: R.Johnson 25+7reb+5ast, M.Singletary 22+11reb+4ast, C.Ananti 14+2reb, A.Rodlieng 13+8reb+1ast, D.Apiromwilaichai 11+1reb+2ast, N.Boonserm 8+5reb+1ast
OSK: N.Barfield 24+9reb, J.Jamon 17+6reb+2ast, R.Koga 15+2reb+5ast, K.Panyaparu 8+1reb, K.Hill 5+7reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 547903





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  UBA  


Barnes buzzer beater carries Matrix pass the Texas Cyclones 78-77 - by David Walls

2017 UBA Playoffs
6/11/2017

Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) continues his great play in the 2017 UBA playoffs. He continues his heroics by scoring 10 of the teams 11 points in the last two minutes of regulation. The Cyclones led by one with just eight seconds left in regulation with Barnes sealed the game with an aggressive drive to the basket. "I just live for these moments", said Barnes. The Cyclones gave us all we could handle. I felt it was my job to end the game.

Barnes finished with a game high 25 points and 9 rebounds in the win. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) continues to dominate all guard play with a UBA league playoff record of 9 steals. He also added 12 points and 11 assists for the Matrix. Bijan Dotson (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, agency: Gamble Sports Management) was the high man for the Cyclones with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The GIE Maile Matrix will advance to the 2017 UBA finals to face the UBA Power Fort Worth F.I.R.M.



F.I.R.M advance to finals over RIze. Guy scores 22 points - by David Walls

2017 UBA Playoffs
6/11/2017

The Fort Worth F.I.R.M. advance the UBA Finals for the third straight season. The F.I.R.M. pass the Dallas Rize 83-79 Saturday night. Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92, college: Tarleton St.) scored a game high 22 points along with 5 assists. Dwayne Soders (6'6''-PF, college: Texas-PB) added 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Alden Smith (6'5''-F, college: Rockhurst) led the Rize with 18 points and 8 rebounds in a lossing effort.

The F.I.R.M. will face off with the five time UBA champion GIE Maile Matrix.



Matrix upset #1 seed Diesel; Barnes scores 23 - by David Walls

2017 UBA Playoffs
6/10/2017

GIE Maile Matrix roll pass the Louisville Diesel 97-70. Jermaine Barnes (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) was again the games top scorer with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Barnes sat the rest of the fourth quarter to prepare for the final four. DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, college: Jacksonville St.) continues to push the Matrix with 16 assists and 11 points. Will Richard (6'3''-G-84) was the high man for the Diesel with 12 points. Carlos Mitchell (6'1''-PG, college: IU Southeast) added 11 points in a losing effort.

The Matrix will play the Texas Cyclones Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, GA.



Guy scores 22; FIRM pass Blazers 76-66 - by David Walls

2017 UBA Playoffs
6/10/2017

The top seed Fort Worth F.I.R.M. pass the Charlotte Blazers 76-66 in the semi finals of the 2017 UBA Playoffs. Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92, college: Tarleton St.) continues to dominate the UBA guards posting a game high 22 points and 7 assists in his match with star guard Marcus Burton (6'0''-PG-93, college: Wagner). Dwayne Soders (6'6''-PF, college: Texas-PB) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the FIRM. Ex NBA player Oliver Miller (6'9''-C-70, college: Arkansas) also played good minutes for the FIRM. In ten minutes of action Miller paced 6 points and 8 rebounds. The Blazers were led by UBA All-Star guard Marcus Burton. Burton finals the game with 16 points in a losing effort.

The F.I.R.M will face the Dallas Rize tomorrow in Atlanta, GA.



Rize upset top seeded Spartans 73-69 OT: Duncan scores 21 - by David Walls

2017 UBA Playoffs
6/10/2017

The Dallas Rize upset top seed Georgia Spartans 73-69 in overtime. The Spartans controlled the game throughout the game until late in the fourth. A'Daeron Duncan (6'7''-F-87, college: N.Kentucky) carried the Rize with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. Duncan has emerged as the versatile playmaker for the Rize as he continues to play point guard the post season. Antoine Hall (6'6''-SF-89, college: Union, TN) was big for the Georgia Spartans nailing a three pointer with no time remaining to take the game into overtime. Hall posted 21 points and 8 rebounds in a losing effort.

The Rize will face the number one seed Fort Worth F in the final four tomorrow in Atlanta, GA.



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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



Ethienne Kazungu gets MVP of the Week award for Ugandan NBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Ethienne Kazungu (80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader KIU Titans and that's him to receive a Afrobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 36-year old had the game-high 8 points adding eleven rebounds and seven assists for KIU Titans in his team's victory, helping them to beat Our Saviour (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 70-55. It allowed KIU Titans to consolidate first place in the Ugandan NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but KIU Titans already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Kazungu just recently signed at KIU Titans, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kazungu has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old center Daniel Monoja (C) of Our Saviour. Monoja impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Our Saviour lost that game 55-70 to league's leader KIU Titans (#1, 4-0). Our Saviour are still at the very bottom. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Monoja is one of the most experienced players at Our Saviour and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another KIU Titans' star - Tanzanian Sudi Ulanga (181-G-88). Ulanga scored 17 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of KIU Titans, helping his team with a 70-55 easy win against Our Saviour (#12, 0-3). KIU Titans started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Ulanga turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ulanga has a great season in Uganda. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joas Maheta (G-89) of UCU Canons - 18 points and 2 assists
5. Geoffrey Soro (198-F-92) of KIU Titans - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Steven Mwesigye (F) of Our Saviour - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. David Opolot (F-89) of Our Saviour - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jonathan Egau (190-F-93) of UCU Canons - 4 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lual Titus (C-98) of UCU Canons - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jimmy Enabu (187-G-88) of City Oilers - 11 points and 2 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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  UKRAINE  


Humacao signs Steven Burtt - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) signed 33-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Steven Burtt (189-84kg-84, college: Iona). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Burtt played last season at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he had very impressive stats: 23.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 10 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.1apg.
In 2006 Burtt was drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL) in second round (16th overall).
He attended Iona College and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Burtt was voted Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year back in 2013.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 65.2%.
Burtt is quite experienced player. He has played in twelve different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Burtt has played previously professionally also in China (Guizhou), Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Poland (Stelmet), Portugal, Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Tofas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Avtodor), Ukraine (Dnipro and Zaporizhya) and Puerto Rico (Atleticos).
He could be described: A great scorer, who can easily beat his opponent 1-on-1 and who can also battle inside thanks to a strong body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jaime Smith (ex Khimik) signs at AV Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) landed 28-year old American point guard Jaime Smith (190-83kg-89, college: Al.-Huntsville). He played most recently at Khimik in Ukrainian Superleague. In 37 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.5apg last season. Smith helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Newcomer of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Smith also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very remarkable stats: 17.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.6apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Basketball Champions League Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Smith played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 31 games he recorded high stats: 15.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He contributed in the Supercup final. Impressive indeed as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements his team won GSC Regular Season for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Smith received also All-GSC Player of the Year award back in 2013 at his college time.
And here thanks to pro basketball Smith experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Smith has played previously professionally in Argentina (Quilmes Mar del Plata), Portugal (Lusitania) and Switzerland (Fribourg).
He attended University of Alabama in Huntsville until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Smith's outlook: Grew 4 inches in college, Played combo for 3 years and moved to the PG for his senior year. Unbelievable shooter and scorer, has outstanding court vision and knows how to run a team. Senior year moved to the PG and led the conference in assist. Has a long athletic body and has a big time basketball IQ. He was tops in the nation in Free throws taken and fouls drawn his senior year. Jaime has two brothers that play professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Antypov re-signs at Khimik - by Eurobasket News

BK Khimik-OPZ Yuhzny (Superleague) confirmed in their roster 22-year old forward Oleksandr Antypov (203-98kg-95, agency: AproK Sports Group). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 36 Superleague games he had 7.6ppg and 4.5rpg last season. Antypov helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. He also played 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 8.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Antypov won Ukrainian SL Favorit Sport championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 3rd Team in 2015.
Antypov represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-2 (10.4rpg), 1.2spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 72.5%.
Antypov has played previously for four other teams: BC Donetsk, Hoverla, BK Donetsk 2nd team and BK Dnipro-2 Dnepropetrovsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  


Ascenso Round 2 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Ascenso. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Atenas defeated Stockolmo in Montevideo 90-85. Atenas forced 20 Stockolmo turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Stockolmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Stockolmo will play next round against Cordon trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo - Cordon. Atenas will try to continue on its current victory against Union Atletica. It will be extra interesting game as Union Atletica is their local rival from Montevideo.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Verdirrojo (1-1) in Montevideo. Hosts were rolled over by Auriblanco (2-0) 96-75. Rodrigo Goncalvez notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Facundo Sanchez supported him with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Verdirrojo. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#4) and Union Atletica (#5). Miramar (2-0) won against visiting Union Atletica (1-1) 71-58. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Fahnbulleh who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Gaston Semiglia produced 19 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Capitol (0-2) to 25 de Agosto (1-1) 69-67 on Thursday evening. Gary Johnson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.
An interesting game took place in Sayago where Tabare (0-1) was upset on the court of Sayago (1-1) 79-75 on Friday. Paul Harrison had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Sayago will have a break next round. Tabare will play at home against Marne (#12) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 Colon destroyed Marne on the opponent's court 90-54.

Verdirrojo - Auriblanco 75-96

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Verdirrojo (1-1) in Montevideo. Hosts were rolled over by Auriblanco (2-0) 96-75. Auriblanco had a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Rodrigo Goncalvez notched a double-double by scoring 27 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Facundo Sanchez (177-90) supported him with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 26 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) did not help to save the game for Verdirrojo. Forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Capitol.
Top scorers:
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 27+19reb+4ast, J.Jones 15+2reb+3ast, A.Jones 14+6reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 10+9reb+5ast, A.Taibo 8+2reb+1ast, E.Suarez 8+3reb+7ast
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 26+5reb+3ast, S.Massa 14+4reb, F.Cholaquides 11+1ast, P.Makanskas 10+10reb+3ast, M.Monteverde 7+5reb+4ast, G.Belase 5+5reb
gschID: 547961


Marne - Colon 54-90

Very expected game in Montevideo where Marne (0-2) was crushed by Colon (2-0) 90-54 on Friday. Colon had a 41-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Marne's players. Forward Facundo Ferreira (192-88) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Federico Della-Mea (187-92) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Colon players scored in double figures. Forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) responded with 13 points and Leandro Blazina scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Colon will face Verdirrojo (#5) in Montevideo in the next round. Marne will play on the road against Tabare (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Colon: F.Della Mea 21+9reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 18+11reb+4ast, L.Lepiani 15+2reb+4ast, A.Rodriguez 11+2reb+1ast, T.Brown 7+6reb+4ast, F.Perez 5+1reb
Marne: A.Pineiro 13+3reb+3ast, B.Ingratta 8+7reb, D.Olivera 7+6reb, J.Crocano 7+10reb, N.Alves 6+1reb+2ast, L.Blazina 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 547960


Sayago - Tabare 79-75

An interesting game took place in Sayago where Tabare (0-1) was upset on the court of Sayago (1-1) 79-75 on Friday. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Emiliano Gonzalez (198-88) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Federico Alvarez (194-88) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sayago will have a break next round. Tabare will play at home against Marne (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 24+15reb+2ast, E.Gonzalez 20+8reb+5ast, R.Brause 17+5reb+5ast, M.Perdomo 16+2reb+1ast, J.Garbarino 2+3reb+1ast, T.de Leon 0
Tabare: F.Alvarez 22+3reb+5ast, E.Serres 16+6reb+2ast, A.Cabillon 13+9reb+5ast, G.Rivas 12+2reb+3ast, C.McCann 9+7reb+1ast, J.Retamoso 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547959


Atenas - Stockolmo 90-85

Atenas defeated Stockolmo in Montevideo 90-85. Atenas forced 20 Stockolmo turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Stockolmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) chipped in 21 points during the contest. American forward Rashaun Stimage (202, college: De Paul) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and forward Facundo Grolla (196-97) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stockolmo will play next round against Cordon trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo - Cordon. Atenas will try to continue on its current victory against Union Atletica. It will be extra interesting game as Union Atletica is their local rival from Montevideo.
Top scorers:
Atenas: N.Catala 23+2reb+1ast, M.Zubiaurre 21+4reb+2ast, A.Danridge 20+6reb+5ast, J.Santiso 12+3reb+5ast, M.Pose 6+2reb+1ast, O.Galeano 3+2reb+1ast
Stockolmo: R.Stimage 26+9reb+1ast, F.Grolla 14+9reb+2ast, J.Viana 14+7ast, O.Medina 11+3reb+3ast, L.Bouchaton 9+2reb+5ast, M.Counago 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 547964


Miramar - U Atletica 71-58

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#4) and Union Atletica (#5). Miramar (2-0) won against visiting Union Atletica (1-1) 71-58. Miramar looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Martin Trelles (187-96) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. Forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Facundo Alonso (195) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Miramar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
Miramar: M.Trelles 21+2reb+7ast, J.Fahnbulleh 20+11reb+3ast, R.Blankson 12+15reb+2ast, I.Asaravicius 8+7reb+1ast, M.Nessi 6+2reb+7ast, M.Lopez Garula 4+3reb
U Atletica: F.Alonso 19+5reb+1ast, G.Semiglia 19+8reb+3ast, M.Brock 10+7reb+2ast, M.Martinez 4+6reb, A.Arrillaga 4+2reb+1ast, I.Cambon 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 547963


Capitol - 25 de Agosto 67-69

A very interesting game took place in Montevideo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Capitol (0-2) to 25 de Agosto (1-1) 69-67 on Thursday evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Capitol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Rodrigo Cardozo (191-92) contributed with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. 25 de Agosto's coach Javier Espindola allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Nicolas Comas replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Hector Silva (192-90) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Capitol. Four Capitol players scored in double figures. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Miramar.
Top scorers:
25 de Agosto: G.Johnson 25+10reb+3ast, N.Koster 11+3reb+1ast, M.Mayora 10+3reb+1ast, N.Alvarez 8+1reb+4ast, R.Cardozo 6+9reb+7ast, D.Lipatin 4+4reb+1ast
Capitol: H.Silva 17+7reb, N.Comas 15+5reb+5ast, J.Andres Galleto 13+2reb+1ast, A.Lecona 11+8reb, J.Wenzel 5+5reb+7ast, F.Soto 2+4reb
gschID: 547962





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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.18.9 
 6. Tarrant, Gigantes18.3 
 7. Powell, Trotamun.18.1 
 8. Brown, Gigantes18.0 
 9. Swann, Marinos17.3 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 2. Massie, Marinos10.8 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.2 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.7 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.7.5 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros7.3 
 9. Graterol, Bucaneros7.2 
 10. Julio, Panteras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos7.5 
 2. Robinson, Guaros5.2 
 3. Centeno, Marinos4.9 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.8 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 6. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 7. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 8. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 9. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
 10. Pena, Toros3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 8. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
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. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 8. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 9. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 10. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 


Bucaneros welcome back Kirksay - by Francisco Vega

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed experienced 38-year old French ex-international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-102kg-79, college: Iona, agency: Octagon Europe). It is actually his comeback to La Guaira as he has played here before. Kirksay has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport.

Kirksay played most recently at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 17 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg last season. Kirksay also played that season for 1 De Agosto (Division I) in Angolan league.

In 2000 he was drafted by Long Island Surf (USBL) in first round (7th overall).

The former Iona College standoutis in his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball. Kirksay won Basketball s League
championship title.

Among other achievements he received Afrobasket.com All-African Champions Cup Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Kirksay also represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg.

Kirksay is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and African leagues. Kirksay has played previously professionally in Argentina (San Martin de La Rioja), Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Mexico, Russia (Unics Kazan) and France (Sluc Nancy, Besancon, Rueil and JL Bourg).

Let's have closer look into Kirksay's outlook: The classic all-around player, who can be used at almost every position on the court and has the ability to fill up every statistical cathegory. His great international and minor leagues experience helps him to adapt well to every situation.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Richard Roby (ex Osaka Evessa) joins Marinos - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) agreed terms with 32-year old American swingman Richard Roby (198-85). He played last season at Osaka Evessa in Japanese B League. In 39 games he had 8.0ppg and 2.9rpg.
In 2010 Roby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in fourth round (10th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Japanese BJ League Eastern Division in 2016. Roby was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team in 2015 and 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Roby's career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Roby tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Argentina (Weber Bahia), France (Provence Basket), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Mexico, Puerto Rico (Caciques), Venezuela (Gaiteros), South Korea (Dongbu Promy) and Japan (San en NeoPhoenix and Akita Happinets).
On Roby: Excellent range from anywhere on the floor; drives and defends well; very quick.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Round 2 of Finals. CSKA grab second consecutive win - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Khimki 99-79

CSKA registered the second straight win in VTB League Finals. They crushed Khimki in Moscow for 2-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Khimki managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Khimki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) produced 21 points and 4 assists and guard Vyacheslav Zaytsev (191-89, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: M.Teodosic 23+1reb+6ast, N.De Colo 20+1reb, S.Antonov 18+5reb, C.Higgins 6+2reb+2ast, A.Jackson 6+2reb+7ast, V.Fridzon 5+1ast
Khimki: A.Shved 21+3reb+4ast, V.Zaytsev 9+7reb+6ast, E.Vyaltsev 8+1ast, R.Hummel 8+3reb+1ast, M.Brown 7+2reb, D.Sokolov 7+9reb
gschID: 547857





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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3D Canada Brings On Kyle Julius as Head Coach for 39th William Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News

3D Global Sports Canada is bringing back the Boys in Red to compete in one of the worlds most prestigious international basketball tournaments, the '39th William Jones Cup'. Held annually in Taipei City, Taiwan, since 1977, the tournament was named in honour of one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), basketball promoter Renato William Jones. The tournament is an Asian Cup that is officially covered by Eurobasket and televised internationally in many Asian, Oceanic and Middle-Eastern countries.
3D Canada is proud to welcome Kyle Julius as the new Head Coach for the 39th William Jones Cup. Kyle was a former National Canada Senior team player and also an all-Canadian athlete at the University of Guelph. As a Head Coach, Kyle was recently named the 2017 Head Coach of the Year in the National Basketball League of Canada where he made history and set league records. Some of his accolades include:
17 Game Wining Streak.
Most Wins with a 35-5 record in a NBL-Canada season.
Winning the 2017 Championship with the London Lightning.
Kyle Julius has developed a pristine reputation as one of Canada's best basketball skill and development instructors. He has developed over 50 Canadian High School players who went on to earn NCAA DI scholarships. Furthermore, he has trained over 100 professional players including multiple NBA players such as Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, Anthony Bennett, Kevin Pangos and Andrea Bargnani, and to further mention, has helped train 67 Canadians currently playing professionally in Europe. Kyle continues to grow and evolve into one of Canada's top professional Coaches. One thing that cannot go unnoticed is his ability to truly develop and recruit players like Royce White, whom together, won a NBL-Canada Championship with the London Lightning. Kyle's determination, dedication and discipline to the sport of basketball (3D's founding principles) will strongly impact his coaching experience internationally and the 3D Global Sports Canada program.
Courtesy of: 3dglobalsports.com




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Women News


Breezy Williams (ex Haukar) signs at Estrella Berisso - by Eurobasket News

Estrella de Berisso (Superliga) landed American guard Breezy Williams (180, college: North Carolina State). She played most recently at Haukar in Icelandic Dominos League. In 11 games she averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg and 1.7bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Williams was tested by Santeras in Puerto Rican BSNF where in four games she had 6.5ppg and 8.5rpg in 2016 season.
Among other achievements her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Williams has played previously professionally in Finland (Pyrinto) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She graduated from North Carolina State in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian SBL All-Star Game 2017 Participants - by Igor Obradovic

North All-Star Team
Shani Amos
Amos
Emilee Harmon
Harmon
Kisha Lee
Lee
Natalie Burton
Burton
Lauren Jeffers
Jeffers

7 Antonia Farnworth of Perry Lakes Hawks
8 Shani Amos (170-G-91) of Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves
9 Chelsea Belcher of Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves
11 Lauren Jeffers (170-G-88) of Perry Lakes Hawks
12 Emilee Harmon (188-F) of Perth Redbacks
15 Ellyce Ironmonger (193-F/C-89) of Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves
17 Sarah Donovan (188-F/C-93) of Pery Lakes Hawks
22 Jennie Rintala (F/C-90) of Kalamuda Eastern Suns
23 Kisha Lee (182-F-85) of Stirling Senators
24 Natalie Burton (194-C/F-89) of Perry Lakes Hawks
32 Klara Wischer (185-F-91) of Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves

South All-Star
Stacey Barr
Barr
Ali Schwagmeyer
Schwagmeyer
Brittany Hodges
Hodges
Kersten Mitchell
Mitchell
Sydnee Fipps
Fipps

3 Casey Mihovilovich (173-G-82) of Mandurah Magic
5 Stacey Barr (173-G-92) of Willetton Tigers
10 Kersten Mitchell (185-F-90) of Cockburn Cougars
11 Sydnee Fipps (178-F) of Lakeside Lightning
12 Courtney Bayliss (183-F-93) of Southwest Slammers
13 Nicolette Gilday of Mandurah Magic
15 Zoe Harper (191-C-88) of Willeton Tigers
21 Carly Boag (188-F-95) of Mandurah Magic
22 Ali Schwagmeyer (180-F-90) of Lakeside Lightning
23 Brittany Hodges (185-F-93) of Southwest Slammers



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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



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  CANADA  


Nicole Rigas-DiDomenico ends hoops career playing in all-star game - by Eurobasket News

Nicole Didomenico (175-G) ended her four-year women's basketball career with the Ryerson Rams by playing in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star Game. That wasn't the only parting gift the Niagara Falls native and A.N. Myer Secondary School graduate received before going on to teachers college at Brock University. Nicole Didomenico's excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community was recognized by the OUA, who presented her with the Joy Bellinger Award. Nicole Didomenico donated 50 inches of hair raising more than $5,000 to fight breast cancer for her part in the Ryerson Rams Shoot for the Cure. Caring about the needs of others is second nature to Rigas-Nicole Didomenico. She couldn't recall needing motivation to work in the community. 'It is something that has always been natural to me,' the 22-year-old said. 'I have been given so many opportunities in my life through sport and I feel that it is important to pay that forward to others.' As an academic mentor with Ryerson's athletic department, Nicole Didomenico works with at-risk youth at Toronto Community Housing events, including the Nike Basketball Academy and Jays Care Big Sports Day events. She speaks to underprivileged youth about bullying and the power of sport in this community outreach. The need to function effectively as part of a team and the important life lessons that go hand-in-hand with competing in sports have helped shape the person Nicole Didomenico is today. 'I learned how to be a leader, how to take initiative and how to work hard,' she said. 'I learned how to push myself to be the best, not only for myself but for the betterment of the team.' Another benefit she derived from sports is friendships didn't end with the final buzzer nor after she took her game to the next level and played on different teams. 'I have built lifelong relationships with those I have met along the way, including teammates, coaches and classmates.' Ryerson's athletic valedictorian and a Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) All-Academic Canadian, Nicole Didomenico also received an award for women in leadership as well as one for contribution to athletics, campus and community life. At Myer Nicole Didomenico played soccer and volleyball as well as hoops, and she also went out for track and field. She learned early on how to juggle academics with athletics and having a social life. 'As early as middle school I was always travelling for basketball, so I learned how to adapt my schedule to complete my homework in order to have free time.' Nicole Didomenico said putting school first and completing assignments in a 'timely manner' left her free for other activities. 'Which in my case were spending time with family and friends, playing basketball and giving back in the community.' Ryerson won the gold medal at the 2016 OUA women's basketball championships and a silver at nationals. She was a four-sport athlete and honours student at Myer before accepting a full athletic and academic scholarship to major in early childhood studies at Ryerson. Ryerson women's basketball head coach Carly Clarke the "ideal team member." "Always on time, organized and holding others accountable to the same details," she said. "That transferred to her play on the floor." Rigas-DiDomeinco, Clarke said, is "very competitive and determined to win." "She sets high goals and works tirelessly to achieve them," the coach said. "She did this on and off the court at Ryerson." "We talk about leaving this place better than you found it and Nicole achieved that in all areas."
Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca



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  DENMARK  


Sydnor re-signs at Horsholm - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm 79ers (Dameligaen) confirmed in their roster 24-year old American forward Maryah Sydnor (185-93, college: Appalachian State). She was a team leader there last season. In 26 Dameligaen games she had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 8.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.5spg (in top 5). Sydnor helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Danish Dameligaen 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season she was tested by ViVe in Finnish SM-sarja where in three games she recorded also remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
Sydnor's team won Southern Conference Regular Season in 2012.
She graduated from Appalachian State in 2015 and it is her third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA AMERICAS U16  


USA and Canada to clash for title in Buenos Aires - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
USA - Argentina 98-42
Team USA eased past Argentina into the championship game. Five players scored in double digits for the winners. Celeste Taylor (180-F) and Zia Cooke (175-G/F) delivered 12 points each for the USA. They built a 40:27 halftime lead. Team USA dropped 58 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Jordan Horston (183-F/C) and Caitlin Clark (180-F) had 11 points each in the win. Victoria Gauna and Sofia Acevedo replied with 12 points apiece for Argentina.

Canada - Colombia 64-38
Canada thumped Colombia to ensure Final birth in Buenos Aires. Merissah Russell (180-F-02) scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort for the North American side. Canada registered a 31:21 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark at the final break and marched to the win in the fourth quarter. Yvonne Ejim (182-PF-02) provided 8 points for the winners. Luisa Quesada (172-SG-01) responded with 10 points for Colombia.
5-8 Place
Mexico - Dominican Republic 102-45
Mexico coasted past Dominican Republic to set up the clash versus Venezuela for the fifth overall position. Katia Gallegos (166-SF-01) recorded 21 points and 11 assists to lead the winners. Mexico accounted for a 61:21 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win. Ingrid Mendez (168-SG-01) tossed in 16 points for the winning side. Naomy Cueva (176-F-01) responded with 10 points and 9 boards for Dominican Republic.

Venezuela - Puerto Rico 62-61
Venezuela survived the second half rally from Puerto Rico to eke out a narrow victory. Jairennys Arias (170-G-01) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Venezuela recorded a 35:23 halftime lead. Puerto Rico narrowed the gap at 7-point mark heading into the final term. Puerto Rico pulled closer in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Yulianny Perez (175-F-01) had 14 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winners. Marieliz Martinez (170-SF-01) responded with 14 points for Puerto Rico.



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.




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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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  ICELAND  


Breezy Williams (ex Haukar) signs at Estrella Berisso - by Eurobasket News

Estrella de Berisso (Superliga) landed American guard Breezy Williams (180, college: North Carolina State). She played most recently at Haukar in Icelandic Dominos League. In 11 games she averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 13.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg and 1.7bpg last season.
The previous (2016) summer Williams was tested by Santeras in Puerto Rican BSNF where in four games she had 6.5ppg and 8.5rpg in 2016 season.
Among other achievements her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2012 and 2014.
Williams has played previously professionally in Finland (Pyrinto) and Romania (Cluj Napoca).
She graduated from North Carolina State in 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  


Lux re-signs at H.R. Le-Zion - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) confirmed in their roster 29-year old ex-international swingman Adi Rachel Lux (175-88). She played there last season. In 18 D1 games she had 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg.
The previous (15-16) season Lux played at Maccabi Ashdod where in 17 games she recorded 3.4ppg. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice).
Lux also represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Poznan (Poland) nine years ago.
She has played previously for four other teams: Maccabi Ramat Gan, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Elitzur Holon and Elitzur Netanya.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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H.R. Le-Zion signs rookie Feyonda Fitzgerald in her first year in pro basketball - by Lior Hai

Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (D1) strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Feyonda Fitzgerald (170). Fitzgerald just graduated from Temple (NCAA). She has played there for the last four years. In 32 games she recorded very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.3apg and 1.1spg last season. Fitzgerald helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in American Athletic Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to All-AAC 1st Team, WBCA NCAA D1 All-American Honorable Mention and AAC All-Tournament Team.
This summer she was drafted by Indiana Fever (WNBA) in second round (20th overall).
Fitzgerald just graduated from Temple and it is her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  


Spain pip Italy in Mulhouse - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Italy 66-62

Spain narrowly pip Italy in Mulhouse in game 2 of the International Friendly tournament. Spain posted a 66-62 win after a final 15-9 surge.
Spain looked better in the first period and grabbed a 22-11 lead. Later in the game Italy took control posting 23-15 in the second quarter and then 19-14 rally in the third. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) nailed another three for 53-51 lead. In the last period Spain needed however a final push to seal the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) added 15. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



Pavia re-signs at Broni - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (Serie A1) confirmed in their roster 28-year old guard Enrica Pavia (176-89). She has played there for the last three seasons. In only one Serie A1 game she recorded just 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pavia won Italian A2 championship title in 2016. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian A2 3rd Team in 2016.
Pavia represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg.
Pavia has played previously for six other teams: Reggio Emilia, Marghera, Umbertide, Pall.Pozzuoli, Alcamo and Catania.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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Bologna claim Serie A1 promotion - by Eurobasket News

Bologna - Sesto SG 51-36

Bologna outscored Sesto San Giovanni to gain A1 promotion. The game was mostly controlled by Bologna. Sesto SG managed to win second period 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sesto SG to just 2 points in third quarter. Bologna held Sesto SG to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Bologna forced 19 Sesto SG turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Sesto SG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Alessandra Tava (183-91) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Chiara Cadoni (182-94) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. Bologna's coach Paolo Andreoli used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Virginia Galbiati (173-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Elisa Ercoli (191-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 4 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Bologna: A.Tava 16+8reb+1ast, F.Franceschelli 9+7reb+1ast, C.Cadoni 6+12reb+2ast, E.Tassinari 6, R.D'Alie 5+3reb+2ast, C.Mini 4+7reb+4ast
Sesto SG: V.Galbiati 16+9reb+4ast, E.Ercoli 4+10reb, B.Barberis 4+5reb, I.Panzera 4+2reb, G.Arturi 4+1reb+2ast, V.Schieppati 2+6reb
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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  


Turkey outscore Latvia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 80-72

Turkey won over Latvia 80-72 in the friendly game played in Istanbul. The hosts posted two narrow victories in the first half, while Latvia responded with a 24-20 run in the third period. Due to 24-14 rally in the last stanza, Turkey managed to seal the victory.
Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: ProDep Management) netted 12. Bahar Caglar and Olcay Cakr Turgut followed them with 10 points apiece. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) ended up with 18 points in a loss. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena) produced 11, whilst Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 10.



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  NEW ZEALAND  


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

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

   #1. This week's number one is U18 international Jayden Fuiava (99, currently plays in Australia). She managed to help Logan Thunder in a victory against the 12th-ranked Clippers (1-3) crushing them 102-49 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Fuiava scored only 4 points in 11 minutes on the court. Logan Thunder (5-1) is placed third in QBL group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Fuiava's fourth season with the team. This year she averages: 9.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 68.2%(15-22), 3FGP: 42.9% in five games she played so far. Fuiava is currently a member of the New Zealand U18 national team.

   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia). She led Sabres to a victory against the eighth-ranked Frankston Blues (4-8) 96-90 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Perrett scored 11 points. Sandringham Sabres (6-7) are placed fourth in SEABL-South group. Perrett has been at the team for four years. Her overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 64.3%. Perrett played for the New Zealand U18 national team in 2009.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate contributed to Sabres' victory against the eighth-ranked Frankston Blues (4-8) 96-90. She scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Bygate has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 40.6% in 11 games. She is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Micaela Cocks
Micaela Cocks
   #4. Guard Micaela Cocks (174-86, college: Oregon, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cyclones (3-3) crushing them 97-71 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Cocks scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Mackay Meteorettes (6-0) are placed first in QBL group. So far her team won all six games in the Regular Season. This season Cocks has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 3.9apg. She is also New Zealand national team player.

Chevannah Paalvast
Chevannah Paalvast
   #5. International swingman Chevannah Paalvast (180-91, college: Monmouth, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Micaela Cocks and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Paalvast contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cyclones (3-3) crushing them 97-71. She scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Paalvast has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg in seven games. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
   #6. An experienced forward Natalie Taylor (182-84, college: SE Missouri St., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Power (3-2) crushing them 95-57 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Taylor scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Brisbane Spartans (5-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Taylor's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.6apg. She is a former international player as she played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

Aleesha Coulter
Aleesha Coulter
   #7. Former U18 international guard Aleesha Coulter (173-93, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Australia). Coulter could not help Bruins (8-4) to beat Spireds (9-5). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Coulter scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. The third-placed Bruins (8-4) were badly defeated 77-57 on the road by the second-ranked Spireds in the WARATAH group. It's Coulter's first season with the team. This year her overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in seven games. Coulter used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team eight years ago.

Kalani Purcell
Kalani Purcell
   #8. Forward Kalani Purcell (188-95, college: BYU, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Natalie Taylor and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Purcell contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Power (3-2) crushing them 95-57. She scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Purcell's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 8.7rpg and 3.3apg. She plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #9. International forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Redbacks in their game against Suns (4-14) in the Australian State League (second division). She cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Wallbutton scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. her team were defeated 81-77 in Kalamunda by the much lower-ranked Suns (#13) in the SBL group. Wallbutton's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. She is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #10. Guard Jessica Renata (175-96, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Rollers (2-4) in their game against SC Rip (1-3) in the Australian State League (second division). Renata cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Rollers (#10) lost 60-69 to the lower-ranked (#11) SC Rip in the QBL group. This year Renata's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. She is a former U20 international player as three years ago she still played for the New Zealand national team.

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

   #1. Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93, college: Md-E Shore, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Gladstone Port City Power in a 2-point victory against the sixth-ranked Capitals (3-2) 81-79 in the Australian State League (second division) on Sunday night. She scored 5 points in 32 minutes. Gladstone Port City Power (3-2) is placed fifth in QBL group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Subritzky has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in four games she played so far.

   #2. Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Kiriau contributed to a 2-point Power's victory against the sixth-ranked Capitals (3-2) 81-79. She scored 10 points and added 3 passes. Kiriau has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg.

   #3. Alicia Carline (190-F-93, college: Portland St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. She played also in the last Australian State League game facing Kayla Kiriau (above) in the other team. Carline contributed to a 2-point Power's victory against the sixth-ranked Capitals (3-2) 81-79. She scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots. Carline's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #4. Experienced Alicia Poto (166-PG-78, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Bruins (8-4) crushing them 77-57 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. She scored 6 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group WARATAH. Hornsby Spiders (10-0) are placed first. So far her team won all ten games in the Regular Season. This year Poto has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 8.5rpg, 7.5apg and 2.8spg in 10 games. She has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #5. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia). Swain could not help Wanneroo (5-9) to beat Senators (7-6). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Swain scored only one point in 20 minutes. Wanneroo (#7) were badly defeated 73-57 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Senators in the SBL group. This year Swain's total stats are: 3.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in 13 games.

   #6. Charmian Mellars (182-F-79, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Moengaroa Subritzky. But that was another game of her team in Australian State League which we would like to mention. Mellars was not able to help Power in their game against Brisbane Spartans. She scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Her team was crushed by 38 points 95-57. Mellars' total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5spg.

   #7. Khaleisha Barnett (178-F-79, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Lions crushing them 99-37 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. She scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. This year Barnett's total stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.1rpg in eight games.



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  PARAGUAY  


Metropolitan League Round 6: Felix Perez is defeated by Olimpia A. in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Asuncion: Olimpia A. (#4) and Felix Perez (#3). Olimpia A. (4-3) smashed visiting Felix Perez (2-5) by 30 points 77-47. Olimpia A. have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Felix Perez lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with five games lost.
Very significant was Sol de Amer.'s (#1, 7-0) victory against second-best Libertad (3-4) 118-53. Undefeated Sol de Amer. (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Libertad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with four games lost.

Olimpia A. - Felix Perez 77-47

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Asuncion: Olimpia A. (#4) and Felix Perez (#3). Olimpia A. (4-3) smashed visiting Felix Perez (2-5) by 30 points 77-47. Olimpia A. have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Felix Perez lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with five games lost.
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Sol de Amer. - Libertad 118-53

Very significant was Sol de Amer.'s (#1, 7-0) victory against second-best Libertad (3-4) 118-53. Sol de Amer. (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Libertad lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with four games lost.
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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



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  SLOVENIA  


Annamaria Prezelj moves from Celje to Gorzow Wielkopolski - by Zeljko Zule

Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) will continue her career in Poland. Slovenian national team member signed a multi-year contract with AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wielkopolski.
Prezelj spent last three seasons with Athlete Celje. She averaged 21.0 points (ranked second), 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17 WABA League games last season, helped the club to win the title. Prezelj was named Final-Four MVP. She also produced 14.4 points (ranked fifth), 2.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.1 blocks per appearance in 28 Slovenian League games.
Prezelj also won three Slovenian Championship and Cup titles with Athlete Celje and was named MVP of the 2016 European Youth Championship Division B



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  SPAIN  


Spain pip Italy in Mulhouse - by Eurobasket News

Spain - Italy 66-62

Spain narrowly pip Italy in Mulhouse in game 2 of the International Friendly tournament. Spain posted a 66-62 win after a final 15-9 surge.
Spain looked better in the first period and grabbed a 22-11 lead. Later in the game Italy took control posting 23-15 in the second quarter and then 19-14 rally in the third. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) nailed another three for 53-51 lead. In the last period Spain needed however a final push to seal the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: ProDep Management) added 15. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) responded with 15 points in the losing effort.



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  TURKEY  


Turkey outscore Latvia in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Turkey - Latvia 80-72

Turkey won over Latvia 80-72 in the friendly game played in Istanbul. The hosts posted two narrow victories in the first half, while Latvia responded with a 24-20 run in the third period. Due to 24-14 rally in the last stanza, Turkey managed to seal the victory.
Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) top-scored for the winners with 27 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: ProDep Management) netted 12. Bahar Caglar and Olcay Cakr Turgut followed them with 10 points apiece. Kristine Vitola (193-C-91, college: UTEP) ended up with 18 points in a loss. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, college: Siena) produced 11, whilst Aija Putnina (191-F/C-88, agency: ProDep Management) poured in 10.



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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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  WABA  


Annamaria Prezelj moves from Celje to Gorzow Wielkopolski - by Zeljko Zule

Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) will continue her career in Poland. Slovenian national team member signed a multi-year contract with AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wielkopolski.
Prezelj spent last three seasons with Athlete Celje. She averaged 21.0 points (ranked second), 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 17 WABA League games last season, helped the club to win the title. Prezelj was named Final-Four MVP. She also produced 14.4 points (ranked fifth), 2.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.1 blocks per appearance in 28 Slovenian League games.
Prezelj also won three Slovenian Championship and Cup titles with Athlete Celje and was named MVP of the 2016 European Youth Championship Division B



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HARRIS TO HELM LADY WARRIORS AS NEW HEAD COACH - by Willie McCray

INA, Ill. - Former Lady Warrior basketball standout Rebecca Harris (5'8''-G-86, college: Illinois) will be coming back to Ina after a decade of professional playing and coaching. She will be returning to Waugh Gymnasium to become the new head coach of a program she once helped anchor.

A graduate of Mascoutah High School, Harris found a home at Rend Lake as part of the Lady Warrior Basketball team from 2004-06.

At RLC, Harris found success. As a Lady Warrior, she was third in the nation as a sophomore with 23.6 points per game and ninth in assists at 5.6 (in addition to 5.6 rebounds and two steals per outing) while hitting .495 from the floor, .390 from beyond the 3-point arc and .750 from the free throw stripe. Her teams won 19 games both seasons and she earned All-America Honorable Mention distinctions. She was inducted into the RLC Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.

'When I was in high school, I wasn't getting the division one looks I really wanted. I had my sights set on one or two schools. My grades also weren't the best. It was a good lesson to learn. I know first-hand now the importance of keeping up in school, and I tell everyone now to hit the books early,' she explained.
'For me, it was nice to find there were options out there like Rend Lake. It was a great fit. I came to campus, went on a visit. I was just sold on it.'
Following her time in Ina, Harris was recruited by the University of Illinois.
As a Fighting Illini, Harris started 25 games as a senior in 2007-08 for a 20-15 club that was a surprise finalist in the Big Ten Conference Tournament and advanced to the third round of the post-season Women's National Invitational Tournament. She averaged 10.1 ppg, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists and netted 78.8 per cent of her free throws (89-113).
Following school, Harris went overseas to play professionally, logging a decade of professional basketball in a number of different countries, including stints in the Czech Republic, Greece and Poland.

'I spent most of my time oversees playing in Poland. I played for two different teams over there for four years. One team I played for was a Euro League team. That was a highlight. You got to just play against the best of the best, every country. One night you're in Turkey. The next night you're in Russia. I really enjoyed that.'
Harris grew up as a 'military brat,' so traveling the world playing basketball wasn't too far from the world she grew up in, spending the first 14 years of her life in various countries.
'I grew up in Germany, Japan and the Philippines. We moved around quite a bit. We reached Illinois right around the time I was going to hit high school. My parents knew that basketball was going to be a way of life for me. So, they wanted to make sure I had the right opportunities to maximize that,' Harris said.
Here in the states, Harris has kept up a professional basketball presence, playing for the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League's St. Louis Surge She has notched two national championships with the team, and has enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of family members and people who followed her locally.
Her journey into coaching has been another homecoming of sorts. She just wrapped up a stint of being the head coach at her high school alma mater of Mascoutah. She developed a passion for coaching when she took a break from playing professionally to coach at Chipola College in Florida.
Harris said her coaching style is intense and upbeat.

'I like to go fast. I like to go hard. I want my players to be in the other team's face all the time on the defensive side of the ball. We won't get tired. Conditioning is a big thing for me. I want all my players to be able to put 40 minutes in if necessary,' she expressed.

The new Lady Warrior coach said it's an interesting experience to be coming back to coach another program that she once played for.
'It's kind of funny at this point. Luckily I feel familiar with these roots. It lets me relate and share my story with these players. It also helps me show them what's possible. We can have success as a team, and they can have success as players. I know, because I did. It also makes me come in with the attitude of 'this is my house,' and I want to make sure we get back to what it used to be,' Harris expressed.

RLC Athletic Director Tim Wills is also excited to have a former Warrior back on campus. 'We are extremely happy to have Rebecca Harris as our new Head Women's Basketball coach. Rebecca was an outstanding player here at RLC and went on to experience success at the division-one level and professionally after leaving RLC. We are always happy to welcome back one of our own to lead one of our programs,' Wills said. 'We feel like having former student-athletes return to lead our programs provides our current and future student-athletes with a great example of what is possible through hard work on the court and in the classroom. We currently have our Men's Basketball and Baseball programs being led by former student-athletes as well. We know that Coach Harris will be a great addition to our Athletic program and our college community. She will be a hard worker and will help to elevate our women's basketball program to the level we want it to be.'

So, how is she going to make that happen? The new head coach is already busy laying the groundwork for next season. 'Right now, we are in the middle of recruiting. We are looking at some good players. We are hoping to get a few key players that can help us. I'm also focused on looking at our current roster and incoming freshmen that we will have as walk-ons and physical presences. I think the possibilities are there. I'm looking forward to when we can first get in the gym and get things going,' Harris explained

(Created: June 2017 by Rend Lake College)




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Sparks can't hold off Dallas Wings in loss 96-90 - by Eurobasket News

Glory Johnson had a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Sparks 96-90 on Friday night. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Wings (4-5), who had their highest scoring output of the season and snapped a three-game skid. Kayla Thornton also scored 13 points, Theresa Plaisance added 11 and Kaela Davis had 10 for Dallas. Los Angeles (4-3) opened the game with a 17-4 run and didn't trail until midway through the fourth quarter. Thornton's steal and layup -that made it 83-81 with 5:26 to go - came amid a 19-5 run that was capped by a shot-clock violation and then two free throws by Thornton that pushed the Dallas lead to 86-81 with 3:47 left. Odyssey Sims hit a short floater to pull the Sparks within three about a minute later, but Johnson made a putback and assisted on a Diggins-Smith basket to make it 90-83 with 1:22 remaining and Dallas hung on from there. Nneka Ogwumike had 28 points, 13 rebounds and three steals for the Sparks. Candace Parker added 25 points. Los Angeles, the 2016 WNBA champions, didn't lose its third game last season until July 19.
Courtesy of: oianews.com