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  ABA LEAGUE  



List of 2017/18 ABA League participants complete - by Armando Caporaso

The complete list of the teams that will participate in the 2017/18 is now determined as all of the national championships have ended and names of all of those that needed to qualify have been revealed.

Amongst them are all the best teams of the region, including all six national champions of the ABA League countries.

The complete list of the 2017/18 ABA League teams is the following:

Budunost VOLI
Cedevita
Cibona
Crvena zvezda mts
FMP
Igokea
Mega Leks
Mornar
MZT Skopje Aerodrom
Partizan NIS
Union Olimpija
Zadar


http://www.aba-liga.com/



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  ALGERIA  


Mekdad comes back to Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) added to their roster 31-year old Algerian international point guard Samir Mekdad (191-86). It is actually his comeback to STB Le Havre as he has played here before. Mekdad played last season at ALM Evreux Basket in the ProB. In 37 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mekdad played at Berck/Rang du Fliers (NM1) where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.
Mekdad also represented Algeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Mekdad has played previously for five other teams: La Rochelle, Etendard de Brest, Rueil, Vendee Challans and SAP Vaucluse.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRALIA  


United welcomes back Barlow - by Eurobasket News

Melbourne United (NBL) inked experienced 34-year old former Australian international forward David Barlow (205-101kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). It is actually his comeback to United as he has played here before. Barlow played most recently at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound and 1 steal. Barlow also played that season for United where in 19 NBL games he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg last season.
Among other achievements Barlow's team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2006 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention award back in 2010.
Barlow represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Barlow has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Barlow has played previously professionally in Poland (Stelmet), Spain (UCAM Murcia and Zaragoza) and Australia (Kings, Sydney City Comets and Sabres).
He attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2003 and it will be his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Barlow's game is described as: One of the "unsung heroes" of Team Australia, he's a deadly shooter from the perimeter. But he's also tough and hard-nosed, yet very skillful. Very effective at the defensive side too, he can guard both opposite centers and forwards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



Trian Iliadis claims Australian State League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Greek Trian Iliadis (190-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Joondalup Wolves and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 35 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Joondalup Wolves in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kalamunda E.S. (#13, 4-16) 98-93. Joondalup Wolves maintains the 3rd position in their group in Australian State League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Joondalup Wolves will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Iliadis had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Joondalup Wolves, through which he has constantly improved. Trian Iliadis averages this season 19.3ppg and 4.5apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old guard Shaun Bruce (190-G-91) of league's best team Mackay M.. Bruce impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Of course he led Mackay M. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Brisbane S. (#10, 2-5) 130-93. Of course Mackay M. still keep QBL's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Mackay M. managed to win all 7 games keeping a perfect record. Bruce is one of the most experienced players at Mackay M. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Princeton Onwas (198-G-93) of second-ranked Brisbane C.. Onwas got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Brisbane C., leading his team to a 112-89 easy win against the lower-ranked Suncoast PC (#9, 2-4). Brisbane C. started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game in QBL. Onwas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Onwas has a very solid season. In 6 games in Australia he scored 21.5ppg. He also has 6.5rpg, 2.5spg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jacob Holmen (202-F/C-91) of Goldfields G. - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) of SW Slammers - 24 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aaron Anderson (178-PG) of Brisbane C. - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193-G) of Toowoomba M. - 41 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Anthony Fisher (187-G-94) of Cairns M. - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Justin Baker (203-F/C-89) of Townsville H. - 34 points and 7 rebounds
10. Tom Jervis (211-C-87) of Brisbane S. - 22 points and 17 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)



Coach Shawn Dennis takes over at Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

Shiga Lakestars (B League) will be led by experienced 52-year old Australian coach Shawn Dennis from Tochigi Brex. He helped them to win the league title. Dennis used to coach New Zealand Women National Team back in 2009.
He has coached also professionally for other Australian teams like Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats and Townsville Crocodiles.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Daniel Dillon (ex Hiroshima D.) agreed terms with Kilsyth Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Kilsyth Cobras (SEABL) inked 31-year old former Australian international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports). He played most recently at Hiroshima Dragonflies in Japanese B League D2. In 63 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.6apg last season. Dillon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League D2 West Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D2 Honorable Mention.
He played in the final of Romanian League in 2014.
Dillon was a member of Australian international program for some years. He was called to Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2005.
Dillon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Dillon has played previously professionally in Poland (PGE Turow), Australia (United, Cairns Taipans, Waverley Falcons and Sabres) and Romania (Oradea).
He attended University of Arizona until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Dillon's game is described as: A very good defender and a skilled ballhandler with the ability to play both guard positions. Possesses great mental toughness and fits very well into an up-tempo system. Also a very good rebounder for his size, he still needs to improve his jump shot accuracy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Australia



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 21: Leader Bridgetown gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Leader Bridgetown delivered the eleventh win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-9) 97-71. Bridgetown (11-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Bridgetown are looking forward to face Sonics (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pinelands (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hawks (2-11). Pinelands defeated Hawks 90-77. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Hawks lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Hawks - Pinelands 77-90

The game in was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Pinelands (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hawks (2-11). Pinelands defeated Hawks 90-77. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Hawks lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543719


PanAm I.I. - Cavaliers 71-97

Leader Bridgetown delivered the eleventh win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (4-9) 97-71. Bridgetown (11-2) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. PanAm I.I. at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Bridgetown are looking forward to face Sonics (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. PanAm I.I. will have a break next round.
gschID: 543718





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  BELGIUM  


Stephane Moris joins Kangoeroes - by Eurobasket News

Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Euromillions League) added to their roster 31-year old power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) from betFIRST Liege Basket. In 16 Euromillions League games he had 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season. Moris also played that season for Royal Brussels where in 15 Euromillions League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.4apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Belgian Cup Final Four in 2013. Moris was also voted Eurobasket.com Belgian D2 All-Domestic Players Team back in 2008 and 2009.
He was a member of Belgian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
Moris has played also professionally in Germany (GiroLive Ballers), Switzerland (Monthey) and Belgium (Okapi Aalstar, VOO Verviers Pepinster, Leuven Bears, Damme and CEP Fleurus).
On Moris: Really huge potential bigman, starter of U20 and Junior NT of Belgium, can play on 3 positions! tall like for SF, very quick like for PF but also can play inside back to the basket! great fighter on the boards. Very mobile bigman who can shot well from outside!.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Belgium



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  BULGARIA  


Rob Davis signs at Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Academic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) landed American point guard Rob Davis (180-84kg). He just graduated from Ft.Hays State (NCAA2). It was a very successful season in his career, as he was selected to the All-MIAA 1st Team. Davis played 23 games, in which he averaged the impressive 21.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.5apg last season. He was also selected to the NABC NCAA D2 All-Central District 1st Team.
As mentioned above, Davis is just out of the college and this will be his first season in pro basketball. His team made it to the MIAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chalons-Reims ink Willie Deane - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Willie Deane (188-89kg-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played last season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 38 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. Deane helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Deane also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (15-16) season Deane played at STB Le Havre. In 16 ProA games he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.4apg. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg.
In 2003 Deane was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in sixth round (48th overall).
He attended Purdue University and it is his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Deane won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Import Player of the Year back in 2008.
Deane is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece, Lithuania (Zalgiris), Poland (PGE Turow), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), Turkey, Ukraine (BC Odessa and Khimik), Italy (Armani Milano and Openjobmetis VA), NBA (Washington Wizards), France (Sluc Nancy) and Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia).
Deane is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Chalons-Reims.
Deane could be described: A solid penetrator who has a knack for creating scoring opportunities for everyone around him ... combines three-point shooting skills with an ability to explode to the basket ... very good passing skills ... an exceptional athlete who possesses a great vertical leap and a consistent winner winning 5 domestic championships.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CAMEROON  


Ralph Temgoua signs at Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) landed 30-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence). He played most recently at Quimper UJAP in the NM1. In 41 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg last season. Temgoua helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Vendee Challans (also in NM1) where in 27 games he had 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Temgoua played in the final of Liberty Tournament in 2009. He received also NABC Division III All-East Region 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Temgoua has played previously for two other teams: Pontoise and JSA Bordeaux.
He attended St.Lawrence University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  COLOMBIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Moore, Aguilas28.5 
 2. Ortiz, Fast Break25.5 
 3. Roberson, Condores19.8 
 4. Coombs, Sabios18.4 
 5. Smith, Sabios18.3 
 6. Romero, Piratas16.5 
 7. Almanza, Condores16.4 
 8. Gurley, Caciques15.6 
 9. Perez, Academia15.3 
 10. McCoy, Condores15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karl MOORE
  Aguilas
  (203-PF-87)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Moore, Aguilas15.1 
 2. Hernandez, Cimar.11.2 
 3. Sandidge, Aguilas10.2 
 4. Romero, Piratas10.2 
 5. Perez, Academia9.3 
 6. Almanza, Condores9.0 
 7. Romero, Piratas8.3 
 8. Quinones, Academia8.2 
 9. Cornelius, Caciques7.6 
 10. Ortiz, Fast Break7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MURRAY
  Academia
  (195-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Murray, Academia6.5 
 2. Velandia, Aguilas6.4 
 3. Smith, Sabios5.5 
 4. McCoy, Condores4.8 
 5. Granados, Academia4.6 
 6. Caicedo, Cimar.4.3 
 7. Coombs, Sabios4.1 
 8. Moreno, Cimarrones3.9 
 9. Reyes, Caciques3.9 
 10. Salazar, Fast Break3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Aguilas
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bivins, Aguilas2.9 
 2. Diaz, Condores2.2 
 3. Carraway, Cimar.2.1 
 4. Murray, Academia2.0 
 5. Moreno, Cimarrones1.9 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.9 
 7. McCoy, Condores1.8 
 8. Blandon, Sabios1.6 
 9. Roberson, Condores1.6 
 10. Diaz, Academia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Divier PEREZ
  Academia
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perez, Academia2.0 
 2. Sandidge, Aguilas1.6 
 3. Haughton, Academia1.2 
 4. Quinones, Academia1.2 
 5. Cornelius, Caciques1.1 
 6. Mims, Piratas1.0 
 7. Hinestroza-J., Fast B.0.9 
 8. Bermudez, Condores0.8 
 9. Velez, Sabios0.8 
 10. Bivins, Aguilas0.7 


Wormely comes back to Caciques, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) inked 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). It is actually his comeback to Caciques as he has played here before. Wormely played most recently at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 14 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg last season. Wormely also played that season for Riptide in Canadian NBL Canada where in 32 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.3apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
Wormely is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Wormely has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), Colombia (Patriotas and Patriotas), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.) and JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena).
He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Colombia



Colombian Liga DirecTV round 12 best performance: Beyckar Aguaslimpias - by Eurobasket News

Former international Power forward Beyckar Aguaslimpias (204-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Academia, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sabios (#4, 6-6) with 17-point margin 95-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Academia maintains the 2nd position in Colombian Liga DirecTV. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academia will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Aguaslimpias just recently signed at Academia, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Beyckar Aguaslimpias averages this season 12.8ppg and 8.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Mark Cornelius (190-G-88) of Caciques. Cornelius had a very good evening with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Caciques to edge the lower-ranked Aguilas (#7, 3-9) 80-75. This victory allowed Caciques to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Cornelius is one of the most experienced players at Caciques and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Academia's star - former international forward Divier Perez (201-F/C-89). Perez showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Academia, helping his team with a 95-78 easy win against #4 ranked Sabios in a game of the week. Academia needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Perez has a great season in Colombia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (5th best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerson Pena (186-G-86) of Piratas - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Robert Crawford (201-G/F-90) of Aguilas - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Aguilas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ashton Smith (187-G-89) of Sabios - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Henry Uhegwu (191-G-82) of Fast Break - 20 points and 9 assists
9. Luis Almanza (196-F-91) of Condores - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gary Diaz (193-G-92) of Academia - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 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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  COSTA RICA  


Spotlight Interview on LBS Top Scorer Cory Bradford - by Mike Amico

LatinBasket
6/16/2017

Cory Bradford (191-G-78, college: Illinois) current player of Liberia (Costa Rica-LBS) is the top scorer in the LBS National League (23.8ppg). LatinBasket.com takes the time to interview the star guard for Liberia:

Q: Why you decided to be a pro player.

A: It was always my dream to play at the next level.

Q: 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.

A: Well at this time and age, you can't turn down job opportunities. Reason is that the markets are so competitive and so many players are almost playing for free.

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

A: Best game had to be a championship cup game in UA 52 points. Out of our teams total 66 points.

Q: You are currently the leagues top scorer. Night in and out you face double teams. Tell us how you stay focused as the only American on the roster.

A: I just try to stay aggressive and play very poise.

Q: Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?

A: It's many players. Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence), Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC), Michael Redd (198-G-79, college: Ohio St.). The list goes on and on. Lol. 16 years I faced many tough players

Q: Tell about the best teammates you had so far.

A: Erron Maxey, Terrance Shannon, Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville), Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management), Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.). These guys are winners. Some of most professional guys I got to play with.

Q: You have a world of experience. Over 15 years of professional basketball. How much longer will Cory Bradford play?

A: Till my body say STOP. That's not anytime soon. My career goal is to play till 40. So we will see how I feel in 2 more seasons. Keep playing and stay in shape. Health is wealth



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  CROATIA  


Usak inks Damir Markota - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) signed 32-year old Croatian ex-international power forward Damir Markota (209-102kg-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 28 BSL games in Turkey he had 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season.
In 2006 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markota's team won Turkish President Cup in 2013. He was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also Swedish passport.
Markota was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Markota represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Markota is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Menorca), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks), Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Markota could be described: Above average athlete. His offensive game is extremely developed. An amazing three point touch. He can shoot from anywhere, with any kind of move. Has good vision and passes well out of the double team when in the post.
Lacks the strength to play inside and grab boards ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Turkey



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Head Coach Predrag Benacek Will Not Return to Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine

Predrag Benacek has resigned from his position as head coach of BK Geosan Kolin. After 9-seasons coaching in Kolin, 2016-17 was his last.
The 58-year old Benacek helped lead Kolin to their most successful season in club history, 2011-12, when they captured 3rd place in the NBL.
A former national team player for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Benacek was a national star and had a successful career playing in Europe across parts of three decades.
As a coach, he spent the majority of his time prior to joining Kolin in 2008, as a coach in Cyprus as well as other destinations in the NBL.
The club has announced that a replacement will be named shortly.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Bailey's 26 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old swingman Ollie Bailey (201-G/F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Reales LV and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds for Reales LV in his team's victory, helping them to beat Soles SD (2-5) 112-102. Reales LV is placed at 6th position in Dominican Rep. league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. Bailey just recently signed at Reales LV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Oklahoma City University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bailey is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 60.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Travis Daniels (202-F-92) of league's second-best Leones SD. He is American forward in his first season at Leones SD. In the last game Daniels recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Leones SD was edged by the lower-ranked Huracanes PP (#5, 3-4) 80-77. This loss caused Leones SD to drop to 2nd position in the standings. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Daniels is one of the most experienced players at Leones SD and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Adris De Leon (180-PG-84) of league's leader Metros STGO. De Leon scored 23 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Metros STGO, leading his team to a 109-91 easy win against the lower-ranked Titanes Licey (#8, 2-5). Metros STGO confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. De Leon has a very solid season. In 7 games in Dominican Republic he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Indios SFM - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Titanes Licey - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Austin Freeman (194-G-89) of Caneros LR - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Reales LV - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82) of Soles SD - 24 points and 2 assists
9. Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86) of Huracanes PP - 23 points and 2 rebounds
10. Dwight McCombs (203-F/C-89) of Soles SD - 13 points and 14 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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Eyenga may be back at Openjobmetis VA - by Eurobasket News

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) is close to add to their roster 28-year old Congolese small forward Christian Eyenga (201-95kg-89) who played last time at Unicaja Malaga in Spain. It will actually be his comeback to Openjobmetis VA as he has played here before. In 6 Liga Endesa games he had 9.7ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eyenga also played that season for Openjobmetis VA where in 29 Serie A games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2009 Eyenga was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
He won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2012.
Eyenga is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Eyenga tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Brave Dragons), Poland (Stelmet and PGE Turow), NBA (LA Lakers), Spain (Joventut), Italy (Banco di Srd and Auxilium Torino) and D-League (Texas Legends, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Canton Charge).
On Eyenga: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Possesses solid outside range out to 3pt (34% from 3PT). If he hits first few shots from the perimeter in a row he gets very confident and he is very difficult to guard ... Eyenga has good balance in his offensive game and almost the same number of outside shots as well as free-throws.
Eyenga is still a raw player offensively and still has trouble beating defenders off the dribble ... He is too predictable at times and drives to his right most of the time ... He still has lots of room to improve in these areas
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga Superior Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Izalco and San Marcos reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Izalco - ExSAL ST 84-77

Izalco held off ExSAL ST to advance into Liga Superior Finals. Izalco forced 20 ExSAL ST turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who had a double-double by scoring 58 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Gustavo Galdamez (190-96) chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who recorded a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and point guard Eduardo Cabrera (174-94) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
ExSAL ST: J.Hill 45+14reb+3ast, E.Cabrera 19+7reb+2ast, E.Segovia 4, W.Melendez 4+7reb+4ast, W.Sanchez 2+1reb, B.Marroquin 2+4reb
Izalco: M.Thomas 58+14reb+3ast, C.Toledo 6+4reb+1ast, G.Galdamez 6+6reb, J.Crespin 6+1reb+4ast, V.Maya 4+3reb+1ast, O.Lovato 4+6reb
gschID: 548159


Marquense - San Marcos 70-79

San Marcos outgunned Marquense to seal their title series birth. It was a good game for Nicaraguan center Barthel Lopez (213-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 23 rebounds and 6 blocks. Leonardo Gomez contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Marquense. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Marquense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Marquense: A.Moe 16+14reb+5ast, M.Artiga 14+11reb+5ast, J.Barrera 11+1reb+2ast, R.Flores 11+4reb+2ast, M.Mendoza 8+2reb, R.Guevara 3+2reb
San Marcos: L.Gomez 25+1reb+4ast, M.Martinez 15+7reb+4ast, R.Diaz 12+2reb+3ast, B.Lopez 11+23reb+1ast, F.Escobar 9+3reb+3ast, E.Abullarade 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 548160





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  EUROLEAGUE  


Freeland leaves CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

30-year old British power forward Joel Freeland (209-112kg-87) left CSKA Moscow (VTB). But in 15 Euroleague games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Freeland contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2006 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
Among other achievements Freeland received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
He also represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.0%.
Freeland has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Gran Canaria) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
His game is described as: (by Vinicius Panerari for NBADraft.net in 2006)
An excellent athlete with great leaping ability and runs the floor like a SG ... Has a good shot from outside ... Displays decent footwork ... Finishes every play ... Has good moves around the basket and is not afraid of contact ... Excellent defender, can defend guys with more weight ... Great rebounder ... Can play outside, beating his man off the dribble or shooting from the 3pt line ..
.

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Fenerbahce is close to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 26-year old Italian power forward Nicolo Melli (205-100kg-91) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 41 BBL games he had 8.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Melli also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.3apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Domestic Player of the Year back in 2009.
Melli represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Melli has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, VL Pesaro and Grissin Bon RE.

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Pablo Prigioni named Baskonia head coach - by Eurobasket News

Pablo Prigioni has been named the new head coach of Baskonia. The Argentinean former international player will replace Alfonso Alonso who left to ACB rivals FC Barcelona. Pablo Prigioni ended his player's career in Baskonia last season. He was the long time member of the Argentinean National Team. The guard used to play in Argentina, Spain, NBA.


Olympiacos keep Mantzaris for another season - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) re-signed 27-year old international guard Evangelos Mantzaris (196-90). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 32 A1 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg last season. Mantzaris helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Mantzaris also played 37 games in Euroleague where he had 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Mantzaris won Greek League championship title in 2012, 2015 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Mantzaris has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Mantzaris also represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
Mantzaris has played previously professionally in Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket).

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

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FC Barcelona reportedly agree to two-year deal with Alfonso Alonso - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) have reportedly hired 42-year old coach Alfonso Alonso from Baskonia. The previous (15-16) season Alonso coached at RETAbet.
Among other achievements his team won ULEB Cup in 2008. Alonso received also Spanish ACB Coach of the Year award back in 2012. He used to coach Spanish U17 National Team back in 2014.
Alonso has coached previously two other teams: Joventut and Gipuzkoa.

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Zalgiris keep coach Jasikevicius - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) confirmed re-signing of 41-year old head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. Jasikevicius has coached there for the last three years. He helped them to win the cup and League titles. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year.

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Semifinals are set in Formosa - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Paraguay - Argentina 52-71
Argentina overcame Paraguay to ensure the semifinal birth in Formosa. Bautista Lugarini (199-F-01) tallied 17 points and 13 boards for the winners. Paraguay jumped to an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. But the hosts responded with a strong surge in the second half. They ignited a 47:21 run after the big break to roll to a vital victory. Gaston Bertona (178-PG-01) and Lucas Gallardo (196-F-01) tossed in 13 points each in the win. Jose Barreto (185-F-01) responded with 20 points for Paraguay.

Canada - Venezuela 80-43
Canada rallied past Venezuela to secure the third consecutive victory in Group A. Taryn Todd (185-PG-01) stepped up with 13 points to pace the winners. Canada piled up a 41:19 halftime lead. They held Venezuela to just 24 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Luka Sakota (185-PG-01) provided 11 points in the win. Andres Marrero (186-F-02) responded with 12 points for Venezuela.

Group B
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 88-94
Puerto Rico beat Dominican Republic to secure the semifinal stage birth. Andre Curbelo (185-PG-01) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Puerto Rico eked out a 43:40 halftime lead. They poured in 26 points in the third term to extend the gap at 7-point mark at the final intermission. Dominican Republic poured in 26 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Victor Rosa (195-SF-01) and Diego Gonzalez (187-SG-01) had 16 points each in the win. David Jones (193-F/G-01) responded with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Dominican Republic.

USA - Mexico 127-52
USA marched past Mexico to enter the semifinal stage unbeaten. Nine players scored in double digits for the winners. Zion Harmon (180-G-02) provided 17 points for USA. The North American side unleashed 70 points in the first half to take a massive 50-point lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. DeVion Harmon accounted for 15 points for the winners. Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) responded with 20 points for Mexico.




Day 2 in Formosa - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Argentina - Venezuela 46-39
Argentina held off Venezuela to open win count in Formosa. Gaston Bertona (178-PG-01) provided 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Argentina accumulated a 24:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second half as the hosts rallied to the win. Matias Van Schmeling tossed in 10 points in the victory. Enderson Alcala (191-C-01) responded with 11 points and 15 rebounds for Venezuela.

Paraguay - Canada 71-79
Canada rallied past Paraguay for the second win in Formosa. Shemar Rathan-Mayes (178-G-01) provided 21 points and 7 rebounds to pace the North American side. Canada piled up a 40:26 halftime lead. Paraguay narrowed the deficit in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Luka Sakota (185-PG-01) netted 15 points in the win. Matheus Blaich (188-F-01) and Sebastian Galarza (185-PF-01) delivered 12 points each for Paraguay.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Mexico 81-68
Puerto Rico celebrated the first victory at the tournament. They overcame Mexico for 1-1 record in Group B. Victor Rosa (195-SF-01) provided 14 points in the win. Puerto Rico accumulated a 42:31 halftime advantage. They extended the gap at 17-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Jermaine Miranda (190-SG-01) and Andre Curbelo (185-PG-01) chipped in 11 points apiece in the victory. Ivan Cruz (187-PF-01) responded with 18 points for Mexico.

Dominican Republic - USA 45-94
USA gained the second straight victory at the tournament. They beat Dominican Republic to stay undefeated. James Wiseman (207-C-01) scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winning side. USA accounted for a comfortable 46:22 halftime lead. They poured in 48 points in the second half to ease to the victory. Zion Harmon (180-G-02) delivered 14 points in the win. Anfernee De La Rosa (193-F/G-02) replied with 15 points for Dominican Republic.




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Kauhajoki signs Henri Kantonen - by Eurobasket News

Karhu Kauhajoki (Korisliiga) signed 20-year old guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) from Kouvot. But in 27 Korisliiga games he had just 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division B Honorable Mention.
The previous (15-16) season Kantonen played at Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura (1st Division) where in 30 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.7apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division A Honorable Mention.
He has played previously for two other teams: PuHu Juniorit and Helsinki Seagulls.

Karhu Kauhajoki roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Henri Kantonen
Valtteri Pihlajamaki
Jussi Myllyniemi

Forward:
Perttu Salmi

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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, Boulazac15.9 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.9 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.8 
 9. Walker, Evreux15.2 
 10. Broussard, Provence.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, Nantes7.9 
 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, Nantes4.7 
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 


Mekdad comes back to Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProB) added to their roster 31-year old Algerian international point guard Samir Mekdad (191-86). It is actually his comeback to STB Le Havre as he has played here before. Mekdad played last season at ALM Evreux Basket in the ProB. In 37 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg.
The previous (15-16) season Mekdad played at Berck/Rang du Fliers (NM1) where in 32 games he averaged 11.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg.
Mekdad also represented Algeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg.
Mekdad has played previously for five other teams: La Rochelle, Etendard de Brest, Rueil, Vendee Challans and SAP Vaucluse.

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Pau-Lacq-Orthez keeps Carne for another season - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) re-signed 21-year old point guard Corentin Carne (195-96). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 12 ProA games he averaged just 1.8ppg last season.
Carne represented France at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg.
Carne has played previously for two other teams: CFBB and Pau Nord Est.

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Emmanuel Monceau agreed terms with Rouen - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old shooting guard Emmanuel Monceau (195-95). He has played for the last four years at Vendee Challans Basket in the NM1. In 36 games he recorded 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg (in top 5) last season.
Monceau won French NM2 championship title in 2014.

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Orleans sign Marc Judith - by Eurobasket News

Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) signed 30-year old shooting guard Marc Judith (193-87) from Dijon. In 33 ProA games he had 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg last season.
Judith's team won French La Semaine des AS Cup in 2015.
He was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2007.
Judith has played previously for two other teams: JSF Nanterre and Vendee Challans.

Entente Orleans 45 roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Loic Akono
Marc Judith
Kyle McAlarney

Forwards:
Marcellus Sommerville
Gaylor Curier

Center:
Junior MBida

Coach: Germain Castano

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ProB Round 2 of Finals. Nantes earn victory - by Eurobasket News

Nantes - Boulazac 66-65

Nantes held off Boulazac to force the decisive third game in the championship series. Boulazac Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Boulazac Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Vafessa Fofana (198-92) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. American Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gaetan Clerc (189-91) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Boulazac Basket's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nantes: C.McKnight 16+5reb+1ast, V.Bigote 12+5reb+1ast, K.Mitchell 11+1reb+1ast, V.Fofana 10+13reb+2ast, R.Kuksiks 9+1reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 5+3reb+1ast
Boulazac: J.Williams 10+6reb, T.Gipson 9+3reb, J.Sanchez 8+5reb+1ast, G.Clerc 7+5reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 7+2reb+1ast, T.Sapp 7+1ast
gschID: 548008





Khadim Sow (ex Real Madrid II) agreed terms with ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) inked 18-year old Senegalese center Khadim Sow (210-102kg-99). He has played for the last three years at Real Madrid II in Spanish EBA league. In 24 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 4.8rpg last season.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sofiane Briki
Theo Maledon

Forward:
David Lighty

Center:
Khadim Sow

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Sofiane Briki agreed terms with ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old guard Sofiane Briki (193-99). He has played for the last three years at Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 27 games he recorded 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.5apg last season.
Briki represented France at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 1.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg.

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ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket signs Theo Maledon - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) signed guard Theo Maledon (192). He has played for the last two seasons at Centre Federal du Basket-Ball in the NM1. In 30 games he had 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season.
Maledon represented France at the European Championships U16 in Radom (Poland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 75.0%.

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Franck Seguela is a newcomer at Cognac - by Eurobasket News

Cognac Charente Basket Ball (NM2) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Franck Seguela (197-97, agency: Duran International). He played most recently at Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA). ProA was a little too high level for him, where in two games he did not score anything. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Seguela played at Pau Nord Est.

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Joshua Norbal joins Golfe Juan - by Eurobasket News

AC Golfe Juan Vallauris (NM2) agreed terms with Joshua Norbal. He played last season at Sharks Antibes in the ProA. NM2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.

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Isaiah Miles (ex Dijon) joins Usak - by Eurobasket News

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Isaiah Miles (201-103kg-94, college: St.Joseph's). He played last season at Dijon in French ProA. In 34 games he had 12.2ppg and 4.9rpg.
Miles has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2014 and 2016. Miles was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year and NABC All-District 4 1st Team in 2016.
He graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Antounieh adds Samaha to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CS Antounieh added to their roster 33-year old Lebanese center Roy Samaha (205-113kg-84). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Samaha played last season at Al Riyadi (Pepsi LBL). In 8 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Division 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Samaha helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sagesse (also in Pepsi LBL). Pepsi LBL was a little too high level for him, where in 32 games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.3rpg. Samaha contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2010.
Samaha was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. He played for Lebanese Senior National Team between 2002 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
Samaha played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samaha has played previously professionally also in France (Paris Levallois) and Lebanon (Anibal, Blue Stars and Al Moutahed).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Player with size, strength, and aggressiveness, rebounds well on both ends, works very hard on defense and now finds himself as a starter playing ahead of older players, plays close to the basket and finishes very well in traffic. This player will one day be the league's best player on 4/5 position..

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Lamonte Ulmer (ex Wuerzburg) signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 31-year old American small forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-98kg-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS). He has played for the last two years at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 32 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Ulmer's team won Finnish League Regular Season in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team award in 2015.
Ulmer is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Soleuvre), Romania (Pitesti), Finland (KTP Basket and Tampereen Pyrinto) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
Ulmer attended Rhode Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

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Blois keep Monclar for another season - by Eurobasket News

ADA Blois Basket 41 (ProB) re-signed 29-year old shooting guard Benjamin Monclar (191-88). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 33 ProB games he recorded 13.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.0apg last season.
Among other achievements Monclar won French NM1 championship title in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Monclar has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi) and France (Olympique Antibes and JDA Dijon).

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Chalons-Reims ink Willie Deane - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old American (has also Bulgarian passport) point guard Willie Deane (188-89kg-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports). He played last season at BK Ventspils in Latvian LBL league. In 38 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.9apg and 1.2spg. Deane helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Deane also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg.
The previous (15-16) season Deane played at STB Le Havre. In 16 ProA games he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.4apg. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg.
In 2003 Deane was drafted by Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) in sixth round (48th overall).
He attended Purdue University and it is his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Deane won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Import Player of the Year back in 2008.
Deane is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece, Lithuania (Zalgiris), Poland (PGE Turow), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), Turkey, Ukraine (BC Odessa and Khimik), Italy (Armani Milano and Openjobmetis VA), NBA (Washington Wizards), France (Sluc Nancy) and Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia).
Deane is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Chalons-Reims.
Deane could be described: A solid penetrator who has a knack for creating scoring opportunities for everyone around him ... combines three-point shooting skills with an ability to explode to the basket ... very good passing skills ... an exceptional athlete who possesses a great vertical leap and a consistent winner winning 5 domestic championships.

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Usak lands Darrin Dorsey, ex Le Portel - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) tabbed 30-year old American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-86kg-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in French ProA. In 35 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dorsey played at Poitiers (ProB) in French league where in 37 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.9ppg and recorded 4.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg (leader !!!). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements he won Colombian DPB championship title in 2013. Dorsey received also Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Dorsey is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dorsey has played previously professionally in Argentina (Union de Santa Fe), Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas) and Colombia (Cafeteros and Bambuqueros).
He attended Dakota Wesleyan University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Damir Markota

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Lavieille re-signs at Evreux - by Eurobasket News

ALM Evreux Basket (ProB) confirmed in their roster 21-year old forward Kevin Lavieille (198-96). He has played there for the last two seasons. But in 18 ProB games he had just 1.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season.
Lavieille played in the final of French ProB Play-Offs in 2016.

ALM Evreux Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Theo Leon
Xavier Moon

Forwards:
Steeve Ho_You_Fat
Damien Bouquet
Kevin Lavieille

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Matthew Gibson (ex Challans) agreed terms with Nuernberg - by Eurobasket News

Nuernberg Falcons BC (ProA) inked 33-year old American guard Matthew Gibson (195-84). He played most recently at Vendee Challans Basket in French NM1 league. In 22 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gibson played at Souffelweyersheim (ProB) in French league where in 34 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg (top 4) and 2.0spg (in top 2).
His team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2008.
Gibson is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Gibson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar), Finland (Kouvot and Namika Lr), Hungary (Kaposvari), Mexico (Garra Canera de Navolato), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca), Venezuela (Marinos) and ABA (Oklahoma I.).

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Filet re-signs at Cergy-Pontoise - by Eurobasket News

Entente Cergy Osny Pontoise BB (NM2) confirmed in their roster 26-year old swingman Gregory Filet (195-91). He has played there for the last two seasons.
Filet has played previously for five other teams: ALM Evreux, JL Bourg, Calais, Montbrison and Nord Ardeche.

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Limoges add Morency to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) added to their roster 28-year old ex-international forward Jean-Frederic Morency (200-89). He played last season at JSF Nanterre (ProA). In 36 games he recorded 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0spg. Morency helped them to win the cup.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Gravelines Dunkerque where in 37 ProA games he averaged 6.3ppg and 4.0rpg. Morency was a member of French Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played previously for Pau Lacq Orthez.

Limoges CSP Elite roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Jean-Baptiste Maille

Forwards:
Jean-Frederic Morency
Brian Conklin
William Howard

Center:
Timothee Bazille

Coach: Kyle Milling

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Terry Allen (ex Kormend) agreed terms with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Terry Allen (203-109kg-93, college: Richmond). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Allen helped them to make it to the Hungarian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Hungarian League All-Star Game.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Allen graduated from University of Richmond in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Quentin Serron
Benjamin Sene
Adam Mokoka

Forward:
Terry Allen

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Ralph Temgoua signs at Boulogne - by Eurobasket News

SO Maritime Boulogne (ProB) landed 30-year old naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence). He played most recently at Quimper UJAP in the NM1. In 41 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.4apg last season. Temgoua helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Vendee Challans (also in NM1) where in 27 games he had 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg.
Among other achievements Temgoua played in the final of Liberty Tournament in 2009. He received also NABC Division III All-East Region 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Temgoua has played previously for two other teams: Pontoise and JSA Bordeaux.
He attended St.Lawrence University until 2012 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Usak lands Murat Kozan - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) tabbed 24-year old French center Murat Kozan (206-93). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played most recently at Best Balikesir in TBL. Kozan helped his team get promotion to BSL. In 6 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kozan played at Bandirma Kirmizi where in 34 BSL games he had 4.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. Kozan also spent pre-season at Banvit that year. He was also tried-out by Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) in French league.
Kozan's team made it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Final Four in 2012.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.
Kozan has played previously for another French team SO Maritime Boulogne.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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Dragan Labovic stays with Karpos Sokoli - by Mario Divanisov

Macedonian vice-champion Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje continues with high ambitions next season as the "falcons" announce the contract extension for Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport) and negotiation with several other players.

First on the shortlist in Karpos is Dragan Labovic who had an amazing season in the red and blue jersey. Averaging 15.6ppg and 4.7rpg on 26 games in the ABA Liga, as well as 15.4ppg and 6.0rpg on 18 games in the Macedonian championship the 30-year old Serb was one of the key players in Dragan Nikolic 's team throughout the whole season.
Following the footsteps of Dragan Labovic the club is expected to continue their cooperation with American guard Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92, college: Youngstown St.), as well as Igor Penov (203-SF-84) and Darko Sokolov (189-G-86).

Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje will not participate in the ABA Liga next season, but the club stays with high ambitions as they announced they interest in joining FIBA's Eurocup or the Basketball Champions League as their new international challenge.




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Besnik Bekteshi Moves To The RheinStars - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The RheinStars Cologne have hauled in guard strength with sharp shooter Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) Besnik Bekteshi is a 24 year old 191cm guard that has the German/Albanian citzenship. He brings 47 BBL game experience to Cologne and will play for his former head coach of Giessen Denis Wucherer. Last season he played with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-BBL) playing 25 games averaging 3.7ppg, 1.7apg. "He is a very talented player with a good view for the situation and teammates and has a stable shot. I already coached him once before and am looking forward to working with him again. he is young, hungry and fits too us", stressed Denis Wucherer.

Bekteshi started his basketball career in 2009 with BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 19 games averaging 12.6ppg and played also for BBA Ludwigsburg (NBBL) playing 11 games averaging 16.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 3.7spg. He then played trhee seasons for Ludwigsburg in the BBL, but never made his break through playing only a total of 23 BBL games while also playing with a double license for two seasons with pro A team Kirchheim. In 2013, he was signed by ratiopharm Ulm, but missed the whole season due to injury. In the 2014-2015 season he played for the Giessen 46ers (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, played also at Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). In the 2015-2016 season he played for VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games averaging10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 77.7%. Sometimes it is better for a player to take a step back, but then to really attack with more playing time and having a perspective", added head coach Denis Wucherer.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U17 National Team -09-10, German NBBL All-Star Game -10, 11, German NBBL Rookie of the Year -10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10: 8 games: 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT-3 (87.0%), Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 3rd Team -10
Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Honorable Mention -11, German NBBL Defensive Player of the Year -11, 12, German U18 National Team -11
European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, Steals-5 (2.4spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT-3 (87.5%), German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -12, German U20 National Team -12, European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 3.2ppg, 1.0spg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -15, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -16.

Source:RheinStars





Da'Sean Butler Remains With ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the flucuating rumors of Raymar Morgan and Chris Babb seemingky on their way out of Ulm, the club ratiopharm Ulm was atleast able to give some good news today in that they were able to hold Da'Sean Butler (201-F-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) giving him a contract extension. Butler is a 29 year old 201cm forward that will be going into his third season with the team. The 2010 Miami Heat NBA Draft Pick and who played in countries like Latvia, Belgium and France before moving to Ulm in 2015 last season played 28 BBL games averaging 10.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 79.7%. He also played 13 Eurocup games averaging 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 60.0%. "I am happy that he is coming back. He is so valuable as a player because he is so versatile and brings an unorthodox style. He infects everyone with his professional atitude and love for the game", stressed head coach Thorsten Leibenath. Last season the American scored in double figures in 18 BBlLgames including a 22 point game against BG Goettingen. He also scored in double figures in six Eurocup games including a 20 point game against Khimky and 19 points against FC Bayern Munich. "I am so happy to return. It means so much to me and my family. There are various reasons why I returned. I like the area and people here and am looking forward to playing with Per Guenther and Tim Olhbrecht as well as for the best fans in Germany", stressed Da'Sean Butler.

Source:ratiopharm ulm



TuS SWAP Red Devils Bramsche tabs Derick Pope - by Igor Obradovic

TuS SWAP Red Devils Bramsche (2.Regionalliga) inked 24-year old American forward Derick Pope (196-93kg-93). He just graduated from King (NCAA2). In 26 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg last season. Pope helped them to make it to the conference final. He also get into Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team in 2016 and 2017.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Pope's college team won Conference Carolinas Tournament in 2016.

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Matthew Gibson (ex Challans) agreed terms with Nuernberg - by Eurobasket News

Nuernberg Falcons BC (ProA) inked 33-year old American guard Matthew Gibson (195-84). He played most recently at Vendee Challans Basket in French NM1 league. In 22 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Gibson played at Souffelweyersheim (ProB) in French league where in 34 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.0apg (top 4) and 2.0spg (in top 2).
His team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2008.
Gibson is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Gibson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar), Finland (Kouvot and Namika Lr), Hungary (Kaposvari), Mexico (Garra Canera de Navolato), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca), Venezuela (Marinos) and ABA (Oklahoma I.).

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Dominic Lockhart Looks For New Challenge With BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 4 seasons and 102 BBL games with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Dominic Lockhart (198-G-94) has decided to seek a new challenge and will play with BG Goettingen this season. Lockhart is a talented 22 year old 198cm guard that was unable to make his break through with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and follows teammate Dennis Kramer to BG Goettingen. Last seasn the German who started his career with TV Wetzlar played 43 EasyCredit BBL games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.2rpg and also played 16 BCL games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg. "He showed in the last playoffs that he has the potential to become one of the best defenders in the league", stressed head coach Johan Roijakkers. Last season the German showed his potential in the Champions League scoring 13 points in 13 minutes against Turkish club Usak.

The German was born in Schweinfurt and after starting his career with TV Wetzlar he moved on to the LTi Giessen 46ers junior team in 2010. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (ProB) playing 25 games averaging 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 81.5%. He remained one more season with the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging 5.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, played also for LTi Giessen 46ers junior team (NBBL). In 2013-2014 he made a furtehr step in his career moving to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL) where he played 4 games and also played for Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (ProB) playing 30 games averaging 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he played 21 BBL games averaging 1.0ppg, 1.2rpg. He also played 9 Eurocup games averaging 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg. He also played at Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (ProB) playing 29 games averaging 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 80.2%. In the 2015-2016 season he played 33 BBL games averaging 1.5ppg and also palyed 15 Eurocup games averaging 2.2ppg. He also played for the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (ProB) playing 10 games avergaing 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 81.5%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -10, All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Honorable Mention -10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 9 games: 7.0ppg, Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 57.6%, German U18 National Team -11-12, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim (Germany) -12, European Championships U18 in Lithuania -12: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 76.5%, German NBBL All-Star Game -13, German U20 National Team -13-14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -14, 15, European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) -14: 9 games: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Domestic Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Defensive Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -15, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -15, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -16, German Bundesliga Supercup Finalist -16, and German Bundesliga Finalist -17.

Source:BG Goettingen



The EWE Baskets Add Karsten Tadda - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Not even a week has gone by since the game 3 loss to Bamberg and end of the season, but the EWE Baskets Oldenburg are already looking forward to next season and have added experienced ex German national player Karsten Tadda (190-SG-88) Tadda is a 28 year old 190cm shooting guard that brings 368 BBL games experience to Oldenburg and will be going into his 11th professional season and 10th BBL season getting a 2 year deal. He played 8 years with Brose Bamberg, one with Giessen and last season with Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL): playing 43 games averaging 4.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.8apg. He also played 14 Eurocup games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.2apg. He also has played 55 Euroleague games and 64 games with the German national team. "We are proud to have convinced Karsten of our concept. He is one of the best German players that ever played in Oldenburg. His charachter and style will help us in the next 2 years", stressed Srdjan Klaric. he scored in double figures in four games in the BBL including a 13 point game against Tuebingen. "The EWE Baskets belong to the best 4 teams in Germany. The fans totally stand behind the team. I noticed in the playoffs how much the city lives for basketball. The decision to come here was made easier and I am looking forward to the challenge", stated Karsten Tadda.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -06, German U20 National Team -07-08
Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga South All-Newcomers Team -07, European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland) -07 (Semifinals): 8 games: 1.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.4apg, European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 8 games: 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 72.2%, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -09, German Bundesliga Semifinals -09, 17
German University National Team -09, 11, World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 2 games: 4.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, German Bundesliga Champion -10, 11, 12, 13, 15, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -11, 12, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -11, 12, 13, 15, 17, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -11, 12, 16, World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11: 7 games: 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 72.7%, German National Team -12-16
Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -12, German Bundesliga Supercup Winner -13, Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 7 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, European Championships in Slovenia -13: 5 games: 1.8ppg, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -14, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -14, Qualifications to European Championships 2015 -14: 6 games: 7.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 77.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 83.3%, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -15, and European Championships -15: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg.

Source:EWE Baskets





The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig Keep Thomas Klepeisz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL team Basketball Lowen Braunschweig have announced the contract extension of Thomas Klepeisz (186-PG-91) Thomas Klepeisz is a 25 year old 186cm Austrian point guard that last season played his first season in Germany with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig. The ex UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights guard who won the 2015 Austrian Cup and was named MVP in that season played 29 BBL games averaging 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.9%. "His first season with his injury in pre season wasn't an easy one. However he was able to heighten his game as the season went on and in the last part was one of our most stable players. He is an identity figure and it was important to keep him. We know what we have with him and are sure that he will use his potential and develop further", stressed head coach Frank Menz. Last season the Austrian scored in double figures six times including a 23 point game against Vechta and 19 points against FC Bayern Munich. "I felt very comfortable here last season. The organization, city and fans helped with that. I am looking forward for my second season here", stressed Thomas Klepeisz.

Source:Basketball Lowen Braunschweig





The Fraport Skyliners Find Big Man Support With Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners have gotton active on the transfer market and added Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (208-C-90, agency: Octagon Europe). Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann is a 26 year old 208cm center with a lot of EasyCredit BBL experience as he brings 9 seasons with Bonn, Alba Berlin and ratiopharm Ulm and 184 games in the German league to the Fraport Skyliners. He also brings 39 Eurocup games, 19 Eurochallenge games and 15 Euroleague games experience to Frankfurt. Last season he had a tough injury and came back well and signed with Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) in January playing 25 BBL games avergaing 2.2ppg, 1.9rpg. He also played three Eurocup games averaging 5.3ppg, 1.0rpg. The 2016 Fiba Europe Cup winner gave the German a 2 year deal and head coach Gordon Herbert explains why they got him. "Getting him is very important. He does his thing on the court very well. He is a good German player with experience in the EasyCredit BBL playoffs and he is a good person and teammate. He will give us a new element on defense, because he can put a lot of pressure on teams with his rebounding and blocks. He is useful, because nowadays teams need players taht can defend the pick and roll well. I see potential in him to grow as an offensive player", stressed Gordon Herbert.

Wolfarth-Bottermann started his basketball career in 2006 with the SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf junior team and a year later joined the Telekom Baskets Bonn junior team. He then played for teh Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2008-2013 where he was able to grow as a player and make the next big step moving to Alba Berlin in 2013 where he played until 2016. He was never able to make his break through as injuries plagued his development in his last two seasons. His best season was his first where he played 19 Eurocup games averaging 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 50.0%; and in the German League: played 45 games averaging 4.9ppg, 2.8rpg. "I have to admit that I have always followed Frankfurt with my eye. There was always a bit of contact. I observed the development of the German players. This season it was a fit. Last season I wanted to come back from injury and just remain fit and play right. that was the case in Ulm and It was a good situation for me. I want to know this season what I am capable of doing when I am fit and have a good role. That is why Frankfurt is the best situation for me", stressed Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -08, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -08, Adidas World Junior Tournament in Douai (France) -08, European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) -08: 5 games: 4.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0spg, German NBBL All-Star Game -09, German NBBL Defensive Player of the Year -09, German U20 National Team -09-10
European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) -09: 3 games: 1.0ppg, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Defensive Team -10
German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -10, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 5.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 70.4%
Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team -11, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Newcomers Team -11, German University National Team -11, World University Games in Shenzhen (China) -11: 7 games: 5.4ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-4 (1.9bpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 18.2%
German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -12, German 2nd National Team -12-13, EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -13, German University National Team -13
Stankovic Continental Cup in China -13, Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Honorable Mention -13, World University Games in Kazan (Russia) -13, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -14, 16, German Bundesliga Finalist -14, German Bundesliga Supercup Winner -15, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -15
German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -15, German Bundesliga Semifinals -15, 17, Eurocup Quarterfinals -14, and German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -17.

Source:fraport Skyliners







Lamonte Ulmer (ex Wuerzburg) signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 31-year old American small forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-98kg-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS). He has played for the last two years at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. In 32 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Ulmer's team won Finnish League Regular Season in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team award in 2015.
Ulmer is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Soleuvre), Romania (Pitesti), Finland (KTP Basket and Tampereen Pyrinto) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
Ulmer attended Rhode Island University until 2010 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Phoenix Hagen Add Buay Tuach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

More than 10 years Houston Rockets NBA Draft Pick Malik Badiane who hailed from Senegal was a mainstay in the BBL and later would have a fruitful career in France, but overall seeing players from Africa isn't a common thing in German basketball leagues, but Phoenix Hagen has gone against that trend and signed Buay Tuach (198-G/F-95) from Ethiopia. Buay Tuach is a 22 year old 198cm forward that already has had an interesting college basketball career as he played for two schools Northeast CC (JUCO) and Loyola Mary (NCAA). He grew up in Omaha, Nebrasca and like so many players before him had to prove his basketball abilities in the JUCO before making the jump to the NCAA. He played the last two seasons at Loyola Mary (NCAA) as in his first year played 26 games averaging 3.7ppg, 1.6rpg. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 11.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 57.0%. "We were were looking for an athletic allrounder at the three position that has a very good shot, but that can also help out at the positions 2 and 4. Buay brings all this and played in the best college conference and proved twice that he could play against top team Gonzaga. We believe we will have very much fun with him on and off the court", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe.


Last season Tuach scored in double figures in 17 games including one double double. Some of his best scoring games were 21 points against BYU, 20 points against Vanguard and 19 points against Gonzaga. He started his basketball career with Northeast CC (JUCO) playing 30 games averaging 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 63.3%. In his last season there he played 32 games averaging 16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 63.5%. "I am looking forward to the new challenge, new culture and can hardly wait to meet my new Phoenix family. It feels like the right step", stressed Buay Tuach. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NJCAA D1 Region XI Finalist -15, NJCAA D1 All-Region XI 2nd Team -15, and All-WCC Honorable Mention -17.

Source:Phoenix Hagen








Leon Okpara Moves To The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL team Giessen 46ers have snatched up young German talent Leon Okpara (195-G/F-98, agency: Octagon Europe) giving him a contract with a double license to play for the pro B team. Leon Okpara is a 19 year old 195cm swingman that comes from Pro A team RheinStars having 15 Pro A games under his belt. Last season for the RheinStars he played one Pro A game, but played the NBBL (U-19 league) season averaging 18,2ppg. "Weare happy that Leon decided to come to Giessen. He was here for a try-out and convinced us of his abilities. He showed his qualities in the NBBL the last years. He is versatile and at a good level with his athleticism and an enrichment for every team.We want to lead him to the BBL through responsibility and minutes in the Pro B", stressed head coach Ingo Freyer.

Source:Giessen 46ers



Elijah Allen (I Think I Had About 5 Heart Attacks In The Chemnitz Series) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.)s a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that completed his first season with Gotha in the Pro A averaging 5,7ppg, 2,0rpg and shot 42,3% from outside. He is one of the few guys that has gone from the German Regionaliga to the BBL He played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after helping Gotha reach the BBL

Elijah congrats on an amazing season with Gotha. You helped Gotha move up to the BBL, but lost the Pro A title to 2004 Fiba Europe cup winner MBC. Is the fact that the club reached the BBL a small consolation for not winning the Pro A title?

Thanks a lot Miles. Having the opportunity to play for the Oettinger Rockets this season was a true blessing. The main goal for the club was to make it to the BBL and we achieved that so I think the club can be very happy with the outcome.


MBC had the number of Gotha this season going 4-0. I always felt Gotha had a well rounded roster, but was MBC just better from top to bottom?

MBC was the best team in Pro A for a reason. They brought it every night. Hats off to MBC for the season they had.


Gotha knew coming into the game that they had to win by 8 or more points, but lost by 22 points. MBC shot very well in the paint and won the rebound battle. Obviously when you lose by 22 points, the defense failed, but what did Gotha had to have done better to have won this game by eight or more points?

MBC did a good job of pressuring and trying to deny us the ball all game. Warren and Kerusch also played great when Hatten got injured. We needed to take care of the ball and limit easy baskets in order to win that game.


Three of the four semi-finalists came from the former East Germany. You had played in Giessen and Lich the last years, but seriously what do they feed the players in the east?

Haha maybe its in the water! I don't know what the secret is.

What is the secret to the success of the teams in the east this season in the Pro A? What is your season summary? It has been the goal of Gotha and Wolfgang Heyder to reach the BBL one day, but nobody expected to happen so soon?

Playing for Gotha has been such a humbling experience. We battled so much adversity all year long and being able to pull it together when it mattered most was just icing on the cake. Every player on our team did something special during the playoffs.


Did the team overachieve this season? Gotha finished only in seventh place and needed 4 games to dispose of Crailsheim and 5 games to get past Chemnitz being down 0-2. What was the secret to the season?

I wouldn't say nobody expected it. I think it was the exact opposite actually. The club and sponsors really wanted to get to the BBL this season. They didn't want any excuses. Just results. I don't look at it as overachieving. We under achieved during the regular season and came alive when it mattered most.


You won the last 3 games against BV Chemnitz by a combined score of 12 points. Was this the most intense week of your professional life coming from the bottom and reaching the peak in game 5?

The whole season we didn't play up to our abilities together. We had some nice wins and then some bad losses. Playoffs was a time to redeem ourselves. As a team we believed we were just as good as anyone in the league. We have a team of quality players and it was just a matter of clicking together at the right moment. I'm super proud of the group we got.


What was your fondest moment in this BV Chemnitz series that you will remember in 10 years?

The series against Chemnitz was just crazy. I think I had about 5 heart attacks that series. Chemnitz has some really good players that play with heart. I have the most respect for them.


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

I would have to say Robert Ohle. He really improved and played huge for us as the season and playoffs went on. He works really hard and played great in the playoffs.


How vital was the pick up of experienced Dane Watts? Where would the team have been in many games without his presence?

Dane was an awesome teammate and person to be along. His leadership and experience was just what we needed to give us that edge.


Let's talk about your game. You averaged 5,7ppg and 1,7rpg in 16 minutes. You stated in our last interview in December 2016 that 'my goal is to just be aggressive in the time that I get and find ways to help my team win' Do you believe that you could do that on a consistent basis with Gotha?

This season was a learning process. I really felt I grew a lot this season on and off the court. Offensively and defensively my main focus is to make that next step. Knowing your role and picking when to make plays was a challenge this season. Making the most out of your role is essential to team success. I'm very hungry and determined to prove that I can play on a high level night in and night out.

In the last interview you also said that 'I think defensively and basketball IQ I have made a huge step but offensively I feel I had a more all around game with Lich. How have you become a better offensive player with Gotha where you had way less minutes than with Lich?

The main thing that I have learned is spacing. Having good spacing makes the game so much easier. This summer I will spend time watching film and looking for ways to improve.


You came from the Regionaliga and helped Gotha reach the BBL. How special has your Cinderella basketball career been. If somebody had told you in April 2013 that in 4 years you had gone step by step and would have helped a team reach the BBL what would you have thought?

This journey has been nothing but amazing. I really worked hard to get here and I have so much more to prove. I have always believed in myself and I take pride in finding ways to improve from season to season.

What is the next step for Elijah Allen? The question is will Gotha retain you or will you have to go elsewhere? Do you feel you could be a solid BBL player if given the chance?

I have no clue what the next step will be. I'm just thankful to be able to play the game I love. I will speak with my Agent over the next few weeks. I feel I can contribute and help a club with the right situation.

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

I am currently on the way to Mallorca, Spain with the team. Plan on relaxing and enjoying the time with the guys. I will stay in Germany with my family for most of the summer. I will also take my family to Greece for a few weeks. Besides that I will be working out and getting ready for the next season.


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

I am not surprised one bit. The kid can flat out score the ball and he is put in the perfect position to do so.


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

I think he is number 4 in my book. I have to go with Harden, Westbrook,Wall and then Thomas.


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

I feel its very special. I am all for the underdogs. Its nice to see schools that are not really known as high majors make it so far in the tourney. All odds are against them.


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

I haven't really seen the kid play much but his dad is taking all of his shine. I wish he would sit back and let his kid enjoy his moment. He is in the news more than his sons.


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

I mean I don't see it as a bad thing to be able to average a triple double no matter how you do it. His teammates didn't complain one time about it so its OK in my book.


Recently there was talk that the Morris brothes did a switcharo in Boston in game 2 where Morris stepped in for Markieff who was nursing an injury. Do you think something like that cam be even possible with all the scrutiny and all the technical gadgets that are around. Could something like that not get detected?

It is definitely possible! Identical twins with the same tattoos is just crazy. I wouldn't be surprised if they did it. How could you catch them? Haha


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out


Thanks Elijah for the chat.



Radeko Pilcevic Returns Back To Germany Joining Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes wonders do happen even when a player that once played in the EasyCredit BBL has been away for five years and played for 10 different teams in five different countries, but for Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) his three year stay in Germany with 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC and the Giessen 46ers from 2009-2012 was a happy time in his life and since then he has gathered further experience and will make another attempt to showcase his skills in Germany's top league. According to Eurobasket sources, Pilcevic brings 91 BBL games experience back to Germany and will join Science City Jena. Pilcevic is a 30 year old 188cm point guard that last season played for KB Kosice (Slovakia-SBL) playing 42 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-2 (6.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 84.7%. Last season he registered five double dobles and had seven games where he posted double figures in assists. One of his top games last season was a 20 point, 15 assist performance against Levice. Some of his best games in the BBL years ago was a 19 point effort against Braunschweig and Artland as well as 16 point games against Bayreuth and Duesseldorf with MBC. With Giessen he had an 18 point game against Braunschweig and 15 point game against Bayreuth.

Pilcevic who hails from Serbia started his basketball career in 2004 with KK Zeleznicar Cacak (1B) and would remain in Serbia a few more years working on his game with teams like Ribnica (1B), KK Crnokosa Kosjeric, and KK Borac Cacak (A League). In the 2008-2009 season he remained with KK Borac Cacak (A League) playing 31 games:averaging 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 85.1%. His playmaking game and sound court vision impressed MBC manager Martin Geisller so much that he gave the young Serb a chance and signed him to the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga) where he played 33 games averaging 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 72.0%. In his second season for the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga) he played 27 games averaging 7.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.1%. He played a third season in the BBL in 2011-2012 moving to the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 29 games averaging 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 37.3%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 85.5%.

His real basketball Europe trotting started in 2012 as in the last 5 years he played for 10 teams. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia-Prva Liga) playing 8 games averaging 6.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 94.7%. In the 2013-2014 season he joined KK Crnokosa Kosjeric (KLS) playing 13 games: Score-3 (18.1ppg), 1.9rpg, Assists-4 (4.9apg), Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 75.3%, in Dec.'13 to Radnicki Kragujevac (KLS) playing Eurocup 5 games averaging 3.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 60.0%; Adriatic League playing 7 games averaging 2.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 66.7%, in Feb.'14 moved to Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (Hungary-A Division) playing 5 EuroChallenge games averaging 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 22.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 100.0%; Hungarian League: 17 games: 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 73.9%. In the 2014-2015 season he joined BCM U Pitesti (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 7 games averaging 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 60.0%, 3FGP: 31.6%, FT: 83.3%, left in Nov.'14, in Dec.'14 moved to BC Timisoara (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 18 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 4.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 82.1%. In the 2015-2016 season he moved to Dzukija Alytus (Lithuania-LKL), in Oct.'15 signed at Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (KLS) playing in the Adriatic League playing 7 games averaging 3.0ppg, 2.0apg, left in Dec.'15, later that month moved to SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 22 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 82.1%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals -14, Hungarian League Regular Season Champion -14, Hungarian League Champion -14, Romanian Cup Winner -15, Balkan League Quarterfinals -16, Slovakian SBL -17 (Player of the Week Rd.21), Slovakian Cup Winner -17, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -17, Slovakian League Semifinals -17, Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 2nd Team -17, and Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Bosmans Team -17



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ABL Women's Division second round opens with a flyer - by Yaw Mintah

The Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division has opened on a flying note at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu as Fire Service beat Tudu Galaxy 48-27 in the opening game and Braves of Customs went past Ghana Navy 53-41 in the second and final matchup of the round.

Fire stunned league leaders Galaxy with a big win to kick start matters in the division after a near two week break since June 2. Fire Point Guard Carlyn Adjei converted one of two three point shots to bum her side's lead from 15-13 to 23-13 to end the first half.

New recruit and 2016 Ghana Basketball Awards High School Player of the Year winner Juliana Cudjoe started from the bench and made an immediate impact by scoring all three free throws after getting fouled on a three point attempt. She added another pair from the arc to stretch Fire's lead despite the efforts of Galaxy's Selina Quaye who found joy draining jump shots after posting up Fire defenders.

The next game had defending champions Braves of Customs capitalize on turnovers from Navy in the final quarter of the tie to peel away from the feisty opposing team whohad Point Guard Maria Mensah drill four three point shots.

Navy was able to hang around Braves through the first half trailing 9-12 at the end of the first quarter and seven at the end of the second quarter. However, late in the third quarter, Navy consistently gifted possession to Braves who exploited it to stretch the lead. Braves trio Anita Bonney, Belinda Tawiah and Center Gloria Gyampoh did the most lifting on the offensive end.

Both games were played out using the 24 seconds shot clock; the clock will be used throughout the second half of the season.



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Olympiacos keep Mantzaris for another season - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) re-signed 27-year old international guard Evangelos Mantzaris (196-90). He has played there for the last six seasons. In 32 A1 games he averaged 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg last season. Mantzaris helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League 2nd Team and All-Defensive Team. Mantzaris also played 37 games in Euroleague where he had 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg.
Among other achievements Mantzaris won Greek League championship title in 2012, 2015 and 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Mantzaris has been also a member of Greek international program for some years. He has regularly played for Greek senior team since 2011 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010.
Mantzaris also represented Greece at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.4ppg, 1.2rpg.
Mantzaris has played previously professionally in Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket).

Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Vassilis Spanoulis
Evangelos Mantzaris

Forwards:
Georgios Printezis
Kostas Papanikolaou
Ioannis Papapetrou
Dimitrios Agravanis

Coach: Giannis Sfairopoulos

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kymis add Manolopoulos to their roster - by Chris Mammides

GS Kymis (A1) added to their roster 30-year old forward Sotirios Manolopoulos (208-87) from Trikalla. In 20 A1 games he recorded 9.0ppg and 2.8rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Manolopoulos played at Kolossos where in 26 A1 games he averaged 5.8ppg and 1.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Greek Cup Final Four in 2005, 2006 and 2012.
Manolopoulos represented Greece at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 13.5ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 81.8%.
Manolopoulos has played also professionally in Italy and Spain (Basquet_Mallorca, Palencia_Baloncesto and VGO Basket Vigo) and Greece (Peristeri GS Athens, Aris, PAOK Thessaloniki, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas and AE Ikaros Kallitheas).
On Manolopoulos: Grew up from 6-6 to 6-8 in some months, keeping the quickness and the agility of a point guard. Gives his best when he penetrates the paint, attacking the basket. Can also hit a thre pointer, and his future is on the perimeter, even because he doesn' t seem enthusiastic to bang inside.

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Agriniou inks Kostas Stavrou - by Chris Mammides

A.O. Agriniou (B) agreed terms with 27-year old forward Kostas Stavrou (194-90) from Evropi.
Stavrou has played previously for two other teams: Aias Evosmou and Holargos.

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Michalis Politis joins Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou - by Chris Mammides

Charilaos Trikoupis Mesologiou (B) agreed terms with 29-year old point guard Michalis Politis (190-88). He has played for the last three seasons at AE Larissas in the A2. In 30 games he had 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Politis won Greek C Division (North-Group 1) championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek C League Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Greek C League 1st Team back in 2014.
Politis has played previously for five other teams: Olympiacos Volou, Niki Volou, A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, Holargos and Vonitsas.

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Matt Brown named boys basketball head coach at Northwood - by Eurobasket News

Northwood announced Thursday afternoon that Matt Brown has been hired to replace Alex Hart as the Chargers' boys basketball head coach. Brown previously spent six seasons as head coach at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C., claiming 69 wins during his tenure. The newly minted Chargers head coach also spent time at UNC-Charlotte as a graduate assistant coach, an assistant coach at Pfeiffer University and he also severed as a coaching intern at Stanford. "I feel extremely blessed God has given me the opportunity to serve as the Chargers' boys' head basketball coach,' Brown said in a statement. 'My wife and I are excited to be back in North Carolina and thrilled to be a part of the Northwood family.' Hart led Northwood to a 23-49 record in three seasons with the Chargers. Northwood has not clinched a winning season since former head coach Donald Williams led the program to a 17-11 overall record during the 2012-13 season.
Courtesy of: highschoolot.com



Milton takes over Galt varsity program - by Eurobasket News

Greg Milton is ready for a new challenge in his coaching career. This winter, Milton will be the new Galt High boys basketball coach after spending last season as the school's frosh-soph boys coach. He replaces Phil Ricci, who resigned after one season because of a new commitment needed for a new career, which would not allow him to devote time toward the development of returning and incoming players. Prior to coaching Galt's lower level team last winter, Milton coached boys hoops at Mira Loma High of Sacramento. He also coached boys basketball at Albert Einstein Middle School, also in Sacramento. He started his coaching career working with youth basketball players at the Salvation Army in Oak Park, also in Sacramento. Milton will be an off-campus coach, but works as a special education teacher at Hiram Johnson High of Sacramento. He has taught in the Sacramento City Unified School District for the last 12 years. There are 10-15 players - both returning and incoming from last winter's frosh-soph squad - who have been showing up for summer workouts and weekend tournaments, Milton noted. 'Right now we're seeing who's going to come and who is consistent,' Milton said. 'I have my kids who played under me coming up. Some will make it (this winter's squad) and some won't. We have returning varsity players.' Milton is the third Warriors' boys basketball coach in four seasons. Elisa Dy was one of the few female high school varsity boys' basketball coaches, and ran Galt's program for two seasons until her release after the end of the 2015-16 season. She is now an assistant coach for the Delta College women's basketball team. Ricci, a 1998 Galt High graduate, guided the Warriors to a 7-17 overall record after starting 5-2, with an 0-10 mark in the SVC. Six of the 10 players on last year's Warrior squad were sophomores and freshmen. Now Milton has the job of building those players' trust, along with incoming players, in learning a new system that includes running a motion offense and playing man-to-man to zone defenses. 'I understand their situation. They have another head coach,' Milton said. 'They have to trust and believe in me. And the trust is almost there.' Some of the Warriors' preseason games for this winter, Milton notes, are Sonora, Mountain House, Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights and Ben Holt Academy. On top of that, Galt will bring back its own tournament that will be titled as the Warrior Winter Roundball Classic, formerly known as the Galt Warrior Classic. The Classic wasn't played last winter, but was in prior seasons.
Courtesy of: lodinews.com



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  HIGH SCHOOLS CANADA  


Jabs Newby teaching basketball skills in Brampton - by Eurobasket News

Jabs Newby (6'2''-G-91, college: Gannon) is going back to his roots. The Brampton native, who now plays professional basketball in Mexico, will be offering the Jabs Newby Skills Academy as part of the Aspire 4 Higher Elite Basketball Camp this summer. Newby's sessions will be held at the middle school he attended, Great Lakes at 285 Great Lakes Dr. in Brampton, from Aug. 8 to 11. Newby was the No. 2 overall pick in the National Basketball League of Canada by the Saint John Mill Rats in 2014 and was traded later in the season to the Mississauga Power. In 2015, he was invited to camp with Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League. After high school, he played college basketball at Eastern Kentucky and then transferred to Gannon University in Erie, Penn. His skills academy is open to youth aged eight to 12, and space is limited. Aspire 4 Higher, celebrating its fifth summer in Brampton, is also introducing a Multi-Sports Camp including basketball, soccer, flag football, and ultimate Frisbee for ages five to nine, also at Great Lakes School, running weekly from July 4 to Aug. 4.
Courtesy of: bramptonguardian.com



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.1 
 3. Kromah, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.0 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.4 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari17.4 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Allen, Kormend16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.2 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.1 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.9 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 8. Szabo, ZTE K.7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Lorant, Alba7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 2. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.3 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.2 
 7. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 8. Kromah, Kormend1.8 
 9. Lilov, Szedeak1.6 
 10. Frazier, Kaposvari1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Akos KELLER
  Alba
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Keller, Alba1.0 
 2. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 4. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Andric, Szolnok0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 4 of Finals. Falco KC extend the series - by Eurobasket News

Falco KC - Alba 82-69

Falco KC beat Alba to force the decisive fifth game in the Finals. The game without a history. Falco KC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Falco KC players scored in double figures. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Alba.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: B.Varadi 18+3reb+2ast, D.Barham 17+3reb, L.Medford 15+2reb+3ast, D.Govens 13+9reb+5ast, N.Toth 11+7reb+2ast, A.Pustahvar 5+4reb+1ast
Alba: W.Shepard 14+5reb+3ast, J.Farr 13+3reb, J.Edwards 10+8reb+3ast, P.Lorant 9+6reb, A.Keller 8+3reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 548054





Laszlo Lazar agreed terms with Pitesti - by Armando Caporaso

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old former Romanian international center Laszlo Lazar (210-96kg-87, agency: 011 Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Hungarian passport. Lazar has played for the last three years at Targu Mures in the Liga Nationala. In 29 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg last season. Lazar helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game. Lazar also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4bpg.
Among other achievements Lazar played in the final of Romanian League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Lazar played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Lazar has played previously professionally also in Hungary (Jaszberenyi).

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Debreceni Egyetem team keeps Molnar for another season - by Eurobasket News

Debreceni Egyetem 2nd team (NB I. B) re-signed experienced 34-year old former international swingman Andras Molnar (193-90kg-83, agency: Interperformances). He played there last season.
The previous (15-16) season he played at Szedeak (A Division) where in 30 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
Among other achievements Molnar was selected to Hungarian League All-Star Game back in 2007, 2011 and 2012.
He also represented Hungary at the Qualifications to European Championships 2011 seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg.
Molnar has spent his entire career in Hungary playing for three other teams: Szolnok, Sopron KC and MAFC Budapest.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Terry Allen (ex Kormend) agreed terms with Gravelines - by Eurobasket News

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Terry Allen (203-109kg-93, college: Richmond). He played most recently at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 39 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg last season. Allen helped them to make it to the Hungarian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Hungarian League All-Star Game.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Allen graduated from University of Richmond in 2016 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Quentin Serron
Benjamin Sene
Adam Mokoka

Forward:
Terry Allen

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Sopron KC signs Uros Duvnjak - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) signed 31-year old Serbian shooting guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket) from MAFC Budapest. Duvnjak managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 9 A Division games in Hungary he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.6apg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 1.3apg. The other team Duvnjak played that season for was Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian league. In 9 ABA League games he averaged 5.2ppg. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he got 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Duvnjak's team made it to the Macedonian final.
He was a member of Serbian University National Team back in 2007.
Duvnjak is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, Panionios, A.G.O Rethymno Aegean and Nea Kifisia) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki KG 06 and Mega Leks).
Duvnjak could be described: Uros is one of the most Promising Player in Yugoslavia. He should continue to play and develop as a playmaker. Uros is very fast, good jumper and great fighter in the court. He has great technical abilities with a great sense for the game and assists, good in shooting and penetrating, responsible in defense.

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Grebenar re-signs at Kaposvari - by Eurobasket News

Kaposvari KK (A Division) confirmed in their roster experienced 36-year old ex-international power forward Peter Grebenar (211-117kg-81, agency: HMS). He has played there for the last three seasons. But in 35 A Division games he recorded just 2.0ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Grebenar won Hungarian League championship title in 2003, 2011 and 2012. He was a member of Hungarian Senior National Team between 2000 and 2002.
Grebenar has spent his entire career in Hungary playing for three other teams: Kormend, Szolnok and PVSK Pannon.
Grebenar is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Kaposvari.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Not so stong bodybuilder. But runs the floor very well and likes fast breaks. Can hit jumper. Not so useful playing against stronger opponents.

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Sulovic re-signs at Szedeak - by Eurobasket News

Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (A Division) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 33 A Division games he had 14.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Sulovic helped them to make it to the Hungarian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 36 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Sulovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Bosnia (Igokea), Bulgaria (Balkan), Poland (Swiecie), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno), Serbia (OKK Beograd, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, Mega Leks and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Romania (Otopeni).

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Skallagrimur tabs rookie Zac Carter - by Eurobasket News

U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Dominos League) landed American point guard Zac Carter (175-76kg). He just graduated from Walsh (NCAA2). Carter has played there for the last four years. In 21 games he averaged impressive 24.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-GLIAC 1st Team.
As mentioned above Carter is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played in the final of GLIAC Tournament in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Logan, Scandone AV15.9 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.9 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 7. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 8. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Moore, The F.5.4 
 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.1.9 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 7. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 8. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 9. Ragland, Scandone.1.4 
 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 


Latina Basket inks Andrea Saccaggi - by Armando Caporaso

Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina Basket (Serie A2) agreed terms with 28-year old guard Andrea Saccaggi (191-89) from Treviso Basket. In 30 Serie A2 games he had 6.7ppg and 1.1rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Saccaggi played at Moncada Solar Agrigento (Serie A) where in 37 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian Serie A2 All-Domestic Players Team.
He played in the final of Italian LNP Gold in 2015.
Saccaggi represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.7ppg.
Saccaggi has played previously for three other teams: Benetton Treviso, Libertas Liburnia and Omegna.
He could be described: A natural born scorer, who can produce a lot of points, but who needs to learn how to read the game. If he will add some playmaking and passing, he could become one of the best guards in Europe.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Demetri McCamey joins Fortituto Kontatto Bologna - by Armando Caporaso

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) agreed terms with 28-year old American guard Demetri McCamey (191-89, college: Illinois). He has played for the last two seasons at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. In 41 games he had 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg last season.
Two years ago (four years after he left the college) McCamey was drafted by Austin Spurs (D-League) in second round (35th overall).
He attended University of Illinois until 2011 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
McCamey has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2016. McCamey was also voted All-Big Ten 3rd Team back in 2009 and 2011 at his college time.
McCamey is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. McCamey tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans), Israel, Japan (Orange Vikings), Turkey, NBA (Houston Rockets) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Erie Bay Hawks).
On McCamey: The classic scoring point guard, with skills for the 2 position and the size of a PG. He's improving his court vision and passing year after year. Has a great body control offensively, he can create his shot out of the dribble, runs yet the offense of his team quite well.

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Serie A Round 4 of Finals. Trento post second victory - by Eurobasket News

Dolomiti En. TR - Umana VE 78-56

Trento evened the championship series. They rallied past Venezia at home court to level things up at 2-all. The game was mostly controlled by Dolomiti En. TR. Umana Venezia managed to win second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dolomiti En. TR dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 28. They outrebounded Umana Venezia 42-19 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Umana Venezia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Filloy (189-87, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Umana Venezia's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Flaccadori 14+2reb+1ast, A.Forray 14+5reb+3ast, D.Hogue 14+8reb+4ast, J.Gomes 13+13reb+1ast, S.Shields 13+4reb+3ast, A.Craft 7+4reb+3ast
Umana VE: A.Filloy 12+2reb+2ast, M.Ejim 10+7reb+1ast, H.Peric 8+1ast, S.Tonut 8+3reb+2ast, M.Bramos 8+4reb, T.McGee 6+1reb
gschID: 547894





Fenerbahce is close to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 26-year old Italian power forward Nicolo Melli (205-100kg-91) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 41 BBL games he had 8.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Melli also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.3apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Domestic Player of the Year back in 2009.
Melli represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Melli has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, VL Pesaro and Grissin Bon RE.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giorgio Boscagin left Verona - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 34-year old ex-international swingman Giorgio Boscagin (196-87kg-83) left Tezenis Verona (Serie A2). Boscagin has played there for the last six years. In 33 Serie A2 games he had 6.3ppg and 2.3rpg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Boscagin's team won Italian LNP Cup in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Newcomers Team back in 2009.
Boscagin was a member of Italian international program for some years. He was called to Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2006 and previously for U20 National Team in 2002.
Boscagin has spent his entire career in Italy playing for three other teams: Openjobmetis VA, Grissin Bon RE and BancaTercas.
Boscagin could be described: A powerful guard who goes on the court with great energy and who can score a lot in transition. Has also a reliable ooutsie shooting, and has recently improved his decision making. Defends well, and seems on the way to become an Italian league star.

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Ravenna keeps Masciadri for another season - by Eurobasket News

Orasi Ravenna (Serie A2) re-signed 28-year old forward Stefano Masciadri (200-98kg-89). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 39 Serie A2 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg last season.
Masciadri's team won Italian Nazionale A Cup in 2012.
He was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2006.
Masciadri has played previously for five other teams: Unieuro Forli, Desio, Novipiu Casale, Omegna and Virtus Bologna.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A combo forward who can spend time in the 3 and 4 positions as well. He should add perimetral skills to play stably at the SF.

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Eyenga may be back at Openjobmetis VA - by Eurobasket News

Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A) is close to add to their roster 28-year old Congolese small forward Christian Eyenga (201-95kg-89) who played last time at Unicaja Malaga in Spain. It will actually be his comeback to Openjobmetis VA as he has played here before. In 6 Liga Endesa games he had 9.7ppg and 3.3rpg last season. Eyenga also played that season for Openjobmetis VA where in 29 Serie A games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg.
In 2009 Eyenga was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
He won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2012.
Eyenga is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. Eyenga tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in China (Brave Dragons), Poland (Stelmet and PGE Turow), NBA (LA Lakers), Spain (Joventut), Italy (Banco di Srd and Auxilium Torino) and D-League (Texas Legends, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Canton Charge).
On Eyenga: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Possesses solid outside range out to 3pt (34% from 3PT). If he hits first few shots from the perimeter in a row he gets very confident and he is very difficult to guard ... Eyenga has good balance in his offensive game and almost the same number of outside shots as well as free-throws.
Eyenga is still a raw player offensively and still has trouble beating defenders off the dribble ... He is too predictable at times and drives to his right most of the time ... He still has lots of room to improve in these areas
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Trionfo re-signs at Sestu - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 32-year old swingman Romeo Trionfo (197-85, agency: Octagon Europe). He played there last season. In 33 Serie C Gold games he had 11.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg.
He played in the final of Italian Serie B in 2016.
Trionfo was a member of Italian U16 National Team back in 2001.
He has played previously for six other teams: Vado Ligure, Corato, Francavilla, Montegrano, Cassino and Magic Team Benevento.

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GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine keeps Ferrari for another season - by Eurobasket News

GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine re-signed 31-year old swingman Michele Ferrari (196-86). He has played there for the last two seasons. In 28 Serie B games he recorded 5.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg last season.
He won Italian Serie B championship title in 2016.
Ferrari was a member of Italian U18 National Team between 2003 and 2004.
He has played previously for six other teams: UBC, Imola, Omegna, Potenza, Pordenone and Calligaris Corno di Rosazzo.
Ferrari's game is described as: A very poweful guard-forward, who can beat anyone on the open court; he's yet a good defender, needs to add a reliable outside shot to play at pro level;.

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AV Cantu tabs Randy Culpepper, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) inked 28-year old American point guard Randy Culpepper (183-75kg-89, college: UTEP, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 14 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Culpepper played at Besiktas (BSL) in Turkish league where in 20 games he had 12.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Culpepper also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg (in top 2). The other team Culpepper played shortly was Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. In three games he got 11.0ppg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he got 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg (in top 2).
Culpepper has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team won Ukrainian Cup in 2013. Culpepper received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team award back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Culpepper has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Culpepper has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Sagesse), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and China (Jilin Tigers).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

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Melis re-signs at Sestu - by Eurobasket News

Pirates Accademia Basket Sestu (Serie B) confirmed in their roster 25-year old power forward Edoardo Melis (198-92). He played there last season. But in 19 Serie C Gold games he had just 1.8ppg.
He has played previously for two other teams: Cagliari Pirates and Cagliari Nuova.

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Serie A2 Round 2 of Finals. Virtus Bologna celebrate second consecutive victory - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Bologna - Alma Trieste 82-69

Virtus Bologna overcame Alma Trieste to take 2-0 lead in the Finals. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) scored 26 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. American guard Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 26+1reb+1ast, M.Spissu 12+3reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 11+7reb+3ast, K.Lawson 11+9reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 9+1reb, S.Gentile 6+1reb+5ast
Alma Trieste: J.Green 30+5reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 17+2ast, M.Da Ros 13+6reb+4ast, L.Baldasso 5, A.Cittadini 2+6reb+1ast, R.Prandin 2
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Daniel Dillon (ex Hiroshima D.) agreed terms with Kilsyth Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Kilsyth Cobras (SEABL) inked 31-year old former Australian international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports). He played most recently at Hiroshima Dragonflies in Japanese B League D2. In 63 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.6apg last season. Dillon helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in B League D2 West Division. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese B League D2 Honorable Mention.
He played in the final of Romanian League in 2014.
Dillon was a member of Australian international program for some years. He was called to Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2005.
Dillon has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Dillon has played previously professionally in Poland (PGE Turow), Australia (United, Cairns Taipans, Waverley Falcons and Sabres) and Romania (Oradea).
He attended University of Arizona until 2008 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.
Dillon's game is described as: A very good defender and a skilled ballhandler with the ability to play both guard positions. Possesses great mental toughness and fits very well into an up-tempo system. Also a very good rebounder for his size, he still needs to improve his jump shot accuracy.

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Coach Shawn Dennis takes over at Shiga L-Stars - by Eurobasket News

Shiga Lakestars (B League) will be led by experienced 52-year old Australian coach Shawn Dennis from Tochigi Brex. He helped them to win the league title. Dennis used to coach New Zealand Women National Team back in 2009.
He has coached also professionally for other Australian teams like Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats and Townsville Crocodiles.

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Doellman left FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Kosovan international forward Justin Doellman (205-95kg-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He has played there for the last three years. Doellman played there also last season. In 12 Liga Endesa games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Doellman's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Doellman represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Doellman has played previously professionally also in France (Cholet Basket, Besancon and Entente Orleans 45) and Spain (Valencia Basket, La ICL Manresa and Meridiano Alicante).
He attended Xavier University until 2007 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Justin has good size and he is very skilled athlete, who can shoot with good range. He is a very good passer who has a great understanding of the game. Justin is a very versatile player who can play many roles or positions for us. He passes it. He shoots it. He can rebound. He is a complete player.

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  LATVIA  


Martins Laksa (ex Valmiera) joins Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 27-year old Latvian international small forward Martins Laksa (200-92kg-90). He has played for the last two seasons at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 36 games he had 13.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. Laksa helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Laksa also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laksa won Latvian League championship title in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Laksa has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago.
Laksa has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Ventspils, Jurmala, BA Riga, VEF Riga and VEF skola.

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Antounieh adds Samaha to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CS Antounieh added to their roster 33-year old Lebanese center Roy Samaha (205-113kg-84). He is a dual citizen owning also French passport. Samaha played last season at Al Riyadi (Pepsi LBL). In 8 games he recorded 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Division 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Samaha helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
The previous (15-16) season he played at Sagesse (also in Pepsi LBL). Pepsi LBL was a little too high level for him, where in 32 games he averaged just 1.6ppg and 2.3rpg. Samaha contributed to his team making it to both league and Cup finals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2010.
Samaha was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. He played for Lebanese Senior National Team between 2002 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004.
Samaha played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Samaha has played previously professionally also in France (Paris Levallois) and Lebanon (Anibal, Blue Stars and Al Moutahed).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Player with size, strength, and aggressiveness, rebounds well on both ends, works very hard on defense and now finds himself as a starter playing ahead of older players, plays close to the basket and finishes very well in traffic. This player will one day be the league's best player on 4/5 position..

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Charles Tabet is a newcomer at Al Riyadi - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Lebanese international power forward Charles Tabet (205-104kg-87, college: S.Alabama) from Moutahed. He has played there for the last three years. In 32 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 6.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg last season. Tabet helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Lebanese League in 2013. Tabet received also PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Newcomer of the Year award back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also American passport.
He represented Lebanon at the West Asia Basketball Championships in Amman (Jordan) this year. Tabet's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.4ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 37.5%.
Tabet has played previously for four other teams: Sagesse, Homenetmen, Anibal and Champville.
He attended University of South Alabama until 2010 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic inside player, great rebounder and blocker, he runs the floor extremely well and is a very good finisher under the basket.

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Tadamon adds Assi to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 19-year old guard Karl Assi (187-98) from Champville. But in 15 Pepsi LBL games he recorded just 1.3ppg and 1.1apg last season.
Assi played at the WABA Club Championships last year.

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Akl re-signs at Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old international point guard Rodrigue Akl (187-82kg-88). He played there last season. In 30 Pepsi LBL games he had 5.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. Akl helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The previous (2016) summer he played at NLEX Road Warriors in Filipino PBA where in 12 games he recorded just 2.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg in 2016 season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Akl won Dubai International Tournament championship title in 2016. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Akl was also a member of Lebanese international program for some years. He played for Lebanese Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Akl represented Lebanon at the Asian Championships in Changsha-Hunan (China) two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg.
Akl has played previously for five other Lebanon teams: Al Riyadi, Sagesse, Anibal, Champville and Blue Stars.
On Akl: Great leader of the floor, best Lebanese Point Guard, leads his team and controls the tempo delivering assists to go. Improved his offense to become a big threat on 3 points and mid range. Complete player who got voted as MVP of all the League.
Reached a level at his early age that enables him to play anywhere in the big European Leagues
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Joseph Zaloum agreed terms with Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old point guard Joseph Zaloum (180-90) from Al Riyadi. In 17 Pepsi LBL games he recorded just 2.1ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.8apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice).
Zaloum played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
He has played previously for five other teams: Sagesse, Kahraba, Feytroun, Chabab and Bejjeh.

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Zalgiris keep coach Jasikevicius - by Eurobasket News

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL) confirmed re-signing of 41-year old head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. Jasikevicius has coached there for the last three years. He helped them to win the cup and League titles. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Coach of the Year.

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  MADAGASCAR  


ASCB Boeny keep the perfect record in 2017 season - by Eurobasket News

ASCB Boeny keep the perfect record in 2017 season as they celebrated the 5th straight win. In the latest game they overcame GNBC 88-61. The favorites dominated the majority of the game including a 35-10 surge in the third period. ELLY RANDRIAMAPIONONA top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Livio Ratianarivo and MONJA FARALAHY had 15 each. Constant Mandimbison ended up with 16 points in a loss.


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Ting's Turn to Erupt: Malaysia Wins Second Straight Game Against Chung Chou University - by Eurobasket News

'He told me to take the baskets whenever I have open shots.' Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) said about his coach's advice in this game. The advice turned out to be beneficial for both Ting and the team, as he exploded for a team-high 21 points and 6 three-point shots. Ting had a poor shooting night in the previous game when he missed all six long range shots, but was more on target today. It was clear early on that it was going to be a special game for Ting. After being substituted in at the 4 minute mark of the first quarter, Ting rained in three straight three-point shots in the span of less than two minutes. The first quarter ended with Malaysia in the lead 26-21. Aside from Ting's contribution, fellow young prospect Yi Hou Wong (196-F-96) also poured in 7 points highlighted by a two-handed slam dunk that brought the crowd to life. Malaysia controlled the flow of the game, but Chung Chou University was able to stay close with the sharpshooting of Yu-Cheng Du. Du continued to be a problem for Malaysia halfway in the second quarter when his three straight triples ignited a 15-2 run. Malaysia was able to spark an 8-0 run to end the half but their turnover problem's coupled with Chung Chou's sharpshooting had them trailing 43-45. Both teams opened up the third quarter trading three-point shots, but kept each other scoreless for the next three minutes before Yi Hou Wong hit his second straight three pointer. With only a few second left in the third quarter, Kok Hou Teo (177-PG-94) broke down the Chung Chou's pressure defense and kicked out to a lurking Tian Yuan Kuek (201-C-91) for a corner three right before the buzzer giving Malaysia a 70-61 lead. Chong Chou started the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, but they couldn't keep up with Malaysia as the lead grew up to 16 points with less than 3 minutes left in the game. The home team keep their cool and made their free-throws to close out the game with a 98-88 win. Turnovers were a problem for Malaysia and the 28 times they coughed up the ball made the game closer than. They made it up with their tall lineup, who collected 59 rebounds which was more than twice the number that Chung Chou was able to grab. Though Chun Hong Ting's three-point shooting was something that ABL fans might not be used to, he still displayed the hustle that he is known for with a game-high 4 offensive rebounds. Tian Yuan Kuek paled in comparison, especially with yesterday's game still on everyone's mind, but still contributed an all-around game of 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Chee Li Wei threw in a vintage double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Malaysia are now 2-0 and will be going up against the ACBA Dragons (Australia) tomorrow. The ACBA Dragons are also 2-0 and this game will determine the 1st and 2nd place of the first round. Both teams will play each other once again on Saturday, June 17, to determine the champions of the MABA International Basketball Invitational 2017.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com




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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, Obregon23.8 
 5. Crawford, Culiacan21.6 
 6. Samarco, Durango21.3 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 9. Ledbetter, Mazat.20.9 
 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. White, Mazatlan8.6 
 8. West, Guaymas8.6 
 9. Wilson, Hermosillo8.6 
 10. Miller, Los Mochis8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jordon CRAWFORD
  Durango
  (168-PG-)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crawford, Durango5.9 
 2. Ledbetter, Mazat.5.7 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato5.5 
 4. Capers, Obregon5.5 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis5.3 
 6. Howard, Mazatlan5.2 
 7. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 8. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 9. Rice-Jr, Obregon5.0 
 10. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff LEDBETTER
  Mazat.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ledbetter, Mazat.3.3 
 2. Capers, Obregon2.4 
 3. Early, Los Mochis2.3 
 4. Rice-Jr, Obregon2.1 
 5. Murphy, Los Mochis2.0 
 6. Crawford, Durango1.6 
 7. Reyes, Guaymas1.5 
 8. White, Mazatlan1.5 
 9. Jones, Guaymas1.5 
 10. Crawford, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. West, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 4. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 5. Keller, Guasave1.1 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Maxwell, Culiacan1.0 
 8. White, Mazatlan0.9 
 9. Smith, Durango0.9 
 10. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 



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

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the league leader Real Madrid (25-7) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Dubljevic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (23-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 82.8% in 38 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). Bjelica contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FMP (9-5) crushing them 94-66 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS last Monday. He recorded 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (13-1) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Bjelica averages: 8.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(35-62), 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 82.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). He could not help Mega Leks (9-5) in their last game. Despite Spasojevic's good performance Mega Leks lost 75-84 at home to the leading Crvena Zvezda. He was the second best scorer with 13 points in 26 minutes. It's Spasojevic's first season with the team. This year Spasojevic's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 72.4% in 15 games. He played for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Ognjen Carapic
Ognjen Carapic
   #4. Shooting guard Ognjen Carapic (194-98, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Radosav Spasojevic and both played together in the last Serbian KLS game. Carapic was not able to help Mega Leks in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-1). His contribution was not very remarkable in Thursday's game. Carapic scored only 2 points. Mega Leks was defeated 84-75 on their home court in Sremska Mitrovica by the leading Crvena Zvezda. Carapic's total stats this season are: 1.0ppg and 2.0apg. He is also Montenegrin U20 national team player.

Other top Montenegrin players, who play abroad:

Dino Radoncic (202-F-99) plays for Real Madrid in Spanish Liga Endesa
Bojan Tomasevic (205-C-1) plays for Crvena Zvezda in Serbian KLS
Jovan Kljajic (198-F/G-1) plays for Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87) plays for FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vladimir Mihailovic (193-SG-90) plays for EWE Baskets in German BBL
Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87) plays for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA
Marko Todorovic (209-F-92) plays for Khimki in Russian VTB
Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) plays for Lokomotiv in Russian VTB
Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) plays for Stelmet in Polish PLK
Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92) plays for Stelmet in Polish PLK
Petar Raickovic (207-PF-99) plays for Mega Leks in Serbian KLS
Igor Drobnjak (194-G-0) plays for Mega Leks in Serbian KLS

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



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  NBA  


76ers Discussing Trading Up To No. 1 With Celtics - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have held serious talks involving the first overall pick. The Celtics would receive multiple draft assets from Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 1 pick. The 76ers own the third overall pick in this year's draft as well as several future draft picks. Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) is widely assumed to be the preferred choice at No. 1 for both the Celtics and 76ers.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock suspended 5 games under NBA drug policy - by Eurobasket News

Monta Ellis (6'3''-G-85) of the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G-91, college: N.Carolina) of the Detroit Pistons have been suspended five games under the NBA's anti-drug program. The league announced the suspensions Friday without disclosing details of the violations. The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points a game for Indiana last season. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said the suspension was a "very serious matter" and would be dealt with. The 26-year-old Bullock averaged 4.5 points in 2016-17. A spokesman for the Pistons said the organization was aware of the suspension but declined further comment.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Bucks Close To Naming Jon Horst GM - by Eurobasket News

The Bucks' general manager search has taken another unexpected turn, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who reports that the team is closing in on promoting current director of basketball operations Jon Horst to the GM role. According to Wojnarowski , Milwaukee has been searching in recent days for a veteran basketball executive to pair with Horst in the front office. After former general manager John Hammond left Milwaukee for Orlando earlier in the offseason, the Bucks conducted an extensive search for his replacement, and had reportedly identified three finalists: Justin Zanik (Bucks assistant GM), Arturas Karnisovas (Nuggets assistant GM), and Wes Wilcox (former Hawks GM). Zanik and Karnisovas were viewed as the top candidates from that group, but Karnisovas withdrew his name from the process after receiving a promotion in Denver, leaving Zanik as the apparent favorite for the job. However, it appears the Bucks will instead promote another in-house exec, following what Wojnarowski refers to as a 'contentious ownership disagreement.' According to Wojnarowski, Zanik had the support of co-owner Marc Lasry and head coach Jason Kidd, among others, for the GM job, but a full consensus was required to promote him to that position. If the Bucks do finalize Horst as the new GM and bring in an outside executive to work with him in the front office, it will be interesting to see whether Zanik remains in Milwaukee, having been passed over for a promotion. Zanik has been leading the club's draft preparations since Hammond left for the Magic.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Paul George Expects To Remain With Pacers Next Season - by Eurobasket News

Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) expects to remain with the Indiana Pacers through the 17-18 season and not be traded. George can be a free agent in 2018. "I'm under contract as a Pacer. That's all that needs to really be known. I'm here," said George. "I'm a Pacer. There's no way around that. This is my team, my group and this is where I'm at.' George hasn't spoken with LeBron James and doesn't plan to talk to him this summer either. There has been media speculation about the possibility of the Cleveland Cavaliers trading for George this offseason. "I don't talk to LeBron, we don't communicate. I look up to LeBron, obviously." George also said he and Kevin Pritchard are on the same page and that they had dinner together after his promotion this offseason. Media reports have consistently linked George to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 if he doesn't re-sign with the Pacers.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  NBLCANADA  


USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team 2017
Anthony Anderson
Anderson
Jahii Carson
Carson
Terry Thomas
Thomas
Gabe Freeman
Freeman
Royce White
White

Finals MVP: Royce White (6'8''-F-91) of London L.
Player of the Year: Royce White (6'8''-F-91) of London L.
Rookie of the Year: Maurice Jones (5'7''-PG-91) of Windsor Exp.
Defensive Player of the Year: Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91) of Orangeville A's
Domestic Player of the Year: Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) of Island S.
Sixt Man of the Year: Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92) of Halifax H.
Newcomer of the Year: Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92) of Island S.
Coach of the Year: Kyle Julius of London L.

1st Team
PG: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-PG-81) of St.John R.
PG: Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92) of Island S.
G/F: Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) of Island S.
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85) of St.John R.
F: Royce White (6'8''-F-91) of London L.

2nd Team
G: Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87) of London L.
PG: Maurice Jones (5'7''-PG-91) of Windsor Exp.
F: Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91) of Orangeville A's
F: Billy White (6'8''-F-89) of Halifax H.
F: Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88) of Windsor Exp.

Honorable Mention
Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92) of Halifax H.
Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92) of Orangeville A's
C.J. Washington (6'8''-F-92) of Halifax H.
Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92) of Cape Breton H.
Doug Herring Jr. (6'3''-G) of London L.
Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88) of London L.
Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90) of Halifax H.

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Alex Johnson (5'10''-PG-88) of Orangeville A's
G: Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89) of Windsor Exp.
G/F: Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) of Island S.
F: Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90) of Halifax H.
F: Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90) of Niagara RL



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.2 
 2. Jones, Canterbury21.7 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.21.6 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury20.6 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.19.8 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.1 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.18.0 
 8. Ongwae, Taranaki.18.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.9 
 10. Tait, SC Rangers16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.0 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.9.9 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.9 
 4. Kay, Southland S.9.3 
 5. Jones, Canterbury8.8 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.2 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.8.1 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.7.6 
 9. Egwu, SC Rangers7.6 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.7.9 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.6.6 
 3. Tait, SC Rangers5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.5 
 5. Boucher, SC Rangers5.5 
 6. Kendle, Canterbury5.4 
 7. Webster, Wellingt.5.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.6 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.4.6 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.1.8 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. McCarron, SC Ra.1.7 
 6. Whippy, Canterbury1.7 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.1.3 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Williams, Taylor H.1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Jones, Canterbury0.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.6 


NBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Southland and Wellington enter Grand Final - by Eurobasket News

Southland S. - SC Rangers 106-67

Southland Sharks cruised past SC Rangers to advance into Grand Final. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Rangers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 38. They outrebounded Rangers 47-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. Sharks looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) answered with 14 points and the former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rangers. 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:
Southland S.: A.Pledger 24+12reb+3ast, R.Te Rangi 19+1reb+5ast, H.Allen 13+2reb+4ast, J.Hunter 11+11reb, N.Kay 11+7reb+8ast, L.Aston 9+1reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 14+4reb+2ast, E.Ross 10+3reb+2ast, N.Egwu 9+7reb+1ast, L.Tait 8+3reb+1ast, B.Ruscoe 8+1reb+1ast, D.Boucher 6+8reb+6ast
gschID: 548066


Wellington S. - Canterbury 94-73

Wellington Saints made their way into the Grand Final after they cruised past Canterbury Rams in the semifinal clash today. It looked good early as Rams took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 21 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 22. Saints forced 19 Rams turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Saints players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: T.Wesley 36+9reb+2ast, S.Ili 18+4reb+5ast, C.Webster 12+6reb+9ast, J.Duinker 11+7reb, B.Anthony 8+2reb, J.Ngatai 7+2reb+2ast
Canterbury: J.Kendle 25+8reb+1ast, M.Moore 21+9reb+6ast, M.Jones 10+5reb+1ast, E.Rusbatch 7+3reb+2ast, G.Dawson 4+5reb+1ast, M.Alipate 3
gschID: 548065





Wellington Saints defend NBL title - by Eurobasket News

Wellington S. - Southland S. 108-75

Wellington Saints repeated as NBL champions. They stormed past Southland Sharks in the Grand Final tonight. Saints made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He was named the MVP. International guard Shea Ili (184-92) contributed with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sharks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: S.Ili 31+5reb+5ast, C.Webster 27+7reb+8ast, J.Ngatai 18+2reb+2ast, T.Wesley 14+5reb+5ast, J.Duinker 12+9reb+1ast, B.Anthony 6+4reb
Southland S.: D.Raukawa 15+1reb+4ast, N.Kay 14+8reb+5ast, M.Norton 10+3reb+3ast, H.Allen 10+3reb+2ast, A.Pledger 10+11reb+2ast, L.Aston 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 548269





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  NIGERIA  


Ekpe Udoh's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (24-6) 86-80 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Udoh had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(122-204), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 60.9% in 30 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Udoh is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to a victory over the second-ranked Alma Trieste (24-11) crushing them 85-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Tuesday. Umeh was MVP of the game. He recorded 29 points (!!!) and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (24-9) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Umeh has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 82.0%. Umeh is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) 73-67 in the Italian Serie A on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ejim's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 67.6% in 43 games. He has both Canadian and Nigerian nationalities. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team five years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #4. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Vaqueros' victory against the second-ranked Fajardo (18-10) 96-84 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Wednesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Akindele also added 5 assists and 4 blocks. Vaqueros de Bayamon (13-18) is placed seventh in the BSN. This season Akindele has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1bpg. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #5. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) contributed to Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG (23-11) 89-75 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He recorded 7 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (27-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Ibekwe's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ibekwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #6. Small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) could not help Provence Basket (22-12) in their last game. Despite Obasohan's good performance Provence Basket lost 74-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Nantes. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. This year Obasohan has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.2apg in 38 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Henry Uhegwu
Henry Uhegwu
   #7. Former international guard Henry Uhegwu (191-82, college: S.Utah, currently plays in Colombia) was the main contributor in a Fast Break's victory against the league outsider Piratas (3-9) 94-77 in a derby game in the Colombian Liga DirecTV on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Uhegwu scored 20 points and added 9 passes. Fast Break (9-1) is placed first in the Liga DirecTV. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Uhegwu has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.8apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uhegwu used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Princeton Onwas (198-G-93, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Australia) led Brisbane Capitals to a victory over the 11th-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (2-4) crushing them 112-89 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Onwas scored 39 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Brisbane Capitals (6-0) are placed second in QBL group. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Onwas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg and 2.5spg in six games he played so far. Onwas has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Weyinmi Rose (196-G/F-86, college: Providence, currently plays in Dominican Republic) could not help Huracanes PP (3-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Huracanes PP was edged 105-104 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Indios SFM. Rose was the top scorer with 24 points in 31 minutes. Rose has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 2.1spg in seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Jamaican.

   #3. Nnanna Egwu (211-F/C-92, college: Illinois, currently plays in New Zealand) was the major contributor in Rangers' victory against the closely-ranked Rams (10-8) crushing them 102-82 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday. Egwu recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. James Blond Supercity Rangers (11-7) are placed third in the NBL. The Regular Season already ended. This season Egwu has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5bpg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #4. Augustine Okosun (210-C-86, college: Kaiser, currently plays in Dominican Republic) was not able to help Reales LV (2-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Reales LV was defeated 106-101 at home by the higher-ranked Indios SFM (#3). Okosun recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Okosun has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.7bpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Capitanes de Arecibo in a victory against the league leader Santeros (20-9) 92-85 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. Elonu scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 19 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (14-14) is placed sixth in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Elonu's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in two games.



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ricardo RATLIFFE
  Star H.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Ratliffe, Star H.32.2 
 2. Jefferson, Alaska A.29.5 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.28.5 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.7 
 5. Rhodes, SM Beermen27.4 
 6. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 7. McKay, Phoenix23.8 
 8. Chism, NLEX R.23.5 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.21.3 
 10. Smith, TNT K.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Greg SMITH
  Blackwater
  (208-C-91)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Smith, Blackwater21.2 
 2. Ratliffe, Star H.20.8 
 3. Stepheson, Meralco .19.4 
 4. McKay, Phoenix17.3 
 5. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.14.1 
 7. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.0 
 8. Smith, TNT K.13.3 
 9. Taggart, Rain o.11.9 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ross, SM Beermen8.1 
 2. Castro-W., TNT K.6.1 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.5 
 4. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 5. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.1 
 6. Wright, Phoenix4.8 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.4.7 
 8. Newsome, Meralco .4.6 
 9. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.5 
 10. Thompson, B.Gin.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  SM Beermen
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, SM Beermen2.9 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.2 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.9 
 4. Lassiter, SM Be.1.7 
 5. Jalalon, Star H.1.6 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.5 
 7. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.3 
 10. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony MITCHELL
  Star H.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra2.4 
 3. Ratliffe, Star H.2.3 
 4. McKay, Phoenix2.1 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 7. Stepheson, Meralco .1.8 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.1.5 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Devin EBANKS
  San German
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Ebanks, San German20.9 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama20.8 
 3. Liz, Ponce20.6 
 4. Harris, Ponce20.4 
 5. Huertas, Arecibo18.5 
 6. Rosario, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Laury, Mayaguez17.1 
 10. Arroyo, Fajardo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.2 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.2 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez9.8 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.1 
 5. James, Fajardo8.8 
 6. James, Fajardo8.5 
 7. Romero, Bayamon8.4 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez8.3 
 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, Humacao6.0 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.7 
 7. Soto, Bayamon5.5 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo4.9 
 9. Garcia, Quebradillas4.8 
 10. Torres, Ponce4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (193-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.6 
 3. Harris, Ponce1.6 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 6. Franklin, San G.1.3 
 7. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 8. Browne, San German1.3 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Fitch, Quebradillas1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.0 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Franklin, San G.1.2 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.0 
 8. Orozco, Humacao1.0 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.8 


Gaston's 26 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Chris Gaston (201-PF-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for league's best team Aguada and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 33.
He had the game-high 26 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Aguada in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ponce (#5, 16-15) 91-85. It allowed Aguada to take over top position in the Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aguada has a very solid 20-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gaston had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Aguada, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Chris Gaston averages this season 11.3ppg and 6.7rpg.

Second best performed player last week was Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, agency: BeoBasket) of Bayamon. He is Nigerian center in his first season at Bayamon. In the last game Akindele recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Bayamon cruised to a 96-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Fajardo (#2, 18-11). Bayamon's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-18 record. Akindele is one of the most experienced players at Bayamon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84, agency: Haylett Sports) of Ponce (#5). Dawson showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last week. Despite Dawson's great performance Ponce lost 85-91 to the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 20-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ponce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 15 lost games. Dawson has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). Dawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. William Orozco (201-F-85) of Humacao - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Coty Clarke (201-F-92) of Arecibo - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jose Guitian (207-F-87) of Aguada - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Javier Mojica (190-SG-84) of Quebradillas - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Arecibo - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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



BSN Round 33: Santeros keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santeros as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santeros defeated 5th ranked Leones in Coamo 91-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Leones. Leones trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-91 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Leones 44-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Santeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) answered with 25 points for Leones. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Leones at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Leones will play next round against Atleticos trying to get back on the winning streak. Santeros will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Caciques in Humacao.
Important game to mention about took place in Quebradillas. Seventh ranked Capitanes (14-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Piratas (18-12) 80-77 on Thursday evening. American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Davon Jefferson chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) with 19 points and 6 assists. Capitanes have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost. Capitanes will play against Indios (#8) in Mayaguez in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (18-10) against seventh ranked Vaqueros (13-18) on Wednesday night. Host Fajardo was defeated by Vaqueros in 96-84. Jeleel Akindele nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side. Miguel-Ali Berdiel came up with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Fajardo in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh place with 13-18 record. Loser Fajardo keeps the second position with ten games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play against Brujos and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 33 Mayaguez beat Humacao on the road 85-79.

Quebradillas - Arecibo 77-80

Important game to mention about took place in Quebradillas. Seventh ranked Capitanes (14-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Piratas (18-12) 80-77 on Thursday evening. The guests were already 19 points ahead at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 30-12 last quarter charge of Piratas cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Capitanes players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) chipped in 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) with 19 points and 6 assists and the former international center Jorge-Bryan Diaz (210-89, college: Nebraska) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Capitanes have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Piratas at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost. Capitanes will play against Indios (#8) in Mayaguez in the next round. Piratas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: J.Mojica 19+2reb+6ast, J.Bryan Diaz 18+7reb+1ast, M.Rosario 15+3reb+2ast, A.Carmona 9+7reb, C.Hammonds 8+1reb+4ast, D.Smith 6+10reb+4ast
Arecibo: W.Hodge 21+4reb+1ast, D.Huertas 21+5ast, D.Jefferson 14+11reb+4ast, C.Clarke 11+14reb+7ast, A.Alamo 6+6reb, D.Clemente 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 540207


Aguada - Ponce 91-85

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Santeros as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Santeros defeated 5th ranked Leones in Coamo 91-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Leones. Leones trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-91 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Leones 44-23 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Santeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Dominican Victor Liz (193-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) answered with 25 points and American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leones. Four Leones players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Leones at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Leones will play next round against Atleticos trying to get back on the winning streak. Santeros will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Caciques in Humacao.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 25+1reb+3ast, M.Harris 22+3reb+4ast, E.Dawson 12+10reb+5ast, A.Daniel Vassallo 10+1reb+7ast, C.Emory 9+4reb+3ast, A.Torres 5
Aguada: C.Gaston 26+9reb+3ast, O.Samhan 22+8reb+1ast, J.Guitian 18+11reb+2ast, A.Abreu 9+2reb+10ast, F.Jonathan Han 5+7reb+4ast, J.Matos 4+1reb
gschID: 540208


Humacao - Mayaguez 79-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Indios' (11-17) road victory over 11th ranked Caciques (9-19) in Humacao 85-79 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Caciques won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Caciques outrebounded Indios 49-32 including 37 on the defensive glass. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) accounted for 18 points. Four Indios players scored in double figures. International forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Peter Ramos (222-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Caciques' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Caciques lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 19 games lost. Indios will meet at home higher ranked Capitanes (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will play against the league's leader Santeros (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Orozco 17+11reb+3ast, A.Guzman 14+3reb+6ast, P.Ramos 13+10reb+1ast, R.Cintron Cortes 9+2reb+4ast, J.Famous 8+12reb+1ast, Y.Perez 7+2reb
Mayaguez: T.Mitchell 18+3reb+2ast, D.Laury 16+10reb+1ast, C.Duran 11+3reb+7ast, J.Rodriguez 10+4reb, D.Collier 9+8reb+3ast, R.Suarez 9+3ast
gschID: 540206


Fajardo - Bayamon 84-96

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fajardo (18-10) against seventh ranked Vaqueros (13-18) on Wednesday night. Host Fajardo was defeated by Vaqueros in 96-84. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Fajardo managed to win fourth quarter 36-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fajardo to just 5 points in first quarter. Vaqueros looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side and international Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) came up with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international Elias Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points respectively for Fajardo in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh place with 13-18 record. Loser Fajardo keeps the second position with ten games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play against Brujos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: E.Ayuso 16+3reb+1ast, N.Peavy 14+4reb+1ast, R.Melendez 11+1reb, L.Villafane 10+3reb+2ast, M.Ali Berdiel 9+6reb+9ast, X.Zambrana 7+1reb
Bayamon: A.Galindo 15+6reb+1ast, J.Akindele 14+12reb+5ast, I.Romero 13+1reb+1ast, C.Dalmau 11+5ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 10+3reb+1ast, J.Villegas 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 540205





Jefferson is back at Arecibo, ex Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) signed 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Jefferson played last season at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Jefferson's team won InterContinental Cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 2nd Team in 2015.
Jefferson is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Korea (LG Sakers), Russia (Enisey, Zenit and Krasny Oktyabr), Venezuela (Guaros) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab).
He attended University of Southern California until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
Jefferson could be described: A versatile offensive player who is just as comfortable from the perimeter as he is posting up down low.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Laszlo Lazar agreed terms with Pitesti - by Armando Caporaso

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old former Romanian international center Laszlo Lazar (210-96kg-87, agency: 011 Sports). He has a double citizenship as he also holds Hungarian passport. Lazar has played for the last three years at Targu Mures in the Liga Nationala. In 29 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg last season. Lazar helped them to make it to the cup final. Great season indeed as he was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game. Lazar also played 7 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4bpg.
Among other achievements Lazar played in the final of Romanian League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Lazar played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.0rpg.
Lazar has played previously professionally also in Hungary (Jaszberenyi).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BC Timba Timisoara wins Liga 1 - by Eurobasket News

BC Timba Timisoara won Liga 1 as they finished the Final round with a perfect 3-0 record. In the decisive game they overcame CN Aurel Vlaicu 108-106 in overtime. Trailing 3 points at the halftime, Timba Timisoara managed to allow the opponent to win the third period 31-21, but did not give up in the game. They erupted with a 28-15 surge in the fourth quarter and then sealed the victory due to 16-14 in overtime. Dejan Kovacevic (195-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Mirko Kovac (199-F-83) netted 23. Raheem Jolliffe (183-PG-83, college: St.Augustine) and Louis Craft (208-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) posted 24 points each in a loss.


Kostoski re-signs at Pitesti - by Eurobasket News

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) confirmed in their roster 29-year old FYR Macedonian international point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played there last season. Kostoski managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 22 Liga Nationala games he had 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.4spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga where in 5 games he recorded 12.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.2apg. Kostoski also played 7 games in Balkan League where he averaged remarkable 17.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Kostoski was voted Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League 1st Team in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
He has been also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Kostoski has regularly played for FYR Macedonian senior team since 2006 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2005.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, FGP: 72.0%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 87.5%.
Kostoski has played also professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Gravelines Dunkerque) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje, Rabotnicki, Vardar, Torus Skopje and V.Osiguruvanje) and Romania (CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov).

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Voronov leaves Unics - by Eurobasket News

31-year old former international shooting guard Evgeny Voronov (192-95kg-86) left Unics Kazan (VTB). In 23 Euroleague games he averaged just 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He played there also last season. Voronov also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 5.5ppg and 1.7rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Voronov played at Lokomotiv. In 29 Euroleague games he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Voronov also played 33 games in VTB United League where he got 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Voronov's team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2015.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Voronov played for Russian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Voronov has played previously for seven other teams: CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Krasnie Krilya, Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Dynamo St.Petersburg, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody.
His game is described as: Reminds a little Russian international Sergei Babkov. a solid SG, always looking to score, who can shoot from the distance or penetrate. expected to be one of the stars at the 2004 Junior EC, showed to be too much discontinous, and to need again some work to his fundamentals; interesting upside, however;.

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Panin leaves Unics - by Eurobasket News

33-year old former international forward Vadim Panin (203-99kg-84, agency: Alti Sport) left Unics Kazan (VTB). Panin has played there for the last three years. He played there also last season. In 26 Euroleague games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Panin played there also last season. He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he had only 2.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Panin played in the final of VTB United League in 2014 and 2016.
He was a member of Russian international program for some years. Panin was called to Russian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Russia playing for seven other teams: Ural Great, Khimki, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan 2nd team, Lokomotiv and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
Let's have closer look into Panin's outlook: A 6-7 point guard from Russia who must develop a lot, but who has yet some very interesting quarterbacking skills (leadeship, court vision); needs of playing experience, but has huge potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Freeland leaves CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

30-year old British power forward Joel Freeland (209-112kg-87) left CSKA Moscow (VTB). But in 15 Euroleague games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Freeland contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2006 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
Among other achievements Freeland received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
He also represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.0%.
Freeland has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Gran Canaria) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
His game is described as: (by Vinicius Panerari for NBADraft.net in 2006)
An excellent athlete with great leaping ability and runs the floor like a SG ... Has a good shot from outside ... Displays decent footwork ... Finishes every play ... Has good moves around the basket and is not afraid of contact ... Excellent defender, can defend guys with more weight ... Great rebounder ... Can play outside, beating his man off the dribble or shooting from the 3pt line ..
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Khadim Sow (ex Real Madrid II) agreed terms with ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) inked 18-year old Senegalese center Khadim Sow (210-102kg-99). He has played for the last three years at Real Madrid II in Spanish EBA league. In 24 games he recorded 4.7ppg and 4.8rpg last season.

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Sofiane Briki
Theo Maledon

Forward:
David Lighty

Center:
Khadim Sow

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

Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team 2017
Ognjen Jaramaz
Jaramaz
Marko Cakarevic
Cakarevic
Dejan Davidovac
Davidovac
Jonah Bolden
Bolden
Ognjen Kuzmic
Kuzmic

Finals MVP: Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) of Crvena Zvezda
Player of the Year: Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of Crvena Zvezda
Guard of the Year: Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95) of Mega Leks
Forward of the Year: Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of Crvena Zvezda
Center of the Year: Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP
Import Player of the Year: Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of Crvena Zvezda
Domestic Player of the Year: Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG
Coach of the Year: Dejan Radonjic of Crvena Zvezda

1st Team
G: Ognjen Jaramaz (193-G-95) of Mega Leks
F/G: Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Dynamic BG
SF: Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP
F: Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of Crvena Zvezda
C: Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda

2nd Team
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Banco di Srd
G: Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Dynamic BG
SG: Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda
PF: Luka Mitrovic (204-PF-93) of Crvena Zvezda
F/C: Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan

3rd Team
PG: Jovan Novak (188-PG-94) of Mega Leks
SG: Brano Djukanovic (194-SG-95) of Metalac
F: Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Vrsac
PF: Sava Lesic (205-PF-88) of Mega Leks
C: Igor Kesar (210-C-92) of Spartak

Honorable Mention
Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87) of Borac
Nemanja Todorovic (205-C/F-91) of Borac
Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94) of Crvena Zvezda
Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda
Aleksandar Lazic (201-F/G-96) of Dynamic BG
Andreja Stevanovic (189-G-95) of Dynamic BG
Nemanja Nenadic (185-G-94) of Dunav SB
Lazar Zorcic (205-C-88) of Dunav SB
Jovan Antic (189-G-89) of Konstantin
Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80) of Konstantin
Vanja Marinkovic (198-SG-97) of Partizan
Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) of Borac
Djukan Djukanovic (181-PG-92) of Metalac
Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) of Dynamic BG
Jawan Davis (184-PG-89) of Napredak K.
Jovan Djordjevic (198-G/F-93) of Napredak K.
Marko Jeremic (192-SG-91) of Napredak K.
Ognjen Kuzeta (193-G-87) of Mladost ZE
Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Vrsac
Nikola Jeftic (205-C/F-87) of Vrsac
Milenko Veljkovic (216-C-95) of Mladost ZE
Nemanja Manojlovic (193-G/F-93) of OKK Beograd
Aleksej Nesovic (189-PG-85) of OKK Beograd
Aleksandar Vasic (185-G-87) of Metalac
Dejan Pejic (196-G-93) of Beovuk 72

Awards prepared in cooperation with Ivica Loncar (MVP.rs)



Crvena Zvezda repeat as KLS champions - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - FMP 87-57

Crvena Zvezda celebrated KLS title. They coasted past FMP tonight to complete the sweep of the championship series. Crvena Zvezda therefore captured Adriatic League, Radivoj Korac Cup and KLS titles this season. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. FMP managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-22 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. International swingman Nemanja Dangubic (204-93, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aleksa Radanov (202-98) answered with 13 points and Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for FMP.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Dobric 25+2reb, N.Dangubic 16+1reb+2ast, B.Lazic 7+1reb+2ast, L.Mitrovic 7+6reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 6+5reb+3ast
FMP: I.Austin 13+1reb, A.Radanov 13+4reb+1ast, D.Apic 8+4reb+1ast, R.Seslija 7+6reb, A.Bursac 6+1reb+3ast, D.Davidovac 4+7reb+3ast
gschID: 548161





Sulovic re-signs at Szedeak - by Eurobasket News

Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (A Division) confirmed in their roster 32-year old Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket). He played there last season. In 33 A Division games he had 14.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Sulovic helped them to make it to the Hungarian Cup Semifinals.
The previous (15-16) season he played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala where in 36 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
Sulovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Austria (Vienna), Bosnia (Igokea), Bulgaria (Balkan), Poland (Swiecie), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno), Serbia (OKK Beograd, KK Beovuk 72 Beograd, KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac, Mega Leks and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Romania (Otopeni).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sopron KC signs Uros Duvnjak - by Eurobasket News

Sopron KC (A Division) signed 31-year old Serbian shooting guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket) from MAFC Budapest. Duvnjak managed to play in four leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 9 A Division games in Hungary he had very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.6apg. He also played that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 1.3apg. The other team Duvnjak played that season for was Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian league. In 9 ABA League games he averaged 5.2ppg. He also played 2 games in Balkan League where he got 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Duvnjak's team made it to the Macedonian final.
He was a member of Serbian University National Team back in 2007.
Duvnjak is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, Panionios, A.G.O Rethymno Aegean and Nea Kifisia) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki KG 06 and Mega Leks).
Duvnjak could be described: Uros is one of the most Promising Player in Yugoslavia. He should continue to play and develop as a playmaker. Uros is very fast, good jumper and great fighter in the court. He has great technical abilities with a great sense for the game and assists, good in shooting and penetrating, responsible in defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor keeps Borovnjak for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) re-signed 31-year old Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-104kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He was a team leader there last season. In 44 TBL games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.2apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Bosman Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Borovnjak played at Stelmet in. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he recorded 9.3ppg and 3.9rpg. Borovnjak helped them to win the Polish League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Borovnjak also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 10.5ppg and 4.3rpg. Borovnjak contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. Borovnjak's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 68.6%, FT: 46.2% - 09.
Borovnjak is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Aris, Panionios and KAO Dramas), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Zenit), Spain (Gran Canaria) and Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd).
Let's have closer look into Borovnjak's outlook: A solid PF who can also play as a pure center. Has a strong body and knows well the game inside. Great playing experience and good rebounding skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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Miha Vasl (ex Chalons-Reims) joins Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Slovenian international guard Miha Vasl (192-92, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played last season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 34 games he had 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vasl played at Zlatorog (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 35 Telemach League games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Vasl helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Vasl also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged remarkable 17.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg. He also played 8 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he got 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.8apg. Vasl contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Vasl has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Vasl's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Vasl has played also professionally in Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela).

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Miha Vasl
Simon Krajcovic

Forwards:
Zarko Djuric
Martin Bachan

Center:
Boris Bojanovsky

Coach: Teo Hojc



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Miha Vasl (ex Chalons-Reims) joins Levice - by Michal Duchovic

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) agreed terms with 25-year old Slovenian international guard Miha Vasl (192-92, agency: PEPI SPORT). He played last season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 34 games he had 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vasl played at Zlatorog (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 35 Telemach League games he recorded 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg. Vasl helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Vasl also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged remarkable 17.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg. He also played 8 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he got 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.8apg. Vasl contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
He has been also a member of Slovenian international program for some years. Vasl has regularly played for Slovenian senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Vasl's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 0pts.
Vasl has played also professionally in Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela).

BK Levicki Patrioti roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Miha Vasl
Simon Krajcovic

Forwards:
Zarko Djuric
Martin Bachan

Center:
Boris Bojanovsky

Coach: Teo Hojc



KK Primorska adds Vujasinovic to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Sixt Primorska (Liga Nova KBM) added to their roster 28-year old point guard Danijel Vujasinovic (184-89) from Tajfun. In 21 Liga Nova KBM games he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 8.3apg and 1.7spg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team.
The previous (15-16) season Vujasinovic played at Zlatorog (Telemach League). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 35 Telemach League games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 5.2apg. Vujasinovic helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Domestic Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Vujasinovic also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He also played 8 games in Alpe-Adria-Cup where he got 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.5apg and 1.0spg. Vujasinovic contributed to his team making it to the cup final.
He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.9%, FT: 76.5%.
Vujasinovic has played previously professionally also in Spain (Leyma Basquet) and Slovenia (Hopsi Polzela, Elektra and Pivovarna Lasko II).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Slobodan Subotic signed with Cibona Zagreb - by Matej Bergant

Slovenian coach Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) signed two years deal with Croatian club Cibona Zagreb. He was Head Coach of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut since 2012 until December 2016. Slobodan "Pixi" Subotic had a very successful part of his coaching career in Lebanon, as he won Lebanese League in 2014, 2015, 2016. He also won Arab Club Championships in 2014 and Asian Club Championships in 2012. His team also won Al Hariri Tournament in 2012, Dubai International Tournament 2013 and 2015. Before moving to Lebanon, coach Subotic had a great coaching career in top European clubs such as Iraklis, AEK, Panathinaikos, Panionios, PAOK, Olympiacos, Jesi, Split and Cedevita. He won Korac Cup in 1997, Greek League in 1998, 1999 (both times named Coach of the Year in Greece) and many other trophies. Coach Subotic was also Head Coach of Slovenian National Team.


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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.7 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia14.1 
 8. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja13.5 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.7 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.4 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Dubljevic, Valencia5.8 
 9. Fotu, Zaragoza5.7 
 10. Eric, RE.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.2 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.4 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia4.9 
 7. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 8. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.6 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.3 
 10. Diot, Valencia4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 3. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Diot, Valencia1.2 
 8. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 9. Vidal, Joventut1.1 
 10. Aguilar, Gran Canaria1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 5. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Eric, RE.0.8 
 8. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 
 9. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 10. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 


Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa 1st Team 2017
Sergio Llull
Llull
Edwin Jackson
Jackson
Adam Hanga
Hanga
Bojan Dubljevic
Dubljevic
Giorgi Shermadini
Shermadini

Finals MVP: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
Player of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Guard of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Forward of the Year: Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia
Center of the Year: Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) of Andorra
Bosman Player of the Year: Edwin Jackson (190-SG-89) of Estudiantes
Import Player of the Year: Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia
Domestic Player of the Year: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
Young Player of the Year: Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid
Coach of the Year: Jesus Vidorreta of Iberostar Tener.

1st Team
SG: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
SG: Edwin Jackson (190-SG-89) of Estudiantes
SF: Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia
PF: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
C: Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) of Andorra

2nd Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia
PG: Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia
PG: Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91) of Unicaja
F/C: Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) of Real Madrid
C: Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona

Honorable Mention
Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid
Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) of Valencia
Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) of Iberostar Tener.
Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria
Marko Popovic (185-PG-82) of Fuenlabrada
Mickey McConnell (182-PG-89) of Obradoiro
Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) of Real Madrid

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid
F/G: Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) of Valencia
F/G: Sergi Vidal (199-F/G-81) of Joventut
F: Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of RETAbet BB
PF: Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) of Real Madrid

All-Imports Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia
PG: Mickey McConnell (182-PG-89) of Obradoiro
PG: Shane Larkin (180-PG-92) of Baskonia
F/C: Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89) of Real Madrid
C/F: Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91) of Unicaja
SG: Edwin Jackson (190-SG-89) of Estudiantes
SF: Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia
PF: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
C: Giorgi Shermadini (217-C-89) of Andorra



Valencia celebrate Liga Endesa title - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Real Madrid 87-76

Valencia celebrated first ever Liga Endesa title. They outgunned Real Madrid in Game 4 to win the championship series 3-1. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Valencia Basket outrebounded Real Madrid 47-24 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Joan Sastre-Morro (201-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Luke Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic accounted for 9 rebounds and got named the MVP. International Sergio Llull (190-87) replied with 23 points and 7 assists and Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Real Madrid. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Valencia: J.Sastre Morro 19+6reb, W.Thomas 12+6reb, A.Diot 11+4reb, R.Sato 10+3reb, R.Martinez 9+2reb+3ast, L.Sikma 8+7reb+4ast
Real Madrid: S.Llull 23+3reb+7ast, J.Carroll 11+1reb+1ast, G.Ayon 10+7reb+3ast, R.Fernandez 8, J.Taylor 7+3reb, A.Nocioni 6+5reb
gschID: 548068





Martins Laksa (ex Valmiera) joins Obradoiro - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 27-year old Latvian international small forward Martins Laksa (200-92kg-90). He has played for the last two seasons at Valmiera/ORDO in Latvian LBL league. In 36 games he had 13.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season. Laksa helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Laksa also played 12 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team winning the Cup. It was another spectacular season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Laksa won Latvian League championship title in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Laksa has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Latvia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago.
Laksa has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Ventspils, Jurmala, BA Riga, VEF Riga and VEF skola.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Doellman left FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Kosovan international forward Justin Doellman (205-95kg-85, college: Xavier, agency: BeoBasket) left FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. He has played there for the last three years. Doellman played there also last season. In 12 Liga Endesa games he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Doellman's team won Spanish Liga Endesa Supercup in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Spanish Liga Endesa All-Imports Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Doellman represented Kosovo at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 84.2%.
Doellman has played previously professionally also in France (Cholet Basket, Besancon and Entente Orleans 45) and Spain (Valencia Basket, La ICL Manresa and Meridiano Alicante).
He attended Xavier University until 2007 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Justin has good size and he is very skilled athlete, who can shoot with good range. He is a very good passer who has a great understanding of the game. Justin is a very versatile player who can play many roles or positions for us. He passes it. He shoots it. He can rebound. He is a complete player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pablo Prigioni named Baskonia head coach - by Eurobasket News

Pablo Prigioni has been named the new head coach of Baskonia. The Argentinean former international player will replace Alfonso Alonso who left to ACB rivals FC Barcelona. Pablo Prigioni ended his player's career in Baskonia last season. He was the long time member of the Argentinean National Team. The guard used to play in Argentina, Spain, NBA.


Coach Jose Ramon Cuspinera signs at Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) landed 47-year old coach Jose Ramon Cuspinera from Fuenlabrada.
Cuspinera won Spanish ACB championship title in 2013. He used to coach Spanish U18 National Team back in 2014.
Cuspinera has coached previously two other teams: Real Madrid and Baskonia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona reportedly agree to two-year deal with Alfonso Alonso - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) have reportedly hired 42-year old coach Alfonso Alonso from Baskonia. The previous (15-16) season Alonso coached at RETAbet.
Among other achievements his team won ULEB Cup in 2008. Alonso received also Spanish ACB Coach of the Year award back in 2012. He used to coach Spanish U17 National Team back in 2014.
Alonso has coached previously two other teams: Joventut and Gipuzkoa.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Boras sign rookie Brett Bisping - by Eurobasket News

Boras Basket (Basketligan) inked American forward Brett Bisping (203-106kg, agency: Duran International). He just graduated from Siena (NCAA). Bisping has played there for the last five years. In 34 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg last season. Bisping helped them to make it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to CoSIDA NCAA Division I Academic All-District 1 1st Team, MAAC All-Tournament 1st Team and All-MAAC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Bisping's game is described as: Skilled, versatile, developing big man. Difficult matchup...Smart player...Can play inside and outside...Range beyond 3-point line.

Boras Basket roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Nimrod Hilliard_IV
Daniel Thuresson

Forwards:
Brett Bisping
John Brandmark

Coach: Henrik Svensson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lions de Geneve sign Vedran Bosnic - by Luca Maffioli

Lions de Geneve announced the new head coach. Vedran Bosnic , after eight season as head coach of Sodertalje Kings, moves to Switzerland. He signs with Ginevra Lions. The bosnian specalist, also head coach of NT Swedish team, is Swedish Basketligan Champion -13, 14, 15, 16 and he was named Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Coach of the Year -11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. He will replace Jean-Marc Jaumin.


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  TURKEY  

Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Ricky LEDO
  Yesilgiresun
  (201-SF-92)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Ledo, Yesilgiresun21.2 
 2. Shorter, TED K.20.1 
 3. Theodore, Banvit BK18.4 
 4. Jefferson, Gazia.18.0 
 5. Summers, Pinar K.17.0 
 6. Morrison, TED K.16.5 
 7. Hayes, Demir IBB16.4 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep16.1 
 9. Green, Pinar K.15.9 
 10. McKissic, Usak15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Besiktas
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Stimac, Besiktas9.6 
 2. Dorsey, Best B.9.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.1 
 4. Thomas, TED K.7.7 
 5. Wright, Trabzons.7.7 
 6. Auguste, Usak7.5 
 7. Hummer, TED K.7.0 
 8. Pleiss, Galatasaray6.9 
 9. Gill, Yesilgiresun6.9 
 10. Summers, Pinar K.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jordan THEODORE
  Banvit BK
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Theodore, Banvit BK7.2 
 2. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.7 
 3. Green, Pinar K.5.6 
 4. Gutierrez, Trabzons.5.4 
 5. Armstead, Yesilgir.5.2 
 6. Ermis, Tofas5.1 
 7. Granger, Anadolu .4.9 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray4.8 
 9. Rautins, Gaziantep4.7 
 10. Roll, Besiktas4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Banvit BK
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chappell, Banvit BK2.0 
 2. Shorter, TED K.2.0 
 3. Hummer, TED K.1.8 
 4. Cherry, Gaziantep1.7 
 5. Ponitka, Pinar K.1.7 
 6. Klobucar, Istanbu.1.6 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.6 
 8. Eldridge, Demir I.1.6 
 9. Gutierrez, Trabzons.1.6 
 10. Ulubay, Yesilgiresun1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Anadolu .
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Dunston, Anadolu .1.7 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.6 
 3. Ibekwe, Usak1.5 
 4. Kadji, Trabzonspor1.3 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 6. Kulig, Banvit BK1.1 
 7. Buckner, Demir IBB1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Gazia.0.9 
 9. Tyus, Galatasaray0.9 
 10. James, Best Balikesir0.9 


Fenerbahce is close to sign Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Istanbul (BSL) is close to sign 26-year old Italian power forward Nicolo Melli (205-100kg-91) who played last time at Brose Baskets Bamberg in Germany. In 41 BBL games he had 8.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Melli also played 30 games in Euroleague where he recorded 11.5ppg, 7.4rpg (#2 in the league) and 2.3apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 2nd Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Most Improved Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Domestic Player of the Year back in 2009.
Melli represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 2.4rpg.
Melli has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Armani Milano, VL Pesaro and Grissin Bon RE.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Isaiah Miles (ex Dijon) joins Usak - by Eurobasket News

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Isaiah Miles (201-103kg-94, college: St.Joseph's). He played last season at Dijon in French ProA. In 34 games he had 12.2ppg and 4.9rpg.
Miles has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2014 and 2016. Miles was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year and NABC All-District 4 1st Team in 2016.
He graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2016 and it is his second season as a professional player.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim
Isaiah Miles

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

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AV Cantu tabs Randy Culpepper, ex Best Balikesir - by Eurobasket News

Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A) inked 28-year old American point guard Randy Culpepper (183-75kg-89, college: UTEP, agency: Inception Sports). He played most recently at Best Balikesir in Turkish TBL league, but left the team in Mar.'17. In 14 games he averaged 14.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Culpepper played at Besiktas (BSL) in Turkish league where in 20 games he had 12.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Culpepper also played 2 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg (in top 2). The other team Culpepper played shortly was Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. In three games he got 11.0ppg, 3.0apg and 2.3spg. He also played 4 games in Euroleague where he got 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg (in top 2).
Culpepper has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team won Ukrainian Cup in 2013. Culpepper received also Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team award back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Culpepper has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Culpepper has played previously professionally in Lebanon (Sagesse), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and China (Jilin Tigers).
He attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Hamilton (ex Bucaneros) agreed terms with Usak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) inked 27-year old American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-103kg-90, college: Texas). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Hamilton also spent pre-season at Guaros (also in LPB) that year. He was also tried-out by Tofas where in only one BSL game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
In 2011 Hamilton was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in first round (26th overall). He attended University of Texas and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hamilton received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Hamilton has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hamilton has played previously professionally in Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Iowa Energy and Reno Bighorns).
His game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Confident wing player with a strong frame and excellent scoring ability ... Can score in a variety of ways ... Able to use his strength and size (6'8.5" in shoes with a 6'9.5" wingspan) in the post against smaller players ... Adept at getting open without the ball ... A spot-up shooter who doesn't hesitate to fire if left open ... Shows great shooting mechanics. He is a scorer, but you can't categorize him as a shooter because he is still somewhat inconsistent, nor as a slasher because his ball handling still needs some tightening
.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordan Hamilton
Tayfun Erulku
Ian Miller

Forward:
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Damir Markota

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Usak lands Darrin Dorsey, ex Le Portel - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) tabbed 30-year old American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-86kg-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played most recently at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in French ProA. In 35 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Dorsey played at Poitiers (ProB) in French league where in 37 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.9ppg and recorded 4.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg (leader !!!). He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements he won Colombian DPB championship title in 2013. Dorsey received also Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Dorsey is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Dorsey has played previously professionally in Argentina (Union de Santa Fe), Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba), Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas) and Colombia (Cafeteros and Bambuqueros).
He attended Dakota Wesleyan University until 2011 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Damir Markota

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Usak lands Murat Kozan - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) tabbed 24-year old French center Murat Kozan (206-93). He is not a newcomer in Turkish League as he played most recently at Best Balikesir in TBL. Kozan helped his team get promotion to BSL. In 6 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Kozan played at Bandirma Kirmizi where in 34 BSL games he had 4.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. Kozan also spent pre-season at Banvit that year. He was also tried-out by Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) in French league.
Kozan's team made it to the French La Semaine des As Cup Final Four in 2012.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) four years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.
Kozan has played previously for another French team SO Maritime Boulogne.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Darrin Dorsey
Ian Miller

Forwards:
Damir Markota
Jordan Hamilton
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Murat Kozan

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bursaspor keeps Borovnjak for another season - by Eurobasket News

Bursaspor (TBL) re-signed 31-year old Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-104kg-86, agency: BeoBasket). He was a team leader there last season. In 44 TBL games he averaged impressive 18.6ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.2apg. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Bosman Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
The previous (15-16) season Borovnjak played at Stelmet in. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 39 TBL games he recorded 9.3ppg and 3.9rpg. Borovnjak helped them to win the Polish League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team. Borovnjak also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 10.5ppg and 4.3rpg. Borovnjak contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He represented Serbia at the World University Games in Beograd (Serbia) eight years ago. Borovnjak's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 68.6%, FT: 46.2% - 09.
Borovnjak is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Aris, Panionios and KAO Dramas), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas), Russia (Zenit), Spain (Gran Canaria) and Serbia (Partizan, Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd).
Let's have closer look into Borovnjak's outlook: A solid PF who can also play as a pure center. Has a strong body and knows well the game inside. Great playing experience and good rebounding skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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Fenerbahce defend BSL title - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas - Fenerbahce 94-98 OT

Fenerbahce repeated as BSL champions. They topped Besiktas in overtime to capture the trophy. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Fenerbahce made 29-of-38 free shots (76.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fenerbahce made 9 blocks. Besiktas was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Czech power forward Jan Vesely (213-90) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) chipped in 23 points and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Fenerbahce's coach Zeljko Obradovic used entire bench in such tough game. The former international point guard Kenan Sipahi (197-95) produced 22 points and 5 assists and American guard DJ Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: K.Sipahi 22+3reb+5ast, D.Strawberry 20+4reb+4ast, M.Roll 15+3reb+6ast, V.Stimac 13+9reb, E.Clark 9+5reb, K.Weems 8+1reb+3ast
Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 26+11reb+2ast, B.Bogdanovic 23+3reb+9ast, B.Dixon 14+4reb+1ast, E.Udoh 12+4reb+2ast, N.Kalinic 7+3reb+1ast, A.Duverioglu 6+3reb
gschID: 547946





Nusret Yildirim signs at Usak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) landed 28-year old forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89). He played most recently at Acibadem in the TBL. In 44 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Yildirim played at Banvit. But in 30 BSL games he had just 1.9ppg and 1.7rpg. He helped them to make it to the Turkish Cup Semifinals. Yildirim also played 18 games in Eurocup where he recorded only 2.6ppg and 2.4rpg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of EuroChallenge in 2015. Yildirim received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
He has played previously for six other teams: Trabzonspor, Galatasaray, Istanbulspor, Erdemir, Beykoz and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Tayfun Erulku
Ian Miller

Forward:
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Damir Markota

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Usak inks Damir Markota - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) signed 32-year old Croatian ex-international power forward Damir Markota (209-102kg-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) from Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi. In 28 BSL games in Turkey he had 8.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg last season.
In 2006 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (59th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Markota's team won Turkish President Cup in 2013. He was selected to Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2011.
He is a dual citizen owning also Swedish passport.
Markota was also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He played for Croatian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Markota represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 10 games: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Markota is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Spain (RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Menorca), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks), Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cibona), Slovenia (Un.Olimpija) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
Markota could be described: Above average athlete. His offensive game is extremely developed. An amazing three point touch. He can shoot from anywhere, with any kind of move. Has good vision and passes well out of the double team when in the post.
Lacks the strength to play inside and grab boards ..
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jefferson is back at Arecibo, ex Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) signed 31-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-99kg-86, college: USC). It is actually his comeback to Capitanes as he has played here before. Jefferson played last season at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkish BSL league. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Great season as he was named to Turkish League All-Star Game. Jefferson's team won InterContinental Cup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 2nd Team in 2015.
Jefferson is quite experienced player. He has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jefferson has played previously professionally in China (Guangzhou Liu Sui), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Israel (Maccabi Haifa), Korea (LG Sakers), Russia (Enisey, Zenit and Krasny Oktyabr), Venezuela (Guaros) and United Arab Emirates (Al Shabab).
He attended University of Southern California until 2008 and it will be his tenth season as a professional player.
Jefferson could be described: A versatile offensive player who is just as comfortable from the perimeter as he is posting up down low.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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URBL Stats Leaders



USBasket.com All-UBA Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

USBasket.com All-UBA 1st Team 2017
Daylon Guy
Guy
Jermaine Barnes
Barnes
Wesley Witherspoon
Witherspoon
Jamorris Gaines
Gaines
Will Richard
Richard

Finals MVP: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
Player of the Year: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
Guard of the Year: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
Forward of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83)
Center of the Year: Bijan Dotson (6'7''-F-88)
Rookie of the Year: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
Most Improved Player: Ron Blossomgame (6'9''-C/F-89)
6-Man of the Year: Antoine Hall (6'6''-SF-89)
Defensive Player of the Year: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85)
Coach of the Year: Oliver Miller

1st Team
PG: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83)
G/F: Wesley Witherspoon (205-G/F-90)
F: Jamorris Gaines (6'7''-F-90)
G: Will Richard (6'3''-G-84)

2nd Team
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85)
G: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87)
PF: Dwayne Soders (6'6''-PF)
F: Bijan Dotson (6'7''-F-88)
G: Xavier Rogers (6'2''-G)

3rd Team
G/F: Tony Omotayo (6'5''-G/F-85)
F/C: Vernon Payne (6'8''-F/C)
PG: Marcus Burton (6'0''-PG-93)
F: A'Daeron Duncan (6'7''-F-87)
SG: Bernard Parks (6'3''-SG-90)

Honorable Mention
Jeremee Davis (6'3''-PG-90)
Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91)
Jonathan Inman (6'5''-F-87)
Erron Maxey (198-F-78)
James Duffey (6'8''-F/G-84)
Dorian Purnell (6'6''-F-91)
Alden Smith (6'5''-F)
Brent Cowles (6'2''-SG-84)
Ron Blossomgame (6'9''-C/F-89)
Antoine Hall (6'6''-SF-89)
Demarrio Nelson (6'9''-F-87)

All-Defensive 1st Team
PG: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
G: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85)
PF: Dwayne Soders (6'6''-PF)
F: Danny Friend (6'6''-F-88)
F/C: Vernon Payne (6'8''-F/C)

All-Defensive 2nd Team
G: Rupert Rose (6'0''-G-88)
PG: Jeremee Davis (6'3''-PG-90)
F: Bijan Dotson (6'7''-F-88)
F: Alden Smith (6'5''-F)
F: Jamorris Gaines (6'7''-F-90)

All-Rookie Team
PG: Daylon Guy (6'0''-PG-92)
F/C: Vernon Payne (6'8''-F/C)
PG: Marcus Burton (6'0''-PG-93)
G: Xavier Rogers (6'2''-G)
G/F: Wesley Witherspoon (205-G/F-90)



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  UGANDA  


NBL Round 9: UPDF records their first victory - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

UPDF has finally registered their first victory this season after two consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they edged Our Saviour (0-4) 55-53 on Friday. UPDF forced 22 Our Saviour turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Our Saviour helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Stephen Wokorach stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Dulton Mutawe chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Steven Mwesigye with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. UPDF (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was Our Saviour's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Falcons. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Falcons (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Ndejje (2-2) 61-44. Maker Deng (-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winning side and David Okello accounted for 11 points. Ndejje's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Benard Okumu came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Falcons in the defeat. Ndejje moved-up to fifth place, which they share with UCU Canons and City Oilers. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Ndejje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Falcons will play again against Ndejje (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
10th ranked UPDF (1-2) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Ndejje (2-2) with the biggest margin this round 50-30 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Stephen Wokorach who recorded 7 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ndejje moved-up to fifth place, which they share with UCU Canons and City Oilers. Loser UPDF dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Ndejje will meet Falcons (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UPDF will have a break next round.

Falcons - Ndejje 44-61

Bottom-ranked Falcons (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Ndejje (2-2) 61-44. The game without a history. Ndejje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Falcons to just 5 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Falcons 44-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Maker Deng (-94) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winning side and David Okello (-98) accounted for 11 points. Ndejje's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Benard Okumu came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Olobo Moses (-82) added 9 points respectively for Falcons in the defeat. Ndejje moved-up to fifth place, which they share with UCU Canons and City Oilers. Falcons at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Our Saviour. Ndejje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Falcons will play again against Ndejje (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Falcons: B.Okumu 19+11reb+2ast, O.Moses 9+2reb+3ast, A.Dickson 7+1reb, V.Jurua 4+3reb+3ast, E.Aupal 3+1reb, N.Owori 2+2reb+1ast
Ndejje: M.Deng 21+18reb+2ast, I.Ochera 13+1reb, D.Okello 11+4reb+1ast, M. Buluma 6+2reb, M.Otieno 4+6reb, K.Nunda 2+3ast
gschID: 547450


Our Saviour - UPDF 53-55

UPDF has finally registered their first victory this season after two consecutive losses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in , where they edged Our Saviour (0-4) 55-53 on Friday. UPDF forced 22 Our Saviour turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Our Saviour helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Stephen Wokorach stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Dulton Mutawe chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Steven Mwesigye with 8 points and 11 rebounds and forward Peter Elungat (188-83) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. UPDF (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was Our Saviour's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Falcons. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Our Saviour: P.Elungat 11+8reb+2ast, J.Wacha 9+6reb+2ast, S.Mwesigye 8+11reb+3ast, R.Balemwa 8+1reb, D.Monoja 6+10reb, M.Okwera 5+1reb
UPDF: S.Wokorach 17+4reb+1ast, H.Okoth 11+6reb+2ast, D.Mutawe 9+11reb, M.Muhumuza 9+5reb, H.Matovu 4+1reb, D.Ogwang 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 547449


UPDF - Ndejje 30-50

10th ranked UPDF (1-2) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Ndejje (2-2) with the biggest margin this round 50-30 on Wednesday night. Ndejje held UPDF to an opponent 20.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Ndejje forced 20 UPDF turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Maker Deng (-94) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Derrick Katumba (194-93) chipped in 0 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Stephen Wokorach who recorded 7 points and 8 rebounds and forward Henry Okoth (-99) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ndejje moved-up to fifth place, which they share with UCU Canons and City Oilers. Loser UPDF dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Ndejje will meet Falcons (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UPDF will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
UPDF: H.Okoth 11+3reb+1ast, S.Wokorach 7+8reb, E.Okello 6+1reb+3ast, J.Guma 3, D.Mutawe 2+6reb, M.Muhumuza 1+4reb
Ndejje: M.Deng 15+13reb, D.Okello 7+2reb, K.Nunda 5+2ast, G.Baderha 5+4reb+1ast, I.Ochera 5+1reb, M. Buluma 5+4reb
gschID: 547448





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Freeland leaves CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News

30-year old British power forward Joel Freeland (209-112kg-87) left CSKA Moscow (VTB). But in 15 Euroleague games he averaged just 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. He also played 13 games in VTB United League where he had 5.3ppg and 3.2rpg. Freeland contributed to his team winning the VTB United League championship.
In 2006 he was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
Among other achievements Freeland received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team award back in 2012.
He also represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.0%.
Freeland has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Gran Canaria) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
His game is described as: (by Vinicius Panerari for NBADraft.net in 2006)
An excellent athlete with great leaping ability and runs the floor like a SG ... Has a good shot from outside ... Displays decent footwork ... Finishes every play ... Has good moves around the basket and is not afraid of contact ... Excellent defender, can defend guys with more weight ... Great rebounder ... Can play outside, beating his man off the dribble or shooting from the 3pt line ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Edozie returns for third season with Bristol Flyers - by Paul Nilsen

Daniel Edozie (203-F-92, college: Iowa St.) has agreed a one-year extension with the Bristol Flyers.

The 6ft 8in forward, who signed his first professional contract with the club, has now committed until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Edozie played in all 33 games for the Flyers last season, averaging 6.6 points and seven rebounds per game.

'I'm very happy to be a part of the club again next season,' Edozie told bristolflyers.co.uk.

'Flyers are a growing organisation and I've really enjoyed the journey over the past two years. I've learned a lot during my time here so far and I firmly believe we're going to have a successful season this year."

London-born Edozie joined the Flyers in August 2015, having previously played NCAA Division One basketball under current Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State University.

The 24-year-old, who holds a British passport, posted 12 double-doubles in 2015/16 and also led the league in rebounds (10.9 per game).

'The fact that our whole frontcourt from last season is returning really sends out a message to the rest of the league,' Edozie explained.

'We already know what we're capable of on the court and that's key in terms of building team chemistry.

"If you look at the most successful teams in the league, they have great chemistry because they bring the same players back, year after year. I'm really looking forward to playing with Leslee (Smith) and Mike (Vigor) again and I can't wait for the season to get started."

Edozie becomes the fifth player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season and will link up with the squad in August, in preparation for the club's fourth year in the top flight of British basketball.

"Dan finished last season in a very strong manner and helped our team make the play-offs with his performances in April,' said Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

"He is a great role model for young people and has had to fight through adversity with a lot of hard work to get to where he is today.

'Dan is another great ambassador for what we do on and off the court and his return for a third season confirms the aspirations we have as a club.

'We've now bought back the whole of our frontcourt from last season, which is great in terms of chemistry as well as players who have experience in our system"

The next phase of Bristol Flyers 2017/18 season card sales is now underway - click here to secure your seat for the upcoming BBL campaign.

Keep up to date with the latest news throughout the off-season by liking 'Bristol Flyers' on Facebook, or following @BristolFlyers on Twitter.



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Metropolitan Round 4: 25 de Agosto hands first loss to Atenas - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Atenas (3-1) in Montevideo on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by 25 de Agosto (3-1) 103-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 de Agosto looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Atenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds. Daniel Lipatin contributed with 36 points (!!!), 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Atenas. 25 de Agosto have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas and Miramar. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#5) and Auriblanco (#2). Miramar (3-1) smashed visiting Auriblanco (2-2) by 21 points 96-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and Martin Trelles who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Rodrigo Goncalvez responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 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. Miramar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas and 25 de Agosto. Auriblanco at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Miramar will play against Colon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Atenas.
Cordon's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Union Atletica (1-3) 88-61 on Friday. The winners were led by Agustin Zuvich who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Gaston Semiglia did not help to save the game for Union Atletica. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cordon (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Stockolmo and Tabare. It was Union Atletica's third loss in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. They share it with Marne. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
Tabare's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Verdirrojo (2-2) on the road game in Montevideo 67-66. Agustin Cabillon fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Tabare (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Cordon and Stockolmo. Verdirrojo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Tabare's next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitol (#6) in Montevideo and it may be quite challenging game. Verdirrojo will play on the road against Sayago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 4 Sayago beat Marne on the road 97-82. Capitol won against Colon on its own court 82-78.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists by Paul Harrison of Sayago.

Cordon - U Atletica 88-61

Cordon's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Union Atletica (1-3) 88-61 on Friday. Cordon dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Union Atletica's 30. Cordon forced 20 Union Atletica turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by forward Agustin Zuvich (200-95) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nicolas Ibarra (192-82) supported him with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Cordon players scored in double figures. Even 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Gaston Semiglia (192-91) did not help to save the game for Union Atletica. Center Alfonso Arrillaga (197-97) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cordon (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Stockolmo and Tabare. It was Union Atletica's third loss in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. They share it with Marne. Cordon's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Montevideo to the arena 25 de Agosto.
Top scorers:
Cordon: A.Zuvich 18+8reb+3ast, F.Medina 16+4reb+4ast, A.Amaral 14+4reb+1ast, F.Sanchez 12+4reb+2ast, N.Ibarra 10+9reb+6ast, T.Hopewell 9+8reb+2ast
U Atletica: A.Arrillaga 19+6reb, G.Semiglia 17+8reb+4ast, F.Alonso 9+6reb+1ast, F.Trusich 5+1ast, N.Dumpierrez 4, A.Varela 2+5reb+5ast
gschID: 548181


Verdirrojo - Tabare 66-67

Tabare's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Verdirrojo (2-2) on the road game in Montevideo 67-66. 24 personal fouls committed by Verdirrojo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Agustin Cabillon (196-95) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Emiliano Serres (205-97) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tabare players scored in double figures. Tabare's coach Carlos Barrios allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Pablo Makanskas (196-90) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tabare (1-2) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Cordon and Stockolmo. Verdirrojo at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Tabare's next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitol (#6) in Montevideo and it may be quite challenging game. Verdirrojo will play on the road against Sayago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tabare: R.Xavier 19+1reb+1ast, A.Cabillon 15+11reb+4ast, G.Rivas 10+4reb+3ast, E.Serres 10+9reb+3ast, C.McCann 5+10reb+2ast, F.Ledanis 5+7reb
Verdirrojo: G.Simmons 26+5reb+5ast, S.Massa 15+2reb+2ast, P.Makanskas 15+10reb+2ast, F.Cholaquides 4+7reb+1ast, G.Belase 2+6reb+1ast, M.Parreno 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548177


Marne - Sayago 82-97

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Sayago's (2-1) road victory over 9th ranked Marne (1-3) in Montevideo 97-82. Sayago dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Marne's 30. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American center Paul Harrison (203-89, college: N.Greenville) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Emiliano Gonzalez (198-88) chipped in 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Sayago players scored in double figures. Sayago's coach Horacio Perdomo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Andres Pineiro (187-89) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Santiago Pereira (180-96) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Sayago moved-up to fourth place. Marne at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. Sayago's next round opponent will be Verdirrojo (#7) in Montevideo.
Top scorers:
Sayago: P.Harrison 25+16reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 24+9reb+5ast, J.Garbarino 18+6reb+2ast, M.Perdomo 14+4reb+1ast, R.Brause 11+3reb+7ast, M.Dogliotti 3
Marne: S.Pereira 21+4reb+3ast, A.Pineiro 20+5reb+3ast, B.Ingratta 16+3reb+3ast, J.Borallo 7+8reb, J.Crocano 6+7reb+1ast, D.Olivera 5+2reb
gschID: 548182


Miramar - Auriblanco 96-75

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Montevideo: Miramar (#5) and Auriblanco (#2). Miramar (3-1) smashed visiting Auriblanco (2-2) by 21 points 96-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Miramar outrebounded Auriblanco 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and forward Martin Trelles (187-96) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Rodrigo Goncalvez responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and center Joaquin Jones (202-97) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Miramar keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas and 25 de Agosto. Auriblanco at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Miramar will play against Colon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Auriblanco's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Atenas.
Top scorers:
Miramar: J.Fahnbulleh 27+16reb+3ast, M.Trelles 17+5reb+3ast, I.Asaravicius 14+2reb, M.Nicoletti 10+1reb+5ast, F.Masner 8+2reb+9ast, R.Blankson 7+7reb+3ast
Auriblanco: R.Goncalvez 28+11reb, J.Jones 12+5reb+6ast, A.Jones 10+2reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 7+3reb+3ast, N.Gentini 6+1reb+1ast, E.Suarez 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 548179


Atenas - 25 de Agosto 102-103

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Atenas (3-1) in Montevideo on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by 25 de Agosto (3-1) 103-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 25 de Agosto looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Atenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 21 rebounds. Daniel Lipatin contributed with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 assists and 5 steals for the winners. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Mauro Zubiaurre (181-94) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. 25 de Agosto have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas and Miramar. 25 de Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Montevideo Cordon.
Top scorers:
25 de Agosto: D.Lipatin 36+1reb+11ast, G.Johnson 26+21reb+3ast, N.Alvarez 16+5reb+1ast, M.Mayora 8+4reb+7ast, J.Trindade 7+2reb, R.Cardozo 5+6reb+1ast
Atenas: A.Danridge 31+11reb+6ast, M.Zubiaurre 24+5reb+2ast, T.Girbau 18+6reb, N.Catala 11+6reb+3ast, O.Galeano 8+4reb+1ast, M.Pose 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 548180


Capitol - Colon 82-78

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Colon (2-2) lost to eleventh ranked Capitol (2-2) in Montevideo 78-82. Capitol made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American center Earl Watson (201-90, college: Rhode Island) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Juan-Andres Galleto (181-96) chipped in 25 points. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and forward Federico Della-Mea (187-92) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Capitol moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Colon. Capitol's next round opponent will be Tabare (#10) on the road where they are favorite. Colon will play against Miramar (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capitol: J.Andres Galleto 25+3ast, E.Watson 25+14reb, N.Comas 10+4reb+3ast, H.Silva 7+7reb+2ast, F.Soto 6+5reb+1ast, R.Pintos 4+1ast
Colon: T.Brown 30+13reb+2ast, F.Ferreira 12+3reb+5ast, F.Della Mea 11+10reb+3ast, N.Garcia 8+2reb+2ast, F.Baltasar 7+2ast, L.Lepiani 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 548178





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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, Marinos17.1 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Marinos
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Massie, Marinos11.2 
 2. Sucre, Gigantes11.0 
 3. Salcedo, Gaiteros9.1 
 4. Guerrero, Toros8.0 
 5. Sutton, Cocodrilos7.9 
 6. Gransberry, Guaiquer.7.8 
 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. Elliott, Cocodrilos6.4 
 3. Robinson, Guaros5.3 
 4. Downey, Guaiquer.4.8 
 5. Centeno, Marinos4.8 
 6. Guillent, Guaros4.7 
 7. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 8. Wormely, Gigantes4.2 
 9. Canty, Panteras4.1 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 2. Downey, Guaiquer.1.8 
 3. Cazorla, Gigantes1.7 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Wormely, Gigantes1.6 
 6. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 7. Silva, Guaiqueries1.5 
 8. Chourio, Trotamun.1.5 
 9. Sucre, Gigantes1.4 
 10. Hamilton, Bucan.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrius GARRETT
  Marinos
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 2. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 3. Carrera, Marinos1.2 
 4. Guerrero, Toros1.2 
 5. Montano, Panteras1.0 
 6. Lang, Bucaneros0.9 
 7. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 8. Thornton, Gaiteros0.9 
 9. Gay, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Jackson, Gigantes0.9 


Wormely comes back to Caciques, ex Gigantes - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Valledupar (Liga DirecTV) inked 33-year old American point guard Horace Wormely (168-84, college: Vanguard). It is actually his comeback to Caciques as he has played here before. Wormely played most recently at Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB league. In 14 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg last season. Wormely also played that season for Riptide in Canadian NBL Canada where in 32 games he averaged 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.3apg and 2.0spg.
Among other achievements Wormely won Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 championship title in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Liga DirecTV-2 Import Player of the Year award in 2015.
Wormely is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Wormely has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Germany (Landshut), Colombia (Patriotas and Patriotas), D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders), WCBL (Pasadena S.) and JBL Pro-Am (Pasadena).
He attended Vanguard University until 2006 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LPB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Guaros and Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

Guaros - Cocodrilos 110-92

Guaros overcame Cocodrilos to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Guaros. Cocodrilos managed to win third quarter 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guaros looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Cocodrilos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Heissler Guillent (186-86) scored 24 points and 7 assists (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Kelvin Caraballo (195-88) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Jose Rodriguez (197-94) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guaros: H.Guillent 24+2reb+7ast, N.Robinson 23+3reb+4ast, N.Colmenares 14+8reb+4ast, G.Echenique 14+6reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 13+3reb+2ast, L.Hayward 10+10reb+2ast
Cocodrilos: K.Caraballo 15+8reb, N.Palacios 13+1ast, Y.Palacios 11+1reb+2ast, C.Garcia 10+4ast, J.Rodriguez 10+7reb+3ast, C.Elliott 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 548150


Guaiqueries - Marinos 83-80

Guaiqueries held off Marinos to even the series at 1-1. Marinos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) notched 18 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds by American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) did not help to save the game for Marinos. The former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: C.Silva 18+4reb+5ast, M.Flores 16, D.Downey 14+3reb+2ast, M.Escobar 11+2ast, M.Melvin 11+4reb+2ast, D.Ramirez 8+4reb+4ast
Marinos: J.Herrera 17, M.Carrera 14+3reb+3ast, I.Swann 13+3reb+1ast, C.Massie 10+16reb+1ast, J.Centeno 9+3reb+5ast, R.Roby 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 548149





Jordan Hamilton (ex Bucaneros) agreed terms with Usak - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (BSL) inked 27-year old American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-103kg-90, college: Texas). He played most recently at Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB league. In 41 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg last season. Hamilton also spent pre-season at Guaros (also in LPB) that year. He was also tried-out by Tofas where in only one BSL game he had just 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
In 2011 Hamilton was drafted by Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in first round (26th overall). He attended University of Texas and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Hamilton received USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 2nd Team award and NABC Division I All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Hamilton has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Hamilton has played previously professionally in Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Iowa Energy and Reno Bighorns).
His game is described as: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2011)
Confident wing player with a strong frame and excellent scoring ability ... Can score in a variety of ways ... Able to use his strength and size (6'8.5" in shoes with a 6'9.5" wingspan) in the post against smaller players ... Adept at getting open without the ball ... A spot-up shooter who doesn't hesitate to fire if left open ... Shows great shooting mechanics. He is a scorer, but you can't categorize him as a shooter because he is still somewhat inconsistent, nor as a slasher because his ball handling still needs some tightening
.

Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jordan Hamilton
Tayfun Erulku
Ian Miller

Forward:
Nusret Yildirim

Center:
Damir Markota

Coach: Ozan Bulkaz

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Voronov leaves Unics - by Eurobasket News

31-year old former international shooting guard Evgeny Voronov (192-95kg-86) left Unics Kazan (VTB). In 23 Euroleague games he averaged just 3.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He played there also last season. Voronov also played 22 games in VTB United League where he had 5.5ppg and 1.7rpg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to VTB United League All-Star Game.
The previous (15-16) season Voronov played at Lokomotiv. In 29 Euroleague games he recorded 4.7ppg and 1.4rpg. He helped them to make it to the Euroleague Final Four. Voronov also played 33 games in VTB United League where he got 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Voronov's team made it to the VTB United League Semifinals in 2015.
He was also a member of Russian international program for some years. Voronov played for Russian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006.
He also represented Russia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 5.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Voronov has played previously for seven other teams: CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Krasnie Krilya, Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, Dynamo St.Petersburg, Lokomotiv Rostov U23 and Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody.
His game is described as: Reminds a little Russian international Sergei Babkov. a solid SG, always looking to score, who can shoot from the distance or penetrate. expected to be one of the stars at the 2004 Junior EC, showed to be too much discontinous, and to need again some work to his fundamentals; interesting upside, however;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Panin leaves Unics - by Eurobasket News

33-year old former international forward Vadim Panin (203-99kg-84, agency: Alti Sport) left Unics Kazan (VTB). Panin has played there for the last three years. He played there also last season. In 26 Euroleague games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg. Panin played there also last season. He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he had only 2.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg.
Among other achievements Panin played in the final of VTB United League in 2014 and 2016.
He was a member of Russian international program for some years. Panin was called to Russian Senior National Team back in 2004 and previously for U21 National Team in 2004.
He has spent his entire career in Russia playing for seven other teams: Ural Great, Khimki, BC Nizhny Novgorod, Spartak Primorie Vladivostok, Unics Kazan 2nd team, Lokomotiv and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
Let's have closer look into Panin's outlook: A 6-7 point guard from Russia who must develop a lot, but who has yet some very interesting quarterbacking skills (leadeship, court vision); needs of playing experience, but has huge potential.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Elise Ramette signs at Sint Katelijne - by Eurobasket News

BBC Sint Katelijne Waver (Top Division Women) landed 19-year old point guard Elise Ramette (169-98) from Jeugd Gentson. In 20 Top Division Women games she averaged 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg last season.
Ramette represented Belgium at the European Championships U18 for Women in Celje (Slovenia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-3 (3.3apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 47.1%.
Ramette has played previously for Blue Cats.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Waregem tabs Ance Aizsila - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Top Division Women) inked 23-year old Latvian guard Ance Aizsila (178-94, agency: LBM Management) from Castors Braine. In 13 Top Division Women games in Belgium she averaged 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg last season. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Aizsila also played that season for RSU-Merks in Latvian LSBL where in 12 games she was the best scorer with impressive 18.5ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg and 2.5bpg.
She represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Aizsila has played previously professionally in Germany (Oberhausen) and Latvia (TTT Riga and Latvija U16 Riga).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Czech Republic National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Kia Vaughn
Vaughn
Ilona Burgrova
Burgrova
Katerina Elhotova
Elhotova
Tereza Vyoralova
Vyoralova
Petra Zaplatova
Zaplatova
#e#5
1Kia Vaughn 193-F/C-87 New York L. USA
4Michaela Stejskalova 186-F-87 Gran Canaria Spain
6Karolina Elhotova 182-F-92 USK Praha Czech Republic
7Alena Hanusova 190-F/C-91 USK Praha Czech Republic
8Ilona Burgrova 194-C-84 USK Praha Czech Republic
9Lenka Bartakova 175-G-91 Nymburk Czech Republic
10Veronika Vorackova 184-SF-99 USK Praha Czech Republic
11Katerina Elhotova 180-SG-89 USK Praha Czech Republic
12Tereza Vyoralova 175-SG-94 USK Praha Czech Republic
13Petra Kulichova 198-C-84 Botas Turkey
14Petra Zaplatova 175-G/F-91 BG 89 Avides Germany
15Pavla Svrdlikova 185-F-90 Handicap Brno Czech Republic

Ivan Benes Head Coach USK Praha Czech Republic
Jiri Barta Assistant USK Praha Czech Republic
Tomas Eisner Assistant Slavoj Litom. Czech Republic



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  UKR
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 21
 1. Iagupova, UKR21.0 
 2. Sottana, ITA20.0 
 3. Babkina, LAT20.0 
 4. Prince, RUS19.0 
 5. Mestdagh, BEL19.0 
 6. Robinson, MNT19.0 
 7. Skerovic, MNT18.0 
 8. Zandalasini, ITA18.0 
 9. Meesseman, BEL18.0 
 10. Spanou, GRE18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelica ROBINSON
  USA
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 17
 1. Robinson, MNT17.0 
 2. Udodenko, UKR16.0 
 3. Steinberga, LAT12.0 
 4. Lyttle, ESP12.0 
 5. Vadeeva, RUS12.0 
 6. Prince, RUS9.0 
 7. Maltsi, GRE9.0 
 8. Lisec, SLO9.0 
 9. Hatar, HUN8.0 
 10. Zandalasini, ITA8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Barbora BALINTOVA
  (175-PG-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Balintova, SVK9.0 
 2. Mujovic, MNT7.0 
 3. Dumerc, FRA6.0 
 4. Alben, TUR6.0 
 5. Cakir, TUR5.0 
 6. Vanloo, BEL5.0 
 7. Maltsi, GRE5.0 
 8. Babkina, LAT5.0 
 9. Gorini, ITA4.0 
 10. Kress, BLR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tereza VYORALOVA
  (175-SG-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Vyoralova, CZE4.0 
 2. Vandersloot, HUN4.0 
 3. Carpreaux, BEL4.0 
 4. Gil, ESP3.0 
 5. Sotiriou, GRE3.0 
 6. Balintova, SVK3.0 
 7. Udodenko, UKR3.0 
 8. Epoupa, FRA3.0 
 9. Zandalasini, ITA3.0 
 10. Palenikova, SVK3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zhosselina MAIGA
  (193-C-96)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maiga, RUS3.0 
 2. Vadeeva, RUS2.0 
 3. Pirsic, SLO2.0 
 4. Krivacevic, HUN1.0 
 5. Lyttle, ESP1.0 
 6. Basko-M., LAT1.0 
 7. Meesseman, BEL1.0 
 8. Belyakova, RUS1.0 
 9. Michel, FRA1.0 
 10. Burgrova, CZE1.0 


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Hradec Kralove and Prague - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Hungary - Spain 48-62
Spain crushed Hungary to victoriously tip off their campaign in Czech Republic. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) provided 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge. Spain ensured an 18:8 lead after the opening quarter. They extended the margin at 12-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Courtney Vandersloot (173-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) replied with 11 points for Hungary.

Ukraine - Czech Republic 59-47
Ukraine tipped off their championship campaign on a high note. They shocked hosting Czech Republic in a convincing fashion in Hradec Kralove. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine set the tone in the first half. They grabbed a 42:23 halftime advantage. Czech Republic woke up in the second half. They stiffened defensively limiting Ukraine to just 17 points after the big break but could not overcome a massive deficit and had to surrender at the end. Taisia Udodenko (190-C-89) accounted for 10 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87, college: Rutgers) responded with 16 points for Czech Republic.

Group B
Turkey - Slovakia 69-58
Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) came up with 14 points and 6 boards to lead Turkey past Slovakia in the opening game in Czech Republic. Turkey sank 26 points in the opening frame to take an 8-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Turkey entered the second half up by 12 points. Slovakia slowed down their opponents in the second half but could not deny the deficit as Turkey marched to the win. Birsel Vardarli (175-PG-84) tossed in 12 points in the victory. Barbora Balintova (175-PG-94) answered with 17 points and 9 assists for Slovakia.

Belarus - Italy 60-80
Italy cruised past Belarus in the opening game of Group B. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) provided 20 points for the winning side. The Azzurri used a 20:12 rally in the second period to open a 38:28 halftime advantage. They followed with a 26:12 run in the third term to clear off for good. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96, agency: SPORTlab Agency) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Alex Bentley (170-PG-90, college: Tarbes) responded with 17 points for Belarus.

Group C
Slovenia - France 68-70
France came from behind in the fourth quarter and beat Slovenia for the first victory at the championship. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) registered 16 points to pace Les Bleues. France grabbed an 18:9 lead ten minutes into the game. Slovenia poured in 24 points in the second term to pull within a single point 33:34 at halftime. Slovenia erased the deficit in the third term to even things up at 48 heading into the fourth quarter. Slovenia surged ahead in the final term but France managed to erase the deficit late in the clash and pulled away a tough victory at the end. Essome Miyem (208-C-01) posted 12 points in the victory. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) responded with 18 points for Slovenia. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) had 12 points in the loss.

Serbia - Greece 60-69
Greece beat Serbia to victoriously open their championship campaign. Artemis Spanou (188-F-93, college: Robert Morris) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Greece accumulated a 19:11 lead ten minutes into the game. Serbia narrowed the deficit in the next two periods. The defending champions pulled within two points at the final break. But Greece limited their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth period and raced to the win. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the Hellenes. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89, agency: ProDep Management) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia.

Group D
Latvia - Russia 59-71
Russia overcame Latvia to open win count in Group D. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) delivered 19 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Latvia jumped to a 17:12 lead after the opening frame. Russia however bounced back in the second term. They erased the deficit and ensured a 34:24 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second half as Russia eased to the victory. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) banked in 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Elina Babkina (173-PG-89) responded with 20 points for Latvia.

Belgium - Montenegro 66-64
Belgium nipped Montenegro to gain the first victory at the championship. Kim Mestdagh (179-SG-90, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) posted 19 points in the victory. Belgium got to a strong start. They recorded a 25:13 advantage ten minutes into the game. Montenegro cut the deficit in the next periods. The Balkan team pulled as close as 6 points at the final break. Montenegro got within striking distance in the dying minutes but Belgium hung on to snatch a narrow victory. Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) delivered 18 points and 7 boards for the winning side. Angelica Robinson (197-F-87, college: Georgia, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 19 points and 17 rebounds for Montenegro.




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  FRANCE  


French National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Nwal-Endene Miyem
Miyem
Helena Ciak
Ciak
Celine Dumerc
Dumerc
Sarah Michel
Michel
Diandra Tchatchouang
Tchatchouang
#e#5
0Olivia Epoupa 165-PG-94 Galatasaray Turkey
5Nwal-Endene Miyem 188-PF-88 Familia Schio Italy
8Helena Ciak 197-C-89 Dynamo K. Russia
9Celine Dumerc 169-SG-82 Landes France
10Sarah Michel 180-SG-89 Lattes Montp. France
11Valerianne Ayayi 184-F-94 Villeneuve France
12Gaelle Skrela 177-G-83 Lattes Montp. France
16Kadidia Minte 186-PF-91 Flammes France
17Marine Johannes 174-PG-95 Bourges France
18Alexia Chartereau 189-F/C-98 Bourges France
25Marielle Amant 190-F/C-89 Villeneuve France
93Diandra Tchatchouang 186-F-91 Bourges France

Valerie Garnier Head Coach Bourges France
Gregory Halin Assistant CFBB France
Olivier Lafargue Assistant Landes France



Ramat Hasharon inks Yael Galili - by Lior Hai

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) signed 20-year old naturalized French shooting guard Yael Galili (175-97) from Bnot Hertzeliya. In 21 D1 games she had just 2.4ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Galili's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2016.
She represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP-1 (87.5%), 3PT: 33.3%.

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yael Aharonov
Yael Galili
Eden Rotberg

Forwards:
Lev Tal
Alex Harden

Coach: Nimrod Meital

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lyon keeps Herminjard for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) re-signed 19-year old Swiss international guard Evita Herminjard (175-98). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 23 LFB games she averaged just 1.2ppg last season.
Despite young age Herminjard had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2013 and 2014.
She has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Herminjard has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2012.
She represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paoline Salagnac
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand
Evita Herminjard

Forwards:
Marieme Badiane
Haley Peters

Center:
Djene Diawara

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arras land Ramata Diakite - by Eurobasket News

Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LF2) tabbed 26-year old Mali international forward Ramata Diakite (188-91). The last time (11-15) she played at Highflyers in Swiss LNB league. Diakite has played there for the last four years.
She was also a member of Mali international program for some years. Diakite played for Mali Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
She represented Mali at the African Championships in Yaounde (Cameroon) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 30.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Diakite has played previously for two other teams: Pleyber Christ and Angers.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Goettingen keeps Warner for another season - by Eurobasket News

DBBL newcomer BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen re-signed 25-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw). She was a team leader there last season. In 27 2.Bundesliga games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 13.7rpg and 1.3bpg. Warner helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year.
She ended the previous (2015-16) season at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou in Greek A1 where in 7 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year Warner spent at Basket Slovanka MB in Czech Republic. In 13 games she had 8.0ppg and 5.0rpg. She also played 3 games in CEWL where she got 6.3ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Warner received CIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year award in 2015 at her college time.
Warner graduated from Shaw University in 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: Verdine is a 194cm (6'4') Post from the Island of West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean. She is big and athletic as a player and can run the floor well and be a great help for her team in offense and defense. Verdine was selected in 2015 CIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year and 2015 All-CIAA Team. She is a great rebounder and a good blocker.

BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Marissa Janning

Forwards:
Vasiliki Karambatsa
Viki Karambatsa

Center:
Verdine Warner

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Abigail Asoro (ex Adareva) joins Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Swedish forward Abigail Asoro (183-93, college: Iowa Western CC). She played last season at Adareva in Spanish LF2 league. In 13 games she had 10.5ppg and 8.5rpg. Asoro also played that season for Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in four games she recorded 9.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won English WBBL championship title in 2016. Asoro was also voted Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 2nd Team in 2016.
She represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 2.9rpg.
Asoro has played also professionally in Sweden (08 Stockholm).
She attended Iowa Western Community College until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chemnitz adds Klerx to their roster, ex Lekdetec.nl - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) added to their roster 23-year old Dutch international guard Jacobine Klerx (175-94). She played last season at Lekdetec.nl in Dutch Eredivisie. In 32 games she recorded 11.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. Klerx helped them to win the Eredivisie title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team. She also played that season for CTO Amsterdam in Dutch league where in only one Eurocup game she averaged 9 points, 1 assist and 3 steals.
Klerx has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014.
Klerx represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forward:
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GREECE  


Olympiacos land Yvonne Anderson - by Chris Mammides

Olympiacos Pireus (A1) landed 27-year old American guard Yvonne Anderson (170-90, college: Texas, agency: Two Points). She played in the summer at Chicago Sky (WNBA). The last season Anderson played at Galatasaray in Turkish league where in three Eurocup games she averaged 13.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg.
She is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Anderson experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. She is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Anderson has played previously professionally in Australia (Lady Cobras), Italy (Torino), Luxembourg (Amicale) and Sweden (Visby Ladies).
She attended University of Texas until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Anderson's outlook: Yvonne is coming from a big program and a great conference. She has in her last NCAA season 11.7 points, made 170 asissts (4,9 per game) and 84 steals (2,4 per game). She is a real leader in the court and can change the status of the game. A very athletic guard that can penetrate and shoot very well. Excellent ball handler and marvellous passer. She is a very good defender can press to the ball and makes a lot of steals during the game.

Olympiacos Pireus roster for 2017-2018:

Forwards:
Evanthia Maltsi
Olga Chatzinikolaou
Katerina Sotiriou
Styliani Kaltsidou
Mirna Mazic
Anna Spyridopoulou

Center:
Victoria Macaulay

Coach: Eleni Kapogianni

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HIGH SCHOOLS CANADA  


Degrate signs to play basketball at Rainy River CC - by Eurobasket News

It was a special moment inside Waco High's gym on Friday morning. As Tykayla Degrate signed her Letter of Intent to play basketball at Rainy River Community College in Minnesota with her family and friends all around her, Bervin Brown Jr. watched as his senior star took that next step to continue doing something she loves. 'As a coach, as a teacher, you want your kids to strive and go to that next level,' the Waco High coach said. 'Tykayla really worked hard for me. This is my first year here at Waco High. Her and I, people if you didn't know would think we didn't get along. But our relationship is really pretty cool. I tell her all the time, no matter what or how mad I get at her, I'll still take her next year in a heartbeat.' Degrate didn't average an eye-opening amount of points for the Lions last season. But what she came up with on other parts of the stat sheet are jaw dropping. Degrate was a rebounding machine with 12 boards per game while staking her claim to the lane with an average of six blocks per contest. 'I think it went better than my other season,' Degrate said. 'I did contribute more to my team. My high school career was challenging. My freshman year I expected to be on freshman. My sophomore year I was like expecting to be on JV. My junior year I had to really work hard to be on varsity. I had to work harder to keep my spot. Challenging is the perfect word.' Now, Degrate gets ready to start the next chapter of her life in International Falls, Minnesota, which is 1,370 miles from Waco and a hop, skip and a jump away from Canada. 'I'm excited and nervous a little bit,' Degrate said. 'I'm excited for playing basketball but nervous as in I'm going way off to play basketball. It's a change of scenery. It's an opportunity worth taking. So I'm going to take it.' Rainy River Community College won the NJCAA Division III title back in 1995.
Courtesy of: wacotrib.com



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  HOLLAND  


Chemnitz adds Klerx to their roster, ex Lekdetec.nl - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) added to their roster 23-year old Dutch international guard Jacobine Klerx (175-94). She played last season at Lekdetec.nl in Dutch Eredivisie. In 32 games she recorded 11.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. Klerx helped them to win the Eredivisie title (twice) and the cup (also twice). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team. She also played that season for CTO Amsterdam in Dutch league where in only one Eurocup game she averaged 9 points, 1 assist and 3 steals.
Klerx has been also a member of Dutch international program for some years. She has regularly played for Dutch senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014.
Klerx represented Holland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forward:
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  INDIA  


Zoran Visic announced as new head coach of the Indian National Women's Team - by Eurobasket News

At a press conference earlier this evening at the Century Club in Bengaluru, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced the appointment of experienced Serbian Zoran Visic (agency: Promotex ) as the new Head Coach of the Indian National Women's team. The announcement was made by BFI President, K Govindaraj, who was accompanied by BFI Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma. Coach Visic was present as well, along with assistant coach Shiba Maggon and veteran playmaker Anitha PaulDurai. Coach Visic's term officially began on 1st June and will continue till end of July, specifically keeping mind the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017 that will be held in Bengaluru from 23rd to 29th July. Thereafter, his term may be extended as mutually agreed between parties. Although Coach Visic has been here for only two weeks, the Indian women's team has already been training for the last few months in Bengaluru under the watchful eyes of experienced assistant coaches Paramdeep Singh and Shiba Maggon. 'India has done a lot to improve in both the women's and men's sides [in the last few years]. We are now in Division B. So for sure our target is to be once again in Division A,' Visic said, while addressing the media. 'This is a new age for Indian basketball and I believe the girls have the confidence and pride necessary to deliver a good result.' In Division B, India is placed in Group A alongside Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. The fourth Group A steam American Samoa has backed out of the competition. Group B comprises of Lebanon, Singapore, Kazakhstan and Fiji. In order to return to Division A and compete in the 2019 FIBA Asia Women's Cup, India will have to win Division B, finishing ahead of all seven other teams.
Courtesy of: basketballfederationindia.org



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  ISRAEL  


Bnot Hertzeliya adds Richardson to their roster - by Lior Hai

Bnot Hertzeliya (D1) added to their roster 22-year old American forward Breanna Richardson (185-95, college: Mississippi State). She played this summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA).
Richardson played in the final of NCAA.
The previous (15-16) season Richardson played at another team Lady Bulldogs in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 34 games she recorded 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg. Richardson helped them to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16.
She just graduated from Mississippi State and it will be her first season as a pro.
She was voted SEC All-Freshman Team back in 2014 at her college time.

Bnot Hertzeliya roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Ofir Banet
Tiasha Gray
Noga Pelc

Forwards:
Liad Suez-Karni
Keren Mozes
Breanna Richardson

Coach: Gilad Katz

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Ramat Hasharon inks Yael Galili - by Lior Hai

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1) signed 20-year old naturalized French shooting guard Yael Galili (175-97) from Bnot Hertzeliya. In 21 D1 games she had just 2.4ppg last season. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Galili's team was regular season runner-up in Israeli League in 2016.
She represented Israel at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) last year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP-1 (87.5%), 3PT: 33.3%.

A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Yael Aharonov
Yael Galili
Eden Rotberg

Forwards:
Lev Tal
Alex Harden

Coach: Nimrod Meital

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  JUCO  


Degrate signs to play basketball at Rainy River CC - by Eurobasket News

It was a special moment inside Waco High's gym on Friday morning. As Tykayla Degrate signed her Letter of Intent to play basketball at Rainy River Community College in Minnesota with her family and friends all around her, Bervin Brown Jr. watched as his senior star took that next step to continue doing something she loves. 'As a coach, as a teacher, you want your kids to strive and go to that next level,' the Waco High coach said. 'Tykayla really worked hard for me. This is my first year here at Waco High. Her and I, people if you didn't know would think we didn't get along. But our relationship is really pretty cool. I tell her all the time, no matter what or how mad I get at her, I'll still take her next year in a heartbeat.' Degrate didn't average an eye-opening amount of points for the Lions last season. But what she came up with on other parts of the stat sheet are jaw dropping. Degrate was a rebounding machine with 12 boards per game while staking her claim to the lane with an average of six blocks per contest. 'I think it went better than my other season,' Degrate said. 'I did contribute more to my team. My high school career was challenging. My freshman year I expected to be on freshman. My sophomore year I was like expecting to be on JV. My junior year I had to really work hard to be on varsity. I had to work harder to keep my spot. Challenging is the perfect word.' Now, Degrate gets ready to start the next chapter of her life in International Falls, Minnesota, which is 1,370 miles from Waco and a hop, skip and a jump away from Canada. 'I'm excited and nervous a little bit,' Degrate said. 'I'm excited for playing basketball but nervous as in I'm going way off to play basketball. It's a change of scenery. It's an opportunity worth taking. So I'm going to take it.' Rainy River Community College won the NJCAA Division III title back in 1995.
Courtesy of: wacotrib.com



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  LATVIA  


Waregem tabs Ance Aizsila - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Top Division Women) inked 23-year old Latvian guard Ance Aizsila (178-94, agency: LBM Management) from Castors Braine. In 13 Top Division Women games in Belgium she averaged 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg last season. She helped them to win the League title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Aizsila also played that season for RSU-Merks in Latvian LSBL where in 12 games she was the best scorer with impressive 18.5ppg and recorded 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg and 2.5bpg.
She represented Latvia at the European Championships U20 for Women in Udine (Italy) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Aizsila has played previously professionally in Germany (Oberhausen) and Latvia (TTT Riga and Latvija U16 Riga).

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Latvian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Elina Babkina
Babkina
Gunta Basko-Melnbarde
Basko-Melnbarde
Aija Putnina
Putnina
Aija Brumermane
Brumermane
Kate Karlina Kreslina
Kreslina
#e#5
6Paula Strautmane 183-F-97 Quinnipiac USA
7Elina Babkina 173-PG-89 CCC Polkowice Poland
8Gunta Basko-Melnbarde 181-F-80 TTT Riga Latvia
11Aija Putnina 191-F/C-88 Istanbul Univ. Turkey
12Anete Steinberga 190-C-90 Castors Braine Belgium
13Aija Brumermane 192-C-86 Dunkerque France
14Anna Rezija Dreimane 196-C-97 Colorado St. USA
15Ieva Krastina 172-G/F-90 TTT Riga Latvia
16Ilze Jakobsone 168-G-94 Vega 1/Liepaja Latvia
28Kristine Vitola 193-C-91 Basket Gdynia Poland
33Kitija Laksa 183-F-96 S.Florida USA
35Kate Karlina Kreslina 183-G-96 Fordham USA

Martins Zibarts Head Coach Dynamo K. Russia
Aigars Nerips Assistant TTT Riga Latvia
Arturs Visockis-Rubenis Assistant BK Ogre Latvia



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  MADAGASCAR  


MB2All successfully opens 2017 season - by Eurobasket News

MB2All successfully opened 2017 season as they posted three consecutive wins. In the latest game they overcame JEA 68-49 for a 6-0 record. Elinah Ranarisaona (177-F/G-00) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while SYDONIE ANDRIAMIHA JANIRINA notched 13. RONDRO EMERACHINE RAHERIMANANA replied with 11 points in the losing effort.
The defending champions Fandrefiala meanwhile are with a 5-1 record. They beat AS Emma 110-44 in their latest game.



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  MALAYSIA  


Scotland fall to tournament hosts Malaysia in tight game - by Eurobasket News

Scotland women entered their third game of the MABA tournament looking for a win against tournament hosts, Malaysia. Scotland came into the game having won 1 out of 2 games in the tournament, whereas ranked 43rd in the world , Malaysia were unbeaten so far. Scotland shot out to an early 8-0 lead on the back of two three-pointers from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95). Malaysia would quickly close the gap however, and by halfway through the first quarter they had brought it back to a 9-8 lead. The Malaysian team would continue to stretch out the lead as the team's leading scorer, Hui Pin Pang (176-F-90) was effective at drawing fouls and getting to the line. Pang would then hit a 3-pointer to give Malaysia 21 for the quarter. It would seem that Thompson was not done yet however, as she hit another 3-pointer to finish the first quarter 21-18. After being down coming out of the gates in the second, Scotland shot the ball superbly and managed to build themselves a 7-point lead by halfway through the quarter after Dee Hayward (170-G-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) - who was coming off a 33-point performance the day before - gave the team the lead. Malaysia would mount a comeback of their own later in the quarter and by the halftime break the game was tied 37-37. The game would continue to be close throughout the second half, as the lead would change hands five times in just the third quarter. Sarah Thomson would continue her excellent shooting performance, scoring the first points of the second half. Hannah Robb (168-SG-98) also played very efficiently amassing 9 points in just 10 minutes of play, but would get into foul trouble and have to sit out the remainder of the game. With the game still neck and neck, the score was drawn at 53-apiece going into the fourth. Scotland would strike first in the final quarter as Erin McGarrachan (183-F-92, college: Houston Baptist) hit two consecutive jumpers and Dee Hayward would then get the layup inside. Yet still it seemed that Malaysia were not going away, as they went on a run that would put them up 64-59 with just under 4 minutes to go. The game would go scoreless for the next two minutes as it seemed neither team could put the ball in the basket. The drought would be broken however as McGarrachan was fouled on a shot attempt and would go on to convert both free throws. Unfortunately, Scotland could not keep this momentum as Malaysia's Chiau Ting (180-C-92) would hit a two-pointer on the next possession to put her team up with just 24 seconds to go. Sarah Thomson then missed the teams next shot attempt, and Malaysia would grab the rebound, forcing Scotland to foul. With 16 seconds to go Nur Yakkob would hit 1 of 2 free throws, which was enough for Malaysia to close out the game 67-64.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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  MALI  


Arras land Ramata Diakite - by Eurobasket News

Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LF2) tabbed 26-year old Mali international forward Ramata Diakite (188-91). The last time (11-15) she played at Highflyers in Swiss LNB league. Diakite has played there for the last four years.
She was also a member of Mali international program for some years. Diakite played for Mali Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
She represented Mali at the African Championships in Yaounde (Cameroon) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 30.0%, FT: 60.0%.
Diakite has played previously for two other teams: Pleyber Christ and Angers.

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  POLAND  


CCC Polkowice adds Plaisance to their roster - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

CCC Polkowice (TBLK) added to their roster 25-year old American forward Theresa Plaisance (196-92, college: LSU, agency: ProDep Management). She plays this summer at Dallas Wings (WNBA). In 11 games she recorded 8.2ppg and 3.5rpg. The last season Plaisance played at Dike Napoli in Italian Serie A1 where in 25 games she averaged 15.0ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Honorable Mention.
Three years ago she was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in third round (27th overall).
The former Louisiana State University staris in her fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she was voted All-SEC 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at her college time.
Plaisance represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
She has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Ashdod) and Turkey (Botas).

CCC Polkowice roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Weronika Gajda
Elina Babkina
Magdalena Idziorek
Angelika Stankiewicz

Center:
Magdalena Leciejewska

Coach: Georgios Dikeoulakos

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Spencer's pro career starts at InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp. - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp. (TBLK) landed American guard Miah Spencer (173, agency: Interperformances). She just graduated from North Carolina State University (NCAA). Spencer has played there for the last four years. In 31 games she averaged 12.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.4spg last season. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to All-ACC 2nd Team.
As mentioned above Spencer is just out of the college and it will be her first season in pro basketball.
Her team made it to the ACC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.

InvestInTheWest AZS AJP Gorzow Wlkp. roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Miah Spencer

Forwards:
Paulina Misiek
Aleksandra Pawlak
Katarzyna Jaworska

Center:
Magdalena Szajtauer

Coach: Dariusz Maciejewski

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  SCOTLAND  


Scotland fall to tournament hosts Malaysia in tight game - by Eurobasket News

Scotland women entered their third game of the MABA tournament looking for a win against tournament hosts, Malaysia. Scotland came into the game having won 1 out of 2 games in the tournament, whereas ranked 43rd in the world , Malaysia were unbeaten so far. Scotland shot out to an early 8-0 lead on the back of two three-pointers from Sarah Thomson (177-G-95). Malaysia would quickly close the gap however, and by halfway through the first quarter they had brought it back to a 9-8 lead. The Malaysian team would continue to stretch out the lead as the team's leading scorer, Hui Pin Pang (176-F-90) was effective at drawing fouls and getting to the line. Pang would then hit a 3-pointer to give Malaysia 21 for the quarter. It would seem that Thompson was not done yet however, as she hit another 3-pointer to finish the first quarter 21-18. After being down coming out of the gates in the second, Scotland shot the ball superbly and managed to build themselves a 7-point lead by halfway through the quarter after Dee Hayward (170-G-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) - who was coming off a 33-point performance the day before - gave the team the lead. Malaysia would mount a comeback of their own later in the quarter and by the halftime break the game was tied 37-37. The game would continue to be close throughout the second half, as the lead would change hands five times in just the third quarter. Sarah Thomson would continue her excellent shooting performance, scoring the first points of the second half. Hannah Robb (168-SG-98) also played very efficiently amassing 9 points in just 10 minutes of play, but would get into foul trouble and have to sit out the remainder of the game. With the game still neck and neck, the score was drawn at 53-apiece going into the fourth. Scotland would strike first in the final quarter as Erin McGarrachan (183-F-92, college: Houston Baptist) hit two consecutive jumpers and Dee Hayward would then get the layup inside. Yet still it seemed that Malaysia were not going away, as they went on a run that would put them up 64-59 with just under 4 minutes to go. The game would go scoreless for the next two minutes as it seemed neither team could put the ball in the basket. The drought would be broken however as McGarrachan was fouled on a shot attempt and would go on to convert both free throws. Unfortunately, Scotland could not keep this momentum as Malaysia's Chiau Ting (180-C-92) would hit a two-pointer on the next possession to put her team up with just 24 seconds to go. Sarah Thomson then missed the teams next shot attempt, and Malaysia would grab the rebound, forcing Scotland to foul. With 16 seconds to go Nur Yakkob would hit 1 of 2 free throws, which was enough for Malaysia to close out the game 67-64.
Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk



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  SLOVAKIA  


Slovakian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Zuzana Zirkova
Zirkova
Sabina Oroszova
Oroszova
Barbora Balintova
Balintova
Anna Jurcenkova
Jurcenkova
Marie Ruzickova
Ruzickova
#e#5
4Rebeka Mikulasikova 189-C-99 Piestanske C. Slovakia
5Veronika Remenarova 188-F-97 Valosun Brno Czech Republic
7Zuzana Zirkova 175-PG-80 Good Angels Slovakia
8Nikola Dudasova 175-SG-95 Piestanske C. Slovakia
9Terezia Palenikova 179-SF-95 Piestanske C. Slovakia
10Sabina Oroszova 190-PF-93 San Martino Italy
11Barbora Balintova 175-PG-94 Good Angels Slovakia
13Anna Jurcenkova 195-C-85 Good Angels Slovakia
14Marie Ruzickova 190-C-86 Venezia Italy
15Romana Vynuchalova 192-C/F-86 Samorin Slovakia
20Nikola Kovacikova 175-PG-99 UKF Nitra Slovakia
23Angelika Slamova 173-SG-94 Piestanske C. Slovakia

Marian Svoboda Head Coach Valosun Brno Czech Republic
Richard Kucsa Assistant Piestanske C. Slovakia



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  SLOVENIA  


Slovenian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Teja Oblak
Oblak
Maja Erkic
Erkic
Nika Baric
Baric
Sandra Pirsic
Pirsic
Eva Lisec
Lisec
#e#5
3Teja Oblak 172-PG-90 Good Angels Slovakia
4Ziva Zdolsek 178-F/G-89 Triglav Slovenia
5Maja Erkic 183-G/F-85 Atomeromu Hungary
6Annamaria Prezelj 177-SG-97 AZS AJP GW Poland
7Rebeka Abramovic 172-PG-93 Triglav Slovenia
9Nika Baric 169-PG-92 UMMC Russia
10Tina Jakovina 183-F-92 Vicenza Italy
11Sandra Pirsic 196-C-84 Atomeromu Hungary
12Eva Lisec 192-C-95 Atomeromu Hungary
13Tina Trebec 190-C-90 Neftochimic Bulgaria
30Shante Evans 184-F/C-91 Girona Spain
97Larisa Ocvirk 184-SF-97 Athlete Celje Slovenia

Damir Grgic Head Coach Athlete Celje Slovenia
Alojzij Duscak Assistant
Jure Krajnc Assistant



Teja Oblak misses game-winning 3-point attempt in historic game - by Zeljko Zule

Slovenia in their first ever game at the European Championships lost to France 68-70 after Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) missed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer.
Nika Baric (169-PG-92) finished with 18 points, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) posted 12 points, Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84) scored 10 of her 11 points in the first halftime and Eva Lisec (192-C-95) just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds before she fouled out..
France opened the game with a 7-0 run and Slovenia did not scored until Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) hit a jumper with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter. France then extended their lead to 15-4, their largest advantage of the night. Slovenia went on a 14-3 run spanning the first and second quarter to tie the game at 21 and took their first lead on a pair of free throws by Sandra Pirsic (196-C-84)cc, 26-25 with 3:26 left in the first half. France closed the first half with a basket to go up 34-33 and opened the second half with six straight points. Slovenia responded with a 12-0 run that turn a seven-point deficit into a 45-40 lead. France re-take the lead at 48-47, but Slovenia once again show a big heart. They scored seven consecutive points to ignite a 9-1 run to go ahead 57-51 with six minutes left. France cut the deficit to one, 65-66, with less than minutes remaining. On the next possession, Sarah Michel made a pair of free throws to put France up 67-66 and then Marielle Amant hit a lay-up to make it 69-66 with 26 seconds left. Slovenia's Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) twice missed a 3-pointer, but Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to cut the deficit to one with 11 seconds remaining. Slovenia then fouled Gaelle Skrela who missed first free throw and made the second one to make it 70-68.Slovenia had a final possession and Teja Oblak (172-PG-90) missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the corner.

2017 European Championship - Gruop C, Round 1 (16/06)
Slovenia-France 68-70 (9-18, 24-16, 15-14, 20-22)
Slovenia: *Oblak 6, Zdolsek, *Erkic 12, Prezelj DNP, Abramovic 1, *Baric 18, Jakovina DNP, *Pirsic 11, *Lisec 10, Trebec, Evans 10, Ocvirk DNP. Coach: Grgic.
France: Epoupa, *Miyem 12, *Ciak 16, *Dumerc 4, *Michel 9, Ayayi, Skrela 1, Minte 5, Johannes 5, Charterau, Amant 8, *Tchatchouang 10. Coach: Carnier.



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  SPAIN  


Campus Promete keeps Estebas for another season - by Eurobasket News

Campus Promete Logrono (LFB) re-signed 24-year old swingman Paula Estebas (175-93). She has played there for the last six seasons. In 26 LFB games she recorded 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg last season.
Estebas played in the final of Spanish LF2 in 2014.
She represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Estebas' team won Gold and her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT-2 (66.7%), FT: 77.8%.

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Gil re-signs at Avenida - by Eurobasket News

Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (LFB) confirmed in their roster 25-year old international center Laura Gil (190-92). She played there last season. In 30 LFB games she had 5.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.4spg. Gil helped them to win the LFB title and the Supercup. She also played 17 games in Euroleague where she recorded 4.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5spg. Gil contributed to her team making it to the quarterfinals.
The previous (15-16) season she played at Cadi La Seu. In 25 games she averaged 10.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg. Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention.
Gil has been also a member of Spanish international program for some years. She has regularly played for Spanish senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
Gil represented Spain at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 46.7%, FT: 62.5%.
Gil has played previously for four other teams: Hondarribia Irun, Jopisa Burgos, Rivas Promete and Segle XXI Bercelona.

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  SWEDEN  


Abigail Asoro (ex Adareva) joins Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

ChemCats Chemnitz (DBBL) agreed terms with 24-year old Swedish forward Abigail Asoro (183-93, college: Iowa Western CC). She played last season at Adareva in Spanish LF2 league. In 13 games she had 10.5ppg and 8.5rpg. Asoro also played that season for Team Northumbria in British WBBL where in four games she recorded 9.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others she won English WBBL championship title in 2016. Asoro was also voted Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 2nd Team in 2016.
She represented Sweden at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) four years ago. Her stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 2.9rpg.
Asoro has played also professionally in Sweden (08 Stockholm).
She attended Iowa Western Community College until 2014 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

ChemCats Chemnitz roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Jacobine Klerx
Margot Vidal-Geneve
Kendall Noble

Forwards:
Abigail Asoro
Valeria McQuade

Center:
Clarissa Ober

Coach: Amanda Davidson

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  SWITZERLAND  


Lyon keeps Herminjard for another season - by Eurobasket News

Union Lyon Basket Feminin (LFB) re-signed 19-year old Swiss international guard Evita Herminjard (175-98). She has played there for the last two seasons. But in 23 LFB games she averaged just 1.2ppg last season.
Despite young age Herminjard had impressive career. She received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Division B Honorable Mention award back in 2013 and 2014.
She has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. Herminjard has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2015 and previously for U18 National Team in 2012.
She represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg.

Union Lyon Basket Feminin roster for 2017-2018:

Guards:
Paoline Salagnac
Ingrid Tanqueray
Melanie Plust
Julie Allemand
Evita Herminjard

Forwards:
Marieme Badiane
Haley Peters

Center:
Djene Diawara

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Fribourg tabs Marielle Giroud - by Eurobasket News

BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (LNA) inked 30-year old international power forward Marielle Giroud (182-87, college: Franklin Pierce) from Helios. Giroud has played there for the last five years. In 27 LNA games she averaged impressive 17.5ppg, 12.4rpg (#3 in the league), 5.1apg (leader !!!) and 2.9spg (in top 4) last season. She helped them to win the LNA title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). It was a very successful season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Domestic Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
Giroud has been also a member of Swiss international program for some years. She has regularly played for Swiss senior team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2006.
Giroud represented Switzerland at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 7.5ppg, Reb-5 (9.5rpg), 2.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 30.0%, FT: 65.2%.
Giroud has played previously for Martigny.
She attended Franklin Pierce University until 2012 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.

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Coach Laurent Plassard agreed terms with Fribourg - by Eurobasket News

BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (LNA) will be led by experienced 53-year old coach Laurent Plassard. The last time (14-15) he coached at Geneve Basket in Swiss LNA league.
Among other achievements Plassard won Swiss LNB West Group championship title in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Coach of the Year award back in 2009.
Plassard was coaching Swiss U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011 and coached also U16 National Team in 2009.
He has coached previously two other teams: Martigny and Martigny.

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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Goettingen keeps Warner for another season - by Eurobasket News

DBBL newcomer BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen re-signed 25-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Verdine Warner (196-92, college: Shaw). She was a team leader there last season. In 27 2.Bundesliga games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 13.7rpg and 1.3bpg. Warner helped them to win the group title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Defensive Player of the Year.
She ended the previous (2015-16) season at GS Kronos Agiou Dimitriou in Greek A1 where in 7 games she averaged 13.7ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.0apg. But the most of that year Warner spent at Basket Slovanka MB in Czech Republic. In 13 games she had 8.0ppg and 5.0rpg. She also played 3 games in CEWL where she got 6.3ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.0apg.
Warner received CIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year award in 2015 at her college time.
Warner graduated from Shaw University in 2015 and it is her third season in pro basketball.
Her game is described as: Verdine is a 194cm (6'4') Post from the Island of West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean. She is big and athletic as a player and can run the floor well and be a great help for her team in offense and defense. Verdine was selected in 2015 CIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year and 2015 All-CIAA Team. She is a great rebounder and a good blocker.

BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen roster for 2017-2018:

Guard:
Marissa Janning

Forwards:
Vasiliki Karambatsa
Viki Karambatsa

Center:
Verdine Warner

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  TURKEY  


Mersin BSB adds Kumandanoglu to their roster - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) added to their roster 23-year old Gizem Kumandanoglu (94). She played last season at Urla Belediyesi Genclik Sport Club in the TKBL. In 38 games she recorded 8.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg.
The previous (15-16) season Kumandanoglu played at Mersin Uni (also in TKBL) where in 24 games she averaged 10.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.8apg (top 5) and 2.9spg (in top 3).
She won TKB2L Group C Regular Season in 2014.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Deniz Colakoglu
Tugba Oral
Gulsah Gumusay
Sasa Cadjo
Gizem Kumandanoglu
Irem Kanberoglu

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Mersin BSB lands Irem Kanberoglu - by Lior Hai

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye (KBSL) tabbed Irem Kanberoglu. The last time (14-15) she played at Istanbulgucu in Turkish TKBL. Kanberoglu missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye roster for 2017-2018:

Deniz Colakoglu
Tugba Oral
Gulsah Gumusay
Sasa Cadjo
Irem Kanberoglu

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Kubra Erat agreed terms with Bornova - by Eurobasket News

Bornova Becker (TKBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old guard Kubra Erat (169-95, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Adana ASKI Mersin in the KBSL. In 26 games she recorded 8.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg last season. TKBL will be definitely a better match and she can see more playing time.
The previous (15-16) season Erat played at Osmaniye where in 32 games she averaged 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.4apg and 2.5spg. She helped them to win the TKBL title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Domestic Players Team.
Erat represented Turkey at the European Championships U20 in Lanzarote (Spain) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Erat has played previously for two other teams: Ceyhan Bld and Mersin Kurtulus.

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Turkish National Team 2017 - by Greg

Starting five
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Birsel Vardarli
Vardarli
Bahar Caglar
Caglar
Isil Alben
Alben
Tugce Canitez
Canitez
Quanitra Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth
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2Pelin Bilgic 175-G-94 Fenerbahce Turkey
3Ayse Cora 175-G/F-93 Fenerbahce Turkey
4Olcay Cakir 182-PG-93 Yakin Dogu BGD Turkey
7Birsel Vardarli 175-PG-84 Fenerbahce Turkey
9Bahar Caglar 186-F-88 Yakin Dogu BGD Turkey
10Isil Alben 170-G-86 Galatasaray Turkey
12Tugce Canitez 187-F-90 Fenerbahce Turkey
13Quanitra Hollingsworth 196-C-88 Yakin Dogu BGD Turkey
14Saziye Ivegin 183-F-82 Abdullah Gul Turkey
15Tilbe Senyurek 190-C-95 Fenerbahce Turkey
17Cansu Koksal 185-SF-94 Galatasaray Turkey
33Esra Ural 198-C-91 Fenerbahce Turkey

Ekrem Memnun Head Coach Galatasaray Turkey
Aziz Akkaya Assistant Edirne Turkey
Emre Vatansever Assistant Yakin Dogu BGD Turkey



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Team Northumbia on a roll after signing Swiss star - by Paul Nilsen

Team Northumbria have sealed their fourth signing of a productive summer after snapping up Swiss guard Giulia Simioni (173-PG-93).

The Sport Central club has retained the services of US pair Ali Gorrell and Kara Bonenberger.

And last week TN revealed Great Britain star Flo Ward was heading to Tyneside ahead of her WBBL bow.

"Things are starting to take shape and we're looking good in terms of talent and experience," said Northumbria University's head of women's basketball Chris Bunten.

"When I went over to America earlier this year I was really impressed with Giulia and what she was looking to do both as a basketball player and academically.

"She will be coming over here to train as an English teacher and at the same time she'll bring top level US college experience to our basketball programme.

"Giulia strengthens our back court and is a proven point guard who has already represented her country at junior level."

Ward and Simioni will reprise their Florida Southern College partnership - a key factor in coach Bunten's decision to bring the Swiss to the North East.

"They already know each other's games and work well together," he added.

"Whenever you bring new players in the biggest problem is a lack of continuity and a settling in period.

"The fact that Flo and Giulia have already played together gives us a head start in that respect."

Bunten will look to add to his roster later this month but the ambitious coach is already delighted with the core of a new-look squad.

"Ali, Kara, Flo and Giulia are all of the same mindset," he added. "They're looking to better their education and play their basketball in a competitive environment. I'm confident Northumbria University can meet their demands on both fronts."



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Sparks holds on to beat winless Stars 80-75 - by Eurobasket News

Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) added 19 and the Los Angeles Sparks held off the winless San Antonio Stars, 80-75 on Thursday night. Los Angeles led by 22 points in the first half but San Antonio rallied in the third quarter. Moriah Jefferson (5'7''-PG-94, college: Connecticut) scored on three straight San Antonio possession during a 20-2 run and the Stars cut their deficit to 50-48. Jantel Lavender (6'3''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) scored six consecutive points for Los Angeles and Gray beat the buzzer for a 58-50 lead. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F-90, college: Stanford)'s three-point play with 2:55 left gave Los Angeles a 70-63 lead, Parker's layup made it 72-67 and the Sparks led by at least four points the rest of the way. Ogwumike finished with 16 points for Los Angeles (7-3), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range but made 24 of 28 free throws. Jefferson was 4 for 5 on 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Isabelle Harrison (6'3''-C-93, college: Tennessee) had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio (0-10).
Courtesy of: usatoday.com




Griner has 27, Mercury top Sky 86-78; Taurasi nears record - by Eurobasket News

Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) scored 27 points and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) inched closer to the WNBA scoring record Friday night as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-78. Taurasi scored 15 points and is 14 shy of passing the 7,488 points Tina Thompson had from 1997-2013 heading into a Sunday game in Los Angeles. Phoenix's star was just 2 of 10 from the field and had nine points, all in the first half, until making six free throws in the final minute. Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88, college: N.Carolina)'s 3-pointer pulled Chicago within 80-75 with just under a minute to play. On the ensuing possession, Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) fouled Taurasi on a shot and then was ejected after picking up two technical fouls. Taurasi made four free throws and after Kahleah Copper (6'1''-F-94, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management)'s three-point play with 32 seconds left, she added two more to close out the scoring. Phoenix (6-4) closed out the second quarter with an 11-4 run to lead 45-32 at the half. It could have been worse but the Sun made just 12 of 21 free throws. They finished 28 of 39 from the line. Allie Quigley (5'10''-G-86, college: De Paul) led Chicago (2-8) with 19 points, Breland had 18 and Pondexter 13. The Sky was 15 of 21 from the line.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com