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  ANGOLA  



Raul Duarte Pleads for Clubs' Comprehension - by Eurobasket News

The under-19 national basketball team coach, Raul Duarte , Saturday in Luanda pleaded for comprehension of the clubs of the players summoned for preparation matches with the national team as the world championship pre-competition programme in Spain has been postponed. Speaking to Angop at the end of one more training session, Raul Duarte deplored that the under-19 national team missed a check-up match in the country due to the absence of Interclube senior team. "I am counting on Interclube next week and I beg for comprehension of managers and coaches of the teams summoned to help with the preparation of the under-19 national team," he said. The national team will resume the preparation sessions on Monday, ahead of a friendly game on Wednesday with Marinha and another on Saturday with Interclube. Angola comes in group D, along with Iran, Italy and reigning champion United States of America. The under-19 world basketball championship will be held in Cairo from 1-9 July this year.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  

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. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 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. Davico, Rocamora4.0 
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. Paletta, Hindu1.6 
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 


Coach Nicolas Casalanguida signs at Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Cordoba (LigaA) landed 38-year old coach Nicolas Casalanguida from Obras Basket.
The previous (15-16) season Casalanguida coached at Regatas Corrientes.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Argentinian LigaA North Group in 2015. Casalanguida received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Coach of the Year award back in 2009, 2013 and 2014.
He has been coaching Argentinian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2017 and coached also U19 National Team in 2013.
Casalanguida has coached previously GECR Indalo.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Comunicaciones celebrate TNA title - by Eurobasket News

Comunicaciones - Estudiantes O. 94-72

Comunicacoines earned TNA title. They rolled past Estudiantes Olavarria in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to capture the trophy. Therefore Comunicaciones earned Liga A promotion. The game was mostly controlled by Comunicaciones. Estudiantes O. managed to win third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes O.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: G.Essengue 28+10reb+1ast, N.Lauria 20+11reb+5ast, G.Torres 10+2reb+1ast, A.Pau 10+6ast, F.Vietta Stechina 9+4reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 7+1reb+1ast
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 15+5reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 14+6reb+1ast, S.Arese 11+4reb+4ast, J.Gamazo 10+5reb, A.Brocal 10+2reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548036





Ramos Mejia celebrate Torneo Federal title - by Eurobasket News

Deportivo Norte A. - Ramos Mejia 74-99

Ramos Mejia celebrated Torneo Federal title. They rallied past Deportivo Norte Armstrong on the road to capture the trophy. The game was mostly controlled by Ramos Mejia. Deportivo Norte A. managed to win second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kevin Jerez Pilotti (186-PG-89) and Sebastian Morales (202-F/C-88) came up with 27 points each to lead the winners. J Torressi responded with 21 points for Deportivo Norte Armstrong.
gschID: 547990





LigaA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Regatas and San Martin enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas C. - Estudiantes C. 76-71

Regatas overcame Estudiantes C. to seal their semifinal appearance. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-18 Estudiantes C.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-71 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes C.Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. Estudiantes C.'s coach Hernan Laginestra rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: J.Slider 16+4reb+2ast, A.Marin 13+7reb+3ast, J.Glynn 13+2reb+1ast, D.Tucker 13+5reb+2ast, J.Justiz 9+12reb+2ast, S.Orresta 5+4reb+3ast
Regatas C.: D.Sims 28+4reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 14+1reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 11+5reb, P.Espinoza 9+8reb+4ast, J.Saiz 6+1reb, C.Troutman 5+9reb
gschID: 548018


Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 100-91

Quilmes MP topped Ferrocarril to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Ferrocarril won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) fired 41 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. International center Kevin Hernandez (204-91) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Martin Cuello (193-93) added 16 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: K.Hernandez 22+6reb+2ast, M.Cuello 16+4reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 15+3reb, M.Aguiar 10+2reb+1ast, F.Balbi 9+3reb+7ast, R.Clemente 8+6reb+6ast
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 41+4reb+7ast, E.Ruiz 17+7reb+2ast, I.Basualdo 11+8reb, L.Vildoza 8+6reb+4ast, T.Robinson 8+1reb+1ast, A.Eslava 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 548017


Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 74-83

San Martin Corrientes upset Olimpico LB to seal their semifinal birth. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Bahamas forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Nesbitt 26+8reb, A.Boccia 22+5reb+3ast, M.Cosolito 9+2reb, F.Van Lacke 5+1reb+1ast, M.Stanic 5+2reb+8ast, J.Williams 4+8reb+1ast
San Martin C.: L.Faggiano 25+1reb+4ast, J.Wood 15+4reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 11+6reb+3ast, M.Lescano 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 8+2reb+4ast, D.Tintorelli 8+3reb
gschID: 548016





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  AUSTRALIA  


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

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

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). He was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 72-59 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. Motum recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This season Motum averages: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(110-187), 3FGP: 49.6%(56-113) and FT: 84.5%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center David Andersen (213-80, currently plays in France). Andersen could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (19-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was edged 70-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Strasbourg IG. Andersen was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year Andersen's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 38.6%, 3FGP: 41.4% in 17 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Nick Kay
Nick Kay
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand). Kay led Sharks to a 3-point victory over the league outsider Hawks (4-14) 89-86 in the New Zealand NBL in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kay recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 6 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kay's second season in pro basketball. SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (12-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kay has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 9.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 18.5% and FT: 83.8%. Former Illawarra Hawks starter played for the Australian U19 national team seven years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #4. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Lietkabelis in their game against Zalgiris (33-3) in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 5 points in 27 minutes. Lietkabelis lost 68-73 in Kaunas to the leading Zalgiris. This year Madgen has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.2apg in 48 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2014.

Mitchell McCarron
Mitchell McCarron
   #5. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Rangers to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rams (10-8) crushing them 102-82 in the New Zealand NBL on Saturday night. McCarron recorded 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his five free throws); not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. James Blond Supercity Rangers (11-7) are placed third in the NBL. McCarron's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. McCarron has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.8spg. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Mitch Norton
Mitch Norton
   #6. Guard Mitch Norton (184-93, currently plays in New Zealand) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nick Kay. But that was another game of his team in New Zealand NBL which we would like to mention. Norton contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (11-7) 101-83. He recorded 8 points and added 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (12-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Norton's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team five years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Golden State Warriors (67-15) crushing them 137-116 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Irving recorded 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 41 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Irving averages: 25.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg in 89 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) could not help Giants (4-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Giants lost 65-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Rangers. Adnam was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 passes in 31 minutes. It was Giants' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Adnam has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.6apg in 11 games.

   #3. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Giants (4-14) 82-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Wellington Saints (18-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Duinker has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian.

   #4. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to a 3-point Sharks' victory against the league outsider Hawks (4-14) 89-86 in the New Zealand NBL on Sunday night. Hunter recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (12-6) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Hunter's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 5.1rpg in 16 games.

   #5. Bradwyn Guinto (198-F, currently plays in Philippines) was not able to help Globalport in their game against B.Ginebra (9-2) in the Filipino PBA. Guinto cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Globalport lost 85-96 in Manila to the second-ranked B.Ginebra. This year Guinto's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg in four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Filipino.

   #6. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Hawks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Mountain Airs 85-73 in the New Zealand NBL on Friday night. Tolovae recorded 9 points and added 4 assists. Tolovae has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He has both Australian and New Zealand nationalities.



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  AUSTRIA  


Coach Mitchell is back at BBU Salzburg - by Eurobasket News

BBU Salzburg (2.Bundesliga) signed 48-year old naturalized American coach Aaron Mitchell. It is actually his comeback to Salzburg as he used to coach here before. The last time (14-15) he played at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mitchell's team won Austrian Cup in 2009. He was selected to Coach Assistant: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game back in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Mitchell used to coach Bahrain National Team back in 2015.
Mitchell has coached also professionally in Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, Lebanon (Beirut), Turkey, Austria (Mattersb.49ers) and Bahrain (Al Ahli).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  


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

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Olimpico de La Banda (32-24) in their last game. Despite Nesbitt's very good performance the fourth-placed Olimpico de La Banda (32-24) lost 74-83 on the road to the leading San Martin Corrientes in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Nesbitt also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. This year Nesbitt averages: 9.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(102-180), 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 81.8% in 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in France). Burrows was not able to help Provence Basket (22-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Provence Basket lost 74-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Nantes. Burrows was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Burrows' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(47-78) and FT: 71.4% in 12 games. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Tavario Miller (203-94, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Mexico). Miller led Pioneros Los Mochis to a victory against the closely-ranked Frayles de Guasave (18-20) 84-76 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Miller's first season in pro basketball. Pioneros de Los Mochis (19-19) is placed fifth in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Miller has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 11.8% and FT: 77.1%. Miller played for the Bahamas national team two years ago.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #4. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zornotza (17-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zornotza lost 66-71 in Valladolid to the lower-ranked (#7) Blancos de Rueda. Cadot had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 15 rebounds in 37 minutes. It's Cadot's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. Cadot is also Bahamas national team player.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31) 118-113 in the NBA last Wednesday. Thompson scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 67-15 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Buddy Hield (193-G-93) plays for Sacramento Kings in the NBA
Zane Knowles (208-C-92) plays for Wilki Morskie in Polish PLK
Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93) plays for SPO Rouen in French ProB
Van Hutchinson (193-G) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kevin Cooper (201-F-97) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Jordan Wilson (193-PF-96) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) plays for BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga
Trevon Grant (185-G) plays for Acadia University in Canadian university league CIS
Shamar Burrows (190-G-97) plays for Laurier University in Canadian university league CIS
Quinn Brown (188-G) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS

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



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Ubel, Brussels14.0 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 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, Brussels6.7 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.1 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 9. Simmons, Brussels6.0 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .4.9 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Punter, Antwerp1.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 5. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 9. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 10. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
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 


Darnell Harris is a newcomer at Liege - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Darnell Harris (203-105kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State). He played most recently at Spirou in the Euromillions League. In 42 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.2rpg last season. Harris helped them to win the group title. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 5.5ppg and 2.0rpg.
Harris received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Harris graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

betFIRST Liege Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Milos Bojovic
Terry Deroover

Forwards:
Louis Hazard
Darnell Harris

Coach: Laurent Constantiello

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liege signs Milos Bojovic - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) signed experienced 36-year old Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 4.2rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Bojovic's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Bojovic has played also professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Montenegro, Ukraine (Halychyna) and Serbia (Atlas, Sloga, FMP Beograd and Zeleznicar Indjija).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Liege.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Akyazili is back at Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

Port of Antwerp Giants (Euromillions League) signed 20-year old Belgian international point guard Thomas Akyazili (188-97). It is actually his comeback to Antwerp Giants as he has played here before. Akyazili played last time for Colorado (NCAA). In 33 games he had 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg in 2015-16 season.
The previous (14-15) season Akyazili played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) where in 21 games he recorded just 2.2ppg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belgian D2 Rookie of the Year. Akyazili also played 6 games where he averaged only 2.5ppg and 1.0rpg.
Akyazili has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team between 2014 and 2015.
Akyazili also represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 13.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.3%.
As mentioned above Akyazili is just out of college, so it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Euromillions League Round 3 of Finals. Brussels record first victory - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Brussels 78-93

Brussels fired past Oostende on the road to cut the deficit in the title series. Basic-Fit Brussels made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Oostende outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 34-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard TJ Bray (196-92, college: Princeton) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 13 points and 7 assists and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Oostende. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and four Oostende players scored in double figures. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 16+2reb+3ast, P.Gillet 14+7reb, D.Djordjevic 13+4reb+7ast, J.Salumu 12+2reb+1ast, V.Kesteloot 6+1reb+1ast, C.Walden 5+2reb+2ast
Brussels: B.Ubel 18+2reb+2ast, T.Bray 18+6reb+2ast, C.Dowe 15+1reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 13+3reb+4ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+2reb+2ast, D.Loubry 11+6ast
gschID: 547796





Limburg United signs Tate Unruh, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) signed 27-year old American guard Tate Unruh (193-79kg-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg. Unruh helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Marso Nyiregyhazi KK in Hungarian A Division where in 35 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Unruh's college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Ringwood Hawks).
Unruh attended University of Northern Colorado until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interview with player Gael Hulsen - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90) former player of EN Baskets Schwelm (Germany-Regionalliga) gave an interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

I started to play basketball with my cousin when I was 10yo for fun and I recognized that I m good at it. Quickly I signed for the young team of Verviers Pepinster. At the age of 17 I graduated, I had the opportunity to sign pro with the Spirou Charleroi. I decided to accept the offer and began my pro carrier. Basketball was and still is my hobby and life, I just can be thankful for it.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.


It's hard and stressful sometimes. All the leagues and countries have their own timing to start their championships. So all the offers come at different times and it's the same for trials. It's sometimes sad to receive an offer for a better situation or more money and be under contract signed few days or weeks ago.A lot of players accept really low payed contracts. This is bad for the business. Some clubs with low budgets risk to sign cheap players and find the golden player of the season but the players usually don't fit for the job.I think a player needs to be aware of his potential and know how much he deserves for his services and stick to it.

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?

My first game in BBL England was my best game so far. It was my first game out of my country and I was a lil bit nervous but really confident about what I will show that night.I had close 30 points and I showed my team that it was maybe a risk to sign a young man like I was but they made the good choice.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

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Tate Unruh signs at Limburg United - by Koen Verbelen

Hubo Limburg United landed 26-year old American guard Tate Unruh (193-G-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports).
The American guard comes from Finnish team Kauhajoen Karhu where he averaged 13.2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game
Unruh has played previously for three other teams: Ringwood Hawks, Marso and Kauhajoen Karhu.
He attended University of Northern Colorado until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Unruh is a smart point guard with a great vision.



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Coach Vedran Bosnic leaves Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

41-year old naturalized Bosnian coach Vedran Bosnic left Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan). Bosnic has coached there for the last nine years.
Among other achievements Bosnic won Swedish Basketligan championship title for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Bosnic has been coaching Swedish Senior National Team between 2014 and 2017, and coached also University National Team between 2013 and 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  


Liga Ouro Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Botafogo advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Blumenau - Botafogo F.R. 69-74

Botafogo outgunned Blumenau to secure the championship series birth. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Blumenau turnovers. Strangely Blumenau outrebounded Botafogo F.R. 37-25 including 28 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Blumenau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. The other American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) replied with 21 points and Luiz Semmke (197-92) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Blumenau.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: W.Russell 16+4reb+4ast, J.Smith 14+1reb+5ast, A.Filho 12+2reb+1ast, D.Correa 11+1reb, G.Ruiz 5+1ast, P.Flowers 5+1reb+1ast
Blumenau: D.Stocks 21+1reb+3ast, L.Semmke 14+6reb+2ast, D.Silva 10+8reb, T.Gaines 7+5reb+1ast, B.Lazzaris 7+11reb+2ast, R.Vieira 6+3reb
gschID: 548035


Joinville - Contagem 69-65

Joinville held off Contagem to even the series at 2-2. Joinville forced 23 Contagem turnovers. Contagem was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Andre Pereira (206-79) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Joinville players scored in double figures. Joinville's coach George Salles let to play all 12 players in such tough game. At the losing side guard Thiago Perez (191-82) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Joinville: A.Pereira 20+2reb+1ast, F.Vezaro 12+6reb, J.Froehlich 12+6reb+5ast, M.Dias 10+4reb+1ast, L.Vezaro 6+1reb+1ast, A.Mendes 4+2reb+3ast
Contagem: W.Sena 16+1reb, T.Perez 13+7reb+3ast, E.Romualdo 9+2reb+4ast, V.De Gusmao 9+4reb+2ast, R.Maistro 7+4reb, F.Alvim 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 547900





Jonathan Maciel agreed with Londrina - by Paulo Freire

The Londrina Esporte Clube team hit the signing of Jonathan Maciel (94) for the remainder of the Parana Cup.

Jonathan in recent years has been the highlight of Paulista State D2 League with great performances playing by the Assis Basket team.

Jonathan is a shooting guard that can help bring the ball up, as he can also play the Point Guard position.

With that sign, Londrina Esporte Clube will have more offensive weapons, especially behind the 3 point line.

Head Coach Bruno Lopes will probably start the line-up of Londrina with: Jonathan Maciel, Nathanael Nascimento, Ricardo Azevedo, Wilmar Borges and Irving Pereira.



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Orleans add MBida to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old Cameroonian center Junior MBida (204-90). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played last season at Lille Metropole Basket in French ProB. In 24 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg. MBida also played that season for JDA Dijon where in 12 ProA games he averaged 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Olympique Antibes, Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Monaco and SO Maritime Boulogne.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kyle McAlarney

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Gaylor Curier

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Chilean Libcentro Pro round 7 best performance: Francisco Pena - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Francisco Pena (187-G/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Puente Alto, receiving a Latinbasket.com Libcentro Pro Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Brisas (#4, 3-3) 87-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Puente Alto to consolidate first place in the Chilean Libcentro Pro. Puente Alto have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Pena had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Puente Alto, through which he has constantly improved. Francisco Pena averages this season 15.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Sascha Frings (202-F/C-86) of Brisas. Frings had a very good evening with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Brisas lost that game 79-87 to the higher-ranked Puente Alto (#1, 6-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Brisas still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Frings is one of the most experienced players at Brisas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#1). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Elias Donoso (86) of Sergio Ceppi (#8). Donoso scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Donoso's great performance Sergio Ceppi lost 68-73 to the higher-ranked Aleman (#5, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sergio Ceppi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Donoso he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Donoso has individually a great season in Chile. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcelo Perez (193-G-99) of Liceo Curico - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jose Ignacio Collao (194-F/G-87) of Puente Alto - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Francisco Garrido (88) of Aleman - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Paulo Andrade (174-G-93) of Arturo Prat - 26 points and 4 rebounds
8. Nicolas Rodriguez (202-C-91) of Sergio Ceppi - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mauricio Rebolledo (94) of Liceo Curico - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Antonio Pinedo (195-F-94) of Puente Alto - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Arinze Onuaku is a newcomer at Hunan - by Eurobasket News

Hunan (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American power forward Arinze Onuaku (206-116kg-87, college: Syracuse). He played most recently at Orlando Magic in the NBA. But in 8 games he recorded just 0.5ppg last season.
In 2012 (two years after he left the college) Onuaku was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in fourth round (53rd overall).
He attended Syracuse University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Onuaku's team was regular season runner-up in PBA Commissioner's Cup in 2016. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Commissioner's Cup Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
Onuaku is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Onuaku has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Lithuania (Neptunas), Philippines (Meralco Bolts and SM Beermen), NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers), D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Erie Bay Hawks and Canton Charge) and China (Fly Dragons).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @_tandemse)

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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 Break26.8 
 3. Roberson, Condores19.6 
 4. Coombs, Sabios19.4 
 5. Smith, Sabios18.8 
 6. Gurley, Caciques16.6 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.5 
 8. Balbuena, Academia16.5 
 9. Carraway, Cimar.14.0 
 10. Sandidge, Aguilas13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.5 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas9.8 
 4. Almanza, Condores9.0 
 5. Quinones, Academia8.8 
 6. Romero, Piratas8.3 
 7. Cornelius, Caciques8.2 
 8. Ortiz, Fast Break7.6 
 9. Coombs, Sabios7.2 
 10. Haughton, Academia6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julio VELANDIA
  Aguilas
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Velandia, Aguilas6.4 
 2. Smith, Sabios5.6 
 3. Murray, Academia4.9 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.4 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones4.1 
 6. Coombs, Sabios4.1 
 7. Granados, Academia4.0 
 8. Reyes, Caciques3.8 
 9. Caicedo, Cimar.3.6 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.8 
 2. Murray, Academia2.3 
 3. Moreno, Cimarrones2.3 
 4. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 5. Renteria, Cimar.2.0 
 6. Ortiz, Fast Break1.8 
 7. Cornelius, Caciques1.6 
 8. Diaz, Condores1.6 
 9. Rivera, Sabios1.6 
 10. McCoy, Condores1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Frisco SANDIDGE
  Aguilas
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sandidge, Aguilas1.7 
 2. Cornelius, Caciques1.2 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.2 
 4. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 5. Quinones, Academia1.0 
 6. Bermudez, Condores0.9 
 7. Hernandez, Cimar.0.8 
 8. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.8 
 9. Jones, Sabios0.8 
 10. Asprilla, Caciques0.7 


PBD Round 10: Leader Fast Break gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Fast Break delivered the seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Caciques (4-4) 73-57 in Bogota. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. International forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Fast Break (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position. Caciques at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will play at home against Patriotas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bogota was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academia (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Piratas (3-7). Academia defeated Piratas 81-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Divier Perez contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) replied with 19 points for Piratas. Academia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Cimarrones. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will play against league's second-placed Sabios in Manizales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Piratas will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Boyaca was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cimarrones (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Patriotas (3-7). Cimarrones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. John Hernandez had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Cimarrones' coach Plinio Rosero used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Frisco Sandidge responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cimarrones moved-up to third place, which they share with Academia. Loser Patriotas keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones will meet Condores (#7) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Caciques in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Manizales. Local Sabios (6-4) outscored 7th ranked Condores (3-7) 89-67. Ashton Smith notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios maintains second position with 6-4 record behind leader Fast Break. Condores lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Sabios' next round opponent will be Academia (#3) in Montana, which may be the game of the day. Condores will play at home against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Sabios - Condores 89-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Manizales. Local Sabios (6-4) outscored 7th ranked Condores (3-7) 89-67. The game without a history. Sabios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Condores' players. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) notched 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Canadian guard Shamar Coombs (185-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Sabios players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Ryan McCoy (183-87, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) did not help to save the game for Condores. International forward Luis Almanza (196-91) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sabios maintains second position with 6-4 record behind leader Fast Break. Condores lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Sabios' next round opponent will be Academia (#3) in Montana, which may be the game of the day. Condores will play at home against Cimarrones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sabios: A.Smith 20+9reb+5ast, R.Rivera 19+1reb+3ast, S.Coombs 12+7reb+7ast, D.Castro 11+5reb, J.Velez 11+10reb+4ast, K.Jones 5+4reb+2ast
Condores: H.Diaz 15+6reb, R.McCoy 15+6reb+7ast, L.Almanza 13+9reb+2ast, V.Bermudez 9+8reb+2ast, D.Balanta 5+1reb, L.Roberson 3+2reb
gschID: 547225


Piratas - Academia 65-81

The game in Bogota was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Academia (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Piratas (3-7). Academia defeated Piratas 81-65. The game was mostly controlled by Academia. Piratas was better in third quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Piratas' 28. They outrebounded Piratas 44-31 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Academia players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Piratas' players. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-90, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). The former international power forward Divier Perez (201-89) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Gerson Pena (186-86) replied with 19 points and Venezuelan forward Jhon Romero (199-85) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Piratas. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Academia have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Fast Break, which they share with Cimarrones. Piratas at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aguilas and Condores. Academia will play against league's second-placed Sabios in Manizales in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Piratas will play on the road against the league's leader Fast Break (#1) in Bogota and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Academia: T.Murray 20+4reb+6ast, D.Perez 15+7reb+2ast, G.Diaz 10+5reb+3ast, J.Fajardo 10+5reb, A.Arango 8+6reb+2ast, S.Granados 7+6reb+7ast
Piratas: G.Pena 19+3reb+1ast, J.Romero 13+7reb+1ast, B.Givens 13+5reb, J.Mendoza 10+6reb, A.Nunez 7+5reb+2ast, D.Hernandez 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 547226


Aguilas - Cimarrones 65-83

The game in Boyaca was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Cimarrones (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Patriotas (3-7). Cimarrones did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. Cimarrones dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Patriotas' 26 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Cimarrones forced 24 Patriotas turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including a 23-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center John Hernandez (207-84) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Amir Carraway (198-91, college: Chico St.) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Cimarrones' coach Plinio Rosero used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Frisco Sandidge (198-87, college: Delaware St.) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Cimarrones moved-up to third place, which they share with Academia. Loser Patriotas keep the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Piratas and Condores. Cimarrones will meet Condores (#7) in the next round. Patriotas will play against Caciques in Valleduparnga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cimarrones: R.Caicedo 19+4reb+4ast, A.Carraway 18+7reb+3ast, J.Hernandez 13+17reb+1ast, E.Moreno 8+6reb+3ast, L.Cardona 6+1reb, J.Hardy 6+2reb+1ast
Aguilas: F.Sandidge 18+6reb+2ast, D.Joyner 14+7reb+3ast, J.Pardo 10+6reb+5ast, A.Bivins 8+1reb+1ast, J. Lopez 6+4reb+1ast, J.Velandia 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 547223


Fast Break - Caciques 73-57

Leader Fast Break delivered the seventh win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Caciques (4-4) 73-57 in Bogota. The former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-81, college: Valparaiso) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. International forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Fast Break's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Freddy Asprilla (208-88, college: Canisius) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fast Break (7-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Fast Break maintains first position. Caciques at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. Fast Break are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Piratas (#8) in Bogota in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caciques will play at home against Patriotas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fast Break: S.Ortiz 33+5reb+1ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 12+5reb+1ast, H.Uhegwu 10+2reb+1ast, L.Julio 6+8reb, B.Vargas 3, M.Sneed 3+7reb+1ast
Caciques: A.Gurley 12+6reb+1ast, D.Reyes 11+3reb, F.Asprilla 10+8reb+1ast, M.Bermudez 8+3reb+1ast, J.Jaimes 5+4reb, M.Cornelius 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547224





Colombian PBD round 9 best performance: Shamar Coombs - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Guard Shamar Coombs (185-G-86) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Sabios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Condores (#7, 3-7) 92-84. Sabios maintains the 2nd position in Colombian PBD. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sabios will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Coombs has many years of experience at Sabios, through which he has constantly improved. Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi star has very solid stats this year. Coombs is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.2rpg) and assists (6th best: 4.1apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old former international guard Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of league's leader Fast Break. Ortiz had a very good evening with 33 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he led Fast Break to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Caciques (#5, 4-4) 84-62. Of course Fast Break still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Ortiz is one of the most experienced players at Fast Break and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#2). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sabios' star - Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-G-89). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Sabios, helping his team with a 92-84 win against the lower-ranked Condores (#7, 3-7). Sabios needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Smith has a great season in Colombia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.6apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) of Academia - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Condores - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) of Academia - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dallis Joyner (203-F/C-90) of Aguilas - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Cimarrones - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Piratas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Ashton Smith claims Colombian PBD weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Ashton Smith (187-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Sabios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Sabios in his team's victory, helping them to crush Condores (#7, 3-7) with 22-point margin 89-67. Sabios maintains the 2nd position in Colombian PBD. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sabios will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Smith just recently signed at Sabios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.8ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Canadian point guard Tyler Murray (195-PG-90) of Academia. Murray impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Academia to another comfortable win 81-65 over the lower-ranked Piratas (#8, 3-7) being unquestionably team leader. Academia's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Murray is one of the most experienced players at Academia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Sabios' star - American Ricardo Rivera (190-G-91). Rivera scored 19 points. He was another key player of Sabios, helping his team with a 89-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Condores (#7, 3-7). Sabios needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Rivera has a very solid season. In 10 games in Colombia he scored 6.8ppg. Ricardo Rivera has also Colombian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91) of Cimarrones - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. John Hernandez (207-C-84) of Cimarrones - 13 points and 17 rebounds
6. John Velez (202-F-83) of Sabios - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81) of Fast Break - 33 points and 5 rebounds
8. Rodrigo Caicedo (180-PG-88) of Cimarrones - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ryan McCoy (183-PG-87) of Condores - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Valencia Bermudez (97) of Condores - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE  


Orleans sign Loic Akono - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) signed 30-year old naturalized Congolese point guard Loic Akono (176-87). He has played for the last two seasons at Provence Basket in the ProB. In 28 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akono won French ProB championship title in 2011 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention back in 2008 and 2014.
Akono has played previously for five other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Etendard de Brest, JSF Nanterre, SO Maritime Boulogne and Lille Metropole.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Kyle McAlarney

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Gaylor Curier

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBS Round 12: Leader ARBA gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the tenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Abogados (1-10) 100-64 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Abogados' 22. ARBA forced 20 Abogados turnovers and outrebounded them 56-20 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Abogados' players. The best player for the winners was international forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jose Esquivel who recorded 15 points. Undefeated ARBA (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Abogados at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Abogados will play against Perez Zeledon (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Escazu (8-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-6). Escazu smashed Perez Zeledon 109-63. Escazu maintains third position with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Escazu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Abogados (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked U Costa Rica (3-8). Barva smashed U Costa Rica 97-44 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Justin Dobbins who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Andres Flohr with 8 points and 10 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. Barva have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader ARBA. U Costa Rica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Barva will meet at home league's leader ARBA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U Costa Rica will play against Grecia (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 12 U Latina was crushed by Grecia in a road game 86-51.
The best stats of 12th round was 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by George Letford of Grecia.

Perez Zeledon - Escazu 63-109

The game in supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Escazu (8-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Perez Zeledon (4-6). Escazu smashed Perez Zeledon 109-63. Escazu maintains third position with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader ARBA. Perez Zeledon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Escazu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perez Zeledon will play against Abogados (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 545916


Grecia - U Latina 86-51

There was no surprise when 6th ranked U Latina (3-6) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Grecia (5-4) 86-51 on Sunday. Grecia forced 24 U Latina turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marquis Aaron (196, college: Bellevue) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman George Letford (185-91) who added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Aldrick Lennon with 8 points and 12 rebounds and guard Milton Jimenez (-95) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grecia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-4 record. Loser U Latina keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Grecia will meet at home U Costa Rica (#7) in the next round. U Latina will play against Liberia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
U Latina: A.Mason 14+3reb, M.Jimenez 10+7reb+1ast, A.Lennon 8+12reb, J.Solano 6+5reb+5ast, O.Barquero 5+6reb, J.De Dios Lopez 4+4reb+1ast
Grecia: M.Aaron 29+12reb+4ast, G.Letford 23+10reb+4ast, M.Castillo 15+3reb, L.Jara 6+6reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 4+3reb+3ast, M.Bogantes 4+3ast
gschID: 545919


U Costa Rica - Barva 44-97

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Barva (9-1) played at the court of 7th ranked U Costa Rica (3-8). Barva smashed U Costa Rica 97-44 on Saturday. Barva dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to U Costa Rica's 20 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game, while U Costa Rica only scored 0 point from the stripe. Barva forced 25 U Costa Rica turnovers and outrebounded them 54-38 including a 45-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Justin Dobbins (203-87, college: E.Michigan, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian Amir Alvarado (198-84, college: Marshalltown CC) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Barva players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Andres Flohr (195-94) with 8 points and 10 rebounds and Jose Palma (-91) scored 6 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. Barva have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-1 record behind leader ARBA. U Costa Rica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Barva will meet at home league's leader ARBA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. U Costa Rica will play against Grecia (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
U Costa Rica: R.Allen 9+1reb, A.Flohr 8+10reb, A.Villalobos 8+1reb+4ast, J.Palma 6+6reb+3ast, F.Sequeira 5+2reb, L.Hernandez 3+1reb
Barva: J.Dobbins 24+15reb+4ast, I.Mack 16+2reb+3ast, A.Alvarado 15+7reb+2ast, C.Quesada 11+7reb+4ast, J.Chacon 8+2reb, M.Chacon 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545918


ARBA - Abogados 100-64

Undefeated leader ARBA delivered the tenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Abogados (1-10) 100-64 in San Jose. ARBA dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Abogados' 22. ARBA forced 20 Abogados turnovers and outrebounded them 56-20 including a 16-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Abogados' players. The best player for the winners was international forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Isaac Conejo (182-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. ARBA's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jose Esquivel who recorded 15 points and Jose Chacon added 12 points respectively. Four Abogados players scored in double figures. ARBA (10-0) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Abogados at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. ARBA are looking forward to face league's second-placed Barva on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Abogados will play against Perez Zeledon (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Abogados: J.Esquivel 15+2ast, J.Chacon 12+1reb+2ast, B.Sandi 10+2reb+2ast, R.Little 10+2reb+2ast, S.Hall 6+5reb, J.Bustamante 3+2reb
ARBA: A.Ripool 31+12reb+1ast, I.Conejo 20+5reb+13ast, L.Conejo 12+2reb+2ast, T.Armstrong 8+9reb+3ast, J.Anderson 7+6reb+1ast, G.Allen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545917





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  CROATIA  


Cedevita to finalise deal wth coach Jure Zdovc - by Zeljko Zule

It is not official yet, but everything points to the direction that Jure Zdovc will be the next head coach of the Croatian serial champion Cedevita, while the announcement is being expected within the following days. According to Croatian media, the two sides have agreed upon everything and Zdovc will take over the team.
Zdovc started his coaching career in 1997 with Comet Slovenske Konjice. He has already led Geoplin Slovan and Union Olimpija in his native Slovenia, Split in Croatia, Iraklis and AEK Athens in Greece, Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spartak St.Petersburg in Russia and Royal Hali Gaziantep in Turkey.
He was also a head of the Slovenian national team at Eurobasket 2009 and from 2014 through 2015.



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Viktoras Ieronymidis signs at Apoel - by Chris Mammides

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Division A) landed 22-year old former Cypriot international swingman Viktoras Ieronymidis (200-100kg-95). just graduated from St.Martin's (NCAA2). Ieronymidis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Ieronymidis received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2011 at his college time.
Ieronymidis was also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. He played for Cypriot Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U16 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
Ieronymidis also represented Cyprus at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 62.5%.
Ieronymidis has played previously for Keravnos Strovolou where he begun his basketball career through the basketball academies of the Strovolos team.
His game is described as: (By Chris Mammides 2010)
Viktoras is among the few Cypriot players of his age whose target is to become professional Basketball player. He is a fast learner and a very tough worker. He got some good inches in the last couple of years and his body became quite physical for the forward positions. He loves the game and he is willing to sacrifice everything else in his life for basketball. He can score inside and out with the same simplicity. He's a valuable offensive force who can rebound, run the floor and shoot from the wing as his quick hands helps him quite a lot. He is better than average passer as he began playing Basketball in Strovolos at the guard positions. He needs to improve his defense and to add some more muscles to become the perfect forward. Eurobasket.com believes that Viktoras will become one of the best forwards in the island
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keravnos sign Christos Loizidis - by Chris Mammides

Keravnos Strovolou (Division A) signed 26-year old international center Christos Loizidis (207-91) from Etha. In 20 Division A games he had 3.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Cyprus League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Loizidis played at Apoel where in 15 Division A games he recorded just 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Loizidis won Greek B Division South Group championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2013.
Loizidis has been also a member of Cypriot international program for some years. He played for Cypriot senior team this year and previously for Military National Team in 2011.
Loizidis represented Cyprus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg.
Loizidis has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca and Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol) and Greece (P.Faliro, Aias Evosmou, Doukas and Ikaros Academies).

Keravnos is strengthening its local player's roster and due to its European duties for the first time after a decade Coach Livadiotis wants to give another character to the Strovolos Team..

Keravnos Strovolou roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Georgios Neophytou
Kenny Barker

Forwards:
Nikolaos Stylianou

Center:
Christos Loizidis

Coach: Christoforos Livadiotis

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Myles Mack agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) inked 24-year old American point guard Myles Mack (175-77kg-93, college: Rutgers). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg last season. Mack helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to All-Imports Team.
Mack graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bucks' NBA D-League team announces name - by Eurobasket News

Back in February, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that Oshkosh, Wisconsin would be the home of the organization's new NBA D-League affiliate. As ground was broken on a new downtown Oshkosh arena and the parent franchise geared up for a playoff appearance, speculation swirled regarding what the newest NBA Developmental League organization was to be called. The team solicited ideas from fans, and we even tossed a few suggestions out there. Thursday, the D-League organization announced in a press release that the team will be called Wisconsin Herd. According to the team, 'The Wisconsin Herd name reflects the Bucks brand while representing the Bucks as a statewide organization from the top down.'
Courtesy of: milwaukeerecord.com



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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. Guzman, Soles SD20.7 
 3. Santana, Titanes .20.5 
 4. Rembert, Titanes .19.2 
 5. Gaines, Metros S.18.9 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.18.7 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM18.7 
 8. Bailey, Reales LV18.2 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD18.0 
 10. Foster, Huracane.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Leones SD
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Araujo, Leones SD11.6 
 2. Santana, Titanes .9.7 
 3. Mitchell, Metros S.8.8 
 4. Jones, Caneros LR8.8 
 5. Suero, Indios SFM8.7 
 6. McCombs, Soles SD8.5 
 7. Horford, Titanes .8.3 
 8. Louis, Soles SD8.0 
 9. Rhett, Leones SD7.9 
 10. Glenn, Metros S.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Elias SOLIMAN
  Caner.
  (--)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Soliman, Caner.4.7 
 2. Carter, Huracane.4.5 
 3. Ruiz, Soles SD4.4 
 4. Fortuna, Leones SD4.4 
 5. De-Leon, Metros S.4.3 
 6. Glenn, Metros S.4.1 
 7. Suero, Indios SFM4.0 
 8. Dicent, Metros S.4.0 
 9. Miller, Leones SD4.0 
 10. Suero, Indios SFM3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Caneros LR
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Caneros LR2.4 
 2. Rose, Huracanes PP2.2 
 3. Valdez, Huracane.2.0 
 4. Suero, Indios SFM2.0 
 5. Louis, Soles SD1.7 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Metros S.1.3 
 8. Williams, Caner.1.3 
 9. Gaines, Metros S.1.3 
 10. Jones, Caneros LR1.3 
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. McCombs, Soles SD1.3 
 4. Horford, Titanes .1.2 
 5. Evangelista, Caner.1.2 
 6. Garcia, Indios SFM1.0 
 7. Freeman, Caner.1.0 
 8. Rhett, Leones SD0.9 
 9. Louis, Soles SD0.8 
 10. Garcia, Caneros LR0.8 


LNB Round 5: Leones SD keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leones SD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leones SD defeated 5th ranked Titanes Licey in Santo Domingo 105-90. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leones SD looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 19 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones SD (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Titanes Licey will play next round against strong Metros STGO trying to get back on the winning streak. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata.
Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Huracanes PP (2-4) 105-104 on Thursday evening. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) saved the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) answered with 21 points and 7 assists for Huracanes PP. Huracanes PP's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santo Domingo: Leones SD (#2) and Soles SD (#6). Leones SD (6-1) won against visiting Soles SD (2-4) 85-77. Giancarlos Acosta stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Manuel Guzman responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Leones SD. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Soles SD dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Leones SD will meet at home Huracanes PP (#5) in the next round. Soles SD will play against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Metros STGO faced 4th placed Huracanes PP. Guests from Santiago (5-2) defeated host Huracanes PP (2-4) 91-84. Robert Glenn nailed 31 points for the winning side. Huracanes PP's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#4) in San Cristobal. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hope to win that game.
The game in La Vega was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Reales LV (1-5). Indios SFM managed to secure a 5-point victory 106-101 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Gerardo Suero who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Reales LV lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Indios SFM will face Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Reales LV will play at home against Soles SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Caneros LR defeated Soles SD in La Romana 98-89.

Huracanes PP - Metros STGO 84-91

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Puerto Plata. Third ranked Metros STGO faced 4th placed Huracanes PP. Guests from Santiago (5-2) defeated host Huracanes PP (2-4) 91-84. It looked good early as Huracanes PP took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Metros STGO had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and Huracanes PP was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. American Robert Glenn (203-89, college: IUPUI) nailed 31 points for the winning side and power forward Amaury Filion (206-81) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican Kevin Foster (203-89, college: Fresno St., agency: Haylett Sports) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for Huracanes PP in the defeat. Huracanes PP's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Metros STGO maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Metros STGO's next round opponent will be Titanes Licey (#4) in San Cristobal. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: K.Foster 21+6reb+2ast, K.Beidler 17+2reb+1ast, M.Carter 11+4reb+6ast, L.Jacobo 9+3reb, W.Rose 9+6reb+1ast, A.Montas 8+1reb
Metros STGO: R.Glenn 31+4reb+1ast, A.Filion 15+7reb, F.Gaines 11+4reb+5ast, N.Morillo 10+1reb+1ast, A.De Leon 8+5reb+6ast, M.Dicent 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546045


Leones SD - Titanes Licey 105-90

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Leones SD as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leones SD defeated 5th ranked Titanes Licey in Santo Domingo 105-90. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 53-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Leones SD looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish center Jhonatan Araujo (208-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 19 points and naturalized Spanish power forward Edward Santana (203-80) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Leones SD and four Titanes Licey players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leones SD (6-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Titanes Licey lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Titanes Licey will play next round against strong Metros STGO trying to get back on the winning streak. Leones SD will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Huracanes PP in Puerto Plata.
Top scorers:
Titanes Licey: P.Rembert 19+2reb+2ast, J.Horford 13+6reb+2ast, C.Perez 13+4reb+1ast, J.Siggers 13+4reb+2ast, E.Santana 9+8reb+5ast, D.Moquete 9+1reb+2ast
Leones SD: J.Araujo 31+12reb+2ast, M.Rhett 17+4reb+1ast, P.Miller 16+1reb+3ast, E.Fortuna 13+1reb+6ast, T.Daniels 12+9reb+4ast, G.Acosta 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 546044


Reales LV - Indios SFM 101-106

The game in La Vega was also quite interesting. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Reales LV (1-5). Indios SFM managed to secure a 5-point victory 106-101 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Indios SFM made 30-of-33 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Reales LV outrebounded Indios SFM 45-30 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Indios SFM looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Reales LV was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) who scored 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Ollie Bailey (201-85, college: Oklahoma City) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American Antonio Pena (204-86, college: Villanova) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Reales LV lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Indios SFM will face Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Reales LV will play at home against Soles SD and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Reales LV: O.Bailey 21+11reb+1ast, A.Pena 19+2reb+3ast, V.Martinez 13+6reb+4ast, R.Beato 12+1reb+1ast, A.Okosun 12+10reb, Y.Minaya 10+3reb+2ast
Indios SFM: G.Suero 34+7reb+8ast, J.Miguel Suero 22+6reb+5ast, A.Gibbs 14+5reb+2ast, F.Garcia 11+1ast, T.Shannon 11+6reb+2ast, C.De La Rosa 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546042


Soles SD - Caneros LR 89-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Santo Domingo where 6th ranked Soles SD (2-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Caneros LR (2-4) 98-89 on Saturday. Caneros LR outrebounded Soles SD 51-36 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Austin Freeman (194-89, college: Georgetown) chipped in 20 points. Puerto Rican guard Hector Maldonado (185-91, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Caneros LR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Soles SD. Caneros LR will face league's second-placed Indios SFM in San Francisco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soles SD will play on the road against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: H.Maldonado 32+6reb+4ast, M.Guzman 21+4reb+2ast, A.Louis 20+10reb, D.McCombs 6+7reb+1ast, R.Tamarez 6+1reb, B.Martinez 2+1reb
Caneros LR: T.Gilder 27+8reb+4ast, A.Freeman 20+3reb+1ast, R.Scott 16+2reb+1ast, M.Evangelista 9+9reb, A.Williams 8+8reb+2ast, E.Soliman 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546043


Indios SFM - Huracanes PP 105-104

Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked Indios SFM (5-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 4th placed Huracanes PP (2-4) 105-104 on Thursday evening. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Naturalized American guard Gerardo Suero (196-89, college: Albany) saved the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan-Miguel Suero (198-93) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Maurice Carter (183-83, college: Robert Morris) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and Nigerian-Jamaican swingman Weyinmi Rose (196-86, college: Providence) added 24 points in the effort for Huracanes PP. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes PP's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Indios SFM. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Leones SD. Huracanes PP at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Indios SFM will play against Caneros LR (#7) in La Romana in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes PP will play on the road against the league's leader Leones SD in Santo Domingo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Huracanes PP: W.Rose 24+2reb+1ast, M.Carter 21+3reb+7ast, L.Jacobo 15+3reb+1ast, B.Polanco 12+2reb+1ast, K.Foster 10+7reb, A.Montas 9+4reb
Indios SFM: G.Suero 25+8reb+4ast, J.Miguel Suero 19+6reb+5ast, F.Garcia 16+3reb+5ast, T.Shannon 14+13reb+2ast, A.Gibbs 14+2reb+2ast, A.Salas Flores 12+5reb
gschID: 546041


Leones SD - Soles SD 85-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Santo Domingo: Leones SD (#2) and Soles SD (#6). Leones SD (6-1) won against visiting Soles SD (2-4) 85-77. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Leones SD made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Swingman Giancarlos Acosta (198-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American MJ Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Manuel Guzman (204-82, college: Bemidji St.) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Leones SD. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Soles SD dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Leones SD will meet at home Huracanes PP (#5) in the next round. Soles SD will play against Reales LV in La Vega and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soles SD: M.Guzman 27+7reb+1ast, R.Ruiz 15+5reb+3ast, D.McCombs 12+9reb, A.Louis 11+13reb+2ast, B.Martinez 5+1reb, R.Tamarez 4+1reb+3ast
Leones SD: G.Acosta 15+10reb+2ast, E.Fortuna 15+1reb+4ast, M.Rhett 15+8reb+3ast, T.Daniels 11+5reb+1ast, P.Miller 9+1reb+4ast, J.Araujo 9+9reb+1ast
gschID: 546040





Jhonatan Araujo claims Dominican Rep. LNB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Naturalized Spanish Jhonatan Araujo (208-C-96, agency: Basket Management Solutions) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Leones SD and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 20-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Titanes Licey (#4, 2-4) 105-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Leones SD to jump to the first place in the Dominican Rep. LNB. Leones SD have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Araujo had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Leones SD, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Araujo has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.6rpg. Araujo is in league's top in and averages solid 54.7% FGP and 56.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Gerardo Suero (196-G-89) of second-ranked Indios SFM. Suero impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Indios SFM to edge the lower-ranked Reales LV (#8, 1-5) by 5 points 106-101. Indios SFM's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Suero is one of the most experienced players at Indios SFM and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 8.7rpg and 3.7apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Robert Glenn (203-PF-89) of Metros STGO (#3). Glenn got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was a key player of Metros STGO, leading his team to a 91-84 win against slightly lower-ranked Huracanes PP (#5, 2-4). Metros STGO needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Glenn has a great season in Dominican Republic. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (6th best) and assists with 4.1apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hector Maldonado (185-G-91) of Soles SD - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Trey Gilder (206-PF-85) of Caneros LR - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) of Reales LV - 21 points and 11 rebounds
7. Maurice Carter (183-G-83) of Huracanes PP - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Arnold Louis (201-F-90) of Soles SD - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) of Indios SFM - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kevin Foster (203-PF-89) of Huracanes PP - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



John Bohannon (ex Mayrouba) signs at Huracanes del Atlantico - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) landed 26-year old American forward John Bohannon (210-102kg-91, college: UTEP). He played most recently at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 8 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 14.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg and 2.3bpg last season.
Three years ago Bohannon was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in second round (25th overall).
The former Univ.of Texas at El Paso staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bohannon played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. He received also All-C-USA 3rd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bohannon has played also professionally for other D-League teams like Erie Bay Hawks and Delaware 87ers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2017 Dallas Eurobasket Summer League Saturday Results! - by ESL News

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

Skill Tests and Drills Performed:

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

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

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

Practice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BJuvlrkUUs&t=20s

Shooting Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRLPbPex9YA

Group A

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
13Alkaly Traore3.41 sec8.78 sec10.21 sec412944%32%56%
15Xavier Fletcher (191-G-94, college: Lakeland)3.5 sec8.81 sec8.84 sec412852%48%48%
19Lakee Westbrook (183-PG)3.59 sec9.0 sec9.56 sec392764%88%76%
56Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M)3.24 sec8.82 sec9.12 sec352944%40%48%
96Cory Jones (196-G)3.5 sec8.69 sec9.13 sec372572%40%60%
97Antonio Austin (196-G)3.44 sec8.72 sec9.68 sec412772%68%60%
11Michael Haynes (193-F)3.5 sec9.5 sec9.97 sec302512%20%24%

Group B

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
53Joseph Gonzalez (201-F)3.5 sec9.06 sec10.10 sec383356%56%52%
55Sean Scott3.56 sec9.15 sec10.38 sec342548%36%76%
58Andrew Bonner (196-F)3.57 sec9.12 sec10.22 sec372956%56%48%
59Rashard Owens (198-G-94)3.68 sec9.22 sec10.47 sec402964%60%72%
61Peter Donato (196-C)3.6 sec9.47 sec10.75 sec362868%48%56%
69Phillip Kee (203-F)3.41 sec9.47 sec11.15 sec302320%36%22P
89Greg Richardson (201-F-86, college: SW Oklahoma St.)3.63 sec9.6 sec10.94 sec312868%52%16P
7Jermaine Higginbotham (198-F/G, college: Glenville St.)4.19 sec10.25 sec12.55 sec302464%64%56%

Group C

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
26Frankie Johnson (173-PG)3.22 sec8.47 sec9.16 sec361680%56%52%
37Jabari Warren3.25 sec9.19 sec9.81 sec332244%24%60%
38Adrian Maloney3.68 sec9.13 sec9.78 sec362268%56%40%
43John Reynoso3.65 sec9.0 sec9.75 sec382652%32%44%
50Trey Scott (178-PG, college: Waldorf)3.53 sec9.13 sec9.81 sec382552%44%24%
77Ray Sansom3.12 sec8.81 sec11.06 sec323152%24%48%
16Nathan Mambiya3.63 sec9.4 sec10.12 sec382440%32%32%
71Micheal Frost3.56 sec9.28 sec9.72 sec342628%52%28%

Group D

# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
4Justin McCleary (188-G)3.35 sec8.78 sec9.84 sec393160%40%56%
12Seth Jackson (185-G)3.34 sec8.59 sec9.63 sec372952%52%60%
30Ryan Bennett (180-G-87)3.72 sec9.18 sec9.78 sec412964%80%96%
39Marquese Glasper3.53 sec9.25 sec10.38 sec353156%24%40%
46Payne Andrus (180-PG)3.47 sec8.88 sec9.03 sec402656%60%80%
49Grant Prusator (183-G-94)3.4 sec8.84 sec10.0 sec372736%60%72%
76Tomie Aromona (178-PG-93)3.28 sec9.03 sec9.38 sec362640%32%72%







2017 Las Vegas Summer League Expecting Large Turnouts of Scouts! - by ESL News

The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) is coming off of one of its best years in 2016. It featured 108 players receiving contracts overseas, in the NBA D-League, or even the NBA. 2016 Las Vegas Participant David Nwaba (193-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) finished his 2016-17 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, after spending the majority of his season with D-League affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders. With that being said, all of the professional coaches that helped run the 2016 Las Vegas ESL are coming back for another year. Thomas Roijakkers (Belgium). Allen Mkrtychyan (Russia), Pascual Padilla (Latin America), and Matthew Otten (Netherlands) are all back for another year. ESL will also add Graham Wilson (England), Vincent Van Sliedregt (Netherlands), Martin Knezevic (NBA D-League), and Todd Triplett (Iceland) to the team for 2017!

These coaches along with the Eurobasket.com staff will be on the court with the players helping them advance their games to the international level. Meanwhile, last year had scouts from 25 different countries all in attendance during the ESL camp scouting from the bleachers! The first day of the camp will allow the players to get acclimated with the coach they will have during their ESL games. The acclimation process will include various skill set drills, offensive sets, and defensive strategy implementation to help advance them through the new Double Elimination tournament. The last two days will be strictly games as the coaches and teams look to win the Las Vegas ESL Championship. The event run by the biggest name in International Basketball will be the most talked about event during the NBA Summer League.

Confirmed Players for Las Vegas as of June10th, 2017

Lance Crawford (178-PG-96)
Joshea Singleton (193-F-91, college: N.Carolina A&T)
Shemiye McLendon (190-G-91)
Michael Dison (175-PG-93, college: Montana St.)
Andrew Fishler (216-C-93)
Zach Gordon (203-F-93)
AJ West (206-F-91, college: Nevada)
Edson Avila (206-F)
Josh White (185-G-93)
Kris Bell (206-F/C)
Terrence Durham (190-G-91)
Cameron Gypsyn (198-SF-90)
Devan Bailey (187-G-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.)
Jared Bard (190-G/F)
Jeremy Hines (188-G)
Joey Bennett (193-G)
Keenan Smith (191-G/F, college: Wilberforce)
Kiel Lewis (185-G)
Mack Johnson (190-G)
Michael Williams (188-G-91, college: CS Fullerton)
Nehemiah Jones (183-G/F)
Ray Sansom
Ryan Caldwell (193-G/F)
Stephan Joseph
Tele Adenihun
Tommy Cerven (188-G)
Tyrus Fleetwood (188-PG-95)
Zach Curran (198-F)
CJ Parker (196-G)
Corey Hammell (198-F-94)
Emeche Wells (193-G)
Gabriel Ontiveros
Grant Prusator (183-G-94)
Hanif Carter
Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls, agency: SDJ Sports)
Joshua Palmer (201-F, college: Drury)
Kevin Henderson (196-G/F-92, college: Montana)
Lance Stokes (201-F-92)
Manny Welch (183-PG)
Michael White (203-F-89, college: UTSA)
Reed Mells (180-PG-93, college: Truman St.)
Sam Natt (183-PG)
Shane Smith (193-F)
Vamba Donzo (186-G)
Victor Jones (193-G)
Wilber Everett (191-SG-92, college: Haskell)
Xavier Colbert (188-G-95)
Chris Johnson (196-SF)
John Reynoso
Austin Glawe (196-F)
Christian Downey







2017 Dallas Eurobasket Summer League Sunday Results - by ESL News

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

Game 1:
Amsterdam 49 v Manchester 51
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i3QexZa3xo



#ManchesterPtsRebAstStlBlk
15Xavier Fletcher (191-G-94, college: Lakeland)204221
53Joseph Gonzalez (201-F)75412
69Phillip Kee (203-F)810113
76Tomie Aromona (178-PG-93)810420
50Trey Scott (178-PG, college: Waldorf)42051
43John Reynoso25320
13Alkaly Traore23201
#AmsterdamPtsRebAstStlBlk
19Lakee Westbrook (183-PG)94110
89Greg Richardson79010
4Justin McCleary (188-G)174040
46Payne Andrus (180-PG)22420
97Antonio Austin (196-G)88101
37Jabari Warren35010
16Nathan Mambiya33200
11Michael Haynes (193-F)010100

Game 2:
Treviso 58 v Frankfurt 62 2OT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oRd7Iy234M



#TrevisoPtsRebAstStlBlk
96Cory Jones (196-G)94511
61Peter Donato (196-C)68222
49Grant Prusator (183-G-94)140210
39Marquese Glasper24021
12Seth Jackson (185-G)73310
38Adrian Maloney50320
71Micheal Frost42100
59Rashard Owens (198-G-94)113000
#FrankfurtPtsRebAstStlBlk
56Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M)64110
30Ryan Bennett (180-G-87)1512111
55Sean Scott77005
77Ray Sansom02300
26Frankie Johnson (173-PG)134220
7Jermaine Higginbotham (198-F/G, college: Glenville St.)1111100
58Andrew Bonner (196-F)104200

Game 3:
Amsterdam 66 v Treviso 77
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlYqrwnwbM



#AmsterdamPtsRebAstStlBlk
19Lakee Westbrook212300
89Greg Richardson86010
4Justin McCleary142410
46Payne Andrus92400
97Antonio Austin76310
37Jabari Warren32100
16Nathan Mambiya41210
11Michael Haynes06000
#TrevisoPtsRebAstStlBlk
96Cory Jones126620
61Peter Donato125302
49Grant Prusator241000
39Marquese Glasper66331
12Seth Jackson23320
38Adrian Maloney70400
71Micheal Frost145301

Game 4:
Manchester 66 v Frankfurt 85
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbBoyYR0s0Y



#ManchesterPtsRebAstStlBlk
53Joseph Gonzalez155400
13Alkaly Traore164321
76Tomie Aromona52120
69Phillip Kee109102
50Trey Scott144320
15Xavier Fletcher63132
43John Reynoso01410
#FrankfurtPtsRebAstStlBlk
77Ray Sansom43211
30Ryan Bennett317420
7Jermaine Higginbotham135110
59Rashard Owens147300
58Andrew Bonner82310
55Sean Scott1510210
26Frankie Johnson03130



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Coach Blatt is on his way back to Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) has reportedly agreed terms with experienced 58-year old naturalized American coach David Blatt. It will actually be his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he used to coach here before. Blatt coached last season at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league.
The previous (15-16) season he coached at the Cavaliers in NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Blatt coached in the final of NBA in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Coach of the Year back in 2014. Blatt used to coach Russian National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2012.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece (Aris) and Italy.

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Aaron White (ex Zenit) signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) landed 25-year old American power forward Aaron White (206-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 30 VTB United League games he averaged 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season White played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 34 games he had 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. White also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
Two years ago White was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (49th overall). He attended University of Iowa until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements White played in the final of NIT in 2013. He received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
White represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.

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  FINLAND  


Giessen 46ers add Hollins to their roster, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Giessen 46ers (BBL) added to their roster 26-year old American swingman Austin Hollins (195-84kg-91, college: Minnesota). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 47 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and averaged 4.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg (in top 3). Hollins helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Denain Voltaire in French ProB where in 34 games he had 12.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg.
Hollins has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He played in the final of French ProB Play-Offs in 2015.
Hollins graduated from University of Minnesota in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

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Limburg United signs Tate Unruh, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Hubo Limburg United (Euromillions League) signed 27-year old American guard Tate Unruh (193-79kg-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 37 games he had 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.1apg. Unruh helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Marso Nyiregyhazi KK in Hungarian A Division where in 35 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention.
Unruh's college team won Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Australia (Ringwood Hawks).
Unruh attended University of Northern Colorado until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

Hubo Limburg United roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tate Unruh
Matt Bingaya

Forwards:
Wen_Boss Mukubu
Abel Baptista

Coach: Thomas Roijakkers

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.1 
 3. Burton, Roanne16.8 
 4. Henry, Evreux16.1 
 5. Jones, Lille16.0 
 6. Williams, Boulazac16.0 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.9 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.2 
 10. Bronchard, Vichy C.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.1 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Fairell, Rouen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.9 
 2. King, Le Havre6.1 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.3 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henry, Evreux2.3 
 2. Burton, Roanne2.3 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 6. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 9. Turner, Blois1.8 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.1 
 8. Jones, Lille1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Ekperigin, Nantes0.9 


ProB Round 1 of Finals. Boulazac register first victory - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac - Nantes 79-64

Boulazac rallied past Nantes to capture the opening victory in ProB Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Nantes managed to win third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nantes 33-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Alexis Tanghe (207-90) chipped in 19 points. American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) produced 14 points and swingman Vafessa Fofana (198-92) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.Tanghe 19+2reb+2ast, J.Williams 19+6reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 9+2reb+3ast, T.Sapp 8+3reb+1ast, A.Salmon 7+7reb+1ast, A.Kerckhof 5+2reb+4ast
Nantes: V.Bigote 16+1ast, K.Mitchell 14+3reb+1ast, R.Kuksiks 9+1ast, V.Fofana 8+7reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 6+2reb+2ast, C.McKnight 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548007





Souffel signs Lucas Diemer - by Eurobasket News

BC Souffelweyersheim (NM1) signed 20-year old point guard Lucas Diemer (181-97) from Gries/Oberhoffen. But in 20 NM1 games he had just 1.4ppg last season.

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Diehl comes back to Souffel - by Eurobasket News

BC Souffelweyersheim (NM1) added to their roster 23-year old point guard Theo Diehl (192-94). It is actually his comeback to Souffelweyersheim as he has played here before. Diehl played last season at FC Mulhouse Basket in NM1. However his team was relegated to NM2.
He won French NM2 championship title in 2016.
Diehl has played previously for two other teams: Strasbourg IG and Gries/Oberhoffen.

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Challans keep Saounera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) re-signed 30-year old former Mali international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-80kg-87). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 NM1 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg last season.
Saounera won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011.
He also represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago.
Saounera has played previously for six other teams: Chalons Reims, Cognac BB, Rueil, Saint Vallier, Boulazac Basket and Orchesien BC.

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Lille signs Florent Tortosa - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) signed 28-year old small forward Florent Tortosa (198-89) from ADA Blois Basket 41. Tortosa has played there for the last three years. In 24 ProB games he had 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg last season.
He won French NM1 championship title in 2016.
Tortosa represented France at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His 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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Taccoen re-signs at Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) confirmed in their roster 31-year old center Nicolas Taccoen (204-100kg-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 ProB games he had 3.2ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Taccoen won French NM1 championship title in 2009. He was also voted Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Newcomers Team back in 2010.
Taccoen was a member of French U20 National Team in 2006.
He has played previously for two other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque and Orchesien BC.

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Moustapha Diop is a newcomer at Angers BC - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Senegalese international forward Moustapha Diop (204-89) from BC Orchies. In 34 NM1 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 3.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Diop played at JSA Bordeaux where in 34 NM1 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
His team made it to the ProB Semifinals in 2010. Diop was called to Senegalese Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for four other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Aix Maurienne, Autun and Pfastatt.

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Dijon keeps Julien for another season - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) re-signed 25-year old former international point guard Axel Julien (184-92). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 34 ProA games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.1apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to French ProA All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Julien's team made it to the French Cup Final Four in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Domestic Player of the Year award in 2015.
Julien was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2012.
Julien represented France at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 75.0%.
Julien has played previously for Hyeres-Toulon.

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Roanne inks Jason Williams, ex Hapoel B/S - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Jason Williams (198-98kg-83, college: UTEP). He played last season at Hapoel Beer Sheva in Israeli National League. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.5apg. Williams helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at JA Vichy where in 34 ProB games he recorded 14.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams was voted Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia), Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), Italy (UBC, Vigevano and Ostuni) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
Williams attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: An swingman who can defend almost on any opponent and can help his team in lots of ways. He' not a reliable shooter but puts a great energy on the court in any moment of the game.

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Challans land Paul Turpin - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) tabbed 24-year old point guard Paul Turpin (190-93). He has played for the last two years at St Chamond in the ProB. In 34 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg last season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Turpin's team made it to the U21 Championships (Trophee du Futur) Semifinals in 2011.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg.
Turpin has played previously for three other teams: Pau Lacq Orthez, Cognac BB and Pau Nord Est.

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Rouen lands Ovidijus Varanauskas - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) landed 26-year old Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (188-86kg-91). He played most recently at Gries/Oberhoffen in French NM1 league. Varanauskas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 22 NM1 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.5apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 3rd Team. Varanauskas also played that season for Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL where in 6 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. Varanauskas' team won Baltic League Cup.
He represented Lithuania at the FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Moscow (Russia) three years ago.
Varanauskas has played also professionally in Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Polpharma) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas, Sakalai, Vytautas, Juventus and Statyba).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Ovidijus is one of the most interesting and professional young players at PG position. He was member of Lithuanian national team U20, U18 and U16. He is very complete player - athletic, great passer and dribbler, very good shooter in catch n shoot situations.
Plays and reads pick n roll situation at very high level. Scores well of the dribble and on 1x1 situations. Controls the game's rhythm well and is the coach on the court. With his great athleticism he is able to put pressure on the guards on defense. If he continues to work as hard as he does already few years he will be one of the most valuable players on the market in close future
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Orleans sign Loic Akono - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) signed 30-year old naturalized Congolese point guard Loic Akono (176-87). He has played for the last two seasons at Provence Basket in the ProB. In 28 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akono won French ProB championship title in 2011 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention back in 2008 and 2014.
Akono has played previously for five other teams: Gravelines Dunkerque, Etendard de Brest, JSF Nanterre, SO Maritime Boulogne and Lille Metropole.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Kyle McAlarney

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Gaylor Curier

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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Orleans add MBida to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 27-year old Cameroonian center Junior MBida (204-90). He is not a newcomer in French League as he played last season at Lille Metropole Basket in French ProB. In 24 games he recorded 7.9ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg. MBida also played that season for JDA Dijon where in 12 ProA games he averaged 3.2ppg and 2.1rpg. MBida was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team two years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Olympique Antibes, Cholet Basket, Paris Levallois, Monaco and SO Maritime Boulogne.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Kyle McAlarney

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Gaylor Curier

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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Nanterre keeps Schaffartzik for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion JSF Nanterre (ProA) re-signed 33-year old German ex-international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84kg-84). He played there last season. In 35 ProA games he averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Schaffartzik helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Limoges CSP Elite. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Schaffartzik had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 ProA games he recorded 7.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Schaffartzik also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 9.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.7apg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg.
Among other achievements Schaffartzik won German Bundesliga championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2009.
Schaffartzik was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for University National Team in 2007.
Schaffartzik also represented Germany at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg.
Schaffartzik has played previously professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom) and Germany (ALBA Berlin, Braunschweig, EnBW Ludwigsburg, Giessen 46ers and Bayern Muenchen).
His game is described as: Can play either back court position good one-on-one skills very good 3-point shooter (35,7-3FG%) who knows how to get open for his shotcan shoot off the dribble very good at catch and shoot coming off the screen not afraid of contact shoots first, penetrates second tough and aggressive defender.

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm17.7 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.5 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 9. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 5. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 6. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.4 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.7 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.5 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 
 10. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 


Iserlohn Adds Veteran Nikita Khartchenkov - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One could truely call Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) a basketball globetrotter as he has played for 13 teams in his long career and his journey continues as does the list of teams as well as this season he will play for his 14th team and strap on the Iserlohn jersey in the Pro B. He brings 115 BBL games experience and played parts of 6 seasons in the BBL. Khartchenkov is a 30 year old 200cm forward that also has the Russian citzenship and played the last two seasons for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) and two seasons ago played 25 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 77.5%. Last season for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProB) he played 25 games averaging 9.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 67.6%. "He is a very experienced player that can lead us with his routine. It is very valuable to have him on the roster especially now with our rebuilding phase", added Iserlohn manager Michael Dahmen. Last season he scored in double figures in ten games including a 23 point effort against Reclinghausen and 20 point game against the ScanPlus Baskets. "I like my role in Iserlohn an dthat is why I decided to make this change. I still know many guys from my days in Hagen and it feels like a family reunion", stressed Nikita Khartchenkov.

He started his basketball career in 2004 with TV Langen (2.Bundesliga). He then got two years of valuable experience with the farm team of BC Khimki-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague). In 2006 he returned back to Germany and played two seasons in the Braunschweig organization playing for SG Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga, 1T); 30 games: 20.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 47%, 3FGP: 34.9%, FT: 79.3%, also a license to play for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 8 games: 0.8ppg. In the 2007-2008 season he played for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB): 23 games: 21.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 85.2%, played also for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 23 games: 2.0ppg. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games: Score-5 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 81.1%. In the 2009-2010, he landed back in the BBL wit the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 34 games averaging 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.1ppg, 1.2rpg; in Feb.'11 moved to USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA): 11 games: 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 34.9%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.0%. In the 2011-2012 season he left Germany for CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Romania-Div.A) playing 27 games averaging 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 83.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he was back in Germany with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProA) playing 13 games averaging 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 36.6%, FT: 78.9%, in Jan.'13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 18 games: 14.6ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.6%. In the 2013-2014 season he made the jump back to the BBL with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 28 games averaging 4.9ppg. In the 2014-2015 season he started with Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 5 games averaging 1.8ppg, left in Nov.'14, in Dec.'14 moved to ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA) playing 3 games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Jan.'15 signed at FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 8 games averaging 16.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 36.6%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 77.4%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -03-05, Albert Schweitzer Tournament (Unofficial U18 World Championships) -04: 15.5ppg, 5rpg, 1.8apg, Russian Superleague B Runner-Up -05, Russian All-Superleague B Coach of the Year -05, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, German U20 National Team -06, 07, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 41.1%, FT: 78.6%, German Bundesliga U-20 All-Star Game -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Newcomer of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Domestic Players Team -07, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Newcomers Team -07
European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Semifinals): 7 games: 15.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 45%, FT: 71.4%
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -08, German A2 National Team -08-09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Domestic Players Team -09, and German Regionalliga (West Group) Champion -16.

Source:Iserlohn





Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Interview with player Gael Hulsen - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90) former player of EN Baskets Schwelm (Germany-Regionalliga) gave an interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

I started to play basketball with my cousin when I was 10yo for fun and I recognized that I m good at it. Quickly I signed for the young team of Verviers Pepinster. At the age of 17 I graduated, I had the opportunity to sign pro with the Spirou Charleroi. I decided to accept the offer and began my pro carrier. Basketball was and still is my hobby and life, I just can be thankful for it.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.


It's hard and stressful sometimes. All the leagues and countries have their own timing to start their championships. So all the offers come at different times and it's the same for trials. It's sometimes sad to receive an offer for a better situation or more money and be under contract signed few days or weeks ago.A lot of players accept really low payed contracts. This is bad for the business. Some clubs with low budgets risk to sign cheap players and find the golden player of the season but the players usually don't fit for the job.I think a player needs to be aware of his potential and know how much he deserves for his services and stick to it.

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?

My first game in BBL England was my best game so far. It was my first game out of my country and I was a lil bit nervous but really confident about what I will show that night.I had close 30 points and I showed my team that it was maybe a risk to sign a young man like I was but they made the good choice.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

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Nanterre keeps Schaffartzik for another season - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion JSF Nanterre (ProA) re-signed 33-year old German ex-international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84kg-84). He played there last season. In 35 ProA games he averaged 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.0apg. Schaffartzik helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Limoges CSP Elite. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Schaffartzik had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 34 ProA games he recorded 7.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Schaffartzik also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 9.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.7apg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.9apg.
Among other achievements Schaffartzik won German Bundesliga championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2009.
Schaffartzik was also a member of German international program for some years. He played for German Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for University National Team in 2007.
Schaffartzik also represented Germany at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg.
Schaffartzik has played previously professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom) and Germany (ALBA Berlin, Braunschweig, EnBW Ludwigsburg, Giessen 46ers and Bayern Muenchen).
His game is described as: Can play either back court position good one-on-one skills very good 3-point shooter (35,7-3FG%) who knows how to get open for his shotcan shoot off the dribble very good at catch and shoot coming off the screen not afraid of contact shoots first, penetrates second tough and aggressive defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daubner re-signs at Uni Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Uni Baskets Paderborn (ProA) confirmed in their roster 23-year old swingman Phillip Daubner (204-80kg-94). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 29 ProA games he had 6.3ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
Daubner played in the final of German NBBL Championships in 2013.
He represented Germany at the German NBBL Championships Finalist four years ago.
Daubner has played previously for seven other teams: Brose Baskets, Mitteldeutscher BC, TSV Troester, Baunach, Regnitztal, Sixers and Baunach.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liam Flynn Joins The s.Oliver Wurzburg Coaching Staff - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

s.Oliver Wurzburg have added Liam Flynn to the coaching staff. Flynn is a 38y ear old coach from Australia who has mostly coached down under, but also in Germany where he was an assistant for 2 seasons with the Giessen 46ers in the Pro A under German Denis Wucherer. With Wurzburg, he will be the head coach of their Pro B farm team and support head coach Dirk Bauermann as an assistant with the BBL team. Two seasons ago he was an assistant with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and recently coached the Dresden Titans as he was unable to save the sinking ship when he came aboard in mid season.. "We now have the most important intersection between BBL and Pro B filled. We will have a tight bond between both. He will help influence the further development of our program as head coach of the pro B team and assistant of the BBL team. One of his most important tasks will be the guidance and development of our youth players", stressed head coach Dirk Bauerman.

Flynn is thrilled about his new challenge with Bavarian team Wurzburg and very thankful aswell. "I want to thank management and Dirk Bauermann for the opportunity to be part of the coaching staff. Dirk Bauermann is a world class coach. I am looking forward to working with him and Stephen Arigbabu. I am happy to be part of the development", stressed Liam Flynn. He gained further experience as an assistant in Australia with teams Adelaide 36ers (NBL) and theTownsville Crocodiles (NB) and also as head coach with clubs Sturt Sabres (ABA), Townsville Heat (ABA) and Fico Finance Nelson Giants (New Zealand-NBL). Awards and achievements in his basketball acreer have been Youth Championship -97, 98, 03, 07, 09
Australian ABA Finals -99, 01, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, ABA State Basketball League Championship -99, 01, 10, Australian Central ABL Grand Final -09, Australian National Youth Championships -01 (Silver), 05 (Bronze), 10 (Bronze), Australian NBL Semifinals -11, 12, Australian NBL Regular Season Runner-Up -11, 12, Australian NBL Finalist -12, New Zealand NBL Finalist -13, and New Zealand NBL Semifinals -14.

Source:S.Oliver Wurzburg






Josh Mayo Keeps The Fine Bonn Point Guard Tradition Alive Remaining Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Telekom Baskets Bonn continue to uphold the fine point guard tradition as in the last years they have been able to feature guys like jared Jordan and Eugene Lawrence and will continue another two years with Josh Mayo (181-PG-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov). Mayo is a 29 year old 181 cm point guard from Merrillville, Indiana that will go into his second season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. After time in countries like France, Latvia, Ukraine, Turkey and Italy, the American has found a home in Germany and played a great season in the BBL leading Bonn into the playoffs playing 34 games averaging 15,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,1apg while shooting 40,6% from outside. In the FIBA Europe Cup, he played 16 games averaging 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 43.8%. "Josh was the brain of the team. He was the anker of the game and played consistently. We wanted continuity and we have that with him at a central position.", stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn manager Michael Wichterich. In the BBL, Mayo scored in double figures 26 times including 13 games with 20 points or more. He scored 28 points against Bremerhaven, 27 points against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and 25 points against medi Bayreuth. In the Fiba Europe Cup he scored in double figures in 9 games including a 26 point outburst against Swedish team Sodertalje. "We can continue to count on a great player and person. We continue to have scoring and creativity", stressed head coach Predrag Krunic.

Source:Telekom Baskets Bonn






Giessen 46ers add Hollins to their roster, ex Kauhajoki - by Eurobasket News

Giessen 46ers (BBL) added to their roster 26-year old American swingman Austin Hollins (195-84kg-91, college: Minnesota). He played last season at Karhu Kauhajoki in Finnish Korisliiga. In 47 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 17.2ppg and averaged 4.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg (in top 3). Hollins helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Denain Voltaire in French ProB where in 34 games he had 12.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg.
Hollins has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He played in the final of French ProB Play-Offs in 2015.
Hollins graduated from University of Minnesota in 2014 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

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Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) signs at Lokomotiv - by Alex Rovenskyi

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana). He has played for the last two years at EWE Baskets in German BBL league. In 42 games he averaged 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Quebradillas sign Clifford Hammonds, ex Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Quebradillas (BSN) signed 32-year old American point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson). He played last season at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 27 games he had 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.7apg. Hammonds helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals.
Two years ago (seven years after he left the college) Hammonds was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (12th overall).
The former Clemson University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hammonds won D-League West Division championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Hammonds is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hammonds has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), France (Limoges CSP Elite and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Turkey (Banvit), Puerto Rico (Manati) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He could be described: Hard-working player has averaged double figures in scoring each of his four seasons at Clemson; one of the most respected individuals by his teammates for his tremendous work ethic; a dependable player; very good defensive player, he almost always gets the top assignment in guarding opposing perimeter players.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brose Baskets may add Luka Mitrovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) is about to sign 24-year old Serbian power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who plays at Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in Serbia. Mitrovic has played there for the last five years. In 16 KLS games he had 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg last season. Mitrovic also played 28 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). Mitrovic won Adriatic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team in 2015.
Mitrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Mitrovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Mitrovic has played also professionally in Serbia for Vrsac.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Another DiLeo For the Rhein Area As Max Joins The RheinStars - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The last two years, seeing each other on a weekend was difficult as Max DiLeo (185-G-93, college: Monmouth) was playing in the eastern part of Germany with Gotha while brother TJ Was playing in Giessen and Bonn which made rides to visit each other in the vincinity of hundreds of Kilometers, but next season the guys could almost jog to each other. With TJ DiLeo resigning in Bonn and Max moving to Cologne to the RheinStars, the two siblings will only be about 24 kilometers apart.. Both players play in the Rhine river basion and Max DiLeo is a 23 year old 185cm guard that has teh German citzenship as well and was born in Philadelphia,and grew up in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. His father Tony played in Germany and later was head coach and general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. In his first season as a professional in 2015-2016 with Gotha he played 25 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 77.1%. Last season he helped the team move up to the EasyCredit BBL playing 34 games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 81.0%. RheinStars head coach Denis Wucherer only knows good things about the DiLeo family as he coached TJ for some years with Giessen and now has reeled in his brother. "The brother of Max TJ was my first signing in Giessen four years ago and now Max is my first signing with the RheinStars. I think that is a good omen", warned head coach Denis Wuchedrer.

Max DiLeo started his basketball career at Cinnaminson high school and then played college ball at Monomouth (NCAA) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 15 games and as as senior played 32 games averaging 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 70.0%. "Max has always been an interesting player for us and now the time was right. He isn't only a role model like fighter, but a leader. Gotha down 0-2 in the playoffs would not have come back without him and his qualities. He stepped up when it got very difficult for his team", stressed RhenStars CEO Stephan Baeck. Awards and achievements i his basketball career have been German U16 National Team Training Camp -09, MAAC All-Academic Team -14, 15, MAAC Tournament Semifinals -15, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Semifinals -16, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -17.

Source:RheinStars









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

Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team 2017
Josh Mayo
Mayo
Chris Babb
Babb
Rickey Paulding
Paulding
Dyshawn Pierre
Pierre
Raymar Morgan
Morgan

Player of the Year: Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm
Guard of the Year: Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm
Forward of the Year: Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig
Center of the Year: Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm
Newcomer of the Year: Marcos Knight (188-G-89) of Zaragoza
Bosman Player of the Year: Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask.
Import Player of the Year: Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets
Most Improved Player of the Year: Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87) of Braunschweig
Domestic Player of the Year: Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) of Brose Bask.
Defensive Player of the Year: Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY
Coach of the Year: Raoul Korner of Bayreuth

1st Team
PG: Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Telekom Bsk
G: Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm
F/G: Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets
F: Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig
F/C: Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm

2nd Team
PG: Jared Jordan (187-PG-84) of Walter Tigers
G: Joseph Lewis (188-G-92) of Bayreuth
G: Darius Miller (202-G-90) of Brose Bask.
G: Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Dolomiti En. TR
C: Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of Lokomotiv

3rd Team
G: Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets
G: Marcos Knight (188-G-89) of Zaragoza
F/G: Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89) of Ratiopharm
F/C: Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk
F/C: Jack Cooley (206-F/C-91) of Ludwigsburg

Honorable Mention
Augustine Rubit (201-F-89) of Ratiopharm
Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask.
Devin Booker (205-C-91) of B.Muenchen
Nihad Djedovic (196-SF-90) of B.Muenchen
Vladimir Lucic (201-SF-89) of B.Muenchen
Bryce Taylor (194-SG-86) of B.Muenchen
De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92) of Bayreuth
Kyan Anderson (180-PG-92) of Bayreuth
Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth
Nate Linhart (201-SF-86) of Bayreuth
Frantz Massenat (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets
Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89) of ALBA
Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Telekom Bsk
Cameron Wells (186-PG-88) of Giessen 46ers
Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Ludwigsburg
Justin Sears (203-F-94) of Giessen 46ers
Scott Eatherton (203-F/C-91) of Goettingen
Alex Ruoff (198-F/G-86) of Goettingen
Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of Goettingen
Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of CEZ Nymburk
Jordan Hulls (180-PG-90) of Bremerhaven
Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of Jena
Immanuel McElroy (194-G-80) of Jena
Jake Odum (193-PG-91) of Wuerzburg
Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Wuerzburg
Brendan Lane (206-C-90) of Wuerzburg
Barry Stewart (193-SG-88) of Walter Tigers
Isaiah Philmore (203-F-89) of Walter Tigers
Geoffrey Groselle (212-C-93) of Braunschweig
Carlton Guyton (193-G-90) of Braunschweig
Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Metros STGO
Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of Vechta

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Per Guenther (185-PG-88) of Ratiopharm
G/F: Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) of ALBA
SF: Nihad Djedovic (196-SF-90) of B.Muenchen
PF: Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) of Brose Bask.
PF: Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) of Ludwigsburg

All-Imports Team
PG: Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Telekom Bsk
G: Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm
F/G: Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets
F: Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig
F/C: Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm

All-Bosmans Team
SG: Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask.
PG: Janis Strelnieks (191-PG-89) of Brose Bask.
G/F: Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G/F-89) of ALBA
F: Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth
C: Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of ALBA

All-Defensive Team
G: Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets
SG: Barry Stewart (193-SG-88) of Walter Tigers
G: Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY
PF: Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) of Brose Bask.
F/C: Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk

All-Newcomers Team
PG: Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87) of Braunschweig
G: Joseph Lewis (188-G-92) of Bayreuth
F: Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Ludwigsburg
G: Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Dolomiti En. TR
F/C: Scott Eatherton (203-F/C-91) of Goettingen



Dennis Kramer signs at Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

BG Goettingen (BBL) landed 25-year old naturalized American forward Dennis Kramer (209-110kg-92, college: San Diego, agency: Octagon Europe). He has played for the last two years at EWE Baskets in the BBL. In 29 games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 1.2rpg last season.
Kramer's team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016.
He represented Germany at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Kramer's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP-1 (76.9%), 3PT: 44.4%.
Kramer has played previously for three other teams: Gladiators, Brose Baskets and Baunach.
He attended University of San Diego until 2014 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
 10. Robert, AGOR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.4 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.6.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.8 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.3 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 4. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 5. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kavvadas, Aris1.0 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 7. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


AEO Proteas Voulas tab Vagelis Morfis - by Chris Mammides

AEO Proteas Voulas (B) inked 32-year old guard Vagelis Morfis (193-85). The last time (11-15) he played at Doukas in Greek A2 league. Morfis has played there for the last four years. Morfis is actually renewing his contract as he played in Proteas also last season with quite solid stats.
Among other achievements he won Greek B Division South Group championship title in 2014. Morfis received also Eurobasket.com Greek A2 All-Newcomers Team award back in 2008.
He was a member of Greek U21 National Team in 2005.
Morfis has played previously for six other teams: Peristeri GS Athens, Sporting, Panellinios, Ermis Perama, Arkadikos and Periko/Arhelaos.

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AS Diagoras Dryopideon inks Dimitris Katiakos - by Chris Mammides

AS Diagoras Dryopideon (C) agreed terms with 30-year old power forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87). He has played for the last two seasons at Peristeri GS Athens in the B. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Katiakos helped them to win the group title (twice). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
He represented Greece at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) six years ago.
Katiakos has played previously for eight other teams: Panionios, Esperos Patras, AE Ikaros Kallitheas, Doukas, OF Irakleio, Panerythraikos, Arkadikos and Promitheas.

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Veliziotis re-signs at AO Ikaros Nea Smyrnis - by Eurobasket News

AO Ikaros Nea Smyrnis (C) confirmed in their roster experienced 37-year old point guard Nikos Veliziotis (180-80). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season Veliziotis played at Polis Kallitheas. He won C Division (South-Group 1) in 2013. Veliziotis is a very experienced player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Ikaros NS.

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  HIGH SCHOOLS  


Boys Indiana All-Stars down Kentucky 94-89 - by Eurobasket News

Consecutive win No. 17 came with a big boost from No. 15. Via No. 1. IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball Kristafer Wilkes (6'8''-SF-98) of North Central led the Indiana All-Stars with 29 points as the boys extended their winning streak over Kentucky in the annual series to a record 17 games with a 94-89 win on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Wilkes was wearing a No. 15 jersey, not the customary Mr. Basketball No. 1. Where was his No. 1 jersey? 'I put it with the dirty clothes on Tuesday and haven't seen it since,' he said. He might stick with No. 15 after Saturday's performance. Wilkes took over when necessary, making nine of his first 10 shots and finishing 12-for-18 from the field. He also had six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Wilkes did just enough to outduel Kentucky Mr. Basketball Taveion Hollingsworth (6'3''-G), who finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds. But the 6-3 Hollingsworth, a Western Kentucky recruit, was limited to 10-for-26 shooting as he was guarded by the taller Wilkes in the second half. 'He's a good player, but when I guarded him more, he wasn't attacking as much,' Wilkes said. 'Going into (Sunday), I'll stay on him and fight through the screens and try to shut him down more.' The Indiana All-Stars will go for 18 in a row when the teams meet again on Sunday at the Frankfort Civic Center in Frankfort, Ky. The girls game begins at 2 p.m., and will be followed by the boys. It appeared, for a fleeting moment, that the Indiana All-Stars might not get that chance. In front of 6,466 fans, Kentucky rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final 7 minutes to cut the lead to 90-89 on a 3-pointer by Jake Ohmer with 49 seconds left. Following a turnover, Kentucky had a shot to take the lead. But Kel Livers missed and Indiana was able to shut the door when Sasha Stefanovic made two free throws and Jalen Adaway scored on a layup. The All-Stars won despite being outrebounded by nine and shooting just 4-for-18 from the 3-point line. Adaway, a late addition to the All-Star team, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and the 6-10 Jack Nunge added 12 points and nine rebounds. Warren Central's Mack Smith scored all 10 of his points in the first half. 'We struggled the entire game rebounding the ball and boxing them out,' All-Stars coach Marty Beasley said. 'They are very physical and athletic. The second half we did a better job of containing (Hollingsworth). We put Kris on him to get a little more length. For the most part, it was good to see us go through a physical game and see what we're made of.' It was a good showing by the Kentucky All-Stars, who played their closest game in Indiana since an 83-82 loss in the 2008 game. That year was also the last time Kentucky won a game in the series, taking the rematch 95-78 in Louisville. Kentucky coach Rodney Woods said the Kentucky side is hoping for a crowd in the neighborhood of 1,500 to 2,000 when the teams meet Sunday. That would be an improvement from recent years, when crowds in Kentucky have been in the 700-900 range. 'We want to win one,' Woods said. 'Like we tell the kids before this starts, this is not your typical all-star game. It's unique and special. Indiana has treated it a lot more special than we have over the last 20 years. Our end of the bargain needs to pick up. I think it is. We need to win some games to get this back to where it once was and create interest on our side.' Wilkes said there isn't any pressure that comes with the streak. The games in Kentucky in recent years have traditionally been close. Five of the past seven games in Kentucky have been decided by five points or fewer. 'We try not to focus on all that,' Wilkes said of the streak. 'If we focus on that, people will try to do a little too much.' The All-Stars could use another big performance from Wilkes, no matter the jersey number.
Courtesy of: indystar.com



St. Joe's Telfer chooses Post University - by Eurobasket News

St. Joseph senior basketball standout Omar Telfer has committed to Post University to continue his career at the collegiate level. Telfer was a four-year varsity player for the Cadets and was named a captain for his senior season. The point guard averaged 12.0 points per game, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals under head coach Paul Dudzinski this past season. He also shot 45 percent from the floor. Telfer plans to pursue a Business Management degree while at Post, a Division II school located in Waterbury.
Courtesy of: ctpost.com



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Den Bosch keeps Wessels for another season - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) re-signed 33-year old former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-100kg-84). He has played there for the last eight seasons. In 28 Eredivisie games he averaged 9.8ppg, 7.8rpg (#5 in the league), 1.9apg and 1.6spg last season. Wessels helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Defensive Player of the Year and selected to 3rd Team.
Among other achievements his team won Dutch Cup in 2006 and 2016. Wessels received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0spg.
Wessels has spent his entire career in Holland playing for two other teams: ABC Amsterdam and Amsterdam.
Wessels is described as: Very athletic Player. Can play on position 3 and 4. Great outside shooter from 3 pt range! Very aggressive on the boards.

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Maarten Bouwknecht

Forwards:
Kees Akerboom
Stefan Wessels

Center:
Marcel Aarts

Coach: Silvano Poropat

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Akerboom re-signs at Den Bosch - by Eurobasket News

New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch (Eredivisie) confirmed in their roster experienced 34-year old ex-international small forward Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side). He has played there for the last eleven seasons. In 27 Eredivisie games he recorded 7.9ppg and 2.7rpg last season. Akerboom helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Dutch Supercup in 2014 and 2016. Akerboom was also voted Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Domestic Players Team back in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
He represented Holland at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
Akerboom has spent his entire career in Holland playing for two other teams: Groningen and M.Magixx.

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Dutch U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Keye De Vuurst De Vries
Dimitri Maconda

Jamie Bergens
Jamayro De Windt
Jaron Held
Joost Bijl
Bob Berghuis
Randell Wiel
Mick Kantelberg
Noah Carel
Niek Van Den Hout
Sam Vianen
Siem Uytendael
Troy Koehler
Sander Hollanders
Rik De Heer
Tristan Enaruna
Eloi Nimako
Sam Huurman
Jonas Visser
Rienk Mast 199-PF-01
Bas Leyte
Oliver Bieshaar
Jesse Waleson
Jitze Ter Haar
Marnik Hageman

Chris van Dinten Head Coach
Koen Van Gerwen Assistant



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  ICELAND  


Njardvik keeps Hafsteinsson for another season - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) re-signed 26-year old forward Hilmar Hafsteinsson (186-91). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 7 Dominos League games he averaged 3.9ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
Hafsteinsson helped his team to make it to the League Semifinals in 2016.
He has played previously for IG.

UMFN Njardvik roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Brynjar_Thor Gudnason
Snjolfur Stefansson
Jon Sverrisson

Forward:
Hilmar Hafsteinsson

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Gudnason comes back to Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

UMFN Njardvik (Dominos League) inked 22-year old guard Brynjar Thor Gudnason (188-95). It is actually his comeback to Njardvik as he has played here before. Gudnason played most recently at Reynir Sandgerdi in the D2. In 13 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg in 2015-16 season.

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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.1 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.2 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Hapoel H.16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.0 
 9. Hopson, Ironi N.15.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 4. Howell, Hapoel J-M8.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.7 
 7. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.1 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.6 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.0 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Selby, Maccabi K/G4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Long, Maccabi .2.0 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.9 
 4. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. Carter, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 7. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.3 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.0 
 7. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


Fajardo adds Buckner to their roster, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Cariduros de Fajardo (BSN) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Reginald Buckner (206-107kg-91, college: Mississippi). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg.
In 2013 Buckner was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
The former University of Mississippi standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Buckner's college team won SEC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Buckner is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Buckner has played previously professionally in Mexico (Soles), Puerto Rico (Santeros), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Iowa Energy) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

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Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Jerusalem to clash for Winner League title - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 74-85

Maccabi Haifa led from start to finish and eliminated Maccabi Tel Aviv from the title race. Maccabi Haifa made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) stepped up and scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American power forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) responded with 24 points and the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach Arik Shivek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: K.Pinkney 20+9reb+1ast, J.DiBartolomeo 19+3reb+2ast, G.Vargas 14+8reb+8ast, A.Simhon 10+5reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 9+1reb+2ast, W.Workman 9+7reb
Maccabi T-A: A.Goudelock 24+1reb+3ast, G.Mekel 12+2reb+3ast, D.Seeley 10+3reb+4ast, V.Rudd 10+2reb+2ast, J.Alexander 8+4reb, Y.Ohayon 4
gschID: 548015


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 93-76

Hapoel Jerusalem held off Maccabi Rishon to advance into Winner League Final. It looked good early as Maccabi Rishon took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Jerusalem had a 23-19 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi Rishon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-93. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. International power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) accounted for 23 points and 5 steals. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) came up with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points respectively for Maccabi Rishon in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 23+1reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 18+5reb+1ast, R.Howell 18+7reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 15+2reb+8ast, A.Stoudemire 8+3reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 6+12reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: C.Long 16+1reb+3ast, C.Thomas 14+8reb+4ast, E.Kadir 10+3reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 9+7reb, A.Ben-Chimol 9+2reb+8ast, O.Brandwein 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548014





Coach Blatt is on his way back to Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) has reportedly agreed terms with experienced 58-year old naturalized American coach David Blatt. It will actually be his comeback to Tel-Aviv as he used to coach here before. Blatt coached last season at Darussafaka in Turkish BSL league.
The previous (15-16) season he coached at the Cavaliers in NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Blatt coached in the final of NBA in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Coach of the Year back in 2014. Blatt used to coach Russian National Team (as & arrNT2 (10,4) & ) back in 2012.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece (Aris) and Italy.

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Roanne inks Jason Williams, ex Hapoel B/S - by Eurobasket News

Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProB) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American swingman Jason Williams (198-98kg-83, college: UTEP). He played last season at Hapoel Beer Sheva in Israeli National League. In 35 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.5apg. Williams helped them to make it to the final.
The previous (15-16) season he played at JA Vichy where in 34 ProB games he recorded 14.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Williams was voted Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Import Player of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Williams has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia), Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), Italy (UBC, Vigevano and Ostuni) and Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco).
Williams attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: An swingman who can defend almost on any opponent and can help his team in lots of ways. He' not a reliable shooter but puts a great energy on the court in any moment of the game.

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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. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
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. Hogue, Dolomiti.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Moore, The F.5.4 
 6. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 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. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 7. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 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. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.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 Cuore17.4 
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. Visnjic, Napoli Cuore9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 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. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.0 
 6. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 7. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 8. Maggio, Napoli Cuore4.9 
 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. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.8 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.0 
 6. Mastroianni, Napoli C.1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Laguzzi, Sestu0.9 
 9. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 10. Gatti, Campli0.9 


Serie A Round 2 of Finals. Venezia bounce back from loss, even title series - by Eurobasket News

Umana VE - Dolomiti En. TR 79-64

Umana Venezia rolled past Trento at home court to even the championship series at 1-1. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who scored 20 points. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) produced 17 points and Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 20+3reb+1ast, H.Peric 12+9reb+3ast, M.Ejim 9+4reb, E.Batista 9+6reb+2ast, T.McGee 7, M.Bramos 7+6reb+1ast
Dolomiti En. TR: A.Craft 17+2reb, S.Shields 12+4reb+1ast, D.Flaccadori 8+3reb+3ast, D.Hogue 8+7reb+1ast, J.Gomes 7+3reb+3ast, A.Forray 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547892





Valdisieve signs Daniele Mariotti - by Eurobasket News

Lorex Sport Valdisieve Pelago (Serie C Gold) signed 33-year old guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84). He has played for the last eleven seasons at USE Basket in the Serie B. In 31 games he had 9.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4apg last season. Serie C Gold will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Mariotti's team was Runner-Up of Nazionale B Group B Regular Season 2013.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for two other teams: Firenze Enic and Empoli Lai.

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Piacenza hire coach Zanchi - by Eurobasket News

UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2) landed coach Andrea Zanchi (agency: Players Group). It is actually his comeback to Casalpusterlengo as he used to coach here before. Zanchi coached most recently at Givova Scafati Basket in the Serie A2.
The previous (15-16) season he coached at Ambalt Recanati (Serie A).
Zanchi coached in the final of Italian LNP Silver Playoffs in 2014.
He has coached previously two other teams: Latina Basket and Omegna.

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Sestu signs coach Giuseppe Caboni - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) signed experienced 51-year old coach Giuseppe Caboni (agency: SPORTlab Agency). He coached most recently at Basket Girls Ancona in the women's Serie A2.
The previous (14-15) season Caboni coached at Cagliari Olimpia.
He won Italian A2 South championship title in 2012.
Caboni has coached previously C.U.S. Chieti.

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Jesi signs Tommaso Rinaldi - by Eurobasket News

Termoforgia Aurora Jesi (Serie A2) signed 32-year old ex-international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (205-107kg-85, agency: Interperformances) from Treviso Basket. Rinaldi has played there for the last three years. In 36 Serie A2 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. Rinaldi was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2009.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Rinaldi played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
He also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Rinaldi has played previously for seven other teams: Rimini, Umana Venezia, UBC, Brescia, CZG Veroli, Ostuni and Brescia.
He could be described: The most promising Italian inside player; great back to the basket offensive skills, great hook-shot; has a unique instinct for the rebounds, at both the ends of the court; needs to improve in defense (now he is too foul-prone); Dramatically improved when his coach moved him stably in the 5 position. Despite being undersized, he showed so good skills to earn a spot at the National A Camp...

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Coach Putignano leaves Taranto - by Eurobasket News

46-year old coach Giovanni Putignano (agency: SPORTlab Agency) left Cus Jonico Basket Taranto (Serie B).
Among other achievements Putignano's team was regular season runner-up in Italian A dilettanti Group B for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).
He has coached previously three other teams: Scafati, Bari and Ostuni.

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Balanzoni re-signs at Lecco - by Eurobasket News

Basket Lecco (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 24-year old power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 Serie B games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season.
Balanzoni helped his team to make it to the Supercup Final in 2014.
He has played previously for Openjobmetis VA.

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Napoli Cuore beat Bergamo to clinch Serie A2 promotion - by Eurobasket News

Bergamo - Napoli Cuore 59-64

Napoli Cuore rallied past Bergamo to secure Serie A2 promotion. 24 personal fouls committed by Bergamo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and guard Simone Berti (196-85) added 13 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 24+13reb+1ast, S.Berti 13+13reb+6ast, T.Milani 6+4reb+3ast, A.Panni 5+4reb+4ast, P.Chiarello 4+1reb+1ast, N.Bastone 4+7reb+1ast
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 31+13reb+1ast, S.Nikolic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 9+2reb+2ast, R.Maggio 8+6reb+3ast, D.Marzaioli 3+1reb, M.Mastroianni 2+4reb
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Rinaldi left Treviso Basket - by Eurobasket News

32-year old ex-international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (205-107kg-85, agency: Interperformances) left De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Serie A2). Rinaldi has played there for the last three years. In 36 Serie A2 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Rinaldi's team won Italian Serie A2 East Regular Season in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention back in 2009.
Rinaldi was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team between 2003 and 2005.
Rinaldi also represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Rimini, Umana Venezia, UBC, Brescia, CZG Veroli, Ostuni and Brescia.
On Rinaldi: The most promising Italian inside player; great back to the basket offensive skills, great hook-shot; has a unique instinct for the rebounds, at both the ends of the court; needs to improve in defense (now he is too foul-prone); Dramatically improved when his coach moved him stably in the 5 position. Despite being undersized, he showed so good skills to earn a spot at the National A Camp...

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Alessandro Cecchetti signs at Eurobasket Roma - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Gas & Power Eurobasket Roma landed 26-year old power forward Alessandro Cecchetti (200-91). He played most recently at Basket Citta' Di San Severo in the Serie B. In 33 games he averaged 9.1ppg and 5.2rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Cecchetti played at Ambrosia Lions Bisceglie (also in Serie B) where in 31 games he had 12.5ppg and 6.0rpg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Italian Nazionale A Division South-East in 2012.
Cecchetti was a member of Italian U16 National Team back in 2007.
He has played previously for four other teams: Balletti Park Hotel Viterbo, Latina Basket, Fossombrone and Recanati.
Let's have closer look into Cecchetti's outlook: An undersized inside player, who has strong hands and good post moves. in his first pro season, he showed great timning for the rebounds and interesting scoring skills.

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  KAZAKHSTAN  


Kazakhstan National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Kazakhstan National Team 2017
#s#
Denis Degtyarev
Degtyarev
Azim Yagodkin
Yagodkin
Shaim Kuanov
Kuanov
Rustam Murzagaliyev
Murzagaliyev
Nikolay Bazhkin
Bazhkin
#e#5
Denis Degtyarev 200-F-90 Astana Kazakhstan
Azim Yagodkin 185-PG-92 Kaspiy Aktau Kazakhstan
Shaim Kuanov 181-PG-91 Kaspiy Aktau Kazakhstan
Rustam Murzagaliyev 196-G/F-92 Astana Kazakhstan
Nikolay Bazhkin 198-G/F-90 Barsy Atyrau Kazakhstan
Ruslan Aytkali 193-F-97 Alma-Ata Russia
Vassiliy Savchenko 190-PG-87 Barsy Atyrau Kazakhstan
Anton Ponomaryov 208-C/F-88 Astana Kazakhstan
Roman Marchuk 198-F-93 Kaspiy Aktau Kazakhstan
Vitaliy Lapchenko 207-F-92 Kaspiy Aktau Kazakhstan
Aleksandr Zhigulin 204-F-94 Astana Kazakhstan
Maxim Marchuk 198-F/G-94 Astana Kazakhstan




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  KENYA  


Nairobi Morans eye last four slot - by Eurobasket News

Nairobi Morans will be aiming to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Africa City Challenge basketball tourney with a win against Kampala Red Stars on Tuesday at the Nyayo Stadium. The homeside beat Dar es Salaam Dream Team 87-71 in their Pool A on the opening day of competition on Sunday evening. A win for the Morans will see them finish on maximum points which guarantees them top spot and a date with the runners up in Pool B in Wednesday's semi-final. Morans and Mombasa City Sharks are the two teams representing the country in the six team competition which also has teams from Mogadishu, Kampala, Juba and Dar es Salaam featuring in the five-day tournament, which has a prize kitty totalling Sh1.5 million. Sharks, who were due to play Mogadishu City on Monday night, also won their opening Pool B match edging out South Sudan's Juba Bright Stars 69-66. Morans coach Ben Oluoch wants his charges to replicate their opening day win and secure maximum points ahead of the semis. 'The way we started the match against Dar was impressive. If we can maintain that tempo and keep our discipline, we should be able to comfortably win the match,' Oluoch told Nation Sport. Oluoch, a former national team player, will bank on internationals Griffin Ligare (174-G-85) and Joseph Khaemba (180-PG-91) to defeat the Ugandans. 'Ugandans love to keep the ball and are quick in breaks so we have got to watch against that and keep our defensive shape,' the tactician added. Ligare top scored for Morans against the Tanzanians with 16 points. Red Stars were due to face off with Dar es Salaam Dream Team in their opening encounter last evening. Against Dar, Nairobi won the first quarter 16-9 after dominating for the entire period. However, Dar es Salaam came into the second quarter strongly and won 23-14 to lead 32-30 at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80) made a three-pointer for Nairobi to lead 33-32 but the Tanzanians tied 33-33 with a free shot. Arou Ramadhani (F) sunk a basket for Nairobi to break the deadlock and they went on to claim the quarter 32-19. Nairobi opened the biggest lead of 19 points in the fourth quarter at 80-61 and won 25-20. Thursday will be a rest day with the finals set for Friday.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



Nairobi, Mombasa Cruise in Africa City Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Kenyan sides Nairobi Morans and Mombasa City Sharks recorded opening day wins on the first day of the Africa City Challenge basketball tourney at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. Sharks opened proceedings with a nail-biting 69-66 win over South Sudan's Juba Bright Stars in the opening match before Nairobi Morans saw off Dar es Salaam Dream Team 87-71 in the late game. Mombasa, who replaced Kigali City for the tourney, rallied from 18 points down to claim a sizzling win. Juba took the first quarter 22-11 and were cruising in the second quarter before the homeside hit back. Jubal led 33-15 four minutes into the quarter before the introduction of Kenya Ports Authority's Gerry Wekesa, who had sat out the first quarter, inspired Mombasa. He scored nine points in the quarter as they won the second quarter 19-18 and narrowed the gap to 10 points at halftime. Mombasa's resurgence continued in the third quarter as they won it 19-15 to trail by six baskets with one more quarter left. At the start of the fourth quarter, Samuel Ocholla (196-F) who turns out for KPA scored six straight points to tie scores at 55-55 to set up a nail biting finish. With the momentum shifting, Mombasa opened an eight-point lead of 65-57. However, Juba clawed back slowly and trailed by three points with 47 seconds remaining. Mombasa held out to win the quarter 20-11 and complete a remarkable comeback. Samuel Ocholla and Jerry Wekesa starred for Mombasa with 14 points apiece as Leek Manyuol and David Gabriel sunk 19 points and 12 points respectively for Juba.
In the second match, Nairobi held off a brief rally from the Tanzanians to complete a good day for Kenyan sides in the competition. Nairobi won the first quarter 16-9 after dominating for the entire period. However, Dar es Salaam came into the second quarter strongly and won 23-14 to lead 32-30 at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Victor Odendo made a three-pointer for Nairobi to lead 33-32 but the Tanzanians tied 33-33 with a free shot. Arou Ramadhani (F) sunk a basket for Nairobi to break the deadlock and they went on to claim the quarter 32-19. Nairobi opened the biggest lead of 19 points in the fourth quarter at 80-61 and won 25-20. Kenya international Ligare scored 16 points for Nairobi while Brayan Muramba scored 20 for Dar es Salaam. On Monday, Dar es Salaam will play Kampala Red Stars at 6 pm. Six teams drawn from Nairobi, Mombasa, Mogadishu, Kampala, Juba and Dar es Salaam are featuring in the five-day tournament, which hasa prize kitty totalling Sh1.5 million. The top three teams will walk away with a cash prizes ranging between Sh 250,000 and Sh 620,000.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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  LATVIA  


Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

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  LEBANON  


John Bohannon (ex Mayrouba) signs at Huracanes del Atlantico - by Eurobasket News

Huracanes del Atlantico (LNB) landed 26-year old American forward John Bohannon (210-102kg-91, college: UTEP). He played most recently at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL, but left the team in Jan.'17. In 8 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 14.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg and 2.3bpg last season.
Three years ago Bohannon was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in second round (25th overall).
The former Univ.of Texas at El Paso staris in his fourth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bohannon played in the final of NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando in 2015. He received also All-C-USA 3rd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Bohannon has played also professionally for other D-League teams like Erie Bay Hawks and Delaware 87ers.

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  LITHUANIA  


Aaron White (ex Zenit) signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) landed 25-year old American power forward Aaron White (206-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 30 VTB United League games he averaged 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season White played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 34 games he had 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. White also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
Two years ago White was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (49th overall). He attended University of Iowa until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements White played in the final of NIT in 2013. He received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
White represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.

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Rouen lands Ovidijus Varanauskas - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) landed 26-year old Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (188-86kg-91). He played most recently at Gries/Oberhoffen in French NM1 league. Varanauskas managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 22 NM1 games he averaged impressive 15.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.5apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 3rd Team. Varanauskas also played that season for Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL where in 6 games he had 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 2 games in Baltic League where he recorded 7.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. Varanauskas' team won Baltic League Cup.
He represented Lithuania at the FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Moscow (Russia) three years ago.
Varanauskas has played also professionally in Italy (Openjobmetis VA), Poland (Polpharma) and Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas, Sakalai, Vytautas, Juventus and Statyba).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Ovidijus is one of the most interesting and professional young players at PG position. He was member of Lithuanian national team U20, U18 and U16. He is very complete player - athletic, great passer and dribbler, very good shooter in catch n shoot situations.
Plays and reads pick n roll situation at very high level. Scores well of the dribble and on 1x1 situations. Controls the game's rhythm well and is the coach on the court. With his great athleticism he is able to put pressure on the guards on defense. If he continues to work as hard as he does already few years he will be one of the most valuable players on the market in close future
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  MALI  


Challans keep Saounera for another season - by Eurobasket News

Vendee Challans Basket (NM1) re-signed 30-year old former Mali international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-80kg-87). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 37 NM1 games he averaged 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg last season.
Saounera won French NM2 Group B championship title in 2011.
He also represented Mali at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago.
Saounera has played previously for six other teams: Chalons Reims, Cognac BB, Rueil, Saint Vallier, Boulazac Basket and Orchesien BC.

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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave25.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon24.1 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Ledbetter, Mazat.21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Glover, Obregon21.0 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato10.2 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.0 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.7 
 7. West, Guaymas8.6 
 8. White, Mazatlan8.3 
 9. Wilson, Hermosillo8.3 
 10. Miller, Los Mochis8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.9 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato5.5 
 4. Howard, Mazatlan5.5 
 5. Capers, Obregon5.4 
 6. Murphy, Los Mochis5.3 
 7. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 9. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.4 
 2. Capers, Obregon2.3 
 3. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.2 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis2.0 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. Jones, Guaymas1.5 
 8. White, Mazatlan1.5 
 9. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.5 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Miller, Los Mochis0.9 
 8. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 


Recap of CIBACOPA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Guaymas - Tijuana 86-78

Guyamas overcame Tijuana to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Paul Reyes who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Daniel Giron (175-89) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) added 23 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: P.Reyes 22+7reb+3ast, D.Giron 20+5reb+3ast, P.Marigney 15+4reb+5ast, R.Woods 11+4reb+3ast, B.West 9+7reb, J.Salcedo 8+5reb+1ast
Tijuana: C.Tate 23+3reb+2ast, G.Smith 20+8reb+3ast, M.Morrison 11+4reb+3ast, R.Williams 10+5reb+7ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 6+3reb, K.Rodriguez 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 547982


Navolato - Hermosillo 74-91

Hermosillo rallied past Navolato on the road to ensure 2-1 advantage. It looked good early as Garra Canera de Navolato took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rayos de Hermosillo had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Garra Canera de Navolato was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-91. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Garra Canera de Navolato's 36. It was a good game for American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 23 points and the other American import forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Camacho 21+5reb, M.Henry 20+4reb, E.Little 15+11reb+3ast, A.Bell 14+1reb, S.Monreal 8+3reb+7ast, J.Manuel Esteva 6+2reb
Navolato: D.Mitchell 23+4reb+3ast, M.Ammons 17+8reb+1ast, J.Horton 13+2reb+4ast, K.Rogers 7+6reb+3ast, J.David Estrada 4+2reb+1ast, S.Garay 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 547981


Mazatlan - Obregon 103-107

Obregon surge ahead in the series following a road win. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon forced 19 Lobos UAD Mazatlan turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) helped adding 18 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 30+7reb+5ast, K.Capers 27+1reb+5ast, M.Glover 18+15reb+3ast, J.Hutchingson 15, L.Atterberry 11+3reb+1ast, I.Leon 4
Mazatlan: J.Ledbetter 24+5reb+6ast, O.Thomas 20+5reb+2ast, D.White 19+10reb+2ast, P.Howard 17+6reb+8ast, M.Lizarraga 13+3reb, D.Onofre 8+1reb
gschID: 547980


Los Mochis - Guasave 88-72

Los Mochis held off Guasave for the third straight win. It was a great evening for American guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bahamas forward Tavario Miller (203-94, college: Texas A&M) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St.) with 27 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: N.Murphy 21+9reb+7ast, J.Early 17+3reb+3ast, T.Miller 15+8reb+1ast, T.Motley 13+4reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 13+2reb+1ast, R.Catalayud 9+3reb+3ast
Guasave: T.Franklin 27+6reb+1ast, S.Yeager 20+6reb, L.Davis 9+7reb+1ast, D.Keller 6+1ast, A.Cervantes 6+2reb+1ast, J.Roman 4+2ast
gschID: 547979





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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.7 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Durant, Golden S.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.8 
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. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Curry, Golden S.1.9 
 6. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 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. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Golden State Warriors win 2017 NBA Championship, beat Cavs 129-120 - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the 2017 NBA Champions. Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) led all scorers with 39 points, Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) added 34 points, and 2015 finals MVP Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) had 20 points off the bench. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) 26 added points and J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) chipped in with 25. This win gives the Warriors their second ring in three years, after winning in 2015 against a short-handed, Lebron-led Cavs team. Durant, a former MVP and future hall of famer, gets his first title in his tenth season as the newest addition to this Warriors roster. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.), Draymond Green, and 2-time MVP Curry get their second championship as a trio. The Warriors team is one of the best teams of all time after winning 73 games last year, and having both of the last two NBA MVPs. The Cavs fall to 1-2 in their three Finals series vs the Warriors and LeBron James sees his overall finals record fall to 3-5. The Warriors lead the Cavs 71-60 at halftime. The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first quarter while taking a 37-33 lead, but the Warriors dominated the second quarter to grab a 11-point halftime advantage. Midway through the second quarter, the Warriors made their move, staging a 21-2 run. The Cavs started where they left off in Cleveland hitting their first shot, and six of their first seven attempts in breaking out to a 13-9 lead. LeBron James led the way, connecting on five of his first six shots. A James three boosted the Cavs to a 18-11 lead at the 6:48 mark. Cleveland's hot shooting countered a Warriors surge, and the Cavs ended the first period with consecutive baskets on their last two offensive trips. The second quarter started with more cold shooting by the Warriors, strong defense by the Cavs and a James slam over the outstretched arms of Kevin Durant. The dunk forced a Warriors timeout when the Cavs margin grew to 41-33 near the 10-minute mark. The Warriors took their first meaningful lead at 45-43 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half. They turned it around and went from down by eight to up by 11, as part of a 21-2 run. A Durant three boosted the margin to 60-45 with 3:08 in the half. Play was stopped at the 3:08 mark after a tussle and technical foul on members of both teams. A Warriors 30-8 run helped the Warriors close the half with a 71-60 lead. The Cavs cut the Warriors' lead to four in the third quarter, but the Warriors fought through to hold on to a 98-93 advantage by the start of the fourth. The Warriors held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, and survived the Cavs tough shot making. The points for Cavs did not seem to come as easy as they did for the Warriors in the fourth. This made a difference because when the Cavs saw an opportunity to take a lead, the Warriors responded and hit easy shots. Durant put on a scoring clinic in the fourth quarter, hitting tough shot after tough shot. The Warriors took their only loss of the playoffs Friday night. Now, they find themselves in the same position, a 3-1 lead, they were in last year when they ultimately failed to close out the series. Golden State got there a little differently this time around, opening up a 3-0 lead. In 2016, the team started 2-0 before dropping Game 3, winning Game 4 then losing the last three. The 2017 NBA Finals served as a rubber match of sorts between the teams. Golden State won the championship in 2015 and Cleveland took the title last year. During the playoffs, the Warriors previously swept Portland, Jazz and San Antonio.
Courtesy of: wafb.com



Wolves Expected To Pursue Jrue Holiday, George Hill, Jeff Teague - by Eurobasket News

The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn (6'4''-G-94, college: Providence) last June and still have Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) on their roster, but they remain interested in making a change at the point guard position. If the Wolves successfully trade Rubio this offseason, they are expected to pursue a free agent point guard. The Wolves have interest in Jrue Holiday (6'4''-PG-90, college: UCLA), George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) and Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest). Holiday reportedly is willing to consider leaving the New Orleans Pelicans if he receives a four-year max deal. Minnesota doesn't have strong interest in Derrick Rose. Minnesota has also been interested in bringing in point guards to consider drafting at No. 7. The Wolves are also interested in trading out of No. 7.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Sixers agree to summer league deal with Larry Drew II - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Larry Drew II (6'2''-PG-90, college: UCLA) II will be joining the Philadelphia 76ers for NBA Summer League, according to international basketball reporter David Pick. The 27-year-old Drew joined the Sixers for a 12 game stint during the 2014-15 season after injuries to Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91, college: Syracuse) and Tony Wroten (6'6''-G-93, college: Washington) left the team in need of a point guard. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 assists in 18.3 minutes per game. Instead of signing him to a season long contract after his second 10-day contract expired, the Sixers opted to sign Tim Frazier instead. Ah, the memories. Drew split time between Lithuania, Puerto Rico and the D-League last season. He played particularly well during his run with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 8.1 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. Furthermore, reports have emerged in China about the possibility of 23-year-old guard Ailun Guo (6'4''-SF-93) also joining the Sixers for summer league. Ailun has spent his entire 6-year pro career with the Liaoning Flying Leopards. He averaged nearly 20 points per game last season, and shot 52.1 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from three. In May he became the first ever Chinese basketball player to be signed to Jordan Brand. The Sixers will be playing in both Utah and Las Vegas Summer League this year.
Courtesy of: libertyballers.com




Rudy Gay Reportedly Opts out of Kings Contract, Will Test Free Agency - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Gay (6'8''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) has reportedly decided to hit free agency, declining to exercise his $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season with the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Zach Lowe of ESPN confirmed a report from Albert Nahmad that Gay had activated the option. Gay, 30, played well for the Kings when he was healthy last season, averaging 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games. But he ruptured his Achilles tendon in January and missed the rest of the season, and it remained uncertain if he would return to the Kings or test the free-agent waters. The Kings certainly wanted Gay to remain on the roster. "His personality, when we talk about who's going to fit on this team, he's exactly what we're looking for," general manager Vlade Divac said in April, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. But with the team building around a young core that includes Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, George Papagiannis and Willie Cauley-Stein. Gay perhaps didn't want to undergo a rebuilding effort. Instead, testing free agency will allow him to not only acquire a bigger payday but perhaps join a contending team as well. As for the Kings, they were always a long shot to be playoff team in 2017-18. Without Gay, the odds have grown that much longer.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



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  NCAA1  


UWM's LaVall Jordan accepts Butler coaching job - by Eurobasket News

For the third time in three seasons, UW-Milwaukee's men's basketball team will be playing for a different coach. LaVall Jordan , hired a little over 14 months ago to replace the fired Rob Jeter, has agreed to become the next head coach at Butler University. The Butler job opened late last week when Chris Holtmann left for Ohio State. The 38-year-old Jordan immediately jumped to the top of the list of potential candidates to replace Holtmann at Butler because of his ties to the school. He played guard for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001 and later spent four years on the coaching staff, including three as an assistant from 2004-'07. "The past 14 months have been some of the most rewarding of my coaching career," Jordan said in a statement released by UWM late Monday night. "As our players embraced our staff's vision for Milwaukee basketball and continued to develop, they took us all on a special journey. I want to thank (athletic director) Amanda Braun, (chancellor) Mark Mone and the Milwaukee athletic department for giving me that opportunity. "I also want to say thank you to the players - past and present - that I built great relationships with, along with Panther fans and the Panther community." Said Braun: "With LaVall having been at Butler as a player and a coach, we understand his desire to make this move. On behalf of everyone involved with Milwaukee athletics, we wish LaVall, (wife) Destinee and his family a successful transition. "We will work quickly to identify our next head coach." Jordan was hired by Braun and announced as UWM coach on April 7, 2016. He came to the school after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant at the University of Michigan, and had no previous head-coaching experience. His hiring came roughly three weeks after the firing of Jeter, which led to the transfer of what would have been the three top returning scorers in the program. Jordan was left to pick up the pieces with an undersized, inexperienced and undermanned roster that played hard but struggled to an 8-23 overall record in the regular-season. The Panthers also went 4-14 in the Horizon League, which left them last in the 10-team conference. UWM saved its best basketball for the postseason, however. The Panthers became the first 10th-seeded team to win a game in the Horizon League Tournament by knocking off seventh-seeded Detroit in the first round, then went on to upset second-seeded Valparaiso and sixth-seeded Illinois-Chicago to reach the finals. The Panthers' improbable run to a fifth NCAA Tournament berth fell one game short, however, as they lost to fourth-seeded Northern Kentucky, 59-53, in the championship game. UWM finished the season with a 11-24 overall record. Jordan was an upbeat and enthusiastic presence throughout the season, and the marked improvement of players such as guard Brock Stull - who went from a seldom-used reserve in 2015-'16 to the Panthers' leading scorer and rebounder last season - spoke to his player-development skills. He was coaching at UWM under a five-year contract that paid him $350,000 annually. His buyout will be $700,000, half of the remaining value of the contract. The timing of Jordan's departure is tough for UWM, considering the turmoil surrounding the program over the last 15 months. In his short time at the helm, Jordan appeared to be everything the school and team needed to move forward and return to relevance in the Horizon League. "Even though the time we had together was short, we are proud to have brought in a coach that embodies such character and a great sense of leadership," Braun said in the statement. "He has been an integral part of setting the building blocks in place for the success of our program. We are confident we will continue to build on his success and look forward to the future." Braun and UWM may choose to use a search firm for her next hire as they did with Jordan. But Jordan's top assistant, Todd Townsend, is considered to be a rising young star in the coaching ranks who would also provide some much-needed continuity. A 2004 graduate of Marquette University and starting forward on the Golden Eagles' 2003 Final Four team, Townsend began his post-playing career as director of basketball operations on Tom Crean's staff at MU before then cutting his teeth with assistant's stints at Northeastern, Northern Illinois and Drake. Townsend, 35, is considered to be a strong recruiter with ties to his hometown of Chicago, which has proven to be fertile ground in the past for UWM.
Courtesy of: jsonline.com



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  NCAA2  


St. Joe's Telfer chooses Post University - by Eurobasket News

St. Joseph senior basketball standout Omar Telfer has committed to Post University to continue his career at the collegiate level. Telfer was a four-year varsity player for the Cadets and was named a captain for his senior season. The point guard averaged 12.0 points per game, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 steals under head coach Paul Dudzinski this past season. He also shot 45 percent from the floor. Telfer plans to pursue a Business Management degree while at Post, a Division II school located in Waterbury.
Courtesy of: ctpost.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Best players of New Zealand NBL round 13 - by Eurobasket News

American Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canterbury and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for Canterbury in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nelson G. (#5, 4-14) 91-90. Canterbury maintains the 4th position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canterbury will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Kendle had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canterbury, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bellarmine University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kendle is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.3ppg), assists (5th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international forward Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G.. Delany impressed basketball fans with 40 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Nelson G. was edged by slightly higher-ranked Canterbury (#4, 10-8) 91-90. Despite lost game Nelson G. moved up to 5th position in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Nelson G. managed to get this year. Delany is one of the most experienced players at Nelson G. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#8). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Amir Williams (211-C-92) of Taylor Hawks (#7). Williams scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Taylor Hawks, leading his team to a 85-73 win against Taranaki MA (4-14). Taylor Hawks can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Williams he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Williams has individually a great season in New Zealand. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 57.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) of Taylor Hawks - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92) of SC Rangers - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tai Wesley (201-F-86) of Wellington S. - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Sam Dempster (192-G/F-90) of Nelson G. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  NIGERIA  


Umar returns as NEW President, Oyedeji now VP - by Olusegun Ikuesan

*As Galadima praises the Federation

NBBF elects a new board for the period 2017 to 2021. Those elected are Tijjani Umar- president and North East rep, Olumide Oyedeji, Vice president and FIBA world rep, Alh Muktar Kaleh, member and FIBA Africa rep, Dr Joseph Adeyemo from Kwara, member and North Central rep, Mustapha Suleiman from Kano, returns as North West rep, Segun Famuyiwa, member and South West rep, Ejike Paul Medus, member and South East rep, Stanley Gumut, member and Athletes rep, Mrs Margaret Porbeni, member and NAWIS (Women in sports) rep. Scott Nnaji, member and coaches rep, Tunde Popoola, member and referees rep, Pastor Scambo Morrison, member and Technical Commissioners rep. No election was done for the South South zonal rep, a bye election would be conducted at a later date according to the Chairman of the electoral panel, Barrister Kennedy Osunwa.

Meanwhile former NFA Chairman and Chairman, Kano State Sports Council, Ahaji Ibrahim Galadima has congratulated the NBBF for taking a bold step in formulating its own Constitution which has helped it towards attaining independence and autonomy to run its affairs according to the regulations of the Olympic Charter.

''What you have done is remarkable and will serve as a tonic for other Federations to follow suit and have their own constitution to be able to be independent of the sports ministry,' Galadima said, however, adding,'I will advice that you don't shut your doors against those who walked away from your fold. If they come back you should welcome them so that together you build on the achievements you have recorded so far.'

Alhaji Galadima who spoke during a courtesy call by the former Board of the NBBF, expressed dissatisfaction with the downward turn of events in the sports sector, stressing that 'the current leadership in ministry sports is the worst I have seen in a long time. Sports is going down and I pray something is done urgently.'



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ricardo RATLIFFE
  Star H.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Ratliffe, Star H.30.0 
 2. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.8 
 5. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.2 
 7. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 8. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo RATLIFFE
  Star H.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Ratliffe, Star H.21.6 
 2. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 3. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 4. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 5. Wright, Mahindra15.3 
 6. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 7. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen7.9 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.2 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.5 
 4. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.2 
 5. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.1 
 7. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 8. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 9. Tenorio, B.Ginebra4.5 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
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.1.7 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 7. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix1.2 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.3 
 3. Ratliffe, Star H.2.1 
 4. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.9 
 6. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 7. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.6 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


Beermen Pull Through In Game 2, Level Series With Hotshots - by Eurobasket News

San Miguel Beer, a mean scoring machine with its Magnificent Six led by Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) and June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), battled Star in a dull defensive duel but happily forged a 1-1 deadlock in their PBA Commissioner's Cup Final Four faceoff with a 77-76 escape act at the MOA Arena Monday night. The Beermen stood their ground in the tough defensive battle to the very end, defending well against the Hotshots' make-or-break attack in the closing seconds to complete their crucial grind-out victory. San Miguel eventually avenged its 105-109 loss in Game One as Paul Lee (185-G-89) failed to shake off a swarming defense and missed badly on a floater. 'This is the very kind of game I was expecting. I have to commend my players, and we're lucky Paul Lee's last shot didn't connect,' said SMB coach Leovino Austria . The Beermen let Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri) to have another huge double-double game but jammed the guns of the Star shooters, and in the process put to a halt the Hotshots' eight-game streak from the elimination round. They handed Ratliffe his first loss this season. Ratliffe came through with 35 rebounds (second all-time most in PBA playoffs) and 28 points but the Hotshots gunners were held to six three-pointers, just half of their hits in their Game One victory. Offensively, starters Charles Rhodes, Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo), June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) combined for all but 10 of SMB's production. They all saw action for at least 32 minutes, and each one delivered at least 10 points. Austria limited his rotation to nine men, tapping only four reserves in Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Ronald Tubid (185-G-81), Gabby Espinas and Brian Heruela. Santos nailed his lone field-goal basket - a trey - to shatter a 74-all count in the last 3:40 of play then the Beermen fought the Hotshots stoppage for stoppage. With a focus on defense after yielding much buckets in the previous game, the Beermen made the Hotshots to bleed for their points in the opening half. They extended their defense on the Star shooters, holding them to 1-of-10 three-point shooting in the first 24 minutes of play. Meanwhile, Lassiter, Cabagnot and Ross combined for six treys as the Beermen took the half at 44-30. The Beermen opened an early double-digit spread before closing the first quarter at 25-16 on a buzzer-beating putback by Fajardo off Rafi Reavis.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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  POLAND  


Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 1st Team 2017
Krzysztof Szubarga
Szubarga
Nemanja Jaramaz
Jaramaz
Kyle Weaver
Weaver
Vladimir Dragicevic
Dragicevic
Shawn King
King

Finals MVP: James Florence (185-PG-88) of Stelmet ZG
Player of the Year: Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow
Guard of the Year: Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) of Asseco
Forward of the Year: Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Torun
Center of the Year: Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow
Most Improved Player of the Year: Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-G-94) of Rosa Radom
Bosman Player of the Year: Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Stelmet ZG
Import Player of the Year: Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow
Domestic Player of the Year: Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) of Asseco
Defensive Player of the Year: Michal Sokolowski (196-F/G-92) of Rosa Radom
Youth Player of the Year: Martynas Sajus (208-C-96) of Polpharma
Coach of the Year: Emil Rajkovic of Stal Ostrow

1st Team
PG: Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) of Asseco
G: Nemanja Jaramaz (200-G-91) of Anwil
G: Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Torun
C/F: Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Stelmet ZG
C: Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow

2nd Team
PG: Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG
G/F: Marc Antonio Carter (191-G/F-85) of Stal Ostrow
G/F: Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93) of Energa Czarni
F/C: Nikola Markovic (208-F/C-89) of Trefl Sopot
F/C: David Kravish (208-F/C-92) of Energa Czarni

Honorable Mention
Josip Sobin (203-C-89) of Anwil
Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91) of Trefl Sopot
Michal Sokolowski (196-F/G-92) of Rosa Radom
Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92) of Stelmet ZG
Pawel Leonczyk (203-F/C-86) of Anwil
Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88) of Stal Ostrow
Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) of Energa Czarni
Marcin Flieger (185-PG-84) of Polpharma
Michal Michalak (197-G/F-93) of PGE Turow
Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) of Krosno
Krzysztof Sulima (204-C/F-90) of Torun

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Krzysztof Szubarga (178-PG-84) of Asseco
PG: Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) of Stelmet ZG
G/F: Michal Michalak (197-G/F-93) of PGE Turow
F/G: Michal Sokolowski (196-F/G-92) of Rosa Radom
C/F: Krzysztof Sulima (204-C/F-90) of Torun

All-Imports Team
PG: Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91) of Trefl Sopot
G/F: Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93) of Energa Czarni
G: Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of Torun
F/C: David Kravish (208-F/C-92) of Energa Czarni
C: Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow

All-Youth Team
G: Marcel Ponitka (192-G-97) of Asseco
PG: Igor Wadowski (196-PG-96) of AZS Koszalin
C/F: Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) of Polfarmex Kutno
F/C: Mikolaj Witlinski (207-F/C-95) of Asseco
C: Martynas Sajus (208-C-96) of Polpharma



Myles Mack agreed terms with PGE Turow - by Greg

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) inked 24-year old American point guard Myles Mack (175-77kg-93, college: Rutgers). He played most recently at Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen. In 31 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.8apg and 2.1spg last season. Mack helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team and to All-Imports Team.
Mack graduated from Rutgers, The State University in 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Imortal Basket Club claim 1 Division title - by Eurobasket News

Imortal Basket Club are the 1 Division winners. They overcame Coimbra 73:64 for the trophy. Shane DaRosa (183-PG, college: Bristol CC) stepped up with 25 points to pace the champions. Imortal jumped to a 28:18 lead ten minutes into the game. But Coimbra held their opponents to 7 points in the second quarter to level things up at 35. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. Imortal and Coimbra entered the fourth stanza tied at 55. Imortal though used an 18:8 surge in the final period to eke out the win. Nelson Jossias (196-F-89) recorded 22 points, while Milton Caifaz (G-92) added 12 points in the victory. Fernando Sousa (194-F/G-81) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Coimbra.


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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Ebanks, San German21.0 
 2. Liz, Ponce21.0 
 3. Wilkins, Guayama19.7 
 4. Rosario, Quebradillas18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo18.4 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez17.7 
 9. Arroyo, Fajardo16.8 
 10. Martinez, Humacao16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.7 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.9 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. Romero, Bayamon8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.6 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.4 
 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 German7.1 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas6.4 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.6 
 8. Torres, Ponce4.9 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.9 
 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. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Browne, San German1.4 
 5. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. James, Fajardo1.3 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada1.2 
 10. Franklin, San G.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.1 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.6 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 8. Akindele, Bayamon0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Fells, San German0.7 


Fajardo adds Buckner to their roster, ex Hapoel Eilat - by Eurobasket News

Cariduros de Fajardo (BSN) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Reginald Buckner (206-107kg-91, college: Mississippi). He played last season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 38 games he recorded 10.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg.
In 2013 Buckner was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
The former University of Mississippi standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Buckner's college team won SEC Tournament in 2013. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Buckner is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Buckner has played previously professionally in Mexico (Soles), Puerto Rico (Santeros), D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Iowa Energy) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Clarke number one in Puerto Rico for week 31 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Coty Clarke (201-F-92, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 31.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Fajardo (#2, 18-9) 83-77. Arecibo maintains the 6th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-14 record. In the team's last game Clarke had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Coty Clarke averages this season 19.8ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old American Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Humacao. Famous had a very good evening with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 75-84 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 18-10). This loss caused Humacao to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Famous is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-F-93) of league's top team Aguada. Andujar showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last week. Despite Andujar's great performance Aguada lost 85-96 to #2 ranked Fajardo. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aguada needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Andujar has a very solid season. In 19 games in Puerto Rico he scored 7.8ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 71.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Fajardo - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 20 points and 9 rebounds
6. Damion James (201-F-87) of Fajardo - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Omar Samhan (211-C-88) of Aguada - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Vinales (185-G-92) of Guayama - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Fajardo - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 10 points, 12 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)



Quebradillas sign Clifford Hammonds, ex Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Quebradillas (BSN) signed 32-year old American point guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson). He played last season at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. In 27 games he had 8.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.7apg. Hammonds helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals.
Two years ago (seven years after he left the college) Hammonds was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (12th overall).
The former Clemson University staris in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hammonds won D-League West Division championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
Hammonds is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hammonds has played previously professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), France (Limoges CSP Elite and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Turkey (Banvit), Puerto Rico (Manati) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He could be described: Hard-working player has averaged double figures in scoring each of his four seasons at Clemson; one of the most respected individuals by his teammates for his tremendous work ethic; a dependable player; very good defensive player, he almost always gets the top assignment in guarding opposing perimeter players.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSN Round 31: Fajardo climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Fajardo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fajardo defeated 3rd placed Santeros in Coamo 96-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fajardo made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings which they share with defeated Santeros. Santeros lost ninth consecutive game. Santeros will play next round against Caciques trying to get back on the winning streak. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Leading Fajardo (18-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (13-14) 83-77. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Walter Hodge accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Fajardo in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Fajardo at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Aguada. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Ninth-ranked Caciques (9-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Leones (15-13) in Humacao on Saturday. The visitors from Juana Diaz managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. Victor Liz fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Steven Burtt produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists for lost side. Caciques' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Leones will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 31 Humacao lost to Quebradillas on the opponent's court 75-84. Guayama unfortunately lost to Mayaguez in a home game 76-80.

Quebradillas - Humacao 84-75

Very expected game in Quebradillas where 9th ranked Caciques (9-17) were defeated by third ranked Piratas (18-10) 84-75 on Sunday. Caciques trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 18-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83, agency: Basket Management Solutions) chipped in 18 points. Piratas' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-86, college: Siena) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Caciques players scored in double figures. Piratas maintains third place with 18-10 record having just one point less than leader Aguada. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Piratas will meet at home Brujos (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: J.Famous 23+5reb+1ast, E.Ubiles 14+1reb+5ast, W.Martinez 13+4reb+3ast, S.Burtt 10+1reb+7ast, P.Ramos 8+7reb+2ast, W.Orozco 7+9reb
Quebradillas: J.Bryan Diaz 20+9reb, A.Carmona 18+3reb+2ast, M.Rosario 14+4reb+2ast, L.Drew II 9+1reb+5ast, D.Smith 8+7reb+7ast, J.Garcia 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 540198


Fajardo - Arecibo 77-83

Leading Fajardo (18-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (13-14) 83-77. Fajardo was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Capitanes made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws). Naturalized U.S. Virgin Islands point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Alexis Colon (196) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Fajardo in the defeat. Five Capitanes and four Fajardo players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains sixth place with 13-14 record. Fajardo at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Aguada. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: D.James 20+10reb+2ast, M.Ali Berdiel 13+2reb+5ast, F.Rivera 11+3ast, A.Colon 10+7reb+4ast, E.Ayuso 8+1ast, C.Ortiz 6+5reb+1ast
Arecibo: C.Clarke 20+9reb+4ast, W.Hodge 18+2reb+4ast, D.Huertas 15+4reb+4ast, D.Clemente 11+1reb+2ast, A.Alamo 10+10reb+1ast, D.Cortez 5+1reb
gschID: 540200


Guayama - Mayaguez 76-80

There was a small surprise in Guayama where tenth ranked Indios (10-16) defeated 8th ranked Brujos (10-18) 80-76 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Brujos won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Indios won last quarter 21-18. Indios outrebounded Brujos 48-31 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) chipped in 17 points. Indios' coach Jose Juan Barea used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 23 points and 5 assists and American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Indios have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Brujos lost eighteenth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 18 games lost. Indios will meet higher ranked Leones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brujos will play against Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: K.Vinales 23+2reb+5ast, D.Wilkins 22+6reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 11+5reb+1ast, J.Nieves 10+1reb, D.Marrero 6+7reb, M.Fillyaw 2+3reb+4ast
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 17+4reb+3ast, D.Laury 13+13reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 12+4reb, D.Collier 11+5reb+4ast, C.Duran 7+5reb+5ast, N.Butler Lind 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 540199


Humacao - Ponce 86-88

Ninth-ranked Caciques (9-17) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Leones (15-13) in Humacao on Saturday. The visitors from Juana Diaz managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 2 points. Leones shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists and the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Caciques' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Leones have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Leones will meet at home Indios (#8) in the next round. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: S.Burtt 18+1reb+12ast, P.Ramos 16+9reb+3ast, W.Martinez 15+4reb+3ast, W.Orozco 14+3reb+1ast, J.Famous 13+8reb+1ast, E.Ubiles 5+3reb+3ast
Ponce: V.Liz 19+6reb+3ast, M.Harris 14+7reb+3ast, C.Emory 12+5reb+3ast, A.Torres 11+3reb+4ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 10+2reb+1ast, E.Dawson 10+12reb+5ast
gschID: 540197


Aguada - Fajardo 85-96

The game had a very big importance for first-ranked Fajardo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Fajardo defeated 3rd placed Santeros in Coamo 96-85. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Santeros managed to win fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fajardo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fajardo made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side American-Dominican forward Emmanuel Andujar (198-93, college: Manhattan) responded with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. 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. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings which they share with defeated Santeros. Santeros lost ninth consecutive game. Santeros will play next round against Caciques trying to get back on the winning streak. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Aguada: O.Samhan 18+7reb+2ast, E.Andujar 15+7reb+6ast, C.Gaston 13+8reb+1ast, G.Clavell 11+1reb, T.Fernandez 8+3reb+1ast, R.Mendoza 6+3reb+3ast
Fajardo: N.Peavy 18+3reb+1ast, E.Ayuso 15+1reb+1ast, D.James 14+10reb+1ast, S.James 14+7reb+2ast, F.Rivera 9+1reb+3ast, A.Colon 9+10reb+1ast
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  RUSSIA  


Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) signs at Lokomotiv - by Alex Rovenskyi

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) landed 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana). He has played for the last two years at EWE Baskets in German BBL league. In 42 games he averaged 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liepaja/Triobet lands Roman Gruschenko, ex Stroitiel Engels - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) tabbed 22-year old Russian power forward Roman Gruschenko (205-98kg-95). He played most recently at Stroitiel Engels in Russian Superleague 2. In 22 games he averaged 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg last season. Gruschenko also played that season for Lokomotiv Kuban 2nd team (U23 League) in Russia where in 22 games he had 7.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He also spent pre-season at Lokomotiv (U23 League) in Russia that year.
Among other achievements Gruschenko received Eurobasket.com All-Russian U23 League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He represented Russia at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships four years ago.
Gruschenko has played also professionally in Russia for Rossiya Novogorsk.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sakharov re-signs at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) confirmed in their roster 24-year old guard Maksim Sakharov (194-82kg-93). He played there last season. In 16 Superleague 1 games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.1rpg. Sakharov helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Khimky Podmoskoye (Superleague) where in 14 games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.1rpg.
Sakharov played in the final of VTB United League in 2015.
He represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. Sakharov's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 21.4%, 3PT: 47.2%, FT: 85.7%.
Sakharov has played previously for Khimki.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron White (ex Zenit) signs at Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) landed 25-year old American power forward Aaron White (206-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He played most recently at Zenit in Russian VTB league. In 30 VTB United League games he averaged 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season White played at Telekom Baskets in German BBL where in 34 games he had 13.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. White also played 10 games in Eurocup where he recorded 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
Two years ago White was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in second round (49th overall). He attended University of Iowa until 2015 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements White played in the final of NIT in 2013. He received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
White represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Quarterfinals are set in the League - by Eurobasket News

Last night at the Vigie Complex undefeated teams faced each other from Group A of the KFC NBL, Courts Jets & Morne Gladiators. The evening kicked off in what would have been considered a great start to great finish for the Morne Gladiators having taken a 23 - 12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Courts Jets quickly picked up the pace in the second quarter resulting in 37 all at halftime. In the last two quarters Courts Jets continued dominating and matchup ended with a 101 - 51 final score.
Meanwhile in Dennery, the Courts Jets Co Ed team faced the home team Dennery and were not as successful as their other team. Dennery defeated the Jets Co Ed 60-21. KFC Player of Game was Andre Louison with 30 points 9 rebounds. Rescheduled game this evening at the Vigie Complex with Run N Gun facing Courts Jets Co Ed at 7pm. Quarterfinals due to commence this Saturday June 10th, 2017.
Courtesy of: stluciatimes.com



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Scotland wallop Wales to secure Celtic Clash victory - by Eurobasket News

In the third and final game of 2017's Celtic Clash, Scotland Senior Men returned to Oriam to challenge a Wales squad who had just come off a tough 85-55 loss to Ireland a day earlier. After both teams had warmed up, and the national anthems were observed, the game began. Lee Reilly, inserted into the starting line-up ahead of the game, scored the first points sinking a three-pointer. Wales reacted quickly, as James Dawe made a jumper followed by a three from the top of the key by Wales' Captain Asa Waite (195-G/F-86) giving them a 5-3 lead. This however, would be the only time Wales could boast a lead in this game. Lee Reilly continued to stay hot, making 4 out of 5 of his three-point attempts and finishing the quarter with 14 points. One of the games many highlights came when Ali Fraser blocked Asa Waite's layup attempt just as the Welshman was finding his groove, swatting the ball before it even left his hand. Wales' Conor Easter (184-PG-97) then made a deep three-pointer over Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points), only for Kieron to muscle his way inside for the finish on the other end on the next possession. Scotland's ball movement was sublime throughout, as they found the open man for easy baskets and finished an entertaining quarter leading 28-17. Going into the second, the story was much of the same. Kieron Achara came into the quarter ready to go and made a beautiful pass to Eddie Matthews on the fast break for an easy score. Achara then defied age and gravity, making a shattering two-handed dunk on a fast break of his own from a Bantu Burroughs pass. Burroughs then made a highlight of his own later in the second, as he crossed up Thomas North and skipped inside for a finger roll high off the glass. Fraser Malcolm continued his impressive play on his return from the US, making his second three-pointer of the contest. Heading to the locker rooms, the Scots were well in control, the score at 49-25. Coming out of the break, Malcolm was quick to capitalise on his efficient shooting in the first half, making his third three-pointer of the game. Ali Fraser then burst into life as he scored 8 in a row for the Scots. Coming off a Wales turnover, Scotland's Callan Low (185-G-00) and Eddie Matthews were quick to race down the court. After receiving a pass from Burroughs, Low lobbed the ball in mid-air to Matthews for him to finish the play in the air himself, a double alley-oop. At the end of the third, Scotland were well away, 72-31. For the rest of the game coach Olsen gave some of the smaller names in the Scotland side some valuable minutes. Skyler White (201-F), an unknown in Scotland before this weekend, caught fire in the second half, scoring 5 from 8 from deep. Eoghann Dover (185-G/F-89) then had the play of the game in the final minutes, corralling the defensive rebound and then beating 3 defenders on the other end with some flashy dribble moves eventually finishing with a lay-up plus the foul sending some of the younger fans in the crowd into raptures. In the last 5 minutes, it was clear that Scotland were making a concerted effort into getting youngster Callan Low, the final player without points, onto the scoreboard. Low had displayed determination fighting for loose balls, vision with some great passes but had just been unable to put the ball in the basket. Agonisingly, Low missed some easy shots, but then got himself to the free throw line. After missing his first 3 free throws, we all wondered if he would score, however he made the 4th attempt much to the delight of the crowd and his bench ending with that 1 point, his first for Scotland's Senior Men. The match finished 108-44. It must be noted that despite the score being out of contention, the competitive spirit and intensity that all the players brought from start to finish, made the match a spectacle and to our view, the best of the Celtic Clash. It was all in all a great game for Scotland which will hopefully go a long way to help their case to receive an invite to next years Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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Moustapha Diop is a newcomer at Angers BC - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Senegalese international forward Moustapha Diop (204-89) from BC Orchies. In 34 NM1 games he recorded 3.8ppg and 3.7rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Diop played at JSA Bordeaux where in 34 NM1 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 4.6rpg.
His team made it to the ProB Semifinals in 2010. Diop was called to Senegalese Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for four other teams: Chorale de Roanne, Aix Maurienne, Autun and Pfastatt.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KLS Round 1 of Finals. Crvena Zvezda grab the lead - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - FMP 94-66

Crvena Zvezda eased to the opening victory in KLS Finals. They marched FMP in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. FMP managed to win fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda shot 61.1 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by FMP's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) added 13 points in the effort for FMP. 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:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Dobric 21+3reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 10+1reb+1ast, N.Wolters 10+1reb+5ast, N.Dangubic 7+4reb+4ast, B.Lazic 6+2ast
FMP: D.Apic 13+4reb, S.Lazarevic 10+4reb, R.Seslija 9, D.Davidovac 9+6reb+6ast, F.Covic 7+1reb+4ast, I.Austin 6+3reb
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Brose Baskets may add Luka Mitrovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) is about to sign 24-year old Serbian power forward Luka Mitrovic (204-93) who plays at Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in Serbia. Mitrovic has played there for the last five years. In 16 KLS games he had 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg last season. Mitrovic also played 28 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.
Two years ago he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) in second round (60th overall). Mitrovic won Adriatic League championship title for three years in a row (between 2015 and 2017).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team in 2015.
Mitrovic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. He played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Mitrovic also represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 14.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 63.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.
Mitrovic has played also professionally in Serbia for Vrsac.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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List of candidates for Serbian U20 National team - by Zoran Popovic

Head coach of Serbina U20 National team Vladimir Djokic announce list of candidates for European championship. On the list are players:

1. Stefan Djordjevic (Crvena Zvezda)
2. Borisa Simanic (Crvena Zvezda)
3. Aleksa Radanov (FMP)
4. Milos Glisic (Vrsac)
5. Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac)
6. Slobodan Jovanovic (Partizan)
7. Vanja Marinkovic (Partizan)
8. Nikola Tanaskovic (Partizan)
9. Stefan Kenic (Smederevo 1953)
10. Novak Music (Smederevo 1953)
11. Stefan Peno (FC Barcelona)
12. Aleksa Stepanovic (Spars)
13. Luka Filipovic (USA)
14. Matija Radovic (USA)
15. Djordje Sljivancanin (USA)
16. Luka Vasic (USA)
17. Nikola Cirkovic (Dinamik)

European championship will be from July 15 until July 23 in Greece. Preparation for European championship will start from June 13 and Serbian team first destination will be Kopaonik.




Liege signs Milos Bojovic - by Eurobasket News

betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League) signed experienced 36-year old Serbian swingman Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: 011 Sports). He has played for the last two seasons at Phoenix Galati in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 26 games he was second best scorer with impressive 19.1ppg and averaged 4.2rpg, 4.1apg and 2.3spg (in top 2) last season. A very impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 3rd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Bojovic's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Bojovic has played also professionally in France (Olympique Antibes), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki), Montenegro, Ukraine (Halychyna) and Serbia (Atlas, Sloga, FMP Beograd and Zeleznicar Indjija).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Liege.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SLOVENIA  


Cedevita to finalise deal wth coach Jure Zdovc - by Zeljko Zule

It is not official yet, but everything points to the direction that Jure Zdovc will be the next head coach of the Croatian serial champion Cedevita, while the announcement is being expected within the following days. According to Croatian media, the two sides have agreed upon everything and Zdovc will take over the team.
Zdovc started his coaching career in 1997 with Comet Slovenske Konjice. He has already led Geoplin Slovan and Union Olimpija in his native Slovenia, Split in Croatia, Iraklis and AEK Athens in Greece, Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spartak St.Petersburg in Russia and Royal Hali Gaziantep in Turkey.
He was also a head of the Slovenian national team at Eurobasket 2009 and from 2014 through 2015.



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Nairobi, Mombasa Cruise in Africa City Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Kenyan sides Nairobi Morans and Mombasa City Sharks recorded opening day wins on the first day of the Africa City Challenge basketball tourney at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. Sharks opened proceedings with a nail-biting 69-66 win over South Sudan's Juba Bright Stars in the opening match before Nairobi Morans saw off Dar es Salaam Dream Team 87-71 in the late game. Mombasa, who replaced Kigali City for the tourney, rallied from 18 points down to claim a sizzling win. Juba took the first quarter 22-11 and were cruising in the second quarter before the homeside hit back. Jubal led 33-15 four minutes into the quarter before the introduction of Kenya Ports Authority's Gerry Wekesa, who had sat out the first quarter, inspired Mombasa. He scored nine points in the quarter as they won the second quarter 19-18 and narrowed the gap to 10 points at halftime. Mombasa's resurgence continued in the third quarter as they won it 19-15 to trail by six baskets with one more quarter left. At the start of the fourth quarter, Samuel Ocholla (196-F) who turns out for KPA scored six straight points to tie scores at 55-55 to set up a nail biting finish. With the momentum shifting, Mombasa opened an eight-point lead of 65-57. However, Juba clawed back slowly and trailed by three points with 47 seconds remaining. Mombasa held out to win the quarter 20-11 and complete a remarkable comeback. Samuel Ocholla and Jerry Wekesa starred for Mombasa with 14 points apiece as Leek Manyuol and David Gabriel sunk 19 points and 12 points respectively for Juba.
In the second match, Nairobi held off a brief rally from the Tanzanians to complete a good day for Kenyan sides in the competition. Nairobi won the first quarter 16-9 after dominating for the entire period. However, Dar es Salaam came into the second quarter strongly and won 23-14 to lead 32-30 at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Victor Odendo made a three-pointer for Nairobi to lead 33-32 but the Tanzanians tied 33-33 with a free shot. Arou Ramadhani (F) sunk a basket for Nairobi to break the deadlock and they went on to claim the quarter 32-19. Nairobi opened the biggest lead of 19 points in the fourth quarter at 80-61 and won 25-20. Kenya international Ligare scored 16 points for Nairobi while Brayan Muramba scored 20 for Dar es Salaam. On Monday, Dar es Salaam will play Kampala Red Stars at 6 pm. Six teams drawn from Nairobi, Mombasa, Mogadishu, Kampala, Juba and Dar es Salaam are featuring in the five-day tournament, which hasa prize kitty totalling Sh1.5 million. The top three teams will walk away with a cash prizes ranging between Sh 250,000 and Sh 620,000.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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Mataro adds Manes to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Feimat Mataro (EBA) added to their roster 30-year old forward Eric Manes (194-87) from Castellbisbal. In 25 EBA games he recorded 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Manes has played previously for two other teams: Santfeliuenc and Barbera.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Oliva comes back to Castelldefels - by Eurobasket News

CB Castelldefels (EBA) added to their roster experienced 35-year old point guard Cristian Oliva (185-82). It is actually his comeback to Castelldefels as he has played here before. Oliva played last season at B.C. Martorell Solvay in the EBA. In 29 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Oliva helped them to win the EBA Final Stage 4 title (twice) (also twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Santfeliuenc where in 28 EBA games he averaged 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg.
Oliva has spent his entire career in Spain playing for four other teams: Sant Nicolau, Cornella, L'Hospitalet and CB Prat.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Castelldefels.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Coach Vedran Bosnic leaves Sodertalje - by Eurobasket News

41-year old naturalized Bosnian coach Vedran Bosnic left Sodertalje Kings (Basketligan). Bosnic has coached there for the last nine years.
Among other achievements Bosnic won Swedish Basketligan championship title for four years in a row (between 2013 and 2016). He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Bosnic has been coaching Swedish Senior National Team between 2014 and 2017, and coached also University National Team between 2013 and 2015.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  TANZANIA  


Nairobi, Mombasa Cruise in Africa City Challenge - by Eurobasket News

Kenyan sides Nairobi Morans and Mombasa City Sharks recorded opening day wins on the first day of the Africa City Challenge basketball tourney at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. Sharks opened proceedings with a nail-biting 69-66 win over South Sudan's Juba Bright Stars in the opening match before Nairobi Morans saw off Dar es Salaam Dream Team 87-71 in the late game. Mombasa, who replaced Kigali City for the tourney, rallied from 18 points down to claim a sizzling win. Juba took the first quarter 22-11 and were cruising in the second quarter before the homeside hit back. Jubal led 33-15 four minutes into the quarter before the introduction of Kenya Ports Authority's Gerry Wekesa, who had sat out the first quarter, inspired Mombasa. He scored nine points in the quarter as they won the second quarter 19-18 and narrowed the gap to 10 points at halftime. Mombasa's resurgence continued in the third quarter as they won it 19-15 to trail by six baskets with one more quarter left. At the start of the fourth quarter, Samuel Ocholla (196-F) who turns out for KPA scored six straight points to tie scores at 55-55 to set up a nail biting finish. With the momentum shifting, Mombasa opened an eight-point lead of 65-57. However, Juba clawed back slowly and trailed by three points with 47 seconds remaining. Mombasa held out to win the quarter 20-11 and complete a remarkable comeback. Samuel Ocholla and Jerry Wekesa starred for Mombasa with 14 points apiece as Leek Manyuol and David Gabriel sunk 19 points and 12 points respectively for Juba.
In the second match, Nairobi held off a brief rally from the Tanzanians to complete a good day for Kenyan sides in the competition. Nairobi won the first quarter 16-9 after dominating for the entire period. However, Dar es Salaam came into the second quarter strongly and won 23-14 to lead 32-30 at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, Victor Odendo made a three-pointer for Nairobi to lead 33-32 but the Tanzanians tied 33-33 with a free shot. Arou Ramadhani (F) sunk a basket for Nairobi to break the deadlock and they went on to claim the quarter 32-19. Nairobi opened the biggest lead of 19 points in the fourth quarter at 80-61 and won 25-20. Kenya international Ligare scored 16 points for Nairobi while Brayan Muramba scored 20 for Dar es Salaam. On Monday, Dar es Salaam will play Kampala Red Stars at 6 pm. Six teams drawn from Nairobi, Mombasa, Mogadishu, Kampala, Juba and Dar es Salaam are featuring in the five-day tournament, which hasa prize kitty totalling Sh1.5 million. The top three teams will walk away with a cash prizes ranging between Sh 250,000 and Sh 620,000.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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  THAILAND  


Avery Scharer's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Hitech and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He recorded a triple-double of 35 points adding also 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team beat Mono Thew (#5, 4-6) 112-105. Hitech maintains the 2nd position in Thailand league. Hitech has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. Scharer just recently signed at Hitech, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Shoreline Community College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scharer is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 61.5% FGP. Worth to mention Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Zamar (180-PG-87) of Mono Thew. He is Filipino guard in his first season at Mono Thew. In the last game Zamar recorded impressive double-double of 52 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Mono Thew lost that game 105-112 to the higher-ranked Hitech (#2, 9-1). Mono Thew managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Zamar is one of the most experienced players at Mono Thew and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) of league's leader Mono Vampire. Singletary showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mono Vampire, leading his team to a 116-98 easy win against #4 ranked PEA in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Mono Vampire as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Singletary has a great season in Thailand. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (9th best). Singletary attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anecha Kongpui) of Dunkin' Raptors - 20 points and 5 rebounds
5. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of PEA - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rudy Lingganay (178-PG-86) of PEA - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Guntapong Korsah-Dick (183-PG-97) of Mad Goat - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of OSK - 27 points and 7 rebounds
9. Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jaman Johnson) of Dunkin' Raptors - 12 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists

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



TBL Round 10: Dunkin' Raptors beat TGE by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 10 in the TBL took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked TGE (3-7) to seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-8) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Dunkin' Raptors made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while TGE only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded TGE 48-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by TGE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jaman Johnson contributed with 12 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Jeff Dumelod replied with 31 points for TGE. TGE's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dunkin' Raptors maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Dunkin' Raptors are looking forward to face higher ranked PEA (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TGE will play against Mad Goat in Nakorn Phantom and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Mono Vampire (9-1) which played road game in against 3rd ranked PEA (6-4). First ranked Mono Vampire had an easy win 116-98. American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Singletary chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Mono Vampire's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Mono Vampire have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Hitech. PEA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Mono Vampire's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Hitech.
Bottom-ranked OSK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mad Goat (7-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. Guntapong Korsah-Dick notched 31 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by Nate Barfield did not help to save the game for OSK. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mad Goat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser OSK still closes the standings with ten games lost. Mad Goat will meet at home TGE (#6) in the next round. OSK will play against Mono Thew and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 10 Mono Thew was beaten by Hitech on the road 112-105.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 52 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Paul Zamar of Mono Thew.

OSK - Mad Goat 83-103

Bottom-ranked OSK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mad Goat (7-3) 103-83 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mad Goat looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. International point guard Guntapong Korsah-Dick (183-97) notched 31 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Matt Van-Pelt (178-91, college: Spring Arbor) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists. Four Mad Goat players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) did not help to save the game for OSK. Filipino forward Jan Jamon (191) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mad Goat have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser OSK still closes the standings with ten games lost. Mad Goat will meet at home TGE (#6) in the next round. OSK will play against Mono Thew and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mad Goat: G.Korsah-Dick 31+6reb+2ast, F.Goldstein 16+3reb+5ast, M.Van Pelt 14+4reb+7ast, M.Earl 12+6reb, R.Latham 8+4reb, N.Banmoo 7+7reb
OSK: N.Barfield 27+7reb, J.Jamon 18+9reb+3ast, K.Hill 12+11reb+1ast, A.Dokkaew 8+4reb+3ast, R.Koga 8+2reb+4ast, K.Panyaparu 5+5reb
gschID: 547908


Hitech - Mono Thew 112-105

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hitech (9-1) beat 5th ranked Mono Thew (4-6) in Bangkok 112-105 on Sunday. Mono Thew trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 30-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 105-112 at the end of the game. Hitech dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mono Thew's 36. They outrebounded Mono Thew 52-41 including 24 on the offensive glass. Hitech looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Avery Scharer (188-86, college: Shoreline CC) notched a triple-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort and the former international guard Wattana Suttisin (182-85) supported him with 18 points. Scharer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hitech players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 52 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (made all of his sixteen free throws !!!) by Filipino point guard Paul Zamar (180-87) did not help to save the game for Mono Thew. American center Anthony McClain (213-88, college: Cincinnati) added 13 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitech have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Mono Vampire. Mono Thew lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with six games lost. Hitech's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bangkok to the arena Mono Vampire.
Top scorers:
Hitech: A.Scharer 35+12reb+11ast, N.Jaisanuk 18+3reb+1ast, W.Suttisin 18+2reb+3ast, D.Orton 11+5reb+3ast, J.Shaw 9+12reb+1ast, C.Jakrawan 7+9reb+2ast
Mono Thew: P.Zamar 52+10reb+1ast, P.Cabahug 17, A.McClain 13+16reb+1ast, J.Towaroj 6+1reb, N.Muangboon 5+1reb+8ast, T.Suktub 4
gschID: 547909


TGE - Dunkin' Raptors 79-81

The most exciting game of round 10 in the TBL took place in Bangkok. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked TGE (3-7) to seventh ranked Dunkin' Raptors (2-8) 81-79 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-79. Dunkin' Raptors made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game, while TGE only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded TGE 48-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by TGE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jaman Johnson contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunkin' Raptors players scored in double figures. Jeff Dumelod replied with 31 points and Alfred Mandani added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for TGE. TGE's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dunkin' Raptors maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. TGE at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Dunkin' Raptors are looking forward to face higher ranked PEA (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TGE will play against Mad Goat in Nakorn Phantom and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dunkin' Raptors: M.Fey 26+7reb+1ast, A.Kongpui 20+5reb, J.Johnson 12+19reb+2ast, S.Sangthong 12+3reb+2ast, W.Boonnak 8+6reb+1ast, J.Foronda 3+7reb+3ast
TGE: J.Dumelod 31+2reb+3ast, A.Mandani 17+5reb+5ast, J.Collins 9+8reb+2ast, P.Nantho 8+3reb, M.Wongsawangtham 6, C.Chuengyampin 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 547907


PEA - Mono Vampire 98-116

An interesting game for Mono Vampire (9-1) which played road game in against 3rd ranked PEA (6-4). First ranked Mono Vampire had an easy win 116-98. The game was mostly controlled by Mono Vampire. PEA was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mono Vampire forced 20 PEA turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by PEA's players. American center Reginald Johnson (208-89, college: Miami, FL) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Michael Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Singletary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mono Vampire's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Joshua Munzon (191-95, college: CS Los Angeles) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and Filipino point guard Rudy Lingganay (178-86) scored 22 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mono Vampire have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Hitech. PEA at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Mono Vampire's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Hitech.
Top scorers:
Mono Vampire: M.Singletary 24+7reb+4ast, R.Johnson 24+13reb+2ast, C.Ananti 22+2reb+2ast, K.Samerjai 11+3reb+4ast, A. Phuangla 10+1reb+2ast, R.Kruatiwa 6+5reb+1ast
PEA: J.Munzon 28+8reb+2ast, J.Cawaling 24+4reb+2ast, R.Lingganay 22+3reb+7ast, S.Deguara 12+12reb, A.Hoom-Art 4+1reb+1ast, N.Pattharapisan 3+3reb
gschID: 547906





Samuel Deguara gets MVP of the Week award for Thailand TBL - by Eurobasket News

Maltese Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) had a great game in the last round for PEA and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 35 points and 36 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Mad Goat (#3, 7-3) 102-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. PEA moved-up to the 4th position in Thailand TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PEA will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 6-4 record. Deguara just recently signed at PEA, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Deguara has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 19.3rpg. Deguara is in league's top in and averages solid 1.4bpg and 66.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard Avery Scharer (188-G-86) of second-ranked Hitech. Scharer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 16 assists. Of course he led Hitech to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dunkin' Raptors (#7, 2-8) 127-84. Hitech's second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Scharer is one of the most experienced players at Hitech and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 9.1rpg and 10.1apg. Shoreline Community College alumni Scharer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Singletary (198-F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) of top-ranked Mono Vampire. Singletary showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Mono Vampire, leading his team to a 117-75 easy win against OSK (#8, 0-10). Many experts and fans count Mono Vampire as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Singletary has a great season in Thailand. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (9th best). Singletary attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Dumelod) of TGE - 33 points and 5 rebounds
5. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) of Hitech - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Alfred Mandani) of TGE - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jaman Johnson) of Dunkin' Raptors - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Reginald Johnson (208-C-89) of Mono Vampire - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Matt Van Pelt (178-PG-91) of Mad Goat - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Anthony McClain (213-C-88) of Mono Thew - 14 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Tayfun Erulku agreed terms with Usak - by Eurobasket News

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) inked 23-year old shooting guard Tayfun Erulku (192-94). He has played for the last two years at Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket in the BSL. In 30 games he recorded 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg last season.
Among other achievements Erulku played in the final of U20 World Tournament in Tourcoing in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team award back in 2014.
Erulku represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) three years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 10 games: 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 74.3%.
Erulku has played previously for four other teams: Anadolu Efes, Tofas, Pertevniyal and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  


2017 ALL Virgin Islands High School Basketball Boys Awards - by David Edole

FIRST TEAM
Dwayne Lynch, Charlotte Amalie, Junior, Guard

Stat Line: 9.7 points, five assists, two steals.
Assistant Coach Boyd Todman said: Dwayne (Lynch) had a great second half of the season. His play came off of being named MVP of the Rising Stars Basketball Club U18 Caribbean Tournament. When he goes CAHS go.

Akil Greig, Eudora Kean, Senior, Guard

Stat Line: 10.2 points, six rebounds and two steals
Assistant Coach Ronnie Cummings said: Greig was a very athletic player with many different abilities on the court and he had a high level basketball IQ. He could shoot, pass, rebound, dunk and defensively was a beast. Whether on the court or on the bench he was a tremendous help to our team. With his skills to create his own shot and his uncanny style of getting to the rim. Greig was a tough player to stop and while on the bench due to injury, he would offer different offensive and defensive strategies that were always right on time. He was developing into a great player and will be greatly missed!

Ashoy Smmonds, Central High, Guard, Senior
Stat Line: 8.7 points, five assists, four steals
Head Coach Keith Swanston said: The heart beat of the Caribs. His toughness on the defensive side is what triggers our fast break and his maturation over the course of the season is why we are champions.

Zion Jones, Central High, Guard, Senior
Stat Line: 16 points, four rebounds, three steals
Scout Max Ivany said: The 6'1" speedster was blazing fast from end to end and he set the tone for the entire team. He slashed his way into the paint and to the rim at will. He led all scorers with 20 points at the All Star game. At this point I don't know that Jones has a position. A tightening of his handles and the development of his perimeter shot will determine how high he goes. He's a D1 athlete though, hands down.

Christian Rasmussen, Good Hope-Country Day, Forward, Senior
Stat Line: 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and one block
Coach Earl Baker Sr. said: Rasmussen was the Panthers rock, as a co-captain, he was our vocal leader and carried one of the highest IQs in high school basketball. Rasmussen along with Marshall McCormick with their abilities to understand me and the game made my job as a coach that much easier. In my opinion he's the best pure shooter in high school basketball this year.

Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex, Senior Center

Stat Line: 19.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and two blocks
Scout Max Ivany said: 6'8" Shakeem Alcindoris raw, but an instinctive shot blocker who keeps the ball high and is way above the rim. He had 18 points exclusively on chippies around the rim during the all star game. A mid major prospect or higher depending on how bad he wants it.

Second Team

G Cam Newton, Antilles
G Emari Howe, Eudora Kean
G Issa Tatem, Charlotte Amalie
F Jahkeem Auguste, Central High
F Kahdeem Horsford, Educational Complex
F Lestin Wiltshite, Elmore Stoutt

Third Team
G Trejon Ali, Central High
G Devon Freeman, Eudora Kean
G Ty Massaquoi, Gifft Hill
F Clail Diedonne, Charlotte Amalie
G James Richardson, Educational Complex

Honorable Mention: Terrell Lake, Charlotte Amalie; Joshua Farrell, Antilles; Kimani McIntosh, Central High; Diante Brooks , Good Hope-Country Day; Dante McFarlande, Educational Complex;

Tim Duncan Player of the Year Award: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
Comment: 'He is the best prospect in The Territory" in the Class of 2017,' said D1 Nation Scout Max Ivany.

Raja Bell Defensive Player of the Year Award:
Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
Comment: When teams played Educational Complex their scoring, field goal percentage and amount of lay ups all drop due to the presence of Alcindor.

Holman Harley Lead Guard Award: Ashoy Simmonds, Central High
Comment: Some look for stats like point, rebounds, assists and steals. However, Simmonds leads the territory in floor burns. He was the tip of the Caribs defensive pressure.

Fitzroy Brow Shot Blocking Award: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
Comment: Alcindor is the best rim protector in the territory and that does not include the amount of changed shots.

Ronald Charles Rebounding Award: Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
Comment: He simply walks into the gym and has ten rebounds.

Will "Pewee" Petersen Shooting Award:
Christian Rasmussen, Good Hope-Country Day
Comment: They call him Kevin Love because he is a big that shoots it real well.

Glen "Kimble" Williams Scoring Award:
Shakeem Alcindor, Educational Complex
Comment: Scored the most points this season and probably averaged twenty points in every tournament play.

Cuthbert Victor Most Versatile Player Award: Zion Jones, Central High
Comment: Jones did a lot for the Caribs, even after the shake up.

Leon Trimmingham Sixth Man Award: Trejon Ali, Central High
Comment: One thing is for sure, Ali will hit his first basket off the bench.

David Vanterpool Coach of the Year Award: Dean Heywood, Educational Complex
Comment: Took one senior, one junior and a one year removed players from JV to a tournament win and two second place finishes.

Milton M. Newton Territory Champs
: Central High School.
Comment: Won their district and tournament. With returning fire power could you say REPEAT?

*I went with a six player first team based on a concept I saw in an Alaskan Newspaper. I was so close to doing a 12 person first team like some districts in North Carolina but chose six.




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  UGANDA  


NBL Round 8: First victory of Nkumba M. - by Eurobasket News

Nkumba M.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after one consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Falcons (0-3) 68-62 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-10. But Falcons won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Nerbert Byamukama (-93) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Falcons. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Nkumba M. (1-1) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JKL Dolphins (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (1-3). JKL Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. Worth to mention a great performance of center Francis Ogola (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Ferdinand Odama who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. JKL Dolphins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tonny Okello (-90) responded with 17 points and 8 assists. JKL Dolphins moved-up to third place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. JKL Dolphins will play against Pemba Warriors (#4) in Kampala in the next round. Sharing Youth will play against the league's second-placed Power (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.

Sharing Youth - JKL Dolphins 61-80

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JKL Dolphins (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Sharing Youth (1-3). JKL Dolphins did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 80-61. The game without a history. JKL Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JKL Dolphins forced 25 Sharing Youth turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including 24 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Francis Ogola (-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Ferdinand Odama (-95) who added 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five JKL Dolphins players scored in double figures. JKL Dolphins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tonny Okello (-90) responded with 17 points and 8 assists and forward Emmanuel Okumu (-97) scored 20 points. JKL Dolphins moved-up to third place. Sharing Youth at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. JKL Dolphins will play against Pemba Warriors (#4) in Kampala in the next round. Sharing Youth will play against the league's second-placed Power (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sharing Youth: E.Okumu 20+3reb, T.Okello 17+3reb+8ast, I.Colich 8+4reb+1ast, M.Lino 8+1reb, S.MUSA 4+1reb+1ast, E.Bakara 2+6reb+2ast
JKL Dolphins: D.Orenga 15+4reb+2ast, F.Odama 13+4reb+4ast, F.Ogola 13+11reb+2ast, D.Ngati 11+2reb+3ast, J.Phillipe Pemha 10+7ast, I.Odour 9+4reb
gschID: 547444


Nkumba M. - Falcons 68-62

Nkumba M.'s fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after one consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Falcons (0-3) 68-62 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 13-10. But Falcons won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Sivachi Makutwa (-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Nerbert Byamukama (-93) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Forward Vinnie Jurua (-89) replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Francis Karoro (-89) added 17 points in the effort for Falcons. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Nkumba M. (1-1) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Falcons: F.Karoro 17+1reb+3ast, V.Jurua 17+5reb+4ast, B.Okumu 7+5reb, O.Moses 6+8reb+1ast, D.ASIKU 6+6reb+5ast, A.Ntale 4+4reb+1ast
Nkumba M.: N.Byamukama 20+4reb+3ast, S.Makutwa 14+13reb+2ast, M.Midaki 9+5reb+3ast, W.Kigobe 6+2reb, U.Walugembe 5+3reb+3ast, C.Karamagi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 547445





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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Bennett back for Leopards - by Dave Ryan

Levett Essex Leopards have announced the second member of their 2017/18 roster with the re-signing of guard Dougie Bennett (188-SG-93).
It's a key signing for coach Thomas Baker as the Brentwood-based player won the club's Most Improved Player award in 2015/16 but went one better this season as the club's supporters voted for him as player of the year.
Bennett also stepped up to become captain when Mike Martin was out injured, and coach Baker is delighted to have him back in the squad for the forthcoming campaign:
'Re-signing Dougie was one of my main priorities for this season. Having already re-signed AJ {Roberts}, Dougie adds stability and leadership that is much needed for the squad. Dougie is a great team mate and he is a great to have around, he helps us both on and off the court. Dougie has shown time and time again the ability he has at this level, and I am confident he will help us get promotion back to Division One.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to build this roster and I am glad that Dougie has agreed to re-sign for us.'
Scotland international Bennett is hoping to help Leopards' promotion push: "I'm really happy to have been re-signed by Leopards for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
'I feel coming back was the best thing for me to do following an unsuccessful season last year. Some would call it unfinished business but I prefer redemption!
"Everyone in and around the club have been so supportive of me for the last two years and I am just looking forward to being able to get to get back on the court and prove we belong back in Division One!'






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  URUGUAY  


Goncalvez number one in Uruguayan Ascenso for round 2 - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Goncalvez put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Auriblanco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Ascenso Player of the Week award for round 2.
The player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed Verdirrojo (#5, 1-1) with 21-point margin 96-75. Auriblanco is placed at 2nd position in Uruguayan Ascenso. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Auriblanco won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Goncalvez had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Auriblanco and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Rodrigo Goncalvez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.5ppg) and averages impressive 78.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Paul Harrison (203-C-89) of Sayago. Harrison had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Sayago to edge Tabare (0-1) 79-75. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Harrison is one of the most experienced players at Sayago and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#6). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Facundo Ferreira (192-F-88) of Colon (#3). Ferreira showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Colon, leading his team to a 90-54 easy win against Marne (#12, 0-2). Colon has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Ferreira also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Ferreira has a very solid season. In 2 games in Uruguay he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Johnson (198-F-88) of 25 de Agosto - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Emiliano Gonzalez (198-F-88) of Sayago - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rashaun Stimage (202-F) of Stockolmo - 26 points and 9 rebounds
7. Ryan Blankson (201-C-80) of Miramar - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Danridge (196-F-86) of Atenas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Gerel Simmons (188-G-93) of Verdirrojo - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rodrigo Cardozo (191-F-92) of 25 de Agosto - 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Nicolas Delgado is a newcomer at Nacional - by Eurobasket News

Nacional De Futbol Montevideo (Ascenso) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old forward Nicolas Delgado (198-87kg-87). He has played for the last three years at Olimpia in the LUB. In 28 games he recorded 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Ascenso will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Among other achievements Delgado's team made it to the Uruguay LUB Semifinals in 2008 and 2012. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay Metropolitan League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
Delgado has played previously for five other teams: Atletico Welcome, Cordon, Atenas, Verdirrojo and Anastasia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alvarez is back at Larre Borges - by Eurobasket News

Larre Borges Montevideo (LUB) agreed terms with 27-year old guard Diego Alvarez (180-90kg-90). It is actually his comeback to Montevideo as he has played here before. Alvarez played last season at Bigua in the LUB. In 28 games he had 5.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg.
Alvarez has played previously for three other teams: Olimpia, 25 de Agosto and Romis Nelimar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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, Toros19.4 
 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. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.1 
 5. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 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, Toros3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.1.9 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 3. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 4. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 5. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 6. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 7. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 8. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 9. Robinson, Guaros1.4 
 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. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Graterol, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 
 10. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 


LPB Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Cocodrilos complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Toros 95-88

Cocodrilos rallied past Toros to advance into the semifinal stage. Toros trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 31-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-95 at the end of the game. Cocodrilos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) helped adding 8 points, 12 assists and 6 steals. At the losing side American-Jamaican center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC, agency: Basket Management Solutions) scored 17 points and 7 assists. Five Toros players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 24+8reb+1ast, C.Garcia 19+4reb+1ast, L.Lopez 10+1reb, J.Rodriguez 10+6reb+3ast, Y.Palacios 9+2ast, C.Elliott 8+4reb+12ast
Toros: D.Johnson 22+9reb, K.Pena 17+2reb+7ast, K.Fuller 17+2reb+5ast, J.Guerrero 11+4reb, E.Gimenez 11+4reb+3ast, P.Brito 8+2reb
gschID: 548134





LPB Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. Guaiqueries and Marinos reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Cocodrilos - Toros 95-77

Cocodrilos held off Toros at home court to force the decisive seventh game in the series. Cocodrilos forced 19 Toros turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Toros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American-Jamaican center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Toros' coach Israel Sarmiento rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: M.Sutton 18+12reb+2ast, Y.Palacios 16+4reb+2ast, C.Elliott 16+5reb+8ast, J.Rodriguez 13+12reb+1ast, C.Garcia 12+1reb+3ast, G.Forbes 10+1reb
Toros: D.Johnson 19+3reb, J.Guerrero 18+5reb+3ast, K.Pena 12+3reb+5ast, E.Gimenez 8+1reb+1ast, E.Mijares 7+1reb+6ast, K.Fuller 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 548005


Guaiqueries - Gigantes 83-78

Guaiqueries toppled Gigantes to secure the semifinal birth. Gigantes were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 27-17 third quarter run of Guaiqueries. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 20 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and the other American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds by American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) did not help to save the game for Gigantes. The former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) added 22 points. Four Guaiqueries and five Gigantes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 20+4reb+8ast, D.Ramirez 13+2reb, M.Flores 12+4reb+4ast, M.Melvin 12+4reb+3ast, K.Gransberry 10+10reb+1ast, C.Silva 7+8reb+3ast
Gigantes: A.Sucre 22+4reb+2ast, A.Feeley 19+10reb+1ast, O.Reed 12+6reb+2ast, H.Wormely 10+2reb+2ast, H.Cazorla 10+3reb+1ast, J.Vargas 2+2ast
gschID: 548004


Marinos - Bucaneros 89-83

Marinos rallied past Bucaneros to win the series 4-2. Bucaneros trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-89 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 22 points. Four Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Tony Ruiz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) who recorded 23 points and 7 assists and Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Marinos: I.Swann 22+3reb, M.Carrera 13+4reb+1ast, R.Perez 13+3reb+2ast, C.Massie 13+13reb+3ast, M.Marriaga 10+3reb+1ast, R.Roby 7+2reb+1ast
Bucaneros: J.Hamilton 23+4reb+7ast, L.Williams 21+7reb+1ast, T.Kirksay 15+8reb+2ast, W.Graterol 9+3reb+1ast, C.Cedeno 8+2reb+4ast, E.Hernandez 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 548003





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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Brian Qvale (ex EWE Baskets) could join Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban (VTB) is considering to sign 29-year old American center Brian Qvale (210-116kg-88, college: Montana) who played last time at EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. In 42 BBL games he recorded 14.7ppg and 6.4rpg last season.
Qvale has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2016. Qvale received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Qvale has played also professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Turkey (Tofas and Aliaga) and NBA (Charlotte Hornets).
He attended University of Montana until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  WALES  


Scotland wallop Wales to secure Celtic Clash victory - by Eurobasket News

In the third and final game of 2017's Celtic Clash, Scotland Senior Men returned to Oriam to challenge a Wales squad who had just come off a tough 85-55 loss to Ireland a day earlier. After both teams had warmed up, and the national anthems were observed, the game began. Lee Reilly, inserted into the starting line-up ahead of the game, scored the first points sinking a three-pointer. Wales reacted quickly, as James Dawe made a jumper followed by a three from the top of the key by Wales' Captain Asa Waite (195-G/F-86) giving them a 5-3 lead. This however, would be the only time Wales could boast a lead in this game. Lee Reilly continued to stay hot, making 4 out of 5 of his three-point attempts and finishing the quarter with 14 points. One of the games many highlights came when Ali Fraser blocked Asa Waite's layup attempt just as the Welshman was finding his groove, swatting the ball before it even left his hand. Wales' Conor Easter (184-PG-97) then made a deep three-pointer over Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points), only for Kieron to muscle his way inside for the finish on the other end on the next possession. Scotland's ball movement was sublime throughout, as they found the open man for easy baskets and finished an entertaining quarter leading 28-17. Going into the second, the story was much of the same. Kieron Achara came into the quarter ready to go and made a beautiful pass to Eddie Matthews on the fast break for an easy score. Achara then defied age and gravity, making a shattering two-handed dunk on a fast break of his own from a Bantu Burroughs pass. Burroughs then made a highlight of his own later in the second, as he crossed up Thomas North and skipped inside for a finger roll high off the glass. Fraser Malcolm continued his impressive play on his return from the US, making his second three-pointer of the contest. Heading to the locker rooms, the Scots were well in control, the score at 49-25. Coming out of the break, Malcolm was quick to capitalise on his efficient shooting in the first half, making his third three-pointer of the game. Ali Fraser then burst into life as he scored 8 in a row for the Scots. Coming off a Wales turnover, Scotland's Callan Low (185-G-00) and Eddie Matthews were quick to race down the court. After receiving a pass from Burroughs, Low lobbed the ball in mid-air to Matthews for him to finish the play in the air himself, a double alley-oop. At the end of the third, Scotland were well away, 72-31. For the rest of the game coach Olsen gave some of the smaller names in the Scotland side some valuable minutes. Skyler White (201-F), an unknown in Scotland before this weekend, caught fire in the second half, scoring 5 from 8 from deep. Eoghann Dover (185-G/F-89) then had the play of the game in the final minutes, corralling the defensive rebound and then beating 3 defenders on the other end with some flashy dribble moves eventually finishing with a lay-up plus the foul sending some of the younger fans in the crowd into raptures. In the last 5 minutes, it was clear that Scotland were making a concerted effort into getting youngster Callan Low, the final player without points, onto the scoreboard. Low had displayed determination fighting for loose balls, vision with some great passes but had just been unable to put the ball in the basket. Agonisingly, Low missed some easy shots, but then got himself to the free throw line. After missing his first 3 free throws, we all wondered if he would score, however he made the 4th attempt much to the delight of the crowd and his bench ending with that 1 point, his first for Scotland's Senior Men. The match finished 108-44. It must be noted that despite the score being out of contention, the competitive spirit and intensity that all the players brought from start to finish, made the match a spectacle and to our view, the best of the Celtic Clash. It was all in all a great game for Scotland which will hopefully go a long way to help their case to receive an invite to next years Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk




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Women News


Ariel Edwards signs at Maccabi Raanana - by Lior Hai

Maccabi Raanana (D1) landed 25-year old American forward Ariel Edwards (190-92, college: The Pennsylvania State, agency: ProDep Management) Who play in summer at Obras Basket in Argentinian Superliga. In 8 games she average impressive 17.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.6apg and 2.6spg. Last season Edwards played at Socinsa Bembibre in Spanish LFB where in 24 games she had very remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Among other achievements Edwards' team won Big Ten Regular Season for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). She received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award back in 2014 at her college time.
Edwards has played previously professionally in WNBA (Dallas Wings) and Spain (Gernika).
She attended The Pennsylvania State until 2014 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


Australian U19 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Australian U19 National Team 2017
#s#
Monique Conti
Conti
Abby Cubillo
Cubillo
Jazmin Shelley
Shelley
Samantha Simons
Simons
Maddison Rocci
Rocci
#e#5
Monique Conti 165-PG-99 Melbourne Australia
Abby Cubillo 161-PG-99 BA CoE Australia
Jazmin Shelley 174-G/F-00 BA CoE Australia
Samantha Simons 183-F/C-00 BA CoE Australia
Maddison Rocci 167-PG-98 BA CoE Australia
Kiera Rowe 183-F/C-99 BA CoE Australia
Chloe Bibby 184-F-98 Bendigo LB Australia
Anneli Maley 184-SF-98 Dandenong R. Australia
Rebecca Pizzey 190-C-99 BA CoE Australia
Eziyoda Magbegor 176-F/C-99 BA CoE Australia
Lara McSpadden 193-C-99 Sydney Uni S. Australia
Zitina Aokuso 98 BA CoE Australia

Deanne Butler Head Coach
Phil Brown Assistant
Alan McAughtry Assistant



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  BELARUS  


Belarusian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Belarusian National Team 2017
#s#
Katerina Snytsina
Snytsina
Tatsiana Likhtarovich
Likhtarovich
Volha Ziuzkova
Ziuzkova
Maryia Papova
Papova
Viktoriya Hasper
Hasper
#e#5
Katerina Snytsina 188-F-85 Hatay Turkey
Tatsiana Likhtarovich 180-G/F-88 UNI Gyor Hungary
Volha Ziuzkova 172-PG-83 H-Sirenos Lithuania
Maryia Papova 189-F-94 Galatasaray Turkey
Viktoriya Hasper 193-C-88 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus
Yuliya Rytsikava 181-F-86 Gorizont Belarus
Maryia Filonchyk 189-PF-92 Chevakata Russia
Marina Kress 196-C-80 Gorizont Belarus
Hanna Brych 184-C-97 Gorizont Belarus
Alena Holubeva 176-PG-94 Olimpia Belarus
Alex Bentley 170-PG-90 Connecticut S. USA
Yanina Inkina 188-F-97 South Plains JC USA
Maryna Ivashchanka 190-C-93 Energa Torun Poland
Anastasiya Sushchyk 160-PG-97 Tsmoki-Minsk Belarus

Nataliya Trafimava Head Coach Gorizont Belarus



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  CROATIA  


Croatian U20 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Croatian U20 National Team 2017
#s#
Iva Belosevic
Belosevic
Iva Ilic
Ilic
Anita Kelava
Kelava
Andrea Maric
Maric
Lorena Molnar
Molnar
#e#5
Iva Belosevic 183-SF-97 Croatia 2006 Croatia
Lucila Bilic 98 Tresnjevka II Croatia
Lea Hajdin 181-F-98 Pula C.Tours Croatia
Iva Ilic 170-G-97 Liberty USA
Anita Kelava 189-PF-97 Maine USA
Nikolina Macan Medvescak Croatia
Andrea Maric 195-C-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Lorena Molnar 192-C-98 Athlete Celje Slovenia
Ana Petrak 163-G-98 Medvescak Croatia
Josipa Silov 171-PG-98 Split Croatia
Valentina Simunic 175-G-98 Podravac Croatia
Matilda Soric Tresnjevka Croatia
Tihana Stojsavljevic 186-PF-97 Maine USA
Andjela Strize 175-F-99 Sibenik Croatia
Katarina Trehub 191-C-97 Pula C.Tours Croatia
Tea Turic 178-G-98 Split Croatia




Croatian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Croatian U16 National Team 2017
#s#
Ana Haklicka
Haklicka
Josipa Juric
Juric
Ana Mandic
Mandic
Nika Muhl
Muhl
Mia Vuksic
Vuksic
#e#5
Tonia Bilic
Viktorija Curic 185-C-01 Podravac Croatia
Gabrijela Grizelj Zagreb Croatia
Ana Haklicka 172-PG-01 Ragusa Croatia
Nika Jelenkovic 168-G-01 Zadar Croatia
Josipa Juric 195-C-01 Livno Bosnia
Nika Lokica
Ana Mandic 180-F-01 Zadar Croatia
Nika Muhl 177-PG-01 Tresnjevka Croatia
Bruna Obratov
Marta Ostojic
Andjela Ostric
Marta Savic Tresnjevka Croatia
Josipa Tuftan
Mia Vuksic 178-SG-01 Sibenik Croatia
Franka Zadro Tresnjevka Croatia




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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Theairra Taylor (ex Nymburk) signs at Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) landed 26-year old American swingman Theairra Taylor (180-91, college: Iowa). She has played for the last two years at DSK Basketball Nymburk in ZBL league in Czech Republic. In 28 games she averaged 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg in 2015-16 season. Taylor also played 10 games in Eurocup where she had 12.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Her team won Czech Republic Cup.
Taylor graduated from University of Iowa in 2014 and it is her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE  


2017 Women's Atlanta Eurobasket Summer League Results! - by ESL News

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

Skill Tests and Drills Performed:

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

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

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

(Listed Below Women's Groups A-B)

Women's Shooting Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBQR9NucFrw

Women's Practice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msdBGM6JPOs&t=13s

Women's Group A
# Name 3/4 Sprint FC Sprint Lane AgilityLane SlidesVertMRFG%3 FG %Drib FG%
27Amy Elliot3.43 sec9.28 sec11.56 sec331432%52%56%
36Teosha Ray3.19 sec8.65 sec10.53 sec402348%36%76%
38Alyssa Mann (173-G)3.25 sec8.31 sec10.03 sec392468%64%72%
41DeOndra Craig3.5 sec9.16 sec11.4 sec32